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7% 'new norm' for China growth

A think tank said China's annual growth target will be around 7 percent in 2015, in line with economists' forecasts.

China's lunar orbiter modifies orbit

China's experimental spacecraft trimmed its orbit on Friday afternoon - the first modification during the journey.

Pact signed for new Asian bank

China and 21 other Asian nations signed agreements on Friday to establish a new Beijing-backed international bank for Asia.

'Time to end Occupy movement'

The "Occupy" movement will tear HK's community apart and affect the city's economy severely, said Tung Chee-hwa.

Asian bank 'a win-win choice' for each member

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is a win-w...

Non-CPC views heard before rule-of-law fiat

The Communist Party of China listened to opinions from various non-CPC parties while drafti...

Twitter, Facebook eye 'strong ties'

Twitter Inc & Facebook Inc are wooing China, where their businesses want to penetrate.

China climbs in FIFA rankings

China climbed to 88th position on the October edition of the FIFA world rankings.

Opinion

Sensible dialogue much better than angry protests

On Tuesday, the first dialogue between government officials and representatives of Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) was ...

Are we isolating ourselves because of technology?

If you, dear reader, are looking at this print article, then for yourself the answer to that question is probably “no’’.

Reasons for dismal failure of ‘Occupy’

This is the second part of Professor James Hsiung’s article on the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign.

Students trapped in a terrible political game

Of all the voluminous comments on the political crisis in Hong Kong known as the “Occupy Central” movement, a clear division can be dra...

Diplomacy in new world order

As an emerging power that faces competition and even efforts at containment by the existing powers, China has reached a stage where it ...

Nation

Lunar orbiter modifies orbit

China's experimental spacecraft trimmed its orbit on Friday afternoon - the first modification during the journey.

China pledges more Ebola aid to Africa

China announced a 500 million yuan assistance package to fight Ebola to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.

16 killed in Xinjiang coal mine accident

Sixteen people were killed and 11 others injured after a coal mine collapsed in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Non-CPC views heard before rule-of-law decision

The Communist Party of China listened to opinions from various non-CPC parties during the drafting of a key decision on rule of law.

New proposals for care of the elderly

The government is looking at ways to relieve the stresses on the elderly and their relativesas China faces the challenge of an aging population.

Chinese appetite for foreign currency grows

China's appetite for foreign currency increased in September, leading to a net foreign exchange purchase among banks.

Safeguarding foreigners' rights

Changes to nation's criminal laws mean a greater number of foreign nationals are eligible for free legal aid when they go to court.

HK

Tung Chee-hwa warns against long-term harm

The former Chief Executive said the protesters’ sticking point for civil nomination was against the Basic Law.

74,000 private flats ready soon

About 74,000 medium-sized flats will come on stream in the private sector in the next three to four years, the govt said.

Temporary injunction against protesters extended

A temporary injunction scheduled to expire Friday will remain in effect until Monday as the High Court mulls a heavier hand on “Occupy Central” movement.

Shenzhen loses out in retail property sector

Shenzhen has failed to perform well in retail property investment among key mainland cities, having lost much of the lure to neighboring Hong Kong, according to a report by CBRE — a leading commercial property management and investment consultancy.

Focus HK

Trademark power

Despite early operational hitches, Hong Kong-run hospitals in Shenzhen remain a hit with mainland patients who relish the environment and services offered by the institutions.

Gay forever

Esther Eng made a slew of remarkable Cantonese-language films in 1930s US. In a new documentary Louisa Wei turns the spotlight on one of the pioneers of transnational Chinese cinema whom film historians seem to have forgotten.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Vietnamese prefer nursing homes when old

With improved living conditions brought about by Vietnam's steady economic growth, more and more residents are slowly discarding parts of their traditional family values.

Disabled war photographer focuses on culture

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but the now wheelchair-bound photographer has found a new calling - documenting his people's heritage.

China opposes sending DPRK to intl court

China says it's against referring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.

Air strikes 'killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria'

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

South Asia faces youth jobs crisis

Governments are scrambling for solutions to ease the rising levels of unemployed young people in region.

Young and jobless

Millions of Asian youths out of work or stuck in part-time, low-paying positions as unemployment soars.

Asia Weekly

Business

7% 'new norm' for China growth

A think tank said China's annual growth target will be around 7 percent in 2015, in line with economists' forecasts.

Cook wants all Apple products to enter China

Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he hopes to adapt all of Apple's developments to work for the Chinese market.

China, 21 other countries start new Asian bank

China and 21 other Asian nations signed agreements on Friday to establish a new Beijing-backed international bank for Asia.

Eye on Asia

Region's tumult worries Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites

Death sentences for three Shi'ite Muslims suggest that the region's wider turmoil is further hardening attitudes toward the sect at home.

Tough penalties loom as India cleans up business

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate is top of the agenda,and the new government will spurring hopes of more transparent allocations.

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian trafficking

The experiences of survivors recall the trans-Atlantic slave trade of centuries ago, their travails authorities say, are in response to combative efforts.

Sport

China climbs to 88th in the latest FIFA rankings

China climbed to 88th on the October edition of the overall FIFA world rankings, nine positions higher than last month, according to the FIFA website.

Wang through to French Open quarters

Three top-rated Chinese women advanced to the French Open badminton quarter-finals on Thursday as the second-seeded Wang Shixian was given a scare en route to the last eight.

South Africa beat NZ by 72 runs in 2nd ODI

Hashim Amla scored 119 and Faf du Plessis added 67 as South Africa reached 282-9 after being sent in to bat Friday in the second limited-overs cricket international against New Zealand.

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.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Life Style

The weird world of Taobao

From dead mosquitoes to someone to yell at, the e-commerce site is full of oddities, report Erik Nilsson and Zhang Lei.

Mad about crabs

Seasonal crustaceans from Yangcheng Lake are highlights on Chinese menus now.

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.

Video

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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

2014 Campus Newspaper Awards

Varsity, a newspaper brought out by the students of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has, once again, beaten all competition.

Roundtable

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.