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China's short-selling curbs kick in

Investors in China's bourses are no longer able to borrow shares and cover the short position on the same trading day.

China to restrict drone exports

The main focus of the new restrictions was reportedly on drones that can fly for a long time at high altitude.

Sea: China, ASEAN to work together

China's foreign minister stressed that the nine-dash line should not be the focus of the South China Sea issue.

Congressional nod for Sino-US deal

An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be renewed for 30 years.

HK bans Taiwan sandwich brand

Hong Kong’s Centre of Health Protection, has banned the sale of all Horng Ryen Jen sandwiches.

Spying: Japan wants US to explain

Tokyo is seeking an explanation over alleged US spying on Japan's govt and companies.

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

The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index was 47.8 in July.

No role in short-selling: CITIC

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

Opinion

Debunking some ‘localist’ myths

Lau Nai-keung firmly rejects some of the latest arguments which the ‘localist’ movement and others are making in regard to the ...

Retirement security scheme in HK should be flexible

Almost every country or region in the world today is facing the increasingly severe problem of a growing aging population. HK i...

China and US need to deepen mutual trust

The gap between the spreading negative perception of China-US relations and the often ignored mutually beneficial nature of their relat...

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...

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

China, ASEAN to work together on South China Sea

China's foreign minister stressed that the nine-dash line should not be the focus of the South China Sea issue.

US-China nuclear pact passes congressional review

An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be renewed for 30 years.

Volleyball chief probed for suspected graft

Pan Zhichen, director of the sports ministry's volleyball administrative centre, is being investigated.

PetroChina wins dismissal of US lawsuit

PetroChina won the dismissal of a US class-action lawsuit arising from an alleged bribery scheme at the state-run oil firm.

Age of the Chinasaurs

China, which has become a treasure trove of dinosaur fossil findings, can claim global supremacy in the area of dinosaur discoveries.

Li signals stronger economic reform

China's premier has formulated a series of amendments to his blueprint for the economy as he attempts to boost growth and strengthen domestic demand.

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.

HK

Furniture chain ‘undone by its own flaws’

DSC, a major furniture and home appliances retail chain, closed its doors on Monday after numerous landlords filed eviction notices with the courts.

Top HK lenders see mixed H1 fortunes

BEA’s profit dives 6.3% as mainland’s economy slows; HSBC’s climbs 10%.

Retailers fight it out as crunch goes on

Amid disappointing sales, with businesses struggling to keep themselves afloat, local retailers and analysts remain bearish on the outlook for the city’s retail sector in the second half of the year.

Blockbusters trigger stocks bonanza

Stock markets on either side of the border may be making investors sweat, but the picture is still looking good for leading film stocks as the mainland movie sector touches new highs, analysts said.

Focus HK

Too cool to be cool

Susan Maginn takes a long, hard look at Hong Kong’s preference for freezing indoors in the summer months and finds out about alternate ways of chilling out from the experts.

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.

Asia

48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting opens

The 10-nation bloc has entered its final leg to realize the goal of establishing a single community by the end of 2015.

2 ROK soldiers wounded in Korean DMZ blast

The blast happened near the town of Paju, close to the border with DPRK, about 50 km north of Seoul.

Kerry talks trade in S'pore before regional security meet

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations.

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.

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 shares mixed as short-selling curbs kick in

Investors in China's bourses are no longer able to borrow shares and cover the short position on the same trading day.

China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports

The main focus of the new restrictions was reportedly on drones that can fly for a long time at high altitude.

Asia stocks mostly down

Asian shares edged lower after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of key US jobs data later this week.

Eye on Asia

S'pore varsity chip set to delight music buffs

Music from smartphones that sounds like it is coming from high- end stereos – all these are being made possible through a pinhead-sized chip designed by local engineers.

President’s endorsement carries risks for Roxas

He is the grandson of the Philippines’ fifth president and it is that burden that blows into his sails.

Modi getting middle class to ‘give it up’

Mr Modi has made a renewed push to better manage India’s massive subsidies regime, worth over US$40 billion annually.

Sport

Murray returns to DC tournament for 1st time since 2006

Andy Murray is back on hard courts for the first time in four months — and back at the Citi Open for the first time in nine years.

Messi to play in friendly match Argentina-Mexico

The coach of Argentina's national soccer team, Gerardo "Tata" Martino, confirmed Argentine star Lionel Messi will play the friendly match against Mexico.

Japan's Nishikori says left calf is 'feeling pretty well'

Kei Nishikori says his injured left calf is healed after taking time off following Wimbledon.

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

Jackie Chan wants to collaborate with Jaycee

The cooperation would be on a movie and an album as the father and the son mend their relationship after Jaycee's prison sentence.

'Lost' director gracious to new box-office champ

When talking about his "Lost" sequel, Xu Zheng promises it will be a "brand-new" movie, with only the title connecting to the last installment.

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.