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Chinese investment in Europe surges

China's non-financial investment in the EU hit US$4.21 billion in the 1st five months of the year, up 367% year on year.

Philippines' arbitration case opposed

China says it opposes any moves by the Philippines to push forward the arbitral proceeding on the South China Sea issue.

China stocks close in negative territory

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 1.29 percent to finish at 3,727.13 points.

HK growth forecast lowered to 2%

The previous estimate released by the University of Hong Kong put Hong Kong's Q2 growth forecast at 2.4%.

3 gored in Spain's annual bull run

10 people were also taken to hospital on the first day of Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

PBOC injects US$8.2b into market

This is the 4th instance since June 25 of China's central bank's intervention.

HK: Ma named new MTRC chairman

Frederick Ma will take up the post as MTRC chairman on Jan 1, 2016.

'Economy to revive in second half'

Economic indicators suggest the worst is over, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

Opinion

Elections not the crux of democracy

Ho Lok-sang argues that while many in HK think Western-style voting is the way to good governance, there are far superior metho...

Think tank salvo shows risible lack of practical experience

Hong Kong has so many “tanks” today that it seems the dissidents will soon be able to build an army out of them.

Growing number of Chinese have yen to spend in Japan

Japan is Chinese travelers' most popular destination, with 2.05 million Chinese nationals granted visas in 2014.

Tapping potential of joint production capabilities

Promoting international cooperation in production capacity is the theme of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Europe.

Oath of duty on the way

The measure, due to take effect on Jan 1, marks an important step toward maintaining the authority of the Constitution and ensuring fun...

Video

Jewish community in Hong Kong

As an international financial hub and a friendly place to foreigners, there are currently about 5,000 Jewish people living in Hong Kong. Built in 1901, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has become a central part of Hong Kong’s Jewish community, serving as a place not only to pray but also for gathering, meetings, learning...

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

Nation

China opposes Philippines' arbitration on sea row

China restated that it opposes any moves by the Philippines to push forward the arbitral proceeding on the South China Sea issue.

Economy to revive in second half: NBS

Multiple economic indicators suggest the worst is over and policies are paying off, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

China braces for 2 typhoons

Typhoons Linfa and Chan-Hom might make landfall in China in the next three days, the country's top weather observatory warned.

Japan urged to stop forced labor 'word game'

China has urged Japan to stop using language to cloud what really happened at the Meiji-era industrial sites.

Bearing witness to a changing Xinjiang

Elderly people across the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are invited to share their personal stories and visions for the future.

China families grow a garden, tradition in Yale

A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University now teems with exotic herbs and vegetables.

Fitness time bomb ticking for Chinese children

Youngsters in China are eating more and exercising less, and that's leaving them open to the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.

HK

Frederick Ma named new MTRC chairman

Former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma will take up the post as MTRC chairman on Jan 1, 2016.

HK's Q2 economic growth forecast lowered to 2%

The economic forecast released by the University of Hong Kong put the previous estimate for Q2 at 2.4%.

HK shares down on mainland slump

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.0% to 24,975.31, while the China Enterprises Index lost 3.3% to 11,827.30 points.

HKMA pledges support after 3.2% stocks slump

City’s de facto central bank vows to raise liquidity as Hang Seng Index suffers biggest drop in three years.

Focus HK

Moreira and Purton in race for favorite jockey

On July 10 the HK Jockey Club will announce the city’s Most Popular Jockey of the Year.

Still searching for the Promised Land

Many of the Vietnamese boat people who have come to Hong Kong since 1975 are yet to find a decent roof above their heads.

A suitcase full of memories

Lam Tung-pang simulates the experience of being a tourist in his hometown, turning a hotel wing in Wan Chai into a museum of items from his artistic journey.

Asia

Iran nuclear talks to continue past deadline

Iran and major powers will continue negotiations on an historic nuclear deal past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term agreement.

Philippines to ramp up military spending: Official

The Philippines plans to ramp up military spending over the next 13 years, earmarking more than US$20 billion to modernize its forces.

Civilian death toll in Yemen conflict tops 1,500

The United Nations' human rights office says the number of civilians killed in three months of violence in Yemen has risen above 1,500.

Malaysia freezes 6 bank accounts tied to PM probe

A special taskforce investigating the investment fund 1MDB for alleged impropriety has also seized documents related to 17 accounts.

Flagging safety in the skies

As airlines grow and new airports are built in Asia, safety is becoming a major issue for international regulators.

In for the long haul?

Asia’s budget airlines have become part of the region’s aviation fabric, offering cheap and no-frills air travel to meet the growing needs of the expanding middle class.

Asia Weekly

Business

China stocks tumble again

Shares fell across the board in most industries, with utilities, steel and transportation companies leading the losses.

PBOC injects US$8.2b into market

This is the 4th instance since June 25 of China's central bank's intervention through regular reverse repurchase agreement.

China to cut retail fuel prices

China will lower the retail price of gasoline by 95 yuan (about US$15.5) per ton and the price of diesel by 90 yuan.

Eye on Asia

Young Indians embrace dating apps

The dating app market has exploded in recent years, with more than a dozen companies operating in India.

Boycott Israel drive gains strength

Long confined to the sidelines, the so-called BDS campaign appears to be gaining momentum.

Cambodia faces struggle to reform orphanages

Cambodia is in the grip of a boom in orphanages, many of them unlicensed, with no safety checks.

Sport

Djokovic reaches Wimbledon last 8

Novak Djokovic survived a one-set shootout with big-serving Kevin Anderson to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Mayweather stripped of WBO title

Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline for paying the sanction fee required by the WBO after he won the belt from Manny Pacquiao on May 2.

Spearmon set for Beijing return

Next month at the world championships, Spearmon races for the first time in Beijing since that exhilarating-turned-crushing Olympic day in 2008.

All sewn up

You may not be aware of it, but chances are you have worn one of TAL Group’s shirts at some point.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Life Style

Zhang Yimou sues ex-production partner

The director says Beijing New Picture Film owed him 15m yuan as his share of distribution of film 'A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop'.

Sudsy success

Come opening time, the Jing-A Taproom will echo with the chatter of foreigners and Chinese amidst the clinks and clanks of beer glasses.

Quirky News

Intruder drinks Tabasco, says he's thirsty

A man allegedly broke into a Berlin restaurant and quaffed half a bottle of Tabasco sauce — telling police he was thirsty.

When 'pet dogs' turn out to be bears

A Chinese man recently discovered that the two "pet dogs" he'd been raising for the last two years are actually Asian black bears.

Graduates offered for bid on Taobao

A Chinese university has launched a website that profiles its graduates and asks employers to bid to employ them.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

'Make opposition pay in elections'

Executive Councilor Cheng Yiu-tong predicted that moderate voters would punish them for this in coming elections.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

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.