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Overseas businesses boost Chinese banks

Interim reports of 16 A-shares listed Chinese banks posted slight profit growth, thanks to their overseas business.

Tianjin to build monument on blast site

Tianjin authorities plan to build a 24-hectare park on the site of the blast and the monument will be given pride of place.

HK: Milk powder policies to stay

The SAR govt says it has no plans to change policies related to milk powder export and mainland women giving birth in HK.

Philippine monkeys infected with Ebola

Several monkeys at a research facility were infected with an Ebola virus strain that is non-lethal to humans, officials say.

Japan town lifts evacuation order

Naraha, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, lifted a 2011 evacuation order.

HK fights to save beloved trams

Thousands of HK residents signed petitions against a plan to remove the tram service.

We must learn from the past: UN chief

The UN secretary-general made the remarks amid Japan's complaints over his China visit.

Deal on role reforms 'likely soon': IMF

An interim deal on reforms to boost emerging markets' role at IMF is increasingly likely.

Opinion

New services like Uber bring benign competition to the city

A heated topic in society recently is the phenomenon of Uber. Different people have divergent opinions about it.

Trams should remain part of HK's public transport

In Hong Kong, trams are affectionately called “ding ding” by locals because of the sound their bells make.

A call to not lead humanity into another war

China's decision to hold a military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II serves important domestic ...

US can help itself by helping China

The ups and downs in the Chinese stock market, along with the yuan's depreciation against the US dollar, has given rise to speculation,...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

Video

Monkeys Under Control

Growing populations and frequent agressive encounters between monkeys and human beings have made the governement intervene.

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Nation

Monument to be built on Tianjin blast site

Tianjin authorities plan to build a 24-hectare park on the site of the blast and the monument will be given pride of place.

We must learn from the past: UN chief

Amid Japan's complaints over his China visit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said history should be correctly understood.

China on path to promote network convergence

State Council released a plan for delivering telecom, media and Internet services through a single broadband connection.

Missile capacity gives PLA cutting edge

China has obtained a full strategic strike capability thanks to the rapid development of its strategic missile force.

Border soldiers reveal their higher calling

Life is tough for the men who guard China's mountainous border with India, high on the hinterland of Tibet.

AIIB chief likes to quote Shakespeare

When China scored one of its biggest diplomatic coups on the world stage, a lot of the credit went to Mr Jin Liqun.

Tianjin Eco-City rattled, but not for long

Experts and businesses confident that deadly blasts won’t hurt its future development.

HK

No plans to change milk power policies: Govt

The government has no current plans to change policies related to milk powder export and mainland women giving birth in HK.

Residents fight to save beloved trams

Thousands of people have signed petitions against the suggestion that the tram service should be removed from Central district.

Jewelry retailer to upgrade its operations after rent reduction

Chow Tai Fook will continue to expand on the mainland to tap into the vast market which currently outperforms HK’s.

Govt to work with private labs on blood tests

Health authority plans to increase cooperation with private hospitals to carry out blood tests on people concerned about lead-tainted water.

Focus HK

Seafood watch: Sustainable dining

With threatened species on the menu and fishing practices that endanger marine life, campaigners want to change the city's appetite.

The loneliness of the long distance scholar

HK students wishing to study in boarding schools abroad would do well to consider a thing or two before they take the plunge to avoid adjustment problems.

Hair-raising treats lined up for Halloween

Ocean Park will present the largest-ever all-day-and-night Halloween celebration this year.

Asia

Ebola virus found in monkeys in Philippines

Several monkeys at a research facility have been infected with an Ebola virus strain that is non-lethal to humans, officials said.

Japan town near nuclear plant lifts evacuation order

The Japanese town of Naraha lifted a 2011 evacuation order after the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled by a tsunami.

Assad ready to share power with opp: Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to hold snap parliamentary polls.

Pak adviser in Afghanistan to revive talks with Taliban

The Pakistan-brokered peace talks were postponed following the death of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.

On Edge

Turmoil in financial markets rattle investors but analysts say it is too early to talk of a global economic crisis.

Asian currencies get hammered

China’s slower growth, a weaker yuan and volatile stocks put pressure on regional units.

Asia Weekly

Business

Overseas businesses boost Chinese banks' profits

Interim reports of 16 A-shares listed Chinese banks posted slight profit growth, thanks to their overseas business.

Interim deal on IMF role reforms 'increasingly likely'

A compromise deal on reforms to boost emerging markets' role at the IMF is increasingly likely, a key official said.

China banks' capital pressure to continue: Fitch

Fitch Ratings expected state banks will focus more on overseas expansions to mitigate the impact from domestic economic slowdown.

Eye on Asia

Bail demands keep the poor imprisoned in India

"Justice seems very costly for the poor in India," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, who heads the People's Vigilance Committee of Human Rights.

Film shows private side of Malala

Most people know Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, but few have heard of the 19th century Afghan heroine she was named after.

US$4.1b in Nepal donations sits idle

Nepal government has yet to make arrangements to receive US$4.1b of donor money and has spent nothing on reconstruction.

Sport

China's CEFC acquires majority stake in Czech club

Slavia Prague says CEFC China Energy Company has acquired a majority 59.97% stake in the oldest Czech football club.

Nadal blows 2-set Slam lead for 1st time, loses to Fognini

Rafael Nadal had never lost a Grand Slam match when taking a two-set lead until he was beaten by 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy.

No. 1 Djokovic cruises into US Open 4th round

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat 25th-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Merchants of Yiwu

Yiwu, a nondescript county-level city in Zhejiang province, is where merchants from about 220 countries buy their daily necessities.

Back to basics

Simple flavors recalled from our youth are the heart of a new menu that highlights old Beijing's hutong cuisine.

Quirky News

British sperm bank tells men: 'Prove your worth'

The head of Britain's national sperm bank urged men to help ease a shortage after the centre signed up just 9 registered donors in the year since its creation.

Pot smoking on US campuses at 35-yr high

Nearly 6% of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5% in 2007 but less than the 7.2% in 1980.

Porn sells, and how

A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star has sold out.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'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

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.