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China lodges solemn representations to US

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Trump-Tsai phone call was a "petty action" by Taiwan.

Duterte gets Trump White House invite

Duterte and Trump had a "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.

Beijing-Las Vegas direct flight opens

A little glitz marked Friday the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from Chinese mainland to Las Vegas.

MH370 relatives to launch own search

Relatives of missing Flight MH370 passengers will head to Madagascar, where they hoped to scour the beaches for debris.

Obama blocks Chinese takeover of Aixtron

Obama issued an executive order which prohibits Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acqu...

DOJ to challenge oaths of four more lawmakers

Hong Kong's Department of Justice has moved to challenge four more lawmakers over the valid...

Xi meets Kissinger, discusses ties

President Xi says China will work closely with the US to maintain the smooth transition of ...

2 more jailed for role in Mong Kok riot

The duo were jailed for their role in the violent protest in Hong Kong in February.

Opinion

Universal application of democracy is sheer folly

The call for ‘greater democracy’ in HK by former governor Chris Patten is ill-defined, misjudged and impractical for the SAR an...

ICAC should boycott LegCo ‘Rebecca Li’ select committee

Why the LegCo select committee to investigate the ICAC really intends to hurt the reputation of HK’s top anti-graft body.

HK must look beyond mobile payments to benefit from fintech

As long as you don’t take a taxi, or don’t feel the need to patronize those cash-only outlets, you can get around Hong Kong carrying on...

Whatever arguments, Disneyland remains more than just a business

Opponents of the proposed capital injection into HK Disneyland have failed to produce any credible argument, other than using it as an ...

A reminder that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China

It is a pity that Yau and Leung took the stance and acted in the way they did. Here ‘free speech’ was not the issue, the issue was the ...

Video

Selfie-centered Smartphones

Tech China focuses on 16MP front facing Android smartphone cameras, in the search for bigger, better selfies.

Asia’s Dog Whisperer

We meet See San Loi, or Season, Asia’s Dog Whisperer..

Handheld Karaoke Party

Tech China covers all-in-one karaoke microphones.

Nation

China lodges representations to US over call

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Trump-Tsai phone call was a "petty action" by Taiwan.

21 miners trapped for 4 days confirmed dead

Four people, including the mine owner and 3 managers, have been arrested in connection with the deadly disaster in Heilongj...

17 killed in central China bus accident

The accident occurred at a road section near Miaoling Township, Ezhou City when a bus carrying about 20 people plunged into a roadside lake.

Hebei issues red pollution alert

Hebei province on Thursday issued this year's first red alert for a three-day bout of severe air pollution.

Body found in desert may have been there for 50 yrs

Police suspect a body found in the desert of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to be that of a man from Sichuan province who went missing over 50 years ago.

Apps ride high on bicycles, may help depollute cities

New bike-on-demand services give a new dimension to urban sharing economy.

'Pink economy' set to soar

A new business model is coming to China as entrepreneurs begin developing products for the rapidly emerging market. Shan Juan reports.

HK

DOJ to challenge oaths of four more lawmakers

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has moved to challenge four more lawmakers over the validity of their oaths.

Two more jailed for role in Mong Kok riot

Chan Yu-kei was jailed for three months for assaulting a police officer and Chan Cheuk-kin was jailed for 21 days for behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place.

Expert panel to advise on new ATC system

The civil aviation authority has set up a 5-member expert panel to provide advice on irregularities concerning the new air traffic control system.

LegCo set to gazette seat vacancies Monday

After the gazette, the government will arrange for a by-election within four to six months.

Focus HK

Mall is big

This winter, China Daily suggests you take a walk in the city's malls.

Waiting for the big, bad thing

The story of Gruffalo, the favorite monster of 3-to-5-year-olds the world over, will play on a HK stage in the New Year. Evelyn Yu gets a feel of the excitement in the air in the lead-up to the event.

