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Monopoly probes treat firms equally

China's antitrust probes are not protectionist tools favoring domestic companies, an antitrust regulator said.

Jail breakers who killed guard captured

Two jail breakers from Northeast China's Heilongjiang province have been captured while the other is still at large, local ...

Van Gaal in lineup quandary

Louis Van Gaal's managerial reputation could hang on his ability to mold a team from the US$250-million summer transfer spe...

Iran unveils new air defense systems

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.

H5N6 bird flu in NE China

Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has reported an outbreak of the H5N6 bird flu virus...

China calls for calm in Ukraine crisis

China urged parties involved in the Ukraine crisis to stay calm on Monday and prevent measu...

Leung: Still room for discussions

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying noted the NPCSC decision was about the principles of the el...

War of Resistance sites listed

The State Council has issued a list of 80 commemorative State facilities and sites

Opinion

‘Occupy Central’ is likely to be small and insignificant

After meticulous deliberation — and with input from Hong Kong members — the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCS...

National security always remains a vital concern

The political reform framework as decided by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) has disappointed some Ho...

Securing rule of law in HK

It is up to the 'pan-democrats' candidates to win support of the majority of nominating committee members to stand for election

Beijing can't afford a slip in HK

NPC Standing Committee rules out 'civil nomination' for chief executive in 2017 election in special administrative region

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Nation

Jail breakers who killed guard captured in Heilongjiang

Two jail breakers from Northeast China's Heilongjiang province have been captured while the other is still at large, local police said.

H5N6 bird flu reported in Heilongjiang

Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has reported an outbreak of the H5N6 bird flu virus in poultry

Students in quake-hit region learn to deal with their fears

Students at a middle school that was at the epicenter of last month's killer earthquake in Yunnan province began the new semester on Monda...

Monopoly probes treat firms equally

China's antitrust probes are not protectionist tools favoring domestic companies, an antitrust regulator said.

Host of Japan's historic surrender

A little-known site in Hunan province lays claim to receiving the first formal surrender by the Japanese invaders to China.

Gifts give new look at nation

DVDs of popular movie and TV series replace traditional offers of friendship on visits.

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

HK

Central govt will never give in to unlawful activism

The central government would never bend to the “Occupy Central” campaign because this would only trigger more unlawful activism, Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the top legislature, told a seminar in Hong Kong on Monday.

Leung: There is still room for discussions

Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying said there was still room for discussions after Sunday’s approval by the nation’s top legislature of Hong Kong’s first ever blueprint for universal suffrage.

Shanghai shares close at 15-mth high, HK falls

Shanghai shares closed at their highest in 15 months on Tuesday as investors bet funds freed from last week's initial public offering (IPO) subscriptions.

Hong Kong investors closely watch northbound trading stock

The mainland A-share market will offer great opportunities for investors in the first 10 days of trading after the Shanghai-HK Stock Connect program starts in October...

Focus HK

Prescription for doctors

Medical authorities are ready to clamp down on ‘bad doctors’ after a fresh spate of medical misadventures stirred renewed public alarm. The Hospital Authority’s top management has responded to an outcry raised by the Medical Council of Hong Kong.

Can HK afford a credit ratings cut?

Hong Kong faces the prospect of a credit ratings downgrade if the city’s political polarization worsens. Financial analysts warn that if this happens, it will erode the SAR’s economic competitiveness.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment

Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.

Pak PM chairs joint House session as crisis deepens

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over mass protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.

Australia to step up formal ties with NATO

Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

S Korea delays smog tax

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years amid pressure from car makers.

Alibaba reportedly starting roadshow for IPO on Sept 8

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is postponing the start of investor meetings for its initial public offering by about a week to answer questions from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Asia stocks mostly higher, Japan up

Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after a jump in average wages boosted Japan's market but Hong Kong's benchmark retreated

Eye on Asia

Acid victims' photo shoot raises awareness

Some 1,500 acid attacks are reported worldwide every year, according to the London-based group Acid Survivors Trust International

Ivory crackdown efforts sharpened

Record ivory seizures - combined with a Chinese crackdown on illegal wildlife trafficking - could mark a turning point in global efforts to save the African elephant.

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

Sport

Wawrinka pulls away to beat Robredo

The third-seeded Wawrinka won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday against Tommy Robredo, who has given him trouble in the past.

Palmeiras sack Argentine coach Gareca

Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca has been sacked by Brazilian giants Palmeiras, less than four months after assuming the role.

With Falcao at Man U, Van Gaal has lineup quandary

Louis Van Gaal's managerial reputation could hang on his ability to mold a team from the US$250-million summer transfer spending

Game changer

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

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

Life Style

Not really a photo-op

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online

Cast members promote Gone with the Bullets

Cast members attend a press conference for their new movie, Gone with the Bullets, in Beijing, Sept 1, 2014.

Quirky News

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.

China insurers have it covered

Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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...