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China has largest number of drivers

China has 244 million people licensed to drive cars, the largest number worldwide.

Prince William to visit China

Prince William will become the first member of the British royal family to visit China in almost three decades.

CE rules out curfew in Hong Kong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said curfew is not the best approach to prevent fresh occupations in Mong Kok.

High cost of 2nd child puts couples off

Only 24.9 percent of couples now allowed to have a second child have filed applications.

Australian batsman Hughes dies

Australia batsman Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a ball.

Student leaders banned from Mong Kok site

Student leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a ...

Venture capital luring big players

With the mainland private equity investment market booming, firms eligible for a market lis...

Oct industrial profits down 2.1%

Profits rose 0.4 percent in September, decreased 0.6 percent in August and gained 13.5 perc...

Opinion

Solving HK’s land supply problem

Macao offers a good example to Hong Kong. The enclave has borrowed land from outside of its borders.

Opposition has no excuse to harm the rule of law

Opposition has no excuse whatsoever to damage the rule of law that most of us treasure.

Abe exploits ballot to extend tenure

Two years ago the Liberal Democratic Party, in opposition, won a landslide victory in the general election, putting Shinzo Abe in offic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Nation

China has largest number of drivers

China has 244 million people licensed to drive cars, the largest number worldwide, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Prince William to make 1st UK royal visit to China in 30 years

Prince William will go to China next year in the first visit to the mainland by a British royal family member in almost 3 d...

Chinese police probed following property scandal

A police officer in east Zhejiang was put under investigation after a whistleblower claimed he owned 69 housing units.

South China knife attack wounds 9

Nine people were injured in a knife attack in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Thursday

High cost of 2nd child puts couples off

Only 24.9 percent of couples now allowed to have a second child have filed applications, according to a survey released Thursday.

The wrong side of the road

As vehicle numbers soar, traffic jams are becoming a fact of life on China's overcrowded urban highways.

NPC mulls end of death penalty for some crimes

A proposed amendment to China's criminal law could see the abolition of capital punishment for a number of non-violent offenses, including illegal money lending, as Cao Yin reports.

HK

CE rules out curfew

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said curfew is not the best approach to prevent fresh occupations in Mong Kok.

Student leaders banned from Mong Kok site

Students leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail granted Thursday.

Police stress risks still high in Mong Kok

The police promised to take resolute action to restore law and order with full competence and determination, and urged members of public, especially students, to avoid injuries by staying away from police officers in action.

HK shares fall on scepticism about China market rally

Hong Kong shares finished down on Thursday as investors held back from chasing continuous gains on mainland exchanges.

Focus HK

A reel challenge

As HK filmmakers ditch the trademark kungfu and gangster genres in favor of social realism, industry insiders wonder if big budgets and bigger audiences from the mainland may be such an unmixed blessing.

Serving up a masterclass

Intelligent homes and wearable devices have brought about a sea change in the way we live in the last few years. The sports industry is a relatively new entrant in the arena. Shenzhen Earth Electronics Co. Ltd in Guangdong is one of the first to develop intelligent sports devices.

Venture capital luring big players

Mainland private equity investment market entered a high growth period over the last few years. Some of the companies with PE capital injection are becoming eligible for a market listing.

Asia

S Asian leaders meet to break deadlock

Leaders of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan are focusing on key objectives.

Rights: EU urged to stop Lanka trade perks

British lawmakers urged the EU to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

Militants attack Indian base in Kashmir region

Militants attacked an Indian army base in the disputed state of Kashmir on Thursday, wounding three soldiers.

Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S Korea trial

A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors.

New era for China-Australia ties

Historic trade agreement hailed as a win-win deal as tariffs set to be dropped in many sectors.

Indian soaps hit the right note

Though not new to China, imported TV dramas like Pavitra Rishta are now finding a wider audience.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's Oct industrial profits down 2.1%

Profits rose 0.4 percent in September, decreased 0.6 percent in August and gained 13.5 percent in July year on year.

Toyota recalls more cars for air bag problems

Toyota Motor Corp recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and officials are investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.

Asia shares edge higher, oil tumbles to 4-year low

Asian stocks hit a one-month high on Thursday as investors bet that more central bank stimulus in China and Europe would shore up the global economy.

Eye on Asia

Japan eyes military aid to spur defence exports

Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports.

Country boats face extinction in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's traditional country boats are on the brink of extinction as after about four decades since independence.

'Abusers remain in Australian military'

A government investigation into sexual misconduct reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves.

Sport

Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock

Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

Ludogorets hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw

Ludogorets scored a late equalizer to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Murray to wed girlfriend Sears

Andy Murray to wed girlfriend Kim Sears.

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

HK thriller 'Overheard' to get English remake

Chinese surveillance thriller "Overheard" is getting an English-language remake.

Star bucks

Trade analysts say a hot film and TV market means top stars get paid too much, so shows have less to spend on improving production quality, Han Bingbin reports.

Quirky News

Feather touch

The presidential turkey pardon is a quirky annual tradition at Thanksgiving, the holiday when American families gather for turkey feasts.

Going bananas!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

New Thai tourism spin: 'I Hate Thailand'

The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week.

Video

Home and Away

Determined to give Hong Kong a taste of the culinary delights of hometown Xi’an and to quell the appetite of Shaanxi residents craving authentic Xi’an food, a pair of university graduates started their own outlet.

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 Great Autumn

Autumn is always colorful and beautiful. The Octobor round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed “The Great Autumn” has concluded.

Roundtable

New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.