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President Xi honors World War II veterans

President Xi Jinping conferred medals on 30 Chinese and foreign veterans and civilians who fought for China in WWII.

Xi for resuming nuke talks with DPRK

"I appreciate China for playing a constructive role in easing the recent tense situation," ROK President Park Geun-hye said.

HK August property sales down 29%

5,197 property sale and purchase agreements were recorded in August, down 29.2% from July and 34.2% year-on-year.

Joshua Wong earns rebuke at court

An attempt by student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung to hijack his court hearing to air political views earned him a rebuke.

China stocks close down

9 Chinese brokerages have pledged additional funds worth US$4.71b to buy shares.

China awaits UN nod for post-2015 plan

China's deputy permanent representative to the UN said this at 69th session of the UNGA.

DPRK denies mine blast apology

Seoul must stop saying the DPRK apologized or face unspecified consequences, Pyongyang said.

AIIB loans with 'fewer strings attached'

"Privatisation will not become a conditionality for loans," said a source.

Opinion

We were all young once — even those of ‘a certain age’

Hong Kong children have been raked over the editorial coals recently. They have been accused of regularly bumping into old peop...

Beijing is paying respect to history

Zhou Bajun says the 70th anniversary commemoration of the war redresses some of the fallacies of historical orthodoxy and serve...

A call to not lead humanity into another war

China's decision to hold a military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II serves important domestic ...

US can help itself by helping China

The ups and downs in the Chinese stock market, along with the yuan's depreciation against the US dollar, has given rise to speculation,...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

Video

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Heart of a city

Every city has areas that shine for a few decades and then fade away but none so visible as Shantou.

Nation

Xi honors WWII veterans

President Xi Jinping conferred medals on 30 Chinese and foreign veterans and civilians who fought for China in WWII.

15 punished for spreading military-related rumors

The People's Liberation Army has punished 15 people for spreading military-related rumors online, according to the PLA Daily.

Xi urges multilateral nuclear talks with DPRK

"I appreciate China for playing a constructive role in easing the recent tense situation," ROK President Park Geun-hye said.

China keen on UN nod for post-2015 agenda

China's deputy permanent representative to the UN said this at a meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

Border soldiers reveal their higher calling

Life is tough for the men who guard China's mountainous border with India, high on the hinterland of Tibet.

AIIB chief likes to quote Shakespeare

When China scored one of its biggest diplomatic coups on the world stage, a lot of the credit went to Mr Jin Liqun.

Tianjin Eco-City rattled, but not for long

Experts and businesses confident that deadly blasts won’t hurt its future development.

HK

Joshua Wong earns rebuke at court

An attempt by student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung to hijack his court hearing to air political views earned him a rebuke.

Property sales down 29% in August

The Land Registry recorded 5,197 property sale and purchase agreements in August, down 29.2% from July and 34.2% year-on-year.

HK stocks close at 2-year low

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.18% to close at its lowest level since July, 2013 as mainland markets continued to wobble.

Shandong all out to woo SAR investors

Shandong province is cashing in on Hong Kong’s robust finance services industry and sound capital base to boost cooperation between the government and the private sector.

Focus HK

Hair-raising treats lined up for Halloween

Ocean Park will present the largest-ever all-day-and-night Halloween celebration this year.

Summer’s over — kids are back in school

Edmond Tang and Roy Liu capture the many moods of children on the day schools reopen after summer vacation.

Pop goes the factory lore

There is an explosion of material related to the city’s industrial past on the Web, as well as in the collectibles market, and Hong Kong seems to love it. A report by Chitralekha Basu.

Asia

Swiss freeze millions amid Malaysian 1MDB fund probe

Swiss authorities have frozen funds in Swiss banks amid a probe into people linked to Malaysia's troubled state investment fund.

18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad

Diplomats say Turkey could suffer reprisals after abandoning months of reticence to launch air strikes against Islamic State.

Trade unions on nation-wide strike in India

Around 150 million workers are on the day-long strike in support of their 12-point charter of demands, trade unions' leaders claimed.

Malaysia police to question ex-premier Mahathir

Malaysian police will call former premier Mahathir Mohamad to give a statement on allegations he made against PM Najib Razak.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

Huawei takes aim at Apple, Samsung with Mate S

The Mate S is one of the first smartphones to include a Force Touch display, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press.

Venezuela, China signed US$5b loan deal: Maduro

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not confirm whether China had indeed agreed to the loan.

Indonesia delays announcing winner of rail bid

Indonesia has delayed the announcement of the winner of a hotly contested race between China and Japan to build the first high-speed railway in the country.

Eye on Asia

US$4.1b in Nepal donations sits idle

Nepal government has yet to make arrangements to receive US$4.1b of donor money and has spent nothing on reconstruction.

Online advertising shines in Thai economy

Unfazed by Thailand's faltering economy, businesses are pencilling in bigger budgets for digital advertising.

India SUV maker rides into US market

India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on US roads, starting with two wheels, not four.

Sport

De Gea must play to go to Euros: Del Bosque

The much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized.

Federer, Murray storm through US Open first round

In the tournament's most-anticipated first-round matchup, the No 3-seeded Murray hit 18 aces, saved 11 of 14 break points and stayed steady in the face of Kyrgios' various distractions.

Former Chinese national gymnast dies in Oz rock fishing

A gymnast who won silver for China at the 1985 world championships died following a rock fishing accident in Australia.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Talk of the town

Attendance of the Beijing International Book Fair, which ended on Sunday, was up 6.2 percent over last year, organizers say.

Love of all things French

The European country is easing entry procedures and launching promotions for Chinese who believe it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Quirky News

British sperm bank tells men: 'Prove your worth'

The head of Britain's national sperm bank urged men to help ease a shortage after the centre signed up just 9 registered donors in the year since its creation.

Pot smoking on US campuses at 35-yr high

Nearly 6% of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5% in 2007 but less than the 7.2% in 1980.

Porn sells, and how

A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star has sold out.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

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

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.