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China equity deals defeat market chaos

HK, mainland equity raisings totalled US$20.6b during market fall - nearly triple NYSE equity raising and 13 times London.

China names candidate to head AIIB

China has formally nominated Jin Liqun, former vice finance minister of China, as its candidate for AIIB president's post.

Nationalism key to V-Day events

Over the next 3 months, China will promote 20 documentaries, 12 television dramas and three animated programs.

Beijing for talks to resolve maritime rift

The Philippines filed an arbitration case against China in relation to the South China Sea disputes in early 2013.

Greeks defy Europe with strident 'No'

Stunned European leaders called a summit for Tuesday to discuss their next move.

Blasts in central Nigerian city kill 44

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram triggered blasts at a mosque and a restaurant in Jos.

'Pak, India set to join security bloc'

Pak & India will kickstart the process later this week, China's Vice Foreign Minister said.

China urges Japan to face up to history

China urged Japan to take measures to uphold dignity of forced labor victims.

Opinion

'Post-veto' era requires bold strategy

It is time for HK to abandon negative ‘localist’ tendencies and embrace the positive national mood in order to improve people’s...

Gay marriage law will make millions happier and society much healthier

About 5 percent of the men and women of any generation will be exclusively sexually attracted to others of their own sex.

Growing number of Chinese have yen to spend in Japan

Japan is Chinese travelers' most popular destination, with 2.05 million Chinese nationals granted visas in 2014.

Tapping potential of joint production capabilities

Promoting international cooperation in production capacity is the theme of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Europe.

Oath of duty on the way

The measure, due to take effect on Jan 1, marks an important step toward maintaining the authority of the Constitution and ensuring fun...

Video

Jewish community in Hong Kong

As an international financial hub and a friendly place to foreigners, there are currently about 5,000 Jewish people living in Hong Kong. Built in 1901, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has become a central part of Hong Kong’s Jewish community, serving as a place not only to pray but also for gathering, meetings, learning...

Hong Kong July 1 celebrations

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, people from all over the SAR gathered at events around the territory on Wednesday. From the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to the PLA barracks, this video gives just a brief glimpse into the colors and sounds of the festivities.

Nation

China prefers talks to resolve maritime rows

The Philippines filed an arbitration case against China in relation to the South China Sea disputes in early 2013.

Chinese, Russian presidents to meet

Chinese President Xi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet for the second time this year in Russia's Ufa.

Nationalism stressed in run-up to V-Day events

Over the next 3 months, China will promote 20 documentaries, 12 television dramas and three animated programs.

Former senior lawmaker expelled from CPC

Li Zhi, former deputy head of the standing committee of the Regional People's Congress of Xinjiang, was expelled for alleged graft.

Tougher action on child sexual abuse signaled

A spate of headline-grabbing cases involving the rape and molestation of minors has prompted a review of the relevant legislation and school safety measures, and has placed greater emphasis on a lack of parental oversight.

Gaokao revamp to stress better English

Proposed changes to China's famously grueling university entrance exam will focus on improving the standards and methods of language tuition in the nation's schools.

'Operation duck' and the student savior

A young Chinese scholar was also a member of the rescue party, and 70 years later, he's still feted by those he helped to save.

HK

'Too early to assess impact of Shenzhen travel curb'

HK's Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development said too early to link falling tourist numbers with new travel policy.

'Go north, young man'

The mainland is where the future is, BEA boss David Li Kwok-po tells youngsters wishing to making it big in the business world.

National Security Law does not directly apply in HK: Fan

Rita Fan said on Sunday that the new National Security Law is a framework legislation, while specific offenses are covered by other laws.

Smooth ride for landmark funds program

HK and mainland regulators receive applications for 25 funds to be sold on both sides following the program kick-off.

Focus HK

Still searching for the Promised Land

Many of the Vietnamese boat people who have come to Hong Kong since 1975 are yet to find a decent roof above their heads.

