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Taobao locks horns with regulator

China's largest C2C platform taobao.com said it will file a complaint against an official at a government watchdog.

China, India, Russia FMs to meet

The foreign ministers of China, India and Russia will meet in Beijing next week, following Barack Obama's visit to India.

Banks see profits shrink

HK banks’ profitability dived in 2014 on account of declining non-interest rate income, and the cost of liquidity could rise.

Oil demand to slow in 2015

Oil consumption will see slower growth in China, with the falling global crude prices spurring energy sector reforms.

Laser's co-inventor Charles Townes dies at 99

Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser has d...

HK remains world's freest economy

The 2015 Index of Economic Freedom Report revealed that HK has topped the list for 21 yrs.

Greece halts port sale to China

COSCO Group will continue to run two container terminals of Piraeus port in Greece.

Interim MH370 report on March 7

The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers and crew went missing on Ma...

Opinion

Hong Kong must get back up the global rankings

The announcement that Hong Kong has fallen sharply down the global ranking of livable cities comes as a shock to those that liv...

SAR must respect central government’s jurisdiction

The crucial point about Hong Kong’s constitutional arrangements is that as a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’...

What Obama's India visit means to China

India may be pushed back against China once again.

GDP gives way to growth quality

Instead of giving a specific GDP target for Shanghai this year, the mayor said in his report to the city's People's Congress on Sunday ...

Move for better law enforcement

At long last, the performance assessment mechanisms for law enforcement agencies are to be adjusted.

Nation

Three more incinerators to burn mounting waste

Beijing will build three more incinerators this year to triple the daily capacity of dealing with mounting garbage.

Lawmaker sought after work causes road collapse

Beijing authorities are trying to find a legislator who was building a basement illegally under his courtyard.

Reforms vital for hospital service

Political advisers of the Beijing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference urged quicker and deeper reforms.

Training centers get bad marks for graft

A regulation was issued prohibiting secretaries of Party officials from accompanying them to training programs and schools.

Green home shows new way of life

Sustainable house recycles water, turns waste into gas for cooking.

Making the pole their goal

Pole dancing is growing in popularity in China, where it's regarded as a good form of exercise with an image far removed from the sleazy activity associated with seedy nightclubs in the West.

The years of living dangerously

It's 15 years since China first participated in UN peacekeeping missions, but despite the late start, the country is now a leading light.

HK

Banks see profits shrink

Hong Kong banks’ profitability slowed down in 2014 on declining non-interest rate income, and a local banking expert has warned that the cost of liquidity is likely to rise on faster credit growth and a complex macro environment.

ATV may face license suspension for not paying fee

Cash-strapped ATV may face a fine for failing to pay an annual free-to-air license fee of HK$10 million and a temporary suspension of its license if the fee remains unpaid by March 18.

Alipay wallet payment service takes off in SAR

A giant poster has gone up at MTR Causeway Bay Station proclaiming “Happy shopping in Hong Kong with your Alipay wallet”.

Filibusters threatening key projects: Chan

Dozens of infrastructure and community projects may not come to fruition if opposition filibusters continue, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung warned on Wednesday.

Focus HK

'Smart guardian' at the door

Innovation has added strength to civilian security industry with the invention of an intelligent device hat can do much more than a surveillance camera at home or the office.

Raising the banner for Chinese fashion

Tang Guangyan has reinvented the traditional women’s outfit, qipao, in a way that each piece is a moving canvas.

Investor blues

With the CE deciding to suspend a 12-year-old program that allowed millionaires from the mainland to run tax-free operations in HK, perhaps it’s time to review what went wrong.

Asia

New audio message by Japanese hostage

The audio recording, in English, says the Jordanians must present the prisoner at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday.

Thailand warns US to mind its own business

Thailand warned US against meddling in its political affairs on Wednesday, saying many Thais had been hurt by the remarks of a visiting US envoy.

Inquest: Police bullet killed Sydney hostage

Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old lawyer was among 18 people taken hostage last month by a gunman.

New Iran UN envoy appointee could get US visa

The US, which hosts the United Nations, said in April that Iran's initial candidate, Hamid Abutalebi, was unacceptable.

Chinese oil giants under pressure

Major companies expect lower profits after price drop while those with stockpiles are likely to suffer the most.

Australian firms feeling the chill

As share prices fall and forecasts are slashed, oil companies mull asset sales and cost cutting.

Asia Weekly

Business

Oil demand to slow in 2015

Oil and gas consumption is expected to see slower growth in China this year, with the falling global crude prices providing an opportunity for more energy sector reforms, experts said on Wednesday.

Taobao locks horns with regulator

China's largest consumer-to-consumer platform taobao.com said on Wednesday it will file a complaint against an official at a government watchdog.

Asian shares tripped up

Fed upgrades view on economy, says cheap oil benefits households; Oil prices fall on record high US inventories.

Eye on Asia

'Zombies' haunt Vietnam's trade bid

Nguyen Nam owns an engineering services firm in Ho Chi Minh City that pays no taxes nor any salaries. The flip side is it earns no revenue either.

Marathon, a growing fashion in Japan

More than 420 people took part in the 34th Osaka International Women's Marathon on Jan. 25, and about 6,000 people ran the Osaka Half Marathon on the same day.

Tale of an Afghan female journalist

Life for female journalists in Afghanistan has never been easy but not for Farahnaz, a 22-year- old news presenter of ATN News, in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Sport

Barca reach Copa del Rey semifinal

Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals with victory against nine-man Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Djokovic reaches his 25th Grand Slam semis

Novak Djokovic reached his 25th Grand Slam semifinal by beating No. 8 Milos Raonic at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Kobe Bryant has surgery, expected to be out for 9 months

Kobe Bryant's season is officially over after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday.

Filling the plate

Maxim’s chairman has revamped the popular Hong Kong restaurant brand into a hugely successful collection of diverse dining outlets.

Power to transform

Overcoming the skeptics to build UAE's thriving Free Trade Zone was just a first step for intrepid leader who is now ready for a new challenge.

Streets ahead

Malaysian enterpreneur survived numerous setbacks before finding success as a leading auto parts maker in Thailand.

Life Style

Amal Clooney on legal team in US genocide case

Lawyer Amal Clooney went before Europe's top human rights court Wednesday to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.

First official Spring Festival Gala mascot revealed

China Central Television's Sping Festival Gala revealed its first ever official mascot on its Sina Weibo account on Wednesday.

Quirky News

Still single? Adopt a scorpion

Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of that special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

Smoker fined $15,000 for tossing out butts

Singapore has fined a smoker S$19,800 ($15,000) for throwing cigarette butts out of his flat window, the highest ever such fine.

Chinese official blames smoked bacon for smog

While experts point to car emissions for causing foul air, a Sichuan official has laid the blame on people making smoked bacon.

Video

Hope on wheels

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 held on Jan 25 attracted more than 70,000 participants from all over the world. Other than mainstream runners, there was a dedicated contingent that rose to the wheelchair challenge. chinadailyasia.com finds out from a few how they did it.

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

Reviving the Ru

2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar calendar, has proved to be yet another successful year for Han Qin. Her application for a national scientific and technological cooperation project on research and development of Ru wares got approved.

Roundtable

Ideal gateway for overseas ventures

Mainland outbound direct investment (ODI) is for the first time set to exceed inbound figures, underscoring a trend where the world’s second-biggest economy is poised to become a net outbound investment destination.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.