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China's factory activity at 2-yr low: Caixin

The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index was 47.8 in July, the lowest reading since July 2013.

US fund Citadel's account frozen

China's crackdown on short-sellers and automated trading strategies is also extending into overseas jurisdictions.

ASEAN meet to focus on region, ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Malaysia to attend the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting from August 4 to 7.

DPRK 'puts artillery on reverse slope'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has repositioned its 170 mm-caliber self-propelled howitzers, a Seoul source said.

China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on a roadmap for sustainable development.

HK hospital pioneers technique

HK's Queen Mary Hospital has pioneered a new technique in dual-donor liver transplantation.

No role in short-selling: CITIC

China's top securities broker, CITIC Securities, responded to claims that it has short-sold...

Suspected MH370 debris arrives for test

Flight 370 is the only missing 777 and the flap seems to have come from the ill-fated jet.

Opinion

'One Country, Two Systems' vital to future

Wang Guangya writes that HK’s considerable success, 18 years after the handover, and its high degree of autonomy reflect Beijin...

Cooperate with Shenzhen in sci-tech

HK must join hands with its neighbor in regard to innovation and technology — then the SAR can more rapidly achieve structural ...

Academia should keep away from all distractions

Academia should not seek out power and power should keep away from academia.

Iran deal good for China's economic plans

After the 12-year-long talks, a landmark agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council member...

No more discrimination against South Asians, please

I had heard about discrimination against South Asians, but it never really got my attention until I went into an Indian restaurant and ...

Video

Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Nation

Focus on region, ties in ASEAN conclave

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Malaysia to attend the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting from August 4 to 7.

China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on the draft blueprint for sustainable development that will last through 2030.

Mosquitoes released in fight against dengue fever

The mosquitoes produced at a science park "factory" in Guangdong province can make their female mating partners infertile.

Navy stages live-ammo drill in S. China Sea

The exercise involved more than 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft and a number of electronic warfare units in a sophisticated electron...

Nanjing honors heroes of 'Hump Airlift'

A memorial hall in Jiangsu province is hosting an exhibition to remember the bravery and skill of pilots from China, the US and other countries who risked their lives to take part in the most dangerous airlift of World War II.

Cliffhanger for climbing 'cradle'

A dispute in the self-proclaimed birthplace of Chinese rock climbing has resulted in devotees being banned from one of the region's most famous, and important, sites.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

HK

Milestone in dual-donor liver transplant

Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital has pioneered a new technique in dual-donor liver transplantation that can cut operation time by half, promising faster recovery rate of the recipient.

Scene set for box office smash

Celebrity agent Paco Wong feels the time is right for the more experienced HK movie industry to maximize returns from the growing mainland sector.

HK residents urged to avoid Taiwan sandwich

Centre of Health Protection urged eatery outlets to stop selling sandwiches produced by Taiwan’s Horng Ryen Jen Cake and Biscuits Store after receiving additional 16 food poisoning reports.

HKTVE to get half ATV's digital range

The Communications Authority has allocated Hong Kong Television Entertainment half of Asia Television's digital spectrum range.

Focus HK

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

Asia

Japan demands explanation over alleged US spying

Tokyo is seeking an explanation from Washington over alleged US spying on the Japanese government and companies, local media reported.

DPRK 'puts artillery on reverse slope'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea recently repositioned its 170 mm-caliber self-propelled howitzers, a Seoul source said.

Mullah Omar kin no to new Taliban leader

In an audio statement, Omar's younger brother Abdul Manan, said the family had held back its baiyat, or pledge of allegiance.

Saudi king leaves France after holiday row

Saudi Arabian King Salman cut short a planned 3-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

China freezes US fund Citadel's account

The Shanghai and Shenzhen markets fell again on Monday, undermined by fresh concerns over the health of China's economy.

Asia drives HSBC profit up by 10%

HSBC says strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit while announcing the sale of its Brazil business.

Asian stocks fall

Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices.

Eye on Asia

Life insurers on upswing in Philippines

The improving Philippine economy, one of the fastest in Southeast Asia, is giving ordinary Filipinos stronger incentive to save.

Vietnam's property market rising fast

Government of Vietnam is hoping that lessons learnt from the last burst bubble will help prevent the latest property cycle crashing like the last one.

Singapore leads water revolution

As climate change makes nature's sources less reliable, Singapore is focusing on its reclaimed and desalinated water taps.

Sport

IOC elects two new members

The IOC members election commission is working on a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

FIFA president Sepp Blatter's term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

'Mission: Impossible' climbs to No 1

The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series has earned US$56 million.

Bodacious army

Spartan warriors are famous for their valor. But in the Chinese capital they were easily subdued by police.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

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

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.