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NPC deputy vows action on Article 23

NPC deputy Stanley Ng said that the SAR govt should plug a legal loophole to avoid foreign forces infiltrating HK society.

Hong Kong water rates may have to double

Water rates may have to double in Hong Kong to meet the rising cost of bringing fresh water from the mainland.

Military parade for peace commitment

China's first military parade marking the end of World War II will not be an exercise in "muscle-flexing".

Shenzhen bests HK as start-up hub

The survey came as a reminder that this once renowned capitalist enclave has lost much of its luster.

Shared secrets with mistress: Ex-CIA chief

Former CIA director David Petraeus 62, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count.

AIDS? Blame it on gorillas

Two of 4 strains of AIDS-causing virus come from gorillas in southwestern Cameroon.

HK Jan retail sales retreat 14.6%

The y-on-y decline in retail sales was partly due to the timing of the Lunar New Year.

Huawei to aid 5G development

China's Huawei and Japan mobile operator NTT DOCOMO are teaming up.

Opinion

Govt circular for correct usage 17 years overdue

Afriend recently invited Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to attend an upcoming event.

Budgets are not only about ‘sweeteners’

The current system means the Budget often lacks new, much needed proposals.

Crush separatist bigotry

Some local political groups advocating “Hong Kong independence” showed their true color again on Sunday by openly harassing legitimate ...

Reform resolve is unshakable

The comprehensive and deepened reforms advanced by top leader Xi Jinping and his colleagues over the past two years are aimed at servin...

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Nation

Colombia detains China-flagged ship

The vessel was stopped in Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast after cargo documentation the captain presented did not match the load.

Military parade to highlight peace commitment

China's first military parade marking the end of World War II will not be an exercise in "muscle-flexing".

Country must work hard to create new cultural classics

China is lagging behind other countries in the creation of contemporary works that represent the peak of the country's cultural achievemen...

2 men in underage-sex case sentenced for rape

A court in Qionglai, Sichuan province, has sentenced two men in the city to five years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Courting change in China's judiciary

The nation's legal eagles are assessing a series of far-reaching reforms to the legal system designed to improve the service and allow judges greater independence when hearing cases and reaching verdicts.

Two sessions: From A-Z

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)kick off today

Backgrounder: China's top political advisors

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is headed by the chairman of its national committee.

HK

HK falls behind Shenzhen as start-up hub

The latest survey by US magazine Inc showing Hong Kong is falling way behind Shenzhen in the ranking of emerging start-up hub came as stark reminder that this once renowned capitalist enclave has lost much of its luster.

NPC deputy vows action on Article 23

National People’s Congress (NPC) deputy Stanley Ng Chau-pei said that the SAR government should plug a legal loophole to avoid foreign forces infiltrating Hong Kong society.

Hong Kong water rates may have to double

Water rates may have to double in Hong Kong to meet the rising cost of bringing fresh water from the mainland.

HK insurers to gain from wider CEPA

The insurance industry stands to benefit the most from the further opening up of the mainland market to Hong Kong’s service sector under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).

Focus HK

Are we stewing in our own juices?

There isn’t a magic pill to get instant detox and an hour-glass figure. Period. And yet people get taken in by advertizing hoaxes.

Turning silver into gold

A young physical therapist in Hong Kong has shown wisdom and empathy beyond his years in his mission to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

Asia

Indonesia nearly ready to execute foreign convicts

The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four foreign convicts will be transferred to there this week.

Pentagon calls Mosul briefing a mistake

The briefer, who made an authorized presentation on Feb. 19, said the US wanted the Iraqis to launch Mosul offensive in April or May.

Thai corrupt official' assets to be auctioned to public

Thailand Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will launch an auction of more than 2,000 inventory of assets.

US first lady to visit Japan, Cambodia this month

Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a US global effort to support girls' education.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

Central govt set to take over tax rebate process

The central government has assumed full responsibility for paying export tax rebates to companies, the latest measure to reverse a slump in exports and spur growth.

E-commerce purchase regulations modified

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce released an enhanced consumer protection regulation on Tuesday governing e-commerce purchases.

Asian shares drift lower as caution prevails

Dollar edges lower against major counterparts; Investors await Thursday's ECB meeting, Friday's jobs report; US crude gives up some of its overnight gains.

Eye on Asia

Japanese workers get little income

Japanese workers get smaller share of corporate earnings

New chain stores to please DPRK consumers

Workers in sharp new uniforms open the doors and turn on the lights about an hour before sunrise at their chain store on the corner of one of Pyongyang's main streets.

Murayama watches Abe choice of WWII words

Japan's former PM Tomiichi Murayama has called on Japan to reflect itself instead of superficially calling for peace.

Sport

LeBron James moves up to 21st place on scoring list

LeBron James has moved into 21st place on the career scoring list with 24,506 points.

Lin returns to All England

Lin Dan will be at the National Indoor Arena for the first time since 2012, when he captured his fifth All England title.

Chelsea, Everton fined for player misconduct

The Football Association announced here on Monday that both Chelsea and Everton have been fined 30,000 pounds for player misconduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

Prince William to meet elephants

Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's

Indian adventures

For many Chinese, India is a land of mystery, but one couple traveled China's southern neighbor and wrote a book about their experiences. Xing Yi reports.

Quirky News

A nod to Lewinsky's dress

A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress.

Debate rages over color of dress

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.