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China, Romania pledge closer relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta in Beijing on Tuesday with both parties p...

China urges Philipines to investigate foiled bombing

The Chinese embassy in Manila urged the Philippine government to "conduct thorough investigations" into a foiled car bombin...

Red Cross of China official steps down

Executive vice-president and secretary of the Party Committee of the Red Cross Society of China, Zhao Baige, has stepped down.

MSCI listing sought for A-shares

The potential inclusion of China's A-shares in global equity benchmarks may catalyze allocations to China by global investors.

HK carriers get in-flight PED nod

Operators of HK-registered aircraft may allow the safe use of portable electronic in non-tr...

Aquino impeachment rejected

The Philippine House of Representatives' justice committee rejected three impeachment motio...

China shares close at 15-month high

The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.4 percent to 2,266.05 points, highest close since Ju...

Pak parliament meets on crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament as a crisis ove...

Opinion

‘Occupy Central’ is likely to be small and insignificant

After meticulous deliberation — and with input from Hong Kong members — the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCS...

National security always remains a vital concern

The political reform framework as decided by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) has disappointed some Ho...

Securing rule of law in HK

It is up to the 'pan-democrats' candidates to win support of the majority of nominating committee members to stand for election

Beijing can't afford a slip in HK

NPC Standing Committee rules out 'civil nomination' for chief executive in 2017 election in special administrative region

Singapore is the future of China in urban order

Invited to deliver the graduation speech at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, I was floored by the number of Chinese...

Nation

Aviation watchdog to probe plane toke incident

China's aviation regulators are continuing investigations into a case where crew on a China United Airlines (CUA) flight allegedly allowed passengers to smoke on the plane.

China urges Philipines to investigate foiled bombing

The Chinese embassy in Manila urged the Philippine government to "conduct thorough investigations" into a foiled car bombin...

Chinese insurers fined over price-fixing

China's antitrust authority announced it would impose combined fines of 110 million yuan on an insurance association and 23 property insur...

Jail breakers who killed guard captured

Two jail breakers from Northeast China's Heilongjiang province have been captured while the other is still at large, local police said.

Host of Japan's historic surrender

A little-known site in Hunan province lays claim to receiving the first formal surrender by the Japanese invaders to China.

Gifts give new look at nation

DVDs of popular movie and TV series replace traditional offers of friendship on visits.

Redemption from within

Correctional facilities are finding more ways to help prisoners adapt to life in and out of jail.

Wired to wow

Students of major martial arts school endure tough training for high-wire act at Youth Olympics show.

HK

Cathay Pacific, Dragonair get on-board PED nod

Operators of HK-registered aircraft may nowallow the safe use of PEDs in non-transmitting/flight mode during all phases of flight.

China reaffirms opposition to foreign interference in HK affairs

China once again voiced opposition on Tuesday to foreign interference in Hong Kong's affairs.

Spokesman calls for respect for HK's political system

A Chinese mainland spokesman on Tuesday called on parties in Taiwan to respect Hong Kong's development of political system and the achievements of the "One Country, Two Systems" policy.

HK adds Nigeria to Ebola watch list

The Department of Health has added the sixth African country to an immigration watch list after reports of Ebola infections spreading in Nigeria.

Focus HK

Prescription for doctors

Medical authorities are ready to clamp down on ‘bad doctors’ after a fresh spate of medical misadventures stirred renewed public alarm. The Hospital Authority’s top management has responded to an outcry raised by the Medical Council of Hong Kong.

Can HK afford a credit ratings cut?

Hong Kong faces the prospect of a credit ratings downgrade if the city’s political polarization worsens. Financial analysts warn that if this happens, it will erode the SAR’s economic competitiveness.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Yemeni president to replace govt amid protests

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will replace the government and called for a national unity administration, in a move to calm down the recent spate of protests.

Philippine House rejects Aquino impeachment

The committee, dominated by Aquino allies, voted 54-4 against each of the complaints, declaring them insufficient in substance.

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment

Iran unveils new defense systems

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.

Coal comfort

Asia pays price for rapid economic growth as demand for polluting fuels soars.

Asia-Pacific brands must think locally

Marketers need to recognize diverse tastes as well as regional trends.

Asia Weekly

Business

Call for inclusion of A-shares in MSCI index

Goldman Sachs is stating its support for the inclusion of A-shares into the global benchmark MSCI Emerging Market Index.

S Korea delays smog tax

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years amid pressure from car makers.

DBS (HK) sees improving investment sentiment in 2H

DBS (HK) expected its consumer banking and investment product sales to be buoyed by improving investment sentiment due to the pick-up of yuan currency appreciation and the imminent launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.

Eye on Asia

Acid victims' photo shoot raises awareness

Some 1,500 acid attacks are reported worldwide every year, according to the London-based group Acid Survivors Trust International

Ivory crackdown efforts sharpened

Record ivory seizures - combined with a Chinese crackdown on illegal wildlife trafficking - could mark a turning point in global efforts to save the African elephant.

103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!"

Sport

Schweinsteiger named Germany captain

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named Germany captain to replace the retired Philipp Lahm.

Wawrinka pulls away to beat Robredo

The third-seeded Wawrinka won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday against Tommy Robredo, who has given him trouble in the past.

With Falcao at Man U, Van Gaal has lineup quandary

Louis Van Gaal's managerial reputation could hang on his ability to mold a team from the US$250-million summer transfer spending

Game changer

The World Bank's chief economist from India is a strategic thinker who draws his inspiration from everyday situations.

Line of duty

Patriarch of Japanese conglomerate goes globetrotting in pursuit of regional friendship and cooperation.

Urban visionary

Sein-Way Tan is a modest man with a global ambition — to make cities environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant.

Life Style

Not really a photo-op

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online

Cast members promote Gone with the Bullets

Cast members attend a press conference for their new movie, Gone with the Bullets, in Beijing, Sept 1, 2014.

Quirky News

Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a thief.

China insurers have it covered

Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled

Russia replies to Canada's colorful tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military - the opening shot that launched a Twitter war of words and maps

Video

Coming of age

You must know of Jin Yong if you are a fan of martial arts. The Legend of the Condor Heroes, one of Jin Yong’s famous works, is now on stage! The renowned Hong Kong choreographer Leung Kwok-shing has invited Wang Yabin and Liu Fuyang to translate words into body language.

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.

Campaign relishes public’s support

More than 1 million people have signed up to support universal suffrage and oppose “Occupy Central”. Ng Chau-pei, organizer of the campaign, told Joseph Li this was a victory for common sense.

Special

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

Roundtable

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...