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China's advisory body starts annual session

A total of 2,153 members of the CPPCC National Committee will discuss major issues concerning the country's development.

SOE's 'overseas assets not audited'

Official figures showed the value of assets owned by around 110 SOEs totalled 35 trillion yuan at the end of 2013.

Evergrande: Realty heat Down Under

"Villa del Mare" in Sydney was bought "illegally" by Golden Fast Foods Pty, owned by HK-listed Evergrande Real Estate Group.

Macao casino revenue plunges by half

Feb's gross gambling revenue fell by 48.6% from a yr ago to US$2.4 billion, the biggest monthly decline on record.

Hilary Clinton 'may have broken laws'

The Ex-US Secy of State "may have violated laws by using a personal email account for work".

Obama urges China to revisit tech rules

The draft law requires firms to keep servers and user data within China.

China to hold victory parade

The parade will commemorate 70th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance.

Wanda's Wang China's richest man

Wang Jianlin, president of Dalian Wanda Group, occupies 29th place in Forbes' annual list.

Opinion

Govt circular for correct usage 17 years overdue

Afriend recently invited Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to attend an upcoming event.

Budgets are not only about ‘sweeteners’

The current system means the Budget often lacks new, much needed proposals.

Crush separatist bigotry

Some local political groups advocating “Hong Kong independence” showed their true color again on Sunday by openly harassing legitimate ...

Reform resolve is unshakable

The comprehensive and deepened reforms advanced by top leader Xi Jinping and his colleagues over the past two years are aimed at servin...

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

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

Nation

China's top advisory body starts annual session

A total of 2,153 members of the CPPCC National Committee will discuss major issues concerning the country's development.

Moon rover Yutu functioning but stationary: Scientist

China's first lunar rover Yutu is still working but cannot move, a scientist with the lunar probe mission told Xinhua.

Obama urges China to revisit tech rules

The initial draft, published by the National People's Congress, requires firms to keep servers and user data within China.

14,000 Myanmar refugees housed in camps

China has also provided food, medical and quarantine services to Myanmar residents, Yunnan's Lincang city government said.

Two sessions: From A-Z

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)kick off today

Backgrounder: China's top political advisors

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is headed by the chairman of its national committee.

Lenovo leads Chinese charge in Australia

Lenovo is the highest profile Chinese brand that is attracting attention outside China, and its reputation is growing.

HK

HK retail sales retreat 14.6% in January

A government noted the year-on-year decline in retail sales was partly due to the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year.

Yuen Long protesters carried different weapons: Police

Radical protesters in Yuen Long were carrying dangerous knives, tools and a home-made chili spray when confronting police officers during an anti-parallel trading demonstration on Sunday night.

HK shares end lower

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7 percent to 24,702.78 points, while the China Enterprises Index lost 2.2 percent to 11,945.25 points.

HK firm invests in Vietnam property project

Hamon Group and Vietnamese property company SonKim Land have signed an agreement to develop a US$100-million property project.

Focus HK

Are we stewing in our own juices?

There isn’t a magic pill to get instant detox and an hour-glass figure. Period. And yet people get taken in by advertizing hoaxes.

Turning silver into gold

A young physical therapist in Hong Kong has shown wisdom and empathy beyond his years in his mission to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

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.

Asia

Australia sending more troops to Iraq

The deployment of 300 Australian troops to the Taji base off Baghdad is part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission.

Now, Abe 'under political donation cloud'

Japan's political funds control law bans firms from making political donations within a year of them being picked to receive subsidies.

Top Indian, Pak diplomats to meet in Islamabad

Highest-level engagement since India cancelled talks last August; Pakistan hopes meeting will lead to renewed negotiations.

DPRK ends Ebola travel restrictions

One tour company that takes tourists into DPRK, Uri Tours, said on its website that it had been told by the country's national airline that the ban had been lifted.

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

Chinese stocks fall first time in four days

China's stocks fell for the first time in four days, led by financial and energy companies, amid market concern for growth prospect.

China SOE's 'overseas assets not audited'

Official figures showed the value of assets at around 110 SOEs totalled 35 trillion yuan at the end of 2013.

Stocks limp as focus on China economy

Global stock markets were lackluster Tuesday despite a milestone for the Nasdaq as investors looked ahead to the release of China's growth target.

Eye on Asia

New chain stores to please DPRK consumers

Workers in sharp new uniforms open the doors and turn on the lights about an hour before sunrise at their chain store on the corner of one of Pyongyang's main streets.

Murayama watches Abe choice of WWII words

Japan's former PM Tomiichi Murayama has called on Japan to reflect itself instead of superficially calling for peace.

Payment delays dent India's flagship health

At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss.

Sport

Di Maria, Mata failing to live up to price tags at United

Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria costing a combined 97 million pounds last year as the club looked to regain its status as England's top team.

Jose celebrates second childhood

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt "like a kid" after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea, Everton fined for player misconduct

The Football Association announced here on Monday that both Chelsea and Everton have been fined 30,000 pounds for player misconduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

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

Prince William focuses on football and film

Britain's Prince William focused his China trip on promoting links between the countries in football and film Tuesday.

Rare pieces stolen from Chinese museum in France

About 15 rare pieces of art have been stolen from the Chinese Museum of the Chateau de Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris.

Quirky News

A nod to Lewinsky's dress

A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress.

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.

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.