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Industrial profits down 4.2% for Jan-Feb

The figure narrowed from the 8-percent decline seen in last December, China's National Bureau of Statistics said.

Dutch collector may return statue

The Dutch collector "will cede the statue" if it is proved that it belongs to "a Buddhist community that still exists".

US Congress' joint session to host Abe

Shinzo Abe will address a joint sitting of the US Senate and House of Representatives on April 29 - a first for a Japanese ...

Airlines introduce 2-person cockpit rule

Airlines changed rules so as to require a 2nd crew member in the cockpit at all times, hrs after the Germanwings revelation.

HK reform talks must follow Basic Law: CE

Leung Chun-ying iterated that poll reform must follow the Basic Law.

Ceiling hike for foreign investors 'soon'

The funds ceiling in Chinese securities market for a single foreign insitutional investor w...

DPRK detains 2 ROK men for spying

The Republic of Korea has urged the DPRK to immediately release its detained citizens.

Rule eased, stock link traffic may rise

Investors in the HK-Shanghai link would be able to avoid the pre-trade quota check.

Opinion

Standardizing working hours is no easy task

According to the survey, the median working hours per week for all employees, are 45.9 and 43.4 for male and female employees.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank offers vital opportunities

Major European countries said they would join the China-led AIIB and was criticized by the Obama administration.

SAR must quickly resolve issue of working hours

Future laws on standard working hours should require employers to include clear statements in their labor contracts regarding working h...

Japan needs Murayama spirit

Only through profound reflection on the aggression it launched against China can Japan possibly regain the trust of the Chinese people ...

Lee Kuan Yew will be greatly missed by many

As a Singaporean — and one living overseas — I feel shaken, and perhaps even a little lost.

Nation

Dutch collector to return statue if origin proved

The Dutch collector "will cede the statue" if it is proved that it belongs to "a Buddhist community that still exists".

Deadlock broken on port project

China and Sri Lanka agree to put suspended $1.4b Colombo infrastructure plan back on track.

China, Myanmar probe warplane bombing

Experts from China and Myanmar's armed forces conducted a joint investigation in Lincang of southwest China's Yunnan.

PLA bribery probe to continue

Investigations into suspects who had connections with Xu Caihou - the former No 2 military official who died of cancer this month while fa...

Red river keeps on rolling

Every Chinese person knows that the Chishui River in Guizhou province has two claims to fame: One military, the other cultural.

China's 'dancing grannies' face new rules

This week, Chinese officials stepped into the fray by announcing the imminent arrival of new regulations on where seniors can dance and how loud they can blast their music.

The shape of things to come

Chinese women are becoming fuller of figure thanks to a combination of social, physical and dietary changes that are overturning 'traditional' notions of national body types and may prompt a revolution in the lingerie industry.

HK

Reform discussion must follow Basic Law: CE

Leung Chun-ying reiterated that electoral reform must follow the Basic Law and relevant decisions of the country’s top legislature.

Leung emphasizes role of tourism

Leung Chun-ying said the government had to strike a balance between the city’s capacity and further development of the tourism industry.

AIIB membership ‘to boost HK’s stature’

Economists upbeat on the city’s world financial status if it joins mainland-led $50b institution.

ATV could close by end of month

After a potential white knight investor withdrew, financially troubled Asia Television could go off the air by the end of the month.

Focus HK

A difficult legacy

Datong: the Chinese Utopia, which debuted last weekend, shifts the focus somewhat from Qing Dynasty social reformer Kang Youwei to his spirited daughter Kang Tongbi.

In and out of time

A challenging science fiction noir that takes a deep dive into temporal conundrums, the latest by Michael and Peter Spierig puts the likes of Looper and Source Code to shame.

Taking Asia to the World

At a China Daily-hosted forum held Wednesday, industry insiders discussed why Asian cinema will claim the world’s focus in the not-too-distant future.

Asia

Japan's Abe to address joint session of US Congress

Shinzo Abe will spend 8 days on a state visit expected to focus on his moves to ease constraints of Japan's pacifist, postwar constitution on the military.

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release detainees

The Korean Central News Agency said the two ROK men were detained last year in DPRK after collecting confidential data.

Japan arrest 2 for importing mushrooms from DPRK

The arrests come as importing mushrooms violates a trade embargo Japan imposed on the DPRK in 2006.

Bakery pulls Lee Kuan Yew bun

A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore's long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew after being accused of poor taste.

Toward a common destiny

China-led initiatives like the Boao Forum are helping to forge a new future for Asia.

Casting Singapore in his own image

Founding father became synonymous with nation that he transformed from third world to first.

Asia Weekly

Business

China's industrial profits down 4.2% for Jan-Feb

The figure narrowed from the 8-percent decline seen in last December, China's National Bureau of Statistics said.

Ceiling hike for foreign investors 'very soon'

China will raise the ceiling of cumulative investment in the domestic securities market for a single qualified foreign institutional investor.

Asia crawls higher after upbeat US data

Asian stocks crawled higher on Friday as upbeat US economic data helped revive some risk appetite lost following air strikes on Houthi militants in Yemen, while the dollar rebounded.

Eye on Asia

Japan carries on with coal power projects

Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change.

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers

Recovery from the tsunami of Sendai in Japan has been a tough process for farmers, whose land was strewn with debris and contaminated with seawater.

DPRK's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

As the privileged classes devour their baguettes, much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself.

Sport

Trouble for Mercedes and Hamilton at Malaysian FP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has made an early exit from Friday's first practice session at the Malaysian Grand Prix due to a technical failure with his car.

Chelsea captain John Terry signs for another season

Captain John Terry will be at Chelsea for at least one more season after earning a contract extension in recognition of his enduring value to the team.

Cricket World Cup final passion captures New Zealand

A raft of New Zealand leaders are preparing to head to Australia this weekend as the two countries face off in the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Media pioneer

From out of war-torn Vietnam, ex-journalist builds a thriving publishing business in partnership with the government.

Serving with a passion

Singaporean hotelier believes that moving with the times, giving back to the community and keeping fit are keys to her success.

A toast to tenacity

Amid civil war and regional conflict, Lebanese winemaker beats the odds to taste heady success and world-class status.

Life Style

Sports star gets model makeover

Lin Dan is best known as the invincible "Super Dan" on the badminton court, but he is also pretty fierce in a designer suit.

Tim Cook will give away all his money

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth.

Quirky News

Kyoto bans feeding stray cats

Violators could be fined up to 50,000 Japanese yen if the cats cause adverse effects on life of the residents.

600 Indian students expelled for cheating

Students' parents were captured scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams.

Fish changes color to fool its prey

The dusky dottyback preys on smaller fish by changing color and pretending to be an adult of their own species.

Video

Stars grace red carpet

Celebrities and film stars from across Asia hit the red carpet of the 9th Asian Film Awards at the Venetian hotel in Macao.

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.