China's manufacturing moderates in August

The purchasing managers' index (PMI) stood at 51.1 in August, down from July's 51.7 - a reading above 50 indicates expansion

Man kills 3 kids, self at Hubei school

A knife-wielding man surnamed Chen broke into the Dongfang Primary School in Yunxi County and committed the crime

DPRK fires projectile

The projectile, likely a ballistic missile which flew some 220 km, was presumed to have landed in the DPRK's eastern waters.

Peng Shuai in first Grand Slam quarters

A major career breakthrough came by beating 14th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova to enter the US Open quarter finals

NPCSC sets direction for universal suffrage

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) set out a clear direction for Hon...

Li Fei briefs on NPCSC's decision

Beijing tests anti-terror measures

The massive countermeasures include management of hazardous materials, anti-terror training...

Japan to 'double India investment'

Under discussion is a proposal to formalise a 'two-plus-two' format for talks and the possi...


NPCSC’s decision was lawful and rational

On Aug 31, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) made its historic decision on the method for the election ...

Beijing will not waver in deciding on fundamental matters

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) has framed the method for 2017 Chief Executive (CE) election b...

Beijing can't afford a slip in HK

NPC Standing Committee rules out 'civil nomination' for chief executive in 2017 election in special administrative region

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Chinese help Japan economy recover

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Japan started in September 2013, and has continued since


Man kills 3 pupils, self at school

A man jumped off a building after killing three and injuring six others Monday morning in a primary school in central China's Hubei Province, the local government told Xinhua.

Beijing tests anti-terror measures

Beijing police will launch an eight-week inspection of anti-terror precautionary work to guarantee security for the APEC Ec...

Key sites to be preserved, lest we forget

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has vowed to enhance the protection and preservation of sites and artifacts related to the W...

China to set up special IPR courts

BEIJING - China will set up special courts for intellectual property rights (IPR) cases in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the top legisl...

Gifts give new look at nation

DVDs of popular movie and TV series replace traditional offers of friendship on visits.

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

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


Li Fei briefs city on NPCSC's decision

Li's briefing is being organized by the Hong Kong government and China's Liaison Office in the Special Administrative Region.

Marine parks planned off Lantau

The plan to set up the Southwest Lantau Marine Park and Soko Islands Marine Park will be preceded with public engagements next year

HK flat, Shanghai shares advance

Chinese shares rose on Monday, with defence and media names leading the gains

NPCSC sets direction for universal suffrage

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) set out a clear direction for Hong Kong to elect the next leader by universal suffrage in its resolution on Sunday.

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


Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia

Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of Ukraine

DPRK fires projectile into eastern waters

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired one short-range projectile, presumed to be a ballistic missile

Pak police, protesters clash anew

Protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex

Japan to double India investment 'in 5 years'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tell Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Japan aims to double last year's US$2b funding

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly


China's manufacturing moderates in August

The purchasing managers' index (PMI) stood at 51.1 in August, down from July's 51.7

Making the big transition

Eastern city takes the lead in showing what is in store as China aims to move into the high-income club.

Asia stocks rise on China stimulus hopes

Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China

Eye on Asia

Ivory crackdown efforts sharpened

Record ivory seizures - combined with a Chinese crackdown on illegal wildlife trafficking - could mark a turning point in global efforts to save the African elephant.

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

A flavor out of favor

Dog meat in South Korea today is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.


Serena seeking quarters

With Maria Sharapova's loss at the US Open, four different women will win Grand Slam titles this year.

Unbalanced Real Madrid humiliated 4-2

Real Sociedad hammered title hopefuls Real Madrid 4-2 at Anoeta Stadium in Spain's BBVA Primera Liga

Peng Shuai reaches first Grand Slam singles quarters

World No. 39 Peng Shuai defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 to reach US Open quarter-finals, marking her first final eight appearance in Grand Slam tournaments in her career.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

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.

Life Style

Student crowned Miss Hong Kong 2014

24-year-old student Veronica Shiu was crowned Miss Hong Kong 2014 in Hong Kong, Aug 31.

China's east and west in concert

Musicians from opposite ends of the country enrich each other's classical traditions, Zhang Kun reports from Urumqi.

Quirky News

China insurers have it covered

Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Dethroned beauty queen runs off with crown

The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.


Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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.

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.


Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

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


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...