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Edward Snowden

1:56PM

Hong Kong made it clear to Washington it would need more information before arresting Edward Snowden and did not make "excuses" to allow him to leave, the justice secretary said.

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung made the comments in Beijing yesterday as US administration officials attempted to cast doubt on the Hong Kong version of the events that led to Snowden flying to Moscow on Sunday despite...

Violent attacks have spread this week in a tense minority region of western China, state media reported on Saturday, just days before the anniversary of a bloody clash between minority Uygurs and...

1:37PM

A team led by the architectural firm behind the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing and London's Tate Modern gallery has fended off five other big names for the right to design the M+ museum...

1:33PM

Common criminal or much-needed whistle-blower? The Edward Snowden case divided opinion among the dignitaries, diplomats and academics at the World Peace Forum in Beijing.

5:15AM

Beijing will soon officially announce the new chairman for China Investment Corp – ending months of internal debates and power struggles over who will manage the US$480 billion sovereign fund of...

5:29AM

State Council deputy secretary general Wang Zhongwei, a former Shanghai propaganda chief and later a senior propaganda official in the central government, has been picked to head Premier Li...

5:20AM

A former chairman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for a high-profile forum that analysts say could pave the way for future dialogue...

5:12AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he hopes for an informal meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during next week's Asean ministerial meeting in Brunei, Japanese media reported...

5:12AM

Tensions between Japan and China over the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyu isles, have eased in recent months, but there is still an underlying drive to...

4:50AM

A former Communist Party official from Chongqing embroiled in a sex-video scandal was sentenced to 13 years in prison for bribery yesterday, while the woman who appeared with him in the video...

3:52AM

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Insight

Last week, Chinese banks ran out of money. As they were scrambling for more funds to meet the regulatory requirements, the overnight interbank borrowing rate briefly topped 30 per cent. The...

4:26AM

Celebrating Hong Kong

Heartbeat of Hong Kong

In the difficult days of Sars, Freeman Lo Wing-cheung decided Hong Kong people needed cheering up. His remedy, a video evoking the city's can-do spirit, was an instant hit, getting 300,000...

5:25AM

At a casual glance, a fish stored in Rebecca Lee Lok-sze's home could be a typical Hong Kong salted variety.

But it's actually preserved in formalin and comes from Antarctica.

8:56AM

Uniquely Hong Kong

Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about...

6:10PM

In this latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a traditional rice shop owner laments how his business is declining in changing times, but argues it still has a vital role to play

6:11PM

Hong Kong

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee says some ministers are not professional enough and the financial secretary is a miser.

But her comments yesterday drew a swift defence of the...

5:33AM

Construction of some facilities at the West Kowloon arts hub may be delayed and it is likely to include more flats and offices as it tries to survive without further government funding.

5:25AM

In the face of softening interest by developers, the government plans to sell nine sites for housing between July and September.

4:59AM

Hong Kong made it clear to Washington it would need more information before arresting Edward Snowden and did not make "excuses" to allow him to leave, the justice secretary said.

1:56PM

China

Violent attacks have spread this week in a tense minority region of western China, state media reported on Saturday, just days before the anniversary of a bloody clash between minority Uygurs and...

1:37PM

Beijing will soon officially announce the new chairman for China Investment Corp – ending months of internal debates and power struggles over who will manage the US$480 billion sovereign fund of...

5:29AM

China’s state media warned on Saturday that a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia’s biggest military...

Updated 4:34PM

A former chairman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for a high-profile forum that analysts say could pave the way for future dialogue...

5:12AM

Asia

Suspected Muslim rebels in southern Thailand killed eight soldiers in a roadside bomb attack on Saturday, days after the government rejected demands for a ceasefire over the Islamic holiday of...

3:22PM

World

Rice dismissed commentators who say Snowden’s disclosures have made Obama a lame duck, damaged his political base, and hurt US foreign policy, saying: “I think that’s bunk.”

“I think the...

4:53PM

Two people, one an American student, were killed when protesters stormed an office of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies aimed at...

2:20PM

A retired four-star Marine Corps general who served as the second-ranking military officer in the US is being probed about a leak of information concerning a covert US-Israeli cyberattack on Iran'...

4:45AM

Business

China’s chief banking regulator said on Saturday that liquidity in China’s banking system is sufficient and pledged to control risks from local government debt, real estate and shadow banking.

2:56PM

Hong Kong-listed companies Chow Tai Fook, Coach and Prada have made their way inside the exclusive club of the "most sought-after luxury brands" on the mainland, a new survey says.

