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Offshore yuan centers on the up

In a little more than two years, the number of offshore yuan centers has multiplied, helping investors in more countries.

China adjusts personal imports tariffs

Import tariffs on suits and sneakers will be trimmed from 14-23 percent to 7-10 percent, and 22-24 percent to 12 percent.

China, Chile look to expand pact

Agreements to be signed on cooperation in economy, trade, finance, culture and technology.

Car-hailing apps gain in popularity

Such apps have been a topic of controversy nationwide because of the lack of relative laws and regulations.

China crude oil output rises 1.6 pct

Crude oil output in China reached 69.58 million tonnes in the first four months of 2015.

China becomes world's top crude buyer

China overtook US as the world's top importer of crude oil for the first time in April.

China likely to raise oil prices

China is likely to raise gasoline and diesel retail prices in the domestic market after a r...

SGE to fix gold price denominated in yuan

The Shanghai Gold Exchange will try to start offering the renminbi-denominated gold-fixing ...

Opinion

Democratization takes time

The reforms will offer 5 million voters the opportunity to choose between different candidates, and also help nurture a culture...

Hong Kong’s children need other meaningful education experiences

When the World Education Forum opens on May 19 it will be presented with the latest results from the Organization for OECD’s Pr...

Let’s get real about our schools and innovation

Come on, get off your high horse and get real, Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

SAR needs an effective renewable energy policy

The government consultation document contained substantial discussions on the use of renewable energy in the SAR.

The opposition camp appears increasingly likely to disintegrate

Zhang Rongshun told people in Hong Kong to back the SAR government’s proposals on the Chief Executive election by universal suffrage.

Nation

China adjusts personal imports tariffs

Import tariffs on suits and sneakers will be trimmed from 14-23 percent to 7-10 percent, and 22-24 percent to 12 percent, respectively.

China and Chile look to expand free trade pact

Agreements to be signed on cooperation in economy, trade, finance, culture and technology.

181 terror groups busted in Xinjiang

A total of 181 terror gangs have been busted after police in NW China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region started a sweeping anti-terror ca...

Tibetan town captures photos of their 'panda deity'

A Tibetan town in southwest China known for panda worship and a "panda dance" said hidden cameras had recorded a wild panda there for the ...

Hangzhou: The way to China's new economy

Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou.

China telecom giants care for Colombia's poor

By connecting Colombians with the world, Chinese telecom firms are doing a great job in faciliating the Colombian government's anti-poverty drive.

All the king's horses

Pedigree steeds have been the backbone of China's "horse country" for thousands of years, and now the far-western area is planning to use its most famous asset to improve the lives of its nomadic residents.

HK

Rally for free speech to back harassed columnist

More than a thousand people marched on Sunday to protest against threats of personal harm to a columnist by extremist groups affiliated with the opposition camp.

Beijing officials to meet HK lawmakers on reform

Local lawmakers will be invited to meet with Beijing officials on the SAR’s constitutional reform next Sunday.

Opposition advised to concede

Opposition parties were urged to offer concessions on the electoral reform in their meeting with senior central government officials.

Control point opening may suffer further delays

The opening for Liantang control point, which will connect Hong Kong and Shenzhen, may be delayed further.

Focus HK

A share of the action

International fund house managers and finance scholars are divided on whether the Hong Kong equity market is in the grip of an “A-sharization” trend, but united in warning of increased volatility.

Veggie-terranean

The newly re-vamped Post 97 offers great choices to all.

Giddying up the bamboo tower

Begun as a ritual worship to ward off the plague and pirates, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival today draws more tourists than it can contain. A preview of the big event on May 25.

Asia

Malaysia finds graves around suspected trafficking camps

Malaysia has uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Strong quake rattles Tokyo area

A strong earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, with a preliminary magnitude reading of 5.6.

Thousands evacuated in Nepal

Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide, officials said.

Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army

Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Changing matrix

Chinese investment soars in Australia as both countries seek a 'new normal’ in growth.

A ‘positive signal’ for closer ties

Sino-Indian relations take center stage as Modi’s visit sees call to work as partners, not competitors.

Asia Weekly

Business

Car-hailing apps gain in popularity

Such apps have been a topic of controversy nationwide because of the lack of relative laws and regulations.

Small is beautiful, and better

Shanghai's upmarket homes shrink in size as young well-off prioritize quality of life.

Economies pushing more trade in RMB

South Korea, which sends around a quarter of its exports to China, is one of the few countries in the world to run a trade surplus with the Asian giant.

Eye on Asia

Indonesia military backs to civilian affairs

President Joko Widodo is drawing the army more closely into his wars on drugs, terrorism, and corruption.

Bread sparks Indonesia wheat-buying surge

For an increasing number of Indonesians, rice and noodles are no longer at the top of the menu. Bread is becoming a new food staple.

Heritage sites under IS control

The ruins of Palmyra have become the latest archaeological site to fall into the hands of the militant group.

Sport

Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan eased into the second round of the French Open on Sunday.

Valencia grabs Spain's last CL spot

Valencia fought back twice to earn a Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win that relegated Almeria on a dramatic final day of the Spanish league Saturday.

Thiem wins 1st career title

Dominic Thiem held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title on Saturday.

Reel impact

Festival director puts his mark on Tokyo film event with an injection of animation and more focus on domestic fare.

A taste for better ties

Tycoon behind top-selling snack brand inspires factory workers and presidents in his mission to improve Sino-Philippine relations.

Mothers: Israel’s secret weapon

Godfather of nation's high-tech industry reveals the matriarchal pressures that drove him to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Life Style

The city that's 'half the world'

Iran's ancient Esfahan was built to dazzle, and it continues to shine through the ages. Mike Peters reports.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien wins Best Director award at Cannes

French movie Dheepan, won the Palme d'Or for the Best Film at the 68th Festival de Cannes on Sunday, while the Best Director Award was given to Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

Quirky News

Hokkaido melons fetch US$12,000 at auction

A pair of melons grew in Yubari city of Hokkaido hit 1.5 million yen at auction - the 4th highest over the past 10 years.

Grow up!

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood in the US.

'Childish' Abbott

The government in Australia's Victoria state has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "childish" tactics.

Video

Buddy needs a home

Kirsten's Zoo is a charity for dogs and cats run by a British citizen in Hong Kong, is organizing a regular cat adoption event on the third Sunday of every month to help cats and kittens look for new homes.

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

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.

Roundtable

Diversity poses challenge to further regional integration

Spotlight turns on issues including security and culture as ASEAN common market looms in pivotal year for group.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.