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14 national political advisors removed

A total of 14 national political advisors were expelled due to corruption, said China's top political advisor Tuesday.

HK Jan retail sales retreat 14.6%

The govt noted the year-on-year decline in retail sales was partly due to the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year.

Huawei to aid 5G development

China's Huawei and Japan mobile operator NTT DOCOMO are teaming up to develop 5G radio access technology.

Evergrande: Realty heat Down Under

"Villa del Mare" in Sydney was bought "illegally" by Golden Fast Foods Pty, owned by HK-listed Evergrande Real Estate Group.

SOE's 'overseas assets not audited'

Official figures showed the value of assets owned by around 110 SOEs totalled 35 trillion y...

Macao casino revenue plunges by half

Feb's gross gambling revenue fell by 48.6% from a yr ago to US$2.4 billion, the biggest mon...

Hilary Clinton 'may have broken laws'

The Ex-US Secy of State "may have violated laws by using a personal email account for work".

China to hold victory parade

The parade will commemorate 70th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance.

Opinion

Govt circular for correct usage 17 years overdue

Afriend recently invited Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to attend an upcoming event.

Budgets are not only about ‘sweeteners’

The current system means the Budget often lacks new, much needed proposals.

Crush separatist bigotry

Some local political groups advocating “Hong Kong independence” showed their true color again on Sunday by openly harassing legitimate ...

Reform resolve is unshakable

The comprehensive and deepened reforms advanced by top leader Xi Jinping and his colleagues over the past two years are aimed at servin...

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

It certainly is embarrassing to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Nation

14 national political advisors down in anti-graft blitz

A total of 14 national political advisors were expelled due to corruption, said China's top political advisor Tuesday.

China responds to US concern over counterterrorism law

China's drafting of its first counterterrorism law is a domestic issue, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

China set to launch fifth lunar probe in 2017

China is set to launch the unmanned Chang'e-5 in Hainan province in 2017.

Henan crash kills 20 opera performers

Twenty people have been confirmed dead and 13 others were injured after a coach veered off a cliff late Monday night.

Two sessions: From A-Z

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)kick off today

Backgrounder: China's top political advisors

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is headed by the chairman of its national committee.

Lenovo leads Chinese charge in Australia

Lenovo is the highest profile Chinese brand that is attracting attention outside China, and its reputation is growing.

HK

HK retail sales retreat 14.6% in January

The govt noted the year-on-year decline in retail sales was partly due to the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year.

Yuen Long protesters carried different weapons: Police

Radical protesters in Yuen Long were carrying dangerous knives, tools and a home-made chili spray when confronting police officers during an anti-parallel trading demonstration on Sunday night.

Institut Pasteur launches global health initiative in HK

Institut Pasteur launched a global health initiative in Hong Kong, aiming to raise US$120 million to combat infectious diseases.

HK shares end lower

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7 percent to 24,702.78 points, while the China Enterprises Index lost 2.2 percent to 11,945.25 points.

Focus HK

Are we stewing in our own juices?

There isn’t a magic pill to get instant detox and an hour-glass figure. Period. And yet people get taken in by advertizing hoaxes.

Turning silver into gold

A young physical therapist in Hong Kong has shown wisdom and empathy beyond his years in his mission to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

A stitch in time

For many tourists, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops.

Asia

US first lady to visit Japan, Cambodia this month

Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a US global effort to support girls' education.

Pyongyang blasts US-ROK war games

The DPRK said the "golden opportunity" for improvement in inter-Korean relations has gone due to the US-ROK war games.

DPRK ends Ebola travel restrictions

One tour company that takes tourists into DPRK, Uri Tours, said on its website that it had been told by the country's national airline that the ban had been lifted.

Now, Abe 'under political donation cloud'

Japan's political funds control law bans firms from making political donations within a year of them being picked to receive subsidies.

From niche to mainstream

Islamic banking sees growing non-Muslim clientele who are increasingly aware of the benefits of sharia-based financing.

HK banks on Islamic finance

Sharia-compliant services with exposure to Chinese mainland are proving popular with investors.

Asia Weekly

Business

Huawei to aid 5G development

China's Huawei and Japan mobile operator NTT DOCOMO are teaming up to develop 5G radio access technology.

China SOE's 'overseas assets not audited'

Official figures showed the value of assets at around 110 SOEs totalled 35 trillion yuan at the end of 2013.

France's Lafarge to buy out 45% of Chinese subsidiary

French leading building material company, Lafarge, signed an accord to buy a 45% stake in its Chinese subsidiary Lafarge Shui On Cement.

Eye on Asia

New chain stores to please DPRK consumers

Workers in sharp new uniforms open the doors and turn on the lights about an hour before sunrise at their chain store on the corner of one of Pyongyang's main streets.

Murayama watches Abe choice of WWII words

Japan's former PM Tomiichi Murayama has called on Japan to reflect itself instead of superficially calling for peace.

Payment delays dent India's flagship health

At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss.

Sport

Lin returns to All England

Lin Dan will be at the National Indoor Arena for the first time since 2012, when he captured his fifth All England title.

Di Maria, Mata failing to live up to price tags at United

Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria costing a combined 97 million pounds last year as the club looked to regain its status as England's top team.

Chelsea, Everton fined for player misconduct

The Football Association announced here on Monday that both Chelsea and Everton have been fined 30,000 pounds for player misconduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

On a mission

Bangladeshi think tank chief is a leading light in regional efforts to eradicate poverty and set up a ‘southern silk route’.

Credit to the nation

After decades of conflict, Pung Kheav Se created a bank that enabled the people of Cambodia to save and borrow safely.

The accidental archaeologist

Finding a prehistoric ax head in a farmar's field leads to a career uncovering China's ancient past.

Life Style

Prince William focuses on football and film

Britain's Prince William focused his China trip on promoting links between the countries in football and film Tuesday.

Rare pieces stolen from Chinese museum in France

About 15 rare pieces of art have been stolen from the Chinese Museum of the Chateau de Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris.

Quirky News

A nod to Lewinsky's dress

A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress.

Debate rages over color of dress

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

2 llamas lassoed after running amok in US

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City, Arizona.

Video

Without limits

Award-winning Chinese artist, Li-Zi, is never in a hurry. She customarily spends more than a month perfecting a piece of art. Chinadailyasia.com chats up this post-80s artist to find out why.

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

X’mas Memory

Christmas day is always filled with happiness and surprise. The December round of China Daily College Photo Contest themed ‘Merry Christmas’ has concluded.

Roundtable

‘New normal’ needs efficiency overhaul

Hong Kong forum hears how overcapacity and debt must be tackled in rebalancing of mainland financial system.

Older order gets shake-up from Internet finance

Growing success of online firms reflects demand from customers not served by traditional banks.