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HK ranked second in world competitiveness

According to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, HK rank rose to the 2nd among the 61 economies assessed, only after US.

Hanergy chairman denies probe rumors

Hanergy Thin Film Power, the company's solar arm listed in Hong Kong, saw its shares nosedived 47 percent last Wednesday.

China shares plunge over 6 pct

Chinese shares plummeted on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index diving 6.5% to finish at 4,620.27 points.

FIFA: Key sponsor threatens to quit

Visa became the first sponsor to issue a warning to FIFA amid the worst scandal in the governing body's 111-year history.

China April industrial profits up 2.6%

Profits of Chinese industrial businesses rose to 479.5 billion yuan in April, official data...

HKEx hits record on funds spike talk

HKEx shares hit a record high as investors bet that policy changes on the mainland will spu...

Mutual-fund link sparks stocks euphoria

HK benchmark hits seven-year high on hopes of heavy mainland funds inflow.

China to take a global step forward

Membership in the elite reserve-currency club beckons, but it brings with it some obligations.

Opinion

HK to rediscover 'can-do spirit’

HK needs to return to the old spirit of hard work, enterprise and discipline that famously transformed it into one of Asia’s ‘t...

Opposition should be careful what they wish for

Democratic systems, like any other systems of governance, are only as good as the people who administer them.

Time for us to question what education is for?

There has probably never been a human culture which has set so much store by education as the Chinese.

Heed women’s voice

The latest opinion poll on constitutional reform commissioned by All-China Women’s Federation Hong Kong Delegates Association indicates...

Military paper conveys defensive commitment

China's new defense strategy white paper is the country's latest effort to improve its military transparency.

Nation

Four officials suspended for fatal rest home fire

An investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks.

Spain a partner for new market: Li

China and Spain should work together to develop new markets in the developing world to promote economic growth,Premier said.

Six in 10 doctors verbally abused: Poll

Nearly six in 10 Chinese doctors have been verbally abused by their patients, according to poll results reported by the People's Daily on ...

Navy shifts focus to protect interests

Major strategic blueprint highlights nation's maritime challenges, need for international cooperation.

Anji cleans up by cleaning up

Local authorities in Anji county, Zhejiang province, have proved that it's possible to stimulate and maintain economic growth without endangering the local environment.

China's forgotten army

During the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and also during World War II, a small, Communist-led guerrilla force was at the forefront of resistance in Northeast China. Now, that contribution is set to win the respect it deserves.

Coming in from the cold

The stigma surrounding leprosy is fading in China as the public gains greater knowledge and understanding of the disease. However, many challenges still remain.

HK

HK ranked world 2nd most competitive economy

According to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, HK rank rose to the second among the 61 economies assessed, only after US.

Akers-Jones advises HK lawmakers to vote wisely

Former colonial-era chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones is concerned about whether enough opposition lawmakers will vote according to their conscience on the electoral reform proposals.

Curbs in land sales should stay: Experts

Temporary suspension of restrictions draws flak as property prices keep rising.

Opposition members need ‘long-term view’

Opposition lawmakers should take a long-term view during their meeting with central government officials.

Focus HK

Just don’t let the sparks fly

A Hong Kong company has taken a gigantic step forward in helping to tackle forest fires on the mainland by coming up with a robot that can do man’s job and detect fires timely and accurately.

Tying up with Tianhe-2

A supercomputing machine in Guangzhou has the potential to make research in HK much more easy and effective.

Winning over hearts and minds

As the aspirations for entrepreneurship among young Hong Kong people grow, experts have cautioned that what they severely lack is a self-brand, plus a great innovative effort to make them stand out.

Asia

India heat wave death toll passes 1,400

Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool.

US, Iran to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks

US and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.

Over 1,100 die in heat wave across India

More than 1,100 people have died due to intense heat wave across India in the last one week, an official said Wednesday.

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the IS group out of the western Anbar province

Changing matrix

Chinese investment soars in Australia as both countries seek a 'new normal’ in growth.

A ‘positive signal’ for closer ties

Sino-Indian relations take center stage as Modi’s visit sees call to work as partners, not competitors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China shares dive on margin tightening, IPO wave

Chinese shares plummeted on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index diving 6.5 percent to finish at 4,620.27 points.

Easier trade procedures to energize cooperation

Vice-premier urges forum to combat smuggling, counter protectionist forces.

Global stocks down as Shanghai sinks

Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower.

Eye on Asia

Private India hospitals go luxe for growth

Private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities

Nepalese homemakers learning manual skills

One month has passed since the devastating quake struck this beautiful Himalayan nation, stripping thousands of people of their homes with little chance of a quick recovery.

Rohingya face stark reality in Malaysia

Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Sport

China the most promising market for Bayern

China has become Bayern Munich's most important market as the Bundesliga powerhouse foresee a bright picture for the nation.

FIFA: Key sponsor Visa threatens to quit

The FIFA Congress is due to start later Thursday but European body UEFA is threatening a boycott.

Bacca the star as Sevilla win Europa League

With two goals from Carlos Bacca, Spanish club won over Ukraine's Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Wednesday's final.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Grilling, South Africa style

It's the season for braai, the popular barbecue savored from Capetown to Johannesburg.

Monsters vs humans

Raman Hui and Bill Kong team up to release a big-budget Chinese fantasy movie that took eight years to finish.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

If you have a dream

A young man tells how he has made his dream come true, by asking strangers to invest, every day, for two years.

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

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.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.