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China's factory activity rebounds in March

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index, a key measure of factory activity, was at 50.1 in March, up from 49.9 in Feb.

Deposit insurance to start in May

An insurance system for bank deposits in China will begin on May 1, 2015 to scrap remaining interest rate controls.

China launches latest Beidou satellite

China launched a new-generation satellite into space to expand its indigenous navigation to a global coverage.

AIIB: HK CE seeks LegCo backing

CY Leung urged lawmakers not to use filibusters to stop the SAR from joining the Asian Infrastructural Investment Bank.

No pact as Iran talks miss deadline

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into ...

China aims to double doctor numbers

China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020 and improve technology.

HK: Retail sales down 2% y-on-y

Hong Kong's retail sales decreased two percent year on year in value during Jan-Feb 2015.

Japan, US set to widen naval missions

The Chinese foreign ministry said the Japan-US alliance "should not exceed its bilateral sc...

Opinion

Lee Kuan Yew’s wisdom is timeless

The insightful comments by Singapore’s founding father on HK are still relevant today to the SAR government and its people.

A chance not to be missed

There will be formidable challenges to overcome for Hong Kong to participate in the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives.

AIIB not aimed at challenging US

Countries are eager to maximize their national interests by getting more involved in the booming Asian economy.

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 ...

Nation

Watchdog restarts study on green GDP

Green GDP is an economic growth index that quantifies and measures the monetary costs of environmental damage caused by a country's economic growth.

New round of 'Fox Hunt' begins

The special action starts on Wednesday and will last until the end of December, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

New agreements give a lift to Uganda

Visiting President Museveni calls China a reliable friend of Africa, welcomes added help.

Number of illegal foreign workers soars in Pearl River Delta

Thousands drawn to Guangdong factories by shortage of labor.

Nations investing faith in Asian bank plan

Analysts back new China-led AIIB to make profit and bring change to the global financial system.

Putting examination reform to the test

Improving the life-changing national college entrance exam is crucial, yet educators say challenges remain.

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.

HK

CE urges lawmakers to back HK’s role in AIIB

Chief Executive pleaded with lawmakers not to use filibusters to stop HK joining the Asia Infrastructural Investment Bank.

HKTV boss mulls takeover of ATV

A statement said the shares would be transferred to companies controlled by Ricky Wong, founder of HKTV.

Dim outlook seen for SAR retailers in 2015

Declining tourist arrivals and rising costs could lead to an estimated drop in retail sales of up to 8% in March this year.

HK’s ‘indispensable’ role in mainland’s M&A deals

HK using its legal and professional skills as well as its deep understanding of Chinese culture to help mainland enterprises with M&A deals.

Focus HK

Not as rare as you thought

Misdiagnosis, lack of specialist doctors, hospital protocol — there seems to be too many stumbling blocks in the way of identification and treatment of unusual diseases in HK.

Genius in your genes?

Genetic testing as a way of getting to know a child’s hidden aptitude is a fad fast catching on in HK. But the results should not be taken as gospel truth.

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.

Asia

No pact as Iran talks push past deadline

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime.

Heavy Arab raids rock capital city

UN, Red Cross alarmed over casualties in airstrikes; Iran denies military aid to Houthis.

Indonesia launches anti-IS military exercises

Indonesia has launched military exercises in the eastern island of Sulawesi, a haven for radical Islamists.

Myanmar govt, rebels sign draft ceasefire accord

The ceasefire agreement would mark a significant achievement if it is ratified and respected, and allow for political negotiations between the government and ethnic groups that have been fighting for autonomy.

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

China's PMI rebounds to 50.1 in March

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index, a key measure of factory activity, was at 50.1 in March, up from 49.9 in Feb.

Deposit insurance to start in May

An insurance system for bank deposits will begin on May 1, a step toward scrapping remaining interest rate controls in a more market-driven economy.

Asian stocks sag, Greek worries dog euro

Asia stocks take early lead from weaker Wall St; Crude decline continues, as Iran talks drag on past deadline.

Eye on Asia

Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to okay same-sex union

With a landmark vote by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage".

Hand-rolled cigars in the face of civil war

The company has yet to set a price for its cigars, which it hopes to export.

Petra sees few visitors with IS next door

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.

Sport

Mission Hills gears up for Buick Open

A field of 144 players will tee off on Thursday on the resort’s par-72 Sandbelt Trails course.

Djokovic defeats Dolgopolov in Miami; Venus Williams loses

Djokovic beats Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-0 in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

New Zealand's Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a 14-year international career.

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

On the 'brink of impossibility'

Scientists documented how the songbird that weighs half an ounce completes an arduous nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean from forests in New England and eastern Canada to Caribbean islands.

Craftsman keeps tradition carved in stone

Travelers to the Tibet autonomous region often come across piles of stones inscribed with scriptures and Buddhist images.

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

A visual feast

The acclaimed show Cavalia will play in Hong Kong for the first time this spring after captivating millions around the world for 12 years. As it opens on March 31, 2015 evening at the Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong gets ready to savor what many consider an equestrian ballet.

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.