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Yuan concerns grow as China stocks jittery

Global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably.

Science ‘critical’ to economy: Li

Premier Li Keqiang highlighted the “critical role” of technological innovation in driving China’s economic transformation.

Graduate incomes decline in HK

Educated young people entering Hong Kong's workforce earn less than their peers from a generation ago, a survey shows.

DPRK launch site 'upgrade complete'

A blastoff from Sohae in the west coast from where DPRK launched its first rocket into space in December 2012 is possible.

More opt for a DINK lifestyle in aging China

A rising number of people are choosing the Dual Income, No Kids lifestyle.

Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death

Since the end of Libya's 2011 civil war, Seif al-Islam has been held by a militia.

Top planner optimistic about China economy

Growth momentum was still "insufficient", China's NDRC said.

HK: URA to sell 338 subsidized flats

The Urban Renewal Authority will sell 338 units at 80% of the market price.

Opinion

Old age pension plan is worth supporting

Professor Nelson Chow Wing-sun’s call for the Hong Kong government to give a pension of HK$3,000 a month to all Hong Kong citiz...

Why high petrol prices should not drive us round the bend

A recent global report finally ranks Hong Kong first in something.

Hong Kong needs more tech start-ups

The government is understandably keen to push through a program to help Hong Kong catch up with its neighboring economies in the tech s...

Lesson from Greece

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah wrote that Greece’s financial meltdown should serve as a stark reminder of the importance of bu...

Financial Times sale - the deal few in London saw coming

When the rabbit came out of the hat, it was the Japanese news and digital media empire Nikkei, that absolutely no one in London's Anglo...

Video

Teenage PLA boot camp

A group of 260 HK students learned a lesson on citizens’ rights and duties at a summer camp.

To live on

Three months since Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake, thousands of Nepalis still have no home and a means to make a living.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

​The 17th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong kicked off on Friday, July 24.

Nation

Science ‘critical’ to economic upgrade

Only by giving full play to scientific and technological progress can the nation’s economy break through existing bottlenecks, Premier Li said.

Govt to begin survey of senior citizens' lives

A nationwide survey to assess the living conditions of the elderly will began on Saturday.

Macao mulling austerity amid gaming slump

The SAR govt will launch austerity measures if the gaming venues tally for July does not touch the "red line" of US$2.25b.

Chinese navy conducts live firing drill in S China Sea

The Chinese navy has conducted a live firing drill in the South China Sea to improve its maritime combat ability.

Frozen assets may not beat the biological clock

An increasing number of Chinese women are choosing to have children later in life, but experts are warning that postponing pregnancy can lead to a host of problems and are urging potential mothers to think carefully before opting for techniques such as egg freezing.

More opt for a DINK in aging China

The increasing number of people choosing the Dual Income, No Kids (DINK) lifestyle may hasten the growth of China's aged population.

'Made in China' gets German tuneup

Joint training programs key to improving quality in manufacturing.

HK

Students storm HKU Council meeting

The meeting, originally to discuss the decision earlier to delay the appointment of a pro-vice-chancellor, was brought to an abrupt end.

Lamma marina may resolve shortage of berths

While sailing is often dismissed as a pastime of the rich, a dearth of berths exists.

Lamma yacht marina plan facing strong opposition

The newest plan is billed as a world-class marina and host to international events and local athletes to establish “HK as the Yachting Capital of Asia”.

Hang Seng Index up 0.62%

The Hang Seng Index was up 0.62% to 24,503.94 points, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell 0.51% to 11,173.04.

Focus HK

Hoping for a dramatic turnaround

Both the SAR government and private agencies are trying to get the city’s youth to appreciate the magic of the Cantonese Opera, which, after all, is part of their cultural inheritance.

The anti-social network

Internet platforms often fuel hatred, prejudice and extreme sentiments among users. Media watchers explain the dynamic of swaying public opinion.

Onward, marching soldiers

A bunch of teenagers got a taste of a soldier’s life in a summer camp hosted by PLA Hong Kong Garrison. Parker Zheng trained his camera on them.

Asia

DPRK launch site 'upgrade complete'

A blastoff from Sohae in the west coast from where DPRK launched its first rocket into space in December 2012 is possible.

MH17: Oz FM urges Russia to back investigation

The UN wants to set up a criminal tribunal to "bring justice" to the families and loved ones of passengers aboard flight MH17.

DPRK rules out Iran-style nuclear deal

DPRK's ambassador to China said his country wasn't interested in an Iran-style deal because it was a "nuclear weapons state."

S Korea declares de-facto end of MERS outbreak

S Korean PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declared the de-facto end of MERS outbreak as all suspected patients were freed from quarantine.

In high spirits

Asia becomes toast of global alcohol industry but high taxes and counterfeits remain challenges.

Asia develops a taste for wine

consumption in China is driving regional sales as middle class seeks a more sophisticated drink.

Asia Weekly

Business

Yuan concerns grow as China stocks jittery

Global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably.

SOE reform to open door to foreign capital

Mixed ownership will provide an opportunity for overseas enterprises to enter key industries blocked to private investors.

Asia stocks wary

Asian shares attempted a rebound on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets without damage to the economy.

Eye on Asia

Iraqi boys trained to fight IS in summer camp

Iraq's top Shiite cleric has issued an edict calling on students to use their summer vacations to prepare to fight the Sunni extremists.

Malaysia lets ringgit fall below 1998-2005 peg

Malaysian authorities have allowed the ringgit to trade below levels that in 1998 prompted them to impose a dollar peg and capital controls.

Merit making for the masses

Saraburi's unique Tak Bat Dok Mai ceremony, which marks the beginning of the rains retreat, risks being overshadowed by commercialism.

Sport

Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open.

Qin Kai, Cao Yuan snatch sixth gold for China diving

Double Olympic champion Qin Kai won a hard battle against the home favorites to take his fifth men's 3m synchro springboard champion with his new partner Cao Yuan.

Tiger Woods running out of chances to salvage season

Woods is 197th in the FedEx Cup standings and he needs a victory just to be eligible for next week's Bridgestone Invitational.

Quest for knowledge

Chief of Sino-Singapore project draws on experiences from his multifaceted career to build a smart city of the future in Guangzhou.

China enthusiast

John Brumby wrote one of the first templates to promote Sino-Australian trade ties and continues to push the agenda.

Equipped to do more

Affable Indian business leader chalks up the miles to make things happen for his manufacturing firm and the wider industrial sector.

Lifestyle

Adaptations of 'Journey to the West'

Aside from China's new star in box office revenue, the epic Journey to the West also has gone through many changes throughout history.

Two Chinese movies to be screened at Toronto film festival

Mountains May Depart, together with Hong Kong director Johnnie To's Office, were among the 49 special presentations titles.

Quirky News

App tracks Prince William's flights

Newspaper says ability to follow movements poses security breach.

Eggs too pricey? Rent a chicken

A Pennsylvania couple has come up with a solution to soaring US egg prices: Rental chickens.

Ashley Madison clients to be named & shamed?

Dating website Ashley Madison's Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed a breach on its systems.

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.

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.

'Housing targets will be met'

The housing problem is the biggest challenge facing Hong Kong.

Special

The human factor

John Malpas, president of HKU’s Centennial College, has introduced a couple of inter-disciplinary programs with a view to breaking fresh ground in management education.