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China, ASEAN to speed up Sea talks

China's Foreign Minister said non-regional countries should refrain from actions that might complicate the situation.

China stocks limp despite govt steps

China's stocks declined as financial shares limped a day after its securities regulator widened efforts to stem the slide.

HK: Advisor granted HK$1-m bail

Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, faces corruption charges.

Abe's WWII statement set for Aug 14

Japanese PM is set to release his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII on Aug 14, a govt source said.

No more long detention of suspects

The Supreme People's Procuratorate will limit the prolonged detention of suspects to protec...

Service activity 'at 11-month high'

The Caixin China General Services Business Activity Index was at 53.8 in July.

Late British PM under paedophilia scanner

Claims of historical child sexual abuse involving former PM Edward Heath are being probed.

Spying: US tries to reassure Japan

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe was told the US limits its surveillance of friendly nations.

Opinion

Ways to solve cross-border crime

Song Sio-chong argues that crimes like phone fraud can only be combated when Hong Kong gains a better understanding of the main...

Liberalization of HK taxi industry is probably inevitable

HK taxi drivers recently and dramatically smashed up a cab to protest the effect that car-hailing apps are having on their live...

Dual track right course in the South China Sea

Foreign Minister Wang Yi once again stressed a dual-track approach to resolve the South China Sea disputes.

China and US need to deepen mutual trust

The gap between the spreading negative perception of China-US relations and the often ignored mutually beneficial nature of their relat...

Academia should keep away from all distractions

Academia should not seek out power and power should keep away from academia.

Video

Three@Five - Aug 5

Three@Five published by chinadailyasia.com provides a daily digest of trending international, Chinese mainland and Hong Kong news from Monday to Friday.

Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Three@Five - Aug 4

Three@Five published by chinadailyasia.com provides a daily digest of trending international, Chinese mainland and Hong Kong news from Monday to Friday.

Nation

China, ASEAN to speed up Sea Code talks

China's Foreign Minister said non-regional countries should refrain from actions that might escalate or complicate the situation.

Wang hasn't heard of Sept visit by Abe

Remarks by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed speculation of a summit meeting of the two country's leaders.

Sea: China for peaceful resolution of rifts

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.

Watchdog acts to prevent medical insurance leaks, manage costs

Supervision of companies involved in a major national medical insurance program is to be intensified to prevent subscribers' personal deta...

Environment is priority on island

Cleanup, fewer visitors seen as 'win-win strategy'.

Age of the Chinasaurs

China, which has become a treasure trove of dinosaur fossil findings, can claim global supremacy in the area of dinosaur discoveries.

Li signals stronger economic reform

China's premier has formulated a series of amendments to his blueprint for the economy as he attempts to boost growth and strengthen domestic demand.

HK

Political advisor released on HK$1-m bail

Former chairman of Hong Kong Resources Kennedy Wong faces charges levelled by HK's Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Industry union axes dishonest drugstore

Damage control underway as overcharging of mainlander spurs calls for tougher laws.

Consumer sector leads HK gains

The Hang Seng Index rose 0.4% to close at 24,514.16 as investors' focus has turned to earning reports.

'Shoppers upbeat' despite traders' gloom

The ANZ-Roy Morgan Hong Kong Consumer Confidence rose for the fourth straight month in July, reaching a record high of 137.6.

Focus HK

Schooled to silence

Nearly two years after Law Cheuk-ki jumped off her school building, the Education Bureau is yet to review its school crisis management guidelines.

Too cool to be cool

Susan Maginn takes a long, hard look at Hong Kong’s preference for freezing indoors in the summer months and finds out about alternate ways of chilling out from the experts.

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Asia

Abe to release WWII statement on Aug 14

Most of the members of an advisory panel agreed the statement could drop key phrases such as 'apology', said a Japan govt source.

Pak allows military trials in terrorism cases

Wednesday's ruling gives the green light for army courts to try civilians suspected in terrorism cases.

Women, children casualties rise in Afghan war: UN

The UN's Assistant Mission in Afghanistan attributed the rise in casualties among women and children to ground fighting.

Nepal villagers find remains of 17 missing people

Government administrator Shiva Ram Gelal said the villagers in Langtang valley gathered the remains this week.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks close lower despite measures

China's stocks declined as financial shares limped a day after the country's securities regulator widened efforts to stem the slide.

China's service activity at 11-month high: Caixin

The Caixin China General Services Business Activity Index was at 53.8 in July, up from June's 51.8 driven by new order growth.

Asian stocks mostly higher

Asian stock markets were mostly higher as investors waited for US jobs data to assess when the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates.

Eye on Asia

India likely to mandate export of sugar surplus

India may bring in rules to make it compulsory for sugar mills to export millions of tonnes of surplus supplies.

New Taliban leader under pressure

A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement.

'Pieces of missing Flight 370 may still be afloat'

There are probably other pieces of the aircraft that floated off rather than sinking to the bottom of the ocean,according to experts.

Sport

Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims

Kenjiro Sano refuted claims Wednesday that he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he created the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mayweather announces fight with Andre Berto

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to the ring for the first time since boxing's richest fight ever, facing Andre Berto on Sept 12 in what he has said will be his final fight.

Kobe drops retirement hint

The Los Angeles Lakers star hinted that next season may be his last but said that the decision will be made after this season.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

Japan's 'Godzilla' director wants to surprise

The filmmaker working on the revival will go back to the basics while still looking to surprise.

Picasso painting banned for export seized

The 1906 "Head of a Young Woman", which is worth 25m euros, was confiscated on July 31 from a boat in the Corsican port of Calvi.

Quirky News

Betting on 'Breakfastarians'

Sales of morning standards such as coffee, pancakes and doughnuts are feeding US restaurant traffic growth, outpacing lunch and dinner items.

Three times lucky!

US Secretary of State John Kerry is using a silver-handled cane that served successive members of the Kennedy clan.

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.