China 'ready to cut interest rates again'

China is ready to ease bank reserve ratio as leadership, central bank are concerned over deflation, sources said.

Poaching conviction for fishermen

The fishermen, fined US$103,000 each by a Philippine court, were arrested off Nansha Islands and their boat & catch seized.

Banker fit to enter plea: HK judge

A HK judge has deemed a British banker charged with killing 2 Indonesian women fit to enter a plea after psychiatric tests.

Gay-dating app finds financial boost

A dating app for gay men has pulled in US$30 million in third-round financing, the founder, a former policeman, said.

Better English, better future

A new study claims that Chinese professionals with good English have better career prospects.

Peking University sacks professor

An associate professor alegedly had sex with an international student & impregnated her.

US aids in return of economic fugitives

The latest judicial tie-up between China and the US to nab economic fugitives is working well.

Occupy: Hongkongers demand end

Over 80 percent of respondents wanted occupiers to quit the protest as soon as possible.


Hong Kong must reverse falling English standards

While Hong Kong people are focused on the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock “through train” they seem to be unaware that the English lan...

Are HK children missing out on their childhood?

For many people now in adulthood, looking back upon their own childhood is to look back upon a carefree, fun-filled, even magic...

Sincerity from Abe needed

If they really want relations with China to substantially improve, earnestness to build political trust is needed from the Japanese gov...

Three pillars to hold up Asia

In the age of globalization, the interests of countries have never been so closely interconnected. More and more Asians have come to re...

Internet, our future driver

Even looking back on the revolutionary changes the Internet has brought to our lives, the future its development will create for us is ...


Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

A Philippine court convicted nine Chinese fishermen of "poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles" off Nansha Islands.

Tibet children recover from Sichuan quake

Life in the village has begun to return to normal after an earthquake struck on Saturday.

Gay-dating app finds financial boost

A former policeman who founded a dating app for gay men said he wanted to liberate fellow homosexuals across the world after the app pulle...

Web firms' video and subtitle sites closed in IPR crackdown

The closure of two popular subtitle and video sharing websites reflects a hardening of attitudes toward copyright violation, but more proa...

Reform promotes protection for pandas

Changes to China's forestry management laws are helping to safeguard one of the world's best-loved animals, as Wang Qian reports.

Year of the Horse sees baby boom

Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into paroxysms of worry, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.

Generation fun

The distinctive humor and worldview of people born after 1990 have been shaped by their easy relationship with social media and China's economic rise.


Murders: Banker fit to enter plea, says judge

A Hong Kong judge has deemed a British banker charged with murdering two Indonesian women fit to enter a plea based on the results of psychiatric reports.

Five firemen still in critical condition after Saturday’s blast

Five out of nine firefighters who responded to Saturday’s gas blast emergency remained in a critical condition as of Sunday, including 49-year-old team leader Leung Kwok-kei who suffered concussion after being thrown through the air by the blast.

HK shares surge after rate cut

Hong Kong shares rose sharply on Monday after China's central bank caught markets off-guard by cutting benchmark lending rates on Friday to shore up the cooling economy.

Over 80% of respondents want occupation to end: Opinion poll

Over 82 percent of city residents told a street interview that they want “Occupy Central” protesters to clear the streets as soon as possible, as the poll painted a worrying picture.

Focus HK

A cut above

Having survived his battle with cancer, William Tang plans to go slow on his vocation and travel more instead.

Women mean business

Hong Kong’s frustrated, fashion-minded women have been given a helping hand in creating for themselves specially tailored dresses that are flattering and suit their age and personal brand.

The crowds are getting bigger

Crowdfunding has gone viral globally in recent years. In Hong Kong, in the absence of specific legislation, the practice falls in a grey area.


Ousted Thai PM Yingluck mulls return to politics

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra has said that she could run for a parliamentary seat in 2016 if permitted by the junta.

Suicide bomber kills 45 at Afghan volleyball match

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Paktika, killing 50.

Nepal bus crash death toll reaches 47

Rescuers recovered 42 more bodies from the wreckage of a bus that plunged into a river in west Nepal raising the confirmed death toll to 47.

Sydney mom 'attempts to murder' baby

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days.

Oasis of promise

Boao financial conference in Dubai set to strengthen cooperation between China and the UAE.

Chinese firms make hay in Dubai

Opened in 2004, DragonMart has grown into one of the largest Chinese overseas trading hubs.

Asia Weekly


China 'ready to cut rates again'

China is ready to cut rates again, ease bank reserve ratio as leadership, central bank are concerned over deflation, sources said.

Better English, better future

A new study claims that young Chinese professionals with higher levels of English proficiency can expect better chances of career development.

Asian stocks gain after China rate cut

Asian stocks rose Monday after China's surprise interest rate cut as investors looked ahead to European inflation data due out this week and OPEC meeting to discuss oil production levels.

Eye on Asia

Japan could see low voter turnout

Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now may shun a Dec. 14 election in record numbers.

Putin's tigers to help Chinese animal program

Two Siberian tigers that wandered into China after being released by Russian President Vladimir Putin will help China's own captive animal program.

Afghan women kept out of peace talks

Afghan women are excluded from efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and hard-won rights could be bargained away unless more is done.


Sun Yang failed doping test in May

Chinese multi-Olympic and world swimming champion Sun Yang had failed a doping test and been banned for three months, China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) told Xinhua on Monday.

Messi eyes another record in Champions League

Lionel Messi will chase yet another record when the Champions League returns on Tuesday from a three-week break.

Grizzlies top Clippers

Marc Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

For children’s sake

Nobel Peace Prize winner says his award shows that the world recognizes need to end child labor and deliver education for all.

Paying it forward

One of Kazahkstan’s first generation of post-Soviet entrepreneurs is now dedicated to helping fellow businesswomen aim high.

Science without borders

Sydney-based scientist conducting pioneering research in China sees it as a way of repaying his country of birth.

Life Style

Peony blooms afresh

Actress to reprise Kunqu Opera role that made her a star 30 years ago, Chen Nan reports.

New Sound of Music coming to Chinese stage

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first tested the waters for musicals in the Chinese market by staging two concerts at the Great Hall of the People in September.

Quirky News

Men get chance to experience 'childbirth'

A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth.

When beards make a comeback

A revival in the culture of barbering in Poland's capital is just one sign of how popular beards have become, with actors, athletes and hipsters leading the way.

Do's and don'ts for Thai tourists in Japan

Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors. The advice is part of a new online manners guide the embassy has posted on its Facebook page in response to criticism.


Harbin in Hong Kong

The famous Harbin Ice Festival has come to Hong Kong! Make a trip to this sub-zero world with

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.


Deep in the bosom of nature

Huang Lai blurs the line between realistic and expressionistic painting traditions, investing his artworks with profound philosophical ideas.


New Silk Road — the great Asia connect

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to bring economies from central Europe to Africa closer and create an once-in-a-decade opportunity for the logistics sector as well as traders in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

HACTL eyeing a slice of Asia’s e-commerce pie

On the heels of Alibaba’s record $9.3-billion sales on “Singles Day” (Nov 11), reflecting the mega growth of e-commerce in China and the Asia-Pacific, air-cargo industry executives are candid about the need to embrace a new business model and ramp up service levels.