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Xi eyes mended China-Vietnam ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for joint efforts with Vietnam to mend bilateral ties after the country's recent tensions.

More foreign-owned hospitals get nod

China has allowed private hospitals solely owned by foreign investors to open in seven cities and provinces.

NPC to deliberate on HK suffrage

A draft decision on the granting of universal suffrage in Hong Kong will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the Nati...

IMF chief under fraud probe

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for her alleged role in a long...

Official reaffirms Beijing's authority over HK

A senior official that advises the top legislature maintained that the "One Country, Two Sy...

China's top court hosts foreign embassy staff

China's top court opened its doors to foreigners on Wednesday, to make its judicial working...

Abe's note to war criminal ceremony

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honor...

Silva surges in Brazil election race

A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead in Brazil's presidentia...

Opinion

Conciliation is the only way forward for SAR

While the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” policy provide a framework for the implementation of universal suffrage for ...

Funding a universal pension scheme is no easy matter

A universal pension is an idealistic concept. Supporting the elderly during their twilight years is a noble ideal.

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Antitrust probes open and fair

Antitrust probes are a key element of China's policy to free the market of predators and monopolies to build a level playing field for ...

Racism against China hurts Australia

Racism and discrimination against outsiders could easily erode the credibility of a multicultural society such as Australia's

Nation

China allows foreign-owned hospitals in more cities

China has allowed private hospitals solely owned by foreign investors to open in seven cities and provinces.

Top court hosts foreign embassy staff

China's top court opened its doors to foreigners on Wednesday, to make its judicial workings more transparent and improve c...

Zhou Yongkang case still under investigation

The Supreme People's Court said on Wednesday that the case involving the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has not yet enter...

Health insurance gets State Council approval

The central government decided in an executive meeting of the State Council on Wednesday that it is going to promote an insurance program ...

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

Summer resort buzzes with annual visit by nation's leaders.

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

Helping on high

Government aid program injecting resources helps Tibetan residents reap benefits of development on 'Roof of the World'.

Entrepreneurs benefit from legacy of Deng

Three decades of reform and opening-up have transformed the nation.

HK

Girl in critical condition after fire kills 3

An 8-month-old girl remains in a critical condition after losing her mother and two brothers to an early morning fire in Kwun Tong on Wednesday.

NPC to deliberate on HK universal suffrage

A draft decision on the granting of universal suffrage in Hong Kong will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for deliberation before its bimonthly session closes on Sunday.

Hong Kong young politicians temper optimism with realism

The optimism of Hong Kong’s next generation of politicians that they will be among the first in their families to help directly elect the city’s next leader has been tempered by the specter of opposition brinkmanship which threatens their dreams of universal suffrage.

Central government well-prepared for ‘things to happen’

Something will happen after the announcement of the top legislature’s decision on Hong Kong’s political reform on Sunday, but the central government is well-prepared for this, the country’s top legislator has been quoted as saying.

Focus HK

Tonight’s your night

Travelers who find themselves shut out of the tight hotel squeeze in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, may now turn to a smart phone app as a last resort.

Bridges between cultures

HK and mainland volunteers have joined hands to help build houses in one of the country’s most-impoverished provinces. They undertook the project out of altruism, but returned having learnt a thing or two about a 3,000-year-old technology employed in traditional Chinese architecture.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Election crisis deepens in Afghanistan

The Kabul-based UN special envoy arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss the election crisis in Afghanistan, officials said.

Gaza ceasefire significant step to ease tension: Chinese FM

The indefinite ceasefire in Gaza is a significant step to ease tension and people's suffering in the region, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

New Delhi finds suspected Ebola case

India has found one Ebola virus carrying suspect and quarantined five others Tuesday night.

Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Surrogacy debate rages Down Under

Calls for national legislation getting louder in australia as thai controversy reveals inconsistency of state laws.

Asia Weekly

Business

Russia plans to block gas flows to Europe: Ukraine

Europe faces the increasing threat of a disruption to gas supplies from its main provider Russia this winter due to the crisis in Ukraine, through which almost half of supplies flow.

Fonterra to invest in Beingmate

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said Wednesday it's forming a partnership with China's Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world's most populous nation

Air China profit falls on weaker yuan

Air China says its six-month profit fell by more than half as the weakening yuan raised financing costs and other expenses.

Eye on Asia

Joko Widodo: New face of Indonesian politics

On the blisteringly hot afternoon of Indonesia's 69th independence day, Mr Joko Widodo's quick changes of attire included a white long-sleeved shirt, black-and-yellow football kit and a gunny sack.

Vietnam sees more young couples divorcing

Vietnam is catching up with more developed societies as broken marriages and divorces are now becoming common in the country.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known species

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller

Sport

Peng Shuai upsets fourth-seeded Radwanska at US Open

Peng Shuai of China upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 in a shocking start to the women's second round of the US Open on Wednesday.

Everton signs Eto'o

English Premier League club Everton signed Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o on a two-year deal on Tuesday after the striker was released by league rival Chelsea.

ManU thrashed 0-4 by 3rd tier Dons

In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Life Style

No bun in the oven for panda that loves extra buns

Hopes that tiny panda paws would be seen in the world's first live broadcast of a cub delivery were dashed on Tuesday when Chinese experts suggested the "mother" may have been focusing more on extra bun rations than giving birth.

Renowned crime drama wins big at Emmy Awards

Modern Family won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award, and a dominant Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in the ceremony.

Quirky News

The world's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

82-yr-old passenger seizes controls on plane!

Emergency landing was made after after wresting back the controls of a light aircraft from an 82-year-old passenger

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Video

Not just glass

Glass containers are widely preferred for their durability but they are not biodegradable. After such containers are discarded, they add to the world’s carbon print. A Hong Hong-based NGO - Green Glass Green - organized a special tour to familiarize people with their efforts to recycle glass responsibly.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

Beijing's determination to innovate is helping to transform it into a major high-tech center.

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...