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The South China Morning Post brings you news and analysis about Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia.
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Covid-19 antibody test: what does your result mean? Why a high score is good but doesn't tell the whole story
Standing in a taxi queue recently I overheard a middle-aged man say to a woman of similar age ahead of him in line, "I got 650". Whatever he was referring to, he was clearly pleased with his result and he asked what she got. She smiled and said, "8,500". His face fell and it took a little more e
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Antitrust crackdown on China's tech sector could lead to greater competition, S&P says
Competition is likely to intensify among Chinese internet companies, such as Big Tech firms Alibaba Group Holding, JD.com and Tencent Holdings, as Beijing places greater scrutiny on mergers, overseas listings and anticompetitive behaviour in the technology sector, according to S&P Global Ratings.An
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Tokyo Olympics: Will China beat Japan (and the US) at their own Games?
China leads the medal table at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and for all of the other aspects surrounding the Games that is what counts come the closing ceremony - and where they stand in comparison to the USA and Japan.The current standings see China ahead of everyone else, although there are those in th
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Beijing to Berlin: clarify warship's intentions in South China Sea or forget Shanghai visit
Beijing says it will not consider a port call request from a German warship to stop at Shanghai until Berlin clarifies its intentions in sending the frigate through the South China Sea.The warship Bayern began its mission to the Indo-Pacific region on Monday and plans to cross the South China Sea -
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Chinese media's broadside and retraction send Tencent, NetEase and gaming stocks on a roller coaster ride that costs billions
China's gaming stocks had a roller coaster ride on Tuesday, after a state-run newspaper published a denunciation of the sector, only to delete the article hours later.Tencent Holdings, the world's largest owner of mobile and computer-based game titles, fell 6.1 per cent at its close to HK$446, cla
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Tokyo Olympics: Thomas Heffernan Ho fulfils late father's dream, hoping to inspire the next generation of Hong Kong riders
Thomas Heffernan Ho fulfilled his late father's dream, successfully completing his first Olympics eventing competition as he looks ahead to the Paris Games in 2024.The 32-year-old Ho combined with Tayberry - the oldest horse in the field at 20 - to collect 119.50 penalty points over the dressage, c
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Standard Chartered sees second-quarter profit more than double, resumes interim dividend payout
Standard Chartered, one of Hong Kong's three currency-issuing banks, said its profit more than doubled in the second quarter as it joined larger crosstown rival HSBC in restoring its interim dividend to shareholders and said it would buy back an additional US$250 million in shares.The London-based
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Tokyo Olympics: silver for Nesthy Petecio as Filipino falls short in her bid for gold against Japan's Sena Irie
Philippines' Nesthy Petecio fell just short in her bid to add Tokyo Olympic gold to her 2019 World Championship win, losing by unanimous points decision to Sena Irie of Japan in the featherweight final at the Kokugikan Arena on Tuesday.The 20-year-old Tokyo-based fighter leapt for joy before bursti
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Barack Obama planning 60th birthday bash with 'hundreds of guests' as Delta variant surges
Barack Obama is planning a big bash with hundreds of guests to celebrate his 60th birthday this week.But the former US president has come under fire - mainly from the Republican camp - for throwing a large party amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases due to the Delta variant.According to reports, Ob
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Chinese newspaper labels gaming 'spiritual opium' and calls out Tencent, fanning fears of a crackdown
A newspaper affiliated with China's official news agency, Xinhua, has published a report calling online gaming "spiritual opium" that is harming the country's teenagers and singled out Tencent Holdings, China's largest video game operator, as a source of the problem.The piece, published on Tues
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Kris Wu scandal: China's internet watchdog seeks to rein in unruly celebrity fan culture
China's internet watchdog has called for further discipline of online fan clubs, urging websites and platforms to adjust their products and services to regulate fans to "star chase rationally "."There needs to be a limitation of irrational star-chasing by cancelling promotions that prompt fans t
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Hong Kong ex-lawmaker fined for breaking aviation law outside Legislative Council with 'release political prisoners' balloon
A former Hong Kong lawmaker has been fined HK$2,500 (US$322) for violating aviation law by flying in controlled airspace a balloon tied to a banner calling for the release of "political prisoners".Tsang Kin-shing, 65, appeared at Eastern Court on Tuesday alongside jailed trade unionist Lee Cheuk-y
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Tokyo Olympics: Chinese boxer Hu Jianguan fumes 'fairness only for the hosts' after defeat to Japan's Ryomei Tanaka
Chinese boxer Hu Jianguan has claimed that "fairness is only for the hosts" and he is a "sacrificial lamb" after being defeated by Japan's Ryomei Tanaka in their men's flyweight round of 16 bout."Fairness is only for the hosts and I am nothing more than a sacrificial lamb," Hu wrote on Weibo
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Fruit Chan's horror comedy Coffin Homes is a wild and relentless satire on Hong Kong's real estate market madness - a subject the director knows a surprisingly great deal about
Fruit Chan Gor may have been directing movies since the 1990s but somehow he has never made a single one that opened in Hong Kong cinemas during the peak summer season - until now. That unlikely milestone is the very first thing he pointed out when we met up for this interview. "Is this my first st
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China vows to crack down on high-risk banks as economy's post-coronavirus rebound slows
Chinese regulators say they will "spare no effort" as part of a clamp down on high-risk financial institutions, including using targeted anti-corruption investigations, amid a flush of liquidity generated by coronavirus-related stimulus and increased fiscal spending.The move to tighten oversight o
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Coronavirus: Hong Kong's revamp of entry rules 'will not speed up reopening of mainland China border'
Hong Kong's overhaul of pandemic-control rules for overseas travellers and tighter vaccination requirements for certain groups will not speed up the resumption of quarantine-free travel across the border with mainland China, the Post has learned."Those measures are not going to fundamentally chang
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China's top propaganda agencies want to limit the role of algorithms in distributing online content
China's top state propaganda organs, which decide what people can read and watch in the country, have jointly urged better "culture and art reviews" in China partly by limiting the role of algorithms in content distribution, a policy move that could translate into higher compliance costs for onli
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Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles returns to win bronze as China's Guan and Tang grab gold and silver
Simone Biles clinched a bronze medal upon her return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mats having pulled out of several individual and team events because of mental health concerns.Biles, the reigning all-around champion after dominating the event at the 2016 Rio Games, scored a 14.000 after a solid
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80-year-old Hong Kong man struck by falling tree branch at bird garden
An elderly Hongkonger escaped serious injury on Tuesday when an eight-metre-long branch fell from a flame tree and landed on his back at a popular Mong Kok bird garden.Emergency services were called to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden just after 8.15am when police received a call from the 80-year-old
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Coronavirus: China reports 61 new cases as it tries to contain growing Delta variant outbreak
As the number of coronavirus cases in China continues to rise and the Delta variant spreads across the country, Chinese medical researchers are stepping up their work to develop a booster shot to help contain the more dangerous strain.The eastern city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu province has recorded the
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