China concerned over alleged US sea plan

The US reportedly plans to challenge China's South China Sea territorial claims by sailing warships close to its islands.

China's online luxury spending rises

The expenditure on luxury products by Chinese online shoppers was up 28% in this year's survey, auditor KPMG said.

FIFA suspends Blatter for 90 days

Issa Hayatou, the longtime head of the African soccer confederation, will take over as FIFA's acting president.

Alexievich wins Nobel literature prize

Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich has won the prize for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union.

Slump 'signals strong service sector'

China's power and railway freight slump are signs of economic restructuring, the NBS said.

Bourses back with a bang after break

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was up 2.97% to end at 3,143.36 points.

China: IMF urges debt cut, better banks

China must strike a "delicate balance" of transitioning to more consumption-driven growth.

NATO may help Turkey with troops

The pledge comes after "violations of Turkish airspace" by Russian jets bombing Syria.


Greater transparency needed for vital third runway project

The financing arrangements for the third runway project of Hong Kong International Airport have recently received much attention.

Expanding IVS would be a big help for tourism industry

The SAR government should discuss with the central government the feasibility of adding more northern cities to the Individual ...

Only trade growth will define merits of TPP

China sincerely hopes the TPP pact and other free trade arrangements in the region can strengthen each other and boost trade, investmen...

'Thucydides trap' not inevitable for China, US: Forum

The China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) convened its eighth Sino-US Colloquium, Beyond the Current Distrust, in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Inactive officials a drain on the national economy

Disciplinary punishments have been meted out to about 300 government officials for being lazy and inactive.


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.

Fire dragon in Pokfulam

Pokfulam villagers and volunteers crafted the dragon with the grasses from the first batch of harvest from the local eco farm.

Singing for the children left behind

Let's pay tribute to the unsung heroes who are putting other people’s children to bed and leaving their own with relatives back in their homeland.


Forbidden City widens its reach to the public

Four new areas of the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, will be opened to the public for the first time on Saturday since the museum was founded 90 years ago.

China, US set ties 'in right direction'

The two countries' leaders set the China-US relationship heading in the right direction and greatly boosted cooperation on ...

Tu calls discovery 'lifesaving' TCM gift

Nobel winner calls for more integration of Western and traditional Chinese procedures.

China, Japan, ROK to hold fresh round of FTZ talks

The three countries will hold the ninth round of trilateral free trade zone negotiations in Japan in December, an official said.

Fashion brands get makeover in China

French store Galeries Lafayette has come up with a new approach to entice customers with affordable, exclusive labels from the likes of Topshop.

Technology has impact on charitable giving

Mobile Internet makes it easier for the public to make donations, but it is also easier to cheat.

How Airbus bet on China and won

Chen Juming says his "secret joy" is to sit and count Airbus aircraft as they take off, land and taxi at Beijing International Airport.


High-end tourism strategy urged

Industry leaders urged the government to target new sources of tourists after Hong Kong witnessed a drop in local retail sales during the National Day Golden Week.

Mong Kok Stadium to host World Cup qualifier

The Nov 17 World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and China will be held at Mong Kok stadium.

Government unprepared for lead water crisis: Lam

The government had inadequate knowledge of the impact of lead contaminated water on public health, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor admitted.

Hong Kong Chiu Chow Festival opens

The festival brings tea culture, native delicacies and folk arts from the eastern Guangdong communities to Hong Kong.

Focus HK

‘Happy event’ turns to sadness

Ying Ying, Ocean Park’s 10-year-old female giant panda, has suffered a miscarriage, the park’s management announced on Wednesday.

Treading on thin ice

Cases of children suffering because of their parents’ addiction to drugs are on the rise in HK. Wang Yuke has the lowdown from crisis intervention personnel.

Where the dead may not rest in peace

The city’s columbaria facilities are near saturation point, but efforts to build more such keep getting thwarted by people who do not want the remains of the dead in their backyard.


Indonesia seeks foreign help to put out forest fire

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said they had asked for and received help from Singapore to put out forest fires.

NATO prepared to send troops to defend Turkey

NATO's pledge comes after alleged violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria. Russia is fighting IS, Kremlin said.

Netanyahu bars ministers from visiting holy site

The Israeli prime minister has barred all Cabinet ministers and Jewish lawmakers from visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Clean chit to officials of Najib-linked fund

Malaysia's attorney general said he arrived at the conclusion after reviewing the report of a central bank probe.

Building a presence beyond Asia

Investors and developers in region are shifting their focus to developed markets as they compete for projects.

Chinese funds powering change

Nation is driving development along belt and road through investment in infrastructure building.

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Didi licensed in Shanghai

The license granted by Shanghai authorities may give ride-hailing firms opportunities to operate legally in other mainland cities.

Chinese luxury shoppers' online spending rises

The average expenditure on luxury products by Chinese online shoppers was 28% higher than in 2014, a report by auditor KPMG said.

Shanghai climbs 2.97% up

Chinese shares closed higher, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 2.97 percent to end at 3,143.36 points.

Eye on Asia

DPRK gears up for lavish celebration

A lavish celebration and military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of DPRK's ruling party is slated for Saturday.

Kids' cancer 'linked to Fukushima radiation'

Children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns are 20-50 times more likely to have thyroid cancer, a new study says.

Indonesians turn to mobile app to complain

A public surveillance app allows residents to post photos of problems to spur government action to fix shoddy public services.


Klopp agrees to manage Liverpool

Former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has agreed to manage English premier league side Liverpool on a three-year deal.

Qatar beat China 1-0 at WCup qualifier

China lost to hosts Qatar 1-0 at a 2018 World Cup Asian qualifier on Thursday.

Messi to stand trial in Spain on tax fraud

Spain's state attorney has demanded a 22-month jail sentence for Lionel Messi in tax fraud case, court documents showed.

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.

Digesting fresh ideas

Fourth-generation Japanese restaurateur continues family tradition of innovation while staying true to sushi’s heritage.

Life & Art

Let's get crabby!

All kinds of clawed crustaceans are finding their way to dinner plates now.

Daniel Craig says never again

Daniel Craig has told an interviewer he would rather slit his wrists than play 007 again.

Quirky News

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.

'Monkey who took selfie should own copyright'

A rare crested macaque monkey who snapped a well-known, grinning "selfie" should be declared the photo's owner, animal rights activists argued in a federal lawsuit filed.


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.


Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.