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RYB Education kindergarten under investigation over child abuse claims

Beijing authorities are investigating multiple allegations of child abuse at a kindergarten run by a US-listed Chinese education group, according to local media reports. Xinhua reported late on Thursday that some teachers at the RYB Education New World kindergarten had been suspended from duty as ...

Expect more US corruption probes involving firms with links to China, legal experts say

More companies with Chinese ties could be ensnared in corruption investigations in the United States as Washington becomes more familiar with business practices in China, legal experts said. The assessment comes after former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping and former Senegalese ...

China offers loans to Djibouti as they vow to establish closer ties

China vowed to establish a strategic partnership with Djibouti, the site of its first overseas military base, as leaders of the two countries signed an agreement on Thursday for Beijing to provide an undisclosed amount of loans to the Horn of Africa nation. The framework pact for preferential loans ...

What's the Greater Bay Area plan? Hong Kong's young people don't know either, with half having never heard of it

More than half of Hong Kong’s young people have never heard of the “Greater Bay Area” development plan, and continued ignorance will mean the city missing out on opportunities, a local think tank and youth group have warned. Proactive Think Tank and the Hong Kong Guangdong Youth ...

Celebrity Chinese blogger offers to teach fans how to get a 50 per cent pay rise

A controversial Chinese online celebrity has launched a course to teach her fans how to get a higher salary, and promised a refund if that does not work, mainland media reported on Wednesday. Mi Meng, China’s hottest blogger who has over 10 million fans – mainly female – on her ...

Limited upside in China's 2018 home prices as banks keep mortgages, loans on short leash

There’s limited upside on China’s property prices going into 2018, as the country’s monetary authorities maintain their tight grip on the financial spigot and limit the amount of credits that can flow into mortgage loans, according to the consensus of a group of financial ...

China eyes closer military cooperation with Myanmar as it looks to expand sphere of influence near India's borders

China has promised to seek closer military cooperation with Myanmar as it seeks to establish greater influence over the country. The pledge followed a meeting between senior military commanders from the two countries and follows increasing competition between China and India, which both share ...

China's trade with North Korea sinks as UN sanctions cut business

China’s trade with North Korea fell to US$334.9 million in October, its lowest since February as imports sank to their weakest in years, data showed on Thursday – the latest sign that tough new sanctions cut business with its isolated neighbour. The total is down almost 20 per cent ...

China diesel prices rise amid fears of shortages, tax hikes in pollution crackdown

A rally in China’s diesel prices has pushed the fuel to a rare premium over petrol as dealers scramble to scoop up supplies amid fears of shortages due to Beijing’s war on smog and possible tax changes. Led by a spike in benchmark crude prices, wholesale diesel prices have jumped 11 per ...

Gunman wanted for triple slaying in southern China

A reward has been offered to help catch a man accused of shooting three people to death and injuring six others in a village in southern China, state media reported. Lin Zhonghong is wanted by the police after the killings in Jingzhouzhen in Guangdong province on Tuesday, the China News Service ...

Seven held as Chinese police probe US$3bn underground currency racket

Seven people have been arrested in southern China for alleged involvement in an underground banking scheme involving more than 20 billion yuan . Economic crime investigators from Shaoguan police in Guangdong province said more than 10,000 suspects may be involved in a massive underground currency ...

Australia looks for balance to China's rising power in Indo-Pacific region

Australia is seeking to work more closely with the major democracies in the Indo-Pacific as it calls for a greater US role to provide a balance to China’s increasing power in the region. The country’s Foreign Policy White Paper, published on Thursday, reiterated the country’s ...

Chinese man put in detention for claiming 'nail house' compensation deal worth millions

A man has been placed in detention and fined in southern China for spreading rumours that inflated the amount of money given in compensation to the owner of a “nail house”, state media reported. The owner of a flat in Shenzhen had refused to move to make way for a high-speed rail and ...

China's internet regulator denounces ex-boss Lu Wei facing graft probe

China’s internet regulator has denounced its former boss, Lu Wei, who is under investigation for alleged corruption. The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement that Lu had damaged its image and jeopardised the Communist Party’s efforts to manage the internet. Lu, who ...

Arctic wolves to go on display at Chinese zoo

Five Arctic wolves are to go on display at a zoo and aquarium in northern China. The animals will be kept at Polarland in Harbin in Heilongjiang province, the China News Service said. The animals have come from Serbia and will first be kept under quarantine for 30 days. All the animals are about six ...

Beijing gives private firms greater role in developing hi-tech 'global leading players'

China’s private businesses – from internet service provider Tencent to carmaker Geely – are to play a greater role in the country’s top technology programmes and backbone infrastructure projects as Beijing seeks to give fresh momentum to its “Made in China 2025” ...

