China, Australia seal landmark air deals

China and Australia are allowing more flights with each other, and paving the way for new routes, in a new air services pact.

Obama arrives in India on 3-day tour

US President Obama arrived in India for a three-day visit of this country on Jan 25, 2015.

Abe condemns possible IS execution

Japan PM Shinzo Abe called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State.

Boat show attracts Chinese buyers

For China's wealthy elite, there are few better places in the world to spend their new money than at the Vancouver Boat Show.

Voting begins in Greek general election

Greek voters started casting their ballots Sunday in a snap general election.

China restricts govt office sizes

China's anti-graft body said that ministers and provincial governors shall have offices not...

Yuan's rise to boost Europe's appeal

The appreciation of the yuan against the euro is expected to widen Europe's popularity as t...

China's coal production drops

China has recorded its first drop in coal production in 14 years, as it pulls back on its u...


Third Silk Road will lead to the China Dream

A year ago President Xi Jinping expressed his strategic vision of a new model of connectivity among peoples known as the “One B...

Innovation and Technology Bureau vital for Hong Kong

The government has been taking proactive measures to promote science and technology. One of these is setting up an Innovation a...

Move for better law enforcement

At long last, the performance assessment mechanisms for law enforcement agencies are to be adjusted.

Losing speed, gaining strength

China released the summary of its overall economic performance in 2014 on Tuesday, which showed a 7.4 percent GDP growth, the lowest si...

EU must see China with fresh eyes

The next 18 months to two years will be a watershed period in relations between the European Union and China.


Govt office sizes restricted

China's anti-graft body said that ministers and provincial governors shall have offices not bigger than 54 square meters.

Beijing to limit population growth this year

Beijing will keep a tight rein on population growth this year as the city makes comprehensive efforts to solve urban problems.

1 dead, 7 injured in Hubei knife attack

One people was killed and seven other injured in a knife attack in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, local police said.

China's civil servants to get pay raise

Over 40 million civil servants and employees of government-sponsored institutions will be given, on average, a monthly salary increase of ...

China's signal of innovation in Davos

An 80-plus Chinese delegation comprising high-ranking government officials, business elites and academicians drew attentions at the Davos forum.

Can tennis keep its China fans after Li Na?

With Li Na in retirement and not defending her title at the Australian Open, there are far fewer Chinese flags and fans with red-and-yellow-streaked faces in the stands at Melbourne Park.

Couple following their hearts in journey of love

There are many ways to express love, but Ding Yizhou chose one that few would adopt: following a heart-shaped itinerary around China.


Concerns raised about long working hours

Over 700,000 people in Hong Kong are suffering from "excessive working hours".

Record number of runners expected in marathon

A record 73,000 runners will participate in Hong Kong's biggest annual sporting event on Sunday.

Shanghai to launch HK index in Feb for stock link

The new index will comprise 273 stocks listed in Hong Kong and tradable through the stock connect scheme.

No end in sight for HK’s housing woes

Experts predict that both local high-end and small- to medium-sized apartments are in for further price hikes of up to 10 percent this year.

Focus HK

Going places

The renminbi is poised to further advance its status as a global reserve currency, as it is now a prime candidate for inclusion in the IMF reserve assets basket, with likely profound implications for renminbi internationalization.

Music is the key

Rueibin Chen has given piano recitals across the world — from Moscow to Los Angeles. But his heart still beats for people from Chinese culture to whom he would like to pass on his legacy.

Value for money

The 600 subsidized university seats offered to non-local students since the 1990s were returned to HK natives recently. But the appeal of a ‘Western-style’ education and high global rankings of HK schools will continue to attract non-local students.


Obama arrives in India on three-day tour

US President Barack Obama on Sunday arrived in India for a three-day visit of this country.

Japanese PM condemns possible IS execution

Shinzo Abe called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after a video surfaced claiming that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed.

Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

A US brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive.

DPRK demands lifting of sanctions for family reunion

DPRK on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions imposed by ROK to hold reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the official KCNA news agency reported.

India looks to the longer term

Amid declining profits, strong balance sheets could tide oil producers through global price drop.

Slippery slope

Asian oil firms see share prices and earnings tumble as outlook for commodity stays bearish

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Global interest grows in China's currency, debt

The Chinese currency yuan, or renminbi, continues its ascent among international payment settlements, trade and currency investment, ratings agency Fitch said in their latest report.

Vancouver Boat Show attracts Chinese buyers

For China's rapidly emerging wealthy elite, there are few better places in the world to spend their new money than at the Vancouver Boat Show.

China's coal production drops for 1st time in 14 years

Chinese state media report that the country has recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000, as it pulls back on its use of the fossil fuel and switches to cleaner energy sources.

Eye on Asia

Philippines counts cost after pope visit

When the pope comes to town, a big bill awaits the host country, but the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offer plenty of good business.

Asian central banks under pressure

Friday's reports in Asia came a day after the European Central Bank launched a full-scale attack on the threat of deflation.

Hazy skies as backdrop for India climate talks

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.


Sharapova downs Peng Shuai in Australian Open

Second-seeded Maria Sharapova is through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday, setting up another Grand Slam meeting with Eugenie Bouchard.

Bouchard moves into quarterfinals at Australian Open

Eugenie Bouchard returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a win that was far from routine on Sunday.

Bryant could miss rest of season

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant could miss the rest of the season if he decided to receive a surgery for a torn rotator cuff.

Filling the plate

Maxim’s chairman has revamped the popular Hong Kong restaurant brand into a hugely successful collection of diverse dining outlets.

Power to transform

Overcoming the skeptics to build UAE's thriving Free Trade Zone was just a first step for intrepid leader who is now ready for a new challenge.

Streets ahead

Malaysian enterpreneur survived numerous setbacks before finding success as a leading auto parts maker in Thailand.

Life Style

Blurring the line between fact and fiction

We live in a world where loose ends cannot be tied up and individual strands of reality often contradict each other. Sometimes we try too hard that we bend the truth to fit our own imagination.

Egypt museum admits King Tut's beard broke off

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo acknowledged on Saturday that one of its greatest treasures, the mask of King Tutankhamun, had been crudely glued back together after being damaged, but insisted the item could be restored to its former glory.

Quirky News

Smoker fined $15,000 for tossing butts

Singapore has fined a smoker S$19,800 ($15,000) for throwing cigarette butts out of his flat window, the highest ever such fine.

Chinese official blames smoked bacon for smog

While experts point to car emissions for causing foul air, a Sichuan official has laid the blame on people making smoked bacon.

Seattle dog takes solo trips to the park via bus

A black Labrador named Eclipse has been riding city buses without her owner to a local dog park, local transportation officials said on Tuesday.


Piano chose me

Leaving his hometown at the age of 13,Rueibin Chen followed his heart to pursue his musical dream in Europe. He has won lots of awards as well as worldwide acclaim since the journey began decades ago. Although piano is an invention of the Western world, Chen has his ways to surmount cultural barriers. A pianist, what is crucial to him is spreading the stellar spirit of music.

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.


Reviving the Ru

2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar calendar, has proved to be yet another successful year for Han Qin. Her application for a national scientific and technological cooperation project on research and development of Ru wares got approved.


Ideal gateway for overseas ventures

Mainland outbound direct investment (ODI) is for the first time set to exceed inbound figures, underscoring a trend where the world’s second-biggest economy is poised to become a net outbound investment destination.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.