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China to cut troops by 300,000: President Xi

China will never seek hegemony but protect the peace of the country and the world, President Xi Jinping said.

Crude futures to debut next month

China may launch a global crude oil futures contract to compete with London Brent and West Texas Intermediate benchmarks.

Sky's the limit for defense giants

China's military contractors will help fuel economic growth by turning technology into commercial success.

Train bid: Indonesia delays decision

Indonesia decided to put off announcing whether a Chinese or Japanese firm will get high-speed rail contract for a few days.

China stocks close down

9 Chinese brokerages have pledged additional funds worth US$4.71b to buy shares.

China awaits UN nod for post-2015 plan

China's deputy permanent representative to the UN said this at 69th session of the UNGA.

DPRK denies mine blast apology

Seoul must stop saying the DPRK apologized or face unspecified consequences, Pyongyang said.

AIIB loans with 'fewer strings attached'

"Privatisation will not become a conditionality for loans," said a source.

Opinion

We were all young once — even those of ‘a certain age’

Hong Kong children have been raked over the editorial coals recently. They have been accused of regularly bumping into old peop...

Beijing is paying respect to history

Zhou Bajun says the 70th anniversary commemoration of the war redresses some of the fallacies of historical orthodoxy and serve...

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

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.

Heart of a city

Every city has areas that shine for a few decades and then fade away but none so visible as Shantou.

Nation

China to cut troops by 300,000: President Xi

President Xi Jingpin calls on people to commemorate the hard-won peace after years of bloody war.

Xi honors WWII veterans

President Xi Jinping conferred medals on 30 Chinese and foreign veterans and civilians who fought for China in WWII.

China stages largest air force show for V-Day celebration

China staged its largest-ever air force display in a massive military parade in downtown Beijing in celebration of the end of World War II.

Xi urges multilateral nuclear talks with DPRK

"I appreciate China for playing a constructive role in easing the recent tense situation," ROK President Park Geun-hye said.

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

Pop-up shopping mall plan facing more difficulties

The future of the proposed pop-up shopping mall near Shenzhen faces uncertainty due to a weaker performance by the retailing and tourism sectors.

Joshua Wong earns rebuke at court

An attempt by student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung to hijack his court hearing to air political views earned him a rebuke.

Opposition’s reports of vote-rigging irresponsible

Kwai Tsing voters say they have been wrongly accused of questionable tactics.

HK stocks close at 2-year low

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.18% to close at its lowest level since July, 2013 as mainland markets continued to wobble.

Focus HK

Hair-raising treats lined up for Halloween

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

Summer’s over — kids are back in school

Edmond Tang and Roy Liu capture the many moods of children on the day schools reopen after summer vacation.

Pop goes the factory lore

There is an explosion of material related to the city’s industrial past on the Web, as well as in the collectibles market, and Hong Kong seems to love it. A report by Chitralekha Basu.

Asia

Indonesia delays decision on China-Japan bid for train

Indonesia's government has decided to put off announcing whether a Chinese or Japanese firm will be getting a highly-sought after high-speed rail contract for a few days.

Swiss freeze millions amid Malaysian 1MDB fund probe

Swiss authorities have frozen funds in Swiss banks amid a probe into people linked to Malaysia's troubled state investment fund.

Trade unions on nation-wide strike in India

Around 150 million workers are on the day-long strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands, trade unions' leaders claimed.

Malaysia police to question ex-premier Mahathir

Malaysian police will call former premier Mahathir Mohamad to give a statement on allegations he made against PM Najib Razak.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

Crude futures to debut next month

China may launch a global crude oil futures contract as early as October to compete with London Brent and West Texas Intermediate benchmarks.

BYD to export 10,000 vehicles to Sudan

Warren Buffett-backed Chinese carmaker BYD Co Ltd said on Wednesday that it has inked a deal to supply 10,000 vehicles, including new-energy cars and gasoline-powered vehicles, to Sudan.

Hedge funds feel the heat as stocks tumble

China-focused hedge funds probably had their worst month in almost 16 years in August.

Eye on Asia

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.

Online advertising shines in Thai economy

Unfazed by Thailand's faltering economy, businesses are pencilling in bigger budgets for digital advertising.

India SUV maker rides into US market

India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on US roads, starting with two wheels, not four.

Sport

Security tightened for soccer match

Security has been boosted before a soccer World Cup qualifying match between the national and Hong Kong teams in neighboring Shenzhen.

De Gea must play to go to Euros: Del Bosque

The much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized.

Former Chinese national gymnast dies in Oz rock fishing

A gymnast who won silver for China at the 1985 world championships died following a rock fishing accident in Australia.

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

Still strong in China

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as promised, and fans in the Middle Kingdom appear more excited than those in his home country.

Talk of the town

Attendance of the Beijing International Book Fair, which ended on Sunday, was up 6.2 percent over last year, organizers say.

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.