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HK exports face a rough ride in 2015

Exporters are finding things difficult with business costs swelling on the mainland and orders from global clients declining.

HK urged to work with central govt

National People’s Congress Deputy & local lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun urged Hongkongers to abandon their radical stance.

Nation to become net capital exporter

China's total overseas direct investment is set to exceed foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

Beijing willing to assist Moscow

China is offering Beijing’s assistance to Moscow, as pessimism is spreading about the uncertainties of the Russian economy.

Dalian Wanda vs Disneyland?

Dalian Wanda Group will probably open theme parks in the United States in future.

Golfer, 103, makes history

A Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole in one.

Xi leaves Macao after successful visit

President Xi Jinping has underscored the importance of "One Country, Two Systems" policy.

NY cops killed, gunman dead

A gunman who had posted anti-police statements on social media ambushed the officers.

Opinion

Country parks are lovely, but people need homes too

On Dec 16, the Hong Kong government announced a10-year housing plan for the city, which calls for the construction of 480,000 u...

What does Macao tell Hong Kong people?

President Xi Jinping made special emphasis on “Love for the motherland and love for Macao have become a prevalent value in Maca...

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

Food safety offenders may be locked up

Offenders who add inedible substances in foods will be put under detention from five days to 15 days, according to the bill.

Beijing willing to assist Moscow

China’s top diplomat is offering Beijing’s assistance to Moscow, as pessimism is spreading about the uncertainties of the R...

Ex-deputy helped his mistress to get cash

The former deputy head of the Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau, Qiu Chunlei, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Guangzhou Interme...

Chinese premier's Eurasian tour achieves fruitful results

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's just concluded three-nation tour in Asia and Europe achieved fruitful results in enhancing regional cooperation.

The turning of the year

The winter solstice, which marks the shortest day and the longest night, is a time of celebration as the seasons change and winter begins to ebb.

Meteorite madness in an alien landscape

As the market grows in China, a dedicated band of professionals are risking life and limb searching for extraterrestrial material in the deserts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

PLA submariners defy death in the depths

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

HK

NPC deputy urges HK to work with central govt

National People’s Congress Deputy and local lawmaker, Michael Tien Puk-sun, advised the people of Hong Kong to abandon their radical narrative.

Winter Solstice ancestor worship draws thousands

People will definitely become peace-loving citizens, good children at home, and responsible employees at work if they keep in mind that they should bring honor to their ancestors.”

Rockier roads ahead

Looking ahead into 2015, the Hong Kong export sector still faces a downside,Oswald Chan reports.

Pressure stepped up against ‘non-cooperation’

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, along with his senior aides in the government, urged the opposition members to set aside political differences.

Focus HK

Doesn't fit the bill

Even as the HK govt is encouraging private medical facilities to be more upfront about fee schedules,sticking to packaged charging may not be a practical idea.

Uneasy ululations

Gong Linna and her music-composer husband Lao Luo return to Hong Kong this weekend to perform Tante, a song without words that turned Gong into an overnight singing sensation.

Grape expectations

With the economy slowing and an anti-graft drive sparking austerity measures, 2014 is said to have brought tough times for the wine sector in China. But for many it presented the best opportunity ever.

Asia

DPRK threatens strikes on US

The DPRK warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism".

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

Seoul prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear plant operator

Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation of a leak of non-critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday.

Pyongyang blasts Seoul for disbanding pro-DPRK party

DPRK on Saturday blasted South Korean authorities for disbanding a pro-DPRK opposition party and stripping its parliamentary seats.

Merry time for online retailers

Brick-and-mortar stores face stiffer competition as more consumers shop in cyberspace.

2014: Year in review

Biggest events in the past 12 months range from bitcoin and oil price collapses to a mega IPO and record high for M&A deals.

Asia Weekly

Business

Nation to become net capital exporter

China is poised to become a net capital exporter for the first time, with total overseas direct investment exceeding foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

Birth of an industrial giant

Merger of two railway firms will give clear edge in global market.

Asian shares, dollar stand tall

Euro slips to 2-year lows vs. USD on divergent policy outlooks; Oil edges higher, takes a breather from recent rout.

Eye on Asia

Nepal emerges as fresh destination for investment

In the dusty outskirts of Kathmandu, south of the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal that holds the world's highest peaks.

Fishermen struggle after tsunami

A fter the tsunami pounded Thailand's Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes.

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.

Sport

Liverpool held by Arsenal, Marseille top in France

Liverpool dominated the game, creating a slew of chances like in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend, but lacked a cutting edge in the continued absence of injured striker Daniel Sturridge.

Kutscher wins FEI World Cup Jumping

German riders dominated the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/2015 Western European League at Olympia in London, on Sunday.

Zico reveals offer to remain FC Goa coach

Former Brazil great Zico has revealed he has received an offer to remain coach of Indian Super League club FC Goa next year.

Telling the China story

Sinologist draws on his experience as a diplomat, academic and Mandarin speaker to edit monumental work of Chinese biography.

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.

Life Style

Gay British musician marries partner

British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after gay marriage allowed in Britain.

Songs of Xinjiang

A famed soprano returns to her roots with Visitors on the Snow Mountains in an NCPA concert series next week.

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

Looking through crystal ball

Tired of taking photos the ordinary way? You may now try to use crystal balls to enhance your photos. Chinadailyasia.com shows you how it works. A crystal ball photography workshop will be held at 2-3pm on 20-21 Dec and 25-26 Dec at Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung.

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.