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'China's economy operating within appropriate range'

Li said the Chinese economy is operating within an appropriate range and China continues to lead the world in terms of growth.

Former steel chief under investigation

China's anti-corruption agency said it has opened an investigation into the former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel.

US Fed confident low inflation to end

Fed's Vice Chair Stanley Fischer reiterated that the Fed has confidence in the persistently low inflation to be back to the...

Protesters oppose defense bills outside Japan's Diet

Protesters have gathered outside Japan's parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest rallies.

Top US security adviser meets with Pakistani PM

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani PM Nawa Sharif to discuss bilate...

Malaysia rally enters 2nd day

Tens of thousands of Malaysians rally to demand that Prime Minister Najib Razak step down.

Venezuela highlights benefits of partnership with China

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro handed over the first 400 Chinese made Chery cars to s...

Japan urged to stop provocations

The call came after Japanese Cabinet Secretariat alleged the Diaoyus belong to Japan.

Opinion

Why Aug 15, 1945 still matters

Jocelyn Chey says that in the 70 years since the end of the Pacific War, the people of Asia have taken charge of their own dest...

How to help HK people abroad

Raymond So says that because more SAR people are traveling overseas the risk of them getting into difficulties is increasing, p...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

World economy still resilient against crisis

Despite the slumps in the stock markets of many countries, the global economic situation is improving, albeit slowly.

Korean Peninsula needs more talks, not tension

It is a great relief that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea reached a deal on Tuesday to ease the ten...

Video

When gates of hell open

This year, on August 28th - the 15th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar - it is Yu Lan festival in Hong Kong, also known as Hungry Ghost Festival.

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Nation

Former steel chief under corruption investigation

China's anti-corruption agency said it has opened an investigation into the former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel.

Schools to open on time in Chinese city shaken by blasts

The more than 300 grade schools in the Chinese neighborhood shaken by this month's deadly blasts will start the fall semest...

China adopts criminal law amendments

The crime of sex with underage prostitutes was reclassified as rape and commutation for most corrupt criminals was ruled out.

US hopes Xi's visit to be a 'milestone'

Both sides said it is necessary to manage and control points of difference.

Final farewell to the plateau

Xu Fengxiang is a legend in Chinese ecological circles, and has been credited with safeguarding and saving one of the country's most fragile ecosystems.

The spy who saved the Soviets

Yan Baohang was one of China's most effective wartime intelligence agents and a trusted adviser to the Nationalist government, despite being a covert Communist. Today, this secretive man is remembered for an intervention that helped to bring Japan's occupation of China to an end.

Tianjin: How did this happen?

At least 123 people were killed after the massive explosion. Now residents want to know what went wrong.

HK

New flights link Harbin, Hong Kong

Shenzhen Airlines will start offering direct passenger flights between Harbin and HK on Sept. 23.

Green belt development approved amid opposition

A proposed 200 luxury home development in a Stanley green belt will go ahead despite strong district opposition.

Beijing calls for unity in HKSAR

The central government’s Hong Kong affairs office expressed its hope for unity among different sectors and political groups in the city.

Coach closes flagship store amid drop in mainland shoppers

Leather goods maker Coach says its flagship store on Queen's Road Central will close on Aug 31.

Focus HK

When ghosts come out to play

Roy Liu captures the spirit of a folk tradition observed on HK’s streets to keep one’s departed ancestors happy and entertained in their afterlives.

Expression beyond words

Jungman Kim, renowned South Korean photographer offered a tiny glimpse into the dedication and endurance needed to achieve world acclaim in photography.

The battle for recognition

Even as Hong Kong gears up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese occupation, some of the relics of the city’s terrible trial — which local historians feel are worthy of a world heritage status — lie in utter neglect.

Asia

Protesters oppose defense bills outside Japan's Diet

Protesters have gathered outside Japan's parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest rallies.

Afghan forces recapture south Pushtun-inhabited district

Afghan security forces recaptured Musa Qala district in the southern Helmand province on Sunday.

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills Yemeni civilians

An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed around 30 civilians working at a bottling plant in Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Fire at Saudi oil company residential complex kills 2, injures 105

The fire killed two people and injured 105 others of various nationalities, including some who are in a critical condition.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

'China's economy operating within appropriate range'

Li said the Chinese economy is operating within an appropriate range and China continues to lead the world in terms of growth.

More lock-up shares to become tradable

Lock-up shares worth around 44 billion yuan (US$6.88 billion) will become eligible for trade on China's stock market next week.

Key indicators provide economic encouragement

Electricity consumption and railway cargo volume are showing encouraging signs of growth, said China's national economic planner.

Eye on Asia

Ambivalence in Indonesia towards AEC

There is growing concern over the level of commitment to the AEC, especially for a relatively new government saddled with rising protectionist and nationalist sentiment.

Lessons from orangutan conservation

The fate of Indonesia’s forested landscapes will heavily influence the future prospects of many species, humans included.

Free meals capture Sikh spirit of service

Service is one of the most integral traditions of gurdwaras, where people from all walks of life pour in to assist.

Sport

China's judoka Yu wins at Judo World Championships

Chinese judoka Yu Song won the women's over 78kg category at the 2015 Judo World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan late Saturday.

Federer in the swing heading into Open

After a restful summer, Roger Federer returned to the court in Cincinnati last week and won the tournament in dominating fashion.

China takes sliver in men's 4x100m world championships

China's men's 4x100m team wasv upgraded to the second after the US was disqualified for false exchange.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Animated 'Little Prince' evokes childhood memories

The casting announcement for upcoming animated film "The Little Prince" triggered an outpouring of nostalgia from Chinese web users.

Equine esteem

White-collar Chinese are buying horses and galloping into a traditionally - and still predominately - elite pursuit.

Quirky News

$1m painting damaged by boy back on display

A US$1.54 million masterpiece by an 17th century Italian artist was back on display after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.

Never too old to find love

A park in Victoria has signed up Patrick the wombat to a dating service in honor of the furry bachelor turning 30 years old this weekend.

'Oldest message in bottle' discovered

Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906 by researchers, the bottle was found on a German beach by a couple in April.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'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.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.