Hong Kong - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Hong Kong Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong, authorities say. Ramon Torres Mayorquin and h... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:23:00Z Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Ph... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:27:00Z Forum on China's economic reach helps leader extend his own BEIJING (AP) — China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort that envisions a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum opening Sunday is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances aimed at proje... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:45:00Z 'It takes up the whole river!' US ports welcome giant ship SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The largest cargo ship ever to visit ports on the U.S. East Coast is so long the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument could fit end-to-end along its deck and still leave room for Big Ben. The COSCO Development arrived Thursday at the Port of Savannah after cruising past dozens of onlookers who cheered and took photos of the mammo... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:58:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:58:00Z China auto sales shrink in April as demand cools sharply HONG KONG (AP) — China's auto sales shrank in April as demand for most types of vehicles wilted, an industry group said Thursday. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.7 million passenger cars were sold in China last month, down 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago. That's down from 1.7 percent sales growth in ... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T10:30:00Z International basketball celebrates vote to allow headgear Even as basketball's popularity soared around the world, not everyone believed they could get in the game. A ban on headgear by the sport's governing body meant choosing between play and prayer, a rule that wasn't about religion but felt as if it were to some groups. That ended Thursday with a unanimous vote to allow headgear, a change ... Fri, 05 May 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T02:11:00Z HSBC 1Q pretax adjusted profit rises 12 percent to $5.9B HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC's quarterly pretax profits rose 12 percent as improved trading and rising interest rates helped support revenue at the London-based global bank's businesses. The bank said on Thursday that profit for the first three months of the year, adjusted for one-time items and currency fluctuations, came in at $5.9 billion versus $5.3 billion a year ago. ... Thu, 04 May 2017 07:04:00 GMT 2017-05-04T07:04:00Z Asia stocks slip after Fed signals more rate hikes in store HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets slipped Thursday after a lackluster day on Wall Street as the Fed used its latest assessment of the U.S. economy to signal that more interest rate increases are coming. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi added 0.8 percent to 2,236.29 while other major benchmarks across Asia fell, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng losing ... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:57:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:57:00Z World stocks slide as geopolitics, European votes weigh HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks fell Tuesday amid concerns about the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, France's upcoming presidential election, and Britain's surprise decision to hold a general election. KEEPING SCORE: European benchmarks opened lower after the Easter holiday and kept sliding throughout the day. Britain's FTSE 100 was down 1.7 per... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:02:00 GMT 2017-04-18T12:02:00Z China's 1Q economic growth ticks higher to 6.9 percent HONG KONG (AP) — China's economic recovery is gaining momentum, with growth ticking up to a 6.9 percent annual pace in the first three months of the year, lifted by government stimulus and a property boom. The growth seen in January-March in the world's second-biggest economy, according to data released Monday, was an improvement from the previous quarter... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-04-17T03:59:00Z France win big on final day at world cycling championships HONG KONG (AP) — Francois Pervis of France won the men's 1km time trial on Sunday at the world track cycling championships in Hong Kong. Pervis, who is also the world record holder, won his fourth rainbow jersey in the event with a time of 1 minute 0.714 seconds. "My rainbow jersey missed me last year but now I can put again every day f... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:43:00 GMT 2017-04-16T11:43:00Z Thriller 'Trivisa' wins big at Hong Kong Film Awards HONG KONG (AP) — Crime thriller "Trivisa" was the big winner at the Hong Kong Film Awards, taking home five awards including the prize for best film. The movie, which takes place on the eve of the Hong Kong's 1997 handover from Britain, also took home awards for best director and best actor on Sunday evening. News sites in mainland Chin... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:13:00 GMT 2017-04-11T03:13:00Z Dates confirmed for 2018 Rugby World Sevens in San Francisco HONG KONG (AP) — The dates for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco were confirmed on Saturday as July 20-22, avoiding a clash with the soccer World Cup in Russia. The tournament, which will be played by 24 men's teams and 16 women's sides, will be played at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 07:50:00 GMT 2017-04-08T07:50:00Z ADB: Asian growth seen steady, US policy uncertainty a risk HONG KONG (AP) — Asia's developing economies will see steady growth this year and the next, though the evolving policies of President Donald Trump's administration are a major uncertainty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Thursday. The Manila, Philippines-based lender forecast growth in developing Asia at 5.7 percent in 2017 — unchanged from it... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:03:00 GMT 2017-04-06T07:03:00Z Visa issues keep thousands of Chinese tourists from Hawaii HONOLULU (AP) — Rejected visa applications are keeping thousands of Chinese tourists from visiting Hawaii. More than 2,000 of the 6,000 Nu Skin distributors in China and Hong Kong that were planning to attend a conference in Hawaii were not able to attend because of visa troubles, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ( The convention of the direct mar... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 21:04:00 GMT 2017-04-01T21:04:00Z China factory index hits 5-year high as economy gains steam HONG KONG (AP) — China's factory activity ticked up again last month to its highest level in five years, according to an official survey released Friday, in a fresh sign that the world's No. 2 economy is picking up steam. The index based on a survey of purchasing managers climbed for a second straight month in March to 51.8, its strongest level since Apri... