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Fiscal stimulus likely to fight China slowdown

The emerging view is that the direct impact of government spending would work where monetary policy has not.

Olympics: More green curbs in Beijing

Beijing has banned restaurants from operating outdoor barbecues, which authorities say are a major contributor to smog.

HK PMI for April signals gloom

The HSBC Hong Kong PMI fell for the second consecutive month to 48.6 in April from 49.6 in March.

Obama may seek Gulf missile defense

Barack Obama is expected next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles.

Campaign against sex-selective abortions

A campaign to clamp down on illegal sex selection will run till November.

China to further relax price controls

China will further lift controls on the prices of commodities and services, said the NDRC.

HK leader in official visit to Boston

The CE kicked off his visit with tours to top-notched research institutions in the US.

China services PMI growing: HSBC

China's service sector continued to expand in April, according to an HSBC industry index.

Opinion

HK must reposition itself between East and West

The SAR needs to adjust its economic relationship with the mainland and the West.

Officials face a daunting task explaining political reforms

Since the publication of the government’s proposed mechanism for election of the Chief Executive in 2017, government officials ...

Watchdog key to cost of medicines

The invisible hand of the market will play a major role in deciding the prices of medicines starting from June 1.

Local leaders' role for growth

Although China's economy is believed to have entered a new normal of slower but sustainable growth, decision-makers have demonstrated e...

Xi's visit will boost Eurasia ties

President Xi Jinping's upcoming trip to Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus is part of a series of moves by China to promote peace and commo...

Nation

Olympics: Beijing steps up air quality control

Beijing has banned restaurants from operating outdoor barbecues, which authorities say are a major contributor to smog.

Fiscal stimulus to fight slowdown likely

The emerging view is that the direct impact of government spending would work where monetary policy has not.

China seeks cooperation with India for sea mining

Countries seen as 'ideal partners' because of similar development levels in ocean exploration.

China pledges continued Nepal help

A senior official has pledged that China will continue to help Nepal in its post-earthquake reconstruction.

Preserving the past to finance the future

Officials in rural areas are pondering ways of boosting visitor numbers to prevent some of China's oldest settlements from dying out. However, the plans may produce as many problems as they solve, and change the character of the villages irrevocably.

The most elite POW camp in the world

Northeast China played host to some of the highest-ranked Allied officers and civilian officials during the years leading up to the end of World War II. However, none of them were there of their own volition. Instead, they were being held by the Japanese.

Tributes paid to the 'angel of peace'

Border city honors the Chinese-Russian girl who sacrificed herself.

HK

HK PMI for April points to gloom ahead

The HSBC Hong Kong PMI fell for the second consecutive month to 48.6 in April from 49.6 in March.

Union leader urges opposition lawmakers to back reforms

Lam Suk-yee is urging all 27 opposition lawmakers to vote for the constitutional reform package to allow the election of Chief Executive by “one person, one vote” in 2017.

Stocks slump, margin trading under scanner

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slumped 1.41 percent to 4169.6 on Thursday morning, extending losses after it tumbled 4 percent and 1.62 percent, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

CBDs running out of top-end office space

Mainland firms snap up offices as Stock Connect moves into high gear.

Focus HK

The class is over

CityU scrapped its MFA in creative writing program last week. One more proof of profit-driven HK not caring all that much to cultivate the arts?

Getting cities in the region ‘on board’ for a cruise

HK has stepped up efforts to meet yet another threat from the region, this time in the cruise industry, and to stay competitive.

Something fishy in our product testing

A new technology developed by an HK-based enterprise using genetically modified fish embryos to detect toxins in food and other products is making waves internationally.

Asia

Obama could push for Gulf missile defense

Barack Obama is expected next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles.

'Japan to share data ahead of Oz sub bid'

Japan had been the front runner in the planned sale of around 12 vessels to replace Australia's Collins class submarines.

Maersk dispute could be settled in days: Iran

Iran said a legal settlement could be reached soon over its seizure of a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship.

Israel's Netanyahu forms govt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completed the formation of a new coalition late Wednesday.

Works both ways

Home and host nations see benefits of Asia’s flow of migrant workers.

Moving past reliance on remittances

Countries such as the Philippines seek to develop new industries as secure foundation for economic growth.

Asia Weekly

Business

Asia to lead growth in 2015: IMF

Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015, expanding at a 5.6 percent pace that is level with last year.

Power house of the Yangtze River Delta

'Belt and Road Initiative' will help the expanded FTZ promote expansion in the region with range of world-class options.

Asia slides, euro at 2-month peak

Asian stocks fell on Thursday, taking the lead from losses on Wall Street, while a rise in euro zone debt yields amid a global bond rout kept the euro hovering at a two-month peak versus the dollar.

Eye on Asia

Thai police have 10 days to find migrant camps

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday gave a 10-day deadline for a complete scrutiny of all areas for possible detention camps and graves related to trafficked Rohingya people.

Bad weather disrupts links Nepal village

Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried.

DPRK online shopping not just a click away

Online shopping has arrived in the DPRK, though the vast majority of DPRK people lack the technology to use it.

Sport

LeBron's 33 lead Cavaliers past Bulls 106-91

James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland evened their semifinal series with Chicago.

Manny Pacquiao has shoulder surgery

Manny Pacquiao underwent surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday following his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing's richest fight ever.

Spain's soccer federation suspends matches from May 16

Spain's soccer federation is suspending all league and cup matches from May 16 in protest at a proposed law on the sale of television rights and the division of the income earned.

A delicate balance

Under civilian rule or military government, think tank chairman draws on vast diplomatic experience to be public face of Myanmar.

Teeing it forward

China’s ‘Mr Golf’ plans to overcome industry’s ‘coldest winter’ with diversification and a sustainable eco-tourism model.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Life Style

Blip on the screen

Many animation shows go offline in China after ban against unsuitable content is announced. Han Bingbin reports.

Moroccan magic

Restaurants serving cuisines from this North African country tend to be small and intimate in China, but they are big on taste, Mike Peters reports.

Quirky News

Bout with thrown mango inspires game

The goal of "Maduro Mango Attack" is to accumulate points by throwing tropical fruit at Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

Koala pays late night visit to Oz hospital

Staffers at an Australian hospital's emergency department received a rather unusual late night visitor — a koala.

What's in a name?

A father in Shandong has failed to register the birth of his daughter who has no given surname.

Video

Invasion

French mystery artist Invader has invaded Hong Kong again. From 2 to 17 May, 2015, his solo exhibition will run at PMQ.

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

ANN editors pay tribute to Felix Soh

Asia News Network (ANN) editors paid tribute to Mr Felix Soh, former deputy editor of Singapore’s The Straits Times, who died of pneumonia on Sunday.

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.