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Obama urges China to revisit tech rules

The initial draft, published by the National People's Congress, requires firms to keep servers and user data within China.

HK: Call to keep housing measures

A series of measures taken by the HK govt "should be maintained to stabilize the market".

Watch this: Huawei takes on Apple

Huawei's first smartwatch will be the strongest suit for the Chinese company as it battles with Apple in the wearable market.

FB would 'love' to work with Google

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced this during a panel talk on his efforts to make Internet more widely available.

HK: Beijing's reform stance unchanged

The central government supports "HK in achieving universal suffrage... in 2017".

'No one immune from anti-graft drive'

The CPC has adopted a "zero-tolerance attitude" to graft, a spokesman iterated.

China manufacturing improving: HSBC

HSBC Corp. said its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from Jan's 49.7.

Warning against Japan's military bent

A Chinese military officer has urged Tokyo not to use Islamic State excesses to justify ove...

Opinion

Govt circular for correct usage 17 years overdue

Afriend recently invited Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to attend an upcoming event.

Budgets are not only about ‘sweeteners’

The current system means the Budget often lacks new, much needed proposals.

Crush separatist bigotry

Some local political groups advocating “Hong Kong independence” showed their true color again on Sunday by openly harassing legitimate ...

Reform resolve is unshakable

The comprehensive and deepened reforms advanced by top leader Xi Jinping and his colleagues over the past two years are aimed at servin...

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

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

Nation

Obama urges China to revisit tech rules

The initial draft, published by the National People's Congress, requires firms to keep servers and user data within China.

China to hold victory parade

China will hold a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Chinese People's War of Resista...

14,000 Myanmar refugees housed in camps

China has also provided food, medical and quarantine services to Myanmar residents, Yunnan's Lincang city government said.

20 dead after bus falls off cliff in central China

Twenty people have been confirmed dead and 13 others were injured after a coach veered off a cliff early Tuesday morning.

Backgrounder: China's top political advisors

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is headed by the chairman of its national committee.

Lenovo leads Chinese brand into Australian

Australian shopper Bill Sprawson was looking to spend 1,500 Australian dollars (US$1,164) on a laptop computer and had conducted his research.

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.

HK

Future Fund may raise taxes and utility prices

Hong Kong residents may face higher taxes and costlier utilities under new proposals to establish a “rainy day” fund and stabilize government spending.

Yuen Long protesters carried different weapons: Police

Radical protesters in Yuen Long were carrying dangerous knives, tools and a home-made chili spray when confronting police officers during an anti-parallel trading demonstration on Sunday night.

HK firm invests in Vietnam property project

Hamon Group and Vietnamese property company SonKim Land have signed an agreement to develop a US$100-million property project.

HK$220 billion to be injected into new fund

The Hong Kong government on Monday proposed transferring the entire HK$220 billion from the Land Fund to the proposed Future Fund to meet future social and medical needs arising from a rapidly aging population.

Focus HK

Are we stewing in our own juices?

There isn’t a magic pill to get instant detox and an hour-glass figure. Period. And yet people get taken in by advertizing hoaxes.

Turning silver into gold

A young physical therapist in Hong Kong has shown wisdom and empathy beyond his years in his mission to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

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.

Asia

Australia sending more troops to Iraq

The deployment of 300 Australian troops to the Taji base off Baghdad is part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission.

Now, Abe 'under political donation cloud'

Japan's political funds control law bans firms from making political donations within a year of them being picked to receive subsidies.

DPRK ends Ebola travel restrictions

One tour company that takes tourists into DPRK, Uri Tours, said on its website that it had been told by the country's national airline that the ban had been lifted.

2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

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

Wanda's Wang China's richest man on Forbes list

Head of China's biggest private property developer has been ranked the country's wealthiest person, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest people.

Royal Mail announces China link-up through Alibaba's Tmall

Britain's Royal Mail is joining Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall Global's online marketplace, hoping to link small British companies with Chinese consumers and boost trade for its overseas parcels business.

Asian shares firm as US stocks hit records

Dollar index scales 11-year highs on Fed hike expectations; Aussie dollar under pressure; Brent crude plunges on speculation of Iran nuclear deal.

Eye on Asia

Casinos hope to cash in on rising wealth

Manila's main attraction for casino operators is its thriving gambling market.

Obama-Netanyahu relations seems difficult

When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult.

Afghan army takes on Taliban in solo offensive

The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban.

Sport

Di Maria, Mata failing to live up to price tags at United

Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria costing a combined 97 million pounds last year as the club looked to regain its status as England's top team.

Jose celebrates second childhood

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt "like a kid" after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea, Everton fined for player misconduct

The Football Association announced here on Monday that both Chelsea and Everton have been fined 30,000 pounds for player misconduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

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

Rare pieces stolen from Chinese museum in France

About 15 rare pieces of art have been stolen from the Chinese Museum of the Chateau de Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris.

Artists wow Arab world

The largest ever team of artists to attend an art fair in Oman has showcased China's unique cultural crafts. Deng Zhangyu reports.

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.