'Difficult to alter CE threshold after 2017'

Although poll modalities by universal suffrage after 2017 will be open to change, the threshold would likely stay unaltered.

Super rich cut back on gifting

According to the study, nearly 70% of the luxury products bought by the Chinese super rich were purchased overseas last year.

Provinces cut GDP growth targets

Virtually every provincial-level govt has lowered its target for 2015, indicating the national target will be cut to 7%.

Work starts on compensation claims

A Chinese legal team will discuss compensation with Malaysia Airlines after Flight MH370's disappearance deemed as accident.

Li urges to continue with MH370 search

Premier Li called on Malaysia to continue its efforts to find flight MH370 and its passengers.

Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was declared an "accident".

Alibaba quarterly revenue disappoints

Alibaba Group's quarterly revenue rose 40% but missed the average estimate of US$4.45 billion.

Armed forces under graft glare

China's Central Military Commission will widen anti-graft inspections.


Financial reforms should proceed with caution

The Hong Kong government should proceed with caution in its future plans to reform and control the city’s major financial insti...

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...

Too much sitting is bad for your health!

Be honest with yourself when you answer this question, because in the truest sense of the word your very life might be at stake: How ma...

New home ownership scheme faces many hurdles

The Policy Address unveiled a pilot scheme for existing tenants and those applicants who have passed the vetting process and are eligib...

Divisions may deny SAR chance of democracy

Whichever way you look at Hong Kong’s current situation despite it being recognized as a world city, it is not a city at ease with itself.


Agencies curtail ivory smuggling

China will continue its efforts to protect African elephants and curb the illegal ivory trade by cracking down on the black market.

MH370 verdict reached

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was officially declared an accident on Thursday under international avi...

Attention is not a joke for comedian

China's most well-known comedian Zhao Benshan will reportedly attend the country's top political consultative body's annual conference des...

New train coming by end of this year

China will manufacture and begin trial runs of a new "Chinese-standard" bullet train this year, according to the State-owned railway opera...

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.


Hong Kong property agents under the gun

The Estate Agents Authority (EAA) may require property agents to make a declaration if they intend to purchase homes in first-hand residential projects they represent.

Record spread in SAR-mainland yuan deposit rates

HK banks are paying record premiums for renminbi deposits compared with Chinese mainland lenders as a stock cross-trading link between the SAR and Shanghai sees funds being diverted from savings accounts to mainland equities.

Officials: Difficult to alter CE threshold after 2017

Although the mechanism of elections by universal suffrage after 2017 will certainly be open to change, Hong Kong officials believe it will be difficult to alter the majority threshold for Chief Executive (CE) candidates unless parts of the Basic Law are revised.

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”.

Focus HK

Time to roll the dice

After a gloomy 2014, Macao gaming revenue has yet to hit the jackpot but analysts believe fortunes will turn.

At ease in both worlds

James Shea arrives in HK at a time when universities are beginning to appreciate the model of the writer as academic. Chitralekha Basu met the poet in the lead-up to the launch of his new book, The Lost Novel.

'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.


Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident" and that all people on board are presumed dead.

Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by IS

Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants.

ROK, US hold talks on DPRK nuclear program

ROK and the United States on Wednesday held talks about DPRK's nuclear program and issues on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Obama, Modi plan radio show to reach out to masses

The leaders of the world's largest democracies will next week take to India's radio airwaves, the main source of news and information for many in the country, to get their message out.

Perfect storm

Asian currencies in for rough ride on strengthening dollar and global uncertainty.

Demand for yuan picks up pace

Currency internationalization proceeds as gap narrows between offshore and onshore values.

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Tencent's WeChat ads under fire

Recent online voting conducted by China Central Television shows more than 80 percent of WeChat users consider the ads to be commercial harassment.

Local governments lower sights for growth

Virtually every provincial-level government has lowered its growth target for this year, providing further evidence that the central government will cut the national target to 7 percent.

Asian shares sluggish

Nikkei rises in early trade after upbeat economic data; US crude steadies after touching new lows overnight.

Eye on Asia

Israel's center-left looks to unseat Netanyahu

The opposition also blames Netanyahu for Israel's high cost of living and for deteriorating relations with the US.

'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.


Zhang listed players to watch in Bundesliga by FIFA

Chinese international football player Zhang Xizhe of Bundesliga's Wolfsburg club was listed as "five players to watch" in the league on the official website of FIFA.

Woods stumbles with chipping in return to golf

The focus on Tiger Woods at the Phoenix Open shifted Thursday from a chipped tooth to his chipping.

Meet Coco: potentially China's next Li Na

Xu Shilin, who just turned 17 and goes by the English name Coco, was the first Chinese girl to be No. 1 in the world junior rankings.

Oodles of success

One man’s bold vision revived a vermicelli enterprise and turned it into China’s largest exporter of the product.

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.

Life Style

The Retaking of Tiger Mountain

Recent interest in politically influenced operas from an earlier era has spawned new forms of art.

A miss for Swiss?

The impending rise of the Swiss franc has not caused a rush among Chinese to buy luxury watches, Sun Yuanqing reports.

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.


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. 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.


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.


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.