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China vows support for manufacturing upgrade

The assurance came as the government looks to shift China away from low-end manufacturing to more value-added production.

Better cross-Straits exchanges pledged

The mainland's Taiwan affairs chief urged resolute implementation of the central authorities' Taiwan policies.

Chinese banks' onshore assets up 14.6%

The volume of onshore assets marked an increase of 14.6% year on year, said China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Amazon buys Mideast's Souq.com

A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast.

World's largest nano research site in China

The multifunctional platform can help develop more powerful computers and intelligent robots.

American buys China Southern stake

American Airlines agreed to pay US$200 million for a stake in China Southern Airlines.

Anti-apartheid activist Kathrada dies

Ahmed Kathrada dedicated his life to fighting the racial injustice of white-minority rule.

US officials: DPRK tests rocket engine

It can be part of a DPRK program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, they said.

Opinion

Treasure the new beginning under the CE-elect

Lam's landslide win was seal of approval for straightforward but detailed manifesto.

The challenges facing Carrie Lam as next CE

New leader should tackle the economic, political causes of polarization in society, especially land and housing issues.

Carrie Lam can earn trust of all sections of HK society

HK’s CE is one of the world’s most demanding leadership positions — and in these trying times a steady hand at the helm is essential.

Talent a key factor in boosting HK innovation

To catch up, Hong Kong will have to focus on nurturing a large pool of software talents instead of trying to copy what its rivals are d...

Things in Hong Kong that need fixing

It can start by asking why we have been left in the dust by a brand new city with still drying paint to the north which was no more tha...

Video

High Junk Peak

The second recommended Hong Kong walks - High Junk Peak.

HK street art tour with Nicole

Episode 5 | Girl City: Hong Kong

Mount Putuo

This series of Drone and Phone will lead you to some beautiful islands in Zhejiang Province.

Nation

Mainland official calls for better cross-Straits exchanges

The mainland's Taiwan affairs chief urged resolute implementation of the central authorities' Taiwan policies to safeguard peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

China building world's largest nano research facility

The facility integrates the state-of-art capabilities of material growth, device fabrication and testing in one ultra-high ...

China's fight against drug continues

A total of 1,876 foreign suspects were caught for related offenses and 6.6 tonnes of drugs were confiscated last year.

Immigrant detentions rise by 40%

Police in Guangdong province have detained more than 1,800 illegal immigrants this year.

China's model 'applicable' in emerging markets

Companies able to offer the best products at the most affordable prices will emerge as market leaders, founder and CEO of Xiaomi said.

Local lingerie brands seek to fill gaps in market

Millennials as well as older women in China have been shopping online for choice lingerie.

Distaff demand a better fit

Underwear retailers are confident about the growth in the sports undergarments sector, as more Chinese women get into the 'keep fit' mindset.

HK

MTR on the fast track to go global

A landmark deal in the United Kingdom underscores how Hong Kong can move beyond finance when taking part in Belt and Road.

Lam reaches out to legislature

CE-elect visits LegCo chief on day one to underline importance of relations between administration and lawmakers.

‘Occupy’ heads set to face charges

Organizing trio and at least six others to appear in Eastern Magistrate’s Court.

Mainland developers drag down HK shares

The Hang Seng index fell 0.7 percent to 24,193.70 points, while the China Enterprises Index lost 1.1 percent to 10,362.02.

Focus HK

What's the buzz!

Here is our pick of city events from March 24 to April 2, 2017.

The big picture

Art Basel HK breaks fresh ground by introducing curated shows into a space primarily meant for deals and sales.

Art fairs just got even better

Performance-based and participatory art shows are trending at art fairs the world over, and HK’s flagship art events are no exception.

Asia

Thousands shelter as Cyclone Debbie hits Australia

Torrential rain flooded streets and wind smashed windows, uprooted trees and tossed debris through streets as Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall.

Thailand sends ousted PM Thaksin US$494m tax bill

The tax bill was issued over the sale of shares in a telecom company more than a decade ago, said Thaksin Shinawatra’s lawyer.

India assures probe into attack on Nigerian students near Delhi

A group of people beat up some Nigerian students in the northern Indian city of Greater Noida on Monday.

M'sia: Kim Jong-nam's body still in Kuala Lumpur

Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said this amid reports that the body of Kim Jong-nam will be taken to the DPRK soon.

Beyond the best-known cities

Second-tier destinations promote heritage and leisure attractions to lure travelers who mix business with pleasure

Enticing MICE

The lucrative China market is key to achieving the growth aspirations of Southeast Asia’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions sector.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China vows better support for manufacturing upgrade

The assurance came as the government looks to shift China away from low-end manufacturing to more value-added production.

Amazon buys Souq.com after US$800m counteroffer

A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast.

Global stocks recover

Stocks recovered while the dollar rose off four-month lows on Tuesday as anxiety over Donald Trump's setback on healthcare reform

Eye on Asia

Hardline Hindu priest a handful for Modi

A hardline Hindu priest who was promoted to take the country's most powerful positions has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser.

Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting Mosul civilians

The report follows acknowledgement from the coalition that the US was behind strike in Mosul that residents have said killed over a hundred civilians.

Chaebol reform at forefront of S. Korea election again

Chaebol chiefs in prison garb were paraded before TV cameras, Yet the family conglomerates thrived with their pardoned leaders back at the helm.

Sport

Portugal airport to be named after Ronaldo

A local airport outside Cristiano Ronaldo's hometown of Funchal will be renamed after the soccer star Wednesday.

Captain Neymar sees Brazil as best team in the world

Neymar believes he is in the top moment of his career and plays for the best national team in the world.

Spurs crush ailing Cavaliers

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions.

Maker of smiles

A passion for serving people has taken a former tour guide to the top of his game in destination event management

Novel idea

Malaysian entrepreneur attracts frenzied crowds of book buyers with excess inventory at rock-bottom prices.

Gray matter

ADB's research head highlights aging societies as the big challenge in today's economic modeling.

Life & Art

Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

New normal's many dimensions

An ongoing exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art is putting a renewed focus on its future.

Quirky News

Indian rivers get same rights as a human

The two rivers -- Ganges and Yamuna -- are considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

Phone numbers of Aussie MPs leaked

The private cell phone numbers of almost every Australian federal MP were accidentally published online by a government department.

Saudi varsity bans short haircuts for female students

A Saudi university warned this week its female students of immediate dismissal for imitating men in haircuts and outfits, Okaz local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Special

Macao contest gives aspiring talents plenty to chew on

Six student teams go head-to-head to sell tourist magnet’s unique Cantonese-Portuguese fusion cuisine.

Keeping the whole world in game mode

Award-winning smartphone game founder Yat Siu says the HK market may be open and mature, but users’ loyalty is still low.

Roundtable

Nothing to beat a good story

Panel on Sino-foreign co-production agrees focus on quality is the key to succes.