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Cooperation stressed for healthy trilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan on Wednesday.

6.8-magnitude quake shakes Myanmar

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday afternoon. It was also felt in Bangkok.

China clarifies govt's fiscal power

The Chinese government is seeking to clarify the fiscal powers of central and local govt in a bid to reform fiscal management.

Indian sub data leaked from shipbuilder

Sensitive data on submarines designed for India's navy have leaked from a French shipbuilder with customers around the world.

Germany unveils national crisis plan

It is the country's first overhaul of civil defenses in two decades.

China ready to offer help to quake-hit Italy

A quake measuring 6 on the Richter scale struck just after 3:30 am local time.

China issues rule to tighten cyber security

Chinese authorities have unveiled a document on Internet regulation.

Samsung, Tencent vie for valuable crown

Tencent Holdings Ltd & Samsung Electronics are racing to be crowned Asia's most valuable firm.

Opinion

In defense of HK’s currency peg

Hong Kong’s linked exchange rate system has served the SAR well and any change in the HKD-USD peg will lead to great volatility.

We all have a role in promoting innovation

Apart from the government, society can also participate in changing the people’s perception on innovation.

Sarah Lee has made herself a role model for young people

While politicians and social activists are blaming each other for tearing the city’s social fabric apart, Lee has shown Hong Kong a way...

Rebound in mainland tourists precious for HK

HK's tourism sector has the best chance of thriving under a holistic strategy that seeks to strengthen its core competitiveness, while ...

No need to worry about freedom of press and speech

The recent sacking of a Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist is being exploited by fear-mongers, and the claims that press freedom is u...

Video

Underwater 360 Cam and OnePlus Flagships no more

Elephone offers a 360 camera and waterproof housing for less than $200 while OnePlus sales are online only after axing its flagship China stores.

Drone and Phone - Snorkelling

To escape the monotony of city living, head over to Hoi Ha Wan, to grab a snorkel and see the life beneath the waves.

Your Ultimate Guide to Fintech

Fintech is more than just a buzzword, with the potential to turn anyone with a smartphone and a positive bank balance into a profitable lender.

Nation

Wang stresses cooperation for healthy trilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan on Wednesday.

Respect, protect nature during development: Xi

President Xi Jinping said the protection of ecosystems was "the most important foundation" for China's sustainable developm...

China clarifies fiscal management responsibility

The move is part of China's efforts to reform fiscal management and ensure efficient delivery of public services.

China pushes underground drainage system construction

The central government called for faster construction of upgraded drainage systems across the country to cope with urban flooding.

Most govt websites releasing info on time

A review by the China's Cabinet shows that 85% of government websites disclosed critical information in a timely fashion.

Zhangjiajie opens longest glass-bottom bridge

Only 8,000 people each day will be allowed to cross the bridge and tourists will have to book their tickets a day in advance.

Bringing new life to Beijing's ancient alleyways

The hutong are becoming increasingly recognized as cultural icons ripe for monetization.

HK

Water slide opens after five-hour delay

The giant water slide's scheduled opening this morning was delayed due to a failure to obtain in time a temporary license.

Chinese Olympic heroes to visit HK

Among the 64-strong delegation are 42 gold medalists including table tennis stars Zhang Jike and Ma Long.

HK police pledge to maintain order during polling day

The city's police force will boost their numbers to maintain order during the city's most important polling day this year.

HK eyeing innovation-tech hub status

Young people urged to seize opportunities in nearby mainland cities to realize regional dream.

Focus HK

Make the clouds go away

A seasoned Hong Kong ophthalmologist is leading a crusade to help people with eye diseases on the Chinese mainland.

No safe place for 'at-risk' kids

Provisions for rehabilitating abused kids are not enough.

El Nino sweeps trash to HK

Regional action vital to contain marine refuse.

Asia

Indian submarine data leaked from French shipbuilder

Analysts say the leak is a blow to India's navy and could compromise its underwater combat capabilities.

India aims to ban surrogacy for foreigners, gay couples

The move aims to protect poor women from exploitation.

3 dead as powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday afternoon. It was also felt in Bangkok.

MH370: Australia-led search may end in Dec

The hunt for the plane would be suspended indefinitely if no new evidence is found once the search concludes in December.

Rise of the cyber athletes

ESports takes off as a professional game in Asia with venture capital pouring in but returns are slow to arrive.

Dedication pays off in South Korea

Home to some of the world’s top professionals, nation blazes a trail for the industry owing to its widespread passion for games like StarCraft.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

Stirring up love on a lonely planet

A dating app may go a long way in helping to nail the notion that a tense city like Hong Kong may be too sterile for romance.

Up for a Nougat treat

Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices.

Global shares lackluster

Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates.

Eye on Asia

Battered Yazidi women recover in Germany

After sweeping into the Sinjar region of Iraq, home to the majority of the world's Yazidis, IS fighters started a regime of terror.

Thai junta's opponents staggered by support for status quo

The article on amnesty was passed last week with little debate, two people on the 36-member drafting committee said.

S'pore may cut off web access for public servants

Some security experts say the policy may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack.

Sport

Ronaldo pleased to be in frame for UEFA award

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of three candidates to be named as the best player in Europe by UEFA, competing against team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann for the prize.

3 Olympic weightlifting gold medalists fail doping retests

Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics.

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No 1 for US Open

Serena Williams is the No 1 seeded woman for the US Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No 1 among the men.

Slices of innovation

Fresh ideas to whet customer appetites help Malaysian CEO of Pizza Hut Hong Kong remain a crust above rivals in a saturated market.

Global ambitions

After growing up in a one-bedroom shophouse, this CEO is now taking his serviced apartments worldwide.

Chasing a dream

An avowed Sinophile and China head of a South Korean conglomerate sets mega target for growth of his business

Life & Art

Set for bohemian rhapsody

Fans in Shanghai will soon be treated to legendary rock band Queen's first show on the Chinese mainland.

Arctic life

After a serene voyage highlighted by glaciers and whale sightings, Greenland's capital of Nuuk offers surprisingly civilized charms.

Quirky News

Minnesota villagers re-elects their dog mayor

The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.

Russian cat adopts abandoned baby monkey from zoo

The elderly cat is getting a bit tired of the little monkey because he "is getting naughty" and "has started biting and pinching her."

Doctors in India remove 40 knives from man's stomach

The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital in Punjab state after undergoing surgery in which doctors removed the knives.

Special

China Watch expands with Russian edition

China Daily launched on Tuesday its Russian edition of China Watch in partnership with leading Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Helping to bring the world together

The head of HK's convention and exhibition showpiece believes interacting with people and winning over their trust have brought her to where she's today.

Roundtable

Partnering for a bright future

Forum highlights strong China-ASEAN ties but even better times lie ahead if challenges can be overcome by working together.