Ups and downs: stock-market prices at a Chinese securities firm. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Communist Party newspaper says economy is sound but stock market disagrees

Overheating: an investor cools herself as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai. China’s key indices lost a fifth of their value and wiped out nearly all of this year’s gains in six days. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

As volatility stalks global markets, China tries to restore confidence in economy

The aftermath of the chemical warehouse explosion in Tianjin: at least 145 were killed in the blast  this month. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Officials accused of oversight failure in port explosions that killed at least 145

 Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China suffered terribly in the second World War but ceremony will display its confidence

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed  on August 25th at 17,806.70, down 733.98 points, while the US dollar traded in the upper 191 yen range. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/EPA

Fifth interest rate cut since November expected to boost activity

China crisis: an investor at a brokerage house in Shanghai yesterday. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Stock market slide is worst since 2009 global financial crisis

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside the Erawana shrine in central Bangkok

The government is hoping tourists will forget the blast before the season begins in October

A damaged fire truck at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin, the world’s 10th largest port. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Binhai’s economy could face downturn pressure on its trade and logistics industries

Caged rabbits, placed by the authorities as a test of the living conditions near the site of last week’s blasts in Tianjin. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

The death toll from the blasts stands at 116 and another 60 people are missing

Bomb-damaged Brahma statue at the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok. Photograph: Jerome Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Officials believe at least 10 people planned Erawan shrine blast, including foreigners

A policeman  works  in heavy smog in Harbin,  northeast China. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Despite good news China overtook US to be biggest producer of greenhouse gases

An image released by the Royal Thai Police  shows a sketch of the main suspect in Monday’s deadly blast. Reuters/Royal Thai Police

Identikit sketch released of man sought in connection with explosion that killed 20

Thai police at work after a second bomb was thrown at Sathorn pier in the city yesterday. No one was hurt. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Targeting a tourist area would be a surprising move by any disaffectied domestic group

An image released by Thai police shows a man wearing a yellow T-shirt near the Erawan Shrine before the  explosion occurred on Monday in Bangkok. Photograph: Royal Thai Police via AP

Thai police ‘not ruling out anything’ in search for those responsible for blast

A woman in central Bangkok offers a prayer for the victims after the bombing on Monday. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs cautions ‘strong level of security awarness’ after blast

In April, about $5 million (€4.5 million) was removed from a Ryanair account by electronic transfer via a Chinese bank. The Criminal Assets Bureau in Dublin was asked to assist in its recovery via counterpart agencies in Asia, and the authorities were able to track down the funds, which were reportedly returned. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Police talk of a wave of sophisticated fraud

Vehicles burnt in Tianjin’s warehouse explosion on August 14th. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

VW, Renault among badly hit firms

 Relatives of people missing at the scene of the explosion in central Bangkok. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Member of ruling junta says bomb was aimed at damaging Thai economy

A resident affected by the explosions that hit a nearby chemical warehouse last week cries as she joins a protest outside the hotel where authorities are holding a press conferences in Tianjin on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

After the blasts in China, 698 people remain in hospital, 57 in critical condition

A damaged building is seen among debris at the site of Wednesday night’s explosions in Tianjin. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Majority of the 95 people known to be still missing after disaster are firefighters

Windows blown out by two devastating explosions are scattered on the ground in Tianjin municipality yesterday. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Deaths still rising after massive explosions in northeastern Chinese port city

Local families fearful that rain could cause further explosions in port of Tianjin

Foreign currency exchange booth in Hong Kong:  the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week unsettled global financial markets. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The real test of the Communist Party’s popularity may have arrived as economy slows

Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains in northeastern China’s Tianjin municipality.  Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

At least 50 dead and hundreds injured in two explosions, writes Clifford Coonan in Tianjin

Fire and smoke rise at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin. Enormous explosions in a major Chinese port city killed at least 44 people and injured more than 500. Photograph: Getty Images/AFP

With 50 dead and hundreds injured, thoughts turn to environmental fallout from blasts

A clerk counts Chinese 100-yuan banknotes. China devalued its currency on Tuesday after a run of poor economic data. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily/Files

Currency intervention seen as attempt to stimulate exports and boost stalling growth

