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China crude oil output rises 1.6 pct

Crude oil output in China reached 69.58 million tonnes in the first four months of 2015.

Li's visit to boost China-Chile trust

A joint declaration between the Chinese and Chilean governments is expected to be issued during Li's upcoming Chilethe visit.

China, Japan to boost tourism ties

China and Japan are seeking mutual tourism investment chances as both countries have experienced increased tourist flows.

China sets up largest gold fund

The fund, involving countries along the ancient Silk Road, is expected to raise an estimated 100 billion yuan in three phases.

SGE to fix gold price denominated in yuan

The Shanghai Gold Exchange will try to start offering the renminbi-denominated gold-fixing ...

Mutual funds to spread wings

Cross-border sales of mutual funds between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong will start on...

Beijing protests 'dangerous' encounter

China said actions by the United States in the South China Sea were "irresponsible and dang...

China-led AIIB agrees on charter

China is likely to take a 25-30% stake in the US$100 billion AIIB, and India is likely to b...

Opinion

Democratization takes time

The reforms will offer 5 million voters the opportunity to choose between different candidates, and also help nurture a culture...

Hong Kong’s children need other meaningful education experiences

When the World Education Forum opens on May 19 it will be presented with the latest results from the Organization for OECD’s Pr...

Let’s get real about our schools and innovation

Come on, get off your high horse and get real, Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

SAR needs an effective renewable energy policy

The government consultation document contained substantial discussions on the use of renewable energy in the SAR.

The opposition camp appears increasingly likely to disintegrate

Zhang Rongshun told people in Hong Kong to back the SAR government’s proposals on the Chief Executive election by universal suffrage.

Nation

China, Japan to boost tourism cooperation

China and Japan are seeking mutual tourism investment opportunities as both countries have experienced increased tourist flows in recent years.

Li's upcoming visit to boost China-Chile trust

A joint declaration between the Chinese and Chilean governments is expected to be issued during Premier Li Keqiang's upcomi...

Tibetan town captures photos of their 'panda deity'

A Tibetan town in southwest China known for panda worship and a "panda dance" said hidden cameras had recorded a wild panda there for the ...

52 dead in China floods

The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus.

Hangzhou: The way to China's new economy

Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou.

China telecom giants care for Colombia's poor

By connecting Colombians with the world, Chinese telecom firms are doing a great job in faciliating the Colombian government's anti-poverty drive.

All the king's horses

Pedigree steeds have been the backbone of China's "horse country" for thousands of years, and now the far-western area is planning to use its most famous asset to improve the lives of its nomadic residents.

HK

Beijing officials to meet HK lawmakers on reform

Local lawmakers will be invited to meet with Beijing officials on the SAR’s constitutional reform next Sunday.

Mutual funds to spread wings

Cross-border sales of mutual funds between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong will start on July 1.

Control point opening may suffer further delays

The opening for Liantang control point, which will connect Hong Kong and Shenzhen, may be delayed further.

Textile, garment industry supports reform

Three quarters of members of the textile and garment industry support the government’s electoral reform plans, a poll shows.

Focus HK

A share of the action

International fund house managers and finance scholars are divided on whether the Hong Kong equity market is in the grip of an “A-sharization” trend, but united in warning of increased volatility.

Veggie-terranean

The newly re-vamped Post 97 offers great choices to all.

Giddying up the bamboo tower

Begun as a ritual worship to ward off the plague and pirates, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival today draws more tourists than it can contain. A preview of the big event on May 25.

Asia

Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims

Police discovered 30 large graves containing the remains of hundreds of people in two places in the northern state of Perlis.

Women's walk across DMZ denied

The group of 30 women from 15 countries made a final appeal to authorities to allow them to walk across the demarcation line but were turned down.

Thousands evacuated in Nepal

Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide, officials said.

Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army

Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Changing matrix

Chinese investment soars in Australia as both countries seek a 'new normal’ in growth.

A ‘positive signal’ for closer ties

Sino-Indian relations take center stage as Modi’s visit sees call to work as partners, not competitors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China crude oil output rises 1.6 pct

Crude oil output in China reached 69.58 million tonnes in the first four months of 2015.

China sets up gold fund for Silk Road countries

The fund, led by Shanghai Gold Exchange, is expected to raise an estimated 100 billion yuan (US$16.1 billion) in three phases.

AIIB agrees on charter

China is likely to take a 25-30% stake in the US$100 billion AIIB, and India is likely to be the second-largest shareholder.

Eye on Asia

Bread sparks Indonesia wheat-buying surge

For an increasing number of Indonesians, rice and noodles are no longer at the top of the menu. Bread is becoming a new food staple.

Heritage sites under IS control

The ruins of Palmyra have become the latest archaeological site to fall into the hands of the militant group.

Rohingya crisis shows ASEAN's fault lines

The crisis is among the 10-nation group's biggest tests since the Vietnam War.

Sport

Valencia grabs Spain's last CL spot

Valencia fought back twice to earn a Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win that relegated Almeria on a dramatic final day of the Spanish league Saturday.

Liang/Chuang win women's doubles in Strasbourg

China's Liang Chen paired up with Chinese Taipei's Chuang Chia-Jung to win the doubles title at the Strasbourg women's tennis tournament.

Thiem wins 1st career title

Dominic Thiem held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title on Saturday.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Jackie Chan launches film and television academy

Jackie Chan has the new title of dean after launching his first school, the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy, in Wuhan.

Birthday celebrations start for aging panda star

China on Friday kicked off a host of birthday celebrations for aging female panda Basi, who will turn 35 years old in November, the age-equivalent of a 100-year-old human.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

Buddy needs a home

Kirsten's Zoo is a charity for dogs and cats run by a British citizen in Hong Kong, is organizing a regular cat adoption event on the third Sunday of every month to help cats and kittens look for new homes.

Expert calls for protection for retirees

Nelson Chow, who wrote the latest retirement protection report, believes the introduction of a universal pension scheme will improve the government’s popularity, Joseph Li writes

Strike a balance in standard working hours

It is too early to talk about standard working hour legislation, said chairman of the Standard Working Hours Committee Leong Che-hung.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.