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Short-selling curbs kick in, stocks rebound

Investors in China's bourses are no longer able to borrow shares and cover the short position on the same trading day.

Security focus in drone export checks

China has restricted drone and supercomputer exports with an eye on protecting national security, said a spokesman.

HK: Lead water scare hits luxury flats

Excessive lead was found in a water sample collected from The Caldecott, a luxury condominium in Kowloon.

EU, Vietnam reach free trade deal

The two sides have agreed in principle on a new free trade deal that would see the lifting of most tariffs on goods.

Philippines set to raise Sea at ASEAN

China says the multilateral forum is not the ideal platform for resolving South China Sea row.

Japan suspends work on US base

Japan is suspending construction of a contentious US air base on Okinawa for a month.

Volleyball chief under graft cloud

Pan Zhichen, director of the China's volleyball administrative centre, is being probed.

48th ASEAN conclave opens

The 10-nation bloc aims to realize the goal of establishing a single community by 2015-end.

Opinion

Debunking some ‘localist’ myths

Lau Nai-keung firmly rejects some of the latest arguments which the ‘localist’ movement and others are making in regard to the ...

Retirement security scheme in HK should be flexible

Almost every country or region in the world today is facing the increasingly severe problem of a growing aging population. HK i...

China and US need to deepen mutual trust

The gap between the spreading negative perception of China-US relations and the often ignored mutually beneficial nature of their relat...

Academia should keep away from all distractions

Academia should not seek out power and power should keep away from academia.

Iran deal good for China's economic plans

After the 12-year-long talks, a landmark agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council member...

Video

Three@Five - August 4th

Three@Five published by China Daily Asia provides a daily digest of the most important international, Chinese mainland and Hong Kong news from Monday to Friday.

Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

Nation

Drone export curbs 'to protect national security'

China has restricted drone and supercomputer exports with an eye on protecting national security, said a spokesman.

Volleyball chief probed for suspected graft

Pan Zhichen, director of the sports ministry's volleyball administrative centre, is being investigated.

Taiwan braces for strongest typhoon of the year

Super Typhoon Soudelor, which underwent rapid intensification after ripping through Saipan, may hit Taiwan Friday night.

China to launch Jilin-1 satellite in Oct

China's Jilin Province plans to send Jilin-1, the country's first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use, into space.

Age of the Chinasaurs

China, which has become a treasure trove of dinosaur fossil findings, can claim global supremacy in the area of dinosaur discoveries.

Li signals stronger economic reform

China's premier has formulated a series of amendments to his blueprint for the economy as he attempts to boost growth and strengthen domestic demand.

Nanjing honors heroes of 'Hump Airlift'

A memorial hall in Jiangsu province is hosting an exhibition to remember the bravery and skill of pilots from China, the US and other countries who risked their lives to take part in the most dangerous airlift of World War II.

HK

Li Ka-shing to sell Shanghai project: WSJ

Cheung Kong Property is reportedly to sell an office and retail property project in Shanghai for more than 16 billion yuan.

Lead detected in water at high-end development

Excessive lead was found in a water sample collected from the banquet room of The Caldecott, a luxury condominium in Kowloon Tong.

Drug store kicked out of association after rip-off

A drug store that tried to rip-off a mainland tourist has been deprived of its membership by the city's major pharmacy association.

Hong Kong shares end flat

The Hang Seng Index ended down 0.02% at 24,406.12, its lowest close since July 27; the China Enterprises Index gained 0.6%.

Focus HK

Too cool to be cool

Susan Maginn takes a long, hard look at Hong Kong’s preference for freezing indoors in the summer months and finds out about alternate ways of chilling out from the experts.

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Asia

EU, Vietnam clinch deal for free trade pact

The EU and Vietnam clinched an agreement in principle on a new free trade deal that would see the lifting of most tariffs on goods.

Philippines set to raise South China Sea at ASEAN

China has made it clear the multilateral forum is not the ideal platform for resolving South China Sea differences.

Najib's critics unbowed despite anti-graft agency support

Malaysian opposition parties kept up pressure on PM Najib Razak, undeterred by an anti-corruption agency statement apparently clearing him of wrong-doing.

Pakistani, Indian troops trade fire; 3 die

Pakistani & Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells along their disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

China to continue prudent monetary policy: PBOC

The central bank said it will continue to improve lending structure, lower financing costs, and keep the yuan stable.

China stocks rebound as short-selling curbs kick in

Investors in China's bourses are no longer able to borrow shares and cover the short position on the same trading day.

Ex-Goldman Sachs exec appointed Alibaba president

Alibaba Group has named Michael Evans, a former executive of Goldman Sachs Group, as president of the company to lead its global expansion.

Eye on Asia

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan's atomic bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power and decry Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view of war.

Facing IS threat, Iraq digitizes national library

Librarians and academics in Baghdad are working feverishly to preserve what's left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the US-led invasion.

Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship

In East Jerusalem a move not recognised internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.

Sport

China's Xu Xin's debut in Atletico Madrid sees 3-0 win

Visiting Atletico Madrid beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG 3-0 in their fourth warm-up match this summer.

Murray returns to DC tournament for 1st time since 2006

Andy Murray is back on hard courts for the first time in four months — and back at the Citi Open for the first time in nine years.

Sun Yang makes 800m free final at Kazan worlds

China's Olympic champion Sun Yang made the men's 800m freestyle final with a sixth finish in the heats at the Kazan world championships.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

Jackie Chan wants to collaborate with Jaycee

The cooperation would be on a movie and an album as the father and the son mend their relationship after Jaycee's prison sentence.

'Lost' director gracious to new box-office champ

When talking about his "Lost" sequel, Xu Zheng promises it will be a "brand-new" movie, with only the title connecting to the last installment.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.