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'No one immune from anti-graft drive'

The CPC has adopted a "zero-tolerance attitude" to graft and "left no stones unturned" in fighting it, a spokesman said.

HK: Beijing's reform stance unchanged

The central government supports "HK in achieving universal suffrage in the election of the HKSAR Chief Executive in 2017".

Warning against Japan's military bent

A Chinese military officer has urged Tokyo not to use Islamic State excesses to justify 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.

China manufacturing improving: HSBC

HSBC Corp. said its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from Jan's 49.7.

China could put more thrust on growth

Continuing weakness in industrial activity could force more aggressive policies.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy phones

Now Samsung's S6 phones will have a metal frame — like the iPhone and a glass back.

Xi's travel to reinforce his vision

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

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

'No one has immunity in anti-graft drive'

The CPC has adopted a "zero-tolerance attitude" to graft and "left no stones unturned" in fighting it, a spokesman said.

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 hostag...

ETIM focus of anti-terrorism campaign

China is focusing on Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) while seeking international cooperation against terrorism.

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.

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

Beijing's stance on HK reform unchanged

The central government supports "Hong Kong in achieving universal suffrage in the election of the HKSAR Chief Executive in 2017".

Higher taxes mooted to rein in spending

A Working Group on Long Term Fiscal Planning recommends the govt set aside a quarter to one third of its annual budget surpluses.

Nicholas Yang appointed tech advisor

Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, the former executive vice president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has been appointed the city chief's Innovation & Technology Adviser.

HK shares edge up after China rate cut

The Hang Seng index rose 0.3 percent, to 24,887.44 points, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.2 percent, to 12,213.75 points.

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

B'desh arrests main suspect in US blogger' s killing

Forces from the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman, who was previously jailed for his ties to extremists.

Australia bans travel to Mosul under new law

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Mosul in Iraq had been declared a designated area under a section of the country's Criminal Code.

DPRK 'ending Ebola travel restrictions'

It was not immediately clear if the lifting of the measures applied to foreign diplomats and businessmen.

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.

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

Interest rate cut boosts Chinese stocks

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.78% while the Shenzhen Component Index advanced 1.07%.

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.

Stocks mostly higher following China rate cut

World stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment.

Eye on Asia

Obama-Netanyahu relations seems difficult

When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult.

Afghan army takes on Taliban in solo offensive

The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban.

Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite tragedy

Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014,But they didn't hurt the country's tourism.

Sport

Harden's 33 points leads Rockets over Cavs 105-103

James Harden scored 33 points and LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

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.

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping's quotes in a book

Chinese President Xi Jinping's latest book, Xi Jinping's Quotes, was published on Sunday in Beijing.

Wanderlust hits Chinese

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

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.