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China: Trade with DPRK accords with UN resolutions

A Chinese spokesperson has restated China's consistent position against the DPRK developing nuclear weapons.

China releases human rights action plan

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020) is released by the State Council Information Office.

Duterte to scrap war games with US

While the Philippine president says next week's joint drill will be the last one, its foreign secretary said otherwise.

HK govt vows to protect maids' rights

The SAR's labor chief made the promise to visiting Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment, Silvestre H. Bello III.

Deadly train crash in New Jersey

A commuter train plowed into the Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday.

China's FTZs drive new opening up

Since the Shanghai FTZ was launched on Sept 29, 2013, 10 other provincial regions now have ...

Afghan govt, rebels ink peace deal

It is the first peace treaty the Afghan govt has completed since the war with the Taliban b...

2 Pak soldiers ‘killed by Indian troops'

Indian army claimed it carried out deadly "surgical strikes" on the other side of the Line ...

Opinion

Yuan joining the ‘elite currency club’ will herald a new epoch

Yuan’s inclusion into the SDR currency basket shows that the renminbi’s role in the global arena will continue to expand across...

Hong Kong filmmakers can learn from the mainland’s ‘smart’ promotion strategy

The marketing crew of a film can ask several KOLs (key opinion leaders) to comment on the movie — it doesn’t even have to be a ...

Wang Chau row can be settled with participation of all stakeholders

To deal with the complicated issues, the government needs to actively launch public consultations to engage the public and deliver the ...

Developing brownfield sites in HK no easy task

The Wang Chau development plan is just the beginning.

Better consular protection for HK people overseas

Ways for overseas citizens to get better protection: Incidents of HK-based Chinese citizens requiring consular protection have increase...

Video

Hanjin’s Shipping Crisis

The collapse of a South Korean freight shipping line has triggered confusion and chaos around major ports in Asia.

Jacqueline and Her Dog’s Dog’s Life

Meet Jacqueline Wong, a dog owner who’s highest priority is her pet’s physical and mental well-being.

Mobile Game Mania in Nepal

Malpur is a village typical of many small rural communities in Nepal. Most people live off the land - there are few amenities yet there is no shortage of smartphones.

Nation

China's trade with DPRK 'accords with UN resolutions'

A Chinese spokesperson has restated China's consistent position against the DPRK developing nuclear weapons.

China publishes action plan on human rights

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020), released by the State Council Information Office, follows previ...

1 dead, 26 missing in Zhejiang landslide

Fifteen people have been rescued after a landslide hit a village in east China's Zhejiang province Wednesday.

Top advisory body to convene in late October

The 18th meeting of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee will be held from late October to early November.

Online finance course launched

Topics of study include mobile payments, crowdfunding and internet banking.

Sichuan University pursues global vision

Professors from prestigious institutions around the world have been invited to teach in English.

China says 'aye' to AI

Boom in artificial intelligence projects promises to energize Chinese startups.

HK

Meeting to examine fire safety at fruit market

The government will hold a public consultation meeting to study fire safety improvements at the Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market.

Govt vows to protect maids' rights

The city's labor chief made the promise to visiting Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment, Silvestre H. Bello III.

CE vows to resolve MPF offsetting issue

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying vowed to resolve the Mandatory Provident Fund offsetting issue within his remaining time in office, the city’s biggest labor group said.

Contractor sentenced to 35 months over bid rigging

A former engineering company proprietor was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment for offering HK$44 million in bribes to rig the bids for several private residential estate renovation projects.

Focus HK

Friends you never knew of

A few enterprising people in HK have taken the initiative to connect strangers with similar interests and engage them in exciting group activities.

Hiding in the shadows

Like most young people, minority kids need to ‘belong’ but can find it tough — leaving many to seek solace in the shadowy realm of drugs.

Tourism gloom

Tourism and retail industry players have painted a gloomy outlook for the coming Oct 1 Golden Week Holiday as Hong Kong is seeing fewer inbound visitors from the mainland.

Asia

Philippines' Duterte to scrap war games with US

But the Philippines' foreign secretary said the decision was not final.

India attacks 'terror launch pads' in Pak 'territory'

Pakistan said two of its soldiers were killed in unprovoked firing from Indian troops.

Afghan govt, dissident group ink peace deal

It is the first peace treaty the Afghan government has completed since the war with the Taliban began in 2001.

Singapore court sends teen blogger back to jail

A Singapore court sentenced 17-year-old blogger Amos Yee to six weeks in jail for "wounding religious feelings".

Clearing the air

After last year’s severe haze, Southeast Asian countries work to target errant firms, set new laws and restore peat lands but poverty remains the root of the problem

Catch them if you can

Pokemon Go is a huge success due to its mix of familiar characters and new way to play, but its staying power is unknown

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

China's FTZs drive new opening up

The negative list model adopted at the Shanghai FTZ is basically a blacklist defining sectors and businesses that are off limits to foreign investment.

Chinese investors step up to NZ hotel challenge

Chinese investment in New Zealand's tourism sector is ticking up as China continues to be New Zealand's fastest growing visitor market.

Fresh touch of personal care for mainland consumers

Increasing number of overseas companies are putting Chinese companies on their radar to tap the enormous consumer goods market in the world’s second-largest economy.

Eye on Asia

Aussie govt wants slower switch to clean energy

Over 90 percent of the South Australia's households had power restored, the state Premier says.

Singapore, Japan sign three pacts

The agreements in trade, infrastructure and technology were inked on the side lines of a conference to mark 50 years of bilateral ties.

Slum dwellers squeezed out of India's Smart Cities

Smart Cities plan will force tens of thousands of people from their slum homes as city planners spruce up central business districts and build metro train lines.

Sport

Olympic star swimmers to compete at FINA World Cup

Chinese swimming star Fu Yuanhui will compete in the fourth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2016 to be held in Beijing from Sept 30 to Oct 1.

Mourinho mindful of another backlash against Rooney

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may not start Wayne Rooney in the Europa League on Thursday, saying he wants to "protect" his captain from another media backlash if he has a poor performance.

Expert panel warns Tokyo Olympics cost could top US$30 billion

The panel on Thursday said the ballooning costs reflect an absence of leadership and a lack of governance and awareness of cost control.

Straight shooter

Indian economist, forecaster and best-selling author has a reputation for taking on, and sometimes tearing down, the prevailing view.

Stitching a legacy

Inspired by the draped form of the sari, Indian designer turned passion for fashion into international acclaim.

Place to think

Asian specialist believes Perth, Western Australia, is a great location for a regional policy center.

Life & Art

Street smart

A touring festival brings Hong Kong gangster films to six cities on the mainland, especially for those who have only watched them on VCR.

Using movies to forge bonds

The five-day Silk Road International Film Festival wrapped up on Sept 23 in Shaanxi's provincial capital Xi'an.

Quirky News

Jade hunters taken in by rumor

Rumor of someone had found a bracelet at a road in Tengchong and sold it for 390,000 yuan turned out to be false.

Surf dogs compete in California

Over 60 dogs chased waves during the 8th Surf City Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach near Los Angeles.

Put pants on rats? He wins Ig Nobels

The Ig Nobels is the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.

Special

Wuxi landmark draws top talents

World-class office building attracts industry big names and morphs into new financial hub.

Striving to break new ground

The world’s largest institutional adviser for private sectors in developing countries has been an industry trailblazer for 60 years, IFC’s regional head Vivek Pathak says.

Roundtable

Goodbye to cash and cards

In China’s developing smart economy, you can go out without a wallet but not your cell phone.