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China's central bank cuts interest rates

China cut its benchmark interest rates for the first time in over 2 years to lower borrowing costs and lift a cooling economy.

China sees Fiji as friend: Xi

China regards Fiji as a sincere friend and important partner in the Pacific island region, Chinese President Xi Jinping sai...

One more held over LegCo violence

An online radio host was arrested Friday morning in connection to the violence at the LegCo building.

Alibaba raises $8b in first bond offer

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd sold $8 billion in bonds at yields lower than what was originally offered, Bloomberg reported.

Court rejects protesters' 2nd appeal bid

The Court of Appeal has rejected a second appeal to delay an impending action to clear prot...

China seeks better crisis management

China's defence minister said disputes should be resolved with full respect for historical ...

Pollution: Consumers seek protection

Frustrated with hazardous air quality, more Chinese consumers are turning to products aimed...

Role playing in fast-food war

To entice the youth, McDonald's designed Warcraft-themed outlets and gave away virtual item...

Opinion

Education of Hong Kong youth needs improving

Not long after the authorities cleared one of the “Occupy Central” sites, dozens of masked activists wearing helmets and goggle...

Holistic approach needed in tackling youth issues

Young people over 25 and still living with and financially dependent upon their parents have now become an international phenom...

Internet, our future driver

Even looking back on the revolutionary changes the Internet has brought to our lives, the future its development will create for us is ...

Waste management facility and landfill extensions vital

The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee convenes again on Friday for the third time to discuss funding proposals for building the I...

Mob politics rocks HK

Frustrated that their illegal campaign is running out of steam, a group of radical "Occupy Central" protesters stormed the Legislative ...

Nation

China seeks better crisis management

China's defence minister called for better regional crisis management, saying that his country's armed forces wanted peace.

China sees Fiji as friend, partner in Pacific island region: Xi

China regards Fiji as a sincere friend and important partner in the Pacific island region, Chinese President Xi Jinping sai...

China urges parties to revive six-party talks

China urged all parties concerned to create conditions to revive six-party talks.

UN praises China on innovation for children

China's effort to drive innovation for children is going well, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

Men gets chance to experience pain of childbirth

A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth.

Year of the Horse sees baby boom

Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into paroxysms of worry, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.

Generation fun

The distinctive humor and worldview of people born after 1990 have been shaped by their easy relationship with social media and China's economic rise.

HK

Local SMEs affected by 'Occupy Central'

Ninety-five percent of Hong Kong's small- and medium-sized enterprises recently surveyed were affected by the "Occupy Central" movement.

One more held over LegCo violence

An online radio host was arrested Friday morning in connection to the violence at the Legislative Council building.

Universal suffrage in 2017 'will make history in HK democracy'

The Hong Kong chief executive election by universal suffrage in 2017 will be historic for the region's democracy development, a spokesman said on Friday.

19 injured in Light Rail-bus crash

At least 19 people were injured in a collision between a Light Rail train and a double-decker bus in Tuen Mun Friday.

Focus HK

The conquest of space

Fed up with clutter, and as average living space per person diminishes, more and more Hong Kong residents are looking to self-storage firms for solutions.

The play is the thing

Boaz Lo is fast shaping up as one of the torch-bearers of independent, non-mainstream theater efforts in HK. It doesn’t hurt that he is a charming, articulate, clean-cut young man of 21.

Once upon a time again

Superheroes may dominate box offices right now, but historical folk heroes are truly forever. Like Shakespeare, there’s a reason artists go to the folk well time and again.

Asia

ROK conducts live-fire drill near inter-Korean sea border

The ROK's military on Friday conducted a live-fire drill in islands near the disputed inter-Korean maritime border.

Japan's lower house dissolved for snap election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament, paving the way for a general election next month.

Strong quake strikes off Indonesia

A shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck at sea 96 miles northwest of Ternate in the Indonesian Moluccas on Friday.

S Korea, Japan to hold talks on 'Comfort Women'

Senior diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold talks next week about Japan's sexual enslavement of South Korean women during World War II.

Oasis of promise

Boao financial conference in Dubai set to strengthen cooperation between China and the UAE.

Chinese firms make hay in Dubai

Opened in 2004, DragonMart has grown into one of the largest Chinese overseas trading hubs.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's central bank cuts interest rates

The PBOC announced on Friday that it will lower the benchmark interest rate for one-year deposits by 25 basis points.

Alibaba raises $8b in first bond offer

Alibaba Group sold $8 billion in bonds at yields lower than what was originally offered after investors placed orders of at least $57 billion to the e-commerce behemoth.

SMG, Disney to broaden cooperation

Shanghai Media Group and Walt Disney Company will extend their cooperation to TV content development and film co-production etc.

Eye on Asia

Youth culture tapped in Japan military recruitment

Japan's military is wooing new recruits with images of smiling soldiers posing like pop stars in a series of photo books and DVDs that tap into youth culture.

Hindu "Modi-fication" of education worries India

Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago.

Japan biotech to ensure bluefin tuna survives

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened.

Sport

Clippers beat Heat 110-93

Chris Paul scored 26 points and dished out 12 assists to help the visiting Los Angeles Clippers beat the Miami Heat 110-93.

Boxing emerging as big draw with Pacquiao in China

Chinese boxing fans will be much louder Sunday morning when Zou is the featured undercard fighter as Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring in the main event against New York's Chris Algieri.

Blind and Falcao injury blows for Man United

Manchester United suffered a double blow on Thursday with Daley Blind ruled out for a "long" spell due to a knee problem and Radamel Falcao receiving a "new injury" that will keep him out for at least two more weeks.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

HK media mogul Jimmy Heung dies of cancer

Hong Kong producer Jimmy Heung, who introduced countless stars to Chinese showbiz, including Steven Chow, died in Beijing of esophageal cancer on Nov 20, reports Hong Kong media. He was 64.

HK collector pays record price for blue diamond

A Hong Kong buyer has paid $32.6 million for a near 10-Carat blue diamond at an auction held by Sotheby's in New York.

Quirky News

When beards make a comeback

A revival in the culture of barbering in Poland's capital is just one sign of how popular beards have become, with actors, athletes and hipsters leading the way.

Do's and don'ts for Thai tourists in Japan

Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors. The advice is part of a new online manners guide the embassy has posted on its Facebook page in response to criticism.

Cool gift! Dad makes 1.5-tonne transformer

It will take something huge to beat Yao Zihan's 18th birthday present: The diehard "Transformers" fan was gifted an almost lifesize "Optimus Prime" model made by his father.

Video

Harbin in Hong Kong

The famous Harbin Ice Festival has come to Hong Kong! Make a trip to this sub-zero world with chinadailyasia.com.

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

Deep in the bosom of nature

Huang Lai blurs the line between realistic and expressionistic painting traditions, investing his artworks with profound philosophical ideas.

Roundtable

‘One Belt, One Road’ offers great potential for logistics

The mainland’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative has the potential to create greater opportunities for the logistics sector in Hong Kong, a group of panelists told a China Daily Roundtable in the SAR on Wednesday.

Hotels: Moving up the mass market

The Chinese mainland’s hotel industry has grown by an average of 9.3 percent in each of the five years through 2014, market monitor IBIS World said.