A truck with war victims who fled from the conflict zone arrives at a monastery which is being set as temporary refugee camp in Lashio, northern Shan State, Burma.  Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Fifty government troops and police officers died in clashes last week with ethnic minority insurgents in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) near the border (...)

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year – much more than previously thought – and about one-third of it com(...)

Liu Han, a mining tycoon, who along with four others was executed for leading an organised crime gang. Photograph: EPA

China has executed Liu Han, a gang boss reportedly linked to disgraced former elite politician Zhou Yongkang, as the country’s ongoing corruption cl(...)

One of the rising stars of Chinese banking, Mao Xiaofeng, the youngest-ever president of a listed bank in the country, resigned as head of China Minsheng Bank ‘for personal reasons’.  File photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign has made itself felt in every area of public life, so it was perhaps only a matter of time before it tur(...)

New York Waldorf Astoria: its sale is a sign of how many Chinese investors are keen to set themselves up with investments outside of China

Chinese buyers have been snapping up property all over the world in the past few months, although the wave of Chinese purchasers snapping up distresse(...)

The number of Chinese accessing the internet from mobiles totalled 557 million by the end of last year.  Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

The Chinese government has announced a wide-ranging crackdown on what it calls “the 10 Chaoses” of the internet, as figures show that China’s online p(...)

Christian activists Julia and Kevin Garratt: the couple from Vancouver have lived in China since 1984 and opened their coffee shop in Dandong in 2008. Photograph: Simeon Garratt/AFP/Getty

After months of being held without charge, a Canadian national has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of “stealing and prying into state se(...)

Bangladeshi labourers:  while Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries its  gross domestic product grew 6.1 per cent in 2014. Photograph:  Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, is not necessarily a place you would think of when exploring future possibilities in south Asia. In (...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: authorities worried about a possible pejorative reference.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

On a similar track, and of particular interest to Irish dairy firms seeking to make inroads into China, comes the news about Mengniu Dairy’s problems (...)

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je: has a bit of a reputation for off-the-cuff remarks to reporters

Management consultants like to warn companies trying to do business in Asia about the dangers of cultural misunderstandings – handing over business ca(...)