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Xi arrives in Macao

Xi Jinping arrived in Macao on Friday noon for celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to the motherland.

Reflections on 'Occupy' urged

Wang Guangya advises SAR to examine relationship between ‘One Country’ and ‘Two Systems’.

New system to boost maritime power

China will set up a network by 2020 to cope with disasters, guarantee development of the coastal economy.

Leftist party of ROK dismissed

ROK constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-the ...

Time for region to diversify

Macao is looking to develop as a leisurely tourist destination to offer visitors.

8 children killed in Australian city

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a no...

Ailing rouble poses risks to China

Rouble plunged about 20% against the dollar at one stage on Tuesday.

Russian crisis 'to last 2 years at most'

Putin tried to quell fears of economic collapse and vowed rapid recovery from the worst fin...

Opinion

Beijing can benefit from lessons learned by ICAC

December 4 was the People’s Republic of China’s inaugural Constitution Day, established to commemorate the enactment of the 4th...

Is seventy five the ideal age to bow out?

Apart from being alive technically, to be frank, many people are just waiting for death.

Where will PM Abe take Japan now?

Very few can imagine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe winning a single popularity contest anywhere in the neighborhood of East Asia.

More homes imminent

The government move for greater focus on increased subsidized housing supply is a sensible one.

No late recovery of justice

A retrial lasting more than three weeks finally acquitted a young man called Huugjilt of the rape and murder of a young woman, for whic...

Nation

Xi arrives in Macao for 15th anniversary celebrations

President Xi arrived in Macao on Friday noon for celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Macao's return to the motherland.

New observation system to boost maritime power

China is to set up an offshore observation network by 2020 to cope with disasters, guarantee development of the coastal eco...

'Time for Macao to diversify'

It is time for the city to branch out its economy from an over-reliance on gambling, as this year it may see first yearly decline in gamin...

24-hr customs clearance for Hengqin

Hengqin port, which connects China's southern coastal city Zhuhai with Lotus port in Macao, extended its service time to 24 hours on Wedne...

PLA submariners defy death in the depths

Crew members' well-honed skills and exceptional courage cited for averting disaster.

Relocated parents face hard lessons

As young Chinese children head abroad to study, many anxious parents are opting to move with them, but some experts say the trend is a double-edged sword.

AVIC takes aim at the overseas market

One of China's leading defense contractors has just unveiled its new generation jet fighter to wide acclaim.

HK

Official calls for reflections on ‘Occupy Central’

The head of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office advised the city’s political elite to reflect on what can be learned from the illegal occupation protests, particularly on the relationship between “One Country” and “Two Systems”.

HK$27b boost for housing plan

A HK$27-billion “housing reserve” will be set aside to back up the government’s new 10-year public housing supply target of building 290,000 public homes.

'Occupy’ leaves ex-academic disappointed with students

The recently terminated 79-day illegal protests were “a bad case for democracy”, said Professor Wong Chack-kie, member of the Hong Kong government’s Central Policy Unit.

'Equal footing’ given to HK service firms

Most Hong Kong service providers can expect to receive the same treatment as companies from the Chinese mainland when they start businesses in Guangdong province.

Focus HK

Uneasy ululations

Gong Linna and her music-composer husband Lao Luo return to Hong Kong this weekend to perform Tante, a song without words that turned Gong into an overnight singing sensation.

Grape expectations

With the economy slowing and an anti-graft drive sparking austerity measures, 2014 is said to have brought tough times for the wine sector in China. But for many it presented the best opportunity ever.

Tis the Season

Regardless of how you feel about the actual holiday, Christmas means one thing for sure: there’s nothing to do on the 25th except go to the movies.

Asia

8 children killed in northern Australian city

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

ROK court orders dissolution of leftist party

ROK constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-the DPRK views.

Japan researcher fails to replicate stem cell results

A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment.

Japan, US delay defense guideline revision

Japan and the United States announced Friday that they will delay the revision of their defense guidelines planned in the end of this year until the first half of 2015.

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

Easing of curbs to drive luxury homes market

A number of luxury residential projects with apartments costing more than 100,000 yuan ($16,080) per square meter will come on stream in Beijing next year, with curbs on high-end market prices being eased and the central bank’s new housing loan policy driving demand, real estate experts said.

Ailing rouble poses risks to China

The panic from Russia's beleaguered currency has not yet reached the Chinese foreign exchange market, but economists are warning about a chain reaction from economic turmoil in the nation's large neighbor.

Asian stocks extend bounce

Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates.

Eye on Asia

Fishermen struggle after tsunami

A fter the tsunami pounded Thailand's Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes.

Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

Only six of the 16 teams in the tournament that starts Jan. 9 in Melbourne are ending 2014 with the same coach they started the year with.

Female fighters battle for rights in Syria

Arin is one of thousands of young Kurdish women who have taken up arms in the past two years.

Sport

Balotelli gets 1 match ban

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online.

Juventus beat Cagliari to end year top of Serie A

Juventus eased to a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Cagliari on Thursday to ensure it ended the year at the top of the Serie A standings.

Woeful Knicks on slow learning curve under Jackson regime

In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a frustrated star in Carmelo Anthony.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Life Style

Censor’s role

Expurgating unsavory content from movies comes with good intentions but often ends up with unintended real-life black humor

Chinese collector buys violin with sky high price

An antique violin made by Italian famous luthier Antonio Stradivari was purchased by a Chinese collector recently at a sky high price in New York.

Quirky News

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

Video

The art of Thangka

A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy, an exhibition showcasing nearly 100 pieces of thangka painting, will be on at L’hotel Nina & Convention Centre in Tsuen Wan until Dec 15.

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

CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.

Roundtable

Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

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.