Not a child's play

The new kindergarten subsidy scheme to be launched in the next school year has drawn some concerns.

Asia

Duterte gets Trump White House invite

Duterte and Trump had a brief but "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.

MH370 relatives 'taking search into own hands'

Relatives of missing Flight MH370 passengers said they tried to push governments to expand the search area along the east African coast.

Singapore sees increased threat of extremist attack

A Singapore minister said the threat of an extremist attack was higher now than earlier this year.

ROK, Japan impose new unilateral sanctions on DPRK

ROK would ban entry by foreign missile and nuclear experts if their visits to DPRK were deemed to be a threat.

Cause for hope amid TPP setback

Despite an uncertain economic outlook, analysts believe the region need not rush into new bilateral trade deals.

Other deals gain traction

Efforts poured into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could yet bear fruit in the FTAAP and RCEP trade agreements.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

Obama blocks Chinese takeover of Aixtron

Obama blocked a Chinese company's purchase of the US business of German chip equipment maker Aixtron, despite objections from China.

CSRC approves IPO applications of 13 firms

The CSRC gave the nod to 52 IPO applications in November, the highest monthly approvals this year.

First flight from Beijing lands in Las Vegas

A little glitz marked the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas.

Eye on Asia

Filipino millennial finds fulfilment in farming

At 27, Enzo Pinga is aware that Filipino farmers are struggling and poor, but finds fulfillment in farming – a conscious choice not too common among millennials like him.

Militants meant business to Mosul perfume trader

Residents say the militants enjoyed a privileged existence, they bought perfumes for themselves and for their wives.

Inside India's scam call centers

At least 15,000 people lost more than US$300m in an "enormous and complex fraud" running since 2013, the US Justice Department said.

Sport

Bolt wins record sixth IAAF award

Usain Bolt is track and field's male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport's governing body for a sixth time.

Marco Fu to fight for final berth at UK Championship

Fu, from Hong Kong, China, will next meet Ronnie O'Sullivan, who defeated Mark Williams 6-2 in the day's another match.

Bayern return to top of Bundesliga with 3-1 win in Mainz

It was far from convincing but Bayern Munich did enough to return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 3-1 win at Mainz.

Wine pioneer

Indian vintner paves the way for sustainable growth through vineyard tourism and eyes China’s growing thirst.

For the love of Lu Xun

Japanese professor’s fascination with one of China’s foremost literary figures sparked a lifelong interest and scholarship in contemporary Chinese literature.

Ever the diplomat

Former ASEAN secretary-general applies his love for international affairs to Singapore think-tank role.

Life & Art

Man credited with inventing General Tso's chicken dies

The chef who has been credited with inventing General Tso's chicken has died.

Aceh students join tsunami awareness campaign in Japan

Students, including those from Indonesia, gathered to commemorate the worldwide UN-sponsored tsunami awareness campaign in Kuroshio, Japan, and recalled the experience when the disaster struck.

Quirky News

AI robot gets ‘A’ on mock entrance exam

Scientists revealed that an artificial intelligence robot named Torobo-kun has attained mock-exam scores sufficient to clear entrance tests for reputed private universities.

Nearly naked man leads cops to arrest driver

Daniel McConnell said he was lying in bed at home when a car slammed into the front of a neighboring fish-and-chips shop, which had closed for the night.

Twitter briefly suspends its CEO's account

Though Dorsey pointed the near-15-min suspension to "an internal mistake," most followers regarded this short malfunction funny and ironic.

Special

Campus news talent

CUHK students win 16 prizes at 2016 Campus Newspaper Awards.

Herbal giant eyes opportunity

Chinese herbal drinks retailer Hung Fook Tong is a household name in the SAR, but Chairman Donald Tse Po-tat hopes it will eventually be known all over the world.

Roundtable

Tourism boom likely to face fresh hurdles

China’s tourism industry has been invigorated by a growing middle-class and a freer flow of information, bringing a raft of opportunities for industry operators.