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Monday, November 30, 2015
Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog affecting city
Beijing on Sunday issued its highest-level smog alert this year and urged residents to stay indoors as dangerous air pollution continued to cloak swaths of northern China.
HK's dolphins at risk of disappearing
As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether.
Chinese Internet tycoon Jack Ma's mooted buyout of Hong Kong's struggling South China Morning Post could see the paper prosper from his Midas touch, analysts say, but also further erode its independence and with it the city's press freedoms.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
China's carbon footprint grows with the good life
The son of peach farmers, Chen Jian relishes the fruits of his middle class life, driving to work and flying on holiday, epitomizing how China's carbon footprint has grown alongside the prosperity of its nearly 1.4 billion people.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Three of mainland China's biggest securities firms are under investigation in a fresh aftershock from this summer's market plunge.
Activist sentenced to 6 years in jail by mainland
A court in southern mainland China sentenced a leading activist who organized rallies for media freedom to six years in prison Friday in what his lawyer described as an unfair trial with an extra criminal charge added at the last minute.
Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after pageant snub over activism
A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing Friday, saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to mainland China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.
Mainland China will carry out sweeping reforms to the structure of its military, state media reported, in moves intended to enhance the ruling Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) control over the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) decision to include the yuan in the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket will not directly increase the demand for yuan assets. Also, the implicit endorsement of the yuan as a reserve asset is unlikely to sway the decisions of global asset managers. Indeed, mainland China's market interventions this year in response to capital outflows and the bursting of the equity bubble provide strong reasons for them to steer well clear.
A fresh bout of capital outflow from emerging markets sparked by a strong U.S. dollar will exert a "relatively big downward pressure" on the economies of both Hong Kong and mainland China next year, Hong Kong's de facto central bank has warned.
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