US president-elect Donald Trump speaking during a “USA Thank You” tour event in Cincinatti on Thursday and  Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Trump spoke on Friday with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. Photograph: AP

President-elect’s conversation with president is first contact at such a high level since 1979

South Korean president Park Geun-hye makes a live televised address in Seoul, on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

Park Geun-hye has asked parliament to decide how and when she can give up power

A demonstator holds candle with placard reading ‘Park Geun-Hye Out’ during a rally on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Park Geun-hye’s approval plummets to 4 per cent as scandal threatens administration

Nearly half of Apec chief executives expect growth to be up to 5-6 per cent annually for the next three years. Photograph: iStock

More than half of chief executives plan to increase their investments over the next year

Workers search through the remains of a collapsed platform in a cooling tower at a power station at Fengcheng, in China’s Jiangxi province. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two workers rescued alive after power plant’s cooling tower collapsed in eastern China

South Koreans set up tents with slogans reading ‘Park Geun-hye – Out, Arrest and Imprisonment’ in front of the main gate to the royal Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. Photograph: Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

Park Geun-hye’s office says bulk purchase of Viagra was for altitude sickness

China’s president Xi Jinping has instituted a popular anti-corruption campaign that has seen the demise of key rivals. Photograph: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

Beijing Letter: Exhibitions, operas and films celebrate Mao Zedong’s crowning glory

China’s president Xi Jinping  with  Barack Obama at the Apec summit in Lima, Peru, on Sunday. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

State-owned ‘Global Times’ asks if China is ‘ready to overtake US to lead the world’

“This type of foreigner is earning money in China while insulting the Chinese people, and hating China from  bottom of their hearts.”

One injured as man used pepper spray and called Chinese ‘bastards’, newspaper reports

 Protesters wearing cut-outs of South Korean president park Geun-hye (R) and Choi Soon-sil attend a protest denouncing Park over a recent influence-peddling scandal in central Seoul, South Korea last month. Photograph: Reuters

Embattled president has immunity but impeachment calls grow

The main sources of pollution in Beijing, China,  are coal-fired power plants  and vehicle exhaust emissions. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Officials warn of formidable task despite significant progress on ‘persistent affliction’

Posters promoting local elections in Beijing, which took place this week. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/New York Times

Some 900 million can vote but official committees choose candidates

Pro-independence lawmakers Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung:  court in Hong Kong ruled to disqualify them from parliament. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

Youngspiration ‘localists’ barred after controversy during swearing-in ceremony

The China Daily has said president-elect Donald Trump should consider supporting a Beijing-backed free trade deal in the Asia-Pacific. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

China to seek support for two trade models seen as competitors to TPP at Peru summit

Protesters  demand the resignation of South Korea’s president Park Geun-Hye  in Seoul on Saturday. Photograph:  Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Largest anti-government rally ever in South Korea increases pressure on Park Geun-hye

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his congratulations to Donald Trump. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Getty Images

‘Mutual respect’ established as China congratulates Donald Trump on election win

President Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the Project Renew  Mine Action Visitor Centre in Dong Ha. Photograph: Maxwell

Ireland helping worst-hit region to remove unexploded munitions 40 years after war

Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. “We have 60 Irish companies doing business in this region, 15 of them have a presence here, so it’s massive to bring the President and the Minister in terms of developing new relationships”

Enterprise Ireland says country offers ‘fantastic opportunities’

Kung fu master Li Liangui at his home in Beijing. “This kind of kung fu is passed from generation to generation,” he says. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Suogugong, or body shrinking, is one of the most challenging forms of kung fu

President  Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina (second left) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan (centre right) as they visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, Vietnam’s first national university. Photograph: Maxwell’s/PA Wire

President visits Mine Action Visitor Centre, observes cluster munition survey demonstration

Enda Kenny  previously criticised Mr Trump for using “racist and dangerous” comments. File photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach pressed in Dáil on criticisms of Trump’s ‘racist and dangerous’ comments

