HONG KONG | Protesters block roads as leaders set deadline

  Protesters continued to block roads in central Hong Kong in the fifth day of pro-democracy demonstrations as leaders warned the standoff would escalate in the coming days if their demands

China Views | Why Shanghai won’t replace Hong Kong anytime soon

If there’s any likely winner from China’s unprecedented clampdown on Hong Kong, it’s Singapore. All the tiny city-state needs to do to attract the giant banks, hedge funds and multinational firms

HONG KONG | ‘Umbrella Revolution’ protests spread as numbers swell

Hong Kong’s police yesterday defended their use of tear gas and other tactics to control protests that have paralyzed the city’s financial district, appealing to the thousands gathered to demand

Mainlanders receive limited coverage of ‘illegal’ democracy clashes

On a day when front pages of newspapers in Hong Kong and around the world carried stories on pro-democracy protesters confronting riot police in the city, the lead article in

HSBC among banks that shuttered HK branches

Standard Chartered and HSBC were among banks that shuttered some branches in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protesters remained on the streets following weekend clashes with police. About 44 branches, offices and

Instagram blocked amid HK protests

Users of Instagram reported the photo-sharing service was inaccessible in China yesterday, as the government sought to limit news of pro-democracy protesters clashing with police in Hong Kong. Greatfire.org, a group

HONG KONG | Pro-democracy protesters defy police firing tear gas

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators defied tear gas and pepper spray to occupy the city center, as police undertook the biggest crackdown since the city returned to Chinese rule. Police

TAIWAN | Taipei tells Beijing no to ‘one country two systems’

Chinese president Xi Jinping said reunifying the mainland and Taiwan is about ending political antagonism rather than about rebuilding territories and sovereignty, state media reported Friday. Xi’s remarks to a delegation of pro-reunification

Gov’t busts iPhone 6 smugglers in Shanghai

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release, with officials yesterday reporting the latest seizure of

Fatal school stampede blamed on horseplay 

A stampede that killed six children and injured 26 at a southern Chinese elementary school was sparked by horseplay that caused panic among dozens of schoolchildren, a state-run newspaper reported

HONG KONG | Trouble in town? Beijing summons tycoons 

As trouble brews in Hong Kong, who’s Beijing going to call? The billionaires. With political tension in the southern Chinese financial hub at its highest in years, China’s leaders summoned dozens of the

HONG KONG | Students target top official’s home in night protest

Hong Kong students were marching last night toward the home of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as part of a campaign demanding broader voting rights in the city. Hundreds of protesters, waving

XINJIANG | State media say 50 killed in far west attacks 

Chinese state media reported yesterday that 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed in a series of explosions over the weekend in the far western region of Xinjiang, in what

Hong Kong air pollution hits highest level

The pollution, as measured by the Air Quality Health Index, recorded the highest reading of 10-plus at three monitoring stations, according to the Environmental Protection Department website. Nitrogen dioxide levels

GM says China sales this year to top 3.1m 

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the

HONG KONG| Occupy Central leaders plan Oct. 1 ‘democracy banquet’

Organizers of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement are inviting people to join a “democracy banquet” on the Oct. 1 holiday to fight for broader democratic rights

Drought worsens mainland long-term water crisis 

The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin’s ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought

Uighur scholar to appeal life sentence 

A prominent scholar who championed China’s Uighur minority plans to appeal his conviction and life sentence, citing what he calls his improper detention and the authorities’ refusal to give his lawyers copies

Top planning official Liu Tienan ‘took USD6m in bribes’

A senior official with China’s economic planning ministry and his son took bribes from a Guangzhou carmaker, including kickbacks for helping approve the opening of a Toyota dealership, a Chinese

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti gets harsh life sentence 

A Chinese court imposed a life sentence yesterday on a moderate scholar who championed the country’s Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal

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