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No US position on rival land claims: Kerry

The US does not take a position on the competing sovereignty claims to the land features of the S. China Sea, John Kerry said.

China stocks close sharply down

Major indexes posted their worst daily performance in 6 weeks, as investors feared regulatory changes are coming.

DPRK floats propaganda flyers to ROK

The ROK is accusing the DPRK of floating propaganda leaflets via a river in the first such incident.

Clinton gets Democratic nomination

Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's US presidential nomination, coming back from a stinging 2008 defeat.

CPC urges focus on supply-side reform

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee says downward pressure remains.

Erdogan to meet Putin on Aug 9

The Turkish and Russian leaders will meet in St Petersburg for the 1st time in almost a yr.

Work on new-era supercomputer starts

The supercomputer will be capable of quintillion calculations per sec.

China stepping onto new Silk Road

China has taken a major step by signing up to a UN trucking treaty.

Opinion

Basic Law must be taken more seriously

With activists demanding ‘independence’, it’s vital to remember the city’s political arrangements derive from the Basic Law whi...

Changing the rules of procedure is insufficient to stop filibusters

All this irresponsible behavior reflects the fierce rivalry between the two dominant political camps and the rising discontent ...

‘Real play’ has an important role in early childhood development

It is opportune of the Education Bureau to take a proactive, strategic response to the concerns that are being expressed by various sta...

Small classes in secondary schools benefit both students and teachers

We currently have the chance to conduct in-depth analyses of what makes small classes different so that we can maximize their effective...

Economy bodes well for establishment

HK’s economy is performing better than many expected and this will benefit pro-establishment candidates in the upcoming LegCo elections.

Video

Drone and Phone - Big Wave Bay

Big Wave Bay is one of Hong Kong Island’s most scenic ‪beaches‬, and the only one officially recognized for ‪surfing‬.

Relaxation from the hustle and bustle

A Hong Kong yoga buff has a floating center for people to relax themselves.

The valley chokes

Kathmandu is not a city that can handle a lot of automobile growth.

Nation

US has no position on competing claims: Kerry

The US does not take a position on the competing sovereignty claims to the land features of the S. China Sea.

China refutes joint statement by US, Japan, Australia

"Now it is the time to test whether you are peacekeepers or troublemakers," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Early warnings must reach every resident

Two central government ministries have called for early warnings in natural disasters to make sure that every resident is given notice.

US agrees it's time to 'turn the page'

Kerry says he will encourage Manila to pursue negotiations with Beijing.

Tangshan survivor recalls loss 40 years after quake

Wang Shubin will never forget how the outpatient building of the hospital collapsed suddenly as he was lying on a bed in the ward.

Market meltdown, antiques dealers on the shelf

China's collectibles' market hit a high in 2011, but then the bubble burst, leaving private vendors and craftsman desperate for sales.

S'pore, China firms ink US$1.6b deals

Financial institutions from Singapore and Chongqing, China, signed 28 agreements in total, marking the start of new collaboration.

HK

HK hospital shows off pioneering gene tech baby

Hong Kong's first baby from an embryo that was screened by using an advanced genomic technology made her first public appearance at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH).

HK trade shrinks amid 'challenging' environment

The city recorded a visible trade deficit of US$25.7 billion for the first half, equivalent to 10.8% of the value of imports in H1 2016.

Separatism will harm everyone: Rita Fan

The notion of “Hong Kong independence” will harm the interests of every person in the city who wants future prosperity and social stability, Rita Fan warned.

Confidence returns to HK stock market

The benchmark Hang Seng index outperformed the Nikkei Index and Korea Composite Stock Price Index in the region.

Focus HK

Decoding the fitness scam

It happens all the time. People pay big money to achieve a healthier lifestyle, only to learn that the ‘spa’ that has taken all their money has folded and gone out of business.

A novel approach for saving the novel

Now publishers are turning to online publications and seeking material to try to keep their industry alive.

Romance of the Highlands

The images of crags, glens, lochs and hills of Scotland have made a world of difference to the Hong Kong Club’s plush interiors.

Asia

IS bombings kill 31 in northeast Syria city

Two bomb blasts hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border, killing at least 14 people.

DPRK floats propaganda leaflets via river

The ROK is accusing the DPRK of floating propaganda leaflets via a river in the first such incident.

Turkey issues detention warrants for 47 journalists

Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 47 journalists on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN Turk said.

Indonesian president announces new Cabinet line-up

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced a new Cabinet line-up.

Heated debate over coal power plants

Plans by some Asian nations to use fossil fuel to meet energy needs could derail the Paris Agreement to cut global warming.

Cost of prosperity

As coal burns, wetlands disappear and climate becomes unpredictable, Asia is paying the price for years of economic expansion.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China stocks fall steeply over IPO oversight

Major indexes posted their worst daily performance in six weeks, as investors sold off on worries that regulatory changes are coming.

China's industrial profit growth slows in H1

Profits of China's major industrial firms rose 6.2% year on year in the first half of 2016.

Asian stocks mixed

Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy statement, as strong US economic data raised questions over the likely course for interest rates.

Eye on Asia

Changi Airport ranks 3rd in traveller spending

Changi is one of only three airports that raked in more than US$1.5 billion in spending by travellers last year.

UN given 'useless' bomb detectors

The devices have been condemned by forensic specialists as a dangerous waste of money, based on bogus science.

Sri Lanka to conserve mangroves

All 37,000 acres of mangrove forests in Sri Lanka are now earmarked for preservation.

Sport

Kevin Durant shines in first game at new home arena

Golden State's newest big star Durant leads the US Olympic team to an 107-57 win over China on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Federer to miss rest of season, including Olympics

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and US Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

Watch me on the pitch: Neymar

Brazil forward Neymar has rejected claims that his party-boy image and hectic lifestyle could take his focus off next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

All the right moves

With a passion for technology and supply chain innovations, this Singaporean Businessman of the Year is helping to redefine the logistics industry.

One for all

Scion of prominent Hong Kong-based Indian family is devoted to charity and inspires others to donate.

Fighting spirit

A no-holds-barred approach to doing business allows Singapore-based sports promoter to popularize mixed martial arts across Asia.

Life & Art

Sampling a slice of Mongolian culture

Since the days of Genghis Khan, competitors have gathered each summer to show off their skills in horseback riding, archery and wrestling.

Lifetime of ideas

Cartoonist Tsai Chih-chung's decadeslong work has been inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy and history, as his biography reveals.

Quirky News

Man caught in military base hunting Pokemon

Indonesian police say they detained a Frenchman who trespassed on a military base while playing the augmented reality game "Pokemon Go."

Man eats 120 santol seeds, lands in hospital

A 51-year-old man landed in a hospital after eating 120 seeds of santol (cotton fruit), a delicious yellow-orange fruit Filipinos love to eat.

A man and his hair: Hollande criticized for expensive barber

French President Francois Hollande doesn't look like a man who spends 10,000 euros (US$11,000) a month on his hair.

Special

China Watch expands with Russian edition

China Daily launched on Tuesday its Russian edition of China Watch in partnership with leading Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Chartering a course for homes owners

Property guru Nicholas Brooke says HK’s real estate is here to stay despite the ups and downs in the past few years.

Roundtable

Retail at crossroads

Industry leaders see potential in e-commerce, big data to better serve customers.