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Should Hongkongers become more international?

Should Hongkongers become more international?
- These Hongkongers are very brave writing on their laptops alone but it doesn't penetrate their minds that I am more Hong Kong than they are – and (facial features aside) more Chinese. Better still I have travelled and worked all over the world – so bring me some real counter arguments and shut the ...

Is the real estate industry ready for an older New York?

Is the real estate industry ready for an older New York?
- We may not be sure if New York's overall population will keep growing, but this we know: pension funds are in trouble. In the U.S., the European Union, Japan and China, populations are aging. Fewer people are contributing to the pension system while more old people are slated to receive fat retirement ...

Life behind a mask — China's cities still choking on smog

Life behind a mask — China's cities still choking on smog
- "Policies favoring coal and heavy industry are holding back progress," he said in a statement. Even in the northern cities that saw major improvements, there were days when the smog was as thick as ever. On December 28, much of Beijing saw "very unhealthy" levels of pollution, according to the Beijing ...

The World's Biggest Smog Tower Offers Hope to Polluted Megacities in China

The World's Biggest Smog Tower Offers Hope to Polluted Megacities in China
- To tackle China's smog problem, researchers are testing a new smog tower near the city of Xian. The tower has reduced air pollution by almost 15 percent.

Chinese cities with worst air condition in 2017 revealed

Chinese cities with worst air condition in 2017 revealed
- Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei Province has been declared the Chinese city with the poorest air condition in 2017, according to an announcement by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). Hebei's steel-making cities Handan, Xingtai, Baoding and Tangshan placed second to sixth ...

Why China needs your scientific expertise

Why China needs your scientific expertise
- Coupled with this economic deceleration are the twin pressures of growing labour costs and a shrinking workforce. Owing to the country's historically strict family-planning policies, by 2050, more than one-quarter of China's population will be over 65, and only around one-half will be of working age.

China's youth obsessed with 'cat-sniffing'

China's youth obsessed with 'cat-sniffing'
- Raising cats reflects a bigger trend in China, where it is a lifestyle that is heavily focused on China's "empty nest youth", the term used to describe single or unmarried people who live alone in major cities. Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao sold nearly 10 billion yuan (S$2.06 billion) of cat-related ...

Uber's next ride-share could be in South-east Asia

Uber's next ride-share could be in South-east Asia
- It merged with the city-state's largest taxi operator in exchange for access to more drivers. India is another costly place to do business, but one that may hold greater promise for Uber. Following a similar playbook in South-east Asia as in China, though, would make sense. In August 2016, Uber swapped ...

Hong Kong fears future of Cantonese culture

Hong Kong fears future of Cantonese culture
- Fewer new residents in Hong Kong can now speak the city's lingua franca — Cantonese — amid warnings a growing move toward Mandarin could threaten the city's indigenous culture. Around 166,000 "new Hong Kongers" were listed in the city's 2016 census, which indicates residents born across the ...



Wearing all your clothes to travel not new: Hongkongers on China trips did it all the time to dodge ...

Wearing all your clothes to travel not new: Hongkongers on China trips did it all the time to dodge ...
- A passenger who wore all the clothes he was carrying to try to get around an excess baggage payment on a flight from Iceland made headlines this week – but it's a practice that's hardly news to older generations in Hong Kong. In the 1960s and '70s they layered up whenever they returned to their ...

HK activist Joshua Wong imprisoned a second time

HK activist Joshua Wong imprisoned a second time
- Hong Kong has been governed under a “one country, two systems” deal since 1997, when Britain handed the territory back to China. The agreement allows Hong Kongers rights unseen in China, including freedom of speech and a partially directly elected parliament, as well as an independent judiciary, ...

In a show of unity, Koreans North and South plan to march together and field a joint Olympic team

In a show of unity, Koreans North and South plan to march together and field a joint Olympic team
In a rare gesture of unity after recent threats of “enveloping fire,” North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony at next month's Winter Olympics. The announcement also includes plans to organize a joint women's ice hockey team, which if ...

