Working hours consensus elusive

HK workers put in the longest average working hours each week in the Asia-Pacific region, and seek standard working hours.

'Ultrasonic CEO did not run'

CEO of embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG Wu Qingyong told Sina he had simply been on holiday.

HK business leaders to meet Xi

A high-profile delegation of business leaders from HK arrived in Beijing for meetings with central government leaders.

Alibaba: Domestic players unhappy

Though Chinese consumers have driven Alibaba's financial success, they'll largely be left out of the company's stock offering.

Chelsea held, ManU fall apart

Manchester United collapsed 5-3, Chelsea dropped points for the first time in 5 games.

NASA explorer arrives at Mars

NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars after a 711 million-km, year-long journey.

Cargo en route to Space Station

A SpaceX cargo ship is carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit.

White House security reviewed

The US Secret Service is under scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence.


NPCSC’s decision cannot be challenged

During a meeting with the visiting Hong Kong Federation of Trade Union (HKFDU) delegation on Tuesday, Zhan Dejiang, chairman of...

Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English lang...

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...


Pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

The latest group of Chinese pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, arrived in Medina on Saturday night, as Muslims from around the world converge on the holy city for an annual pilgrimage.

Program aims to free pandas born in captivity into the wild

Animal experts are pressing ahead with a groundbreaking program to release captive-born giant pandas into the wild.

Indonesian police arrest 4 Chinese on terror charges

Four Chinese men arrested by counterterrorism police have been formally named as suspects and detained for allegedly violating anti-terror...

Greater CPPCC efficiency sought

China's top leaders have vowed to encourage developing diversified channels to improve socialist consultative democracy to keep pace with ...

Fugitive ends life on the lam

Another Chinese 'fox' returns home to face consequences of financial scandal.

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.


HK$23.068m disbursed in aid of quake victims

The Hong Kong government has released more than HK$23.068 million in relief funds for the earthquake victims of Yunnan province.

Students urged to observe law in class boycotts

Officials and community leaders, while conveying their respect for the freedom of expression, reminded students planning to participate in the week-long class boycotts starting from today (Monday) to strictly observe the law in their gatherings and activities.

HK shares fall to 2-mth low, Shanghai dives

HSI -1.3 pct, H-shares -1.8 pct, CSI300 -1.7 pct, Agile Property plunges after rights issue plan; Prada at more than 2-year low.

Business leaders in Beijing to meet president

A high-profile delegation of business leaders from Hong Kong arrived in Beijing on Sunday for meetings with central government leaders including President Xi Jinping.

Focus HK

When mom wants to be friend

It’s become an artifact of present-day culture that young people are fleeing some of the popular social networking sites. The reason? Their parents keep wanting to become ‘friends’, so they can observe what their kids are up to.


Hong Kong workers put in the longest average working hours each week in the Asia-Pacific region, and have been fighting for standard working hours. But there’s still no consensus amid stiff opposition from employers.

Focus Hong Kong


Japan: Policy without nuclear energy difficult

Japan would find it difficult to formulate an energy policy without nuclear power, given the country's lack of energy resources and the high cost of utilities for companies and households.

Families of German MH17 Victims to Sue Kiev

Survivors of German victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine, plan to sue Ukraine and its president for manslaughter by negligence, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.

Northeast Asia region to become world-class destination

Top tourism officials from China, Mongolia, Russia and the Republic of Korea, the four member countries of the Greater Tumen Initiative, plan to build uaally the GTI, to become a world-class tourism destination.

New Zealand PM credits handling of economy for win

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Sunday that his steady handling of the fragile economy was the "overwhelming" reason for the center-right National Party's historic third election victory.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly


'Ultrasonic CEO did not take money and run'

The missing chief executive of embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG resurfaced in a video interview with Sina.

Domestic investors left out of Alibaba IPO

Zhou Nushi, a retired factory worker in Shanghai, would like to buy shares of Alibaba Group Holding Inc as the Chinese e-commerce company goes public in what may be the biggest initial share sale ever.

Asian shares slip on China jitters

Asian shares were mostly lower as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week.

Eye on Asia

India's jet-set tycoons' fortunes take a dive

Te debt-laden empires of three of India's best-known tycoons - Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and T. Venkattram Reddy - are crumbling.

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?


Barca cruise; Chelsea held while ManU fall apart

Manchester United's collapsed 5-3, Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win.

Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2

Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. Retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter's 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15.

Li takes swing with tennis academy

Leaving the field of competition due to a serious knee injury, China's tennis ace Li Na couldn't help holding back tears at a news conference on Sunday.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Angelina Jolie surgery sparks surge in female cancer tests

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's decision to make public her double mastectomy more than doubled the number of women in Britain seeking to have genetic breast cancer tests, according to a study released on Friday.

Giving a voice to sound

Chinese singer Zhu Zheqin, better known as Dadawa, continues to push boundaries in the art world, this time with a new exhibition titled Sense of Hearing: Dadawa's Participative Sound Field.

Quirky News

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Indian anchor sacked over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.


A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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.


Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy


Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...