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Xi voices support for HK, Macao leaders

President Xi Jinping pledged support to the chief execuitves of the Hong Kong and Macao speical adminstrative regions.

Ex-HK top official guilty in graft trial

Hong Kong's former chief secretary was found guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties.

China, Thailand sign MoU on railway cooperation

China and Thailand signed Friday a memorandum of understanding on railway cooperation.

China opposes US arms sale to Taiwan

China expressed resolute opposition to a US bill authorizing the sale of Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.

China revises 2013 GDP up by 3.4%

China revised its 2013 economic data, adding 3.4 percent for a final total of 58.8019 trill...

China stocks hit 4-year high

The Shanghai Composite Index rallied to its highest level since Nov 2010, led by gains in s...

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...

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 underscores 'One Country, Two Systems' in Macao

President Xi Jinping underscored the importance of the "One Country, Two Systems" policy and the Basic Law in a speech in Macao.

China opposes US arms sale to Taiwan

China expressed resolute opposition to the signing by US President Barack Obama of a bill authorizing the sale of Perry-cla...

China, Thailand sign MoU on railway cooperation

China and Thailand signed Friday a memorandum of understanding on railway cooperation.

China jet captain jailed 3 yrs for crash that killed 44

The captain of a passenger plane which crashed in northeast China four years ago was sentenced to three years in prison for mis-operation.

Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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.

HK

Xi voices support for HK, Macao leaders

President Xi Jinping on Friday pledged support to the chief execuitves of the Hong Kong and Macao speical adminstrative regions.

Former chief secretary found guilty in graft trial

Rafael Hui, the former government No. 2, was found guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Govt releases 4 sites for land sale

The government will release four residential sites to be sold in the coming quarter to provide 1,500 apartments.

Hong Kong shares close up

Hong Kong shares finished up on Friday, climbing for a second day heartened by the prospect that US interest rates will stay low for a while.

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

China stocks at 4-year high

China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rallied to its highest level since November 2010, led by gains in sectors including banking.

China revises 2013 GDP

China revised its 2013 economic data, adding 3.4 percent for a final total of 58.8019 trillion yuan.

BYD denies Buffet plans to cut stake

Chinese electric carmaker BYD said shareholder Berkshire Hathaway Inc had confirmed it has no present intention to reduce its stake in the company.

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

Guangzhou R&F names Getafe's Contra coach

Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F has reached a deal with current Getafe manager Cosmin Contra for him to be their new coach.

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.

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

The spirit of Christmas

Judith Huang is an editor for China Daily in Beijing. She is from Singapore and is looking forward to her first Christmas in China.

Censor’s role

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

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

Looking through crystal ball

Tired of taking photos the ordinary way? You may now try to use crystal balls to enhance your photos. Chinadailyasia.com shows you how it works. A crystal ball photography workshop will be held at 2-3pm on 20-21 Dec and 25-26 Dec at Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung.

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.