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-03-31T04:10:00Z American Airlines buys stake in China Southern Airlines BEIJING (AP) — American Airlines has agreed to pay $200 million for a stake in China Southern Airlines, the biggest of China's three major state-owned carriers, in a bid for a bigger share of the country's growing travel market. American and China Southern will expand commercial cooperation, possibly in sales, airport facilities and code-sharing, the Chin... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:54:00 GMT 2017-03-28T08:54:00Z Hong Kong police arrest more 2014 democracy protest leaders HONG KONG (AP) — A day after Hong Kong picked a new Beijing-backed leader, police launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests. Nine activists targeted by police were defiant as they turned themselves in at police headquarters on Monday evening, acco... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-03-27T15:13:00Z No surprise: Beijing's pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong's leader HONG KONG (AP) — The candidate favored by China's Communist leadership was chosen as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city's election system in 2014. A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites selected Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's former No. 2 official, as the fi... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:57:00 GMT 2017-03-26T10:57:00Z Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing HONG KONG (AP) — A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites cast ballots Sunday to choose Hong Kong's next leader in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests. The election committee's 1,194 members voted at a downtown exhibition center, with the city's former No. 2 official Carrie Lam widely expected to win after getting the backing of China's communist ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:39:00 GMT 2017-03-26T03:39:00Z AP Explains: Hong Kong's unusual system to pick its leader HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is poised to choose a new leader on Sunday when members of a committee dominated by elites favored by Beijing cast their ballots in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests. Here's a look at the electoral system, which critics have dubbed a "small-circle" or "fake" election because of its strict limits on pop... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:26:00 GMT 2017-03-24T10:26:00Z Hong Kong set to pick new leader anointed by Beijing HONG KONG (AP) — The three candidates vying to be Hong Kong's next leader squared off in a feisty debate in front of hundreds of voters who peppered them with questions. They wrangled over policy proposals for the semiautonomous Chinese city and took jabs at each other at Sunday night's forum. In one particularly testy exchange, frontrunner Carrie Lam, a former chief secreta... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:39:00 GMT 2017-03-21T06:39:00Z HSBC names outsider for chairman, taps AIA boss for job HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC says it's tapping the head of Asian life insurer AIA Group to be its chairman, turning to an outsider for a job it has traditionally filled from within its own ranks. The London-based bank said Monday that it named AIA chief executive Mark Tucker to replace Douglas Flint, 61, who has been chairman since 2010. HSBC ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:09:00 GMT 2017-03-13T04:09:00Z Asian stocks lower after Wall Street losses BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks declined Wednesday after Wall Street retreated for a second day following President Donald Trump's comments about reducing drug prices. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index declined 0.5 percent to 19,246.64 and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent to 3,237.70. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.3 percent to 5,745.50 and Seoul's Kospi was off ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:41:00 GMT 2017-03-08T03:41:00Z Asian shares lower as investors await Fed chair's speech SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian shares slipped Friday as investors awaited a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen later in the day. South Korea's Kospi fell 1.1 percent on worries that deployment of a U.S. missile defense system will hurt ties with China, its largest trading partner. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.5 percent to 19,4... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-03-03T08:11:00Z Asian markets mostly lower, watching Trump speech closely TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday as attention turned to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress for clues on what might be ahead for trade, regulations and taxes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent in morning trading to 19,222.56. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.6 percent at 5,676.90. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:23:00 GMT 2017-03-01T03:23:00Z China's Recon buys $100M majority stake in Millennium Films HONG KONG (AP) — China's footprint in Hollywood is expanding following a wire and cable maker's purchase of a controlling stake in independent studio Millennium Films, which produced "Rambo" and "The Expendables." Recon Holding said Thursday it is taking a 51 percent stake in Millennium for $100 million. The company, based in Yixing near Shanghai, is cont... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-02-24T05:35:00Z Asian shares dip as Fed minutes show rate hike expected soon HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares slipped Thursday after the latest Fed minutes raised the possibility that a U.S. rate hike could come sooner than expected. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent to 19,315.11 and South Korea's Kospi was flat at 2,106.22. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.3 percent to 24,117.18 and the Shanghai Composite index in mainland China ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:06:00 GMT 2017-02-23T06:06:00Z Ex-Hong Kong leader gets 20 months in jail for misconduct HONG KONG (AP) — A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who served as Hong Kong's leader, or chief executive, from 2005 to... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:06:00 GMT 2017-02-22T05:06:00Z Asian shares mixed as investors await Fed, company earnings HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Monday as investors looked for fresh leads while they awaited economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.1 percent to 19,207.30 and South Korea's Kospi dipped 0.1 percent to 2,078.08. Hong Kong's Hang S... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:17:00 GMT 2017-02-20T03:17:00Z