'Inadequate' intellectual property rights hitting investment, says China's premier

It is strategically important for China’s economy that the country enhances protection of intellectual property rights, the state news agency Xinhua quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying, as the cabinet promised to improve regulations. Inadequate protection of intellectual property had ...

CEFC China Energy: the oil and gas deals it quietly snapped up overseas

The arrest in the United States of former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping over an alleged multimillion-dollar bribery scheme in Africa has thrust the low-profile Chinese energy company accused of backing the deals into the spotlight. Details in US court filings point to CEFC ...

South Korea must keep THAAD's prying eyes away from China, foreign minister says

Beijing has again urged Seoul to ensure that a US anti-missile system installed in southern South Korea not infringe on China’s security interests. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued the call over the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system in talks with his South Korean counterpart ...

Goodbye Skype. China's internet censorship juggernaut rolls on without its former cyber tsar

Beijing is continuing to tighten its grip on cyberspace with the removal of internet phone services, including Microsoft’s popular Skype application, from China’s app stores. The app’s disappearance came as the Communist Party’s watchdog announced that former internet tsar Lu ...

Foxconn says student overtime on iPhone X was voluntary but broke its own rules

Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhone and other gadgets, on Wednesday said overtime by interns at its factory in Zhengzhou was “voluntary and compensated appropriately”. The manufacturer was responding to a Financial Times report accusing the plant of using ...

China takes aim at US sanctions on Chinese and North Korean companies

China has lashed out at the United States for slapping sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organisations for supporting Pyongyang, labelling Washington’s action a wrong move. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing on Wednesday that China opposed unilateral action on ...

US and Chinese soldiers join forces to confront disaster on an American military base

A man lay on the grass, shivering beneath his bloodstained T-shirt as Chinese military doctors and US Army medics hovered over him, applying a splint and an IV. Troops nearby prepared to move the injured. On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two seemingly unlikely ...

Skype vanishes from Apple and Android app stores in China

Skype, Microsoft’s internet phone call and messaging service, has disappeared from app stores in China including Apple’s online outlet, in the latest setback for a foreign tech service in the country. Apple, responding to questions about Skype’s absence, late on Tuesday said it had ...

Mugabe's exit will make Zimbabwe even closer to China, say Chinese analysts

Robert Mugabe’s resignation in Zimbabwe after 37 years in power is likely to bring the African nation even closer to China, according to Chinese analysts. Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is poised to take over as head of state after a military takeover finally forced Mugabe to quit. ...

Chinese man jailed for spiking woman's food with male hormone

A court has upheld a one-year jail term given to a man who slipped male hormone into a female work colleague’s food and drink, Chinese media reported. Surveillance footage showed Zhou Chuanjie lacing the woman’s meals with methyltestosterone, a synthetic steroid. Zhou was convicted of ...

Wife, friend charged with husband's murder after admitting they staged car crash in eastern China

Zhejiang police have charged a woman and man with the murder of the woman’s husband after they confessed to drugging him then staging a car accident, a Shanghai news website reports. Police found the body of Li Gang, not his real name, in a crashed car, five metres below a bridge on a quiet ...

Air China suspends flights between Beijing, Pyongyang

Air China has indefinitely suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang, citing poor demand as North Korea faces growing sanctions from the United States over its nuclear weapons and missile programmes. An official in the company’s Beijing-based press office, who did not give his full name, ...

Chinese gang face charges over Buddhist temple raid

A gang accused of stealing ancient artefacts from a Buddhist temple in southwest China are to face prosecution, according to a newspaper report. Nine people were arrested in August, accused of taking 27 Song dynasty relics, the Chengdu Economic Daily reported. Among the items stolen were seven ...

Vatican, China exchange art amid stalemate in bid to heal ties

The Vatican and China are planning a first exchange of artworks to display in museums as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement. The parallel exhibits announced on Tuesday, involving an exchange of 40 works of art ...

Unexploded aircraft bomb found in southern China

An unexploded bomb has been safely detonated at a quarry in southern China, according to a news website report. The aircraft bomb containing about 100kg in explosives was discovered on Saturday during building work near a factory in Huangshi in Hubei province, Thepaper.cn reported. The area was ...

Guaranteed repayment – the wild financial game no Chinese bank can afford to lose

China’s central bank is trying to smash the tacit rule of “guaranteed repayment” in the US$15 trillion asset management industry, but analysts say few financial institutions – especially banks – can afford to let their clients shoulder losses. When a Chinese ...

China's premier says ties with Japan 'gradually improving'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says his countries ties with Japan are “gradually improving” and the two nations should further deepen cooperation. Li made the remarks during a meeting with a group of Japanese business leaders in Beijing on Tuesday, amid increasing signs that Asia’s two ...

