Taiwan’s outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou speaks to attendees during the “South China Sea issues and peace initiative” seminar in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this month.  China has maritime claims over almost all of the South China Sea, but nearly all of its neighbours also have claims. Photograph:  Ritchie  Tongo/EPA

China is planning to build up to 20 floating nuclear power stations which could be used to power projects at sea, including construction work and def(...)

President Xi Jinping is enormously popular in China because of his high-profile anti-corruption campaign and the perception of him as a powerful leader. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken the new title of commander in chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Operations Command Centre, underlin(...)

A woman walks by China’s anti-espionage ‘Dangerous Love’ poster campaign. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

China has marked its first national anti-espionage day with Dangerous Love, a poster campaign warning against “honey traps”, featuring a handsome red-(...)

Changzhou Foreign Languages School in Jiangsu province: a total of 493 students at the school have developed blood abnormalities and diseases such as dermatitis, eczema and bronchitis. Some have even been diagnosed with leukaemia and lymphoma.

Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into what is becoming known as a “toxic school”, after nearly 500 students in Jiangsu suffered seri(...)

China banned EU beef imports over mad cow disease, or BSE, 16 years ago, but last year it was announced that the ban was being lifted for Irish beef.

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said Ireland is one of six European countries where Chinese veterinary inspectors are performing an audit this (...)

Marie, Louis and Layla Carroll at the opening of the Film Ireland festival in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is the city that gifted us the violent visual poetry of John Woo and his black-suited face-offs, the balletic martial arts thrills of Bruce (...)

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei called Donald Trump an ‘irrational type’ in an interview criticising the Republican presidential frontrunner’s calls for a trade war with China. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei labelled Donald Trump “an irrational type” after the Republican presidential front-runner called for tougher trade (...)

A Central Committee meeting to mark the 104th birthday of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung: the missile was launched in his honour. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/ Reuters

North Korea’s attempt to launch an intermediate range Musudan ballistic missile off its east coast to mark the 104th birthday of founding father Kim I(...)

Scale-models of terracotta warriors are pictured on sale at the exhibition Power in Death - The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China at the Museum of Ethnology in Hamburg. Photograph: Reuters

Clifford Coonan in Beijing In China, there is an old saying, “To get rich overnight, raid tombs” and trade in stolen cultural relics is booming. (...)

Labourers work on the scaffolding of a construction site at an industrial zone in Beijing, China, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Clifford Coonan in Beijing China’s economy expanded by the slowest rate in seven years in the first quarter of this year, but upbeat readings from th(...)