In a photo provided by the US navy, Chinese dredging vehicles in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, an artificial island the Chinese are building. Photograph: The New York Times

US defense secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific bu(...)

The Hudson County correctional centre in Kearny, New Jersey.  Yang Xiuzhu, a senior official who oversaw construction projects in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang, is in US custody pending her removal to China.  Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

China’s most wanted fugitive, a government official accused of embezzling more than €36.5 million, has been detained by US immigration officers, the(...)

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: Reuters/US Navy

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a devel(...)

China’s stock market rally is creating two billionaires a week. Even a recent equities slump has failed to halt the momentum. A total of nine n(...)

The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

China, the world’s second-largest economy, may not be growing as quickly as it was a couple of years ago but its number of super-rich keeps rising s(...)

Part of the cigarette haul recovered at Dublin Port on Thursday. The Dorchester brand cigarettes were described on the carrying ship’s manifest as “vacuum cleaners” and are believed to be counterfeit. Photograph:  Revenue

Over nine million cigarettes have been seized at Dublin Port as part of an intelligence-led operation carried out with China’s customs authorities. I(...)

A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be released from custody

A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be rel(...)

 Aer Lingus: It is not clear yet whether the deal will mean lower fares for consumers.  Photograph: Peter  Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

International Consolidated Airline Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus moved a critical step closer to success when the Government announced(...)

The Department of Agriculture said it was working with meat processors to gain re-entry into the US. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Another Irish beef processor has been granted a US export licence amid reports of a disappointingly low level of trade so far. The Dawn Meats p(...)

DS5 2.0 BlueHDI 150hp: Can it now be taken seriously as an Audi rival? 4:33

In so many ways, I find this all a bit sad. I find it somehow sad that PSA group has decided that Citroen can no longer bear the burden of competing i(...)