Lisa Orsi’s father Dennis and her sister Shannon organised for a group of young people from GAA clubs in the north west to attend the Asian Games in Shanghai over the weekend, through the Live Life Lisa Orsi Foundation. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

22-year-old physiotherapist was living in Singapore when she died of altitude sickness

Michael D Higgins speaks at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi at the start of his State visit to Vietnam. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President highlights ‘harmful experience of colonisation’ common to both nations

President Michael D. Higgins in the Presidential Palace with president of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang as they give press statements watched over by the bust of Ho Chi Minh in the city of Hanoi. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Michael D Higgins says he supports peaceful solution using international law

Shan Lu and Ian Lahiffe married this summer. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Players gathered for the GAA Asian Games in Shanghai are settling down in the region

President Michael D Higgins: “I think one of the great challenges facing both countries, here in Ireland and in Vietnam, is to get an economic model that will benefit all the people.” Photograph: Paul Sharp

Higgins says Irish impressed by Vietnam’s defeat of several imperialist aggressors

Germany’s minister for economic affairs Sigmar Gabriel, centre,  and his delegation arrive  at the airport in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Bernd Von Jutrczenka

As Germany benefits from openness, it fears China’s supply chain will devour its technology

Dr Samuel Qi of the Shanghai Zijin Entrepreneurs Club: “We are keen to invite Irish companies that are planning to tackle the China market to make contact with us to discuss possible co-operation and investment.”

Shanghai Zijin Entrepreneurs Club to assist Irish firms transplanting business models

Protesters wear masks of South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye, right, and Choi Soon-sil, left, at a rally calling for Ms Park to step down in Seoul on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Police seek warrant to arrest Park’s confidante in influence-peddling scandal

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak (left), and China’s premier, Li Keqiang, attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Prime minister Najib Razak criticises West and signs major defence deals with Beijing

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un with his wife, Ri Sol-ju, at a concert in Pyongyang in 2012. She has not been seen at public events for over seven months. Photograph: AP/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

South Korea reckons disappearance could be linked to Kim Jong-un’s sister

 Choi Soon-sil, who is alleged of having meddled in state affairs and peddled influence on various state projects by exploiting her friendship with South Korean president Park Geun-hye,  arrives for questioning in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Jung Ui-chel/EPA

Links to ‘shamanistic’ cults and siphoned off donations could topple Park government

Believers take part in a weekend Mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin, China:  these churches are considered illegal by Chinese government. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Holy See is the only western jurisdiction with no diplomatic relations with China

President Xi Jinping has achieved “core” leader status on a par with  Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters/File photo

Conclave promises to crack down harder on graft, and weeping cadres act as a warning

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte: ‘I promised God to not to express slang, cuss words.’ Photograph: Lean Daval Jr/Reuters

Rodrigo Duterte who called Pope Francis a ‘son of a bitch’ says God spoke to him during a flight

A communique at the end of the Communist Party plenum puts China’s president, Xi Jinping, in a strong position ahead of next year’s reshuffle of the politburo standing committee. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Move puts president in strong position ahead of key congress in second half of 2017

China’s favourite app, WeChat, is “like  Facebook and Twitter rolled into one, with WhatsApp, Uber, Yelp and Tinder thrown in for good measure.”

806 million people use smartphone multipurpose app but Beijing monitors content

A  souvenir featuring portraits of former Chinese leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and current president Xi Jinping  is sold on Tiananmen Square on the second day of plenary sessions. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Speculation abounds on whether President Xi Jinping will try for a third term

People walk past a poster  featuring  president Xi Jinping on the second day of plenary sessions of  the Communist Party of China  in Beijing. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Speculation abounds on whether President Xi Jinping will try for a third term

Chinese president Xi Jinping is seeking to entrench his supreme authority and hopes the top cadres will endorse him as “core leader” of the party. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Amid rumours of power struggle, plenum focuses on discipline and next generation

