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China unveils network convergence plan

China's State Council unveiled a plan for delivering telecom, media and Internet services via a single broadband connection.

Rail giant launches US operations

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) will assemble 284 subway cars in Springfield, Massachusetts.

HK stocks lowest since July 2013

The Hang Seng Index ended the day 0.5% lower at 20,840.61, the lowest close since July 9, 2013. It lost 3.6% for the week.

Assad 'ready to share power with opp'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to hold snap parliamentary polls.

Indonesia scraps high-speed rail plan

Indonesia has asked bidders China and Japan to submit new plans to build a slower train.

IMF rules out concern over China volatility

The International Monetary Fund says market volatility alone mustn't raise China concerns.

US mulls sanction against China firms

US' sanction against Chinese firms "connected to alleged cyber theft" may come next week.

France confirms wing part from 370

Investigators used maintenance records to match a serial number found on the wing part.

Opinion

New services like Uber bring benign competition to the city

A heated topic in society recently is the phenomenon of Uber. Different people have divergent opinions about it.

Trams should remain part of HK's public transport

In Hong Kong, trams are affectionately called “ding ding” by locals because of the sound their bells make.

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

China on path to promote network convergence

State Council released a plan for delivering telecom, media and Internet services through a single broadband connection.

China and Russia seal raft of energy deals

China and Russia signed nearly 30 cooperation documents including a series of energy deals.

China navy ships headed home after Bering Sea drill

The five ships were in the Bering Sea as part of a routine drill following the completion of military exercises with Russia.

Missile capacity gives PLA cutting edge

China has obtained a full strategic strike capability thanks to the rapid development of its strategic missile force.

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

HK stocks close at lowest since July 2013

The Hang Seng Index ended the day 0.5% lower at 20,840.61 and down 3.6% for the week, its seventh consecutive week of decline.

Peace message at parade impresses HK elites

Community leaders from HK were enthralled by the historic victory anniversary parade in Beijing — as the SAR hosted its own ceremony.

Opposition’s reports of vote-rigging irresponsible

Kwai Tsing voters say they have been wrongly accused of questionable tactics.

HK investors buy Seattle's tallest building

Hong Kong-based Gaw Capital Partners completed its purchase of the 76-story Columbia Center in Seattle for $711 million on Aug 7.

Focus HK

The loneliness of the long distance scholar

HK students wishing to study in boarding schools abroad would do well to consider a thing or two before they take the plunge to avoid adjustment problems.

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.

Asia

Assad ready to share power with opp: Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to hold snap parliamentary polls.

Pak adviser in Afghanistan to revive talks with Taliban

The Pakistan-brokered peace talks were postponed following the death of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.

Thais unveil restored statue at bomb site

Thai authorities unveiled the restored centerpiece of the Erawan Shrine in a bid to restore confidence among Bangkok's tourism.

Australia to introduce laws against hate speech

A new crime of "advocacy of genocide" will be introduced by to combat the threat of hate speech and "lone wolf" attacks.

On Edge

Turmoil in financial markets rattle investors but analysts say it is too early to talk of a global economic crisis.

Asian currencies get hammered

China’s slower growth, a weaker yuan and volatile stocks put pressure on regional units.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's high-speed giant launches US operations

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) will assemble 284 subway cars in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Indonesia scraps high-speed railway plan

Indonesia has asked the two bidders - China and Japan - to submit new plans to build a slower, cheaper train.

Asian stocks lower

Asian stock markets were mostly lower as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly US jobs report.

Eye on Asia

Bail demands keep the poor imprisoned in India

"Justice seems very costly for the poor in India," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, who heads the People's Vigilance Committee of Human Rights.

Film shows private side of Malala

Most people know Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, but few have heard of the 19th century Afghan heroine she was named after.

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.

Sport

US Open lookahead

Venus Williams' opponent in the third round of the US Open on Friday is 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who just so happens to be the last player to beat Serena Williams.

China tie Hong Kong 0-0 at World Cup qualifier

China was held to a fruitless draw by Hong Kong, China after squandering a dozen of chances at a 2018 World Cup Asian qualifier at the Baoan Stadium here on Thursday.

Japan beat Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

Japan eased past Cambodia 3-0 to secure its first win in World Cup qualifying while South Korea thrashed Laos 8-0 to stay undefeated on Thursday.

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

Back to basics

Simple flavors recalled from our youth are the heart of a new menu that highlights old Beijing's hutong cuisine.

Challenges of the long-distance rider

Chinese equestrian competitors need to be willing to pack their tack and head overseas if they are to attain the highest skills.

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.