China foreign trade decline narrows

China's exports fell 1.1 percent from a year earlier in September in yuan-denominated terms, while imports tumbled 17.7%.

China, Singapore firm up ties

China and Singapore held 3 annual meetings focusing on bilateral ties, agreeing to speed up talks on a third project.

Cheap drugs vanish from China market

Chinese hospitals have reported shortage of some cheap but essential medicines, owing to alleged monopolies on raw materials.

Ukraine military downed MH17: Russia

Russian missile manufacturer Almaz-Antei said the plane was shot down by a 9M38 surface-to-air missile from the Ukraine side.

Scottish economist wins Nobel

Scottish economist Angus Deaton has won the Nobel memorial prize in economic sciences.

NASA for US working with China

"China has no difficulties in our cooperation policies with other agencies."

Japan may cut UNESCO funding

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary said UNESCO's decision reflected only China's views on Nanj...

Chinese President to visit UK

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom next week.


Keeping our leaders honest

Tony Kwok argues that it is important for Hong Kong to place ‘abuse of office’ offense firmly on the statute books in order to ...

Clarifying ‘One Country, Two Systems’ is necessary

There is no better occasion to bring up the issue of “One Country, Two Systems” than on National Day.

Deadly cost of lax supervision

Why was the unlicensed restaurant allowed to run for nearly two months without the authorities questioning its legitimacy?

Consolidating the Party by tighter control of members

As the governing party, how to make its members not just abide by the law but also discipline themselves with higher standards has neve...

A warning to scenic spots

To acquire the top honor, it is common for scenic sites to focus on the building of hardware facilities, but then ignore the necessary ...


Through the dragon’s brushes

Nine leading Chinese painters, commenced a week-long tour across Thailand from Ayutthaya.

Down to a fine art

Amid volatile financial markets, future investors are turning to paintings and collectibles as art demand shifts from the West to Asia.

For those less fortunate

The city of Shantou in Guangdong province has a long history of charitable giving which it has become famed for throughout the country.


Xi stresses urgency to reform global governance

The reform is about "laying down rules for the international order and international mechanisms", said President Xi Jinping.

Former energy exec jailed for 20 years for graft

Wang Yongchun was a deputy general manager at China National Petroleum Corporation until he became caught up in a graft probe.

China, S'pore to launch new joint project soon

China and Singapore held 3 annual meetings focusing on bilateral ties, agreeing to speed up talks on a third project.

State councilor meets Japan's national security advisor

The two sides agreed that they would continue using high-level political dialogue channel to improve bilateral relations.

Cheap medicines disappear from market

Chinese hospitals have reported shortage of some cheap but essential medicines, due to alleged monopolies on raw materials.

Tougher controls urged for e-cigarettes

Electronic or e-cigarettes were invented in China in 2003. They use battery-powered cartridges to produce a flavored vapor that often contains nicotine, although not always.

Venture capitalists eye startups in China

Venture capitals from America's Silicon Valley have seen opportunities to cash in on the lucrative startup market in China.


HK photo journalist to be tried in Thailand

A Thai court on Monday decided to put a Hong Kong photojournalist on trial for possession of a bulletproof vest and a helmet, considered weapons in Thailand.

Hong Kong shares end down

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.6% to 22,600.46, while the China Enterprises Index lost 1.0% to 10,437.69.

Illegal columbarium appeals High Court ruling

A columbarium argued that human ashes should not be defined as human remains in a challenge against a High Court decision.

Business advocates urge against MPF change

Proposal to cancel 20-year-old offset mechanism for severance pay slammed.

Focus HK

Is your refrigerator spying on you?

The network of embedded daily objects, or the Internet of Things, could be landing us in real trouble.

The vanishing elegance of the corner tong lau

The tong lau corner tenements are disappearing, and the land-strapped community shows little inspiration to protect them.

Need for speed

Over 100 classic cars and motorcycles are on exhibition - among them the Peninsula 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II, and the 1981 DeLorean DMC 12.


Insurgents shell Russian embassy in Syria

Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in Damascus as hundreds of pro-govt supporters gathered outside it to thank Moscow.

Iranian parliament passes bill approving nuke deal

Iran's parliament passed a bill supporting the government in implementing a nuclear deal with world powers.

Taliban withdraw from northern Afghan city

The Taliban say they are withdrawing from Kunduz, a strategic northern city that briefly fell to the insurgents last month.

Myanmar could delay Nov 8 polls over flooding

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye told reporters: "It might be delayed."

Auctions in India paint rosy picture for growth

If the recent high auction bids are any indication, the art market in India has a bright future.

HK’s affair with art blossoms

Not all that long ago, Hong Kong had a reputation for being a cultural backwater. But that is changing.

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China's 2011-2015 growth to near 8%

The growth rate is still much higher than world growth of around 2.5%, according to an official report.

China's auto sales up 2.1% in Sept

China's auto sales increased 2.1% to 2.02 million vehicles while production dropped 5.6% to 1.89 million in September.

China foreign trade decline narrows in Sept

China's exports fell 1.1 percent from a year earlier in September in yuan-denominated terms, while imports tumbled 17.7% percent.

Eye on Asia

Indian animators cash in on special effects boom

India's animators, long-time partners for the likes of Walt Disney Co, are reaping the rewards of surging demand for visual effects and gaining the confidence to venture out on their own.

Orphaned sisters reunite at hospital

The two, born in South Korea, were adopted by two US families living 480 kilometers apart.

Autonomous vehicles to shape S'pore's future

The city state's plans to streamline its transport future have begun with two self-driving vehicles going through their paces in a Singapore estate.


Jeremy Lin set to start for Hornets in Shanghai

Jeremy Lin is set to start for the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday's 2015 NBA Global Games against Los Angeles Clippers.

Praise all round for De Gea after Spain win

There is no doubt the Manchester United keeper was the hero of the night with a series of stunning saves to frustrate the Ukrainian attack.

China's Zhou Qi 14th in NBA mock draft

Chinese players Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin were ranked 14th and 99th respectively on the 2016 NBA mock draft list.

Curator of life

For Fram Kitagawa, chairman of the Tokyo-based Art Front Gallery, art brings hope. When curating exhibitions, he always uses art as a vehicle to help local communities revive and develop.

Oriental touch

From restoring Penang’s iconic hotels to building major luxury projects, Malaysian developer leaves his mark on high-end living.

Contrarian player

After finding success at home by reinvigorating small companies, Australian investor is ready to make a name on the world stage.

Life & Art

Toyota releases new generation Prius

Toyota Motor Corp. released details for its fourth-generation Prius with improvements leading to better mileage.

Lv Yitao to direct 2016 CCTV Spring Festival Gala

Lv is set to become the youngest chief director of the gala, ever.

Quirky News

No more nudes in Playboy magazine

Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles.

Prawns too pricey!

A restaurant and local officials in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao have been penalised after a public outcry over exhorbitant pricing of seafood.

Harvard's debate team loses to inmates

Months after winning a national title, Harvard's debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates.


Asian media to help build 'information Silk Road'

Asian media leaders said on Thursday they will build an "information Silk Road" to help communicate the benefits the Belt and Road Initiative will bring.

'CE is keen to improve people’s livelihoods'

Chan believes that in the medium term the CE will deliver on key policies such as land and housing supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

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


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.