Xi Jinping: The Chinese president and Communist Party general secretary could now be officially endorsed as the “core” leader of the party. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

‘Xi Jinping has been prepared to flaunt established party practices on sharing power’

Visitors walk past a map showing the route taken by the Red Army during an exhibition on the Long March at the military museum in Beijing. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP Photo

President says China should carry forth the spirit and advance in ‘a new long march’

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese president Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony today in Beijing, China. Photograph: Ng Han Guan-Pool/Getty Images

Philippines leader’s visit hailed as ‘milestone’ by China, with South China Sea talks planned

 Construction boom: With exports out of  the world’s second-largest economy still  soft, economic expansion last year was largely due to increased domestic demand, especially in the property and carmaking sectors. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Debt and fears of property bubble rise as cities introduce measures to cool markets

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, arriving at a hotel in Beijing, China, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

China keen to pare back US influence in Asia-Pacific and sees visit as great opportunity for warmer ties with the Philippines

Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft carrying astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong blasts off from the launchpad in Jiuquan, China. Photograph:  Reuters

Shenzhou 11 will dock with the Tiangong 2 space lab in orbit for a 30-day stay

President Rodrigo Duterte: China looks set to benefit from his  anger at the US for its refusal to back his war on drugs, in which there has been  an estimated 3,000 deaths linked to vigilante groups and police actions. Photograph: Dean K/AFP/Getty Images

Rodrigo Duterte is reaching out to China, a former rival of the Philippines

Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong at a news conference on Sunday, the day before  China is scheduled to launch a manned spacecraft. Photograph: China Daily/via Reuters

Two ‘taikonauts’ take part in longest voyage yet, underlining country’s space ambitions

Andrew Walsh: ‘Wherever we (the Irish) go, we try to do well. It’s like we have something to prove and we are very keen to make something of ourselves.’

Mayo chef Andrew Walsh owns of one of the city’s top restaurants, Cure

Singapore success: Dubliner Colin MacDonald at his Premier Inn hotel. Photograph: Ma Siyuan

The Irish in Asia: The western-influenced city state is ‘Asia-lite’, with minimal culture shock for the Irish people who work in p(...)

Thais hold pictures of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they wait for the procession to move the body outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. Photograph: EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Junta-backed succession to Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn expected to be smooth

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte: “If I don’t respect you anymore, be prepared for the worst because I can give you gallons of gallons of epithets, curses.” Photograph:  Francis R Malasig/EPA

Maverick leader is keen for closer relations with Beijing and Moscow

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej waving to well-wishers on his 83rd birthday in 2010.  “With his passing, the world has lost both its longest reigning head of state and a statesman deeply committed to peace and peaceful co-existence,” said President Michael D Higgins in a statement.  Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

President Michael D Higgins sends condolences after 70-year reign comes to end

 Wang Jianlin has topped the Chinese rich list for the third time. Photograph: Reuters

Rich list shows China has more dollar billionaires than US but no super-rich in top 20

Won Buddhism practitioners pray during a rally in Seoul on Tuesday called to oppose the South Korean government’s defence policy. Photograph: Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

Row over deployment of Thaad in South Korea comes amid rising US-Russia tensions

Some of the hundreds of ex-soldiers who chanted to protest against losing their jobs as part of government  reforms outside the Bayi duilding in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph:  Thomas Peter/Reuters

Ex-soldiers are looking for better pension provision as army slashes personnel

Imprisoned Chinese activist Ilham Tohti pictured before a classroom lecture in Beijing in 2010. He has won the 2016 Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese minority activist was imprisoned for life two years ago for ‘inciting separatism’

President Xi Jinping: China’s record on torture is proving an impediment to signing extradition agreements with many countries, as its government increasingly goes after fugitives overseas. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Beijing has faced censure from international rights bodies on abuses in legal system

China’s premier, Li Keqiang, said foreign investments would in future need to be registered only, not approved. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Reuters

Rules on foreign investment to be loosened in effort to create fairer competition

