Huawei forgave 4,000 workers for corruption, falsifying results

Huawei Technologies Co. forgave more than 4,000 workers, including senior executives, who were involved in corruption and fraudulent business practices, the company’s founder said. Ren Zhengfei said at the World Economic

Mainland, Russia plan USD242b Beijing-Moscow rail link

The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. The journey from Beijing

Don’t worry about mainland slowdown, Premier Li tells Davos

  China will avoid a hard landing and is focused on ensuring long-term medium-to-fast growth, Premier Li Keqiang told global leaders in Davos. While the economy will still face large downward pressures

Gov’t seen planning overhaul of foreign investment rules

  China is proposing an overhaul of its foreign-investment rules with a draft law that could mark the biggest change in decades to the way global companies do business in the

New Yorker writer says he didn’t pen op-ed in mainland paper

A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China wrote that the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him. Peter Hessler said on Facebook on Tuesday that

Hong Kong | Gov’t warns public to avoid outdoors as pollution soars

The pollution index reached 10+ at monitors in Central, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, the city’s main business and entertainment districts, at 5:00 p.m. local time, according to the Environmental

Kenya gov’t considers request to repatriate Chinese hackers

China made a formal request to extradite its nationals, the foreign affairs ministry’s political and diplomatic secretary Ben Ogutu said on a live TV talk show. During an official trip to Kenya

Shanghai fires four officials for deadly New Year’s stampede

  Shanghai sacked four officials and punished seven others for not providing enough security to prevent the deadly New Year’s Eve stampede, the first punishments meted out after President Xi Jinping

Xi gets raise in base pay to USD22,300 a year 

  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s base salary is rising from about USD13,600 to $22,300 a year under a recent general pay increase for public employees, state media reported yesterday. The reports gave

2014 economic growth slowest in more than 2 decades

  China’s economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent in 2014, the weakest expansion in nearly a quarter century, and is forecast to slip further over the next two years, adding to headwinds

Winners and losers in the deepening economic slowdown 

  China’s economy, the world’s second largest, grew 7.4 percent last year, its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter century. Forecasters expect growth to wane further in the next several years as China

Hong Kong | Army creates cadets modeled after PLA, China Daily says

Hong Kong inaugurated a student cadet group that will practice Chinese army foot drills and wear similar uniforms, as almost three months of pro-democracy protests led to increased scrutiny of

Focus | Reporting methods of singer’s death trigger debate online

  Grief over a famous singer’s death turned into a dispute on how the press should cover celebrity deaths after many accused media outlets of crossing the line. Yao Beina, who sang

Home prices fall as trends diverge among cities

China’s real estate market has extended its slump with new home prices in December registering month-on-month declines in a majority of surveyed cities. Of 70 large and medium-sized cities surveyed, 66

Senior spy official under investigation for graft

China announced a formal investigation into a top spy chief for alleged corruption, confirmation of the highest-ranking intelligence officer nabbed in President Xi Jinping’s battle against graft. Ma Jian, deputy minister

22 confirmed dead in tugboat capsizing

Authorities confirmed 22 people dead in the capsizing of a tugboat with an international team on a test voyage in eastern China, after rescuers dragged the overturned vessel to shallow waters

Military targets 16 officials for graft as Xi widens probe

China’s military announced the names of 16 senior officials who were put under investigation for graft, including the deputy head of its nuclear forces, signaling President Xi Jinping is widening

Xinjiang | Authorities punish officials for abuses in arranging pilgrimages 

Thirty-two officials in far-western China have been punished over alleged bribe-taking, nepotism or other wrongdoing in the choosing of people for over-subscribed Muslim pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca, a Communist

Heavy smog casts pall over Beijing as it bids for Olympics

Air pollution hit hazardous levels in Beijing yesterday, presenting a new challenge to leaders who have tried to curb smog via higher taxes and casting a pall over the city’s

Xiaomi unveils phone aimed at iPhone users

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets yesterday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said is

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