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China manufacturing growth continues

Data showed the manufacturing activity continued to expand for the ninth straight month, though at a slower pace.

ROK: US says will pay THAAD costs

The ROK statement came days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1-billion THAAD missile system.

Thousands protest Trump climate policies

Protesters across the US took aim at President Donald Trump's agenda for rolling back environmental protections.

Tensions rise between Turkey and US

Turkish troops were relocated to an area near the border with Syria a day after US troops were seen patrolling the border.

Nuke: China, Britain urge peaceful solution

The two countries said the Korean Peninsula situation may spiral out of control.

DPRK crisis: Pope urges mediation

Pope Francis said the Korean Peninsula situation posed the risk of nuclear devastation.

EU sets Britain tough divorce terms

The EU ruled out free trade deal talks before "significant progress" on key withdrawal terms.

China Southern sees huge profit decline

China Southern Airlines reported a 42.44% slump in its net profits in Q1 of 2017.

Opinion

Cosmopolitan society gives new leader formidable task

Chan Tak-leung says Carrie Lam has great expectations from the president on down — no easy mission in such a diverse city.

Greater Bay Area now a key factor in ‘Hong Kong 2030+’

The six-month public engagement for “Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030” is coming to an...

US, DPRK are key to denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has become ever more complicated due to the words and deeds of the Democratic People's Rep...

Political will essential in land issue

Hopefully, Our Hong Kong Foundation’s second report on land and housing supply policy, which urges the government to restart large-scal...

China is not in a 'social division' trap

Does China face the challenge of "weak social mobility"? This has become a hot topic of discussion, even though social mobility in Chin...

Video

Plover Cove

The fifth of recommended Hong Kong walks - Plover Cove.

Ap Lei Chau

The fourth of recommended Hong Kong walks - Ap Lei Chau.

Pulling Rickshaw in a Man’s World

Dhaka’s only female rickshaw driver, Sumi Begum, pulls passengers through the streets of the city, breaking traditional gender roles while supporting her daughter.

Nation

China, Britain urge peaceful solution to DPRK nuke issue

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed that the Korean Peninsula situation is likely to spiral out of control.

Duterte: B&R initiative good for region

President Rodrigo Duterte said the Belt and Road initiative will help China's neighbors like the Philippines.

China-made large amphibious aircraft finishes 1st glide test

China's large amphibious aircraft AG600 on Saturday successfully conducted its first glide test in Zhuhai as it is preparing for its maide...

First China-Britain freight train arrives back in China

The first freight train traveling from Britain back to China reached its destination in Yiwu on Saturday after a 19 day journey.

Will Xiongan be the next Shenzhen?

Residents expect lives to improve but experts say area will fulfil different roles.

Anti-graft agency hunts 946 fugitives

China's top graft buster said on Thursday that 946 corrupt fugitives are still at large in foreign countries, and China hopes those nations will support its war against corruption.

Xiongan may emerge as nation's science city

Experts say Japan's miracle hub could become a role model for the new area.

HK

Wang: 'One country' prerequisite of 'two systems'

Liaison Office's Wang Zhenmin delivered a keynote speech at a ceremony celebrating the 27th anniversary of the Basic Law.

Police recruitment day held

A police recruitment day attracted more than 2,200 applications, the highest among all spring recruitments.

Stocks pull back from 20-month high

The Hang Seng index fell 0.3 percent, to 24,615.13, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.4 percent, to 10,219.89 points.

Govt urged to restart reclamation to boost land supply

A Hong Kong-based think tank says 9,000 ha of land is needed in next 30 years against a planned 5,300 ha.

Focus HK

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

It’s that time of the year when people gather at the village of Cheung Chau to celebrate the bun festival. Between April 30 and May 4, hop over to the village to witness the annual event that showcases traditional Chinese culture.

Man smart, woman smarter

Rossini’s laugh-a-riot comic opera about a town barber goofing up while trying to unite a pair of lovers against the odds opens in Hong Kong next week. Peter Gordon previews the show.

What's the buzz!

Here is our pick of city events from April 14 to 24, 2017

Asia

Turkey-US tensions rise along Syrian border

The relocation of Turkish troops to an area near the border with Syria comes a day after US troops were seen patrolling the tense border in Syria.

ROK: US reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs

The ROK statement came days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1-billion THAAD system.

Turkey sacks 4,000 more, bans TV dating programs

A Turkish court blocked access to Wikipedia as the country passed two new decrees on the expulsion of 4,000 officials and a ban on TV dating programme.

Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper

The kidnapper, also an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander, has been blamed for snatching tourists and sailors for ransom.

Treasuring the past

With some of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, China faces major challenges to preserve its valuable heritage.

Paving the way

China-led infrastructure bank is at the center of efforts to fill the enormous funding gap for Asia’s development needs.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China manufacturing activity keeps on expanding

The country's manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in at 51.2 in April, lower than the 51.8 recorded in March, according to NBS data.

Southern Airlines records huge profit decline in Q1

Southern Airlines reported that its net profits slumped 42.44% year on year to about US$220 million in the first quarter of 2017.

China's consumer price growth may accelerate in April

Bank of Communications forecast a 1.1% growth of the official consumer price index year-on-year for April.

Eye on Asia

Live-streaming apps big in SE Asia

Followers pay real money to send virtual gifts to popular streamers.

Vietnam air quality bad over half the year

Vietnam is among the most air polluted country in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the World Health Organisation.

Tech investors 'brush off DPRK threat'

Global electronics firms are snapping up shares in key exporters, heartened by robust earnings and big investment plans.

Sport

Bayern Munich wins record 5th straight Bundesliga title

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich ensured a record fifth straight Bundesliga title with a 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Sharapova's return ends in semis defeat to Mladenovic

Maria Sharapova's first tournament since her controversial return to tennis ended Saturday after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.

Vettel takes pole position for Russian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, ending a run of 18 poles for Mercedes.

Battle royal

Iraqi princess is fighting to correct a shortage of women in the field of science and their unequal pay.

The contrarian

Renowned economist known as Dr Doom for his bearish market predictions is keeping faith with the Chinese economy.

Building ties

Developer born into semi-rural poverty now invests in the development of Australia-China relations.

Life & Art

'Fast 8': China's all-time top-grossing imported film

"The Fate of the Furious" became the all-time top-grossing imported film in China on Saturday, with ticket sales of 2.44 billion yuan since its opening on April 14.

Are lavish birthday parties in the classroom OK?

Children are vulnerable to comparisons but barring displays of wealth in school may not work in this age of social media.

Quirky News

Gold coins found inside British piano

The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the 913 gold sovereigns are now in line for a windfall.

Mideast rivals troll United Airlines

Middle East carriers Emirates, Royal Jordanian and Qatar Airways are having fun at United Airlines' expense.

Indian rivers get same rights as a human

The two rivers -- Ganges and Yamuna -- are considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

Special

Global Sources Fashion show to offer buyers trendy, sustainable, quality products

Show opens as environment-friendly and recycled materials is gaining ground as global brands do their part to contribute to environmental preservation.

‘We’re here to tell the stories of business’

CPA Australia executive Ivan Au is on an endless mission. He tells Duan Ting he’ll not waver in striving for global recognition for the thousands of members the organization represents.

Roundtable

Nothing to beat a good story

Panel on Sino-foreign co-production agrees focus on quality is the key to succes.