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China April industrial profits up 2.6%

Profits of Chinese industrial businesses rose to 479.5 billion yuan in April, official data showed.

Bankers hail bond market opening-up

PBOC’s decision greeted as a major first step toward liberalization of the country’s capital account.

ROK, US and Japan discuss DPRK

The top nuclear envoys from three countries agreed on the need to urge DPRK to engage in serious negotiations.

Six officials detained over FIFA graft

The case involves bribes "totaling US$100m" linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for soccer tournaments.

HKEx hits record on funds spike talk

HKEx shares hit a record high as investors bet that policy changes on the mainland will spu...

Mutual-fund link sparks stocks euphoria

HK benchmark hits seven-year high on hopes of heavy mainland funds inflow.

China to take a global step forward

Membership in the elite reserve-currency club beckons, but it brings with it some obligations.

Economies pushing more trade in RMB

There are more than 60 central banks around the world that invest in the yuan, and China ha...

Opinion

A real threat to press freedom

Hong Kong’s freedoms of speech and press are now being eroded - by an aggressive radical opposition element.

Harassment of reporter is beneath contempt

Journalist and columnist Wat Wing-yin has received death threats. These threats were directed at Wat and her family following t...

Military paper conveys defensive commitment

China's new defense strategy white paper is the country's latest effort to improve its military transparency.

Mollycoddling our children does them no favors

All decent parents want only what is best for their children, which of course is all to the good.

Is IT the devil that is souring Hong Kong society?

Hong Kong has serious problems with a range of social issues that previous generations never had to deal with.

Nation

NE China-DPRK railway tour launched

A train tour from China to its neighbor DPRK began Wednesday as more and more tourists show an interest in visiting the DPRK.

175 looters arrested in China's biggest artifact find

The Ministry of Public Security announced that the operation rescued 1,168 cultural relics worth about US$80m.

Navy shifts focus to protect interests

Major strategic blueprint highlights nation's maritime challenges, need for international cooperation.

2 pilots die in China Navy aircraft crash

An instructor and his student died in a Navy aircraft accident on May 13 in northeast China's Liaoning Province, the Navy said Tuesday.

China's forgotten army

During the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and also during World War II, a small, Communist-led guerrilla force was at the forefront of resistance in Northeast China. Now, that contribution is set to win the respect it deserves.

Coming in from the cold

The stigma surrounding leprosy is fading in China as the public gains greater knowledge and understanding of the disease. However, many challenges still remain.

Hangzhou: The way to China's new economy

Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou.

HK

New poll shows strong support for reforms

Some 53 percent of the 2,773 residents surveyed in street said they wanted the Legislative Council to pass the electoral reform package next month.

Bankers hail mainland bond market opening-up

PBOC’s decision greeted as a major first step toward liberalization of the country’s capital account.

'Political turmoil will hurt business’

Priscilla Lau Pui-king has warned that Hong Kong’s business environment would suffer considerably if political division continued.

Mutual-fund link sparks stocks euphoria

HK benchmark hits seven-year high on hopes of heavy mainland funds inflow.

Focus HK

Winning over hearts and minds

As the aspirations for entrepreneurship among young Hong Kong people grow, experts have cautioned that what they severely lack is a self-brand, plus a great innovative effort to make them stand out.

Tile Trail

French street artist Invader was back this year with smaller in size and less obvious work.

A share of the action

International fund house managers and finance scholars are divided on whether the Hong Kong equity market is in the grip of an “A-sharization” trend, but united in warning of increased volatility.

Asia

ROK, US and Japan discuss DPRK issues

The top nuclear envoys from three countries agreed Wednesday on the need to urged DPRK to engage in serious negotiations.

Japan nuclear regulator clears first reactors

Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai reactors had cleared final safety assessments and its restart has received the authorities approval.

Over 1,100 die in heat wave across India

More than 1,100 people have died due to intense heat wave across India in the last one week, an official said Wednesday.

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS

Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the IS group out of the western Anbar province

Changing matrix

Chinese investment soars in Australia as both countries seek a 'new normal’ in growth.

A ‘positive signal’ for closer ties

Sino-Indian relations take center stage as Modi’s visit sees call to work as partners, not competitors.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's industrial profits up 2.6% in April

Profits of Chinese industrial businesses rose 2.6 percent year on year to US$78.3b in April.

China coal production falls in first 4 months

Chinese authorities report that coal production in China fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year.

Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch

Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch.

Eye on Asia

Rohingya face stark reality in Malaysia

Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Asia domestic workers fight for better life

Asia is home to 41 percent of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide.

Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

Japan is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup.

Sport

Soccer officials detained ahead of FIFA congress

Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police pending extradition at the request of US authorities.

Bayern Munich opens store on Tmall

Newly crowned German champion Bayern Munich will open a store on China's largest on-line retail platform when the club announced the cooperation with e-commerce giant Alibaba here on Wednesday.

Casillas determined to stay at Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas repeated on Tuesday night that he has no intention of leaving the club where he has spent his entire career.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

Flower of the desert

Dubai's easy access and over-the-top beauty and luxury features are a magnet for Chinese tourists, Yang Feiyue finds.

Journey of discovery

Living with autism is difficult enough, but two Chinese men, one with the condition, travel from city to city to raise awareness. Xing Yi reports.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

Fun in the bubble

Bubble soccer, a favorite game across the world, was introduced to Hong Kong a year ago and added new flavor.

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

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.

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.