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China's manufacturing pace at 2-year high

The purchasing managers' index rose to 51.7 in July, up from 51 in June, according to data released on Friday

Japan's naming of islands illegal: China

China on Friday opposed Japan's naming of five islets belonging to the Diaoyu Islands, saying the move is illegal and invalid

Unusual sounds recorded before Taiwan crash

A black box on TransAsia Flight GE222 recorded two unusual sounds just before the plane crashed on July 23

Wounded HK journalist returns to work

Ming Pao former chief editor Kevin Lau has returned to work five months after suffering severe injuries in a chopper attack

Gaza truce over as fighting resumes

The Israeli military said on Friday that a US/UN backed Gaza ceasefire that went into effec...

Shenzhen jury duty for Hongkongers

Hongkongers will be allowed to serve on juries under a new plan by the Shenzhen Municipal I...

US lauds Japan's new military role

US Vice-President Joe Biden has welcomed Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its mil...

Li offers vision of revival for Northeast

Premier Li Keqiang made proposals to remove barriers to the development of a broad area of ...

Opinion

The moral dilemmas of dual nationality

The rights and moral obligations associated with the holding of more than one country’s passport are an issue that affects a si...

HK’s future clouded by economic uncertainty

Recently certain financial and academic institutions have simultaneously revised their forecasts for Hong Kong’s economic perfo...

Vision for hukou reform

In this vision, nominally there will be no rural hukou and urban hukou, and both rural and urban dwellers will be registered as residents.

A globalizing China benefits world

Globalization must be an especially complex phenomenon and challenging task for China, an ancient nation with rich and weighty tradition.

Caging corrupt 'tigers'

For months, as his relatives and former underlings were caught up in the anti-graft dragnet one after another, the fate of Zhou Yongkan...

Nation

Taiwan gas blast death toll rises to 26

Death toll from the gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung city of China's Taiwan on Thursday has climbed to 26, latest data from the island's firefighting authority showed.

'Military drill isn't targeting any nation'

China rejected any suggestion on Thursday that its ongoing military exercises, believed to be some of the most extensive of...

More terrorist suspects killed, captured in Xinjiang

Nine suspected terrorists were killed and another captured in Hotan prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Fr...

Japan's naming of islands illegal, invalid: China

China on Friday opposed Japan's naming of five islets belonging to the Diaoyu Islands, saying the move is illegal and invalid

Helping to heal abroad

Program taps Chinese nurses to plug staffing shortages in the West, report Zhao Ruixue in Weihai, Shandong province and Zhou Wa in Beijing.

Court hears first gay 'conversion therapy' case

A homosexual Chinese man is suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight

Happy homecoming for retired ambassador

Giant pandas born overseas learn to adapt back in China, reports Huang Zhiling in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province.

HK

Wounded HK journalist returns to work

Ming Pao former chief editor Kevin Lau has returned to work five months after suffering severe injuries in a chopper attack

HK sees weaker demand for iBonds

Demand for the latest batch of inflation-linked retail bond in Hong Kong has fallen sharply from last year

Renminbi deposits in city decline

Renminbi deposits in Hong Kong declined slightly in June, signaling a gradually maturing offshore yuan market.

Alliance to launch online platform for anti-Occupy petition

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy will kick off an online platform for its petition against the "Occupy Central" campaign on Saturday

Focus HK

Just for fun

A young, innovative entrepreneur has found immense flavor with mainland social network users through a playful and hilarious app invention. The app has spread like a virus, allowing users of all ages to enhance their relationships.

Revving up for dollars

Hong Kong’s street protests, demonstrations and sit-ins have given the impression that our youths are spoiled brats throwing tantrums at the slightest provocation. But this rebellious façade has belied a cherished tradition that still lives in the hearts of a growing number of young people — entrepreneurship.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Gaza truce breaks down as fighting resumes

The Israeli military said on Friday that a US/UN backed Gaza ceasefire that went into effect earlier on Friday is over while military operations continued on the ground

Japan provides Vietnam with 6 maritime security vessels

Japan will provide Vietnam with six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity

Japan names islets in East China Sea

Japan on Friday named five uninhabited islands as part of a group in the East China Sea

Deep-sea search for MH370 to begin in Sept

A deep-water search of the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will begin in September, the Australian authorities announced on Friday.

Digging deeper

China’s private companies are rising to the challenge of overseas mining while state-owned enterprises step aside

Breaking new ground in Myanmar

Revised mining law will allow foreign investors, including Chinese firms, to tap vast underground resources

Asia Weekly

Business

Alibaba to invest in US game maker Kabam

Alibaba confirmed Friday investment of US$120 million in San Francisco-based mobile games producer Kabam

China's manufacturing pace at 2-yr high

China's manufacturing activity quickened to the highest level in more than two years in July, reinforcing signs that the economy is firming up on government support policies.

Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy

Eye on Asia

India meth problem grows

India is home to one of the world's biggest chemical industries and a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine, pseudoephedrine

Splintering Iraq reaches breaking point

Salman Khaled has lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival...

Vietnamese taste for cat puts pets in peril

The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers.

Sport

Ginobili to miss World Cup

Argentina and San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili was set to miss the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Caroline Wozniacki to run New York marathon

Former World number one tennis star Caroline Wozniacki planned to run the New York City Marathon.

Gerrard: Past 3 mths 'worst of my life'

Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has been "probably the worst three months of my life".

Prawn to greatness

China's largest exporter of the seafood has overcome leagal challenges to make the most of overseas opportunities

Bricks and mortar of IT

Indian property mogul has built a fortune creating industrial space for technology firms in Bangalore

Rebuilding Myanmar

Hard work helped serge pun escape turbulent childhood to become a tycoon instrumental in nation’s development

Life Style

Love knows no border

When Chinese actress Tang Wei wed South Korean director Kim Tae-yong, they joined a growing number of international couples from the two countries walking down the aisle. Xu Lin reports.

Education, philanthropy and bouquets

A Chinese property baron sets off a debate about the worthiness of charity recipients

Quirky News

Down the drain

Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers to flush away "anything you shouldn't have".

Argentina tells world to stop bothering bear

Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in Nelson Mandela's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

Video

A different twist

Traditional Chinese joss papers have always been associated with the deceased and apparitions, Auyeung Ping Chi is trying to add an altogether different dimension to them.

Cleaner fuel vital for energy generation

In the opinion of William Yu, chief executive of World Green Organisation, emissions from power generation in Hong Kong are under strict control, while most polluting emissions come from the vehicles.

'HK on a unique path to democracy'

Hong Kong is taking a unique path to democracy and should not copy foreign models of democratic development, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said on Thursday.

Special

Crazy football

Football has the charm that makes the world crazy. After a breathtaking World Cup, the June round of China Daily’s College Photo Contest, “Crazy Football”, has concluded. Among works submitted by university students from all around China, Breakthrough, by Liu Zheng of Guangxi University Of Foreign Languages, won the first prize. Two second and five third prizes were also awarded.

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...