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

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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

A man in northwest China has been charged with murdering two mentally disabled women and trying to sell their corpses as ‘ghost brides’ in a neighbouring province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Photograph: iStock

Bodies of two were sold in China to meet demand for ‘weddings’ to dead bachelors

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. He said that  China’s great progress in poverty alleviation has been accompanied by the emergence of very high levels of inequality. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

On Beijing visit special rapporteur Philip Alston says growing inequality a major issue

 South Korean president Park Geun-Hye (second left) speaking at a meeting of the national security council at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, as the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian  US-South Korea military exercise began. Photograph: AFP/The Blue House

Tension in the region heightened following defection of North Korean diplomat

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg running in Tiananmen Square in “hazardous” air conditions in March. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Concerns death toll will rise after study finds more than 360,000 died in China in 2013

Chinese tourists capturing the stature of Oscar Wilde on Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Beijing Letter: As more Chinese enjoy foreign travel, examples of misbehaviour increase

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, who has arrived in China for a four-day visit. Photograph: Hein Htet/EPA

Focus will be natural resources, including stalled Myitsone hydropower project

Children attend a swim training session at Hangzhou Chen Jinglun Sport school Natatorium, where Chinese Olympic swimmers Sun Yang and Fu Yuanhui also trained, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Chinese media have pointed out the contrast between Rio and the Beijing games in 2008

China’s Chen Xinyi celebrates after winning the women’s 50 metre freestyle final swimming competition at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in  2014. Photograph: Reuters

Rising star tests positive for masking agent, national swimming association says

A man rides a tricycle past an ad for luxury apartments in Beijing. A new book argues that China is not advancing politically or economically. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peterpast

Two essential new books chart China’s blood-stained modern history, as well as what the future holds

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang. “What makes the United States think that it is in a position to make all these irresponsible remarks against others?” he asked. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Webizens vow to defend what they see as China’s sovereign territory

Chinese paramilitary police officers secure the   entrance of the Philippine embassy in Beijing: The road to the mission was closed off by authorities  although the situation remained  calm. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Case taken by the Philippines over disputed territories described as ‘biased and evil’

 Anti-China protesters  protest against China’s territorial claims in the Spratly  islands in the South China Sea in front of the Chinese Consulate on July 12th, 2016, in Makati, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Ruling that China ’s claims in region have no legal basis raise chances of armed conflict

 China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.  China on Tuesday  lost an arbitration tribunal ruling on the sea where it has  expansive territorial claims. Photograph: AFP

Tribunal in The Hague rules China has no historic claim over disputed waters

A passenger walks past a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, broadcasting a news report on North Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missile fired from North Korea’s east coast port of Sinpo on Saturday. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Enraged by sanctions, Pyongyang cuts UN mission diplomatic channel to US

Wang Yu: recognised for her “substantial contributions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties in China. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

One year after crackdown, international lawyers’ groups sign letter and issue awards

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel manoeuvres to block a Philippine government supply ship with  media aboard at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. File photograph (from 2014): Erik De Castro/Reuters

Analysis – ahead of Hague ruling on Philippine coastal rights, China denies military intent

Wives of human rights lawyers from law firm Fengrui, who were detained almost a year ago during the “709 Crackdown”, wear dresses emblazoned with the names of their husbands near the national prosecutors office in Beijing after attempting to hand in a formal complaint. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Crackdown that led to 248 arrests last year centred on firm that has defended dissidents

A Chinese coast guard vessel passing near the Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea in June. China began a week of military manoeuvres around the disputed Paracel Islands on Tuesday. Photograph: Nguyen Minh/Reuters

‘Global Times’ editorial demands the US stop meddling in China’s sovereign interests

The alleged on-going land reclamation by China at Subi reef is seen from Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea, west of the Philippines. Photograph: REuteres

The Hague is expected to rule on dispute with the Philippines over contested islands

Ling Jihua, then vice chairman of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference (CPPCC), pauses during meeting in Beijing on March 11th, 2013. File photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Ling Jihua’s trial held in secret; is latest person convicted in corruption crackdown

Disney stars: the Shanghai park is set to be the world’s most visited Disneyland. Photograph: Visual China/Getty

At China’s newest theme park Mickey Mouse and Karl Marx join hands in a way not anticipated by the ‘Communist Manifesto’

A slum in  Manila: critics caution a tiny elite that has long dominated is amassing most of the new wealth. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Slum dwellers believe that this incoming president will make their homes permanent

Rodrigo Duterte taking his oath as his daughter, Veronica, holds a Bible during his inauguration ceremony in the Philippine capital, Manila. Photograph: Malacanang/Photo Bureau

The ‘Trump of Asia’ has promised to be tough on crime in his inauguration speech

 A handout picture  shows incoming Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte giving a speech after taking his Oath of Office as the President of the Republic of the Philippines during the inauguration ceremony at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines, 30th June 2016.  Photograph: Malacanang Photo Bureau/EPA

‘The Punisher’ banned journalists from covering inauguration for first time since 1986

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte: his  election pledge to kill all drug dealers has rights groups and the Catholic Church fearful of escalating violence and vigilantism becoming the norm. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

‘The Punisher’ takes over as president after landslide electoral win on anti-crime ticket

A woman sits in a restaurant chair decorated with the British flag in Beijing. Ever pragmatic, Chinese tourists are rushing to book package holidays in Britain because of the weak sterling. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Analysts at ‘summer Davos’ in Tianjin say they must wait and see on full repercussions

A small group of people  protest in Parliament Square in London on Saturday over Brexit. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Britain’s exit reflects the general decline of Europe, Global Times says

  Vendors at the the Yulin dog meat festival: The festival highlights the dichotomy between an increasingly modern urban China and rural areas that still cling to old traditions.  Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Activists calls for ban on traditional festival where 10,000 animals are killed and eaten

Previously missing Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee gestures as he holds a press conference with local lawmaker Albert Ho at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 16th, 2016. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

‘If I don’t speak up. . . then there is no hope for Hong Kong,’ says Lam Wing-kee

Former banker Rosa Chan, a Malahide-reared Trinity graduate now importing Tayto crisps into Hong Kong.

Rosa Chan’s containers have been emptied fast as Chinese locals take to the flavour

Chinese online loan sharks are targeting university students with demands of nude photographs as collateral for credit and threatening them with exposure if they don’t pay back the cash. Photograph: iStock

Private loan companies preying on young borrowers many of whom cannot get credit elsewhere

German chancellor Angela Merkel: she can be forthright in calling on Chinese hosts for the release of dissidents. Photograph:  How Hwee Young/Reuters

EU parliamentarians vote against a resolution to grant China market economy status

People walk past a store front in a shopping mall in Beijing. Photograph:  Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Government more cautious on stimulus moves

Paddy Cosgrave: “Rise is growing up like WebSummit. Rise is a good bit bigger now.”

Robotics was a key theme for many at the WebSummit man’s event

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) speaks with China’s president Xi Jinping (right) as they sit at the Great Hall of the People at the end of the eight round of US-China strategic and economic dialogues on June 7th, 2016 in Beijing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images

Ruling due in maritime dispute as US says plane unsafely intercepted in East China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping at the end of the eighth round of US-China strategic and economic dialogue at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri

Agreement on North Korea sanctions but tensions over maritime claims linger

The business environment in China is increasingly hostile for European companies operating there.

Survey by EU Chamber regrets long-heralded reforms not coming through

People walk past a sign board of Huawei at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2016 in Shanghai, China. Photograph: REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

CES Asia focused on the Chinese middle classes obsession with technology and travel

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