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China's power use contracts in August

China's power consumption contracted for the first time this year in August, another sign of slow growth.

China envoy slams Patten stance

China's Ambassador to Britain has branded London's last colonial governor of Hong Kong an irresponsible "hypocrite".

'Finance hub not female-friendly'

Hong Kong lags behind Singapore, the UK and the US when it comes to being female-friendly in the finance industry.

Xi arrives in Sri Lanka for state visit

President Xi Jinping arrived in Colombo Tuesday for the first state visit to Sri Lanka by a Chinese head of state in decades.

MPF reform scepticism persists

The industry doubts that HK govt's proposed core funds alone can work the magic.

China FDI continues to drop

Foreign direct investment in the Chinese mainland dropped 14% in August from a year earlier...

US expands airstrikes in Iraq

Officials said the US had taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islami...

Typhoon: HK returns to normal

Hong Kong Observatory lowered the No. 8 Storm Signal to No. 3 Strong Wind Signal.

Opinion

Chris Patten promised a lunatic democracy

Former British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten has again demonstrated the art of telling a story his way.

Class boycott decision by students is disappointing

I took a flyer from a Lingnan University student activist last week. The flyer carried the slogan: “Lingnanians! All Determined...

Stronger chain of collaboration

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away", is an English idiom that encourages people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables to stay healthy.

London, are you listening? Mind your own business!

What is it about Hong Kong that brings out the very worst in the nature of the British — and has done so for almost two centuries?

Exposing Chris Patten’s lies about Hong Kong

Chris Patten, the last colonial governor of Hong Kong prior to the handover, never fails to create controversy every time the SAR is se...

Nation

Xi arrives in Sri Lanka for state visit

President Xi Jinping arrived in Colombo Tuesday for the first state visit to Sri Lanka by a Chinese head of state in decades.

Typhoon Kalmaegi makes landfall

Typhoon Kalmaegi landed in China's southernmost island province Hainan on Tuesday morning, forcing flight cancellations and...

Improved quality 'key to growth'

Premier Li Keqiang called for promoting the quality of Chinese products to help set off the side effects of decelerating economic growth.

China’s door to open wider, Li tells foreign companies

Premier Li Keqiang assured Western companies on Monday that China welcomes overseas firms competing in China’s market under the principle ...

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

Budding businesses of the digital age

Young Chinese entrepreneurs are tapping opportunities from the Internet to realize their world-changing dreams.

Helping them breathe

Workers hit by dust-related lung disease need more support.

Going the distance

Capital's subways and buses strain to serve its fast-growing population.

HK

China envoy slams Chris Patten stance

China's Ambassador to Britain has branded London's last colonial governor of Hong Kong an irresponsible "hypocrite".

Survey finds finance hub not female-friendly

Hong Kong lags behind Singapore, the UK and the US when it comes to being female-friendly in the finance industry, a survey shows.

HK shares hit 8-week low

Hong Kong's benchmark index fell for an eighth session in a row to an eight-week low on Tuesday.

Typhoon spares HK, but disrupts business

The Hong Kong Observatory lowered the No. 8 Storm Signal, on a scale of 1 to 10, No. 3 Strong Wind Signal at 10:40 am Tuesday.

Focus HK

Fight to save

Environmentalists vow to continue the fight to preserve the Chinese white dolphins after the Advisory Council on the Environment endorsed, with conditions, the Environmental Impact Report on construction of the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

Down to core values

An overhaul of the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme is in the cards with the government aiming to launch core funds. But, MPF product providers and fund industry practitioners are skeptical at this stage that such funds alone can alleviate the system’s ‘high fee, low return’ stigma.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Japan opposition rejigs lineup

Japan's main opposition party announced its new leadership lineup in a move to revitalize the party in the spring's local election.

US expands airstrikes in Iraq

Officials said the US had taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants.

Car buried, 3 injured after strong quake in Japan

A car was partially buried and three people were injured after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit Kanto in Japan.

Turkey open to Brotherhood figures

Turkey would welcome senior figures from Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after they were asked to leave Qatar.

Partners for growth

President Xi’s South Asia trip puts regional stability and economic development top of agenda.

Unlocking private sector potential

Be it in China or in ASEAN, businesses can play an even bigger role in driving future growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

Jack Ma in Singapore for Alibaba IPO roadshow

Alibaba Group's executive chairman Jack Ma showed up in Singapore for a roadshow in the city state for its IPO.

ICBC to clear RMB business in Luxembourg

The Luxembourg branch of ICBC has been appointed as a clearing bank for renminbi business in the European country.

Erdogan 'warns Moody's and Fitch over assessments'

President Tayyip Erdogan has accused the two rating agencies of political motives in their assessments of the Turkish economy.

Eye on Asia

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

India's love affair with gold may be over

A one-quarter drop in local gold prices over the past year has shaken the confidence of Indians in the precious metal as a store of value and dented demand in the world's second-biggest buyer.

Dry ridge stokes West Bank tension

Days after a ceasefire was reached, Israel announced that 400 hectares west of Bethlehem was now "state land".

Sport

Former NBA stars to inspire Chinese fans in October

Seven-time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady with other renowned players will be in China for "all-star" games against local clubs next month.

New home planned for Everton

A new stadium for Everton FC is to form the centrepiece of a multi-million pound regeneration program.

Van Gaal wants more from match-winner Di Maria

Manager Louis van Gaal urged Angel di Maria to give even more after he inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on his home debut.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Life Style

Eminem publishers sue NZ political party

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

George Clooney to receive honorary Globe

Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday.

Quirky News

Mixed reaction to smartphone sidewalk

The first "mobile phone sidewalk in China" has appeared at a scenic spot in Chongqing municipality.

Shanghai has China's most henpecked husbands?

The authors of a recent say the cities with the highest number of henpecked husbands are Shanghai, Chengdu in Sichuan province, Wuhan in Hubei province, and Chaozhou in Guangdong province.

Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a thief.

Video

Mix and match

Can seldom choose the right drink? Don’t worry, perhaps this peek at the recently-concluded Hong Kong Bartender Tournament 2014 will give you a better idea of what to order and where.

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.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...