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Foreign automakers raise bets on China

Foreign carmakers continue to plough money into factories in China, even as the economic slowdown crimps sales growth.

US, China top dumping of 'e-waste'

The US and China contributed most to electronic waste in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide.

Finance officials see rising risks

World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for global economic recovery.

China welcomes US, Japan to join AIIB

China always welcomes the United States and Japan to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

700 feared dead after boat sinks off Libya

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libya...

S Africa not driving foreigners away: Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday his country is not driving foreigners ...

China's home price decline narrows

China's real estate market continued to weaken but with narrowing price drops in March.

China urges speedy IMF quota reform

IMF members are frustrated with the long-delayed 2010 quota reform of the fund, said PBOC g...

Opinion

Our police performed impressively last year

Police officers were praised for the admirable way they maintained law and order in Hong Kong by use of minimum of force.

HK must strengthen risk management procedures

The most exciting financial news over the past two weeks was the extraordinary trading on the stock market.

AIIB complementary to existing institutions

Li said the AIIB is not meant to reinvent the wheel.

'Smuggling’ will never die

Mainland authorities have decided to curtail the practice known as “parallel trading” in Hong Kong, but called “smuggling” on the other...

Square dancing doesn't deserve stigma

It's time to free square dancing of the bad name for it refreshes the body and mind both.

Nation

Xi's visit to give 'impetus' to China-Pakistan ties

President Xi's upcoming visit to Pakistan will map out strategic arrangements and a long-term plan for the development of China-Pakistan relations, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong said.

US, China top dumping of electronic waste

The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up...

Two pandas to arrive in Macao on April 30

The new pair of giant pandas given by China's central government as gifts to the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will arrive in ...

China welcomes US, Japan to join AIIB

China always welcomes the US and Japan to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's Finance Minister said on Saturday.

Women who marry gay men suffer abuse

Most Chinese women who unwittingly marry gay men suffer a wide range of abuse from their husbands.

Ignorance compounds cancer threat

China's high mortality rate is the result of a lack of awareness that results in late detection of the disease.

Taoism helped Solar Impulse 2

Study in China taught lesson that unity can be found in opposites.

HK

Parallel trading activities rise

Parallel traders are seizing final chance to do business before permits expire.

Kuaidi Dache hits snags in HK foray

The mainland's taxi-hailing apps has run into problems in trying to replicate its success in Hong Kong.

Zalora 'popping up' on the bricks

Zalora is opening a pop-up store in Causeway Bay, hoping to help the company grab a bigger slice of the city’s e-commerce market.

HK stocks still attractive options: Fund

Dual-listed stocks on Chinese exchanges are about 25% more expensive than those in HK, according to the Hang Seng China AH Premium Index.

Focus HK

Mainland hot money a boon for yuan bonds

Dim sum bonds sparkle as Hong Kong lenders trim renminbi deposit rates.

Seeking a golden sunset

In a bid to reform the MPF system, regulators in Hong Kong have proposed a default ‘core fund’ to cut hidden costs and risks, as well as boost returns. But more must be done to bolster autonomy for MPF members.

Facing the music

Zhang Xian is at the forefront of women conductors making their mark internationally. Chitralekha Basu met the first female director of an Italian orchestra in the lead-up to her show at HK’s Cultural Centre Concert Hall tonight.

Asia

Afghan president in Iran for talks to boost mutual ties

The President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai arrived in Tehran on Sunday for talks to boost mutual ties and discuss issues of mutual interest with senior Iranian officials, local media said.

Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan

Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Australia arrests 5 teens for alleged terror plot

Five Australian teenagers were arrested on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony.

Afghanistan suicide blast kills at least 33

A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100.

Awash in easy money

Asian households are piling up record debts but problems may arise when rate cycle turns.

Going wet and wild in Kowloon City

'Little Thailand' bursts into revelry to mark the Songkran festival but not everything is cause for celebration.

Asia Weekly

Business

Foreign automakers double down on China bets

Foreign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth.

Finance officials see rising risks to economic recovery

World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades.

Property market slides with narrowing price drops

China's real estate market continued to weaken but with narrowing price drops in March.

Eye on Asia

India's tigers may not be burning bright

Independent scientists say a 30% in tiger number in just four years doesn't make sense.

Jakarta traffic stops & starts for another decade

Millions of Jakarta commuters will have to struggle through the world's most congested traffic for almost another decade.

Fighter jet makers eye Indian riches

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India would buy 36 French Rafale jets for an estimated US$4.3 billion.

Sport

Dujardin crowned World Cup champion

Charlotte Dujardin and her ride Valegro, the Olympic, world and European title-holders, secured their second consecutive title at the Reeem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2015 Final on Saturday.

Rockets open playoffs with victory over Mavericks

The Houston Rockets surged past the Dallas Mavericks 118-108 Saturday night at Toyota Center in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series.

Chelsea edges United; Arsenal reaches Cup final

While rarely ruthless, Chelsea is easing to the English Premier League title. With a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday, Chelsea surged 10 points clear of Arsenal.

Straddling two worlds

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

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Off the beaten track

From logged jungle to abandoned farms, Malaysian property tycoon finds opportunities in areas that others overlook.

Life Style

Japanese WWII surrender video debuted in China

A museum in central China's Hunan Province reopened on Saturday and debuted video footage documenting Japan's surrender in the province.

Feng named Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, "godfather" to the 10th Croisements Festival and the 12th Panorama, was named a Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, French ambassador to China.

Quirky News

Scientist volunteers for head transplant

Having suffered from a rare muscle wasting disease for most of his life, the 30-year-old decided to give it a shot.

Cambodia breaks record for Madison dance

Cambodia on Wednesday broke Guinness World Record for the largest Madison dance, a judge announced.

British polls: A taste for the absurd

In an election that will shape the destiny of the United Kingdom, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought a note of absurdity to the battle for Downing Street.

Video

A man's world

Pole-dance used to be regarded as a women's preserve. But, Li Bing of the Chinese mainland has proved male dancers can be equally, if not more, captivating.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.