China's consumer inflation eases in Sept

The consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.6% in September from a year earlier, down from August's 2.0%.

Global gender equality by 2030 urged

A Chinese envoy to the UN said the international community must do more to attain all gender equality goals by 2030.

'RMB sovereign debt issue soon in UK'

The move would make London the first financial centre outside China to offer its sovereign debt, the Financial Times reported.

HK: Credit cards of 7 banks shelved

DBS, HSBC, Dah Sing Bank, Wing Hang Overseas, BOC and ICBC cards were reportedly suspended over contactless usage concerns.

Ukraine military downed MH17: Russia

The conclusion was "completely contradict by the results of the Dutch Safety Board.

Xi urges reform on global governance

Reform is about "laying down rules for the international order and international mechanisms".

Rich results expected in Xi's UK visit

China and Britain are expected to clinch deals on energy & finance, among other things.

China foreign trade decline narrows

China's exports fell 1.1% from a year earlier in September, while imports tumbled 17.7%.


Let’s keep politics out of HKU

Chan Tak-leung writes that he greatly hopes the politicization of HKU will cease and everyone will return to making it a global...

Correcting misconceptions about textbook publishing

Here the writer addresses some popular misconceptions about the industry.

Attracting funds soundly

With a healthy economic and policy environment, outside investment will come.

Ending poverty needs sustainable planning

For China to realize its goal of building a better-off society by 2020, lifting the country's 70 million poor residents out of abject p...

Deadly cost of lax supervision

Why was the unlicensed restaurant allowed to run for nearly two months without the authorities questioning its legitimacy?


Through the dragon’s brushes

Nine leading Chinese painters, commenced a week-long tour across Thailand from Ayutthaya.

Down to a fine art

Amid volatile financial markets, future investors are turning to paintings and collectibles as art demand shifts from the West to Asia.

For those less fortunate

The city of Shantou in Guangdong province has a long history of charitable giving which it has become famed for throughout the country.


China seeks global gender equality by 2030

A Chinese envoy to the UN said the international community must do more to attain all gender equality goals by 2030.

Air force now able to launch long-range, precision strikes

Such capability is indispensable for any air force if it wants to perform strategic missions, an expert said.

PLA tightens rules for its personnel

Members may join registered clubs only; are banned from foreign NGOs.

Zhang praises Macao legislators for supporting govt

Zhang Dejiang on Tuesday praised Macao’s legislature for safeguarding the operations of executive-led government of the SAR.

Uninsured clergy face retirement crisis

Health insurance cited as problem for those serving cash-poor religious institutions.

Cheap medicines disappear from market

Chinese hospitals have reported shortage of some cheap but essential medicines, due to alleged monopolies on raw materials.

Tougher controls urged for e-cigarettes

Electronic or e-cigarettes were invented in China in 2003. They use battery-powered cartridges to produce a flavored vapor that often contains nicotine, although not always.


Credit cards of 7 banks suspended

Local reports listed the banks concerned as DBS, HSBC, Dah Sing Bank, Wing Hang Overseas, BOC and ICBC.

Unions threaten to abandon meetings on working hours

Trade union representatives also claim their firm stance to legislate for statutory working hours has not been reflected in summaries of the minutes.

SAR ‘must act to plug brain drain’

By creating a stronger innovative spirit, Chan Wing-kee said HK youths can also create the inspiring legend of mainland companies.

Business risk control now ‘more crucial’

Report tells HK firms to move to meet unexpected threats ahead of global slowdown.

Focus HK

Rewards of a losing game

Even as the hosts of Hong Kong’s film festivals struggle to make ends meet, the audiences seem to have lost interest in cinema and non-mainstream films than before.

Is your refrigerator spying on you?

The network of embedded daily objects, or the Internet of Things, could be landing us in real trouble.

The vanishing elegance of the corner tong lau

The tong lau corner tenements are disappearing, and the land-strapped community shows little inspiration to protect them.


US to raise Iranian missile test at UN Security Council

A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a UN Security Council resolution, US State Department said.

Taliban withdraw from northern Afghan city

The Taliban say they are withdrawing from Kunduz, a strategic northern city that briefly fell to the insurgents last month.

China-Nepal border point reopens after quake

Nepal's fuel crisis eased slightly as the Himalayan nation began issuing gasoline for private vehicles.

Myanmar could delay Nov 8 polls over flooding

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye told reporters: "It might be delayed."

Auctions in India paint rosy picture for growth

If the recent high auction bids are any indication, the art market in India has a bright future.

HK’s affair with art blossoms

Not all that long ago, Hong Kong had a reputation for being a cultural backwater. But that is changing.

Asia Weekly


China Sept consumer inflation eases

The consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.6% in September from a year earlier, down from August's 2.0%.

China 'set to issue RMB sovereign debt in London'

The move would make London the first financial centre outside China to offer its sovereign debt, the Financial Times reported.

Asian shares slip

Asian shares tottered, taking cues from Wall Street's losses and pressured by a continued selloff in oil.

Eye on Asia

Indian animators cash in on special effects boom

India's animators, long-time partners for the likes of Walt Disney Co, are reaping the rewards of surging demand for visual effects and gaining the confidence to venture out on their own.

Orphaned sisters reunite at hospital

The two, born in South Korea, were adopted by two US families living 480 kilometers apart.

Autonomous vehicles to shape S'pore's future

The city state's plans to streamline its transport future have begun with two self-driving vehicles going through their paces in a Singapore estate.


Netherlands loses 3-2 to Czech Republic

The Netherlands squandered its last chance of reaching the playoffs for next year's European Championship in a humiliating 3-2 defeat by 10-man Czech Republic.

Belgium tops Group B, FIFA ranking

Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens both scored a goal and provided an assist to help Belgium secure top spot in Group B and first place in the FIFA rankings with a 3-1 victory over Israel in their European Championship qualifier

Messi gifts injured Ham consolation jersey

Argentinian football star and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi sent an autographed jersey with his signature No 10 to fellow footballer Ezequiel Ham.

Curator of life

For Fram Kitagawa, chairman of the Tokyo-based Art Front Gallery, art brings hope. When curating exhibitions, he always uses art as a vehicle to help local communities revive and develop.

Oriental touch

From restoring Penang’s iconic hotels to building major luxury projects, Malaysian developer leaves his mark on high-end living.

Contrarian player

After finding success at home by reinvigorating small companies, Australian investor is ready to make a name on the world stage.

Life & Art

Contemporary music feast in store for fans

Commissioned by Hangzhou Philharmonic, the composers' works combine veneration for traditional forms with techniques gleaned from Western music.

Dancers find exhilaration in feeling 'blue'

A French saying characterizes the "blue hour" as a time of confusion and mystery, since it is impossible to determine whether it is night or day.

Quirky News

No more nudes in Playboy magazine

Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles.

Prawns too pricey!

A restaurant and local officials in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao have been penalised after a public outcry over exhorbitant pricing of seafood.

Harvard's debate team loses to inmates

Months after winning a national title, Harvard's debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates.


Asian media to help build 'information Silk Road'

Asian media leaders said on Thursday they will build an "information Silk Road" to help communicate the benefits the Belt and Road Initiative will bring.

'CE is keen to improve people’s livelihoods'

Chan believes that in the medium term the CE will deliver on key policies such as land and housing supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

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


Shortage of talent and facilities stalling tourism, forum told

Thus, the training of all levels of management talents in the tourism industry has become essential as tourism growth accelerates in the country.