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China continues 'new normal' growth

Head of Morgan Stanley has confidence in China's economy, which is experiencing a slowdown under the "new normal".

Xi pledges continued assistance to Fiji

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China will continue to help Fiji develop economy.

1 dead, 12 injured in HK gas explosion

One person was killed and 12 others, including nine firefighters, were injured in a gas explosion in Shek Kip Mei on Saturday.

Shoppers rediscover joy of retail outlets

Almost one in three Chinese shoppers plan to buy more at brick-and-mortar outlets, consulting firm Accenture Plc said.

95% SMEs in HK affected by 'Occupy'

Ninety-five percent of Hong Kong's SMEs recently surveyed were affected by the "Occupy Cent...

Alibaba raises $8b in first bond offer

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd sold $8 billion in bonds at yields lower than what was originally...

Court rejects protesters' 2nd appeal bid

The Court of Appeal has rejected a second appeal to delay an impending action to clear prot...

One more held over LegCo violence

An online radio host was arrested Friday morning in connection to the violence at the LegCo...

Opinion

Education of Hong Kong youth needs improving

Not long after the authorities cleared one of the “Occupy Central” sites, dozens of masked activists wearing helmets and goggle...

Holistic approach needed in tackling youth issues

Young people over 25 and still living with and financially dependent upon their parents have now become an international phenom...

Internet, our future driver

Even looking back on the revolutionary changes the Internet has brought to our lives, the future its development will create for us is ...

Waste management facility and landfill extensions vital

The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee convenes again on Friday for the third time to discuss funding proposals for building the I...

Mob politics rocks HK

Frustrated that their illegal campaign is running out of steam, a group of radical "Occupy Central" protesters stormed the Legislative ...

Nation

Li urges fostering new growth engines

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for new economic growth dynamism and "new growth engines" to boost economy.

Xi pledges continued assistance to Fiji

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China will continue to help Fiji develop economy.

China urges parties to revive six-party talks

China urged all parties concerned to create conditions to revive six-party talks.

UN praises China on innovation for children

China's effort to drive innovation for children is going well, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

Men gets chance to experience 'childbirth'

A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth.

Year of the Horse sees baby boom

Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into paroxysms of worry, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.

Generation fun

The distinctive humor and worldview of people born after 1990 have been shaped by their easy relationship with social media and China's economic rise.

HK

1 dead, 12 injured in gas explosion

One person was killed and 12 others, including nine firefighters, were injured in a gas explosion in Shek Kip Mei on Saturday.

Foreign Ministry rejects foreign interference in HK

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei on Friday expressed concern about a hearing by the US Congress which included testimony from Hong Kong's last governor Chris Patten.

95% SMEs affected by 'Occupy'

Ninety-five percent of Hong Kong's SMEs recently surveyed were affected by the "Occupy Central" movement.

23 injured in Light Rail-bus crash

23 people were injured, one of them seriously, in a collision between a Light Rail train and a double-decker bus in Tuen Mun.

Focus HK

The conquest of space

Fed up with clutter, and as average living space per person diminishes, more and more Hong Kong residents are looking to self-storage firms for solutions.

The play is the thing

Boaz Lo is fast shaping up as one of the torch-bearers of independent, non-mainstream theater efforts in HK. It doesn’t hurt that he is a charming, articulate, clean-cut young man of 21.

Once upon a time again

Superheroes may dominate box offices right now, but historical folk heroes are truly forever. Like Shakespeare, there’s a reason artists go to the folk well time and again.

Asia

ROK conducts live-fire drill near inter-Korean sea border

The ROK's military on Friday conducted a live-fire drill in islands near the disputed inter-Korean maritime border.

Japan's lower house dissolved for snap election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament, paving the way for a general election next month.

Strong quake strikes off Indonesia

A shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck at sea 96 miles northwest of Ternate in the Indonesian Moluccas on Friday.

S Korea, Japan to hold talks on 'Comfort Women'

Senior diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold talks next week about Japan's sexual enslavement of South Korean women during World War II.

Oasis of promise

Boao financial conference in Dubai set to strengthen cooperation between China and the UAE.

Chinese firms make hay in Dubai

Opened in 2004, DragonMart has grown into one of the largest Chinese overseas trading hubs.

Asia Weekly

Business

China continues 'new normal' growth: Morgan Stanley

Head of the world's leading investment bank has confidence in China's economy, which is experiencing a slowdown under the "new normal".

Shoppers rediscover the joy of retail outlets

Almost one in three Chinese shoppers plan to buy more at brick-and-mortar outlets, consulting firm Accenture Plc said.

Interest rates cut to boost growth

The PBOC announced on Friday that it will lower the benchmark interest rate for one-year deposits by 25 basis points.

Eye on Asia

Youth culture tapped in Japan military hiring

Japan's military is wooing new recruits with images of smiling soldiers posing like pop stars in a series of photo books and DVDs that tap into youth culture.

Hindu "Modi-fication" of education worries India

Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago.

Japan biotech to ensure bluefin tuna survives

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened.

Sport

Federer loses as Switzerland and France tied

Roger Federer's valiant attempt to shake off a back injury backfired spectacularly when the Swiss was swept aside by Gael Monfils.

Parker's 28 helps Spurs beat Wolves 121-92

Tony Parker scored 28 points in 25 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs cruised past the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 121-92.

Blind and Falcao injury blows for Man United

Manchester United suffered a double blow on Thursday with Daley Blind ruled out for a "long" spell due to a knee problem and Radamel Falcao receiving a "new injury" that will keep him out for at least two more weeks.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

Hitler's art: Painting by future Fuehrer for sale

A 100-year-old watercolor of Munich's old city hall with the signature A. Hitler is expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros at auction.

More go abroad for healthcare

Western hospitals see China as new market for medical tourism.

Quirky News

When beards make a comeback

A revival in the culture of barbering in Poland's capital is just one sign of how popular beards have become, with actors, athletes and hipsters leading the way.

Do's and don'ts for Thai tourists in Japan

Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors. The advice is part of a new online manners guide the embassy has posted on its Facebook page in response to criticism.

Cool gift! Dad makes 1.5-tonne transformer

It will take something huge to beat Yao Zihan's 18th birthday present: The diehard "Transformers" fan was gifted an almost lifesize "Optimus Prime" model made by his father.

Video

Harbin in Hong Kong

The famous Harbin Ice Festival has come to Hong Kong! Make a trip to this sub-zero world with chinadailyasia.com.

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

Deep in the bosom of nature

Huang Lai blurs the line between realistic and expressionistic painting traditions, investing his artworks with profound philosophical ideas.

Roundtable

‘One Belt, One Road’ offers great potential for logistics

The mainland’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative has the potential to create greater opportunities for the logistics sector in Hong Kong, a group of panelists told a China Daily Roundtable in the SAR on Wednesday.

Hotels: Moving up the mass market

The Chinese mainland’s hotel industry has grown by an average of 9.3 percent in each of the five years through 2014, market monitor IBIS World said.