Shanghai: hosted SIAL China Food Fair. Ireland’s food exports to China have more than doubled to €620 million since 2011. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Weak euro and Chinese fondness for alternative cuts could be crucial, as exporters visit Shanghai

Tourists look at an Apple Inc. iPhone 6 Plus smartphone in front of a sculpture of a gilded bauhinia at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

US giant has overtaken domestic producer Xiaomi in terms of market share

Paris: Li Jinyuan, president of the Chinese Tiens conglomerate, brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France, staying in Paris and the Cote d’Azur. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Employees from Tiens group took over 140 hotels in Paris and also visited Cote d’Azur

China’s President Xi Jinping: has launched a wide-ranging campaign to root out corruption in China, whether it involves massive wealth accumulated by the powerful “tigers” of the elite or backhanders palmed over to the “flies” at the bottom of the Communist Party. Photograph: EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Power-seeking and corruption no longer allowed in nation’s financial hub

People line up to apply for teaching jobs at the local education bureau, in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China recently. Photograph:  Reuters/China Daily

Many civil servants abandon ‘iron rice bowl’

Alibaba: insisted the ad was meant to be a joke. Photograph:  Reuters

Candidates had also been expected to be good at complimenting men and able to tolerate spicy food

 “Over the past 30 years or more, the Chinese government has gradually given more freedom to people in areas of life deemed to be non-sensitive,” says William Nee of Amnesty. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Draft of wide-ranging law raises concerns over curbing of individual freedoms

Local people collect bricks from their collapsed houses in the aftermath of the April earthquake, in Lalitpur, Nepal. Photograph: Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

International response to an appeal for emergency funds has been slow, says UN

Bob Keogh has previously worked with PwC and Goldman Sachs

Wild geese Bob Keogh, head of State Street’s Alternative Investment Solutions unit for Asia Pacific

Earthquake victims line up during a food and water distribution at a camp for displaced people, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

While men worked further afield their loved ones bore the brunt of the disaster

A mother reaches towards the coffin of her son, whose body was discovered under rubble, during his funeral in Barpak, Nepal, on Tuesday. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

‘What they are seeing is entire towns and villages where every house and public building has collapsed’

A Nepalese villager looks out from inside an Indian military helicopter after being evacuated from the village of Bihi during a relief and rescue mission in the Gorkha district of Nepal. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Kathmandu slowly getting back to normal after quake but remote areas still in crisis

Damaged houses  pictured from a helicopter over Gorkha district in Nepal recently. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Remittances from abroad will prove key to helping fund reconstruction

Nepalese farmers work the land near Bungamati village in the Kathmandu Valley recently. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Fears for food security as crops and livestock devastated by the earthquake

Tourists take part in a paragliding session overlooking Pokhara in Nepal. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Mountain tourism has been especially hit hard by the April 27th earthquake

An aid delivery near Dolakha. “The figure that 80 per cent of houses have been damaged sounds right,” said Dualta Roughneen of Plan Ireland. Photograph: Dualta Roughneen

Race to deliver post-earthquake aid to remote areas before rainy season

A man watches the burning pyres of victims of the Nepalese earthquake, during a cremation in Kathmandu yesterday. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Shortage of helicopters hindering relief to remote areas difficult to reach by road

Earthquake: villagers in Paslang, near the epicentre, in Gorkha. Photograph: AFP/Getty

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Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka (24) is rescued by joint rescue team members from Norway, France and Israel. Photograph: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

600,000 houses destroyed or damaged after earthquake, writes Clifford Coonan, in Nepal

Rubble is removed from the ancient Mahadev Mandir temple at Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photograph: EPA/Palani Mohan

Stories emerge of tensions between rescue workers and despairing locals

Tens of thousands have been left homeless in Kathmandu and short of food and water. Photograph: Reuters

Death toll above 5,000 with almost 10,000 injured, writes Clifford Coonan, in Nepal

A woman stands amid the damage to a neighbourhood where residents are working to recover personal belongings from their homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

People wonder what’s next as they search for dead, writes Clifford Coonan in Nepal

Sheltering from the heavy rain that struck Kathmandu on Tuesday as people scrabbled through the rubble looking for relatives and friends. Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

There are candlelit vigils and vans holding up buildings, writes Clifford Coonan in Nepal

