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China manufacturing at three-year low

China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) was at 49.7 in August, indicating a slowdown in factory activity.

Chinese shares pare losses

Chinese shares tumbled more than 3% in the morning trading session, in spite of govt efforts, before recovering at midday.

Listed SOEs get mergers, bonus nod

China issued a notice encouraging mergers, cash bonuses and share repurchases by listed firms as part of its SOE reforms.

Mixed fortunes for mainland builders

Key mainland property developers listed in Hong Kong have posted mixed fortunes and are susceptible to market swings.

Realtors may buy back Tianjin homes

Property owners who suffered blast damage can sell their homes to a consortium.

Capital market crackdown nets 4 CITIC officials

Caijing journalist Wang Xiaolu charged with spreading false market information.

Crackdown on web rumors, 197 punished

The Ministry of Public Security said 165 online accounts were closed for violating rules.

Ozone main air pollutant in China

Ozone pollution comes from volatile organic pollutants and nitrogen oxide.

Opinion

Ready solutions to housing crisis

Ho Lok-sang writes the Special Stamp Duty, which is intended to help people own a flat, is making life difficult for the most d...

Noise and drunkenness are a real blight on life in Soho

Walking down Soho a few weeks ago, I was struck by a signboard that said: “Please Keep Your Noise Down. We Are Trying to Survive.”

A call to not lead humanity into another war

China's decision to hold a military parade on Sept 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II serves important domestic ...

US can help itself by helping China

The ups and downs in the Chinese stock market, along with the yuan's depreciation against the US dollar, has given rise to speculation,...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

Video

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Heart of a city

Every city has areas that shine for a few decades and then fade away but none so visible as Shantou.

Nation

Nod for merger, cash bonuses in state-owned listed firms

China issued a notice encouraging mergers, cash bonuses and share repurchases by listed companies as part of its SOE reforms.

UN chief to attend V-Day event

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the V-Day ceremonies in Beijing on Sept 3 during a five-day visit.

Online platforms forbidden from selling drones

Major online shopping platforms have been told to stop selling unmanned aerial vehicles - commonly known as drones - due to the military p...

China to open high-speed rail link to DPRK border

The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km from Shenyang to the border city of Dandong.

AIIB chief likes to quote Shakespeare

When China scored one of its biggest diplomatic coups on the world stage, a lot of the credit went to Mr Jin Liqun.

Tianjin Eco-City rattled, but not for long

Experts and businesses confident that deadly blasts won’t hurt its future development.

Remembering 'Nanjing's Schindler'

As China celebrates the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan, tributes are being paid to an idealistic young foreigner who helped to save 20,000 people in the face of one of the worst atrocities committed during eight years of brutal occupation. Wang Xin and Cang Wei report from Nanjing.

HK

Experts warn demand for studio flats is likely to fall

Experts have warned desperate buyers that not only are studio flats not necessarily cheaper, owners may face difficulty selling or renting them in a recession.

City’s retailers won’t be out of the woods any time soon

The summer holidays have brought no relief for Hong Kong’s hard-pressed shopkeepers as retail sales fell for the fifth month in a row.

Mixed fortunes for mainland builders

Prominent mainland property developers listed in Hong Kong have posted mixed fortunes against the backdrop.

Court hears first case of abuse of personal data

A telecom service provider was accused of breaching the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance in Tsuen Wan Magistrates’ Court.

Focus HK

Pop goes the factory lore

There is an explosion of material related to the city’s industrial past on the Web, as well as in the collectibles market, and Hong Kong seems to love it. A report by Chitralekha Basu.

Liars on the line

Evelyn Yu reports on the murky business of telephone scams, which is more rampant than you might think.

When ghosts come out to play

Roy Liu captures the spirit of a folk tradition observed on HK’s streets to keep one’s departed ancestors happy and entertained in their afterlives.

Asia

Japan to raise China economy at G20

The Japanese Finance Minister said it would be beneficial to discuss China's economy at this week's Group of 20 meeting in Ankara.

Temple of Bel in Syria destroyed: UN

A satellite image shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra has been destroyed, a UN agency said.

Reporters cleared in Thai navy defamation case

The complaint against Australian Alan Morison and Thai national Chutima Sidasathian was filed by a naval officer based in Phuket.

Japan eyes defence budget hike to fortify island chain

In a document, the defense ministry asked for a 2.2% hike in military spending to US$42.38 billion from April.

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

Chinese shares pare losses

Chinese shares tumbled more than 3% in the morning trading session, in spite of govt efforts, before recovering at midday.

China manufacturing at three-year low

China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) was at 49.7 in August, indicating a slowdown in factory activity.

Asian shares fall

Asian shares fell as gloomy manufacturing data from China and weak investment figures in Japan augured further uncertainty.

Eye on Asia

Asia’s coastal megacities at nature’s mercy

From Mumbai to Shanghai, Asia’s rapidly expanding coastal megacities face an ever-growing threat from more powerful storms.

Thai DPM in bid to revive ailing economy

At the head of a panel set up to supervise the battle against the virus was Dr Somkid Jatusripitak, who was deputy prime minister at the time, in a government led by then premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Afghan airfields seen as economic hubs

A series of airports are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.

Sport

Mexico hosts 2105 FIBA Americas Championship

The FIBA (International Basketball Federation) 2015 Americas Championship, a pre-Olympic competition for men's teams on Monday will begin in Mexico City.

Williams into US Open 2nd round

Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete the Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top women.

Man United set to sign Martial

Manchester United was set to make French forward Anthony Martial the most expensive teenager in world football.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Who's afraid of chicken feet?

If you are an expat here to experience China, maybe you shouldn't miss out on Chicken McKnuckles.

Images of gloomy times

Two complementary Beijing exhibitions by Russian and Chinese artists commemorate victory over fascism.

Quirky News

$1m painting damaged by boy back on display

A US$1.54 million masterpiece by an 17th century Italian artist was back on display after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.

Never too old to find love

A park in Victoria has signed up Patrick the wombat to a dating service in honor of the furry bachelor turning 30 years old this weekend.

'Oldest message in bottle' discovered

Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906 by researchers, the bottle was found on a German beach by a couple in April.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

HK’s poor need more help

Wong Hung, an associate professor of social work at the CUHK, noted that the poverty situation in HK was serious.

Roundtable

Going the distance

Inspired by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Tourism Economy Forum embarked on a Pacific Alliance mission, starting a virtuous cycle of events to create momentum in driving exchange, multilateral cooperation and economic growth in global tourism.