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Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 bid

Beijing goes in as the strong favorite as it bids to become the first city to host both summer and winter games.

93 more banks get deposit nod

China's central bank approved 93 banks, including 3 foreign lenders, to issue large-denomination certificates of deposit.

Edinburgh varsity sets up HK base

Scotland's University of Edinburgh is the first in the world to establish a low-carbon research center overseas.

MH370 hopes revived with debris

China is closely monitoring the situation a Foreign Ministry spokesman said as Malaysia is "almost certain".

Myanmar pardons Chinese loggers

A Myanmar official confirmed that 155 Chinese loggers were among 6,966 prisoners freed.

China stocks slip as banks wary

China shares slipped followign reports that banks were investigating their exposure.

Graft risk controls tightened at PBoC

The People's Bank of China has in place a "clean govt risk prevention and control" system.

China 'can withstand market volatility'

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said China's economy was resilient.

Opinion

The art of holding one’s tongue

Lau Nai-keung muses that despite the actions of Putonghua ‘pushers’, rumors about the death of Cantonese have been greatly exag...

A fairer society will see the young embrace their national identity

Several recent events that reflected the weak sense of national identity among some young people both in Hong Kong and Taiwan m...

Abe's mudslinging only sticks to him

In an apparent attempt to justify his much-trumpeted security bills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directly accused China of p...

China's e-commerce makes global waves

Does a company need to operate overseas offices to be considered "global"?

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

China, Russia to hold joint naval drill

China and Russia will hold joint naval drills next month in the Sea of Japan, announced Chinese Defense Ministry.

Chinese loggers among 6,966 pardoned by Myanmar

A senior Myanmar official confirmed that 155 Chinese loggers were indeed among 210 foreigners of 6,966 prisoners freed.

Macao rejects US human trafficking report

Macao SAR government said that parts of the report's conclusion is "fabrication out of nothing" and its speculation is "unfounded."

Eyes focus on the games as showgirls cover up

Organizers of an annual games expo are hoping that attention this year will focus on the event itself, rather than the showgirls on view.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

Cameras and carbines capture life during wartime

During World War II, a team of US army photographers spent two years recording the everyday lives and struggles of people living in and around the China-Burma-India Theater, which saw some of the fiercest action of the war in the Pacific.

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

June sales in the biggest car market by number of vehicles sold shrank by 3.4 percent from a year earlier.

HK

BOCI becomes 1st HK member in LSE

London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced it welcomes BOCI Securities Limited as its first member from Hong Kong.

Edinburgh University sets up low-carbon base in HK

Scotland's University of Edinburgh is the first in the world to establish a low-carbon research center overseas.

HK tracks mainland stocks lower

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.5% to 24,497.98 points, while the China Enterprises Index slid 1.2% to 11,137.33 points.

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

All 276 passengers and 18 crew members aboard flight CX884, a Boeing Co 777-300ER, are safe.

Focus HK

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Asia

Taliban names new leader, peace talks postponed

Taliban officials said the group's council has elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as their new leader.

MH370 hopes revived with Boeing debris

Air safety investigators are examining if aircraft debris found off Reunion Island is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Israel legalizes force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners

Israel Medical Association, which considers force-feeding as a form of torture, urged doctors not to take part in forced feeding of prisoners.

India hangs Mumbai terror convict

Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, 53, was the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack that killed 257 people.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

Xi proposes closer Sino-Turkish business ties

At a business forum, the Chinese president urged the Turkish side to create a more favorable environment for Chinese investors.

China vows more targeted policy steps to lift economy

China's top leadership has urged heightened attention to combat downward pressure on the economy.

China stocks slip as banks check equities exposure

China shares slid after state media reported that banks were investigating their exposure to the stock market.

Eye on Asia

Film highlights struggles of gay Palestinians

In an privately funded film, three people grapple with contradictions as gay Palestinians and Israeli Arab citizens.

Toyota robot can pick things up

HSR comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup.

S Korea promoting 'creative economy'

In order to help boost the domestic economy and create jobs in S Korea, the Park Geun-hye government advanced what it termed as "the creative economy."

Sport

Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

When it comes to votes on Olympic host cities, geopolitics can play a crucial role in determining the victor.

Rio unveils Olympic venue legacy plan

Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be transformed into public schools, sports facilities and leisure centers under plans.

Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies 8-2

Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three hits in his Blue Jays debut as Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Wednesday night.

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.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

'Rocky,' 'Rambo' memorabilia up for auction

The 69-year-old entertainer announced Thursday that he'll put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year career up for auction in October.

Modest master

The film industry breeds larger-than-life personalities, but China's ultimate film producer - the biggest by many measures - is one who prefers a low profile and plain speaking.

Quirky News

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.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

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

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.