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Thomas Kwok gets 5 yrs in jail for graft

Former co-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd Thomas Kwok was sentenced to 5 years in jail and HK$500,000 fine.

China, DPRK slam UNSC move

The UNSC meeting appeared to be the first time that any country's human rights situation has been scheduled for debate.

Women ready for UN mission

It will be the first time female soldiers — 13 of them — are taking part in an armed operation on a UN peacekeeping mission.

Xiaomi raises US$1b in fresh funding

Xiaomi Corp raised about US$1 billion in a new funding round that values China's largest smartphone vendor at US$45 billion.

Yuan clearing bank in Thailand soon

Premier Li Keqiang hosted his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in Beijing on Monday.

China mulls National Security Law

The draft was tabled during the bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee.

Bo Xilai's French villa 'up for sale'

A lavish French villa owned by disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been put up for sa...

China opposes cyber attacks

China opposes all forms of cyber attacks and "terrorism", Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Opinion

Private sector should supplement public healthcare

Ihave reservation for the proposed Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) which is designed to ease the pressure on the publi...

HK students’ ignorant comments in UK

When people tell me students from Hong Kong testified to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament urging their f...

Where will PM Abe take Japan now?

Very few can imagine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe winning a single popularity contest anywhere in the neighborhood of East Asia.

More homes imminent

The government move for greater focus on increased subsidized housing supply is a sensible one.

No late recovery of justice

A retrial lasting more than three weeks finally acquitted a young man called Huugjilt of the rape and murder of a young woman, for whic...

Nation

Thailand to establish yuan clearing bank

Premier Li Keqiang hosted his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in Beijing on Monday, three days after they met in Bangkok, in a gesture of reaching out to the Southeast Asia country.

Women ready for their first armed UN mission

China is sending an infantry battalion to South Sudan soon. It will be the first time female soldiers.

Ling Jihua probed for disciplinary violations

Ling Jihua, 58, a senior Party official and national political adviser, is under investigation for "suspected serious disciplinary violati...

Yu Zhengsheng to visit Vietnam

Yu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee will visit at the invitation of the Communist ...

Return of the unknown soldier

The historic role played by a Chinese veteran of World War II went unacknowledged for more than 60 years, until a chance discovery brought it to light.

The turning of the year

The winter solstice, which marks the shortest day and the longest night, is a time of celebration as the seasons change and winter begins to ebb.

Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

HK

Thomas Kwok gets 5 years in jail for graft

Former co-chairman of Hong Kong-listed developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, Thomas Kwok, was sentenced to five years in jail and a HK$500,000 ($64,440) fine on Tuesday.

Mixed feelings

With land supply increasing and a US interest-rate hike likely in mid-2015, some analysts say Hong Kong’s property market may be in line for a drastic U-turn next year.

Kwok’s conviction is no big deal for SHKP

Property giant’s share price surges 2.2% as uncertainties vaporize after graft trial

ATV fate uncertain over unpaid wages

Local labor law stipulates that if ATV fails to settle outstanding wages before Jan 1, 2015, staff may unilaterally terminate contracts at no cost.

Focus HK

It’s the feeling that counts

What do you give someone who doesn’t care much for another pair of cufflinks or a box of chocolates this Christmas?

Doesn't fit the bill

Even as the HK govt is encouraging private medical facilities to be more upfront about fee schedules,sticking to packaged charging may not be a practical idea.

Uneasy ululations

Gong Linna and her music-composer husband Lao Luo return to Hong Kong this weekend to perform Tante, a song without words that turned Gong into an overnight singing sensation.

Asia

China, DPRK slam UN Security Council move

The Security Council meeting appeared to be the first time that any country's human rights situation has been scheduled for debate.

Cyber attack: ROK seeks US help

The official said prosecutors were not ruling out Democtratic People's Republic of Korea involvement in the cyber attack.

DPRK websites back online after outage

The White House and the US State Department declined to say whether the US government was responsible.

DPRK to skip UN Security Council meeting

An angry DPRK is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking UN Security Council meeting where the country's human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

Limited impact seen for property registry

Long-awaited provisional rules for a unified national property registry were released on Monday, but analysts said that the market impact will be limited for now.

Xiaomi raises $1 billion in fresh funding

Xiaomi Corp raised about $1 billion in a new funding round that values China's largest smartphone vendor at $45 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Asia pauses after Wall St peak

Risk appetite whetted as S&P 500 closes at record; Dollar broadly firm on diverging yield outlook; Asian markets thin and sluggish as Tokyo on holiday.

Eye on Asia

Healing after 10 yrs

As the 10th anniversary of the indonesia tsunami approaches, Aye Pu, now a 55-year-old widow, says her healing process can finally begin.

'Terrorists' confront victims in TV show

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show in Iraq.

Movement to bring quality education

Despite the chilly weather, more than 700 college students walked 5 kilometers on Saturday in Nepal to express their support for bringing quality education.

Sport

Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0 in Premier League

John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0 and restore its three-point lead.

Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to win Super Cup

Rafael saved Simone Padoin's final penalty after Kalidou Koulibaly had converted to win the match for Napoli despite Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saving three spot kicks.

Spaniards celebrate wins in world's biggest lottery

Thousands of Spaniards including humble restaurant workers and care home residents celebrated wins in the world's biggest lottery draw on Monday.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Life Style

Auction with a Chinese heart

The death of the West's pre-eminent collector of Asian art means a treasure trove will go under the hammer in March.

Nanjing Minguo-era buildings awarded by UNESCO

The Yihe Mansions in Nanjing recently received an award by UNESCO for its protection of historical buildings in the Asian-Pacific region in 2014. This is the only awarded project in China.

Quirky News

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

Video

Looking through crystal ball

Tired of taking photos the ordinary way? You may now try to use crystal balls to enhance your photos. Chinadailyasia.com shows you how it works. A crystal ball photography workshop will be held at 2-3pm on 20-21 Dec and 25-26 Dec at Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung.

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

CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.

Roundtable

Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.