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China aims to double doctor numbers

China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology.

HK: Retail sales down 2% y-on-y

Hong Kong's retail sales decreased two percent year on year in value during the first two months of 2015, the govt said.

Japan, US set to widen naval missions

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Japan-US alliance "should not exceed its bilateral scope".

Thai PM moves to lift martial law

The Thai PM told reporters that once martial law is lifted it will be replaced with Article 44 of the interim constitution.

Japan will not join Asian bank for now

Japan's finance minister said Tokyo "has to maintain caution toward AIIB".

China completes Yemen evacuation

More than 500 Chinese evacuees from conflict-ridden Yemen have arrived at the Djibouti port.

Japan extends DPRK sanctions

Japan has decided that keeping the sanctions in place would be the "most effective approach".

'Enterprise key to growth'

Alibaba founder jack Ma visited Indian PM Narendra Modi and the two discussed entrepreneurs...

Opinion

A chance not to be missed

There will be formidable challenges to overcome for Hong Kong to participate in the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives.

Growing service sector will boost mainland economy

The central government announced a target of a 7 percent growth in GDP.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

China aims to double doctor numbers

China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology.

Military ordered to guard against excess

The guidelines on construction were in line with demands for the military to be thrifty and "guard against luxury".

China completes evacuation of nationals from Yemen

More than 500 Chinese evacuees from conflict-ridden Yemen have arrived at the Djibouti port as the situation continues to deteriorate in Y...

Regulation targets judicial meddling

Latest measure will help authorities ensure independence and credibility of legal system.

Putting examination reform to the test

Improving the life-changing national college entrance exam is crucial, yet educators say challenges remain.

Initiative offers road map for peace, prosperity

Vision and proposed actions outlined on jointly building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

HK

Energy: Govt set to launch public consultation

The government will be laying down the ground work for a more competitive electricity market with the launch of a 3-month consultation.

Retail sales down 2% in first two months

Hong Kong's retail sales decreased two percent year on year in value during the first two months of 2015, the Census and Statistics Department said.

HK shares close higher

The Hang Seng index rose 0.2 percent to 24,900.89, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.3 percent to 12,346.09.

HK losing sheen as offshore yuan center

Hong Kong is facing stronger challenges from the other markets whose combined share of the market increased to 25% in February.

Focus HK

Genius in your genes?

Genetic testing as a way of getting to know a child’s hidden aptitude is a fad fast catching on in HK. But the results should not be taken as gospel truth.

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Asia

Thai PM seeks King's nod to lift martial law

The Thai PM told reporters that once martial law is lifted it will be replaced with Article 44 of the interim constitution.

Japan, US look to widen naval missions

Neither the United States nor Japan have territorial claims in the South China Sea, but the US' Seventh Fleet operates in the area.

Indonesia launches anti-IS military exercises

Indonesia has launched military exercises in the eastern island of Sulawesi, a haven for radical Islamists.

Myanmar govt, rebels sign draft ceasefire accord

The ceasefire agreement would mark a significant achievement if it is ratified and respected, and allow for political negotiations between the government and ethnic groups that have been fighting for autonomy.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

Chinese stocks down despite property policy easing

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.02 percent, or 38.67 points, to finish at 3,747.9 points. The Shenzhen Component Index shed 0.25 percent, or 32.65 points, to close at 13,160.66 points.

Japan will not join AIIB for now

Speaking at a press meet after a cabinet meeting, Japan's finance minister said Tokyo "has to maintain caution toward AIIB".

Asia up on Wall St rally and China hopes

Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.

Eye on Asia

Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to okay same-sex union

With a landmark vote by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage".

Hand-rolled cigars in the face of civil war

The company has yet to set a price for its cigars, which it hopes to export.

Petra sees few visitors with IS next door

Petra's slump is part of a sharp decline in tourism as Jordan's economy pays a price for regional turbulence and its high-profile role in the US-led battle against Islamic State militants next door.

Sport

Maxi trimaran IDEC now called 'Qingdao China'

Chinese skipper Guo Chuan renamed his recently acquired IDEC Trimaran as "Qingdao China" at La Trinite sur Mer, France on Monday.

Ding ends first-round elimination at China Open

Ding finally progressed through the first round at China Open, after bowing out at the first hurdle at six ranking tournaments in a row.

Shanghai success boosts Beijing's 2022 bid

China might be the biggest winner in the recently concluded World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Production of Johnny Depp's latest film shutdown

Production of Johnny Depp's new film has been shut down in Australia and the crew laid off while he recovers from surgery in US.

Solar-powered plane lands in China

Solar Impulse 2, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

Video

A visual feast

The acclaimed show Cavalia will play in Hong Kong for the first time this spring after captivating millions around the world for 12 years. As it opens on March 31, 2015 evening at the Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong gets ready to savor what many consider an equestrian ballet.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.