Pollution fight cold comfort for families without heating in northern China

After millions of Chinese families were forced to give up coal for their winter heating, some now find themselves without a reliable supply of natural gas to heat their homes as temperatures plunge below zero. The government has touted its progress in replacing coal-fired boilers in northern China ...

Five biggest Chinese investments in the Pakistan arm of the Belt and Road Initiative

The US$57 billion second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – an ambitious plan to integrate sea and land routes across Eurasia under China’s Belt and Road Initiative – is moving along, guided by a joint cooperation panel’s decisions at an Islamabad forum. The ...

Beijing, Washington move closer to trade war as Donald Trump-led investigations target China

US President Donald Trump’s mantra before and since his tour of Asia earlier this month touted the need for countries to accept each other’s unique characteristics to ensure prosperity for the world’s great civilisations. The message of harmony might have offset discord caused by ...

China's central bank orders crackdown on online lenders to curb runaway credit

China’s central bank has issued its harshest set of restrictions yet to rein in the country’s online microlending businesses, putting on a tight leash an industry that was feeding off young borrowers living beyond their means. Effective immediately, the People’s Bank of China and ...

Hong Kong dominates Asian property investment in first half

Hong Kong attracted the most property investment in Asia in the first half of 2017, according to a latest annual property report from PwC. The city took the top investment spot with real estate sales reaching US$8,269 million, a 5 per cent year over year increase, ahead of Tokyo which had sales ...

Look beyond the headline numbers to see China's economic transformation in progress

The notion of having one data metric - like the gross domestic product - to capture the performance of an entire economy is becoming increasingly obsolete, particularly for a large, diverse and fast changing economy like China. The rapid structural rebalancing which China is undertaking has created ...

China's former internet tsar Lu Wei detained in graft probe: anti-corruption agency

China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei, who once sat in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s seat during a visit to the California company, has been detained amid a Communist Party internal graft probe, its top anti-corruption agency said. As head of the Cyberspace Administration of China and ...

Chinese companies risk legal minefield with 'poor awareness of offshore bribery laws'

The arrest of a former Hong Kong official in New York for allegedly bribing African officials on behalf of a Chinese company highlights the lack of awareness of legal issues among Chinese investors overseas, lawyers said. US officials said on Monday that they had arrested former Hong Kong home ...

China and Pakistan agree to push forward economic corridor plan after dam deal scrapped

As China and Pakistan agreed on Tuesday to push ahead with their huge economic and infrastructure scheme, analysts said disputes over individual projects would not have a significant impact on its progress. Officials from both sides were finalising a long-term plan to 2030 for the US$57 billion ...

North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'snubs' China in failure to repay diplomatic favour

The failure of North Korean and Chinese officials to arrange a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping’s envoy and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a snub to Beijing and a further sign of strained ties between the communist neighbours, diplomatic observers said. Song Tao, head of the ...

Human head transplant still some way off, Chinese surgeon Ren Xiaoping says

The Chinese surgeon aiming to jointly complete the world’s first human head transplant said there was still a long way to go before the procedure could be done on a patient. Harbin Medical University professor Ren Xiaoping delivered the assessment at the university on Tuesday, just days after ...

Seven officials sacked over tuberculosis outbreak in central China

Seven health and education officials were removed from their posts in central Hunan province on Tuesday over their handling of an outbreak of tuberculosis, according to state media. Some 29 high school and eight vocational school students in Taojiang county were recently confirmed to be infected ...

Thousands of animals face eviction as Chengdu wildlife shelter told to close

A private shelter in Chengdu that takes in wildlife including endangered species has been told to shut down by the end of the year, and the 2,000 animals housed there will have to be relocated. But its owner Zhou Ming told Shanghai news outlet Thepaper.cn that compensation offered by the local ...

How gay Chinese hide their relationships behind 'sham marriages'

When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: gay. Searching out suitors for such a marriage of convenience proved difficult, so she created an online matchmaking forum to ...

Panchen Lama says art for sale online is fake

A top religious leader in Tibet has accused dozens of shops on Alibaba’s Taobao e-commerce platform of selling counterfeit art bearing his name, the regional government’s official news website reports. The Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibet’s spiritual hierarchy, said ...

China falls for model who took a tumble on Victoria's Secret catwalk

China’s internet saw an outpouring of support on Tuesday for model Ming Xi, who apologised to the country for tripping on the catwalk of the first-ever Victoria’s Secret fashion show held there. Xi, who was born Xi Mengyao, went down after stepping on the train of her flowing costume ...

Man apologises for throwing carrots at bears in Beijing wildlife park

A man has apologised after photographs of him throwing objects at bears in a Beijing zoo on Sunday went viral online, mainland media reported on Tuesday. The man had thrown carrots at the bears, Beijing Wildlife Park said on Monday. The 16-year-old park in southern Beijing has drive-through areas ...