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China, India to step up economic engagement

China and India are stepping up trade and investment engagement despite their border disputes left over by history.

China refutes US hacking charges

China said the hacking charges in a US Senate report were groundless, adding that it was "irresponsible assaults".

Indonesia's Democratic Party decides to be opposition

The Democratic Party led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a decision not to propose any of its politic...

Li Na to announce retirement Friday

China's two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na will announce retirement on Friday, a member of her agent team said on Thursday.

Demand swells the dai gou ranks

Dai gou, or part-time student shopping agents, have joined the ranks of parallel traders in...

G20 seeks closure on regulations

G20 host Australia is urging the group to finalise rules aimed at preventing another crash.

Beheading threat prompts raids

Intelligence showed that Islamic State militants were planning to behead a member of the pu...

HK plans to build 6 new railway lines

The plan for 6 new railway lines and one new station will cost more than HK$110b.

Opinion

Hongkongers are losing their global perspective

This article was written before the release of the results of the referendum on Scottish independence.

Next public consultation will be challenging for HK

The HKSAR Government will soon start new public consultations on the 2017 election of Chief Executive (CE) by universal suffrage.

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...

Nation

China refutes US hacking charges

China said the hacking charges in a US Senate report were groundless, and urged the US side to stop such "irresponsible assaults and accusations".

China, India step up economic engagement despite border disputes

China and India are stepping up trade and investment engagement despite their border disputes left over by history.

Increased support promised for small companies

China is to further strengthen its support for small and micro-businesses through political and fiscal measures, including tax exemptions ...

China, ASEAN expand judicial training programs

The top judicial bodies from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expanding exchange and training programs to help jud...

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

Budding businesses of the digital age

Young Chinese entrepreneurs are tapping opportunities from the Internet to realize their world-changing dreams.

HK

Rafael Hui explains 'oral contract' with SHKP

Rafael Hui said he was promised an annual salary of HK$15 million as a consultant to SHKP despite the contract says only HK$4.5 million.

Cyber attacks nearly doubled

Cyber attacks in the first half of the year nearly doubled compared to the first six months of 2013.

HK shares slip again, Shanghai up

Hong Kong shares finished lower after weak Chinese housing data heightened concerns of a deepening downtrend in the property sector.

Maid's son loses residency appeal

The Court of Final Appeal has unanimously rejected the appeal of a son born to a foreign domestic helper seeking to secure right of abode in Hong Kong.

Focus HK

The French connection

Almost a century ago, a clutch of Chinese painters traveled to Paris. It was the beginning of a sharing of artistic traditions between China and France which continues even to this day.

Joining the dai gou ranks

Dai gou, or part-time student shopping agents, have joined the ranks of parallel traders to make a fast buck, exacerbating the problems facing Hong Kong’s law enforcement authorities.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Indonesia's Democratic Party decides to be opposition

The Democratic Party led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a decision not to propose any of its politician in the new administration.

Japan minister denies ties to hate speech group

A Japanese cabinet minister did not know that people with whom she was photographed years ago belonged to a right-wing group.

Iran, six powers resume talks

A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week.

Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing US ground troops in his country, saying,"We don't want them."

Partners for growth

President Xi’s South Asia trip puts regional stability and economic development top of agenda.

Unlocking private sector potential

Be it in China or in ASEAN, businesses can play an even bigger role in driving future growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

iPhone 6 wins 2 regulatory approvals in China

Apple Inc.'s latest smartphone iPhone 6 has won two major regulatory approvals in China.

Apple 'plans fresh launches on Oct 21'

Apple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China

Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on Sept. 23 to tap the lucrative entertainment market, a senior executive with the company told Xinhua on Wednesday night.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Sport

Li Na to announce retirement Friday: Agent

China's two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na will announce retirement on Friday, a member of her agent team said on Thursday.

Bayern beat Man City 1-0 in Champions League

Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Lei Sheng to bear China's flag at Asiad opening ceremony

Chinese fencer Lei Sheng, who won the men's foil gold at London Olympics in 2012, will carry the China's national flag at the 17th Asian Games' opening ceremony here on Friday.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Life Style

Sotheby's HK sale to offer HK$700m jewels

Sotheby's Hong Kong said its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale 2014 will offer about 340 pieces of jewels and jadeite.

Death of a king

Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago, saying two of many blows to his bare head could have killed him very quickly.

Quirky News

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Man recovers after 3D-printed skull implant

A man whose skull was severely injured in an accident has had fractured bones rebuilt with the help of 3D printing technology.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls Royces for Macau hotel

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests.

Video

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...