Hong Kong | Domestic workers struggle in risky jobs 

At every stop, the path from Tritin Kartika’s poor Indonesian hometown to her job as a live-in maid in a Hong Kong apartment put her at risk of exploitation. Back home, she signed an

APEC | Summit Xi and Abe hold ice-breaking meeting 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a major step in easing more than two years of high tensions over contested islands and wartime history with

Hong Kong | Xi supports democracy ‘within law,’ Leung says

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hong Kong’s leader the nation supports the city’s democratic development “within the law,” Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, as pro-democracy demonstrations entered a seventh week. The

APEC SUMMIT | Beijing hosts friends, rivals; will it meet Japan? 

Will they or won’t they? Whether leaders of feuding China and Japan will meet during the Asia-Pacific summit has prompted much speculation. It’s the most — but not the only — awkward

Indonesians pray for Hong Kong stabbing victims 

More than 100 Indonesians in Hong Kong held a prayer vigil and demanded justice yesterday for two Indonesian women found stabbed to death in a case that has shocked this

Reinvention and rejuvenation – Foshan seeks new model for success

In 1968, He Xiangjian spent 5,000 yuan on a workshop to make bottle tops in a township of Foshan, Guangdong province. From this humble beginning grew the Midea Group, one

Tanzania ivory smuggled on Xi state visit

Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said in a report yesterday

Mainland factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics

Beijing wants APEC to push regional trade pact

The two-day meeting of 21 countries including the United States, Japan and South Korea is the first major international gathering in China since President Xi Jinping came to power. Starting Monday, the

Hong Kong | Democracy protesters clash with police

Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early yesterday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month

The Hong Kong murders: A kiss on the cheek and she was gone

On the last night of her life, Seneng Mujiasih stopped by the Queen Victoria Bar in the heart of Hong Kong’s red-light district. Dressed in a leopard-skin jumpsuit, she was

Hong Kong | Last governor urges concessions to protesters

The last British governor of Hong Kong called on the city’s government to offer concessions to pro-democracy protesters, saying there’s “an extraordinary lack of leadership” from officials. Chris Patten, who ran

Beijing may face smoggy APEC summit despite cleanup efforts

From Nov. 8-11, the city and surrounding areas will experience slight to moderate smog because of unfavorable conditions for pollutants to disperse, Wang Zhihua, a spokesman for the China Meteorological

State media damps hopes for Abe-Xi talks during Asia forum

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid for formal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional summit in Beijing next week is unlikely to succeed, a commentary by China’s

Mainland develops laser system against drones 

Chinese engineers have successfully tested a laser weapon that can shoot down low-flying, slow-moving drones, state media reported yesterday. The Low Altitude Sentinel system can detect a small aircraft within a

Hong Kong  | Indonesian women’s killings shock the city

Inside the sleek, metallic grey apartment tower rising from the heart of this financial capital, police uncovered an unspeakable crime that has jolted this city proud of its reputation for

Student protesters are HK’s favorite political group

The Hong Kong Federation of Students is the city’s most popular political group, according to a poll, underlining public support for the pro-democracy protests the students have led for six

Xinhua: Guangdong officials ‘buy corpses to meet cremation quota’

Two officials in Guangdong province have been arrested after they allegedly bought corpses from grave robbers to have them cremated, Chinese media say. They said they were trying to ensure government

Hong Kong | Protests promise political game change

Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand

Experimental moon orbiter returns

China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day

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