A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China is leading the way as it seeks to expand its influence in the region

Workers sort fish at a wholesale market for fish and other seafood in Mahachai, in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

European Commission threatens to ban Thai seafood imports

Inventor Dean Kamen began selling the Segway  to the public in 2002, but sold it to Summit Strategic Investments two years ago. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Purchase comes just months after patent infringement lawsuit initiated by Segway

A sitting of the Supreme People’s Court in  Beijing, China.  Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese woman beat husband to death with air rifle in 2010 in high-profile case

Lu Wei: China’s minister of cyberspace affairs administration: Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

China’s crackdown on internet censorship rules is bad for business

Zhou Yongkang: he has been accused of a range of crimes ranging from taking bribes to having mistresses to leaking state secrets. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/EPA

Report show former security chief authorised wiretaps on elite, including Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping: A brokerages boom appears to have added more than half a percentage point to Chinese GDP in the first quarter as equities turnover surges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There are fears that margin trading is driving the record market performance

Author Gemma Williams: “The Chinese fashion industry is incredibly complex and layered, even though it is relatively new.”

Fashion industry booming in China

Alan Duffy, chief executive of HSBC: ‘Policy makers need to make sure that Ireland captures the opportunity provided by this increasingly significant source of capital by replicating the hard work put into previous target markets.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Food and telecoms are key investment areas, says HSBC Ireland chief

China’s president Xi Jinping receives flowers from a Pakistani girl after arriving at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi.  Mr Xi  arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.77 billion. Photograph:  AFP/Press Information Department, Pakistan

Beijing sees Pakistan as key part of efforts to access the Indian Ocean over land to boost trade

Gao Yu, the Chinese journalist  accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to foreigners, has been jailed for seven years. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Amnesty International among those condemning the sentence as ‘political persecution’

On a quarterly basis, growth slowed to 1.3 per cent between January and March after seasonal adjustments

Gross domestic product grew an annual 7 per cent in the first quarter

Portraits of Li Tingting (top L), Wei Tingting (top R), (bottom, L-R) Wang Man, Wu Rongrong and Zheng Churan are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong last week. Photograph: Reuters

Women were jailed for 37 days for planning protests against sexual harassment

China’s vice premier Li Keqiang: his assessment of China’s economic situation, what is known as the “new normal” with a GDP target formally set at about 7 per cent, has sparked jitters among overseas firms. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Search for more joint ventures could benefit Irish companies

 A worker producing hygiene supplies in a factory in  China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Move to replace man with machine also spurred by desire to innovate

Beijing currently has 5.57 million vehicles, which discharge 700,000 tons of pollutants annually. Photograph:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Exhaust fumes one of the chief causes of smog in the Chinese capital

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China’s main state broadcaster CCTV, speaking during a news conference in Beijing on November 21st, 2013. The station said it would punish him after video footage was released  showing him poking fun at China’s founding father, chairman Mao Zedong. Photograph: Reuters

Bi Fujian apologises for singing ‘Don’t mention Mao - he has brought misery to us’

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: ‘I hope that all sides can work hard together, meet each other halfway and create conditions to resume the six-party talks.’ Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

China and Russia working closely together restart talks, says Chinese foreign minister

Fire fighters trying to extinguish a blaze at the chemical plant in Zhangzhou yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Second time there have been blasts at controversial paraxylene plant in Zhangzhou

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

The AIIB threatens to cause a rift between Washington and its allies

Brian O’Driscoll: guest of honour. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fifth annual event sees record turnout

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  crackdown on  decadent bourgeois pastimes and luxury lifestyles. Photograph: EPA/FENG LI

A programme of ‘rectifications’ has seen 66 golf courses closed

Xi Jinping’s app is collating stories around the leader of the world’s second largest economy. Photograph: Feng Li/Pool/Reuters

Chinese president’s thoughts are now accessible on a smartphone or tablet

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a press conference a in Bangkok, on Tuesday. “Don’t worry, if you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s no need to be afraid.” Photograph: EPA

Thai military has seized power 12 times since end of absolute monarchy in 1932

 Indian fishermen silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

ADB says it might co-operate with new China-led development bank

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Award-winning whiskey ‘like bourbon-infused milk chocolate’

