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Maid to order in Hong Kong


Maids are in the news lately, with Hong Kong being offered unlimited choice by importing helpers from Myanmar. Hong Kong is helper haven with nearly 300,000 domestic helpers, largely from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, India with newcomers added from Bangladesh and now Myanmar. Their strength can be gauged on weekends when every available open and public … Continue reading

Opportunity glimmers through China’s toxic smog


As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan ($494 … Continue reading

China bans Battlefield 4 video game; declares it a “threat to national security”


Not content with banning a video game for hurting their feelings, China have banned any mention of the the game whatsoever, even to the extent of banning it in internet searches. There are different kinds of bans in the video game world. There’s the Australian ban, normally thought of as pretty extreme when a game … Continue reading

China targets schools for major Marxist education campaign


Educational institutions – from primary schools to universities – will be a major target of a sweeping Marxist education campaign announced yesterday by the Communist Party. The unusually detailed action plan released by the ruling party’s General Office was seen as an attempt by party boss and President Xi Jinping to fight against public scepticism … Continue reading

Fake expat website claims western countries see China in a very positive light


Fake expat website eChinacities, in a pathetic bid to sway the opinions of expats living in China, has published unsubstantiated figures provided by the CCP, which claim that the majority of citizens living in countries known to criticise China, in fact have great admiration for China. Expats in China often rely on expat websites as … Continue reading

China celebrates Mao’s 120th birthday, but events scaled back


China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform … Continue reading

China’s hypocrisy, shamelessness and paranoia


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. I refer to the report of AFP, “China slams Japan defence spending plan”, December 22. According to the said article: “China has denounced Japan’s plans to boost military purchases, accusing it of playing up regional tensions … Continue reading

China says carrier tests in South China Sea going well


China‘s first and only aircraft carrier has successfully carried out a series of tests during a training mission in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. This month’s drills off the coast of Hainan Island mark not only the first time China has sent a carrier into the South China Sea but … Continue reading

The new face of Chinese propaganda


An old schoolmate of mine is now a midlevel government official. This friend, Mr. Lin, is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He worships Mao Zedong and often quotes Mao’s saying, “Man must have some spirit.” He once told me that when he visited New York, he most liked the Statue of Liberty, … Continue reading

China renews press cards for Bloomberg and New York Times reporters


The Chinese government has renewed the press accreditations for journalists from Bloomberg News and several New York Times reporters, a journalists’ group said on Thursday. Foreign journalists from the two media organisations had feared they may have to leave China after the government gave no indication it would grant them their accreditations, a move criticized … Continue reading

China continues scientific “research” with new bases in Antarctica


China will expand its presence in Antarctica by building a fourth research base and finding a site for a fifth, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as the country steps up its increasingly far-flung scientific efforts. Chinese scientists are increasingly looking beyond China for their research, including sending submersibles to explore the bottom of the … Continue reading

China’s behaviour in South China Sea ship encounter is irresponsible says U.S.


China‘s behaviour in a narrowly averted naval collision in the South China Sea was both “unhelpful” and “irresponsible,” U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, warning against incidents could escalate existing U.S.-Chinese tensions. “That action by the Chinese, cutting their ship 100 yards out in front of the (USS) Cowpens, was not a responsible … Continue reading

China’s lunar rover litters on moon, writes name in Bay of Rainbows


Just days after Jade Rabbit’s historic moon landing, incriminating photos have surfaced which show China’s rover littering and writing its name in the Bay of Rainbows, reigniting an old debate about the behavior of Chinese tourists abroad. Newly released photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope clearly show the rover using tire tracks to write “Jade … Continue reading

China increases rights abuses even as labour camps ditched


China is increasingly using extra-judicial “black jails” and drug rehabilitation centres to punish people who would formerly have been sent to forced labour camps, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. China vowed last month to do away with hundreds of labour camps, as part of a landmark package of social and economic reforms. Official … Continue reading

eChinacities expat website now a propaganda machine


Expat websites have recently been targetted by the CCP as propaganda machines aimed at expats in China. An example is eChinacities. Once an invaluable source of information for expats, the site is now mostly Chinese propaganda, trolls seeking to entrap expats and advertisements for illegal employment. I started working for eChinacities a few years back … Continue reading

U.S. offers to help South East Asia patrol South China Sea; most to Vietnam


The United States on Monday offered $32.5 million in assistance to Southeast Asian nations, more than half to Vietnam, to boost maritime security, which comes as tension grows with China over rival claims in the South China Sea. On his first visit to Vietnam as secretary of state, John Kerry denied that the assistance had … Continue reading