A suitcase full of memories

Lam Tung-pang simulates the experience of being a tourist in his hometown, turning a hotel wing in Wan Chai into a museum of items from his artistic journey.

Garbage heaps grow as debate drags on

The HK$1 billion fund to perk up HK’s moribund recycling industry has not come through well over a year after it was proposed, thanks to the filibustering at LegCo sessions.

Asia

Differences persist in nuclear talks: Iran

"Nothing is clear yet. We are trying to solve some differences which still remain," Iran's foreign minister said in Vienna.

S'por teen blogger gets 4 weeks in jail

Singaporean teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang was sentenced to four weeks in jail for making offensive remarks online.

Thailand won't release 14 student critics of coup

The students were arrested last month after holding peaceful demonstrations in Bangkok calling for an end to military rule.

Philippines confirms second MERS case

A man who showed symptoms after arriving in Manila last month from Dubai has been diagnosed as afflicted.

Flagging safety in the skies

As airlines grow and new airports are built in Asia, safety is becoming a major issue for international regulators.

In for the long haul?

Asia’s budget airlines have become part of the region’s aviation fabric, offering cheap and no-frills air travel to meet the growing needs of the expanding middle class.

Asia Weekly

Business

China nominates candidate for AIIB president's post

China has formally nominated Jin Liqun, former vice finance minister of China, as its candidate for AIIB president's post.

China equity deals surge through market chaos

HK, mainland equity raisings US$20.6b during market fall - nearly triple NYSE equity raising and 13 times London.

Asia slides as Greeks say 'No'

Asia stocks suffer biggest daily drop in 2 years; Nikkei off 2.4 pct, euro on defensive as safe flows benefit yen.

Eye on Asia

Gaza neighborhood still trying to recover

During the 50 days of war, which started July 8, 2014 more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 1,400 civilians, died.

Thai auto-parts shares unwind past gains

The automotive and parts subindex in Bangkok has fallen 0.4 percent so far this year.

Myanmar military still using forced labor

Army units in the north of Myanmar's restive Rakhine state still routinely force minority Rohingya to heavy workload.

Sport

Japan emotional after World Cup loss

A win on Sunday would have made Japan the second team to repeat as World Cup Champions in consecutive World Cups. But it wasn't to be.

Lloyd scores 3; US defeat Japan 5-2 for WCup title

The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd.

Peng Jianfeng wins second diving gold

China's diver Peng Jianfeng made it two golds in three days, adding the men's one-meter springboard title to the three-meter springboard won at the 2015 Gwangju Summer University Games.

All sewn up

You may not be aware of it, but chances are you have worn one of TAL Group’s shirts at some point.

Custodian of knowledge

Intellectual property chief relishes the daunting challenge of spearheading global efforts to protect intangible assets.

Number cruncher

Providing a crucial service analyzing vast reams of data has taken Malaysian entrepreneur from ambitious startup to successful IPO.

Feature

US ballet's first lead dancer 'of color'

Misty Copeland was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman to reach that status.

Obsessed with the moves

A Beijing dance festival has kept its heels dug into the cultural scene for past few years, even as it seeks market traction.

Quirky News

When 'pet dogs' turn out to be bears

A Chinese man recently discovered that the two "pet dogs" he'd been raising for the last two years are actually Asian black bears.

Graduates offered for bid on Taobao

A Chinese university has launched a website that profiles its graduates and asks employers to bid to employ them.

Canine help in hunt for truffles

In Europe, truffle hunters traditionally used pigs, but in recent years the job has gone to the dogs.

Roundtable

Partnerships to power up development across region

New model of energy cooperation could unleash Asia’s full growth potential.

'Make opposition pay in elections'

Executive Councilor Cheng Yiu-tong predicted that moderate voters would punish them for this in coming elections.

Jasper Tsang receives HK’s highest honor

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, is among a group of distinguished Hong Kong political, business and community leaders rewarded in the government’s latest honors.

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.