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China accuses US over 'close-in reconnaissance'

The Chinese Defense Ministry has accused the US military of "close-in reconnaissance" in China's airspace in response to US...

US quota for Chinese investor visa runs out

Chinese tycoons with US immigration plans face another obstacle before the end of next month as the US citizenship and immi...

Jimmy Lai in anti-graft glare

HK's anti-graft watchdog paid a visit to media-mogul Jimmy Lai’s home after a series of complaints about illegal donations

HSBC lowers growth forecasts for HK

HSBC Holdings has cut the growth forecast for Hong Kong to 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent for 2014 and 2015 respectively follo...

Modi eyes nuclear pact on Japan trip

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime M...

Wawrinka gets into tiff with fan

Locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Stan Wawrinka snapped ...

No child labor used, says Samsung & Lenovo supplier

A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said it had neve...

Changing face of Chinese worker

Opinion

Conciliation is the only way forward for SAR

While the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” policy provide a framework for the implementation of universal suffrage for ...

Funding a universal pension scheme is no easy matter

A universal pension is an idealistic concept. Supporting the elderly during their twilight years is a noble ideal.

Chinese help Japan economy recover

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

Building on Deng's US policy

Mutual respect was the prerequisite for normalizing relations and is the keystone for the new model the two have pledged to build

Antitrust probes open and fair

Antitrust probes are a key element of China's policy to free the market of predators and monopolies to build a level playing field for ...

Nation

China accuses US over 'close-in reconnaissance'

The Chinese Defense Ministry has accused the US military of "close-in reconnaissance" in China's airspace in response to US criticism of a Chinese jet intercepting a US Navy patrol plan...

China urges Japan to break from aggressive past

China called on Japan to break from its aggressive past and win the trust of its Asian neighbours

Zhou Yongkang case still under investigation

The Supreme People's Court said on Wednesday that the case involving the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has not yet enter...

Health insurance gets State Council approval

The central government decided in an executive meeting of the State Council on Wednesday that it is going to promote an insurance program ...

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show, report Sun Xiaochen in Nanjing and An Baijie in Dengfeng, Henan.

Capital move to Beidaihe's beaches

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

Historic sands of time

Venerable vacation spot that hosted important meetings continues to evolve with country's development.

Helping on high

Government aid program injecting resources helps Tibetan residents reap benefits of development on 'Roof of the World'.

HK

HSBC lowers growth forecasts for HK

HSBC Holdings has cut the growth forecast for Hong Kong to 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent for 2014 and 2015 respectively following a surprised contraction of the city's GDP in the second quarter.

Anti-graft officials visit Jimmy Lai at home

Hong Kong’s anti-graft watchdog paid a visit to media-mogul Jimmy Lai’s Kowloon home after a series of complaints he had doled out tens of millions in undeclared donations to the opposition camp.

PE teacher gets 4 years for indecent assault

A primary school physical education teacher was sentenced to four years in jail for tricking a Primary Five student into performing oral sex.

HK shares close at lowest in 2 weeks, China also down

Hong Kong's benchmark index finished at a two-week low in choppy conditions on Thursday, hurt by continued weakness in the Chinese onshore market and poor corporate earnings.

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

Asia

Thai court drops murder case against ex-PM

A Thai court has dismissed a murder case against former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy, who were indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.

Modi eyes nuclear pact on Japan trip

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Australia, Malaysia reach search cost-sharing deal

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is in Australia to sign a cost-sharing agreement with the Australian government...

Xi to visit Pakistan next month

Pakistan and China are in regular contacts to firm up dates to witness the signing of about 14 agreements of over US$10 billion.

Japan shifts investment to ASEAN

Increasing manufacturing in SE Asia reflects strategic rebalancing, not withdrawal from Chinese market.

Surrogacy debate rages Down Under

Calls for national legislation getting louder in australia as thai controversy reveals inconsistency of state laws.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's industrial profits improve in Jan-July

Chinese industrial businesses saw faster growth in profits in the first seven months of this year thanks to lower costs

Samsung, Lenovo supplier denies using child labor

A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a US-based activist group.

Asian stocks post cautious gains

Asian stock markets were mostly higher but gains were muted ahead of US economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan

Eye on Asia

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.

India's Modi dressed for success

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's choice of outfits draws praise, intense scrutiny reserved for stars.

Joko Widodo: New face of Indonesian politics

On the blisteringly hot afternoon of Indonesia's 69th independence day, Mr Joko Widodo's quick changes of attire included a white long-sleeved shirt, black-and-yellow football kit and a gunny sack.

Sport

Wawrinka gets into tiff with fan in US Open win

In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to ``Shut up.''

Falcao linked to Real Madrid among other interests

Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid have increased contact with AS Monaco for a move of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, reported local media on Wednesday.

Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the US Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.

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.

The female touch

If necessity is the mother of invention, it may well be true that the inventor is someone else’s mother.

Life Style

Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.

Definition of tuhao heats up Internet

The Chinese term "tuhao" has been included in the latest version of the standard Chinese dictionary, which explains it as "people who are rich but lack in education or taste" - stirring hot discussion online.

Quirky News

The world's woolliest sheep?

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania

82-yr-old passenger seizes controls on plane!

Emergency landing was made after after wresting back the controls of a light aircraft from an 82-year-old passenger

Nothing like noodles!

A recent US study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia

Video

Not just glass

Glass containers are widely preferred for their durability but they are not biodegradable. After such containers are discarded, they add to the world’s carbon print. A Hong Hong-based NGO - Green Glass Green - organized a special tour to familiarize people with their efforts to recycle glass responsibly.

Who rules Hong Kong vital to national security

The central government is concerned about whether the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is in line with the original design, Lau Siu-kai told Joseph Li.

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.

Special

Vibrant capital boosts science popularization for young, old

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

Roundtable

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...