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'Reforms helping US, China interests'

Cui Yuying, deputy director of the State Council Information Office, made the remarks in a keynote speechin New York.

Shanghai at 3-month low

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 4.1% on fears that new initial public offerings might drain market liquidity.

Wang Jianlin is Asia's richest person

Wang Jianlin has become the wealthiest man in Asia after Wanda's stock soared in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

HK abduction: More suspects arrested

Police have arrested more suspects allegedly involved in HK's biggest kidnapping-for-ransom in 17 years.

China to ease drug price policy

China will remove price caps for most medicines from June 1 and give the market a larger ro...

IS claims Texas cartoon attack

A security guard was wounded in Sunday's attack during an exhibition of cartoon depictions ...

Indian PM to visit China next week

Narendra Modi will be in China from May 14-16, 2015 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li...

PLA 'yet to fully embrace rule of law'

The People's Liberation Army Daily said that the concept of rule of law had yet to fully ta...

Opinion

Reforms vital to competitiveness

Choy Tak-ho says Hong Kong should support the constitutional reform proposals in order to end harmful political wrangling in ou...

Shoppers in HK deserve better service

It is salutary to note that only in recent days is any thought being given to the quality of tourists’ shopping experience here.

Cross-Straits ties based on one-China principle

Any attempt to challenge the one-China consensus would not only sow the seeds of discord, it would also undermine the political foundat...

Tour guides not necessarily the villains

Are tour guides also poor workers who need protecting? That is a question that needs more discussion, especially on Workers' Day.

Tale of two regions after World War II

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the joint houses of the US Congress in Washington.

Nation

'Reforms helping US, China interests'

Cui Yuying, deputy director of the State Council Information Office, made the remarks in a keynote speechin New York.

Indian PM to visit China next week

Narendra Modi will be in China from May 14-16, 2015 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

China to stop setting prices of most medicines

China will remove price caps for most medicines from June 1 and give the market a larger role in setting prices.

Govt to back Malaysia-Singapore railway bid: Li

The Chinese government "will support a consortium bidding for a high speed railway line linking Malaysia and Singapore".

Angling for solutions to a coastal crisis

The construction of artificial reefs along China's vast coastline is helping to restore the maritime ecosystem, replenish fish stocks and improve the lives of local 'sea farmers'.

Researchers promote ethical experiments

In a bid to gain greater global recognition and improve the accuracy of results, laboratories in China have started to adopt Western standards for the treatment and welfare of animals used in scientific tests.

Youth help to halt ice hockey’s slide

Lack of new talent forces Sun and other senior players out of retirement for world tourney.

HK

Abduction: More suspects arrested

Police have arrested more suspects allegedly involved in HK's biggest kidnapping-for-ransom in 17 years.

HK shares end at 2-week low

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.3 percent to 27,755.54. Listed Chinese enterprises led the decline.

HK home transactions down 4.9% in April

Hong Kong's Land Registry received 4,549 sale and purchase agreements for residential units in April.

CE candidate shouldn't be CPC opponent: Tung

Everyone, including those from the opposition camp, stands a chance to become a CE candidate in the 2017 election, said Tung Chee-hwa.

Focus HK

His last bow

Outgoing Police Commissioner Andy Tsang is often credited with restoring the badly battered morale of frontline officers.

Never a profit in your own land

Hong Kong government’s plan to promote the city as a center for technological innovation would get a big push once it starts giving the tech startups a level playing field.

Counting the costs, dollar for dollar

A stronger HK dollar courtesy its peg to the greenback has sparked warnings of slower local growth this year, the fears compounded by the prospect of an imminent US interest rate hike and its impact on the SAR’s housing market. Oswald Chan reports.

Asia

IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

A security guard was wounded in Sunday's attack during an exhibition of cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Bad weather disrupts links with Nepal village

Nepal has asked foreign teams to end search and rescue operations as hopes of finding people alive in the rubble receded.

Small tsunami off Papua New Guinea

A tsunami estimated at under 3 feet was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake.

Israeli Likud inks pact with ultra-Orthodox Shas

As per the pact, Shas leader Aryeh Deri will become the economy minister and his party will obtain another two ministerial posts.

Works both ways

Home and host nations see benefits of Asia’s flow of migrant workers.

Moving past reliance on remittances

Countries such as the Philippines seek to develop new industries as secure foundation for economic growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

Wang Jianlin becomes Asia's richest person

Wang Jianlin has surpassed Hutchison Whampoa chairman Li Ka-shing and Alibaba's founder Jack Ma to become the wealthiest man in Asia.

Shanghai index suffers biggest fall in 3 months

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 4.1% on fears that new initial public offerings might drain market liquidity.

IMF close to declaring yuan fairly valued: Report

The International Monetary Fund is close to declaring renminbi fairly valued for the first time in more than a decade, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Eye on Asia

New seeds to boost opium output in Afghan

It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation.

Oz kids get Mandarin lessons via Skype

A shortage of Chinese language teachers in Australia has forced more than 50 schools to employ Chinese educators from Beijing to teach their Mandarin classes via online communication app, Skype.

Iraqi city still a ghost town after defeat of IS

Iraqi government forces drove the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago,but he has yet to return

Sport

Ding Junhui ranked fourth in world

Chinese star Ding Junhui remains the only Chinese in the top 10 players of the world.

Chinese soccer gratifying in Asia under soccer reform

As China is carrying out soccer reform after an overall reform plan unveiled late March, Chinese soccer has achieved some good results in Asia.

Pacquiao could face disciplinary action for shoulder

Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

A delicate balance

Under civilian rule or military government, think tank chairman draws on vast diplomatic experience to be public face of Myanmar.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Life Style

'Beauty and the Beast' to debut in Macao

Musical extravaganza Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is coming to Macao from June 13 to July 26.

Better works on show

Art Beijing not only displays works by established artists, but also puts emerging talents in the spotlight and attracts new buyers. Lin Qi reports.

Quirky News

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Off Key

New Zealand's PM John Key has apologized to a cafe worker who said he'd repeatedly pulled her ponytail when he visited the cafe near his home over a period of months.

Coffee spill behind Nikolic's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Video

Is Hong Kong safe?

Directors of the latest Hong Kong action flick “Helios” speak to chinadailyasia.com about their modus operandi.

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

ANN editors pay tribute to Felix Soh

Asia News Network (ANN) editors paid tribute to Mr Felix Soh, former deputy editor of Singapore’s The Straits Times, who died of pneumonia on Sunday.

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.