A Beijing-based guitarist. China’s government is currently waging a moral crusade

Proscribed catalogue takes aim at undesirable songs with ‘severely problematic content’

Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” programme will teach students Katie Rock, Alan Flynn and Helen Fletcher many aspects of the IT firm’s business

Telecom giant’s course will teach students about technology industry and Mandarin

 China’s president Xi Jinping visited Croke Park two years ago: the Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum was announced at the stadium the day after Kerry beat Kildare in the GAA Championship. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Kerry-based Fexco the main sponsor of event that takes place in Shanghai in October

China’s president Xi Jinping, with his wife Peng Liyuan: some commentators say he  may not turn up at the Communist Party gathering in the seaside town of Beidaihe. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Political matters and China’s economy likely to dominate discussions -- if it happens

Children at Chongshan primary school in southern China’s Guangxi. One head teacher told the BBC website that Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Beijing Letter: BBC documentary sparks debate on education philosophy

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang: Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein – Pool/Getty Images

China’s producer-price index, measuring prices at factory gate, fell 5.4 per cent in July

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi speaking during a joint press conference with General Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand. Photograph: EPA

General Tanasak Patimapragorn says how much he loves Wang Yi

Queen Elsa in ‘Frozen’: The decision to make Beijing the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics has  attracted plenty of controversy.

Online critics see strong similarities between the two power ballads

Shi Yongxin has come in for regular criticism over his  efforts to run the temple and its famed kung fu fighting monks like a business. Photograph: Yang Zhanghai/FZWB/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Cleric Shi Yongxin investigated over claims he fathered children, embezzled funds and ate meat

China’s main share markets have lost about 30 per cent of their value since the middle of June. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Fears that heavy speculative selling could have destabilising effect on China’s economy

 The financial district of Pudong in Shanghai: officials from the city travelled to Ireland as part of China’s Senior Officials Training Programme. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Visits to Dublin and Cork on the agenda for the party of 16 Chinese senior delegates

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

About 120 million Chinese people are expected to travel abroad this year and to spend billions

UnionPay: its days of domination may be under threat after a complaint in 2012 by the United States to the World Trade Organisation

Payments company faces increased competition in China from foreign firms

Troubling times: checking stock prices recently in Nanjing, China. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Government intervention in market slowdown prompts fears for reform

A survey by Vinexpo showed that, by 2018, Chinese wine consumption will grow by a further 24.8 per cent

Chinese now regard wine to be a healthy and sophisticated drink

Employees at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Expansion highlights growing competition with China for manufacturing jobs

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The Chinese government acted decisively, but fears of volatility still stalk the markets

An investor adjusts his glasses as he looks at a computer screen in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China. Photograph:  China Daily/Reuters

Market players anxious about government intervention

The People’s Bank of China building in Beijing. The World Bank urged China to quicken the pace of reform

‘Wasteful investment, over-indebtedness, and a weakly regulated shadow-banking system’ needs to be dealt with, says report

President Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent and human rights defenders are regularly rounded up in frequent crackdowns. Photograph:  Ria Novosti/Host Photo Agency/Getty Images

At least 52 lawyers and activists detained or questioned, says Amnesty International

An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, July 10, 2015. Photo: Reuters

More than $3 trillion has been wiped off the Chinese stock market in recent weeks

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

The Chinese stock market is surprisingly parochial, and its collapse may not have the global fallout many fear

 Chinese people walk down Financial Street in Beijing yesterday. Market players are  holding their breath to see if yesterday’s market rebound was a “dead cat bounce” or a signal  the bull run can continue, albeit at a less frantic pace. Photograph: EPA

Benchmark Shanghai index sees biggest daily rise in six years

Schoolchildren in Beijing visit the Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, marking China’s second World War victory over Japan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The key message is a warning against what China sees as Japan’s revived militarism

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange look on as as news related to the falling stock market in China is shown on a television screen. Photograph: Reuters

Crisis could be worse than Greece as value of shares down by 30% since mid-June

Shanghai Composite Index: for every stock that rose, 16 fell, part of a broader decline which has seen the index fall more than 30 per cent in three weeks. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Markets remain unsettled after premier Li Keqiang fails to address stock market crisis

