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Manufacturing PMI rebounds in February

Chinese manufacturing business activity rebounded slightly in February,but still stayed in contraction territory.

China's central bank to cut interest rates

Since March 1, the one-year loan interest rate will be lowered to 5.35%, while the one-year saving rate will drop to 2.5%.

Alibaba loses its bet in online lottery

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd suspended online lottery sales on Saturday due to pressure from industry regulators.

China regulates hospital drug purchases

China's cabinet has ordered hospitals to order drugs only from pre-approved suppliers.

China overhauls industry gas pricing

China will set an equal, fair natural gas pricing structure for all industrial users to all...

Watchdog launches new anti-graft drive

China's top anti-corruption watchdog launched its first round of inspection work after the ...

Shaolin Temple seals Australian deal

China's Shaolin Temple is poised to build a complex in Australia that will include a temple...

Intel spending big in China to catch up

Intel Corp is pouring billions of dollars into expanding its influence in China.

Opinion

New ways to manage large tourist numbers

The travel document for Hong Kong residents to visit the mainland is officially translated into English as “Home Return Permit”.

Nominating Committee is needed

The Basic Law was adopted in 1990 by the Seventh National People’s Congress after a lengthy consultation process.

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

New Year traditions lost

Besides the nationwide festive revelry, the Spring Festival is another chance to witness and reflect on the waning of tradition.

Take a look into the future of retail stores

Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting festivals for shoppers.

Nation

China regulates hospital drug purchases

China's cabinet has ordered hospitals to order drugs only from pre-approved suppliers, in a move intended to regulate a system rife with corruption.

Former TV anchor on crusade against pollution

A former celebrity TV presenter has released a self-funded documentary about smog, inspired by her sick daughter.

Ling Jihua removed from CPPCC leadership list

Ling Jihua has been removed from the post of vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Comm...

Ex-vice governor gets 17 years over graft

Ni Fake, a former vice governor of Anhui, was sentenced on Saturday to 17 years in prison for accepting bribes.

Profile of 63 'tigers' caught in anti-graft drive

Since China stepped up its anti-corruption campaign, 43 officials above vice provincial or ministerial levels have faced investigation in 2014.

The enigma that was 'Vinegar Joe'

A long association with all things Chinese made Joseph Warren Stilwell the perfect candidate to oversee US operations against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

Support attracts top brains to China

More than 10 percent of visitors studying here are given assistance by government program.

HK

HKMA tightens mortgage rules to curb prices

The HKMA issued a new round of countercyclical measures on property mortgage aimed at cooling the property market.

Abused maid's employer gets 6 years

Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 charges and fined HK$15,000.

Traffic in Yuen Long halted by unruly protesters

Light rail service and road traffic in Yuen Long was brought to a halt after dozens of nativist protesters swamped the Castle Peak Road in downtown Yuen Long late afternoon.

Judge calls for reforming helper policy

The judge presiding over Erwiana case has thrown her weight behind calls to reform the city’s migrant worker-related rules.

Focus HK

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

A promising scene

With the government doing its bit to foster local arts and the city’s thriving art market drawing buyers from the world over, HK’s artists never had it so good.

Brewing rich profits

A young entrepreneur from the Caribbean turned a job loss into an opportunity with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and is now setting his sights higher. Hua Yang reports.

Asia

S Korea urges Japan to face up to history

South Korea urged Japan Sunday to face up to history with courage and sincerity to write a new history as South Korea's future partner for another 50 years.

Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster

Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast.

Maldives opposition to protest for ex-leader

An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader.

US blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen, and wife Rafida Ahmed took place late Thursday.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's manufacturing PMI rebounds in February

Chinese manufacturing business activity rebounded slightly in February but still stayed in contraction territory.

Alibaba loses its bet in online lottery

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd suspended online lottery sales on Saturday due to pressure from industry regulators.

US$79.8 b infrastructure program begins in Gansu

A huge infrastructure project kicked off in China's northwest province of Gansu, which will facilitate trade and people exchanges between China and central Asia.

Eye on Asia

The friendly prince wins over hearts of Japanese

Both Britain's and Japan's prince may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Cambodians angered over nude photos

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archeological Park.

Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok.

Sport

Barca sneak home on a good day for Bueno

FC Barcelona pulled to within one point of Real Madrid at the top of the BBVA Primera Liga on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win away to struggling Granada.

Derrick Rose has successful knee surgery

Star point guard Derrick Rose's knee surgery was successful and he will miss about 4-6 weeks.

Van Persie set for long absence with ankle injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Robin van Persie has a right ankle injury that will keep the striker out for a "long time."

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

A room of one's own - for a little while

The short-stay rental market is being revolutionized with the advent of websites that allow anyone to welcome travelers into their homes.

Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief

The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief.

Quirky News

Debate rages over color of dress

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Tiger cub spooked by fireworks jumps to death

A tiger cub jumped off a building to its death in Shandong when it was spooked by fireworks set off to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.