GSK fined US$492m, managers jailed

The fine was slapped and executives jailed for paying bribes in what is a record penalty for China.

China to invest US$20b in India

The target was proclaimed in a joint statement the two sides issued here on the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's...

Smog blankets Hong Kong

All of the Environmental Protection Department's 15 monitors registered "high" or "very high" levels of pollution.

Alibaba: Yahoo rakes in profit

Yahoo is in line to make anywhere from US$8.3 billion to US$9.5 billion from Alibaba's record-setting initial public offering.

Scots vote against independence

Scots voted 55% to 45% against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Alibaba's IPO priced at US$68 per share

Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at the top end of the expected range.

Zhang Dejiang calls for rational talks

The Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee sent a message to HK.

Waiting for the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, HK stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration.


Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English lang...

Hong Kong SAR can be a democratic model

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) unanimously (170 votes) passed a draft resolution on Hong Kong’s elec...

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...


China eyes US$20 billion investment in India in 5 years

The target was proclaimed in a joint statement the two sides issued here on the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit.

China bans stars in drug, sex scandal

Beijing Trade Association for Performances said it would not hire any stars involved in drug abuse or prostitution.

Nod for plan to combat climate change

The Chinese central government on Friday approved a plan that maps out major climate change goals to be accomplished by 2020

Admiral: US flights should stop

A senior military officer has reiterated that China has a right to protect its maritime territory and airspace, and said that frequent clo...

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.


Pollution levels 'serious' as smog blankets city

Smog blanketed Hong Kong Friday morning, with roadside pollution monitors registering air pollution levels in the upper bands.

SHKP rewards are consultancy fee: Rafael Hui

Rafael Hui said all financial rewards he received from SHKP are payment for his consultancy service for the developer giant.

Jimmy Lai's aide visits ICAC

The aide of Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai visited the ICAC headquarters on Friday, after a similar visit by Lai two days ago.

HK shares rise, China trims weekly losses

Hong Kong shares had solid rises on Friday, after Alibaba Group's red-hot IPO underpinned US bourses.

Focus HK

The flute-player from Shaanxi

Tonight when Maestro Yan Hui-chang lifts his baton to lead a huge ensemble of musicians from Hong Kong and Zhejiang, he will have touched yet another milestone in a long and distinguished career.

A ‘bridge’ for neighbors

Two budding entrepreneurs have teamed up using technology to link up ‘people in the virtual world with those in the physical world’ for the benefit of communities.

Focus Hong Kong


ROK fires warning shots at DPRK's patrol boat

ROK fired warning shots after a DPRK patrol boat crossed a disputed maritime border to the west of the divided peninsula.

Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India: CNN

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Al Qaeda will struggle to recruit members in the world's second-most populous nation.

Hunt for missing MH370 to resume

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month.

Japan intent on whaling

Japan vowed to resume its whaling programme in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by an international body.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly


China fines GSK US$492m, jails executives

A court fined British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline 3 billion yuan (US$492 million) and sentenced its British former country manager and others to prison on Friday for bribing doctors and hospitals to use its products, a state news agency reported.

Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

Yahoo is in line to make anywhere from US$8.3 billion to US$9.5 billion from Alibaba's record-setting initial public offering.

Pound, stocks rise as Scotland votes to stay in UK

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.


Li Na hangs up her racket

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Asian Games prepares for opening ceremony

Participants and spectators were gathering Friday for a lavish Asian Games opening ceremony featuring 10,000 athletes, a fireworks display and performances by "Gangnam Style" singer PSY and other local pop stars.

Asian Games swimming competition promises drama

What promises to be a dramatic showdown between China's Olympic gold champion Sun Yang and his chief rival, Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, is set to heat up the Asian Games swimming program.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's UN climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

When sex brings down the rich and famous

A celebrated filmmaker caught in flagrante delicto with a prostitute is a catalyst for debate.

Quirky News

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Man recovers after 3D-printed skull implant

A man whose skull was severely injured in an accident has had fractured bones rebuilt with the help of 3D printing technology.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls Royces for Macau hotel

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests.


A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

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.


Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy


Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...