Hong Kong: programme will support engagement between the Irish community and ‘Friends of Ireland’. Photograph: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg

Programme will run for six months initially

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

AIIB is a sign of China’s growing influence in the region

US navy crewman points to a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US navy/Handout/Reuters

Airstrip will facilitate most Chinese military aircraft landing in Spratly archipelago

Tourists walk along the Great Wall of China. Adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities – including stealing the bricks to build houses – are doing more damage to China’s most famous landmark than the Mongol hordes ever did.File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Poor conditions and theft of bricks for houses do more damage than Mongol hordes did

Beijing: China plans to link up the capital with the nearby city of Tianjin and the neighbouring province of Hebei into a city that will be as big as Uruguay and have a population of 100 million people. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Plans in place to link up capital Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province into a giant urban zone

President Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to guide  children of China’s nouveau riche to “live a positive life”. Photograph: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg

Children of the nouveau riche among the worst traffic violators and also seen as spoiled

Construction site in Beijing’s central business district:  report by London-based research house Capital Economics believes that China’s economic growth is being overstated by one to two percentage points because of a glitch in the way the data is calculated. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

GDP deflator may be giving a skewed picture of real economic picture

Maserati sports car in China: a crackdown on corruption has  led to sluggish sales of high-end vehicles. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

‘New Normal’ economy a tough environment for high-end luxury supercars

Police officers stand guard near a protest site outside the legislative council building in Hong Kong where pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday voted down a China-backed election plan for the city that set off almost three months of protests last year. Photograph: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg

Communist Party embarrassed as ruling council votes against ‘fake democracy’

Beijing, China: the country’s  government is aiming for 7 per cent growth this year, which would be the slowest in 25 years

More than half of European companies are still optimistic about growth prospects

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Oracle of Omaha to talk investment strategy over steaks with online gaming boss, winner of eBay charity bid

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC will be serious competition for General Electric, Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC will be serious competition for General Electric, Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier

Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang  at the Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin on Thursday. He was sentenced to life in prison. Photograph: AFP Photo / CCTV

Zhou convicted of taking €18.5m in bribes and giving state secrets to fortune teller

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters/Files

Yongkang is the most senior member of the Communist Party yet to be punished

An internal court video shows British investigator Peter Humphrey inside Shanghai No 1 Intermediate Court during his trial in 2014.   Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Consultant Peter Humphrey’s case connected to GlaxoSmithKline corruption scandal

Fighting with rebels on Burma’s border with China places strain on relations

A high school student reacts after sitting the 2015 “gaokao” national college entrance examination. Monitors inside exam halls are not allowed to wear high heels or perfume for fear of distracting the students. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Almost 10 million students sit high-stakes college entrance exams known as ‘gaokao’

A couple wearing face masks walk on a street in Seoul on Tuesday. Hong Kong has issued a warning against non-essential travel to South Korea after seven people died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and 95 were infected by the virus. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Outbreak in South Korea puts pressure on president Park Geun-hye to postpone US visit

Wuhan:  defiant individualistic streak. Photograph: Reuters

The city’s efforts to diversify and reinvent itself are an example of the ‘new normal’

China’s commerce minister Gao Hucheng (right) shakes hands with South Korea’s trade, industry and energy minister Yoon Sang-Jick during their meeting on a bilateral free trade agreement recently. Photograph: Reuters/Yang Dong-uk

Pact could create more than 50,000 jobs in South Korea

Owner Yum! is seeking €220,000 in damages

Veteran Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo: the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was imprisoned for dissent. Photograph: Reuters/Will Burgess

Despite crackdown on dissent, Chinese government is upbeat on its own record

Devices for collecting samples of Beijing’s air. Recent weeks have seen a noticeable reduction in pollution in Beijing which many have put down to the closure of coal-fired power plants in or near the city. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Earlier fall in greenhouse gas emissions would be big boost towards protecting climate

Relatives of the victims of the capsized Eastern Star cruise ship mourn at the bank of the Yangtze river in  central China’s Hubei Province on Sunday. Meanwhile, specialists began working on DNA samples from relatives to identify the dead. Photograph: Yu Guoqing/Xinhua via AP

‘I know you will not come back, but I really hope I could see you one last time’, one of 14 survivors says of his wife as ships’ h(...)

