A screengrab of the South China Morning Post which featured a front page image of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Screengrab: South China Morning Post

Former taoiseach in China as chairman of Ireland China Co-operation Council

Leaders pose for a group photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing. Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Gathering of regional powers underlines China’s growing influence

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Sino-Japanese relations thaw, and trade deal between Beijing and Seoul is signed

An electronic board shows the November 11th Singles’ Day sales figure of more than 57.1-billion yuan (€7.4 billion) generated by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group shopping sites. Photograph: EPA

E-commerce giant looks to listing Alipay payments unit in China

From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

China focuses on trade at Asean meeting as US concerned with pace of reform

‘That kick meant a lot to Xi Jinping, as the photograph was on the wall behind him when he gave his first presidential address after assuming power in November 2012. Perhaps he now has fresh goals in mind.’ Above, Xi Jinping kicking a football at Croke Park during his visit to Ireland in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Opinion: Xi Jinping seen as veering closer to Putin than Obama

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	Simon Coveney:  led a trade mission of 37 Irish companies to China.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister highlights opportunities for dairy and seafood during visit

Croupiers sit in front of gaming tables inside a casino in Macau. October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau. Photograph: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Corruption crackdown in China proves unlucky for world’s biggest gaming hub

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Factories work around clock to make up for pollution-related stoppages

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