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China's food safety situation still a concern

China's top legislature said the country's food safety situation remained "severe" and called for better supervision.

China won't devaluate yuan: PBoC

There is no basis for long-term depreciation of the yuan, China's central bank said.

Moody's slashes S'pore banking outlook

Moody's has revised the outlook on Singapore's banking system to negative from stable, the credit rating agency said.

Turkish bombers identified, toll 43

The three suicide bombers who attacked Istanbul airport were a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz, a senior Turkish official said.

Tribunal has no jurisdiction: China

Hong Lei, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made China's stance clear.

Johnson quits race to be British PM

Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson has abruptly quit the race to run for Britain's next leader.

HK: Home prices keep up momentum

Hong Kong home prices ticked up for a 2nd straight month in May.

Yuan sees biggest quarterly fall

China's yuan hit a 6-month low against the dollar on record Thursday.

Opinion

China’s sovereign rule over the SAR is clearly indisputable

The days when Hong Kong depended solely on the West are long gone. It is pointless to cling to the past and refuse to recognize...

Hong Kong can make a play for Belt and Road’s human capital

People, and being a place for people where people can live, work, and succeed — this is Hong Kong’s current competitive advanta...

HK has achieved much in 19 years

As the SAR is poised to celebrate the 19th anniversary of handover, Yiu Chi-shing says there is no better time to review the city’s ach...

India cannot be exception

At the meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in Seoul last week, at least 10 members, including China, opposed India's membership, as ...

Amended law a chance to change Red Cross image

The draft of an amended law on the Red Cross Society of China was reviewed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress,...

Video

Drone & Phone - Yim Tin Tsai

A getaway island for photographers, history seekers and nature lovers, Yim Tin Tsai has much to explore.

Jellyfish in your house

Toshihiro is an expert at jellyfish breeding and looks forward to bringing Jellyfish to more people.

Travel to understand

A backpacker opened a guest house that he wanted to live in himself.

Nation

China urges US to understand history better

China has noted US Defense Secretary Ash Carter's "Great Wall" remarks at a security dialogue in Singapore this month.

Tribunal has no jurisdiction over Sea case: China

Hong Lei, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, made Beijing's stance clear.

CPC has nearly 89 million members

Most Party members were recruited between 1979, when China started reform and opening up, and 2012.

Pilot error blamed for TransAsia plane crash

The plane crash in Taiwan last year killed 43 people and injured 15 others.

Explaining the Party to the world

New, authoritative titles are shedding light on the workings of the Chinese Communist Party.

Growing tea helps cope loss

Anhui woman left with huge medical bill after death of husband and son.

A to Z of China's diplomacy under Xi

A "major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics" has taken shape since Xi Jinping became the top leader in late 2012.

HK

Home prices keep up April momentum

Hong Kong home prices ticked up for a second straight month in May, sending the cumulative decline since their September peak to 10%.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge closer to completion

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority said the completed span and sections comprise 80 percent of the planned length.

Fire-fighters awarded posthumous bravery medals

The two firemen who sacrificed their lives at the mini-storages inferno in Ngau Tau Kok were posthumously awarded with Medal for Bravery (Gold).

Lack of a quorum delays reform of medical watchdog

Health chief cited political considerations of some parties as reason for uncertainty about passing the reform bill

Focus HK

Cartoon call

Early 20th-century Chinese cartoons could even influence political decisions at the highest level. A selection of these are now showing at HK’s Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

Staycation calling

With the long weekend July 1, Hongkongers probably don't need to look too far for some fun.

Opening act

West Kowloon Cultural District is pitching its 40-hectare park as an alternative venue for performance art. But is Hong Kong ready to walk the extra mile to get its fix of culture? Chitralekha Basu reports.

Asia

Turkish suicide bombers identified, toll 43

The three suicide bombers who attacked Istanbul airport were a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz, a senior Turkish official said.

Philippines hopes for 'soft landing' in sea dispute

The Philippines hopes for a "soft landing" in a dispute with China over the South China Sea when the arbitration court in The Hague delivers its ruling.

Taliban suicide bombers kill 37 in Afghanistan

The first attack targeted buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul.

Duterte sworn in as president of Philippines

President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his inauguration.

Hotels adapt to woo millennials

Brands spring up to serve a generation of travelers who seek new thrills at each location and document them online

Blazing new trails

Tech-savvy young Asians, known as millennial travelers, are spurning packaged tours for a more personalized experience and in the process helping to reshape the travel industry

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China won't devaluate yuan: PBoC

The yuan has generally remained stable despite global volatility after Britain's vote to leave the EU, China's central bank said.

Yuan sees biggest quarterly fall on record

China's yuan hit a six-month low and chalked up its biggest quarterly fall against the dollar on record Thursday.

Moody's slashes S'pore banking outlook to negative

Moody's has revised the outlook on Singapore's banking system to negative from stable, the credit rating agency said.

Eye on Asia

Japan plans fighter jet tender 'worth US$40b'

Japan will launch a tender for fighter jets mid-July, the Ministry of Defence said, in a deal seen worth up to US$40 billion.

Asian actors too busy to fret over Hollywood 'white-washing'

The film world of Asia is too busy making movies of its own to fret much about the debate slamming Hollywood – the casting of white people in roles written for Asians.

Who is Leni Robredo?

On her ascent to the Philippine vice presidency, Leni Robredo has proven that she is more than just a housewife, and later, a widow.

Sport

Shanghai SIPG announces Hulk transfer from Zenit

Shanghai SIPG signed Brazilian forward Hulk from Zenit St. Petersburg for an Asia transfer record US$62 million on Thursday.

Heavyweights collide at Euro 2016

The continental heavyweights — owners of 8 World Cups and 4 European Championships between them — collide in Bordeaux.

Pitch concerns return ahead of Euro 2016 quarterfinals

For organizers at a tournament like the European Championship, the less talk there is about the pitch, the better.

Following the signs

Finance background and problem-solving skills see this savvy operator turn family branding business into a global enterprise

Clued-in chief

Goal to bring Indian bazaars online led entrepreneur to reinvigorate e-commerce by putting merchants first.

Master planner

The visionary architect behind Singapore’s public housing program is also helping to create liveable cities around Asia.

Life & Art

People's Planet

Filmed in dozens of countries, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's latest work showcases the happiness, pain, stress and fears of people.

Memories of trees

A new series tells the story of Zhou Enlai's life and times, including two Thai siblings who were in his care.

Quirky News

Some netizens take their watermelons seriously

The art of choosing a good watermelon at the market has sparked a heated discussion in China's social media.

SweePee Rambo wins as canine contest gets ugly

A 17-year-old Chinese crested chihuahua with leg bowed like a frog and an oozing sore has won this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

Loan sharks demand nude photos: Report

A growing number of Chinese university students are being targeted by loan sharks who demand nude photographs as collateral.

Special

China Watch expands with Russian edition

China Daily launched on Tuesday its Russian edition of China Watch in partnership with leading Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Nice way to keep eyes on the goal

European soccer is just one of the well-weighed investment choices made by US-based entrepreneur and co-founder of the 7 Days chain, Chien Lee.

Roundtable

Retail at crossroads

Industry leaders see potential in e-commerce, big data to better serve customers.