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Top planner optimistic about China economy

Growth momentum was still "insufficient", China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said.

China rules out Maldives military base

The Indian Ocean island nation passed legislation last week to allow foreigners to own land within a project site.

China stocks narrow losses

Regulators warned against "malicious shorting" as indexes lurched between losses as deep as 5% and gains of more than 1%.

Malaysia Cabinet rejig amid graft din

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faces allegations that he received some US$700 million in government money.

RMB daily trading band 'may widen to 3%'

The State Council announced on July 24 that it will broaden the RMB daily trading range.

DPRK no to Iran-style nuclear deal

DPRK's ambassador to China said his country was a "nuclear weapons state."

National Security Law explained at UN

A spokesperson for the delegation to UN said China was currently facing severe challenges.

PM declares S Korea free of MERS

S Korean PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declared the de-facto end of the MERS outbreak.

Opinion

Risk of falling trees requires urgent government action

In view of the possible dangers posed by falling trees, the government set up a Tree Management Office a few years ago.

Big challenges ahead for HK’s asset management industry

For sure, capital market reforms are a part of the answer. But such structural changes take time, and are easier said than done...

Lesson from Greece

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah wrote that Greece’s financial meltdown should serve as a stark reminder of the importance of bu...

Financial Times sale - the deal few in London saw coming

When the rabbit came out of the hat, it was the Japanese news and digital media empire Nikkei, that absolutely no one in London's Anglo...

Sino-Thai example of curbing cross-border crimes

These moves have helped curb crime - from fraud and corruption to terrorism - and maintain security in China, Thailand and the Mekong R...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

China not planning military bases in the Maldives

The Indian Ocean island nation passed legislation last week to allow foreigners to own land within a project site.

China upholds National Security Law at UN

The spokesperson for the Chinese delegation said that China was faced with severe challenges to its national security.

Supercomputer to support largest radio telescope

Supercomputer Skyeye-1 will support space exploration by the world's largest radio telescope currently under construction.

Mother dies after saving toddler son

A woman was killed on Saturday after she plunged through flooring placed over an escalator at a department store in Jingzhou, Hubei province.

'Made in China' gets German tuneup

Joint training programs key to improving quality in manufacturing.

Last Flying Tiger recalls WWII experiences

John Yee is considered the last living member of the legendary US Flying Tigers.

Residents remember foreign saviors

People of Guizhou province remember the foreign doctors who came to China to save lives as the country defied Japan during World War II.

HK

Consumer sentiment up this year

Confidence increases despite decline in number of shoppers from mainland.

Silver lining seen as HK stocks slide

The ongoing correction in Hong Kong equities spells increased investment opportunities, analysts said.

Expert: HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Bidders may need to name plumbing subcontractors

The government may ask major contractors to state which plumbing companies they intend to use when bidding for government projects.

Focus HK

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Onward, marching soldiers

A bunch of teenagers got a taste of a soldier’s life in a summer camp hosted by PLA Hong Kong Garrison. Parker Zheng trained his camera on them.

Comic relief

The 17th edition of Animation-Comic & Games Hong Kong kicks off today.

Asia

Malaysian PM reshuffles Cabinet under graft cloud

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faces allegations that he received some US$700 million in government money.

DPRK rules out Iran-style nuclear deal

DPRK's ambassador to China said his country wasn't interested in an Iran-style deal because it was a "nuclear weapons state."

S Korea declares de-facto end of MERS outbreak

S Korean PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declared the de-facto end of MERS outbreak as all suspected patients were freed from quarantine.

Jokowi urges dialogue to end sea disputes

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would work with ASEAN partners to expedite the framing of a Code of Conduct.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks narrow losses after early slump

Regulators warned against "malicious shorting" as indexes lurched between losses as deep as 5% and gains of more than 1%. .

Central SOEs shine in first half of 2015

In the first six months, they reported an operating revenue of US$1.8 trillion.

Asian markets volatile

Asian markets flitted between gains and losses.

Eye on Asia

Malaysia lets ringgit fall below 1998-2005 peg

Malaysian authorities have allowed the ringgit to trade below levels that in 1998 prompted them to impose a dollar peg and capital controls.

Merit making for the masses

Saraburi's unique Tak Bat Dok Mai ceremony, which marks the beginning of the rains retreat, risks being overshadowed by commercialism.

DPRK marks end of Korean War

Pyongyang and other cities around DPRK were decked out with flags and banners to mark the anniversary of the July 27, 1953.

Sport

Skating stars allay Beijing bid concerns

Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced some tough questions about Beijing bid's for the 2022 Winter Games.

More chances needed for China's disabled athletes

Hosting the 2022 Winter Paralympics would promote the development of China's sports of disabled people, said Zhang Haidi.

Yankees beat Rangers 6-2

Alex Rodriguez's solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) made him only the fourth player in major league history to homer both as a teenager and in his 40s.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

Microsoft to launche Windows 10

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday and coming to PCs and tablets first.

Michelle Yeoh honored at Madame Tussauds in HK

The actress' martial arts character Yu Shu Lien from the "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" has been honoured by the waxwork museum.

Quirky News

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Ashley Madison clients to be named & shamed?

Dating website Ashley Madison's Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed a breach on its systems.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

'Housing targets will be met'

The housing problem is the biggest challenge facing Hong Kong.

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.