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Tycoon says protests could damage Hong Kong's reputation

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, one of the wealthiest men in Asia, warned on Friday that planned protests to shut down Hong Kong's central business district later this year would damage the Asian financial hub. Li, who has deep ties to China's ruling Communist Party, uses his annual news conferences to announce company results and also, at times, as a platform to espouse controversial positions.

Hong Kong growth to pick up but Fed uncertainty clouds global outlook, finance chief says

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's economic growth will pick up this year but remain under its long-term average, the Asian business centre's finance chief predicted on Wednesday, warning that the global outlook is uncertain as the U.S. scales back monetary stimulus. In his annual budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang forecast that Hong Kong's economy would grow 3-4 per cent in 2014, boosted by additional government spending aimed at reducing income inequality. That's up from 2.9 per cent in 2013 but lower than the 4.5 per cent average over the past decade.

China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Sunday, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants. The Chinese vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at around 9:00am (0000 GMT) and left the area around two hours later, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the fifth time this year that state-owned Chinese ships entered the zone and the first foray in six days.

China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Sunday, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants. The Chinese vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at around 9:00am (0000 GMT) and left the area around two hours later, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the fifth time this year that state-owned Chinese ships entered the zone and the first foray in six days.

China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Sunday, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants. The Chinese vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at around 9 am (0000 GMT) and left the area around two hours later, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the fifth time this year that state-owned Chinese ships entered the zone and the first in six days.

Australia endorses 'code of conduct' for South China Sea

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop on Thursday voiced her support for the completion of a "code of conduct" aimed at reducing tensions amid China's aggressive claim to almost all of the South China Sea. Bishop, who is on a visit to the Philippines, said she discussed the matter with her Filipino counterpart Albert del Rosario. There have been heightened tensions between China and its neighbours -- including the Philippines -- because of disputes over maritime territory.

Australia endorses 'code of conduct' for South China Sea

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop on Thursday voiced her support for the completion of a "code of conduct" aimed at reducing tensions amid China's aggressive claim to almost all of the South China Sea. Bishop, who is on a visit to the Philippines, said she discussed the matter with her Filipino counterpart Albert del Rosario. There have been heightened tensions between China and its neighbours -- including the Philippines -- because of disputes over maritime territory.

Hong Kong officials criticise anti-Chinese protest

Hong Kong officials blasted a rowdy anti-China protest that brought chaos in a key shopping district over the weekend, and saw demonstrators shouting abuse at mainland tourists, branding them "locusts". A jeering crowd of around 100 activists rallied against Chinese visitors shopping in a bustling street in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on Sunday. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying condemned the protest on Canton Road, which forced some shops to close temporarily.

China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Monday, the latest such incident in the bitter territorial row between the Asian giants. The Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at around 10:00 am (0100 GMT), Japan's coastguard said.

Marathoners voice support for press freedom in Hong Kong

Runners in Hong Kong's annual street marathon donned blue ribbons on their sports vests Sunday to show their support for press freedom, as fears grow that the city's independent media is under threat. An estimated one in ten of the 64,000 marathoners taking part in the race, including journalists, finance professionals and students, wore the ribbons to protest what is widely seen as creeping self-censorship in the Hong Kong media.
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