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

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