As economic ties grow, Hongkongers are learning to speak Russian, writes Brian Yeung.
Russia's largest bikie club has abandoned anti-establishment rhetoric in favour of patriotic and pro-Putin sentiments
Brian Yeung interviewed Russian choreographer Boris Eifman on what shaped his career and what he aspired to bring to his audience.
This year Russia passes the baton of the G20 presidency to Australia. What are the achievements with which we are approaching this after the G20 Summit that took place September 5 to 6 this year in St Petersburg?
The four tables are now covered with one large cloth. The university girl brings masks, perhaps Venetian in style but more practical, in plastic, and these masks, they’ve got dark straps of cloth across them, like eye patches. Something is happening! Is it a game? Is it a religious ceremony?
As the row between Uralkali and Belaruskali simmers and the relaunch of their potash cartel hangs in limbo, the only party smiling is China. Indeed, the Chinese have emerged as the big winners from the dispute.
The Systema martial arts school in Hong Kong conducts its classes in a nondescript building in Tai Kok Tsui. This might as well be a concealed trial of person’s humility - one of the important goals of personal development, according to the School’s philosophy.
The Russian oil giant Rosneft and the pipeline operator Transneft have settled their dispute over who should finance the extra pipeline capacity required for additional oil exports to China. The two companies have signed an agreement under which the Russian pipeline monopoly will shoulder the bulk of the costs.
The Russian industrial conglomerate IST and Oleg Misevra, former chief of the Siberian Coal Energy Company, have merged their coal mining assets. The new joint venture is called the Eastern Mining Company, according to an IST press release.
The conflict over additional oil exports to China between the Russian oil giant Rosneft and the pipeline operator Transneft continues unabated. Transneft is now threatening to cut off the transit of crude unless Rosneft signs the necessary contracts for transit services.
The regions constituting Russia's Volga Federal District have presented over 100 business projects to potential Chinese investors based in the Yangtze River region. The presentation was held as part of a 9 October meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, organised under the auspices of the Russian president's plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal District.
Booming Chinese and US demand for Russian wood is prompting Chinese sawmills to habitually bribe Russian officials to overlook illegal logging, an international environmental watchdog has established.
It may not have been the Greenpeace protesters’ intent, but there is ample precedent to suggest that the arrest of unarmed civil disobedients who have galvanised the public’s attention rarely works in the interests of the arresting powers. Whether that turns out to be the case here remains uncertain, writes Chris Fleming.
Liquid gas may have no colour or smell, but it surely serves as a strong base for economic ties between Russia and Japan. More broadly, 80% of all Russian exports to Japan so far have been hydrocarbons and raw material.
China UnionPay (CUP) has been granted a long-anticipated licence for operating in Russia. However, experts are rather sceptical in their forecasts for the Chinese credit card giant's prospects in Russia. Many believe that allowing one more player onto the market is first and foremost a form of pressure on MasterCard and Visa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Asia-Pacific leaders to invest in the projects to complete the construction of the Trans-Baikal Railway and Trans-Siberian Railway, and to upgrade the Northern Sea Route. In exchange Moscow is offering preferences to potential investors.