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China 'on alert' for automated trading

Funds flowed out as investors grew especially sensitive toward the wild swing of the market and tended to lock in profits.

No Sea talks at ASEAN meeting: China

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a regional conclave.

HK bans Taiwan sandwich brand

Hong Kong’s food safety watchdog, the Centre of Health Protection, has banned the sale of all Horng Ryen Jen sandwiches.

Spying: Japan wants US to explain

Tokyo is seeking an explanation from Washington over alleged US spying on the Japanese government and companies.

China's factory activity at 2-yr low: Caixin

The final Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index was 47.8 in July.

DPRK 'puts artillery on reverse slope'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea "has repositioned self-propelled howitzers".

China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on a roadmap for sustainable development.

HK hospital pioneers technique

HK's Queen Mary Hospital has pioneered a new technique in dual-donor liver transplantation.

Opinion

Debunking some ‘localist’ myths

Lau Nai-keung firmly rejects some of the latest arguments which the ‘localist’ movement and others are making in regard to the ...

Retirement security scheme in HK should be flexible

Almost every country or region in the world today is facing the increasingly severe problem of a growing aging population. HK i...

Academia should keep away from all distractions

Academia should not seek out power and power should keep away from academia.

Iran deal good for China's economic plans

After the 12-year-long talks, a landmark agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council member...

No more discrimination against South Asians, please

I had heard about discrimination against South Asians, but it never really got my attention until I went into an Indian restaurant and ...

Video

Nepal Diary

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal,Sylvia Chang travelled to Kathmandu.

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Nation

No Sea talks at ASEAN meeting: China

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at an ASEAN conclave.

China helps shape 2030 development plan

Negotiators from 193 UN member states agreed on the draft blueprint for sustainable development that will last through 2030.

Focus on region, ties in ASEAN conclave

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Malaysia to attend the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting from August 4 to 7.

Mosquitoes released in fight against dengue fever

The mosquitoes produced at a science park "factory" in Guangdong province can make their female mating partners infertile.

Nanjing honors heroes of 'Hump Airlift'

A memorial hall in Jiangsu province is hosting an exhibition to remember the bravery and skill of pilots from China, the US and other countries who risked their lives to take part in the most dangerous airlift of World War II.

Cliffhanger for climbing 'cradle'

A dispute in the self-proclaimed birthplace of Chinese rock climbing has resulted in devotees being banned from one of the region's most famous, and important, sites.

Loan scheme helps Tibet’s small businesses

Credit rating policy has allowed farmers to expand their operations and increase annual incomes .

HK

Furniture chain ‘undone by its own flaws’

DSC, a major furniture and home appliances retail chain, closed its doors on Monday after numerous landlords filed eviction notices with the courts.

Top HK lenders see mixed H1 fortunes

BEA’s profit dives 6.3% as mainland’s economy slows; HSBC’s climbs 10%.

Retailers fight it out as crunch goes on

Amid disappointing sales, with businesses struggling to keep themselves afloat, local retailers and analysts remain bearish on the outlook for the city’s retail sector in the second half of the year.

Blockbusters trigger stocks bonanza

Stock markets on either side of the border may be making investors sweat, but the picture is still looking good for leading film stocks as the mainland movie sector touches new highs, analysts said.

Focus HK

Waltzing into a new identity

Choreographer Willy Tsao’s experimental take on the classic novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" is the opening film at a dance video festival that kicks off tomorrow.

Running out of steam

The handcrafted bamboo steamers used to make dim sum might soon disappear from HK. Frannie Guan met Lam Ying-hung, one of the last practitioners of the dying art.

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

Asia

Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

Most Gulf Arab states are worried that the Iran nuclear deal will embolden Tehran to support paramilitary allies in the region.

Canadian pastor 'confesses' in Pyongyang

A video footage captures a Canadian pastor confessing before a Pyongyang church congregation that he had committed crimes against the DPRK.

Japan demands explanation over alleged US spying

Tokyo is seeking an explanation from Washington over alleged US spying on the Japanese government and companies, local media reported.

25 killed as warplane crashes into Syria tmarket

At least 25 people were killed and tens of others wounded when a Syrian warplane crashed into a popular marketplace.

Pillars of the community

Chinese temple on the site of Lord Buddha’s birthplace is helping Nepali earthquake victims rebuild their lives.

Out of the rubble

A Kathmandu camp embodies the spirit of voluntarism and tenacity of Nepalese as they rebuild their lives three months after devastating earthquakes hit the country.

Asia Weekly

Business

Stocks down, China 'on alert' for automated trading

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index shrank 1.1 percent to close at 3,622.91 points.

China freezes US fund Citadel's account

The Shanghai and Shenzhen markets fell again on Monday, undermined by fresh concerns over the health of China's economy.

Asian stocks fall

Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices.

Eye on Asia

Life insurers on upswing in Philippines

The improving Philippine economy, one of the fastest in Southeast Asia, is giving ordinary Filipinos stronger incentive to save.

Vietnam's property market rising fast

Government of Vietnam is hoping that lessons learnt from the last burst bubble will help prevent the latest property cycle crashing like the last one.

Singapore leads water revolution

As climate change makes nature's sources less reliable, Singapore is focusing on its reclaimed and desalinated water taps.

Sport

IOC elects two new members

The IOC members election commission is working on a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Sepp Blatter's term as IOC member ends

FIFA president Sepp Blatter's term as an International Olympic Committee member ended Monday when he did not seek re-election.

Making connections

Nepal investment chief drums up interest in big infrastructure projects — with skilled Chinese companies top of his wish list.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Lifestyle

Exploding canvas

A New York-based Chinese artist returns to this part of the world with a gunpowder show.

'Mission: Impossible' climbs to No 1

The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series has earned US$56 million.

Quirky News

From fat cat to 'Skinny darling'

A former 18.6-kilogram cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

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.

'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

Replacing an aging workforce — the way ahead

With HK facing a shrinking workforce amid a rapidly graying society, the govt and employers have been urged to do more to get people back to work to fill the gap.