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13th five-year plan crucial, asserts Xi

President Xi made the remarks when meeting with leading officials from seven regions in east China on Wednesday.

Rohingya: Asian nations meet

Thailand's Foreign Minister said the upsurge of boat people in Southeast Asia has reached an "alarming level".

No one tells us what to do: Beijing

China's foreign ministry responded to comments by US defense secretary on land reclamation at Nansha Islands.

Lenovo works its magic

Lenovo Group Ltd showed off its latest technologies on Thursday intended to wow consumers.

Hanergy chairman denies probe rumors

Hanergy Thin Film Power, the firm's HK-listed solar arm, saw its shares nosedive 47%.

China shares plunge over 6 pct

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index diving 6.5% to finish at 4,620.27 points.

FIFA: Key sponsor threatens to quit

Visa became the first sponsor to issue a warning to FIFA.

Officials suspended for rest home fire

A probe into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people identified lax safety checks.

Opinion

Violent behavior undemocratic

Those promoting democracy in Hong Kong greatly weaken their case when they resort to violent or aggressive behavior.

Ways to develop the city’s electricity market

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing addressed the media regarding the Energy Saving Plan for Hong Kong’s Built Environm...

Don’t block HK’s progress

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on May 28 urged lawmakers to vote on the SAR government’s electoral reform proposals according to the w...

Have you heard the ‘juk’ about the congee?

Chinese is the world’s top language for punning, and I am a specialist in bad puns, having produced two books on Chinese humor, but Jen...

Time for us to question what education is for?

There has probably never been a human culture which has set so much store by education as the Chinese.

Nation

13th five-year plan crucial, Xi tells officials

President Xi made the remarks when meeting with leading officials from seven regions in east China on Wednesday.

No one tells us what to do, Beijing says

Ministry responds to comments by US defense secretary on land reclamation at Nansha Islands.

Sea: Envoy outlines indisputable sovereignty

China's envoy to Australia said despite disputes, freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been a problem.

Xi to make state visit to Britain in the autumn

Chinese leader and first lady Peng Liyuan to stay at Buckingham Palace in October.

Anji cleans up by cleaning up

Local authorities in Anji county, Zhejiang province, have proved that it's possible to stimulate and maintain economic growth without endangering the local environment.

China's forgotten army

During the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and also during World War II, a small, Communist-led guerrilla force was at the forefront of resistance in Northeast China. Now, that contribution is set to win the respect it deserves.

Coming in from the cold

The stigma surrounding leprosy is fading in China as the public gains greater knowledge and understanding of the disease. However, many challenges still remain.

HK

CE urges lawmakers to pass reform plans

Hong Kong cannot afford endless bickering over constitutional development, Leung says.

Middle class will desert opposition parties: Ip

The opposition parties will lose their middle-class supporters and decline if they veto the constitutional reform package, warns Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, Executive Council member and New People’s Party chairwoman.

Youths in a quandary, says survey

More than 40 percent of young Hong Kong people polled say they have to wait for at least five years before they can afford to purchase a apartment.

Support grows for electoral reform plan

Two-thirds of respondents support the passage of the electoral reform package proposed by the government while only 28 percent oppose it.

Focus HK

The sound of music

Hard times for musicals explains the success of the hokey Pitch Perfect a few years back.

Meeting of true minds

Andrea Morricone, the co-creator of the immortal love theme from Cinema Paradiso, will conduct a concert featuring clarinetist Seunghee Lee tonight, in aid of distressed and disadvantaged people.

Just don’t let the sparks fly

A Hong Kong company has taken a gigantic step forward in helping to tackle forest fires on the mainland by coming up with a robot that can do man’s job and detect fires timely and accurately.

Asia

Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya crisis

Thailand's Foreign Minister said the upsurge of boat people in Southeast Asia has reached an "alarming level,".

India heat wave death toll passes 1,400

Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool.

Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

Mount Shindake erupted about 10 am in a spectacular fashion, spewing towering black-gray clouds into the sky.

Over 1,100 die in heat wave across India

More than 1,100 people have died due to intense heat wave across India in the last one week, an official said Wednesday.

Gold in gray

From healthcare to smart homes, Asia’s growing elderly population presents a huge business opportunity.

Asia braces for gray future

Urgent measures needed to tackle social and economic impact of rapidly aging population.

Asia Weekly

Business

HK shines regulatory spotlight on Hanergy

The securities regulator in Hong Kong said on Thursday that it is conducting an investigation into Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, a day after the company's chairman dismissed reports of such a probe as "purely rumors".

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.

China stocks extend selloff

Chinese stocks fell again Friday as investors remained jittery a day after a sharp sell-off. Other major Asian benchmarks climbed.

Eye on Asia

Private India hospitals go luxe for growth

Private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities

Nepalese homemakers learning manual skills

One month has passed since the devastating quake struck this beautiful Himalayan nation, stripping thousands of people of their homes with little chance of a quick recovery.

Rohingya face stark reality in Malaysia

Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Sport

Scaries for Serena, Murray, out for Lu, Wozniacki

Serena Williams and Andy Murray survived big scares here on Thursday, while No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki and Chinese Taipei's Lu Yen-Hsun were ousted at Roland Garros.

Accused ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner freed

Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance on Thursday after granted bail.

Hamburg draws 1-1 with Karlsruhe

Hamburger SV remains on the verge of Bundesliga relegation after drawing 1-1 with second-division Karlsruher SC in the home leg of their playoff on Thursday.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Stellar ants

Artist Chen Zhiguang uses common stainless steel to make people notice the humble creatures.

School uniform dresses up museum

The humble uniform of a middle school in Shenzhen has become part of the collection in one of the world's greatest museums.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

If you have a dream

A young man tells how he has made his dream come true, by asking strangers to invest, every day, for two years.

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

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.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.