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HK: NPC's universal suffrage stance iterated

"The decision is unshakable," said Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the Third Session of the 12th NPC, at a press conference.

China drafts first domestic violence bill

The biggest debate over the bill is regarding situations in which authorities could intervene in the affairs of a family.

China defense budget may rise by 10%

A growth rate in defense spending of about 10 percent could be the lowest in five years. It rose by 12.2% last year.

Alibaba buys stake in film producer

Alibaba's venture capital arm has reached an agreement to acquire 8%stake in Chinese entertainment giant Enlight Media.

Sony's virtual-reality headset 'in 2016'

The new prototype also features a larger 5.7-inch OLED screen that displays nearly a 100-de...

Chinese maternity tourism under probe

The so-called maternity hotels in US cater largely to Chinese women paying a hefty fee.

Colombia detains China-flagged ship

The vessel was stopped after cargo documentation presented did not match the load.

Apple fix for Freak bug next week

The encryption technology loophole could help attackers spy on Safari and Android users.

Opinion

HK should join New Silk Road Project

Since 2014, private and State-owned enterprises have mobilized to support the initiative.

Rising anti-mainland sentiment worrying

Hostility towards students from the mainland is not new, but is rapidly spreading at Hong Kong universities.

Crush separatist bigotry

“Occupy” failed to achieve its goal because its organizers had deceived the public with lies about democracy in general.

Reform resolve is unshakable

Xi and his colleagues have pointed out a clear direction and path for a new round of reforms.

Long overdue appeal against discrimination

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

Nation

China to raise defense budget by 10%

A growth rate in defense spending of about 10 percent could be the lowest in five years.

China drafts first domestic violence bill

The biggest debate over the bill is in what conditions the authorities should step in in the private affairs of a family.

Agenda set for China's legislative session

A 172-member presidium was elected to take charge of the procedures of the 3rd session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC).

Chinese maternity tourism under US probe

The so-called maternity hotels targeted in the sweep catered largely to women from China who paid US$15,000 to US$50,000 each.

Courting change in China's judiciary

The nation's legal eagles are assessing a series of far-reaching reforms to the legal system designed to improve the service and allow judges greater independence when hearing cases and reaching verdicts.

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.

HK

Majority support for reform within NPCSC framework

52% of the respondents want the LegCo to pass the city's electoral reform package, against 27% that would accept an impasse.

Spokeswoman iterates universal suffrage stance

"The decision is unshakable," said Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the Third Session of the 12th NPC, at a press conference.

HK stocks close 0.96% lower

Hong Kong stocks dropped 237.4 points, or 0.96 percent, to close at 24,465.38 points on Wednesday.

More HK people willing to donate bodies

84% of the 807 respondents said they had heard of body donation and 51% of them said they would be willing to donate, RTHK reported.

Focus HK

Life discovered in a toy box

A group of dedicated individuals have come up with a range of playthings to help children with special needs overcome learning difficulties.

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.

Asia

US, Iran resume nuclear talks after Netanyahu speech

US and Iranian negotiators have resumed work on an agreement meant to crimp Iran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects

Former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem have been charged in absentia.

Rapist interview spirals into national scandal in India

The Indian government is asked to explain why a BBC interview with 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts was allowed in a death row cell.

Singapore's Changi Airport to build larger terminal

Changi Airport plans to build a new mega passenger terminal, which will be bigger than three current terminals combined.

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

Alibaba buys 8% stake in entertainment firm

Alibaba's venture capital arm has reached an agreement to acquire 8%stake in Chinese entertainment giant Enlight Media.

China shares up ahead of parliamentary session

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index moved up 0.51 percent to finish at 3,279.53 points.

Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed

European stocks gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors looked ahead to US economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.

Eye on Asia

DPRK prodding the economy

The goal of the reform is to prod DPRK managers and farmers to do business creatively, on their own initiative.

German 'terminator' to head Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines chose a German turnaround specialist known as "The Terminator" to lead it restructuring.

Realty: Australia risks Chinese backlash

Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey has risked severe backlash from Chinese investors by ordering one of the country's wealthiest men to sell a US$30.4 million property.

Sport

Alonso withdraws from Melbourne F1 Grand Prix

Two-time world Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has officially pulled out of the Australian Grand Prix, set to be held in Melbourne on March 15.

Benteke earns Villa 2-1 win

Christian Benteke converted an injury-time penalty to earn Aston Villa a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

Hawks rally past Rockets, Lebron moves past Ray Allen

Jeff Teague scored 25 points as the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to a 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

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 meets elephants in China

The prince planned to spend Wednesday in a tropical region in Yunnan that has been the focus of government efforts to stop poaching.

Indian adventures

For many Chinese, India is a land of mystery, but one couple traveled China's southern neighbor and wrote a book about their experiences. Xing Yi reports.

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.