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China's Li urges banks to boost lending

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for additional fee cuts and more loans for small businesses.

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years

The Pudong New Area has risen from rural farmland to become an engine for economic and social development.

China pares budget by 10% in frugality drive

Government budgets for overseas traveling, official vehicles and receptions will be reduced by 11.7 percent this year.

China responds to G7 statement on maritime disputes

China on Friday urged relevant countries to do more that are conducive to regional peace and stability.

'Japan recce raises safety risks'

China's Defence Ministry said that Japanese surveillance activities threatened the safety o...

Hong Kong children unhappy

Local children across all age groups and grades said last year was the worst since 2011, ac...

Talks key to global security ties: China

China believes it is necessary to establish a fair and just international order.

PLA warns of graft on key anniversary

The People's Liberation Army's official newspaper sent out a clear message against graft.

Opinion

Our police performed impressively last year

Police officers were praised for the admirable way they maintained law and order in Hong Kong by use of minimum of force.

HK must strengthen risk management procedures

The most exciting financial news over the past two weeks was the extraordinary trading on the stock market.

AIIB complementary to existing institutions

Li said the AIIB is not meant to reinvent the wheel.

'Smuggling’ will never die

Mainland authorities have decided to curtail the practice known as “parallel trading” in Hong Kong, but called “smuggling” on the other...

Square dancing doesn't deserve stigma

It's time to free square dancing of the bad name for it refreshes the body and mind both.

Nation

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years

The Pudong New Area has risen from rural farmland to become an engine for economic and social development.

AIIB 'won't be used for US$46b Pakistan deal'

Money from both countries will finance the US$46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor instead.

Coordinating group for modern Silk Road established

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli will head the group that will oversee Beijing's plan to create a modern Silk Road.

Xi to visit Pakistan, Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan and attend meetings in Indonesia next week.

Women who marry gay men suffer abuse

Most Chinese women who unwittingly marry gay men suffer a wide range of abuse from their husbands.

Ignorance compounds cancer threat

China's high mortality rate is the result of a lack of awareness that results in late detection of the disease.

Taoism helped Solar Impulse 2

Study in China taught lesson that unity can be found in opposites.

HK

Starry Lee elected DAB leader

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has elected Starry Lee as the new chairwoman.

Children's happiness index at 3-year low

Local children across all age groups and grades said last year was the worst since 2011.

HK shares post 5th weekly gain

The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.3% to 27,653.12 Friday but gained 1.4% for the week.

Sochaux deal 'could be completed in May'

Tech Pro Technology Development company, a HK-listed electrical components manufacturer, would pay 7m euros.

Focus HK

Seeking a golden sunset

In a bid to reform the MPF system, regulators in Hong Kong have proposed a default ‘core fund’ to cut hidden costs and risks, as well as boost returns. But more must be done to bolster autonomy for MPF members.

Facing the music

Zhang Xian is at the forefront of women conductors making their mark internationally. Chitralekha Basu met the first female director of an Italian orchestra in the lead-up to her show at HK’s Cultural Centre Concert Hall tonight.

A tale of two cities

Hong Kong and Singapore have chosen very different paths in formulating retirement protection systems.

Asia

Saddam deputy killed: Iraq officials

It is believed that government forces have killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants.

DPRK warning to US envoy after knife attack

US envoy Mark Lippert was slashed in the face with a fruit knife by an ROK man that left a gash that required 80 stitches.

Thai charter ready for review

A draft of Thailand's new constitution, written to reduce the power of major political parties and keep politicians in check, was submitted to an advisory council for review on Friday.

Japan, US seek to seal free trade deal

Japan sought to hold bilateral ministerial trade talks with the US as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal.

Awash in easy money

Asian households are piling up record debts but problems may arise when rate cycle turns.

Going wet and wild in Kowloon City

'Little Thailand' bursts into revelry to mark the Songkran festival but not everything is cause for celebration.

Asia Weekly

Business

More stocks eligible for short sales

China's securities regulator is considering more tools to help investors hedge risks.

Li urges banks to boost lending

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for additional fee cuts and more loans for small businesses.

Bloomberg blames 'internal network issue' for global outage

Users say the outage started as trading was getting in full swing around 8 am in London.

Eye on Asia

India's tigers may not be burning bright

Independent scientists say a 30% in tiger number in just four years doesn't make sense.

Jakarta traffic stops & starts for another decade

Millions of Jakarta commuters will have to struggle through the world's most congested traffic for almost another decade.

Fighter jet makers eye Indian riches

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India would buy 36 French Rafale jets for an estimated US$4.3 billion.

Sport

Manny hits back at 'reckless' jab

Manny Pacquiao laughed when told the defense-minded Floyd Mayweather Jr. had called him "a very reckless fighter".

China to introduce soccer textbooks to schools in fall

New soccer textbooks will be introduced to Chinese primary and middle schools beginning in the autumn semester of this year.

Uihlein leads after 2nd round at Shenzhen

Peter Uihlein made shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Shenzhen International.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Off the beaten track

From logged jungle to abandoned farms, Malaysian property tycoon finds opportunities in areas that others overlook.

Life Style

Villagers grab online bargains at last

Now villagers in Yunshe, a village in Guizhou province, can order anything from small items to heavy household goods.

Guests try to untangle hotel names

Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. There's Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and, coming soon, Hyatt Centric.

Quirky News

Scientist volunteers for head transplant

Having suffered from a rare muscle wasting disease for most of his life, the 30-year-old decided to give it a shot.

Cambodia breaks record for Madison dance

Cambodia on Wednesday broke Guinness World Record for the largest Madison dance, a judge announced.

British polls: A taste for the absurd

In an election that will shape the destiny of the United Kingdom, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought a note of absurdity to the battle for Downing Street.

Video

A man's world

Pole-dance used to be regarded as a women's preserve. But, Li Bing of the Chinese mainland has proved male dancers can be equally, if not more, captivating.

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.