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Yuan firms, liquidity pressure eases

The central bank fixed the official yuan midpoint at the strongest level in more than two months.

Push to save TPP after US exit

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull suggested other countries, such as China, may help fill the void left by the US.

Pompeo sworn in as CIA director

Some lawmakers fear Mike Pompeo might expand surveillance or allow interrogation techniques widely considered torture.

HK startups urge less I&T red tape

HK startups are optimistic about the city’s innovation & technology prospects what with the govt staunchly backing them.

China to better market regulation by 2020

The State Council released a 5-year plan on market regulation with guidelines for commerce ...

Trump pulls US out of TPP

Trump said he would seek one-on-one trade deals with countries that would allow the US to t...

First certificates for foreign NGOs

A ceremony was held Monday in Beijing where 20 NGOs were granted certificates for their Bei...

Global organizations upbeat on China growth

China's GDP grew 6.8% in the 4th quarter of 2016 and the full-year growth stood at 6.7%.

Opinion

Universal pension plan still has legs

The HK government can have a universal plan that doesn’t squander public money on the well-off.

HK history education needs to be reformed

Since localism is such a big trend nowadays, we should provide Hong Kong people with proper Hong Kong history lessons.

Letter: The MTRC strives for excellence

Having read the article entitled “Restructuring needed to spare the MTRC from conflicting roles” by David Wong in your publication date...

Post-truth constitutes a real threat to society

HK has become increasingly agitated and intolerant as a society, with social media playing a big part in it, which has led to a rise in...

A Policy Address that is ambitious, responsible

Rather than just muddling through the last six months of its term, the administration chose to tackle deep-seated problems plaguing soc...

Video

Hands off the wheel

Are autopilot features safer than human drivers in a densely populated city like Hong Kong?

Colorful phoenix

A glimpse of Chaoshan | PART TWO

The gong maker

A glimpse of Chaoshan | PART ONE

Nation

China issues first certificates for overseas NGOs

A ceremony was held Monday in Beijing where 20 NGOs were granted certificates for their Beijing offices.

Beijing, Manila agree on US$3.7b in shared projects

Officials representing Beijing and Manila shook hands on joint projects worth US$3.7 billion on Monday during a meeting in ...

Former oil chief sentenced for graft

Wang Tianpu, former general manager of Sinopec Group, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 and a half years in prison for graft.

Washington told to keep promises

China called on the new US administration to stick to the one-China principle and strictly limit its relationship with Taiwan to the nonof...

Festival demand soars at fake 'friend' websites

Tired of being pestered by relatives for still being single, some young people have placed online ads offering to pose as fake boyfriends or girlfriends.

China to unleash potential of private education

Move will provide greater choice and opportunities for millions of students from all walks of life.

Couple set for flight around the world

A Chinese couple with a penchant for adventure are planning an 80,000-kilometer round-the-world trip that will see them fly themselves to five continents, including Antarctica.

HK

Startups urge cutting red tape in I&T

HK startups are optimistic about the city’s innovation and technology prospects with the hefty support endorsed by the government.

Hearing on 4 lawmakers' eligibility adjourned

The Department of Justice initiated a judicial review in December, questioning the validity of oaths taken by the four legislators.

Stocks edge up on stronger resource stocks

Both the benchmark Hang Seng index and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index were up 0.1% at the close, to 22,898.52 points and 9,726.82 points respectively.

Stocks snap 3-week winning streak

The benchmark Hang Seng index fell 0.7%, to 22,885.91 points at the close, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.8%, to 9,715.72 points.

Focus HK

A solitary man on a lonely journey to the west

Some folks just aren’t normal and don’t want to be. Take Linus Cheng Lin-hin, who gave up his work and set out to become the solitary traveler.

Cure for that uncomfortable itch

Sexually transmitted disease is running rampant in HK, a health issue exacerbated under a system focused on only two sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B.

Eat, drink, be merry

China Daily suggests you create the air of warmth straight out of the steamer! What is Lunar New Year without a Chinese classic, after all?

Asia

Push to save trade deal after US exits TPP pact

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull suggested other countries, such as China, may help fill the void left by the US.

Trump pulls US out of TPP, loosening Asia ties

Trump said he would seek one-on-one trade deals with countries that would allow the US to quickly terminate them in 30 days "if somebody misbehaves."

India's top court probes ex-police chief

India's top court on Monday probed allegations that Ranjit Sinha tried to scuttle investigation in the country's coal scam.

Iraq PM orders probe into abuses by troops in Mosul

There are allegations that Iraqi troops and a Shi'ite paramilitary group had kidnapped and abused civilians in Mosul.

Drier future

Last year’s severe drought in parts of Asia highlights water security as a major challenge for the region.

Changes in climate pose new threats

Both floods and drought have intensified in the Lower Mekong Basin in the past decade, raising serious concerns about food and water security.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

Yuan firms, liquidity pressure eases

The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8331 per dollar prior to the market open, nearly 0.4% stronger than the previous fix.

China to improve market regulation by 2020

The State Council released a five-year plan on market regulation, setting guidelines for reform in commerce and market supervision.

Asian stock indexes mixed

Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as uncertainty mounted over US President Donald Trump's trade and regulatory policies.

Eye on Asia

IS seeks to shore up Syria presence

IS is deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

Sharp decline in tourists' spending in Japan

While a record 24 million-plus foreign tourists came to Japan last year, spending per person dropped sharply.

Vietnam: Reviving the traditional long dress

Vietnamese men are encouraged to wear "ao dai", the famous Vietnamese long dress to keep traditional dress and values alive.

Sport

Venus Williams sets Aussie record with run to semifinals

The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the Australian Open women's semifinals in the Open era.

Nadal beats Monfils, reaches 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal

Nadal is the only major winner still in contention on the bottom half of the draw, although he hasn't added to his tally of 14 majors since the capturing the French Open in 2014.

Williams relies on Plan B to reach Australian Open QFs

With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B.

Reinventing finance

Singapore-based cofounder of a platform for investment research is making moves to revolutionize the industry.

Queen of clean

Japanese best-selling author is on a mission to organize the world with her unique tidying-up methods.

Investing in Asia

Among the world’s most respected bankers, former HSBC and ANZ boss urges Australia to capitalize on region’s growth.

Life & Art

When the rooster calls

Apple gets Chinese artists to present traditional themes in a modern way for Spring Festival.

Zodiac animals get a makeover

Huang Yongyu, 93, uses the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to comment on social issues and people's behaviors at an ongoing exhibition of his work.

Quirky News

Male street cleaners get high heels as gifts

Street cleaners in central China last week were stunned by the stylish shoes they were given as new year presents by their bosses.

Mexico's lower house becomes 'Chamber of Rats'

The name of Mexico's lower house of Congress has been changed by pranksters to the "Chamber of Rats" on Google Maps.

Love conquers man’s fear of heights

Chinese businessman managed to overcome his fear of heights to pose for his pre-wedding shoot on the Rainbow Skywalk located on the 68th floor of Komtar, the tallest building in Penang.

Special

Campus news talent

CUHK students win 16 prizes at 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards.

A life-long passion that never dies

Having gone through thick and thin in business, homeware retailer Roy Ng tells Sophie He he’ll not give up his retail career and is making a comeback.

Roundtable

Stronger China-India ties a bonus for Asia

Comprehensive relationship between Asia’s two major economic powers will help create a win-win situation for all parties, roundtable forum heard.