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CPC urges focus on supply-side reform

A new statement from the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee says downward pressure facing the economy remains.

China stepping onto new Silk Road

China has taken a major step towards establishing a speedy new "Silk Road" to Europe by signing up to a UN trucking treaty.

China opens 1st financial makerspace

The finance incubator in Chengdu will target players in financial technology and services such as hedge funds.

Priest killed in French church attack

Both attackers were shot dead by police. The IS news agency Amaq said two of its "soldiers" had carried out the attack.

Erdogan to meet Putin on Aug 9

The Turkish and Russian leaders will meet in St Petersburg for the 1st time in almost a yr.

CPC to hold key plenum in October

The sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee will focus on management.

Somalia: 13 killed in UN office attacks

Seven UN guards were killed in two attacks near the African Union base in Mogadishu.

Sea rift: China urges end to political lies

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to political manipulation.

Opinion

Basic Law must be taken more seriously

With activists demanding ‘independence’, it’s vital to remember the city’s political arrangements derive from the Basic Law whi...

Changing the rules of procedure is insufficient to stop filibusters

All this irresponsible behavior reflects the fierce rivalry between the two dominant political camps and the rising discontent ...

‘Real play’ has an important role in early childhood development

It is opportune of the Education Bureau to take a proactive, strategic response to the concerns that are being expressed by various sta...

Small classes in secondary schools benefit both students and teachers

We currently have the chance to conduct in-depth analyses of what makes small classes different so that we can maximize their effective...

Economy bodes well for establishment

HK’s economy is performing better than many expected and this will benefit pro-establishment candidates in the upcoming LegCo elections.

Video

Drone and Phone - Big Wave Bay

Big Wave Bay is one of Hong Kong Island’s most scenic ‪beaches‬, and the only one officially recognized for ‪surfing‬.

Relaxation from the hustle and bustle

A Hong Kong yoga buff has a floating center for people to relax themselves.

The valley chokes

Kathmandu is not a city that can handle a lot of automobile growth.

Nation

CPC to hold key plenum in October

The sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee will focus on management.

Outside forces: China, Russia to stay vigilant

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi & his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional meeting.

S China Sea: China urges end to sensationalization

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to political manipulation and sensationalization.

CPC expels former E China official

Yang Zhenchao, former vice-governor of east China's Anhui Province, "violated political discipline and resisted a Party investigation".

Tangshan survivor recalls loss 40 years after quake

Wang Shubin will never forget how the outpatient building of the hospital collapsed suddenly as he was lying on a bed in the ward.

Market meltdown, antiques dealers on the shelf

China's collectibles' market hit a high in 2011, but then the bubble burst, leaving private vendors and craftsman desperate for sales.

S'pore, China firms ink US$1.6b deals

Financial institutions from Singapore and Chongqing, China, signed 28 agreements in total, marking the start of new collaboration.

HK

DAB’s Cheung gets ready for LegCo election

Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan is working hard in preparation for the Legislative Council election on Sept 4.

Lui Che Woo Prize announces winners

former US president Jimmy Carter is the new winner of the inaugural Lui Che Woo Prize for fighting for human rights and promoting peace and a positive attitude to life.

‘Hong Kong independence’ will harm everyone: Fan

The notion of “Hong Kong independence” will harm the interests of every person in the city who wants future prosperity and social stability, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai warned.

Confidence returns to HK stock market

The benchmark Hang Seng index outperformed the Nikkei Index and Korea Composite Stock Price Index in the region.

Focus HK

Decoding the fitness scam

It happens all the time. People pay big money to achieve a healthier lifestyle, only to learn that the ‘spa’ that has taken all their money has folded and gone out of business.

A novel approach for saving the novel

Now publishers are turning to online publications and seeking material to try to keep their industry alive.

Romance of the Highlands

The images of crags, glens, lochs and hills of Scotland have made a world of difference to the Hong Kong Club’s plush interiors.

Asia

Indonesia to resume executions Friday

Indonesian officials have said 16 people will be executed this year, including citizens of Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Erdogan to meet Putin on Aug 9

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders following Turkey's apology for the downing of a Russian fighter jet last year.

US hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped to announce in early August details of a US plan about this.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc re-elected Vietnam PM

Nguyen Xuan Phuc was re-elected with 98.18% of approval by deputies at the ongoing first session of 14th National Assembly in Hanoi.

Heated debate over coal power plants

Plans by some Asian nations to use fossil fuel to meet energy needs could derail the Paris Agreement to cut global warming.

Cost of prosperity

As coal burns, wetlands disappear and climate becomes unpredictable, Asia is paying the price for years of economic expansion.

Asia Weekly's long form multimedia story

Business

Tiny homes market catches on in Shenzhen

Mini apartments offer ray of hope for Shenzhen’s buyers as prices continue to reach dizzying heights.

Plugging the chaos as the robots swirl

Robotics firms in the country are competing fiercely against each other, and experts worry that a bubble will harm the industry and waste government investments.

Asian shares edge up

Asian stocks edged up early on Wednesday following a relatively upbeat session overnight for US and European stocks, with caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy decision capping gains.

Eye on Asia

Sri Lanka to conserve mangroves

All 37,000 acres of mangrove forests in Sri Lanka are now earmarked for preservation.

Hatred fuels Japan's knifing rampage

Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people Tuesday.

Indonesia readies prison for drug crime executions

Indonesia has beefed up security at Nusa Kambangan prison island and stated that authorities will execute people convicted of drug crimes

Sport

China announce squad for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Seven of the 27 players come from Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, five from Jiangsu Suning and four from Shanghai SIPG.

7 Russian swimmers to miss Rio Olympics over doping

Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities.

Rio Olympic village unsanitary, says Belarus team

The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns.

All the right moves

With a passion for technology and supply chain innovations, this Singaporean Businessman of the Year is helping to redefine the logistics industry.

One for all

Scion of prominent Hong Kong-based Indian family is devoted to charity and inspires others to donate.

Fighting spirit

A no-holds-barred approach to doing business allows Singapore-based sports promoter to popularize mixed martial arts across Asia.

Life & Art

Post-WWII canvas

Hong Kong businessman George Wong is holding a show in Beijing of works covering four phases of Italian art.

Panda man

Han Meilin will celebrate his 80th birthday with a grand exhibition in Venice this fall.

Quirky News

Man caught in military base hunting Pokemon

Indonesian police say they detained a Frenchman who trespassed on a military base while playing the augmented reality game "Pokemon Go."

Man eats 120 santol seeds, lands in hospital

A 51-year-old man landed in a hospital after eating 120 seeds of santol (cotton fruit), a delicious yellow-orange fruit Filipinos love to eat.

A man and his hair: Hollande criticized for expensive barber

French President Francois Hollande doesn't look like a man who spends 10,000 euros (US$11,000) a month on his hair.

Special

China Watch expands with Russian edition

China Daily launched on Tuesday its Russian edition of China Watch in partnership with leading Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Chartering a course for homes owners

Property guru Nicholas Brooke says HK’s real estate is here to stay despite the ups and downs in the past few years.

Roundtable

Retail at crossroads

Industry leaders see potential in e-commerce, big data to better serve customers.