Bi Fujian, an anchor of China’s main state broadcaster CCTV, speaking during a news conference in Beijing on November 21st, 2013. The station said it would punish him after video footage was released  showing him poking fun at China’s founding father, chairman Mao Zedong. Photograph: Reuters

State-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said it would punish a popular TV host after video footage was released online showing him poki(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: ‘I hope that all sides can work hard together, meet each other halfway and create conditions to resume the six-party talks.’ Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

China has urged the six countries involved in talks about North Korea’s nuclear programme to make a concerted effort to create conditions to resume(...)

Fire fighters trying to extinguish a blaze at the chemical plant in Zhangzhou yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Six people were hospitalised and hundreds of emergency workers were deployed to deal with a series of explosions at a controversial chemical plant i(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  crackdown on  decadent bourgeois pastimes and luxury lifestyles. Photograph: EPA/FENG LI

Once banned as a decadent bourgeois pastime by chairman Mao Zedong, golf enjoyed a brief purple patch during the heady days of the noughties boom, but(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: guest of honour. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The fifth annual Hong Kong Irish Chamber of Commerce Dinner this year had Brian O’Driscoll as guest of honour. The dinner is the brainchild of (...)

Xi Jinping’s app is collating stories around the leader of the world’s second largest economy. Photograph: Feng Li/Pool/Reuters

In the 1960s, left-wing students across the globe waved Chairman Mao Zedong’s “Little Red Book” of doctrinaire aphorisms as their way of showing th(...)

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a press conference a in Bangkok, on Tuesday. “Don’t worry, if you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s no need to be afraid.” Photograph: EPA

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has endorsed a request by the country’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to end martial law, leaving the junta chie(...)

 Indian fishermen silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

While much of the reporting focus in recent months has been on China’s economic slowdown, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) believes India is poised to(...)

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Taiwan is probably better known for its semiconductors and its complicated relationship with mainland China than it is for its liquor.Think again. Acc(...)