China declares Lunar Defence Obliteration Zone


Following the successful launch of its first lunar rover, the Chinese government has declared a defensive zone extending vertically from China into space and encompassing the moon. The Lunar Defense Obliteration Zone, according to newly appointed space minister Wu Houyi, “will protect China’s core interests and interplanetary sovereignty.” All foreign spacecraft, satellites, comets and space debris … Continue reading

Pioneering digital marketing in China


The Chinese market is a key target for global luxury brands and export oriented companies focusing on high-end quality products and services. Setting up a marketing strategy could be the hard part of the job, even for brands and companies that are well established in western countries. Chinese customers are increasingly using digital channels and … Continue reading

China concerned about North Korean and Iranian nuclear weapons programs coming to special economic zones


Given recent events in North Korea, China is concerned about the development of Special Economic Zones, and the possibility of their use for Iran’s nuclear weapons development. In addition to her own nuclear weapons development and assistance to Iran, North Korea is trying to establish new zones to accommodate foreign investors and businesses. Iran could … Continue reading

Chinese naval vessel tries to force U.S. warship to stop in international waters


A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by … Continue reading

China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon


China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess … Continue reading

Susan Rice attempts to solve the Japan-China deadlock


Sending Caroline Kennedy, a household name in the United States, to Japan as the ambassador indicates that President Obama has realised there is no better choice than using the tension in East Asia to capture and retain the attention of the American public to his amazing skills in handling Asia.  While the jingoistic heat may … Continue reading

Call made to US Congress for China war plan


The U.S. military needs a more focused war plan specific to China, especially after China’s recent declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea, a group of defense analysts told a prominent US House subcommittee. As part of the Pentagon’s overall defense strategy to pivot to the Pacific, the U.S. should buy … Continue reading

China to explore for seabed mining, develop deep-sea tourism


China has recruited six trainees of deep-sea submersible operators and been building its State Deep Sea Base in Qingdao. The six trainees will take a 2-year course and be certified operators after passing the examination. By that time, China will have eight deep-sea submersible operators. There are two female trainees among the six. It is … Continue reading

China residents drink pesticide in Beijing protest


A dozen people protesting the demolition of their homes in central China drank pesticide in Beijing in a desperate bid for attention that underscores the failures of a decades-old petitioning system. The 12 survived the protest Tuesday near a historic watchtower in the heart of China’s capital after police sent them to a hospital where … Continue reading

Philippines UN case means China may quit maritime pact to avoid submitting to judgement


A prominent Chinese academic says Beijing could withdraw from the UN’s maritime treaty rather than submit to judgement on its disputed sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. Regional security expert Professor Shen Dingli said the decision by the Philippines to refer its territorial disputes with China to UN arbitration demonstrated that it was “a … Continue reading

China says world’s worst pollution has benefits


Commentaries by two of China’s most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s … Continue reading

Beijing’s aggression accelerates relocation of foreign industry out of China


China sees itself as assertive, but the rest of the world sees it as aggressive. With the risk of war so high, many multinationals, especially from Japan, are speeding up relocation of industry out of China. The debate continues on the motivations and risks of China’s decision on November 23 to announce an East China … Continue reading

China claims to have invented world’s first invisibility cloak


Scientists on the mainland say they are increasingly confident of developing the world’s first practical invisibility cloak, using technology to hide objects from view and make them “disappear’’. They already claimed to have made fish and cats disappear. At least 40 research teams have been funded by the central government over the past three years … Continue reading

China: Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai


Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub … Continue reading

China’s continued aggression is a windfall for United States


China’s not-so-blue skies were the primary topic of conversation during Vice President Biden’s recent trip to East Asia. The issue, of course, was not climate change but Beijing’s declaration last month of a new air defence identification zone that requires aircraft flying through the area to identify themselves and to file a flight plan . … Continue reading

China’s supposed top world education ranking is designed to deceive


The Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) scores for 15 year olds around the world were recently released. While these scores do offer some indication as to how students from a given country compare, we should be reticent to make took much of these scores. Shanghai in particular is a city where much ado has been made about apparently high … Continue reading

China’s free trade zone plans herald quicker FX reforms


China plans to roll out financial sector reforms in the Shanghai special economic zone in the next three months and most will be implemented in a year, suggesting authorities are accelerating the pace of dismantling capital account controls. A People’s Bank of China (PBOC) statement on Wednesday for the first time gave a timeline for … Continue reading

