Chongqing creates first no-cellphone lane

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and

Police detain famed film director Wang Quan’an for prostitution 

Chinese film director Wang Quan’an, a Berlin International Film Festival winner known for the movies “Tuya’s Marriage” and “White Deer Plain,” has been detained on the charge of hiring prostitutes,

Shanghai free trade zone’s top official leaves post

The most senior official of Shanghai’s free trade zone left his position weeks before the project’s first anniversary this month, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Dai Haibo “no longer holds”

Hearing planned amid Guangdong incinerator protests 

Officials in a southern Chinese town where a proposed garbage incinerator drew thousands of protesters over the weekend say no firm plans have been made for the plant’s location and

BRIEFS | Almost half of rich Chinese consider moving abroad

A well-known 81-year-old Chinese writer was taken from his Beijing home and detained by police after he wrote several articles critical of a senior politician, his wife said yesterday. Police

HONG KONG | Leung calls for ‘good sense’ before suffrage march

Hong Kong’s leader called for “good sense” on changes to the city’s political system, as activists began a march protesting China’s decision to vet candidates for the first popular elections

Guangdong protesters march against incinerator for 2nd day

Residents in a southern Chinese town protested against a proposed garbage incinerator for a second straight day yesterday, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of earlier demonstrations that saw

Separatism trial set for Uighur scholar 

An outspoken Chinese minority Uighur scholar accused of separatism will go on trial Wednesday in the country’s northwest, one of his lawyers said. Liu Xiaoyuan said Friday he has been informed

Mainland factory-output slump tests Premier Li’s resolve

Factory production rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday in Beijing, compared with 9 percent in July and the 8.8 percent

Authorities shackle Uighur scholar’s feet for a month 

For more than a month, Chinese authorities have shackled the ankles of an outspoken minority Uighur scholar accused of separatism while he awaits trial, his lawyer said yesterday. The treatment of

CONSERVATION | In Hong Kong, you can find a home where cows and buffalos roam

Shai Oster To city dwellers worried about mice and rats, spare a thought for Hong Kongers confronting half-ton feral beasts. A few miles from some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in

Activist’s attorneys plan no show in court 

A scheduled trial for a Chinese human rights activist Yang Maodong may not proceed today after his lawyers said they would not attend the court proceedings because authorities did not

Fighters back from Iraq, Syria are threat 

China and its Central Asian neighbors face increased terrorism threats as their own nationals return home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the head of a regional anti-terrorism organization said yesterday. The

BRIEFS | China fines Audi, Chrysler on monopoly charges

Chinese authorities have fined automaker Audi USD40.5 million and Chrysler USD5.2 million on charges of violating anti-monopoly law in a sweeping probe of the auto industry. The government announced yesterday

Premier Li promises more open economy 

China’s premier promised yesterday to open the world’s No. 2 economy wider to foreign companies, promising favorable conditions despite a wave of anti-monopoly investigations that business groups say might be

Killings by anti-terror cops raise concerns 

When attackers from China’s minority Uighurs killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs

TAIWAN | Oil maker fined heavily over tainted lard

Taiwan has fined a cooking oil supplier 50 million New Taiwan dollars (USD1.67 million) over its sale of tainted lard, the public health watchdog said yesterday. The Public health authority in

TAIWAN | Mainland tourist numbers record fast growth

The number of individual tourists from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan more than doubled to 615,000 in the first seven months of this year, a spokesman said yesterday. Individual tourists,

Business group says gov’t needs to speed up reform 

The report by the European Chamber of Commerce in China adds to warnings that Beijing needs to open the state-dominated economy and not use regulation to promote growth of Chinese

Washington and Beijing discuss avoiding military incidents 

The matter appeared to be one of a relatively few contentious issues raised during a visit intended to lay the groundwork for President Barack Obama’s trip to Beijing in November. Overall,

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