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China's central bank to cut interest rates

Since March 1, the one-year loan interest rate will be lowered to 5.35%, while the one-year saving rate will drop to 2.5%.

China's manufacturing PMI rebounds

Chinese manufacturing business activity rebounded slightly in February.

China overhauls industry gas pricing

China will set an equal, fair natural gas pricing structure for all industrial users to allow market forces to lead the ene...

Watchdog launches new anti-graft drive

China's top anti-corruption watchdog launched its first round of inspection work after the Chinese New Year holiday.

Shaolin Temple seals Australian deal

China's Shaolin Temple is poised to build a complex in Australia that will include a temple...

Intel spending big in China to catch up

Intel Corp is pouring billions of dollars into expanding its influence in China.

China rejects US charges on South China Sea

China on Friday said its activities in its own territory were legitimate and justified.

China passes soccer reform plan

China's central reform group, captained by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Friday kicked o...

Opinion

New ways to manage large tourist numbers

The travel document for Hong Kong residents to visit the mainland is officially translated into English as “Home Return Permit”.

Nominating Committee is needed

The Basic Law was adopted in 1990 by the Seventh National People’s Congress after a lengthy consultation process.

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

New Year traditions lost

Besides the nationwide festive revelry, the Spring Festival is another chance to witness and reflect on the waning of tradition.

Take a look into the future of retail stores

Chinese New Year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting festivals for shoppers.

Nation

Former TV anchor on crusade against pollution

A former celebrity TV presenter has released a self-funded documentary about smog, inspired by her sick daughter.

Palace Museum to extend opening hours

The museum will stay open later to give visitors a greater chance to experience Chinese traditional culture.

Ex-vice governor gets 17 years over graft

Ni Fake, a former vice governor of Anhui, was sentenced on Saturday to 17 years in prison for accepting bribes.

China to blacklist officials who interfere in court cases

China will start blacklisting and punishing officials who interfere in judicial investigations and trials.

The enigma that was 'Vinegar Joe'

A long association with all things Chinese made Joseph Warren Stilwell the perfect candidate to oversee US operations against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

Support attracts top brains to China

More than 10 percent of visitors studying here are given assistance by government program.

From "Made in China" to "Built by China"

Promoting China's railway industry abroad has become an added task for the Chinese diplomacy lately.

HK

HKMA tightens mortgage rules to curb prices

The HKMA issued a new round of countercyclical measures on property mortgage aimed at cooling the property market.

Abused maid's employer gets 6 years

Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 charges and fined HK$15,000.

Judge calls for reforming helper policy

The judge presiding over Erwiana case has thrown her weight behind calls to reform the city’s migrant worker-related rules.

Back off HK, China tells other countries

China reaffirmed that Hong Kong affairs are China's domestic affairs and other countries have no right to interfere in.

Focus HK

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

A promising scene

With the government doing its bit to foster local arts and the city’s thriving art market drawing buyers from the world over, HK’s artists never had it so good.

Brewing rich profits

A young entrepreneur from the Caribbean turned a job loss into an opportunity with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and is now setting his sights higher. Hua Yang reports.

Asia

India unveils budget aimed at energizing growth

India Saturday unveiled its budget, pledging to energize the economy by cutting down corporate tax.

S Korea names new presidential chief of staff

South Korea's National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung-ki was named new presidential chief of staff Friday.

US blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen, and wife Rafida Ahmed took place late Thursday.

S Korea to tighten gun rules after man kills 3, himself

A man fatally shot three people Friday and was found dead with a suicide note in the second deadly shooting in three days.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's manufacturing PMI rebounds in February

Chinese manufacturing business activity rebounded slightly in February but still stayed in contraction territory.

Alibaba loses its bet in online lottery

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd suspended online lottery sales on Saturday due to pressure from industry regulators.

Further monetary easing will be 'a trend'

China is heading into a monetary easing cycle this year, and further policy adjustments will be seen in coming months.

Eye on Asia

The friendly prince wins over hearts of Japanese

Both Britain's and Japan's prince may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.

Cambodians angered over nude photos

Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archeological Park.

Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok.

Sport

Derrick Rose has successful knee surgery

Star point guard Derrick Rose's knee surgery was successful and he will miss about 4-6 weeks.

Federer beats Coric to make Dubai final

Defending champion Roger Federer moved back into the Dubai Championships final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Borna Coric Friday.

Van Persie set for long absence with ankle injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Robin van Persie has a right ankle injury that will keep the striker out for a "long time."

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

A room of one's own - for a little while

The short-stay rental market is being revolutionized with the advent of websites that allow anyone to welcome travelers into their homes.

Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief

The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief.

Quirky News

Debate rages over color of dress

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Tiger cub spooked by fireworks jumps to death

A tiger cub jumped off a building to its death in Shandong when it was spooked by fireworks set off to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.