Australia could sign Asia bank deal: Abbott

Australian PM Tony Abbott said his government would sign up to the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

US$81.43m pledged to Kabul in aid

China pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about US$81.43m) to Afghanistan this year.

Samsung seeks China turnaround

The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date.

Internet: US consensus sought

Beijing wants to seek consensus with Washington at an upcoming network summit on how the Internet should be governed.

Lenovo wraps up Motorola deal

Lenovo Group Ltd closed its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc.

Probe urged into ‘Occupy’ financing

A probe into alleged links and donations from external forces is being urged.

QE end ‘won’t hit Asian markets’

The US Federal Reserve’s move will not significantly impact the region’s equity markets.

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine

State police plan to monitor the movements of a US nurse who vowed to defy quarantine.


De-Sinicization won’t succeed in Hong Kong

There is much more to the “Occupy Central” campaign than the actions of protesters who have taken over major streets and engage...

Home ownership may improve social stability

Having spent half my life in Hong Kong and half in Singapore, allows me to point out some interesting background information, c...

HK’s ‘color revolution’ carefully orchestrated

A BBC television news crew in Norway last week reported that “Occupy Central” was conceived two years ago.

Occupiers should stop before it is too late

Carl von Clausewitz, the greatest military theorist, once famously concluded that wars never happen because of blind impulses and are a...

Treating both symptoms, root causes needed to fight Ebola

According to WHO, more than 10,414 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died.


China pledges US$81.43m in aid to Afghanistan

China will provide non-reimbursable assistance of about US$244b million in the upcoming three years to Afghanistan.

Beluga whale born in Hunan aquarium

Changsha Underwater World in Hunan province is the home of a new baby beluga whale, the aquarium announced on Thursday.

Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air

For Nick Ward, a snow-boarding enthusiast from the United States who lives in Beijing, the only issue holding back his skiing passion in t...

Nation gets tough to combat pollution

China's top economic planner announced tough measures on Thursday to tackle air pollution by limiting vehicle emissions in an attempt to e...

School manages global expectations

Emphasizing an international perspective has been embodied as a value of the School of Management of the century-old Fudan University as China is experiencing further globalization of its economy.

Youthful detection no defense against breast cancer

While women in China are likely to be diagnosed at an earlier age than those in other countries, the incidence of the disease is still rising, Yang Wanli reports.

Three Gorges Dam boosts economy

A rise in the water level of the Yangtze River has seen companies forsake road and rail transport in favor of shipping, meaning more money is pouring into the regions along the waterway.


Probe urged into financing of ‘Occupy’ protests

Lawmakers and anti-“Occupy” groups are calling for a probe into alleged links and donations from external forces into the ongoing illegal protests.

Hong Kong’s culinary crown keeps sparkling

At around four in the morning, workers at Dat Kee on a side street in Kowloon City start the day by dumping 250 frozen geese into a large vat filled with warm water to defrost, while they make preparations to clean the birds.

Airline stocks stay grounded despite oil price slump

The oil price plunge in international markets is not expected to benefit the prices of airline shares on the Hong Kong bourse in the short term, stock analysts said.

More hurdles ahead for incinerator, landfill bill

Funding proposals for expansion of three existing landfills and construction of an incinerator, scheduled for a vote in the Legislative Council (LegCo) Finance Committee today (Friday), may drag on for a further three to four weeks.

Focus HK

Eye on Asia

The 14th edition of the 10-day Hong Kong International Literary Festival kicks off tonight. It’s the beginning of a series of engaging sessions dedicated to the written word, with a special focus on the sometimes-neglected Asian writer.

HK eyes treasury crown

Against a backdrop of the yuan’s internationalization and more mainland enterprises eyeing overseas forays, Hong Kong has been urged to fortify its strengths to cement its status as Asia’s corporate treasury activities center.

The big thaw

Chasing Ice, a film recording the effects of glacial melting due to climate change, is especially meaningful for HK residents, given how vulnerable the city is to rising tides.


DPRK invites EU rights official

DPRK diplomat Kim Un-chol told The Associated Press that the visit by the EU official, Stavros Lambrinidis, is expected next March.

UN urged to end Israeli settlements

Palestine urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately reverse plans to build more Jewish settlements.

More than 100 dead in Sri Lanka landslide

All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light.

Sweden to officially recognize Palestinian state

Sweden will officially recognize the state of Palestine on Thursday - the first major European country to do so.

Anchored to a vision

Asia’s booming travel industry will benefit from revived Maritime Silk Road but infrastructure is key.

Riding a wave of cooperation

Forum analyzes how Asia-Pacific tourism is set to benefit from the revived Maritime Silk Road.

Asia Weekly


Australia could sign AIIB deal: Abbott

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would sign up to the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Samsung seeks China turnaround with mid-tier handsets

The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date.

Asia shares edge up

Asian stocks climbed Friday after strong US economic growth and upbeat earnings sent Wall Street higher.

Eye on Asia

Asia finds money brings happiness

Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: Money - and the stuff it buys - brings happiness, or at least satisfaction.

Dynasty flounders 30 ys after Gandhi killing

When Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards on Oct 31, 1984, the instant elevation of her son Rajiv to the post of prime minister appeared to confirm her family's status as India's natural-born rulers.

Japan tsunami evacuees in US$30b money trap

Ishinomaki, where more than 3,700 people died in the tsunami, has been deeply affected by the funding paralysis.


Western Sydney primed for shot at glory

Western Sydney Wanderers are on the verge of achieving one of Australian football's greatest feats as they prepare for the second leg of the Asian Champions League final.

Selig's indelible imprint stamped on Series finale

For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title.

Ali, Foreman both paid a price in Zaire

In a reversal of roles, the outspoken Muhammad Ali won the 'Rumble In The Jungle' 40 years ago but has become a stricken, silent icon, while brooding slugger George Foreman has turned into an out-going tycoon.

A cut above the rest

Hong Kong fashion designer specializing in haute couture makes a big splash with celebrities and top corporations alike.

Fountain of ideas

Creative advertising wizard puts the Philippines on The global map with her award-winning and trendsetting campaigns.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Life Style

Fright night

Ghosts and goblins are preparing to prowl Beijing's streets as Halloween's popularity grows in China.

Game of tourism

As production crews shoot episodes for a popular US television series, locals in a small Spanish town enjoy a travel boost that they hope will last.

Quirky News

Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election

A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.

Head to Vegas for a hearty laugh

The world's funniest person is going to be found in Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor.


The Body Talks

Award-winning German theater group Die Mobilés is in Hong Kong to perform at New Town Plaza on 1 & 2 November, 2014. chats up Harald Fuß - one of the creative brains of the ensemble - to find out why it resonates so much with audiences around the world.

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.


China’s tourism growth: Celebrating a culture

A new generation of Chinese tourists will fuel growth along the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), global tourism industry leaders said on Tuesday.


Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.