Croupiers sit in front of gaming tables inside a casino in Macau. October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau. Photograph: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Sometimes it seemed like Lady Luck was going to keep smiling forever on the baize tables of Macau, but the ongoing corruption crackdown, democracy pro(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)

A customer selects vegetables  in Handan, Hebei province: Data last month showed China’s gross domestic product expanded by 7.3 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the lowest rate since the global financial crisis.  Photograph: Reuters

Combined with the property slowdown, nonperforming bank loans are among the things that will keep a Chinese policymaker awake at night, so the past we(...)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (left) and China’s President Xi Jinping shaking hands during an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Via The New York Times

The awkward gesture suggested deep divisions, but Chinese president Xi Jinping shook hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the Asia-Pacifi(...)

Irish seafood exports have risen by more than 300 per cent since 2011 to reach € 18 million in 2013, and sales are up 56 per cent in the first six months of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney opened the largest-ever Irish pavilion at the China Seafood & Fisheries Expo and haile(...)

 Samsung: building production facilities in China.  Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China’s economic growth is showing signs of flagging, but that has not deterred South Korean companies from stepping up their interest in the world’s (...)

Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei toasts with guests at the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing.  Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Getty

Another sign of growing regional closeness came late last month with the launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-driven institutio(...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)

Trinity College Dublin: new master’s in Chinese studies and the opening of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies

Walking through Wan Chai in Hong Kong during the recent democracy protests, I passed a row of surgeries with signs saying the doctor or dentist within(...)

Simon Coveney: “China has a strong demand for imports of quality food given the size of its population and concerns over food security and safety”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney leads a delegation of 37 Irish companies to China this week, on a five-day trade missi(...)