China's market in peril as greenhorns reign

With the property market faltering, more and more speculative investors on the mainland are turning to equities.

China rips apart Japan's draft report

Beijing flayed the latest Japanese accusation that Beijing had "unilaterally" changed the status quo in the East China Sea.

43 dead after trawler sinks off Russia

At least 43 people have died after a Russian trawler sank in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Thailand lifts martial law

Thailand's king on Wednesday formally approved a request from the junta that martial law be lifted.

Israel seeks to join China-led Asian bank

Israel has requested to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Belt: Beijing willing to work with Delhi

China may link its "Belt and Road" initiatives with India's "Space Route" and "Mausam" proj...

Iran: China sees significant progress

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Tuesday deadline.

US backs China's C Asia engagement

The United States supports China's efforts to "connect the region".


HK as ‘super connector’?

Hong Kong needs 'super-flexible' and 'super-talented’ people if it is going to fulfill the role.

MTR fare adjustments will always be controversial

The MTR is making its annual fare adjustments in accordance with the fare adjustment mechanism.

AIIB not aimed at challenging US

Countries are eager to maximize their national interests by getting more involved in the booming Asian economy.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...


China rips apart Japan's draft policy report

The Foreign Ministry rebutted on Wednesday the latest Japanese accusation that China had 'unilaterally' changed the status quo in the East China Sea.

Major city pollution sources identified

Vehicles, coal-burning, airborne dust and industrial production account for 85 to 90 percent of the major airborne pollutio...

Leading group OKs lawsuit reform

Residents should find it easier to file civil cases in courts as the central government is breaking down barriers and pushing judicial ref...

New agreements give a lift to Uganda

Visiting President Museveni calls China a reliable friend of Africa, welcomes added help.

Nations investing faith in Asian bank plan

Analysts back new China-led AIIB to make profit and bring change to the global financial system.

Putting examination reform to the test

Improving the life-changing national college entrance exam is crucial, yet educators say challenges remain.

Initiative offers road map for peace, prosperity

Vision and proposed actions outlined on jointly building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.


Beleaguered broadcaster to shut down

Executive Council rejected the possibility of renewing Asia Television’s license and the expiry of its license is April 1, 2016.

HKTVE admitted entry to free TV market

Hong Kong Television Entertainment was officially granted entry into the free TV market.

Retailers, landlords take the hit

Luxury retail sales, shop rentals in prime shopping areas plunge as tourists stay away.

Border shopping mall may add pressure to traffic

Building a shopping mall adjacent to the border is now seen as the most practical way to address the city’s parallel trading problem.

Focus HK

Life after death

The number of Hongkongers willing to donate their bodies for medical research has seen a sharp rise in recent years, which is not to say that there’s more than enough already.

Run fast, keep slim and win!

Combining two traditional industries may bring an unexpected and promising reward as in the case of budding entrepreneur Lin Wei.

Not as rare as you thought

Misdiagnosis, lack of specialist doctors, hospital protocol — there seems to be too many stumbling blocks in the way of identification and treatment of unusual diseases in HK.


Thai junta replaces martial law with absolute power

Thailand's king on Wednesday formally approved a request from the junta that martial law be lifted.

Typhoon heads towards central Philippines

Typhoon Maysak is currently a category five storm - the highest rating - hovering over the Pacific Ocean with winds gusting as high as 250 km per hour.

Japan lifts charter flight ban on Thai airlines

Japan, along with South Korea and China, has banned Thailand-registered airlines from flying new charters.

Yemen air strikes 'kill 23 in factory'

In New York, UNICEF said that at least 62 children had been killed and 30 wounded in fighting over the past week.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly


Business travel to see robust growth this year

Business travel will continue to blossom in China this year on the back of robust growth rates fueled by a growing number of travelers seeking personalized experiences from high-end products, an industry report said on Wednesday.

Coal sector's woes drive up bad loans

Bad loans jumped in the western region of China last year mainly because of a glut of coal supply that drove prices of the fuel sharply lower, causing mining companies to lose money and in some cases default on their debt.

Asian shares edge up in cautious trade

Weak US data pressures dollar against yen, euro; US nonfarm payrolls awaited ahead of Easter holiday.

Eye on Asia

Clean-up crew for Japan's 'lonely death' flats

In rapidly ageing Japan, more people are dying alone and unnoticed in a country of 127 million where one in four people is over 65.

India's state banks ready for change

India's state banks are under pressure to improve profitability and slash bad loans, creating a more agile sector to help fuel economic growth.

World's oldest person dies in Japan

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.


S Korean Ace Wang hopes history will repeat itself

Talented teenager JH Wang will be hoping history repeats itself when the 2015 PGA Tour China Series begins with the Buick Open at Mission Hills Haikou tomorrow.

Chinese runner to finish 100 marathons in 100 days

China's first international ultra-marathon champion Chen Penbin faces a big challenge starting on Thursday - running 100 marathons in 100 consecutive days.

ICC president announces resignation

Mustafa Kamal resigned as ICC president on Wednesday, accusing India of influencing the outcome of the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

A seasonal feast of spring lamb

The season of spring lamb has always been an occasion for festival feasts in ancient cultures.

Fast and furious ... ... with an eye on China

US action star Vin Diesel says he is such a big fan of the Middle Kingdom, he may film the next installment of his successful movie franchise in the country.

Quirky News

US$60,000 job nobody seems to want

Finding people to distinguish the sex of chicken has become a headache for British poultry farmers.

A$8,888,888 for luck!

A Chinese investor will be hoping that luck comes his way after paying A$8,888,888 (US$6.96 million) for a three-level office tower in Melbourne.

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.


A visual feast

The acclaimed show Cavalia will play in Hong Kong for the first time this spring after captivating millions around the world for 12 years. As it opens on March 31, 2015 evening at the Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong gets ready to savor what many consider an equestrian ballet.

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.


Innovation in tourism: Macao shows the way

The final of Macao @ 15, one of the region’s largest college student business presentation competitions, took place last weekend.


Reeling in the crowds for regional films

Asia’s growing movie industry is set to benefit from a new generation of audiences along the New Silk Road and beyond.

Keeping movie goals within reach is key

Forum hears how regional productions must set sights on success in neighboring markets before eyeing Hollywood.