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New dynamics as US, Cuba restore relations

For China, the restoration of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba will bring both opportunities and challenges.

HK, mainland sign new trade deal

A new trade liberalization deal signed on Thursday facilitates HK service providers to set up businesses in Guangdong.

China assures cooperation with Russia

The currency-swap arrangement between China and Russia are not affected by the depreciation of ruble, China said Thursday.

Xiaomi resumes sales in India

An Indian court on Tuesday temporarily allowed Xiaomi Technology to sell some of its devices in the country.

Cashing in on Russian currency slide

Chinese workers and overseas students in Russia have been snapping up goods at low prices c...

China, US vow to boost tourism

China and the US vowed to further enhance bilateral cooperation in boosting tourism and peo...

India launches unmanned crew module

India on Thursday successfully launched its heaviest rocket with an experimental crew modul...

China's home prices continue to cool

New home prices in 67 out of 70 major cities reported month-on-month drops last month, the ...

Opinion

Is seventy five the ideal age to bow out?

Apart from being alive technically, to be frank, many people are just waiting for death.

Education on 'One Country, Two Systems' is need of the hour

HK people have been forcibly taken on a rollercoaster ride of political chaos, economic downturn and social disruption triggere...

Where will PM Abe take Japan now?

Very few can imagine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe winning a single popularity contest anywhere in the neighborhood of East Asia.

More homes imminent

The government move for greater focus on increased subsidized housing supply is a sensible one.

No late recovery of justice

A retrial lasting more than three weeks finally acquitted a young man called Huugjilt of the rape and murder of a young woman, for whic...

Nation

Policeman responsible for wrongful conviction probed

A police officer who was in charge of the case of a teenager wrongfully accused of murder and executed has been placed under investigation.

Housing official jailed 25 yrs over corruption

A former housing administration official in Henan was sentenced to 25 years in prison for embezzlement, bribery and abuse o...

24-hr customs clearance for Hengqin

Hengqin port, which connects China's southern coastal city Zhuhai with Lotus port in Macao, extended its service time to 24 hours on Wedne...

Cities see better air quality in Nov

Chinese cities saw 63.6 percent of days with decent air quality in November, up 11.3 percentage points year-on-year.

PLA submariners defy death in the depths

Crew members' well-honed skills and exceptional courage cited for averting disaster.

Relocated parents face hard lessons

As young Chinese children head abroad to study, many anxious parents are opting to move with them, but some experts say the trend is a double-edged sword.

AVIC takes aim at the overseas market

One of China's leading defense contractors has just unveiled its new generation jet fighter to wide acclaim.

HK

HK, mainland sign new trade liberalization deal

A new trade liberalization deal signed on Thursday facilitates HK service providers to set up businesses in Guangdong.

HK shares snap 5 days of losses, Shanghai down

Hong Kong shares finished up on Thursday, snapping five consecutive days of losses, underpinned by a rally on Wall Street.

Protesters may be sued for damaging property

The government may seek compensation from and pursue legal liability claims against "Occupy Central" protesters who damaged public property.

UK 'has no role in 50-year pledge'

The Hong Kong government reaffirmed that the Sino-British Joint Declaration was now a part of history.

Focus HK

Chopsticks for change

Carrie Tang could have been a well-paid accountant by now, but she chose to use her B-school degree to start a cafe where philanthropy would be served with a dollop of innovation.

Costumes with a 3D touch

It is his second entrepreneurial drive. Having groped in the traditional garment industry for 15 years, Dong Bo, 44, is now moving into a new field, determined to change the industry with his 3D Virtual Fitting Room.

Slaves to family bondage

They come from afar to work like indentured servants to lift their families back home from poverty. Clueless about how to manage money, before long they are crushed under the weight of heavy debt. Many, like Regilyn Guimbalan, come from the Philippines.

Asia

Sony cancels release of 'The Interview'

The White House National Security Council said the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as DPRK involvement was being "increasingly suspected".

ROK group cancels plans for border tree

A ROK church group said Thursday it canceled plans to erect a giant Christmas tree near the border with DPRK after locals complained that it could provoke Pyongyang.

India launches unmanned crew module

India on Thursday successfully launched its heaviest rocket with an experimental crew module from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Siege may have been preventable: Australian PM

Australia's prime minister said that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail.

Down and out in ‘lucky country’

Australia’s millions of poor are not seeing any benefits from 20 years of economic growth.

How poor is ‘poor’?

For the best part of a decade now, the globally accepted definition of extreme poverty, as defined by the World Bank, has been set at US$1.25 a day.

Asia Weekly

Business

China assures cooperation with Russia

The currency-swap arrangement and energy cooperation between China and Russia are not affected by the depreciation of ruble, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday.

Xiaomi resuming sales in India

An Indian court on Tuesday temporarily allowed Xiaomi Technology to sell some of its devices in the country.

Asia's top 3 billionaires are all Chinese

Chinese real estate mogul Wang Jianlin trails Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba, and HK's Li Ka-shing among Asia's wealthiest.

Eye on Asia

Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

Only six of the 16 teams in the tournament that starts Jan. 9 in Melbourne are ending 2014 with the same coach they started the year with.

Female fighters battle for rights in Syria

Arin is one of thousands of young Kurdish women who have taken up arms in the past two years.

India to boost 'She Taxis'

India's transport system fails to keep women safe in the recent 'Uber driver incident', but now there one solution: Taxis driven by women for women.

Sport

Djokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.

Beijing ramping up bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics by holding a series of international athletic competitions and promotional events.

Liverpool advance in League Cup

Liverpool will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling scored twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and Tottenham advanced with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.

Fostering talents

Indonesian tycoon boosts enterpreneurship at home while steering family conglomerate toward a sustainable future.

Spicing up history

Singaporean professor’s fascination with South Asia gives him deep insight into the wider region’s changing balance of power.

Taipan's tale

Swire pacific chairman bring three decades of experience to a diverse and growing business seeking new pastures in China.

Life Style

Chinese collector buys violin with sky high price

An antique violin made by Italian famous luthier Antonio Stradivari was purchased by a Chinese collector recently at a sky high price in New York.

Jackie Chan's cameraman drowns

Kung Fu star Jackie Chan lamented cameraman Chan Kwok-hung, who drowned in Hong Kong on Wednesday while filming an action-comedy.

Quirky News

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out.

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

Video

The art of Thangka

A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy, an exhibition showcasing nearly 100 pieces of thangka painting, will be on at L’hotel Nina & Convention Centre in Tsuen Wan until Dec 15.

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

CD Asia Pacific executive director elected SOPA chair

China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director Raymond Warhola has succeeded four-time Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Chairman David Smith at the helm of the Asia-wide publishing organization.

Roundtable

Just what the doctor ordered

Medical professionals in Hong Kong recommend an increased emphasis on vocational training, employment flexibility, mindset changes, revamping the medical services provision model and increased use of technology as the major drivers to address the thorny issue of staff shortage in the industry.

If you build it, they will come

The importance of Qianhai Cooperation Zone lies not only in its pilot role of spearheading financial innovation, but also in its key role in correcting the misalignment of the country’s economic structure, said Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, president of the Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research.