China manufacturing activity retreats in July

China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index posted at 50.0 in July, down from 50.2 in June.

Bid win will boost regional links

Winning the hosting rights for 2022 Winter Olympics is set to fuel regional integration between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.

China may limit third-party payments

The PBOC has proposed limiting the size of transactions through third-party online payment systems like Alipay.

HK lifts red travel alert for S Korea

The announcement came as there has been no new case of MERS in South Korea in the past 28 days since.

IPO freeze 'necessary to stem rout'

The CSRC said the market-driven reform of China's capital market has not changed.

Pacific trade talks fail to reach deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are aimed at erasing trade barriers among participants.

China restricts supercomputer exports

China will ban exports of drones & supercomputers on national security concern.

Debris from Boeing 777: Malaysia

French authorities will send the plane piece to Toulouse for tests.


Cooperate with Shenzhen in sci-tech

HK must join hands with its neighbor in regard to innovation and technology — then the SAR can more rapidly achieve structural ...

The art of holding one’s tongue

Lau Nai-keung muses that despite the actions of Putonghua ‘pushers’, rumors about the death of Cantonese have been greatly exag...

No more discrimination against South Asians, please

I had heard about discrimination against South Asians, but it never really got my attention until I went into an Indian restaurant and ...

Abe's mudslinging only sticks to him

In an apparent attempt to justify his much-trumpeted security bills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directly accused China of p...

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?


Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.


Bid win will boost regional links, create jobs

Winning the hosting rights for the 2022 Winter Olympics will likely fuel regional integration between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.

Exports of drones, supercomputers restricted

China will ban exports of high-performance drones and supercomputers from mid-August due to national security reasons.

PLA backs probe of corrupt military leader

Officers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army have expressed support for the graft probe of former military leader Guo Boxiong.

South China Sea fishing ban lifted

Fishing boats are ready to set sail from Hainan as a seasonal fishing ban in the South China Sea was lifted on Saturday.

Cliffhanger for climbing 'cradle'

A dispute in the self-proclaimed birthplace of Chinese rock climbing has resulted in devotees being banned from one of the region's most famous, and important, sites.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.


CPPCC member faces ICAC charges

Kennedy Wong Ying-ho is accused of offering an advantage to a then executive director of a listed company during its restructuring.

Govt lifts red outbound travel alert for S Korea

There has been no new MERS case in South Korea in the past 28 days since the isolation of the last case on July 3.

HKTVE to get half ATV’s digital range

The Communications Authority has allocated Hong Kong Television Entertainment half of Asia Television's digital spectrum range.

Regulator fines Indian bank US$1 million

The State Bank of India Hong Kong Branch was fined for violating anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing law.

Focus HK

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.


Japan's WWII surrender speech released

The 4 ½-minute speech delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form.

Pacific trade talks fail to reach deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are aimed at erasing most barriers to trade and investment among participants.

Debris confirmed to be from Boeing 777: Malaysia

French authorities will send the plane piece, identified as a flaperon from a Boeing 777 wing, to Toulouse for tests.

US spied on Japan govt, firms: Wikileaks

The documents include what appear to be four US National Security Agency reports marked top-secret.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

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China mulls limiting third-party online payments

The amount shoppers would be able to spend through third-party online payment per day may be limited to between 1,000 & 5,000 yuan.

China factory activity retreats in July

China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index posted at 50.0 in July, down from 50.2 in June.

IPO freeze 'necessary to stem market rout'

China's securities regulator said the long-term, market-driven reform of the country's capital market has not changed.

Eye on Asia

Bringing Woolly back to life

Scientists from Singapore and the US has published research that is a step towards resurrecting the prehistoric woolly mammoths.

French Jews flock to Israeli city

The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and one would be hard-pressed to tell it aprt from city of Nice.

Thirst for palm oil threatens orangutans

Palm oil plantations in Indonesia now cut corridors through which orangutans and other wildlife use to cross from one large forest to another.


Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

Here are some reactions to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Games.

Belgian designer to insist Tokyo changes Olympic logo

A Belgian designer says the 2020 Tokyo Games logo bears too much resemblance to his emblem for the Theatre de Liege.

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a letter of appreciation to the IOC President Thomas Bach to thank for its trust and support.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.


Birthday boy Harry Potter still magic in China

Chinese Potterphiles attend a bash for the 15th anniversary of the arrival of Harry Potter in China.

Daniel Wu's martial arts series to premier on AMC

The Hong Kong actor is bringing martial arts back to TV in the US with his upcoming series 'Into the Badlands' premiering Nov 19.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.


The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'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.


Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.