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China passes soccer reform plan

China's central reform group, captained by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Friday kicked off a plan to revive soccer.

China issues new 4G licenses

China Telecom and China Unicom were permitted to offer services based on LTE FDD technology.

Chinese-made J-20 debuts in PLA ads

The Chinese-made J-20 stealth fighter made its first flight in Jan 2011 and Y-20 transport aircraft was shown last November.

Erwiana: Ex-employer gets 6 years

Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 charges and fined HK$15,000.

China rejects US charges on South China Sea

China on Friday said its activities in its own territory were legitimate and justified.

China argues for Russia's concerns

Qu Xing, China's envoy to Belgium, blamed competition between Russia and the West for the U...

Chinese steel shares outdazzle rivals

Last month, steel shipments hit a historic high, despite the removal of export tax rebates ...

Ferry capsizes off Macao, 4 rescued

The Macao government said the sunken ferry was a smuggling boat with stowaways on board.

Opinion

New ways to manage large tourist numbers

The travel document for Hong Kong residents to visit the mainland is officially translated into English as “Home Return Permit”.

Nominating Committee is needed

The Basic Law was adopted in 1990 by the Seventh National People’s Congress after a lengthy consultation process.

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

New Year traditions lost

Besides the nationwide festive revelry, the Spring Festival is another chance to witness and reflect on the waning of tradition.

Take a look into the future of retail stores

Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting festivals for shoppers.

Nation

China to blacklist officials who interfere in court cases

China will start blacklisting and punishing officials who interfere in judicial investigations and trials.

China rejects US charges on South China Sea

China on Friday said its activities in its own territory were legitimate and justified.

China tells West to consider Russia's concerns

Qu Xing, China's envoy to Belgium, blamed competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis.

Ferry capsizes off Macao, 4 rescued

The sunken ferry is a smuggling boat, with one captain, two sailors and 16 other stowaways on board, according to the customs department.

The enigma that was 'Vinegar Joe'

A long association with all things Chinese made Joseph Warren Stilwell the perfect candidate to oversee US operations against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

Support attracts top brains to China

More than 10 percent of visitors studying here are given assistance by government program.

From "Made in China" to "Built by China"

Promoting China's railway industry abroad has become an added task for the Chinese diplomacy lately.

HK

Back off HK, China tells other countries

China reaffirmed that Hong Kong affairs are China's domestic affairs and other countries have no right to interfere in.

Woman gets 6 years for abusing maid

Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 charges and fined HK$15,000.

HK shares close down 0.3%

Hong Kong shares ended down 0.3% Friday as investors awaited clearer signals on the direction of China's monetary policy.

Constitutional reform is the way to go, says Li Ka-shing

Hong Kong’s richest man once again warned that dire consequences might follow if the SAR’s constitutional reform fell through.

Focus HK

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

A promising scene

With the government doing its bit to foster local arts and the city’s thriving art market drawing buyers from the world over, HK’s artists never had it so good.

Brewing rich profits

A young entrepreneur from the Caribbean turned a job loss into an opportunity with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and is now setting his sights higher. Hua Yang reports.

Asia

S Korea names new presidential chief of staff

South Korea's National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung-ki was named new presidential chief of staff Friday.

Japan environment minister latest to deny illegal funding

Japan's environment minister Yoshio Mochizuki denied wrongdoing following a newspaper report.

US blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen, and wife Rafida Ahmed took place late Thursday.

S Korea to tighten gun rules after man kills 3, himself

A man fatally shot three people Friday and was found dead with a suicide note in the second deadly shooting in three days.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China issues new 4G licenses

China Telecom and China Unicom were permitted to offer services based on LTE FDD technology after testing since last June.

Chinese steel shares outdazzle rivals

Last month, steel shipments hit a historic high, despite the removal of export tax rebates on products alloyed with boron.

Apple likely to launch Apple Watch on March 9

Apple Inc has sent out invitations for a press meeting on March 9 in San Francisco, fueling rumors that it plans to launch Apple Watch at the event.

Eye on Asia

The friendly prince wins over hearts of Japanese

Both Britain's and Japan's prince may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Cambodians angered over nude photos

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archeological Park.

Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok.

Sport

Federer beats Coric to make Dubai final

Defending champion Roger Federer moved back into the Dubai Championships final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Borna Coric Friday.

Van Persie set for long absence with ankle injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Robin van Persie has a right ankle injury that will keep the striker out for a "long time."

Lippi eyes coaching national team instead of any club

Marcello Lippi is eyeing a chance to coach a national football team instead of any club after leaving Guangzhou Evergrande.

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

HK film festival to open with Chang's 'Murmur'

Sylvia Chang's return to the director's chair will open the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

$150K Oscars dress reported stolen from hotel

The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy wards has been stolen, police said on Thursday.

Quirky News

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Tiger cub spooked by fireworks jumps to death

A tiger cub jumped off a building to its death in Shandong when it was spooked by fireworks set off to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Actor gets sugar rush from 'healthy' foods

An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5 kg and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.