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China launches 3 more free-trade zones

Operations formally kicked off Tuesday at three new free trade zones (FTZ), as China opens itself wider to the world.

Japan PM makes Yasukuni offering

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead.

HK: Property, stocks may hit new highs

The stock-market boom, which saw records tumble in the past few weeks, could give HK property prices another big lift.

900 feared dead as migrant boat sinks

The United Nations said 800 people had drowned after a rickety boat capsized off Libya with as many as 900 on board.

Xi seals deals on Pakistan trip

51 agreements and memoranda of understanding worth US$46b were signed on the first day.

HSBC 'could shift HQ to HK'

HSBC began life in Hong Kong 150 years ago, with roots as a financier of trade.

HK told to 'seize historic opportunity'

Vice-President Li Yuanchao said 2015 was a critical year for both the country and HK.

Stocks registration may replace vetting

Administrative examinations and approvals in stock issuance in China may be abolished.

Opinion

HK students need to have more confidence in themselves

Self-confident students should be able to handle encounters with people from different cultures and have little to fear from vi...

Tourist industry fears over falling visitor numbers

Recently, the concerns in HK’s tourist industry increased after the number of mainland visitors dropped by 25 percent during th...

Abe speech to indicate Japan's future

Just one day before he makes speech at the Asian-African Summit, Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.

Xi in Pakistan to work for real mutual benefits

From Xi to the average man on the street in China, Pakistan has never been just another neighbor.

AIIB complementary to existing institutions

Li said the AIIB is not meant to reinvent the wheel.

Nation

Xi lauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor.

China 'uncomfortable with' US negative list

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticised a US proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a bilateral treaty.

Luxury clubs tied to graft to be closed

A senior official from the city's top anti-graft body has promised to shut down or rebuild 10 private luxury clubs and restaurants.

Property register to come under one roof

China will merge its property registration agencies before the end of this year, according to central government departments.

Pakistan project is Silk Road's debut

Karot Hydropower Project to be run by China for 30 years before handover.

Memory of Flying Tigers honored

The US pilots who flew as members of the Chinese air force have now been honored in the town that was theirmain center of operations.

Culture provides comfort in childbirth

Private centers provide familiar atmosphere while increasing safety of Tibetan mothers

HK

Top court hears Nina Wang case

A hearing into an appeal filed by Chinachem Charitable Foundation seeking to be the sole beneficiary of Nina Wang's estate opens.

Vice-President Li: Seize historic opportunity

Vice-President Li Yuanchao said 2015 was a critical year for both the country and the special administrative region (SAR).

HK stocks rebound

The Hang Seng Index went up 575 points to 27,670 at noon on Tuesday, while the China Enterprises Index gained 2%.

Refurbishing mansion fraught with difficulties

The prospect of this is jeopardizing plans to redevelop a 100-year-old Victoria Peak mansion into Hong Kong’s highest free-standing hotel.

Focus HK

Keeping monkey business under control

Even as monkeys in HK are sterilized periodically, humans entrusted with the duty of looking after them feel there’s a lot to learn from simian behavior.

Breakin’ a righteous move

Young people who did not seem to have a hope in hell have found a goal and a meaning to their lives by turning to hip-hop dancing.

Leading the field on faith

Charles Schwab placed its trust in Hong Kong at a time when foreign investors were eager to flee. Eighteen years on, it is being proven right.

Asia

Japanese PM makes offering at Yasukuni shrine

Abe sent an evergreen shrub in honour of Japan's war dead, a gesture likely to anger China.

S Korean PM offers to resign over bribery scandal

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan- koo offered to President Park Geun-hye his resignation as the second-highest administrative post.

Japan's maglev breaks own record at 603 kph

The train reached 603 kilometers per hour in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 581 kph set in 2003.

3 dead as storm batters Australia's east coast

Cyclone-strength winds of up to 135 kph uprooted trees, some crushing cars, snapped power poles and tore off roofs and building awnings.

Awash in easy money

Asian households are piling up record debts but problems may arise when rate cycle turns.

Going wet and wild in Kowloon City

'Little Thailand' bursts into revelry to mark the Songkran festival but not everything is cause for celebration.

Asia Weekly

Business

China launches three more free-trade zones

Operations formally kicked off Tuesday at three new free trade zones (FTZ), as China opens itself wider to the world.

Investors hang on for a roller coaster ride

Shanghai drops 1.64% and Hong Kong falls 2.16% as regulators leave markets on edge.

HK rebound leads Asian stocks higher

Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.

Eye on Asia

'More than 1m Australians in poverty'

Between 4 and 6 percent of Australians are living in poverty despite the country's 25 years of continuous economic growth, according to new research released on Tuesday.

India's banks turn to consumer loans

Indian banks, hoping to offset a slow recovery in corporate lending, are pushing into credit cards and personal loans to malls to lure customers.

India's tigers may not be burning bright

Independent scientists say a 30% in tiger number in just four years doesn't make sense.

Sport

Bulls beat Bucks 91-82 to go up 2-0

Jimmy Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points.

Golf programme launched for HK junior

HSBC and the Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA) today launched the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme.

Australian football player dies during match

An Australian football player died after suffering a head injury during a game of rugby union in New South Wales (NSW) over the weekend.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Off the beaten track

From logged jungle to abandoned farms, Malaysian property tycoon finds opportunities in areas that others overlook.

Life Style

Christie's brings works of 'old masters' to China

Christie's auction house is set to bring works of "old masters", paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries, to the Asian market.

Flavors of Mexico

Chef Eduardo Perez Romero will be presenting dishes from his home country for the next two weeks at Hilton Beijing. Mike Peters reports.

Quirky News

Scientist volunteers for head transplant

Having suffered from a rare muscle wasting disease for most of his life, the 30-year-old decided to give it a shot.

Cambodia breaks record for Madison dance

Cambodia on Wednesday broke Guinness World Record for the largest Madison dance, a judge announced.

British polls: A taste for the absurd

In an election that will shape the destiny of the United Kingdom, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought a note of absurdity to the battle for Downing Street.

Video

A star studded affair 第34屆香港電影金像獎

The list of winners in 19 categories was announced at the Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Center during the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony. The annual event attracts leading lights of the entertainment world from the Greater China area.

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.