With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, familiarity with China’s food safety rules has become a key requirement for food companies seeking to export there.

With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, and with a ban on Irish beef exports to the country lifted, familiarity with China’s food safety (...)

Twitter’s Hong Kong office will seek out mainland companies which want to advertise overseas. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Twitter, which has its Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters in Dublin, is opening an office in Hong Kong to try to attract mainland Chine(...)

The entrance to Shanghai Free Trade Zone. It was introduced nearly two years ago, but the trade zone concept has so far failed to take off in a meaningful way. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

As growth slows, reforming the business environment in China has become a plank of the government’s strategy to keep the economy on track, and Preside(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping  and premier Li Keqiang  press buttons to vote during the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress  at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

During the only news conference the Communist Party leadership gives on a regular basis, premier Li Keqiang used a graphic description for China’s eff(...)

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s annual parliament to step up the process of reform, including reform of China’s national defence forces, as(...)

China’s  minister for foreign affairs Wang Yi arriving for a press conference at the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. The NPC is to consider introducing the country’s first press law.   Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), is considering introducing the country’s first press law. The law would regulate all (...)

Prime minister Li Keqiang said China will lower the annual GDP growth target to about 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the slowest in 22 years. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For decades now the conventional narrative on China has been massive inflows of capital for manufacturers to take advantage of the cheap labour and ex(...)

Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister: some  analysts feel that he  has so far failed to bite the bullet on meaningful reforms. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For several years the question has been when, or if, India will finally take off and register a prolonged period of sustained economic growth. Free-ma(...)

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma:  In the Bloomberg Billionaires list, which updates daily, he is the richest person  in China (and 15th richest in the world), with a net worth of $34.7 billion (€31.36 billion). Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Establishing who is the richest person in China is a challenging task, given the dizzying share market movements and the pace with which the country’s(...)

Jackie Chan as Mr Han with Jaden Smith as Dre Parker in Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid in 2010, a truly ‘duang’ move. Photograph: Sony Pictures Entertainment

It’s a Chinese character that has come out of nowhere, but the word “duang” has taken the internet by storm, even though no one really knows what the (...)