The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

Searching  for a deal ....  US secretary of state John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit (...)

A journalist naps after Iran nuclear program talks extended into the early morning at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Pool/Getty Images 1:28

China’s foreign minister said there was “significant progress in core issues” in Iran talks to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear pro(...)

Cherry blossom time: performers dance during a festival for the flower at Gucun Park  in Shanghai, China. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

It’s a special time in Japan, China and South Korea when the cherry blossoms open, a classic sign heralding the arrival of spring.The sakura, or che(...)

The Irish Dairy Board’s rebranding as Ornua became official today on the eve of the lifting of EU milk quotas.The co-op, which trades under the Kerryg(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry waits with others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times 1:28

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said he would rejoin talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Lausanne later on Tuesday and said there was a good (...)

 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(...)

A boy and a woman look at a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle on display at the company’s showroom in Beijing, China. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

China is undergoing a boom in new-energy vehicles, with the combined production volume of alternative- fuel vehicles during the first two months of t(...)

Neil Robertson: has won snooker’s Triple Crown – the World and UK Championship and the Masters – and also took this title in 2013 and was runner-up last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Dechawat Poomjaeng produced a stunning first-round upset at the China Open with a 5-4 win over world number three Neil Robertson. Australian star Robe(...)

A delegate from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region speaks during the Xinjiang delegation meeting on the sideline of the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 10th. A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man this week for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while his wife was given two years for wearing a burka. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while hi(...)