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UBS pegs China's 2015 growth at 6.8 percent

The economy is expected to pick up in Q2 as funding issues are resolved and policy uncertainties are reduced, UBS said.

Cross-Strait economic talks on Jan 29

The decision was made according to the 11th provision in the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in 2010.

Runner dies day after HK marathon

A 24-year-old marathon runner who fainted at Causeway Bay on Sunday died at Eastern Hospital this morning.

WeChat captures Moments with ads

On Sunday night, many WeChat users found in their WeChat Moments news feed an update from a new friend - advertisement.

CPC discipline review unveils collusion

Graft among high-ranking as well as junior officials was found to be rampant.

India honors Chinese scholar

Huang Baosheng will be conferred the Padma Shri - India's fourth-highest civilian award.

Favorable visa policy to draw talent to China

China will expand the favorable visa policies of its 1,000 Talent Plan.

Greek radical left wins election

Alexis Tsipras, 40, is the leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party.

Opinion

Third Silk Road will lead to the China Dream

A year ago President Xi Jinping expressed his strategic vision of a new model of connectivity among peoples known as the “One B...

Innovation and Technology Bureau vital for Hong Kong

The government has been taking proactive measures to promote science and technology. One of these is setting up an Innovation a...

What Obama's India visit means to China

India may be pushed back against China once again.

GDP gives way to growth quality

Instead of giving a specific GDP target for Shanghai this year, the mayor said in his report to the city's People's Congress on Sunday ...

Move for better law enforcement

At long last, the performance assessment mechanisms for law enforcement agencies are to be adjusted.

Nation

Party discipline inspection unveils collusion

Graft among high-ranking as well as junior officials, and purchase and sale of official positions are rampant.

Scholar first Chinese to receive India's civilian award

Huang Baosheng, born in July 1942, is a member of the CPC and a researcher at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Former N China senior party official expelled from CPC

Liang Bin, a former senior official in Hebei Province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public...

Cross-Strait economic talks on Jan 29

The decision was made according to the 11th provision in the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), signed in 2010.

C-section is no longer cutting edge

Changes to the rules governing family planning prompted hundreds of thousands of couples to register to have a second child, but a former reliance on cesarean deliveries is causing misery for many, as Yang Wanli reports.

China's signal of innovation in Davos

An 80-plus Chinese delegation comprising high-ranking government officials, business elites and academicians drew attentions at the Davos forum.

Can tennis keep its China fans after Li Na?

With Li Na in retirement and not defending her title at the Australian Open, there are far fewer Chinese flags and fans with red-and-yellow-streaked faces in the stands at Melbourne Park.

HK

Marathon runner dies

A 24-year-old marathon runner who fainted at Causeway Bay on Sunday died at Eastern Hospital this morning.

Hong Kong still popular with mainland students

Although the "Occupy Central" campaign seriously affected daily life in Hong Kong for more than two months, it has not dampened mainland students' enthusiasm to study in Hong Kong universities.

Shares gain for 5th day despite euro zone concerns

The Hang Seng index rose 0.2 percent, to 24,909.90 points, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.3 percent, to 12,228.16 points.

Envoys in thumbs up to reform plan: Tsang

Envoys of Western nations stationed in Hong Kong agree that a Chief Executive (CE) election by universal suffrage designed according to the blueprint laid out by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) will ensure a step forward for local democracy, top SAR legislator Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said.

Focus HK

Raising standards

More than 73,000 runners, swept up in the annual bout of marathon fever, took part in the city’s largest participatory sporting event on Sunday.

Heart and sole

Goddess founder tells of starting young and finding success with the help of unwavering persistence and a focus on the basics. William Wong Wai was just 25 when he set up Goddess International Ltd.

Going places

The renminbi is poised to further advance its status as a global reserve currency, as it is now a prime candidate for inclusion in the IMF reserve assets basket, with likely profound implications for renminbi internationalization.

Asia

Obama and Modi cite 'new trust', seal nuke deal

Progress toward putting in place a landmark civil nuclear agreement, as well as advances on climate change and defense ties were cited.

Shi'ite rebels violently disperse protesters in Yemen

Shi'ite rebels armed with knives and batons have attacked and detained demonstrators trying to protest against them in Yemen's capital.

Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining hostage's release

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.

Malaysia Airlines site hacked by group backing IS

The website of embattled Malaysia Airlines has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group.

India looks to the longer term

Amid declining profits, strong balance sheets could tide oil producers through global price drop.

Slippery slope

Asian oil firms see share prices and earnings tumble as outlook for commodity stays bearish

Asia Weekly

Business

UBS pegs China's 2015 growth at 6.8%

The economy is expected to pick up in Q2 as funding issues are resolved and policy uncertainties are reduced, UBS said.

Android still dominates operating system market

Those using systems developed by Google Inc are expected to see their market share grow at a double-digit pace in 2015, thanks to the rise of Chinese device makers.

Asia stocks down as anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national polls.

Eye on Asia

Iraq 'sleeper cells' fight Islamic State group

"Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul.

Afghan air force ascent slow

late last year,Afghanistan began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power.

Fiji attracts Bollywood's movie makers

More movie makers from India will enter Fiji in 2015 as local audio visual agents continue to promote Fiji as an ideal location for film shoots.

Sport

Nishikori through to Australian Open quarterfinals

US Open finalist Kei Nishikori advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9-seeded David Ferrer of Spain.

Serena to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

Serena Williams avenged her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Cavs win over Thunder 108-98

LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder for their sixth straight win.

Filling the plate

Maxim’s chairman has revamped the popular Hong Kong restaurant brand into a hugely successful collection of diverse dining outlets.

Power to transform

Overcoming the skeptics to build UAE's thriving Free Trade Zone was just a first step for intrepid leader who is now ready for a new challenge.

Streets ahead

Malaysian enterpreneur survived numerous setbacks before finding success as a leading auto parts maker in Thailand.

Life Style

Miss Colombia is crowned Miss Universe for 2015

A 22-year-old business student and model from Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Miss Universe at the annual beauty pageant.

'Birdman' tops SAG Awards

"Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning best ensemble cast, even though star Michael Keaton was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category.

Quirky News

Still single? Adopt a scorpion

Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of that special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

Smoker fined $15,000 for tossing out butts

Singapore has fined a smoker S$19,800 ($15,000) for throwing cigarette butts out of his flat window, the highest ever such fine.

Chinese official blames smoked bacon for smog

While experts point to car emissions for causing foul air, a Sichuan official has laid the blame on people making smoked bacon.

Video

Piano chose me

Leaving his hometown at the age of 13,Rueibin Chen followed his heart to pursue his musical dream in Europe. He has won lots of awards as well as worldwide acclaim since the journey began decades ago. Although piano is an invention of the Western world, Chen has his ways to surmount cultural barriers. A pianist, what is crucial to him is spreading the stellar spirit of music.

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

Reviving the Ru

2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar calendar, has proved to be yet another successful year for Han Qin. Her application for a national scientific and technological cooperation project on research and development of Ru wares got approved.

Roundtable

Ideal gateway for overseas ventures

Mainland outbound direct investment (ODI) is for the first time set to exceed inbound figures, underscoring a trend where the world’s second-biggest economy is poised to become a net outbound investment destination.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.