CNPC anti-corruption head said to be detained for investigation

Wang Lixin, the head of the discipline and inspection department at the state-owned company, has been held for investigation since late September, said the officials, who requested their names not

HONG KONG | Protest leaders may walk away from talks

Hong Kong protest leaders said they will consider pulling out of discussions should the government continue to ignore their key political demands. The government’s decision to base formal talks on the

HONG KONG | ‘Silent majority’ critical of protests

When Beijing cracked down on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Bobby Yim was among many in Hong Kong who sympathized with the demonstrators and angrily denounced the Chinese

8 detained before ‘umbrella’ poetry event 

Chinese police detained a well-known poet and seven other people ahead of a poetry reading planned in Beijing to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, relatives of the detained said

THE BUZZ | Strong earthquake shakes southwestern China, one killed

A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern Yunnan province last night, killing at least one person, sending thousands fleeing into the streets and damaging buildings, officials and reports said. The U.S. Geological

HONG KONG | Demonstrators split on how to end crisis: Street voices

Demonstrations that had paralyzed parts of Hong Kong thinned yesterday after the start of talks with student leaders. Yet dozens of pro-democracy protesters continued to demonstrate yesterday outside the office

Retail chains see 50pct sales drop, survey shows

Sales at major Hong Kong retailer chains have fallen as much as 50 percent during the bulk of the Chinese National Day holidays after pro-democracy protests disrupted the shopping season,

HONG KONG | Protests thin as two sides agree to talk

Crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong’s streets with demands for a greater say in choosing the territory’s leader thinned dramatically yesterday after student leaders and the government agreed to

HONG KONG | Protests shrink after tumultuous week

Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong shrank yesterday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government

Hong Kong | FireChat helps demonstrators overcome traffic jam

Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators finding it difficult to communicate over congested mobile-phone networks are downloading the application FireChat about 100,000 times a day in an effort to stay connected. Open Garden’s

Tiananmen legacy looms over Hong Kong protests 

The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. In

HONG KONG | Protesters at odds over pullback plan 

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists appeared divided after some agreed to remove some barriers blocking roads and sidewalks ahead of a deadline today set by the government and scale back their

HONG KONG | Democracy standoff reflects wide rifts in society

The story of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s top leader, is the type of rags-to-riches tale that is generally admired in this commercially-minded city. But Leung is deeply unpopular, thanks mainly

Patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles 

On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea. Cheers erupted on board at the sight

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

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