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Blueprint boosts practical cooperation

The blueprint will boost practical cooperation in key fields such as infrastructure, said analysts.

China to evacuate citizens from Yemen

The Chinese government launched preparatory work for the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen.

Two fugitives taken back from Laos

A former official and a businessman, suspected of bribery, were taken back to China Saturday.

Beijing capable of hosting 2022 Winter Olympics

The IOC evaluation commission will release a comprehensive assessment report on June 1.

Eiffel Tower goes dark for Earth Hour

The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness ...

Australia will join China-proposed bank

Mathias Cormann, Australia's finance minister, announced at a panel discussion during the B...

Landmark deals signed with Kazakhstan

Premier also meets with President Widodo of Indonesia, encourages investment by Chinese.

HA offer for singles draws flak

A pledge to set a quota in the next HOS sale for single applicants has come under fire from...

Opinion

Standardizing working hours is no easy task

According to the survey, the median working hours per week for all employees, are 45.9 and 43.4 for male and female employees.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank offers vital opportunities

Major European countries said they would join the China-led AIIB and was criticized by the Obama administration.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

Two graft-involved fugitives taken back from Laos

A former official and a businessman, were taken back to China Saturday after about three months of exile in Laos.

Hainan to ease its duty-free policy

Hainan International Tourism Island in South China will continue to ease its duty-free policy and bring in tourism professi...

China to evacuate citizens from Yemen

The Chinese government launched preparatory work for the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen.

Flood in shale mine in central China leaves 6 dead

A flood in a shale mine in central China has left six miners dead, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

China's 'dancing grannies' face new rules

This week, Chinese officials stepped into the fray by announcing the imminent arrival of new regulations on where seniors can dance and how loud they can blast their music.

The shape of things to come

Chinese women are becoming fuller of figure thanks to a combination of social, physical and dietary changes that are overturning 'traditional' notions of national body types and may prompt a revolution in the lingerie industry.

HK

HA offer for singles draws flak

Housing experts hit out at quota pledge for single applicants at next HOS sale.

HKTV dives 8% on HK$237m loss

Hong Kong Television Network Ltd (HKTV) suffered an 8-percent drop in its share price on Friday after recording a loss of HK$237 million in 16 months.

'Localism' voice endangers future of HK

Financial Secretary said it is worrisome that the “localism” voice in the community has dangerously mixed with more and more “exclusion” and “self-seclusion” noises.

Sense of national identity needed: Official

Fostering a sense of national identity will help the people of HK better understand and implement the Basic Law.

Focus HK

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Taking Asia to the World

At a China Daily-hosted forum held Wednesday, industry insiders discussed why Asian cinema will claim the world’s focus in the not-too-distant future.

Asia

Singapore bids farewell to founder

Singaporeans said farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with an elaborate procession on Sunday.

Majority say Abe should apologize for aggression

Mmajority say Abe should express regret and apology for Japan's wartime aggression in his statement in August.

Indonesia prepares to transfer drug convict for execution

Indonesia is preparing to move a Filipina death row inmate for execution after she lost her appeal.

Police say 10 dead in Bangla stampede

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured Friday in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Bangladesh, police said.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

'Belt and road' blueprint boosts practical cooperation

The blueprint will boost practical cooperation in key fields such as infrastructure, said analysts.

SOHO, Baidu eyes China's 1st estate-Internet tie-up

Real estate giant SOHO China is likely to join hands with search engine Baidu Inc to sell homes online.

China welcomes Denmark, Australia to AIIB

Denmark filed its application letter on Saturday, while Australia followed on Sunday, the ministry said in a statement.

Eye on Asia

10% of Japanese women victim of harassment

The Japanese government report says 10% of women have been a victim of harassment or stalking.

Media device symbolises a shift in DPRK

A $50 portable media player is providing many people of DPRK a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated.

Vietnam collectors keep war memories alive

Grubby satchels, helmets, rusty knives and chunky radios are strewn around Dinh Van Loc's front room, transforming his house in Vietnam's capital into an abandoned battlefield.

Sport

Japanese sprinter Kiryu tops Asian runner

Japanese teenager Yoshihide Kiryu clocked a wind-assisted 9.87-second victory at the Texas Relays athletics tournament in Austin on Saturday,.

Beijing capable of hosting 2022 Winter Olympics: IOC official

The IOC evaluation commission on June 1 will release a comprehensive assessment report.

Serena Williams wins opening match at Miami Open

Serena Williams punctuated points Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Royal Caribbean liner set to sail to Tianjin

Royal Caribbean International's third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will be based in Tianjin after it is completed next month.

Humans 'may have evolved with plant genes: Study

Humans may have evolved with genes acquired from plants, micro-organisms and fungi according to a new study.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

Video

Stars grace red carpet

Celebrities and film stars from across Asia hit the red carpet of the 9th Asian Film Awards at the Venetian hotel in Macao.

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.