Irish architect and breeder Jimmy Quinn and his wife Edel Burke-Quinn: “We will bring over the professional people from Ireland . . .  and build a centre of excellence,” said Quinn

Centre will have 500 Irish horses, with large number of Irish equestrian professionals

Macao: the feel of the old town is in sharp contrast to the glitz of the big casinos nearby. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

They came, they saw and they’re trying to conquer Macao’s flagging gaming industry

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (centre) stands next to recently-elected lawmaker Nathan Law  as he holds up his expulsion order from Thai authorities  upon his arrival  in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Student leader was barred entry by Thai authorities at China’s request

Visitors at the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall of China in Tianjin City, northeast of Beijing. Nearly one third of the Great Wall has disappeared over time, overgrown with vegetation, worn down by the weather or taken away by farmers to build houses. Photograph: Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Dazhenyu Letter: Ming dynasty section of Great Wall known for its lofty location

Xu Qing, who lost both arms in a car accident at the age of six, is nicknamed “The Shark” because of a tattoo on his back. Along with other Paralympians, his success is helping to change Chinese attitudes to disabled people.

Cultural perceptions in China cast disabled people as second-class, struggling citizens

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaking  at the Davao international airport terminal  on September 30th, 2016, shortly after arriving from an official visit to Vietnam. Photograph: Manman Dejeto/AFP/Getty Images

Hardline leader takes aim at range of public figures and others since coming to power

A Filipino student holds a placard during a protest against drug related killings in Manila, Philippines. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA

Philippines president compares his war on narcotics to Adolf Hitler and Jewish Holocaust

Generation Emigration: Beijing GAA senior men’s team

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Chinese president Xi Jinping with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Commitment to work with Human Rights Council part of broader pledge

Dead include three children in Yunnan province in southwest China

President Rodrigo Duterte’s (centre) remarks are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements which have alerted Washington. Photograph: EPA

Political ploy from populist leader the latest in series of remarks causing concern in US

A section of a poster paying tribute to  Korean War soldier Qiu Shaoyun, said to have stayed still and silent in the long grass on Hill 391 when an American incendiary bomb landed nearby. Photograph: swim ink 2/Corbis via Getty Images

Satirical post on Korean War hero damaged soldier’s honour, court says

A villager walks on a paved-over section of the Great Wall of China at Suizhong. Chinese social media users were in uproar over restoration of the 635-year-old section. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Official admits rebuilding efforts on the ancient structure ‘really don’t look good’

Minister of State for Finance Eoghan Murphy: “There is still an impression that Ireland and the UK are one,” he said on a visit to  Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Visit gives junior minister opportunity to promote Irish financial services sector

Policemen stand behind Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, as she talks to media near a Beijing court on Thursday after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges. Photograph:  Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Prominent human rights lawyer Xia Lin sentenced in Beijing on fraud charges

Hong Kong activists Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong talk to journalists outside a court on Wednesday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Government prosecutors fail in bid to jail student leaders over 2014 protests

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte raises a middle finger  as he speaks  in Davao city in southern Philippines. Photgraph: Lean Daval Jr/Reuters

Controversial Philippine president defends war on drugs that has killed 3,800 people

Wang Keke, an Alaskan Malamute dog belonging to Wang Sicong, with her  new iPhone 7s. She previously received a special Fendi handbag adapted for her collar. Photograph: Weibo

Wang Sicong’s ostentatious social media posting epitomises second-generation rich

People watch a television news report about North Korea’s latest ground test for a rocket engine, at a railway station in Seoul on September 20th, 2016. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

Latest claim comes after US and China vow co-operation following nuclear tests

Campaigner Joshua Wong (right) greets Nathan Law as supporters share their joy at Law’s recent legislative council election victory. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Local elections seen as first sign of shift to younger democracy activists from the veterans

 Ling Jihua, who became one of the most high-profile targets of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown when he was jailed for life for corruption and stealing state secrets in July. His brother Ling Zhengce has now been arrested. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Investigators say they are focusing on the secretive ‘Shanxi Gang

