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China to end state monopoly on salt

China is to end a monopoly over the production and sale of table salt, dismantling a run by a state monopoly since 1950.

China allays NZ fears over Aussie trade

President Xi said his country's trade deal with Australia won't hurt neighboring NZ because demand from China remains strong.

HKU donations to be probed deeper

The govt will delve deeper into the HK$1.45m donations made by "Occupy" initiator Benny Tai Yiu-ting to 3 HKU units.

China manufacturing at six-month low

The HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for November dropped to 50.0 from the October final reading of 50.4, HSBC said in a report.

Steps urged against cyberterrorism

China's permanent representative to the UN, said the global fight must be more targeted.

Six nurses killed in latest attack

Seven people, including six nurses, were stabbed to death at a hospital dormitory in northe...

HK economy: Of octopuses and heroes

The manufacturing sector’s contribution to HK’s GDP was 1.5 percent in 2012.

Beijing open to Internet security ties

China is ready to work with other countries to deepen international cyber cooperation.

Opinion

Self-financed colleges must aim for quality

This year is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Federation for Self-financed Tertiary Education (FSTE).

Open diversity pays in Hong Kong’s workplace

In October last year, HSBC’s main building was illuminated for the first time with the rainbow colors used to represent lesbian...

Mob politics rocks HK

Frustrated that their illegal campaign is running out of steam, a group of radical "Occupy Central" protesters stormed the Legislative ...

Peace and prosperity propeller

The political and economic wheels must run at the same time in East Asia.

'Occupy’ proves the means can ruin the end

A dvocates and supporters of “Occupy Central” have been tirelessly defending the illegal movement since the day its three initiators pu...

Nation

China allays NZ fears over Aussie trade

President Xi said his country's trade deal with Australia won't hurt neighboring NZ because demand from China remains strong.

China to end state monopoly on salt

China is to end a monopoly over the production and sale of table salt, dismantling a run by a state monopoly since 1950.

Six nurses killed in latest attack

Seven people, including six nurses, were stabbed to death at a hospital dormitory in northern China on Thursday.

Envoy urges steps to tackle cyberterrorism

Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, said the global fight against terrorism must be more targeted.

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.

Comforts of home

Chinese town's residents who headed overseas return for better opportunities and lives.

HK

Govt proposes preservation of relics along rail link

The government has proposed preserving in place most of the ancient relics that have been unearthed at a constructed station of the Shatin-to-Central rail link.

HK's suicide cases rise 20%

The number of suicide cases in Hong Kong was 1,040 in 2013, a rise by more than 20 percent from the previous year.

Govt urged to review need for new tree laws

The Director of Audit has urged the government to "critically review" the need for new laws to make it mandatory for private land owners to inspect and maintain trees on their property.

Govt to probe HKU donations deeper

The govt will delve deeper into the HK$1.45m donations made by "Occupy" initiator Benny Tai Yiu-ting to 3 HKU units.

Focus HK

A well-timed shot

Even as more women from the mainland arrive in Hong Kong to get vaccinated against the HPV - the likely cause of cervical cancer - the city’s residents don’t seem too eager to take advantage of the locally available service.

Nailing the familial traits

One out of 12 people in Hong Kong has alpha, or beta thalassemia — a form of blood disorder which could be fatal or tie newborns to lifelong blood transfusions — according to official statistics.

Hong Kong’s economy: Of octopuses and heroes

Allen Ma Kam-sing - chief executive of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) - appeared to throw everyone off when he remarked at a recent briefing that he would like to see “Hong Kong moving like an octopus”.

Asia

Thai students detained at 'Hunger Games' opening

In Thailand, opponents of May's military coup have adopted the film's three-finger salute as a sign of defiance.

ROK warns DPRK against nuke test

The ROK warned the DPRK, saying Pyongyang would invite a stern international response if it stages another nuclear test.

Japan voters cast doubt on Abe's election

Nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters don't understand why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling a snap election next month.

Ferry firm head gets 10 years over deadly sinking

A South Korean ferry operator was sentenced to 10 years in jail over an April ship sinking that killed more than 300 people.

Making space for startups

Affordable work studios in asia offer new firms and freelansers rental options with perks galore.

Rail fast route to Europe

Trains along New Silk Road offer alternative but cost makes them unlikely to unseat sea transport.

Asia Weekly

Business

China manufacturing at six-month low: HSBC

China's manufacturing activity moderated to a six-month low, according to HSBC'S preliminary purchasing managers' index.

Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search

Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the US, signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain lost ground.

China data drags down Asia shares

Asian stocks faltered Thursday as China's manufacturing weakened and the latest Fed minutes reminded investors that US interest rates are likely to rise next year.

Eye on Asia

Japan biotech to ensure bluefin tuna survives

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened.

Ballet school speaks to Baghdad's resilience

The Baghadad School of Music and Ballet has managed to surviv decades of turmoil,a feat that speaks to the resilience of Baghdad's residents through wars.

Modern-day slavery still exists in Nepal

The 2014 Global Slavery Index ( GSI)published on Monday has shown that modern-day slavery affects 230,000 Nepali citizens both inside and outside the country.

Sport

Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final

Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final.

Alonso leaving Ferrari

Ferrari has confirmed that two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is leaving the team after the final race of the season.

Lahm undergoes successful surgery on broken ankle

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm underwent a successful surgery on a broken right ankle on Thursday.

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.

A cut above the rest

Hong Kong fashion designer specializing in haute couture makes a big splash with celebrities and top corporations alike.

Life Style

Award-winning director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director, died on Wednesday at age 83.

Revolutionary justice

The almost forgotten saga of a military officer tried for murder in 1937 comes together in a challenging film, Wang Kaihao reports.

Quirky News

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.

Cool gift! Dad makes 1.5-tonne transformer

It will take something huge to beat Yao Zihan's 18th birthday present: The diehard "Transformers" fan was gifted an almost lifesize "Optimus Prime" model made by his father.

Couple charged for unfavorable review

A British couple were charged 100 pounds by a hotel in England after they described it as a filthy hovel in an online review.

Video

Harbin in Hong Kong

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

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

China’s tourism growth: Celebrating a culture

A new generation of Chinese tourists will fuel growth along the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), global tourism industry leaders said on Tuesday.

Roundtable

‘One Belt, One Road’ offers great potential for logistics

The mainland’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative has the potential to create greater opportunities for the logistics sector in Hong Kong, a group of panelists told a China Daily Roundtable in the SAR on Wednesday.

Hotels: Moving up the mass market

The Chinese mainland’s hotel industry has grown by an average of 9.3 percent in each of the five years through 2014, market monitor IBIS World said.