A boy and a woman look at a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle on display at the company’s showroom in Beijing, China. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Efforts to promote new-energy cars driven by pollution in the cities

A delegate from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region speaks during the Xinjiang delegation meeting on the sideline of the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 10th. A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man this week for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while his wife was given two years for wearing a burka. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Wife given two years for wearing a burqa in defiance of government rules

 The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China recently. The NPC, the annual gathering of senior Communist Party cadres from all over China to listen to the leadership’s plans for the next 12 months, was a more muted affair than in previous years, but it gave valuable signals as to what kind of business environment Irish companies can expect in future. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

End of annual parliament in China prompts reform calls

Mini Sky City: construction took just 19 days

Changsha is home to 200m tall Mini Sky City

Lower prices for oil and other commodities are delivering China serious savings in its purchases of oil.  Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

China’s crude oil imports rose 10% in February

A child wearing a protective mask in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Beijing’s mayor Wang Hansen has said smog had made the capital “unlivable”. Photograph:  EPA

Ireland needs to ramp up presence in China to take advantage of environmental crisis, says Alan Kelly

Heavy smog in Beijing: China has appointed a well-respected expert on climate change, Chen Jining, as minister of environmental protection. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Temperature rises already higher than global averages, says Zheng Guoguang

China’s disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang, accused by the country’s top court in its annual report of ‘trampling on the law’ and causing ‘severe harm’.  Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Trial against former security czar Zhou Yongkang expected to take place soon

With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, familiarity with China’s food safety rules has become a key requirement for food companies seeking to export there.

National People’s Congress seeks to assuage widespread concern about food safety

Twitter’s Hong Kong office will seek out mainland companies which want to advertise overseas. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The social media service has been banned in China since 2009

The entrance to Shanghai Free Trade Zone. It was introduced nearly two years ago, but the trade zone concept has so far failed to take off in a meaningful way. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Guangdong province is the next one on stream, officials say

Chinese president Xi Jinping  and premier Li Keqiang  press buttons to vote during the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress  at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

Government considering changes to one child policy

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Number of arrests on terror charges continues to rise

China’s  minister for foreign affairs Wang Yi arriving for a press conference at the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. The NPC is to consider introducing the country’s first press law.   Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

National People’s Congress legislation would be the first to regulate all media outlets

Prime minister Li Keqiang said China will lower the annual GDP growth target to about 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the slowest in 22 years. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

‘For Sale in China’ replacing ‘Made in China’

Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister: some  analysts feel that he  has so far failed to bite the bullet on meaningful reforms. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Fears that PM Narenda Modi has failed to step up reforms needed

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma:  In the Bloomberg Billionaires list, which updates daily, he is the richest person  in China (and 15th richest in the world), with a net worth of $34.7 billion (€31.36 billion). Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Rapid pace of growth at both Alibaba and Wanda makes it a tough call

Jackie Chan as Mr Han with Jaden Smith as Dre Parker in Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid in 2010, a truly ‘duang’ move. Photograph: Sony Pictures Entertainment

An endlessly versatile new Chinese character is the country’s favourite slang word

Delegates attend the opening of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Measures come after report says economy will grow by a less-than-expected 7%

Marie Claire Murphy: “I play a running game, I run and run, and try and fill space.”

A GAA player in China: Marie Claire Murphy

A woman takes a ‘selfie’ near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where the 12th National People’s Congress gets under way in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Slowdown in growth and pollution also on agenda at National People’s Congress

Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in  Beijing on Tuesday. Since coming to power in March 2012, Mr Xi has come down hard on press freedom. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Survey reveals reporters and media groups punished if Beijing takes dim view of coverage

Chinese veterinary inspectors soon to start approving processing plants in Ireland

Traditional Chinese Junkboat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Chinese looking elsewhere as weaker euro and yen make Europe and Japan cheap

Norovirus was found in a raw-oyster-processing plant in Co Donegal, Hong Kong’s centre for food safety said.

