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Vietnam to cooperate with Japan over maritime security: president

Amid tensions over territorial disputes in regional waters, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said Friday his country seeks to maintain maritime and aviation safety, as well as peace and security, through cooperation with partners such as Japan and the ASEAN countries.

Petite Hong Kong store sells at record price

A tiny Hong Kong store measuring just 130 square feet (12 square metres) has sold for more than $23 million, as prices reach astronomical levels in a city ranked the most expensive for retailers in the world. The southern Chinese territory was accorded the title by commercial real estate giant CBRE in February, as prime rents surpassed those of the most exclusive addresses in New York, London and Paris.

Manila air-drops supplies to troops on disputed shoal

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines air-dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, after China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops, a senior navy official said on Wednesday. Chinese ships patrolling waters around Second Thomas Shoal, known in China as the Ren'ai reef, on Sunday ordered the Philippine ships carrying construction materials to leave the area.

Nine arrested over chopping attack on Hong Kong journalist

Nine men have been arrested in connection with the chopping attack on a former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper that sparked concerns over press freedom, police said Wednesday. Two triad-connected suspects were arrested on the Chinese mainland, while seven "accomplices" were arrested in a raid in Hong Kong, police commissioner Andy Tsang told reporters. They are suspected of involvement in the brutal attack in broad daylight on veteran journalist Kevin Lau last month.

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Dangling his feet off the edge of a skyscraper more than 50 storeys above the streets of Hong Kong, Jonathan Tsang looks as relaxed as if he was kicking back in his own living room. For most people the view below would be a dizzying, terrifying spectacle. But for 25-year-old Tsang, it brings a sense of calm. "The population is really dense and sometimes it's just kind of suffocating to the point where you need some time to yourself," he said. "That's mostly why I come up here."

Philippines has right to defend its territory like China

The Philippines also has the right to defend every inch of its territory, President Benigno Aquino's spokesman said on Sunday, after China made a similar warning. Spokesman Herminio Coloma's remarks came after China's foreign minister Wang Yi said on Saturday said his country would vigorously defend its sovereignty against "unreasonable demands from smaller countries".

Philippines has 'right' to defend its territory like China: PM spokesman

The Philippines also has the right to defend every inch of its territory, President Benigno Aquino's spokesman said on Sunday, after China made a similar warning. Spokesman Herminio Coloma's remarks came after China's foreign minister Wang Yi said on Saturday said his country would vigorously defend its sovereignty against "unreasonable demands from smaller countries".

Fast Retailing gains in Hong Kong debut, aims for bigger China profile

By Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd climbed 7 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut - a listing aimed at raising its profile in China where it plans to expand aggressively as part of its bid to become the world's top clothing firm. Though Hong Kong depositary receipts (HDRs) for foreign firms will usually yield little in the way of active market liquidity, some global companies have made the move, seeing it as more of a marketing exercise to appeal to local retail investors.

China's constitution drafter Xu Chongde dies at 85

Xu Chongde, a Chinese scholar who helped draft China's first Constitution after the Chinese Communists came to power in 1949 as well as the basic charters of Hong Kong and Macao, died Monday at age 85, his family and the Renmin University of China said Tuesday. Xu's daughter-in-law told Hong Kong's RTHK radio and television station that he had a heart attack at his Beijing home Monday night and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Thousands march in Hong Kong to condemn attack on ex-newspaper editor

By Alice Woodhouse and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters rallied outside the Hong Kong's government headquarters on Sunday to condemn a knife attack on a former newspaper editor and to voice support for press freedom amid growing concern over Beijing's influence in the media.
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