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China, Chile ink currency swap deal

China and Chile signed a host of cooperation deals including a multi-billion-US-dollar currency swap pact.

White paper on military strategy issued

China issued white paper on military strategy,stressing the "active defense" guideline and pledging closer security ties.

Buying property can be tricky business

Complicated real estate procedures, high property prices and regulatory uncertainty are the main drawbacks.

At least 38 dead in China rest home fire

Thirty-eight people were killed and six others injured after a fire broke out in a rest home in central China's Henan Provi...

China to take a global step forward

Membership in the elite reserve-currency club beckons, but it brings with it some obligations.

Economies pushing more trade in RMB

There are more than 60 central banks around the world that invest in the yuan, and China ha...

Offshore yuan centers on the up

In a little more than two years, the number of offshore yuan centers has multiplied, helpin...

China crude oil output rises 1.6 pct

Crude oil output in China reached 69.58 million tonnes in the first four months of 2015.

Opinion

The city should learn from Finland

The example of Finland after World War II and its pragmatic approach to Russia offers important lessons for HK in its relations...

Why property prices still remain high

The Rating and Valuation Department has recently announced that the March price index of private homes was 291.4.

Is IT the devil that is souring Hong Kong society?

Hong Kong has serious problems with a range of social issues that previous generations never had to deal with.

Plan to cut energy consumption is worthy of praise

The Hong Kong government announced on May 14 that it has set a target for cutting energy consumption in the city by 6 percent from 2012...

Let’s get real about our schools and innovation

Come on, get off your high horse and get real, Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Nation

China issues white paper on military strategy

The strategy adheres to the unity of strategic defense and operational and tactical offense,according to the white paper.

China, Chile ink currency swap deal

China and Chile signed a host of cooperation deals including a multi-billion-US-dollar currency swap pact.

Police in Xinjiang bust 181 terrorist groups

Police have broken up 181 terrorist groups over the past year as the result of a sweeping crackdown in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Tibetan town captures photos of their 'panda deity'

A Tibetan town in southwest China known for panda worship and a "panda dance" said hidden cameras had recorded a wild panda there for the ...

Coming in from the cold

The stigma surrounding leprosy is fading in China as the public gains greater knowledge and understanding of the disease. However, many challenges still remain.

Hangzhou: The way to China's new economy

Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou.

China telecom giants care for Colombia's poor

By connecting Colombians with the world, Chinese telecom firms are doing a great job in faciliating the Colombian government's anti-poverty drive.

HK

Democracy is always trial and error: Experts

Democracy has always been an ongoing process requiring years of trial and error, leading political scientists argue.

Rally for free speech to back harassed columnist

More than a thousand people marched on Sunday to protest against threats of personal harm to a columnist by extremist groups affiliated with the opposition camp.

'Opposition only interested in survival’

The opposition camp’s staunch resistance to electoral reform is not about “real democracy”, but its own survival, Chairman of the China-Australia Legal Exchange Foundation Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok told China Daily.

Opposition advised to concede

Opposition parties were urged to offer concessions on the electoral reform in their meeting with senior central government officials.

Focus HK

A share of the action

International fund house managers and finance scholars are divided on whether the Hong Kong equity market is in the grip of an “A-sharization” trend, but united in warning of increased volatility.

Veggie-terranean

The newly re-vamped Post 97 offers great choices to all.

Giddying up the bamboo tower

Begun as a ritual worship to ward off the plague and pirates, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival today draws more tourists than it can contain. A preview of the big event on May 25.

Asia

ROK, US, Japan to hold talks on DPRK nuke program

Bilateral talks would be held Tuesday among the three diplomats, who represent their respective countries in the six-party talks.

Malaysia finds graves around suspected trafficking camps

Malaysia has uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Thousands evacuated in Nepal

Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide, officials said.

Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army

Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Changing matrix

Chinese investment soars in Australia as both countries seek a 'new normal’ in growth.

A ‘positive signal’ for closer ties

Sino-Indian relations take center stage as Modi’s visit sees call to work as partners, not competitors.

Asia Weekly

Business

Retailers' way to contain e-commerce firms

Every retailer in China wants a piece of the growing cross-border e-commerce pie. Department stores see the sector as a promising avenue of transformation in the era of online shopping.

Buying property can be tricky business

Complicated real estate procedures, high apartment prices and regulatory uncertainty are the main drawbacks facing potential overseas customers.

Economic prospects bright despite shifting demographics

Economists and experts believe that despite changing demographics and shifting growth patterns, China's economic prospects in the next decade remain positive.

Eye on Asia

Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

Japan is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.

Indonesia military backs to civilian affairs

President Joko Widodo is drawing the army more closely into his wars on drugs, terrorism, and corruption.

Bread sparks Indonesia wheat-buying surge

For an increasing number of Indonesians, rice and noodles are no longer at the top of the menu. Bread is becoming a new food staple.

Sport

Sharapova, Berdych advance at French Open

Maria Sharapova was unfazed by the boos she heard when leaving the center court of Roland Garros on Monday.

Real Madrid fires coach Ancelotti

Real Madrid fired coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the Spanish club again showed it won't tolerate a season without a major trophy.

Norwich back in Premier League after winning playoff final

Norwich secured an immediate return to the Premier League and an estimated promotion windfall of up to $235 million by beating Middlesbrough 2-0.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Healthy, bite by bite

A popular restaurant in Beijing's Sanlitun keeps customers coming with a smart menu that goes beyond organic ingredients.

Saving old songs

The music of the Hani ethnic group is in risk of disappearing.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

Buddy needs a home

Kirsten's Zoo is a charity for dogs and cats run by a British citizen in Hong Kong, is organizing a regular cat adoption event on the third Sunday of every month to help cats and kittens look for new homes.

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

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.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.