Rescuers right the cruise ship Dong Fang Zhi Xing which capsized in the Yangtze River. The death toll of the accident is expected to be over 400. The starboard side of the Eastern Star, which capsized late Monday in bad weather, was visible above the water. Photograph: Yuan Zheng/EPA

More than 340 passengers missing from capsized cruise ship on Yangtze River

In Hong Kong, tens of thousands joined a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Photograph: Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images

Anniversary of killing of pro-democracy protesters always a tense time in China

Local residents pray at a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the passengers of the sunken cruise ship on the Yangtze River, at a public square in Jianli, Hubei province, China, on Thursday. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Official death toll in sinking of ‘Eastern Star’ in China rises to 75, but more than 360 still unaccounted for

Staff in Jianli funeral parlour prepare ice coffins for victims who were travelling on the capsized passenger ship  ‘Eastern Star’ in the Yangtze river: more than 400  remain missing. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Doubts expressed about ‘Eastern Star’ captain’s version of how ferry sank

John Flaherty, CEO of C&F. “We know where the money went, the Irish banks are investigating, and the Embassy in Beijing is involved,” said one C&F source

C&F’s representatives complain of repeated refusals over six days to open case file

An elderly passenger is escorted to the river bank after being rescued from the “Eastern Star” vessel which sank in the Yangtze River. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Twelve survivors brought to shore from cruise ship hit by tornado in Yangtze River

Wang Sicong’s husky Wang Keke wearing two Apple Watches, each worth about $20,000. Photograph: Europics

Son of country’s richest man ignites succession debate with photographs

Hong Kong: imported goods are much more expensive than they are in the southeastern city of China, for example, and are about 20 per cent higher than in Europe on average. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Tariff cuts aimed at making domestic prices more comparable with overseas

For the children of the new rich in China, it’s hard to shake off the perception that they were born with silver chopsticks in their mouths. Photograph: Reuters

China’s nouveau riche account for much of the European luxury goods market

Online footage has shown the Chinese building, on the Fiery Cross Reef in the area, what looks like an airstrip and facilities, which the US navy calls the “Great Wall of Sand”. Photograph: United States Navy via the New York Times

Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions have made its neighbours anxious

A worker smoking during a break at a demolition site in Beijing. Data shows that about 1.5 million people die from smoking-related diseases every year in China, where there are 300 million smokers. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Strict rules initially covering Beijing include ban on lighting up in indoor public places

The Hudson County correctional centre in Kearny, New Jersey.  Yang Xiuzhu, a senior official who oversaw construction projects in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang, is in US custody pending her removal to China.  Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Ex-cadre Yang Xiuzhu accused of embezzling more than €36.5m

The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Many of the tycoons work in IT, biotechnology and alternative energy sectors

A Chinese military helicopter flies off the deck of Singapore’s navy missile frigate during a joint exercise by the Singaporean and Chinese navies in the South China Sea yesterday. Photograph: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via AP

Cabinet issues policy document highlighting ‘critical security domains’

Malaysian security forces discovered a total of 139 graves, most containing several sets of remains, at 28 human trafficking camps near the Thai border. The identifies of the victims was not yet known, whether they are Rohingyas or Bangladeshis, as exhumation works had just begun. The discovery of the mass graves comes amid international outcry over the thousands of Rohingya refugees thought to be adrift in South-East Asian waters. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Authorities believe at least two camps were abandoned in the last two to three weeks

Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Affluent Chinese and a weak euro are both big factors in sizzling luxury travel outlook

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Government plans 10-year ‘Made in China 2025’ incentives to give technology a lift

Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho (C) is surround by reporters as she is released at a courthouse in Seoul, South Korea on May 22. Photograph: Reuters/Hwang Kwang-Mo/Yonhap

Jailed Heather Cho became focus for anger at ‘chaebol’ industrial groups

Rohingya migrants queue up for food at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia. Since May 10, thousands of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea in boats abandoned by their captains. Photograph: AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

Police find more than 28 abandoned camps, some large enough to hold up to 300 bodies

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

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