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Key Party meeting sets blueprint for rule of law

The fourth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee announced a communique, which focuses on "comprehensively adva...

Zuckerberg wows Tsinghua students

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg entertained an audience with a 30-minute chat in his recently-learned Mandarin Chinese.

China slams US radar deployment

The US is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defence radar in Japan, China said.

China's manufacturing at 3-month high

The HSBC/Markit flash China manufacturing purchasing manager's index was at 50.4 this month, up from September's 50.2.

Trainmakers compete for C'fornia deal

CSR Corp Ltd is keen to supply high-speed trains to California which will pit the trainmake...

Giants lose to Royals 7-2

Giants lost to Kansas City 7-2, which tied the World Series at one game apiece.

HK in push for ASEAN FTA

The HK government is hard at work to conclude talks with ASEAN countries.

'No support for HK protesters'

Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong K...

Opinion

Are we isolating ourselves because of technology?

If you, dear reader, are looking at this print article, then for yourself the answer to that question is probably “no’’.

Today’s public consultation methods should be reformed

The government faces many challenges in the execution of its policies. It is often criticized for having insufficient input fro...

Students trapped in a terrible political game

Of all the voluminous comments on the political crisis in Hong Kong known as the “Occupy Central” movement, a clear division can be dra...

Diplomacy in new world order

As an emerging power that faces competition and even efforts at containment by the existing powers, China has reached a stage where it ...

Weakening US stoking HK 'protests'

Although some protestors are still battling police, the "pro-democracy" protests in Hong Kong will eventually fizzle out, as Hong Kong ...

Nation

CPC sets blueprint for rule of law at key meeting

The Communist Party of China set the blueprint for rule of law in the world's second largest economy during a key meeting this week.

China criticises US missile defense radar in Japan

The US is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defence radar in Japan, China said Thursday.

Key CPC meeting confirms dismissal of 6 former officials' membership

The fourth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Thursday endorsed prior decisions to revoke the...

China wants closer military ties with Iran

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy.

Safeguarding foreigners' rights

Changes to nation's criminal laws mean a greater number of foreign nationals are eligible for free legal aid when they go to court.

Financial opening should top Shanghai FTZ reform agenda: advisor

Financial reform is the most valuable item on the Shanghai pilot zone's reform agenda, and further opening is needed to correct market distortions.

Hard times for the lords of the rings

A ban on performances by circus animals at China's State-owned zoos has won praise from activists, but could spell ruin for a traditional industry.

HK

LegCo meeting adjourned due to insufficient quorum

A Hong Kong's Legislative Council meeting scheduled to be convened Thursday morning was adjourned for lack of a quorum.

Kenny G doesn't support HK protesters

Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

HK shares fall, Shanghai Composite loses 1%

HSI -0.3 pct, H-shares flat, CSI300 -1.5 pct; Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.04 percent

Boost for commodities market

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) will launch its first Asia commodities contracts from Dec 1.

Focus HK

Similar, but different

Biosimilar drugs could make for a cheaper alternative to their regular prescribed counterparts.

The stink of high profit

The city’s waste disposal problem keeps getting bigger and more difficult to solve, even as residents in Tuen Mun continue to fume at the stench rising from the never-ending stream of trucks passing through their neighborhood.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Japan's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill

Japan's new trade minister said on Thursday a political support group spent money at a racy bar, a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations over separate funding scandals.

DPRK 'to bar foreign tourists' over Ebola concerns

The DPRK is reported to bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday, due to worries over the spread of the Ebola virus.

China opposes sending DPRK to intl court

China says it's against referring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.

Air strikes 'killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria'

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

Home and away

Property Investment in and outside Asia rises on the back of Chinese and regional buyers’ interests.

Real estate prices soar Down Under

Chinese buyers of property in Australia are on the rise but public perception overstates impact on the market.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's manufacturing at 3-month high: HSBC

The HSBC/Markit flash China manufacturing purchasing manager's index (PMI) posted at 50.4 this month, up from September's 50.2.

Chinese trainmakers compete for California deal

China's CSR Corp Ltd is keen to supply high-speed trains to California, a company official said, in a move that will pit the trainmaker against domestic rival China CNR Corp Ltd.

Asian stocks sink as oil falls

Asian stocks fell Thursday after China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months.

Eye on Asia

Tough penalties loom as India cleans up business

Cleaning up India's grubby business climate is top of the agenda,and the new government will spurring hopes of more transparent allocations.

Abductions, prison ships feed Asian trafficking

The experiences of survivors recall the trans-Atlantic slave trade of centuries ago, their travails authorities say, are in response to combative efforts.

Divorce soars in Iran as women find their feet

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union.

Sport

Wozniacki beats Radwanska at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday.

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury

A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.

Beating Madrid more important for Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi says victory in the season's first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday is more important than the personal glory of becoming La Liga's all-time leading scorer.

Beyond the horizon

Girija Pande believes the capacity of China and India to work together will be key to future of Asia’s economic growth.

Exception to the rule

Malaysian software entrepreneur guided a start-up from early days of information technology to become an industry leader

Carving her niche

From forestry to apparel, Indonesian tycoon proves that women can succeed in a male-dominated environment.

Life Style

Tracing health condition of face-tattooed women

The painful tradition of tattooing simple patterns across the nose, mouth and cheeks of women in the Dulong ethnic minority believed to have started in the Ming Dynasty.

Genuine 3-D movie Hercules making waves in China

As China's 3-D movie market grows, many Hollywood movies cater to the Chinese market by converting into 3-D from their original formats.

Quirky News

Meet the greatest laughter in Vegas

The world's funniest person is going to be found in Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor.

Holiday with spider in stomach

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days.

Video

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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

Back to School

September is the time for students to start a new term. The September round of China Daily College Photo Contest, “Back to School”, has concluded.

Roundtable

Increased diversity needed in China’s infrastructure financing

Private investors struggle to take on bigger role in nation's projects as public sector continues to dominate

Reshaping regional connectivity on agenda

As economies in South and East Asia rely on domestic consumers for a greater proportion of their GDP, they are increasingly aware of the importance of strong infrastructure.