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Chinese stocks surge to 7-year high

Chinese stocks jumped to a seven-year high amid speculation of monetary easing and lifting of property curbs.

US diplomat urges tech curb rethink

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said he urged China to rethink proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products.

Late audits cast shadow on China firms

Tianhe Chemicals Group Ltd. and Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd said they would be unable to meet HKEx deadlines.

China mulls power station in space

Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground.

Yemen: Fleet sent to evacuate nationals

China has sent a naval fleet to help evacuate its nationals from strife-ridden Yemen.

China readies for global futures trade

The Shanghai International Energy Exchange will open up the futures market to foreign trade.

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two'

Canberra requires its airlines have 2 crew members in the cockpit at all times.

Australia set to sign Asian bank MoU

Australia is poised to sign a memorandum of understanding to join AIIB as a founding member.

Opinion

Wong among “greatest leaders”?

“Occupy Central” movement student leader who undermined the cause of democracy is nonsensical.

The SAR must protect retirement incomes

Salary-earners in Hong Kong put the 5 percent of their monthly incomes into the Mandatory Provident Fund retirement fund.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

US treasury secretary urges technology curb rethink

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said he urged China to rethink proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products.

Fleet sent to evacuate nationals from Yemen

China has sent a naval fleet to help evacuate its nationals from conflict-ridden Yemen as the situation continues to get wo...

Chinese scientists mull power station in space

Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground.

Netizens' suggestions added to annual work report

The campaign invited the public to post online messages, discuss issues and offer suggestions that they believed should be included in the...

Initiative offers road map for peace, prosperity

Vision and proposed actions outlined on jointly building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

China's 'dancing grannies' face new rules

This week, Chinese officials stepped into the fray by announcing the imminent arrival of new regulations on where seniors can dance and how loud they can blast their music.

HK

Retail rents drop as shoppers stay away

A Chinese government crackdown on lavish spending has also encouraged tourists to shop further away from home.

HA offer for singles draws flak

Housing experts hit out at quota pledge for single applicants at next HOS sale.

Shares jump on Silk Road initiative

The Hang Seng index rose 1.5 percent, to 24,855.12, while the China Enterprises Index gained 3.4 percent, to 12,306.56 points.

'Localism' voice endangers future of HK

Financial Secretary said it is worrisome that the “localism” voice in the community has dangerously mixed with more and more “exclusion” and “self-seclusion” noises.

Focus HK

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Taking Asia to the World

At a China Daily-hosted forum held Wednesday, industry insiders discussed why Asian cinema will claim the world’s focus in the not-too-distant future.

Asia

Another blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka by unidentified assailants.

Israeli ex-PM found guilty in bribery case

Ehud Olmert was acquitted in 2012 of a series of charges that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes.

China builders to resume road works in Lanka

Sri Lanka has decided to recommence all road development projects in the island nation contracted to Chinese builders.

Tsunami warning issued after earthquake

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 km, off Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

Stocks surge to 7-year high

Chinese stocks jumped to a seven-year high on Monday amid speculation of further monetary easing and the lifting of property curbs.

Late audits cast shadow on China firms

Tianhe Chemicals Group Ltd. and Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd., said they would be unable to meet HKEx deadlines.

Asian stocks mostly higher

Asian markets were mostly higher Monday as investors digested Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling US interest rates were expected to rise sometime this year.

Eye on Asia

Ancient Petra sees few visitors

Petra's slump is part of a sharp decline in tourism as Jordan's economy pays a price for regional turbulence and its high-profile role in the US-led battle against Islamic State militants next door.

The last of SE Asia's old guards

Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common.

10% of Japanese women victim of harassment

The Japanese government report says 10% of women have been a victim of harassment or stalking.

Sport

Beijing passes Winter Olympics test

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission has just completed their visit to Beijing, and is pleased with what they found.

Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes

Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday.

New Zealand reacts to World Cup loss: 'You've done us proud'

The New Zealand Herald dedicated its first five pages exclusively to cricket coverage, including some advice on how to cope with losing.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Beneath a starry night

March 30 marks the birthday of the great master, Vincent Van Gogh.

Cherry blossom originated in China

Sakura, the national flower of Japan, originated in neither Japan nor South Korea, but rather in China.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

Video

Right beats

Bands of elderly women dancing in Hong Kong's parks is an increasingly-common trend inherited from the Chinese mainland. chinadailyasia.com finds out if it comes with the same strings attached.

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

Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.

Roundtable

Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

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