Food poisoning outbreak prompts ban

China’s president, Xi Jinping: his government is trying to convince the Chinese people that slower economic growth is not necessarily a bad thing, after the economy expanded last year at 7.5 per cent, its lowest rate in 25 years.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Annual parliament, the National People’s Congress, to meet next week

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Policy ‘to make China great’ includes calls for richer country with more significant reform

Young performers wearing goat hats take part in a Chinese New Year celebration at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday. The Year of the Goat sees a Hong Kong more divided than ever on how to deal with mainland China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Coverage by Western media of Occupy protest seen as too one-sided by many residents

Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Lots of questions as the Lunar New Year holiday shuts China down for a week

A woman pushes a child with a suitcase at a railway station, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. According to UniGroup’s latest survey, twice as many people moved out of China last year than moved in. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rising living costs and pollution also factors in making expats go elsewhere

A smartphone shows the two apps, Kuaidi Dache -- part-owned by Alibaba -- and Didi Dache -- backed by Tencent -- which together control 99 percent of China’s domestic market for booking taxis by smartphone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Cabbies protesting over unlicensed cabs and services such as Uber

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with China’s president Xi Jinping: China and Russia will mark their growing closeness with a series of high-level exchanges in coming months, including military parades and joint commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Focus on close relationship will be signal to Japan that China is gaining authority

Two people stand next to an installation of goats in Beijing in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year. There is some confusion in China over whether the coming holiday, which starts on Thursday, marks the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Sheep. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Confusion about interpretation of zodiac ahead of the country’s biggest annual holiday

China operates one of the world’s most sophisticated online censorship mechanisms. Photograph: EPA/How Hwee Young

Internet controls are driving technology and R&D spending overseas

Heather Cho, daughter of chairman of Korean Air Lines Cho Yang-ho, is surrounded by the media as she leaves for a detention facility after a court ordered her to be detained, at the Seoul Western District Prosecutor’s office.  Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Case became a focus for anger over behaviour of privileged elites

There are more than 300 million smokers in China. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

China faces health crisis as world’s biggest tobacco user

A truck with war victims who fled from the conflict zone arrives at a monastery which is being set as temporary refugee camp in Lashio, northern Shan State, Burma.  Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Some 50 government troops and police officers reported killed in the attacks

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

About a third of plastic dumped in sea comes from China, survey shows

Liu Han, a mining tycoon, who along with four others was executed for leading an organised crime gang. Photograph: EPA

Mafia-like organisation allegedly owned assets of €5.7bn and controlled 70 companies

One of the rising stars of Chinese banking, Mao Xiaofeng, the youngest-ever president of a listed bank in the country, resigned as head of China Minsheng Bank ‘for personal reasons’.  File photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Top banker under investigation as anti-graft probe widens its remit

New York Waldorf Astoria: its sale is a sign of how many Chinese investors are keen to set themselves up with investments outside of China

Anbang insurance group has just bought hotel for $1.95bn

The number of Chinese accessing the internet from mobiles totalled 557 million by the end of last year.  Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Webizen population has reached 649 million

Christian activists Julia and Kevin Garratt: the couple from Vancouver have lived in China since 1984 and opened their coffee shop in Dandong in 2008. Photograph: Simeon Garratt/AFP/Getty

Kevin Garratt and wife Julia run coffee shop near border crossing with North Korea

Bangladeshi labourers:  while Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries its  gross domestic product grew 6.1 per cent in 2014. Photograph:  Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Irish firm secures World Bank contract as country aspires to middle-income status

Chinese President Xi Jinping: authorities worried about a possible pejorative reference.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Mengniu Dairy has problems with advertising one of its latest products

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je: has a bit of a reputation for off-the-cuff remarks to reporters

Ko Wen-je given timepiece by British minister of state

Beijing, China: data shows seven out of 10 cities with the dirtiest air are in Hebei province around the capital. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Data shows 66 out of 74 cities in China fall short of standards for allowable concentrations of pollutants

 Chinese soldiers attending a winter training session in freezing temperatures in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.  “The parade is aimed to “enhance Chinese people’s sense of pride and confidence by showing off the Chinese army’s morale and armaments,” the People’s Daily says. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tensions between Japan and China over islands and war atrocities mount in recent years

China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning – bought from the Ukraine for €17m

Xu Zengping says he has not received any money from the Chinese government

Li Keqiang, China’s premier. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Li Keqiang tries to soothe fears of a hard landing in world’s second-biggest economy

Xi Jinping, China’s president: pay rise.

The pay increase for civil servants is the first public hike since 2006

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