Las Vegas Sands Corp chairman Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at the opening ceremony of the Parisian Macao casino resort. Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Parisian is central to Chinese city’s efforts to diversify from pure gambling destination

An usher gestures as China’s President Xi Jinping arrives to deliver his closing statement at the G20 summit in Hangzhou last week. Under Mr  Xi, China has seen increased persecution of human rights lawyers and civil society reformers, with tighter control of the internet and the media. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing defends improvements to legal system in government White Paper

In its initial phase of the Origin Green digital campaign, Bord Bia expects to reach in excess of 33 million Chinese consumers.

Creed concludes Asian trade mission with 30 companies to promote Irish food

People born during China’s one-child policy, which ended this year. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Relaxing of one-child rule this year may not boost dwindling workforce as hoped

A Chinese coast guard ship at  the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea last June. Several countries have territorial disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea, including Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and self-ruled Taiwan. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Eight days of exercises come amid mounting tensions in the maritime region

Flights of Air China are parked on the tarmac of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, March 28th, 2016.  Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Carrier condemned for ‘racist’ in-flight travel guide to London

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed  said talks with a top Chinese quarantine inspection minister were very “encouraging”. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg News

Chinese minister vows to speed up completion of Irish beef production audit report

China has been working hard to foster international co-operation in hunting down suspected corrupt officials who fled with billions in funds, all part of president Xi Jinping’s corruption crackdown. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping’s graft crackdown targets officials who flee with billions in funds

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte  at the Asean summit in Vientiane, Laos.   Photograph: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

Tensions between allies overshadow Philippine leader’s first overseas trip as president

 German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hand with China president Xi Jinping  before their meeting in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, where they attended the G20 summit. Photograh: Etienne Oliveau/EPA

Major differences on geopolitical issues remain after inconclusive gathering

President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama:  hailed the agreement as a critical step in bringing the Paris accord into force worldwide. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

Economic growth in China accompanied by dreadful environmental consequences

British prime minister Theresa May  with China’s President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou on Sunday. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

May on diplomatic offensive as Japan says firms may leave UK if EU deal not agreed

 President Xi Jinping welcomes US president Barack Obama to  the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. Photograph: EPA

US leader angers Beijing with call to follow Hague ruling on South China Sea

Chinese honour guards are reflected in the glass of a bus as they prepare for the arrival of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou on Friday. World leaders are gathering in the city for the  G20 summit. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP

Big industrial nations to meet against a background of global tension

Sell Drunk Supermarket on Fangcaodi Street in Beijing, one of the outlets to be closed as its landlord, the People’s Liberation Army,  is ordered to end its business affairs. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

People’s Liberation Army is quitting commerce to focus on military activities

Chinese president Xi Jinping: He is overseeing  a moral crusade to guide the public, and ensure  social and entertainment news is  dominated by mainstream ideologies and “positive energy”. Photograph: Wu Hong/AFP/Getty Images

New rules prohibit depictions of flirtation, time travel and ghost stories on television

Gao Chengyong being taken away by police in Gansu province, China. He was picked up  in the supermarket where he worked and where nine of the killings took place, police said.

DNA tests identify man alleged to have raped and murdered 11 women over 14 years ago

Wu Yingjie (left), Tibet’s next Communist Party secretary, speaks to Padma Choling, chairman of the People’s Congress of Tibetan Autonomous region in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters

Wu Yingjie gets top job in politically sensitive Himalayan region

18th century Chinese emperor Qianlong: Conmen  told  a wealthy woman in Guangdong province they would be able to “unfreeze” the   royal funds of the long dead ruler

Elderly woman swindled out of €5.5m by conmen in elaborate Qing dynasty hoax

Women mourn the death of their relatives after an air strike in the rebel-held Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Remarks as China forges closer ties with Russia and Iran in support of Bashar al-Assad

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