Party paper backs charges against veteran journalist Gao Yu

A newspaper published by China’s ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution. The Global Times said in an

Panel predicts Beijing will keep confronting US 

Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said

Xi: Sino-Australian trade deal won’t hurt New Zealand 

Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday that China’s trade deal with Australia won’t hurt neighboring New Zealand because demand from the world’s No. 2 economy remains strong. Xi spoke to media

Mainland factory activity at 6-month low 

Manufacturing activity in China fell to a six-month low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released yesterday. HSBC’s

Hong Kong | Most people want pro-democracy protests to end now

Most Hong Kong people have grown weary of pro-democracy protests that have sparked clashes with police and disrupted the city for almost two months, and want the government to take

MDT Interview | Allan Zeman on Occupy Central | ‘I wanted to experience it. It was impressive’

Hong Kong’s restaurant and resort tycoon, Allan Zeman, best known as the father of Lan Kwai Fong (he stills owns most of it and has two more LKFs in China)

Beijing plans to slow energy consumption increase to 28pct by 2020

China, a week after unveiling an accord aimed at limiting carbon emissions, plans to cap the increasing rate at which it consumes energy to 28 percent for the seven-year period

More ‘Ghost Train’ than ‘Through Train’ as Shanghai stock link flows plunge

The flood of buy orders for Shanghai shares through the Hong Kong exchange link has slowed to a trickle two days after the program’s debut. Net purchases of mainland equities by

Hong Kong | Bailiffs to move on Mong Kok protest sites after Admiralty clash

Hong Kong will seek to remove barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the Mong Kok district as early as tomorrow, amid signs of escalating tension after some demonstrators broke into

Censors block websites as Internet meeting begins

Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. Internet service company. The action

Global drug-trafficking channels busted in Guangdong

The crackdown has dealt a heavy blow to domestic and international drug traffickers and producers who have continuously tried to turn the prosperous province into a major drug distribution center,

Court convicts Web marketer in anti-rumor campaign

A Beijing court yesterday convicted an Internet marketer of illegal business practices and sentenced him to four years in prison for posting false information and deleting posts critical of his

Beijing’s USD350M bridge gets scant N. Korean welcome 

The bridge was supposed to be a key link for trade and travel between China’s underdeveloped northeast provinces and a much-touted special economic zone in North Korea — so key that Beijing

HONG KONG | Some barricades cleared from protest site as demonstrators stand by

Hong Kong’s government cleared some barriers that have blocked the city center for the past seven weeks, with little opposition from pro-democracy protesters who erected them. Court bailiffs and security staff

Hong Kong | Gov’t to start clearing city-center demonstrators

Hong Kong’s government may clear pro-democracy protesters today from part of the city-center area that they occupy, as public support for the student-led movement ebbs after almost two months of

‘Migratory seniors’ flock south as winter bites

At 83, Wang Guihe is about to embark on a long journey. Wang and his wife, who live in Qiqihar in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, will take a three-hour ride on

‘Big guy’ Beijing seeks closer Australia security ties, Xi says

President Xi Jinping called for enhanced security ties with Australia after reaching a free-trade agreement and said the nation shouldn’t be concerned by China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific. Non-Chinese “may naturally

Number of mainland students in US hits record high 

A report by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said nearly 900,000 international students were studying in the U.S.

Gov’t wants Uighur refugees back from Thailand

More than 200 refugees detained in Thailand earlier this year are believed to be Chinese Uighurs and should be repatriated, a Chinese consul said, dismissing concerns they will be mistreated. The

Hong Kong | Student protesters denied permit to go to Beijing

Three Hong Kong students who have led protests for greater democracy in the former British colony were denied in their attempt Saturday to go to Beijing to meet with top

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