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China manufacturing improving: HSBC

HSBC Corp. said its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from Jan's 49.7 - the first improvement since October.

Xi looks forward to UK visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he looked forward to visiting the UK later this year while meeting Britain's Prince William.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy phones

Now Samsung's S6 phones will have a metal frame — like the iPhone. The phones also have a glass back, which Apple abandoned.

33 arrested in Yuen Long scuffles

Hundreds of anti-parallel trade protesters left a trace of chaos in downtown Yuen Long on Sunday.

Xi's travel to reinforce his vision

Speculation is rife about President Xi's destination for his first overseas visit of 2015.

Legislative assembly cleans house

31 newly elected deputies to the NPC and 13 new CPPCC deputies will fill vacancies.

China's central bank to cut interest rates

Since March 1, the one-year loan interest rate will be lowered to 5.35%.

China regulates hospital drug purchases

China's cabinet has ordered hospitals to order drugs only from pre-approved suppliers.

Opinion

New ways to manage large tourist numbers

The travel document for Hong Kong residents to visit the mainland is officially translated into English as “Home Return Permit”.

Nominating Committee is needed

The Basic Law was adopted in 1990 by the Seventh National People’s Congress after a lengthy consultation process.

Crush separatist bigotry

Some local political groups advocating “Hong Kong independence” showed their true color again on Sunday by openly harassing legitimate ...

Reform resolve is unshakable

The comprehensive and deepened reforms advanced by top leader Xi Jinping and his colleagues over the past two years are aimed at servin...

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Nation

Warning against Japan's military bent

A senior Chinese military officer and national political advisor has urged Tokyo not to use the recent Islamic State hostage incident to justify its overseas military expansion.

Xi looks forward to UK visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he looked forward to visiting the UK later this year while meeting Britain's Prince William.

32 injured in 5.5-magnitude quake in SW China

As of 8 am on Monday, the tremor that struck Cangyuan County had affected more than 67,000 residents.

Reserves expanded to protect panda's habitats

China will continue its efforts to protect giant pandas by expanding nature reserves and forbidding all kinds of construction and developm...

Profile of 63 'tigers' caught in anti-graft drive

Since China stepped up its anti-corruption campaign, 43 officials above vice provincial or ministerial levels have faced investigation in 2014.

The enigma that was 'Vinegar Joe'

A long association with all things Chinese made Joseph Warren Stilwell the perfect candidate to oversee US operations against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

Support attracts top brains to China

More than 10 percent of visitors studying here are given assistance by government program.

HK

33 protesters arrested in Yuen Long scuffles

Hundreds of anti-parallel trade protesters left a trace of chaos in downtown Yuen Long on Sunday .

HKMA tightens mortgage rules to curb prices

The HKMA issued a new round of countercyclical measures on property mortgage aimed at cooling the property market.

Poll shows majority support for yes vote on reform

Results of a fresh opinion poll showed 61 percent of the people surveyed said they wished the Legislative Council would vote for the reform package drafted within parameters laid down by the country’s top legislature.

Judge calls for reforming helper policy

The judge presiding over Erwiana case has thrown her weight behind calls to reform the city’s migrant worker-related rules.

Focus HK

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

A promising scene

With the government doing its bit to foster local arts and the city’s thriving art market drawing buyers from the world over, HK’s artists never had it so good.

Brewing rich profits

A young entrepreneur from the Caribbean turned a job loss into an opportunity with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and is now setting his sights higher. Hua Yang reports.

Asia

DPRK fires short-range missiles off coast

The People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday.

Malaysia jet mystery prompts trial of better plane tracking

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over oceans.

Canadian gets 7 years in Nepal for child abuse

The Lalitpur district court said that Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, from the province of Nova Scotia, was also ordered to pay US$10,000 to the victim by the judge in his ruling on Sunday.

Maldives opposition to protest for ex-leader

An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China manufacturing improving: HSBC

HSBC Corp. said its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from Jan's 49.7 - the first improvement since October.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy phones to take on Apple

Now Samsung's S6 phones will have a metal frame — like the iPhone. The phones also have a glass back, which Apple abandoned.

Asia edges up after China rate cut

MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut; Australian shares hit 7-year high after China eases; Yuan sags vs greenback, dollar index hits 11-year high.

Eye on Asia

The friendly prince wins over hearts of Japanese

Both Britain's and Japan's prince may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Cambodians angered over nude photos

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archeological Park.

Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok.

Sport

Chelsea beat Spurs for 1st title win in 3 years

Captain John Terry led Chelsea to its first trophy in two years on Sunday, scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the League Cup final.

Nadal wins first title of 2015 at Argentina Open

Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal on Sunday defeated local player Juan Monaco to win the Argentina Open, lifting his first title in 2015.

Real Madrid draw and Barca win again leave title race wide open

Villarreal produced the shock of the week in Spanish football Sunday when they drew 1-1 away to Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to once again throw the BBVA Primera Liga title race wide open.

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

Wanderlust hits Chinese

More people from the mainland are traveling abroad with their families during the Lunar New Year break. Yang Feiyue reports.

Cats in Macao

As Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical returns to China after eight years, Chen Nan speaks with key members of the production.

Quirky News

Debate rages over color of dress

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Tiger cub spooked by fireworks jumps to death

A tiger cub jumped off a building to its death in Shandong when it was spooked by fireworks set off to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.