China plans “Death Star” moon base to launch nuclear weapons


A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth. It all sounds like something straight … Continue reading

Envisioning the future of China – circa 1960s


During the 1960’s, China was at a crossroads when it came to envisioning the future. On the one hand, the country was recovering from the shock’s of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” – a program of rapid industrialization and collectivization that led to widespread famine and millions of deaths. On the other, the country was still … Continue reading

China journalist slams state TV for airing coerced public confession


A producer for China’s state broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that he had been fired after he criticised the network’s role in a controversial crackdown on online rumours. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has since been scrubbed from Chinese social media. He took issue with China Central Television‘s airing of … Continue reading

With glut of lonely men, China has an approved outlet for unrequited lust


In Guangzhou, China, slack-jawed and perspiring, Chen Weizhou gazed at a pair of life-size female dolls clad, just barely, in lingerie and lace stockings. Above these silicone vixens, an instructional video graphically depicted just how realistic they felt once undressed. A 46-year-old tour bus driver, Mr Chen had come earlier this month to the Guangzhou … Continue reading

China launches lunar probe carrying ‘Jade Rabbit’ moon buggy


China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Monday, in a major milestone for its space program. The Chang’e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite … Continue reading

China claims territories of 23 countries, even though it only has borders with 14


The total area of China’s claims on other countries exceeds the size of modern China itself, but Beijing refuses to budge on its claims. Many are based on unsubstantiated (outside China) and unprecedented “historical precedents” dating back centuries. And while China only has land borders with 14 countries, it is claiming territory from at least … Continue reading

China, India spar over disputed border


China on Saturday urged India not to aggravate problems on the border shared by the two nations, a day after the Indian president toured a disputed region and called it an integral part of the country. The two countries, which fought a brief border war in 1962, only last month signed a pact to ensure … Continue reading

China plans to mine and exploit the moon


The Moon could be a “beautiful” source of minerals and energy, a top Chinese scientist has told the BBC. Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for solar power could prove invaluable for humankind, he says. The comments come from Prof Ouyang Ziyuan of the department of lunar and deep space exploration. His first interview … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang college says “approved political views” needed to graduate


College students in China’s restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism. Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic group, many of whom resent controls imposed by Beijing and an inflow of … Continue reading

SlutWalk Hong Kong


Originating from Toronto, Canada, the SlutWalk movement has quickly become an awakening with 80 walks all over the world from London to Calcutta to Chicago and, more recently, Hong Kong. The SlutWalk movement was born in April 2011 when a Canadian police officer made a statement that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order … Continue reading

Japan and South Korea defy China in new air defence zone


Japanese and South Korean military aircraft flew through disputed air space over the East China Sea without informing China, officials said on Thursday, challenging a new Chinese air defense zone that has increased regional tensions and sparked concerns of an unintended clash. The move came after Tokyo’s close ally Washington defied China’s demand that airplanes … Continue reading

Housing, spatial price differences, and inequality in China


Many studies find evidence of a growing income inequality in China. However, the majority of these studies may be constructing biased measures of inequality. This column presents evidence from a new study on how inequality in China is overstated if one ignores the spatial differences in the cost of living. With a booming urban housing … Continue reading

The Philippines and China will have a deal rather than a fight


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. The “Kawayan politika” and “Balimbing diplomasya” approaches adopted by the late Philippine president Corazon Cojuangco Aquino (1933-2009) remarkably cultivated warm relationships between The Philippines and her neighbours in general and China in particular during her tenure (1986-92). These flexible … Continue reading

US defies China by flying over East China Sea without notification


Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House on … Continue reading

China: Man stole iPhone, but conscience got the better of him


Not every victim of theft is as lucky as Chinese man Zou Bin. A thief who stole his iPhone apparently felt guilty because he later sent its rightful owner a manually transcribed list of a thousand contacts. It took up eleven pages. According to local media reports, the thief stole the iPhone belonging to Zou … Continue reading

China advises nationals living in Japan to register with embassy in Tokyo


The establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone may be just a gesture to claim the Diaoyus (called Senkakus by Japan). However, sending fighter jets to patrol the Zone, stating “China’s armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to … Continue reading

China: Why are Japan and America so concerned about this map?


China’s Ministry of National Defense issued this map establishing the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. The ministry claims that the zone is “not directed against any specific country or target,” which is a bit hard to buy given that it overlaps significantly with Japan’s air defense zone in the region: it includes the disputed islands known as the Diaoyu … Continue reading

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