Yuan in IMF's basket of top currencies

The IMF said the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound.

China manufacturing PMI dips in Nov

On the other hand, the country's non-manufacturing activity improved in November, signifying the service sector's stronger ...

Climate summit 'a new starting point'

A model emerging for 'win-win' global governance, President tells Xi Jinping tells world leaders in Paris.

S Korea house okays China trade pact

The deal would eliminate tariffs on US$42b of S Korea's imports from China and on US$73b in South Korean exports to China.

Xi, Obama vow constructive path

China has already announced a plan to boost its energy intensity.

Xi poised for crucial push on emissions

The President is expected to urge rich nations to transfer technology and capital.

China resumes IPOs

The China Securities Regulatory Commission froze IPOs in July to stem a market rout.

China brokerages pledge to buy stocks

The China Securities Regulatory Commission scrapped compulsory net purchase orders last week.


Time for more public spending

Ho Lok-sang makes a strong case that the Hong Kong government should be spending much more than it currently does in order to i...

HK’s attitudes to protecting rights of children changing

The proposed changes to the existing law, which citizens should embrace without hesitation, are timely given the sharp rise in ...

Criticism of mom feeding baby draws public ire

The question should be why the woman's breast-feeding her baby bothered it so much.

All parties should seize the opportunity in Paris

It will take strenuous endeavors by all parties to make sure the Paris gathering will not be remembered as another lost chance.

Using innovation to fight climate change

The international community is actively promoting a new governance system to cope with climate change - a challenge to humankind as a w...


Greener economy

Hong Kong's adaptation to climate change can set an example for the region.

Winter in Macau

The city's gambling industry is suffering a cold winter.

Nervous over Fed rates

Why raising interest rates by the Federal Reserve would affect Asia's bond market.


Climate summit 'a new starting point'

A model emerging for 'win-win' global governance, president tells world leaders.

Amid severe smog, Beijing orders halt to production

It also ordered all construction sites to stop work as well to cut emissions, after issuing an orange alert on Sunday.

Siberian tiger tracks found inside reserve

According to the provincial Forestry Bureau, the Siberian tiger, an adult male, weighs from 150 to 200 kilograms.

Xi supports efforts by France

Leader says China backs climate change pact 'applicable to all contracting parties'.

Moutai targets foreign market

Moutai aims to expand its overseas market by an annual rate of 15% in the next 5 years, said Yuan Renguo, director of the Moutai board.

Civil service losing its appeal

In recent years it has become normal that many applicants who sign up do not turn up for the national public civil servant exam.

First Chinese foreign campus opens

The new Global Business College of Australia will be the first international campus of a Chinese tertiary institution after Huashang College purchased 2 buildings in the middle of the city.


HK turns up heat ahead of Paris climate conference

SAR ‘likely to set more ambitious greenhouse gas targets than nation’.

University reports seven-year low in happiness index

The city’s global happiness ranking slipped from 67th the year before to 72nd.

No time to cheer for SAR retailers

Sales down for eighth straight month as tourists shun city, with key retail chains on the edge.

Dividends by MTR aim to ease tensions over railway funding boost

In a bid to increase the prospects of acceptance, the MTR agreed to absorb cost overruns above the latest estimate of HK$84.41 billion and offer a special dividend of HK$4.4 per share over the next two years.

Focus HK

Learning in small bytes

The Education Bureau’s e-learning project launched in 2011-12 has revolutionized traditional paradigms of classroom teaching.

Startups show IT’s the real thing

Finally the city’s much-cherished dream of having a robust startup ecosystem is beginning to materialize.

Live but not kicking

In the lead-up to the city’s biggest live music festival, local musicians share their worries about the future of the live music scene in HK with Agnes Lu.


Turkey won’t apologize to Russia

Turkish prime minister said Turkey won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria.

Suu Kyi to meet Myanmar president, military chief

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won the general election with a landslide.

Israel suspends EU role in Palestinian peace process

Israel's decision came after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic

The expedition will be the first since the International Court of Justice ruled last year that the hunts were not scientific.

Coral reefs under siege

Rise in global temperatures is putting these beautiful ecosystems and regional livelihoods at risk.

Global warning

Asia faces catastrophic future unless leaders at Paris summit agree to cut emissions.

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China manufacturing PMI dips in Nov

On the other hand, the country's non-manufacturing activity improved in November, signifying the service sector's stronger role.

IMF adds yuan to basket of top currencies

The IMF's decision is set to take effect in October 2016.

Asian shares firm

Asian shares edged up as investors awaited Chinese factory surveys later.

Eye on Asia

Eerie vestiges of volcano's power

Crumbling houses. Vehicles overgrown by vegetation. Dusty kitchen utensils. A cassette recorder caked with volcanic ash.

Asian imports of Iran oil plunge 8.5% in October

Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers came to 803,674 barrels per day (bpd) last month, down 8.5% from a year ago.

Tokyo urged to open up to refugees

Community members believe Tokyo should again open its doors and let in some of today's asylum seekers, including those from Syria, not just for those in distress but for Japan's sake as well.


I don't play for individual awards: Neymar

Barcelona forward Neymar said that he is not thinking about football's Ballon d' Or award for which he is a final nominee.

Germany deals IOC and Bach harsh message to Olympics

Once again, German voters delivered a harsh and sobering message to the Olympic movement: No thanks.

Lin Dan outlines sharper Rio 2016 focus

Lin Dan will scale back commercial activities in a bid to turn his focus squarely on next year's Olympic Games.

Voice of Asia

Cofounder of Asia News Network formed the media group to ensure region’s views are heard in a multipolar world.

Ahead of the pack

Chief of Tourism Australia looks to ‘high-yielding’ travelers and China’s expanding middle-class to drive visitor numbers.

Going with the grain

Father of hybrid rice in the Philippines pioneers new seeds to reduce dependency on imports and transform lives of farmers.

Life & Art

Lu Xun's handwriting expected to fetch high price

A piece of handwriting by Chinese great literary figure Lu Xun is going to be sold at Beijing Council's autumn auction on Friday, with an estimated price of 800,000 yuan ($125,096).

Japanese artist who depicted horrors of war dies at 93

Shigeru Mizuki, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War Two helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93.

Quirky News

Fiji sevens team come to the rescue of cabin crew

Players of the world champion team helped serve food and retrieve trays when air hostesses were busy attending an ailing passenger.

Is singer Adam Lambert just too sexy for S'pore?

Adam Lambert may have been a hit on American Idol but 13,000 Singaporeans have signed an online petition trying to get him booted off the stage.

How to fly free forever

Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.


Yuan takes center stage at summit

A gallery of experts spoke at the 2015 Corporate Finance Summit hosted by BOCOM HK Branch in Shenzhen.

'CE is keen to improve people’s livelihoods'

Chan believes that in the medium term the CE will deliver on key policies such as land and housing supply.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.


Getting ahead of the game

Hong Kong will have a key role in Belt and Road, provided it acts fast and grabs the opportunities before others do, say panelists at the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable.