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China, Peru to diversify trade focus

Leaders of the two countries signed 10 agreements on investment, transportation, hydropower development, agriculture and ed...

Mutual funds to spread wings

Cross-border sales of mutual funds between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong will start on July 1.

Beijing protests 'dangerous' encounter

China said actions by the United States in the South China Sea were "irresponsible and dangerous" and called on it to stop.

China, India 'top shareholders' of AIIB

China will likely take a 25-30% stake in the China-led Asian bank and India's share is likely to be 10-15%, sources said.

China stocks at 7-year high

The Shanghai Composite Index soared 2.83% to close at 4,657.6 as investors pinned hopes on ...

Beijing, Bogota to boost cooperation

Leaders of both countries have pledged to deepen economic and cultural ties.

Li arrives in Colombia for official visit

Premier Li Keqiang arrived in capital Bogota and is expected to sign a slew of deals during...

Mexico to compensate China's CRCC

CRCC, who won a Mexican high-speed rail contract which was later revoked, will be compensat...

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, Peru to diversify trade focus

Leaders of the two countries signed 10 agreements on investment, transportation, hydropower development, agriculture and education.

Beijing strongly protests against US plane encounter

China said actions by the US in the South China Sea were "irresponsible and dangerous" and called on it to stop.

China, Colombia to cooperate in multiple sectors

China and Colombia agreed to seek cooperation in a host of areas including production capacity, equipment manufacturing and infrastructure...

3,000-member Japanese delegation visits China

The delegation includes the heads of local governments and big enterprises - a group willing to intense ties with China.

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

Mutual funds to spread wings

Cross-border sales of mutual funds between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong will start on July 1.

Yuen rejects claims about 'eroding rule of law' in HK

Hong Kong’s rule of law remains alive and well despite opposition statements to the contrary, according to the SAR’s Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung.

Hong Kong shares jump 1.7%

The Hang Seng Index jumped 1.7%, to 27,992.83, posting a weekly gain of 0.6%.

Goldin tailspin stays a mystery

High-flying group can’t explain shares collapse of HK units, but reaffirms it’s in good shape.

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

Abe's wife visits Japanese war shrine

Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals.

'Nut rage': Court frees ex-Korean Air exec

Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison.

DPRK drops demand for wage hike: ROK

The DPRK has dropped a demand for a wage hike for its workers at the Kaesong factory park run jointly with Seoul, the ROK said.

US anti-armor weapons in Iraq 'next week'

The shipment is among a variety of weaponry and equipment the US agreed to send to Iraq on an expedited basis.

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

China stocks at 7-year high

Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus.

AIIB agrees on charter

China is likely to take a 25-30% stake in the US$100 billion AIIB, and India is likely to be the second-largest shareholder.

Mexico to compensate CRCC over rail project

CRCC, which won a Mexican high-speed rail contract last year which was later revoked, will be compensated almost 20 million pesos.

Eye on Asia

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.

Rohingya crisis shows ASEAN's fault lines

The crisis is among the 10-nation group's biggest tests since the Vietnam War.

Sport

More women on the fairways

'Unlike other sports that requires fierce competition and great physical strength, golf is very graceful and lady-like.'

Serena's bid for 20, things to know about French Open

The very day that Serena Williams won this year's Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead.

China aims to capture first men's individual chess world title

With trophies of two prestigious team chess tournaments already under their belt, Chinese male chess players are eying on an individual world title.

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

Jackie Chan launches film and television academy

Jackie Chan has the new title of dean after launching his first school, the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy, in Wuhan.

Birthday celebrations start for aging panda star

China on Friday kicked off a host of birthday celebrations for aging female panda Basi, who will turn 35 years old in November, the age-equivalent of a 100-year-old human.

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.