5:20AM

In an attempt to allay concerns about a cash crunch in the mainland banking system, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan pledged yesterday to maintain market stability, saying appropriate policies...

1:41AM

Beijing will soon officially announce the new chairman for China Investment Corp – ending months of internal debates and power struggles over who will manage the US$480 billion sovereign fund of...

5:29AM

Once you step into the bank outlet, the chip installed inside your credit card is recognised by a device that passes your personal information - including monthly income and outlays - to a...

5:20AM

Lifestyle

Winston Chu Ka-sun enters the boardroom of his law office in Admiralty with an assistant in tow; both carry large piles of paper that they deposit on the table with a small thud. "I have more than...

9:35AM

Cancelling the traditional slot at men's fashion week in Milan, Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini instead debuted her spring-summer 2014 men's collection in Shanghai, during her first...

9:36AM

The next time you buy a car you probably won't think about mileage, efficiency or comfort; you'll be too busy asking questions about how it connects to the internet.

9:36AM

SoHo faces an uncertain future as a bar and restaurant destination - perhaps a quieter one for its long-term residents and a duller one for patrons.

9:35AM

Fai Au could have worked anywhere. Born in Guangzhou, raised in Hong Kong and educated at Harvard, the 37-year-old architect was also a senior designer just three years ago at OMA, Rem Koolhaas'...

9:36AM

Like many experiments carried out on a grand scale, Hong Kong's open wine market has certainly raised some anomalies. For instance, the casual observer trapped in one of Sai Ying Pun's traffic...

9:35AM

Staying tuned for charity

The First Initiative Foundation held a soirée on Monday to announce its upcoming "Hong Kong! Hong Kong!" charity event.

9:36AM

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby seems to be on everyone's lips lately. Perhaps that should be hips, with all the Prada and Miu Miu costumes for the female cast. Not to mention themed collections...

9:36AM

Sport

The Hong Kong Sevens seemed a world away for Rowan Varty and his men. Three months ago they defeated Argentina 7-5. Yesterday they were thumped 47-7 by the same opponents as Hong Kong's World Cup...

4:16AM

Home favourite Laura Robson was the toast of Wimbledon again yesterday as the 19-year-old reached the third round for the first time, five years after being dubbed the "next big thing" in British...

4:05AM

Safety will be top of the agenda as the Macau Grand Prix celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

4:05AM

Magazines

27 Jun 2013

Six Hong Kong personalities discuss what's in their portfolio

27 Jun 2013

Superman is back

23 Jun 2013

Fishing methods threaten the lives and livelihoods of those who depend on them

20 Jun 2013

Big voice, small package: an audience with Japanese R'n'B superstar Misia

19 Jun 2013

Pâtissiers cater to Hong Kong's growing love of cakes

16 Jun 2013

The last of China's foot-bound women

13 Jun 2013

China's golden girl of the big screen takes the director's chair

9 Jun 2013

Family life suits investment guru Jim Rogers

7 Jun 2013

Drawn by design

2 Jun 2013

A people's champion celebrates her centenary

10 May 2013

Private art collections gain momentum in Asia

23 Apr 2013

Swing into summer with the hottest hairstyles

22 Apr 2013

How women can hit their full earnings potential

5 Apr 2013

The new voice of avant-garde Asia

20 Mar 2013

Size is starting to matter at trendsetting restaurants

Property

In the face of softening interest by developers, the government plans to sell nine sites for housing between July and September.

4:59AM

The tender sale of the 44-year-old Murray Building in Central, designated for conversion into a luxury hotel, is expected to attract interest from developers keen to obtain a site in the central...

5:18AM

The government has little chance of meeting its target of selling enough residential sites to yield 13,600 new flats this financial year, analysts say.

5:18AM

Technology

Ubisoft, the makers of an upcoming video game starring a hacker-turned-hero, have released a promotional website for the game that lets users look at an astonishing stream of real-time data...

6:01PM

Samsung Electronics has launched its first OLED TV, taking the ultra-thin technology into a nascent market despite tenacious production challenges that keep costs high while prevailing LCD screens...

1:00PM

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported.

12:52PM

Debates

In Tuesday’s Business section, the Monitor column on the back page decided to pick a fight with the front page’s Jake’s View.

10:33AM

Reporters Victoria Ruan and Celine Sun spoke to senior executives and observers from several countries on the sidelines of this month's Boao Forum. Many believe China will maintain its rapid...

6:02AM

Housing was the dominant theme of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address last month. His plans include rezoning green-belt land, reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and stepping...

4:58AM

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