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US hopes Xi's visit to be a 'milestone'

China and the United States agree that it is necessary to manage and control points of difference.

UN's Ban defends China parade trip

In reponse to Japan's concern, the UN chief says "It's important to look to the past."

Demonstrators urge Najib to step down

Thousands of Malaysians gather in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day rally to demand that Prime Minister Najib Razak step down.

Home project okayed amid opposition

A proposed 200 luxury home development in a green belt in southern Hong Kong will go ahead despite strong district opposition.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down

Noel Biderman quits in the wake of the breach of the company's computer systems.

China adopts criminal law amendments

The crime of sex with underage prostitutes was reclassified as rape and commutation for mos...

Japan urged to stop provocations

The call came after Japanese Cabinet Secretariat alleged the Diaoyus belong to Japan.

Pension fund 'not to bail out bourses'

A move to allow China's pension fund to invest in the stock market "is to create long-term ...

Opinion

Why Aug 15, 1945 still matters

Jocelyn Chey says that in the 70 years since the end of the Pacific War, the people of Asia have taken charge of their own dest...

How to help HK people abroad

Raymond So says that because more SAR people are traveling overseas the risk of them getting into difficulties is increasing, p...

RIP cash? Instant, online finance is here to stay

In the first half of this year, Internet lending hit 300.6 billion yuan, more than the total 252.8 billion yuan for the whole of 2014.

World economy still resilient against crisis

Despite the slumps in the stock markets of many countries, the global economic situation is improving, albeit slowly.

Korean Peninsula needs more talks, not tension

It is a great relief that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea reached a deal on Tuesday to ease the ten...

Video

When gates of hell open

This year, on August 28th - the 15th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar - it is Yu Lan festival in Hong Kong, also known as Hungry Ghost Festival.

Wonderland in the deep

For more than 10 years, John Ng has been diving in the waters around Hong Kong and overseas creating amazing snapshots of the extraordinary sea life and animals underneath.

Organic Wordplay

In this episode of Hong Kong Enquirer Andrea Deng looks into the murky world of organic food.

Nation

China adopts criminal law amendments

The crime of sex with underage prostitutes was reclassified as rape and commutation for most corrupt criminals was ruled out.

UN's Ban defends China parade trip after Japan concern

"It's important to look to the past, what kinds of lessons we have been learning," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

US hopes Xi's visit to be a 'milestone'

Both sides said it is necessary to manage and control points of difference.

Japan urged to stop provocations

China has urged Japan to stop all provocations after the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat alleged the Diaoyus belong to Japan.

Final farewell to the plateau

Xu Fengxiang is a legend in Chinese ecological circles, and has been credited with safeguarding and saving one of the country's most fragile ecosystems.

The spy who saved the Soviets

Yan Baohang was one of China's most effective wartime intelligence agents and a trusted adviser to the Nationalist government, despite being a covert Communist. Today, this secretive man is remembered for an intervention that helped to bring Japan's occupation of China to an end.

Tianjin: How did this happen?

At least 123 people were killed after the massive explosion. Now residents want to know went wrong.

HK

Green belt development approved amid opposition

A proposed 200 luxury home development in a Stanley green belt will go ahead despite strong district opposition.

Democratic Party veteran wants more talks with Beijing

A former vice-chairman of the Democratic Party says it is good that the party held talks with the central government.

Beijing calls for unity in HKSAR

The central government’s Hong Kong affairs office expressed its hope for unity among different sectors and political groups in the city.

Coach closes flagship store amid drop in mainland shoppers

Leather goods maker Coach says its flagship store on Queen's Road Central will close on Aug 31.

Focus HK

When ghosts come out to play

Roy Liu captures the spirit of a folk tradition observed on HK’s streets to keep one’s departed ancestors happy and entertained in their afterlives.

Expression beyond words

Jungman Kim, renowned South Korean photographer offered a tiny glimpse into the dedication and endurance needed to achieve world acclaim in photography.

The battle for recognition

Even as Hong Kong gears up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese occupation, some of the relics of the city’s terrible trial — which local historians feel are worthy of a world heritage status — lie in utter neglect.

Asia

Thousands rally urging Malaysian leader to quit

Thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts rally in Kuala Lumpur to demand the resignation of PM Najib Razak.

Japan students on hunger strike over security bills

A group of Tokyo university students have staged a rare hunger strike to protest against Abe's security bills.

Japan ruling party sets Setp 20 for leadership vote

All seven factions within the Liberal Democratic Party supported Abe and there were no signs he would face a contender in the vote, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

Thai opp slams draft charter week before vote

Thailand's main opposition flayed a draft constitution saying it "totally disregards the sovereignty of the Thai people".

Getting trade on fast track

Railway corridor to tap into growth in the Caspian region and play major role in the modern Silk Road initiative.

Bridging the gap

New infrastructure projects in Central Asia are paving the way for trade across borders.

Asia Weekly

Business

China wins Thai railway construction bid

The two countries plan to sign the inter-governmental framework agreement on the China-Thailand Railway project early September.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Noel Biderman quits in the wake of the breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Apple schedules new product event for Sept 9

But in typical fashion, Apple is only dropping vague clues about its plans.

Eye on Asia

Ambivalence in Indonesia towards AEC

There is growing concern over the level of commitment to the AEC, especially for a relatively new government saddled with rising protectionist and nationalist sentiment.

Lessons from orangutan conservation

The fate of Indonesia’s forested landscapes will heavily influence the future prospects of many species, humans included.

Free meals capture Sikh spirit of service

Service is one of the most integral traditions of gurdwaras, where people from all walks of life pour in to assist.

Sport

Federer in the swing heading into Open

After a restful summer, Roger Federer returned to the court in Cincinnati last week and won the tournament in dominating fashion.

Evergrande sets precondition for Zhang's move to Chelsea

Guangzhou Evergrande has set the playing time guarantee as the precondition for its star defender Zhang Linpeng's possible move to Chelsea.

China reach men's 4x100m final

China made it to the world championships men's 4x100m relay final for the first time in 28 years.

First-mover advantage

Juwai.com may not be a household name in Australia, Europe or the United States, but in China it is the “must-go-to” site when looking for property overseas.

Print mettle

Media mogul Denise Tjokrosaputro attributes her success to a crucial factor that defined her early life.

Weaving a new image

Pakistan industry body chief hopes to win waves of fresh investment in order to revive economy, with Chinese ties to play a key role.

Lifestyle

Animated 'Little Prince' evokes childhood memories

The casting announcement for upcoming animated film "The Little Prince" triggered an outpouring of nostalgia from Chinese web users.

Equine esteem

White-collar Chinese are buying horses and galloping into a traditionally - and still predominately - elite pursuit.

Quirky News

$1m painting damaged by boy back on display

A US$1.54 million masterpiece by an 17th century Italian artist was back on display after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.

Never too old to find love

A park in Victoria has signed up Patrick the wombat to a dating service in honor of the furry bachelor turning 30 years old this weekend.

'Oldest message in bottle' discovered

Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906 by researchers, the bottle was found on a German beach by a couple in April.

Special

HK's testing and certification industry set to increase role on mainland

Hong Kong's testing and certification industry is set to play a bigger role on the Chinese mainland market.

'Liberal Party gets on well with govt'

Felix Chung believes proposed ITB will be approved by legislators in October.

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.

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.