New Silk Road? | First China-London freight train arrives

The first direct freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London yesterday, another leg in Beijing’s plans for closer trade ties with Europe along

Hong Kong housing curbs may give Singapore property some relief

Singapore’s three-year decline in home prices could see relief from an unexpected quarter in 2017: Hong Kong. So says Cushman & Wakefield Inc., which expects

Davos | Chinese mogul urges Trump against scrutinizing media investments

China’s biggest media mogul said he’d be a “happy buyer” of a top Hollywood studio if one were for sale and urged president- elect Donald Trump

Xi extols multilateral approach, climate accord

Chinese President Xi Jinping extolled the merits of multilateral cooperation yesterday , declaring that the Paris accord to combat climate change must be kept on track

2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

China’s military said Tuesday that more than 2,500 abandoned Japanese wartime chemical weapons collected from northern China, including Beijing and the port city of Tianjin, have been

Hong Kong | In final speech, CY Leung warns on independence push

Hong Kong’s outgoing leader warned in his farewell policy speech yesterday that independence for the Chinese-controlled territory is not possible. In his annual address to

Top judge attracts criticism with remarks

China’s top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an “erroneous Western ideal,” a statement seemingly aimed at

China calls on US to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

China yesterday called on the U.S. to bar a Taiwanese delegation from attending Donald Trump’s inauguration tomorrow, underscoring concerns that the incoming president could seek to redefine

Coal mine caves in, killing nine workers

The partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China has left nine people dead, state media reported yesterday, reflecting the stubborn persistence of safety problems

Xi takes spotlight at Davos as US makes transition

China is taking the world’s most elite annual gathering by storm. President Xi Jinping leads a Chinese delegation of over 100 officials and scores of

Taiwan | Ex-premier heading delegation to Trump inauguration

A former premier will represent Taiwan at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, a visit likely to be closely scrutinized by China for signs the incoming president intends

Smog-choked may fast-track green debt, top banker says

China’s top underwriter of green bonds said the government may accelerate approvals in 2017 as the nation battles a toxic wave of smog. Guotai Junan

Experts see Xi tout clean energy leadership at World Forum

Four days before climate change skeptic Donald Trump becomes president of the U.S., his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will appear at Davos. His theme is responsible

South China Sea | Philippines protests Chinese weapons installation on islands

The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti- aircraft and anti-missile weapons on

Japan to provide Vietnam new patrol vessels Abe says during visit

Japan will provide Vietnam new patrol vessels, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday on the last stop of his four-nation tour to boost his country’s trade and security engagements in

Hong Kong tycoon Li to buy Australian energy firm Duet

A group led by Hong Kong billionaire tycoon Li Ka-shing’s infrastructure business said yesterday it is buying Australian energy company Duet in a multibillion dollar deal. Cheung Kong