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China 'uncomfortable with' US negative list

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticised a US proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a bilateral treaty.

Xi lauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

Xi applauded Pakistan's anti-terror efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing China would stand by its neighbor.

HK lawmakers urged to back reform

Chief secretary for administration Carrie Lam issued the appeal on the eve of the package's scheduled tabling in LegCo.

Wish to improve Sino-Japan ties: Abe

Japan's PM said he wished to improve ties with China on a day he sent an offering to Yasukuni in honor of Japan's war dead.

Egypt's Morsi gets 20 years in prison

The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

China launches 3 more free-trade zones

Operations formally kicked off Tuesday at three new free trade zones (FTZs).

HK: Property, stocks may hit new highs

The stock-market boom could give HK property prices another big lift.

900 feared dead as migrant boat sinks

The United Nations said 800 people had drowned after a rickety boat capsized off Libya.

Opinion

HK students need to have more confidence in themselves

Self-confident students should be able to handle encounters with people from different cultures and have little to fear from vi...

Tourist industry fears over falling visitor numbers

Recently, the concerns in HK’s tourist industry increased after the number of mainland visitors dropped by 25 percent during th...

Abe speech to indicate Japan's future

Just one day before he makes speech at the Asian-African Summit, Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.

Xi in Pakistan to work for real mutual benefits

From Xi to the average man on the street in China, Pakistan has never been just another neighbor.

AIIB complementary to existing institutions

Li said the AIIB is not meant to reinvent the wheel.

Nation

Xi lauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor.

China 'uncomfortable with' US negative list

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticised a US proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a bilateral treaty.

Luxury clubs tied to graft to be closed

A senior official from the city's top anti-graft body has promised to shut down or rebuild 10 private luxury clubs and restaurants.

Property register to come under one roof

China will merge its property registration agencies before the end of this year, according to central government departments.

Pakistan project is Silk Road's debut

Karot Hydropower Project to be run by China for 30 years before handover.

Memory of Flying Tigers honored

The US pilots who flew as members of the Chinese air force have now been honored in the town that was theirmain center of operations.

Culture provides comfort in childbirth

Private centers provide familiar atmosphere while increasing safety of Tibetan mothers

HK

HK's CPI up 4.5% in March

A government spokesman said inflationary pressure remained contained in recent months.

HK lawmakers urged to back reform proposal

Chief secretary for administration Carrie Lam issued the appeal on the eve of the package's scheduled tabling in LegCo.

MTR 'may be liable for high-speed rail delay'

The govt reserves its right to go after the railway operator for liability for the delay of the GZ-SH-HK express rail project.

HK stocks post biggest gain in 2 weeks

The Hang Seng Index jumped 2.8% to 27,850.49 points, while the China Enterprises Index gained 3% to 14,531.28 points.

Focus HK

Keeping monkey business under control

Even as monkeys in HK are sterilized periodically, humans entrusted with the duty of looking after them feel there’s a lot to learn from simian behavior.

Breakin’ a righteous move

Young people who did not seem to have a hope in hell have found a goal and a meaning to their lives by turning to hip-hop dancing.

Leading the field on faith

Charles Schwab placed its trust in Hong Kong at a time when foreign investors were eager to flee. Eighteen years on, it is being proven right.

Asia

Wish to improve Sino-Japan ties, says Japan PM

Shinzo Abe said he wished to improve ties with China on a day he sent an offering to Yasukuni in honor of Japan's war dead.

S Korean PM offers to resign over bribery scandal

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan- koo offered to President Park Geun-hye his resignation as the second-highest administrative post.

US couple gets prison in Bali suitcase killing

The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for murder.

Japan's maglev breaks own record at 603 kph

The train reached 603 kilometers per hour in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 581 kph set in 2003.

Awash in easy money

Asian households are piling up record debts but problems may arise when rate cycle turns.

Going wet and wild in Kowloon City

'Little Thailand' bursts into revelry to mark the Songkran festival but not everything is cause for celebration.

Asia Weekly

Business

China unveils foreign investment rules for pilot FTZs

A string of improvements to further facilitate foreign investment in the FTZs are included in the plans.

China's coal miners shrug off global malaise for now

Shares in China's major coal miners climbed by over 20% since March 1, despite Asian benchmark coal prices fell over the same period.

HK rebound leads Asian stocks higher

Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.

Eye on Asia

Yemen's Houthis have tough ground record

The Houthis are confident their experience in mountain warfare in their northern stronghold would give their Arab adversaries pause.

Ferry anger, graft test S Korea's Park

It's safe to say that S Korean President Park Geun-hye has had better weeks.

Narisawa does it differently

Yoshihiro Narisawa, serves sake with his dishes because he believes the finest local ingredients go well with the local alcoholic drink.

Sport

Injured Benzema to miss Atletico Madrid clash

Real Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema for Wednesday's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.

Juventus delivers fillip to Italian football

On Monaco's sun-kissed shores, Juventus can prove Italian football isn't on its deathbed.

Golf programme launched for HK junior

HSBC and the Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA) today launched the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme.

Straddling two worlds

KPMG partner is an old China hand who wants to help his fellow Australians fully embrace the benefits of Chinese investments.

Trade pioneer

Xu Ningning has played a crucial role in creating successful China-ASEAN business opportunities for over two decades.

Off the beaten track

From logged jungle to abandoned farms, Malaysian property tycoon finds opportunities in areas that others overlook.

Life Style

Christie's brings works of 'old masters' to China

Christie's auction house is set to bring works of "old masters", paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries, to the Asian market.

Flavors of Mexico

Chef Eduardo Perez Romero will be presenting dishes from his home country for the next two weeks at Hilton Beijing. Mike Peters reports.

Quirky News

Coffee spill behind Serbian president's plane scare

Coffee spilling on instruments panel by a co-pilot let to the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week.

Scientist volunteers for head transplant

Having suffered from a rare muscle wasting disease for most of his life, the 30-year-old decided to give it a shot.

Cambodia breaks record for Madison dance

Cambodia on Wednesday broke Guinness World Record for the largest Madison dance, a judge announced.

Video

A star studded affair 第34屆香港電影金像獎

The list of winners in 19 categories was announced at the Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Center during the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony. The annual event attracts leading lights of the entertainment world from the Greater China area.

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

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.

Roundtable

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.