China says Canada meeting on North Korea showed 'Cold War' mentality

China says Canada meeting on North Korea showed 'Cold War' mentality
- China said on Wednesday a just concluded meeting in Canada about North Korea showed a Cold War mentality and would only undermine a settlement of the North Korea issue. Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a daily news briefing. China did not attend the meeting ...

Japanese broadcaster NHK apologises for false North Korea missile alert

Japanese broadcaster NHK apologises for false North Korea missile alert
- Japan's national broadcaster NHK has issued an apology after sending out a false alert claiming North Korea had launched a ballistic missile. The alert, sent out shortly before 7pm local time on Tuesday, read: “North Korea appears to have launched a missile ... The government urges people to take ...

Kim Jong-un MUST realise Trump would 'obliterate' regime

Kim Jong-un MUST realise Trump would 'obliterate' regime
- Mr Chang added, from his conversation with Express.co.uk back in November, that North Korea do not regard the United States a threat as he revealed Kim Jong-un's plans. He said: “The Kim regime has reached out and killed Americans and there has been no American response. “Clearly they have ...

North Korea pulling out all the stops on Olympic diplomacy

North Korea pulling out all the stops on Olympic diplomacy
- The terms of the agreement will be formally adopted at a four-party meeting Saturday in Switzerland that will include the International Olympic Committee. This would be the first time for North and South Korea to field a joint team for the Olympics. North Korea has proposed using a land route to transport ...

Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade international sanctions

Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade international sanctions
- Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signalling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said ...

Which Asian cities are most expensive for expat rentals?

Which Asian cities are most expensive for expat rentals?
- For the fifth year running, Hong Kong remains Asia's most expensive city for expatriate professionals to rent housing, according to a survey by ECA International.The average rent for a three-bedroom apartment in areas of Hong Kong popular with executive-level expats stands at $10,461, four per cent ...

How outdoor spaces enrich high-rise living in Asia Pacific

How outdoor spaces enrich high-rise living in Asia Pacific
- Big cities across Asia Pacific have come to rely on high-rise apartments to house growing populations. While towers in previous years were focused on building as high as possible to maximize the number of available apartments, today's high-rise homes are taking a more people-centric approach to ...

Rents in Singapore, Malaysia now cheaper while Shanghai's becomes the third most ...

Rents in Singapore, Malaysia now cheaper while Shanghai's becomes the third most ...
- With a high population density and a consistently limited supply of property, the average rent in Hong Kong continues to remain more expensive than in other high-profile Asian cities,” said Lee. “Rents have risen slightly in the past 12 months. Despite the high rental costs in Hong Kong, rents for the type ...

Cities in China's Hebei province still top list of smoggiest places

Cities in China's Hebei province still top list of smoggiest places
China's Hebei province was the location of six of the country's 10 smoggiest cities in 2017, the same as the previous year, despite a campaign to improve air quality during the winter when smog levels peak, according to environment ministry data published on Thursday (Jan ...

The 7 most expensive cities to live in Asia

The 7 most expensive cities to live in Asia
- Many of the most expensive cities to live in Asia are in East Asia, according to price aggregation website Numbeo's Cost of Living Index 2018. Indices in the open access Index are listed relative to New York City (100.00), meaning that if a city has Restaurant Index score of 70, it is 30 percent cheaper to ...

Black Pearl - China's own 'Michelin guide'

Black Pearl - China's own 'Michelin guide'
- Two years after Michelin debuted its famed restaurant guide on the Chinese mainland, China's online-to-offline service platform Meituan-Dianping has launched its own restaurant guide. Dubbed the Black Pearl, the list recommends 330 restaurants from 27 cities known as culinary ...

Mumbai Fifth Most Expensive City in Asia for Rental Accommodation for Expats

Mumbai Fifth Most Expensive City in Asia for Rental Accommodation for Expats
- Mumbai is the fifth most expensive place in Asia for mid-market rentals for expats in 2018, according to a recent report. The Indian city, which was at the eighth spot last year, has left behind Beijing, Yokohama, Singapore and Osaka, the survey of the most expensive places for expatriates in Asia for ...