China lowers growth target to 7 percent

China will target economic growth of approximately 7 percent in 2015, lower than the goal of around 7.5 percent in 2014.

'Basic Law must be safeguarded'

The Basic Law should be safeguarded and the “One Country, Two Systems” policy must be “accurately understood”.

Knife attack on US envoy to ROK

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade.

NZ 'spying on neighbours, Indonesia'

The documents have been released by former US National Security Authority contractor Edward Snowden and date back to 2009.

'Stay vigilant with Taiwan separatists'

President Xi called for "firm opposition" to pro-independence forces in Taiwan on Wednesday.

HK: Majority support for reform plan

52% of the respondents want the LegCo to pass the city's electoral reform package.

HK: NPC's universal suffrage stance iterated

"The decision is unshakable," said the spokeswoman for the Third Session of the 12th NPC.

China drafts first domestic violence bill

The biggest debate is regarding situations in which authorities could intervene.


Focus of the Budget needs to be changed

The much-anticipated Budget was announced in the last week of February.

Filibustering tactics are destructive

The “pan-democrat” legislators have adopted filibustering tactics to block the government’s proposal to establish a much-needed...

Crush separatist bigotry

“Occupy” failed to achieve its goal because its organizers had deceived the public with lies about democracy in general.

Reform resolve is unshakable

Xi and his colleagues have pointed out a clear direction and path for a new round of reforms.

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

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


China lowers growth forecast to 7%

China will target economic growth of approximately 7 percent in 2015, lower than the goal of around 7.5 percent in 2014.

Li vows to fight pollution, corruption

Li, speaking at the opening of the annual full session of the National People's Congress, called pollution a "blight".

US lawmakers 'fail to grasp China anti-terror law'

Misunderstandings have arisen from US opposition to a Chinese draft law asking US corporations to disclose their security-related data.

Government work report for 2015 highlights

Highlights of the Chinese government work report distributed Thursday morning to the press.

Student entrepreneurs learn harsh lessons

As the number of graduates continues to rise, many are opting to start their own companies. However, fierce competition and scant experience of the world outside college is making life hard for China's budding businesspeople.

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


Beijing reaffirms support to HK, Macao development

The two regions "are expected to continue playing their special roles in the country's reform, opening up, and modernization".

DAB head advocates mainland opportunities for HK youth

Tam Yiu-chung urged the mainland to offer HK youth more opportunities to participate in the country’s development.

PMI at year’s high as private sector cheers

Hong Kong’s private sector is cheering up as the city’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) climbs, reversing the year’s gloomy start.

HK changes ‘must move forward’

NPC says Aug 1 decision is unshakable after student activist applies for judicial review.

Focus HK

Thinking outside the square ring

While Zou Shiming is not too bothered about winning the Macao knockout, he would like to take the lead in helping fellow boxers turn professionals once he retires.

Life discovered in a toy box

A group of dedicated individuals have come up with a range of playthings to help children with special needs overcome learning difficulties.

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.


US ambassador to ROK injured in knife attack

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade.

NZ 'spying on Pacific neighbours, Indonesia'

The documents have been released by former US National Security Authority contractor Edward Snowden and date back to 2009.

IAEA's credibility in doubt: Iranian envoy

The Iranian envoy said the agency's refusal of visiting an alleged Iranian site could not cover the agency's mistake in its report.

Japan eyes enacting law to allow SDF to assist EU troops

Japan is reportedly mulling the idea of allowing its Self-Defense Forces to be deployed to assist international missions of European Union troops.

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


Investment, financing systems reform soon

China will take substantial measures to reform the investment and financing systems, as well as other key areas of the economic system.

Breakthrough on rate reform in 2015: PBOC advisor

Monetary policy for the year will be shaped by economic data during the first two quarters of the year, Chen Yulu said.

China stocks lead Asia lower after target cut

Chinese stocks led Asian markets lower on Thursday after the country's leaders cut the annual growth target for the world's No. 2 economy.

Eye on Asia

DPRK prodding the economy

The goal of the reform is to prod DPRK managers and farmers to do business creatively, on their own initiative.

German 'terminator' to head Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to lead it restructuring.

Realty: Australia risks Chinese backlash

Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey has risked severe backlash from Chinese investors by ordering one of the country's wealthiest men to sell a US$30.4 million property.


Chen, Lin Dan advance after early trouble

No. 1-ranked Chen Long and five-time champion Lin Dan shrugged off early trouble Wednesday to reach the second round of the All England Open.

Chelsea maintain 5-point lead as top 5 all win in EPL

Chelsea eked out a 1-0 victory at West Ham to stay five points clear in the Premier League on Wednesday, with the top five winning on a night English football held its breath after another player collapsed at White Hart Lane.

Barcelona reach Copa del Rey final

Two goals by Neymar and one from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 3-1 victory over 10-man Villarreal on Wednesday and a place in the final of the Copa del Rey.

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

Birdman to land at Beijing gathering

Hollywood blockbusters that could have little chance of a mainland release will be shown in the capital at a film festival.

Popular TV show not so funny business

The annual CCTV New Year Gala experienced a small drop in ratings this year, amid growing criticism some skits were highly offensive to disabled people, women and the southern Chinese.

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.


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. 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.


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.


‘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.