Unfinished apartment blocks in China: ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting the real estate market in China. Photograph: Reuters

Ghost estates were one of the hallmarks of the property downturn in Ireland; in China, ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting th(...)

China’s  state health system is under strain.  Photograph: Reuters

China will allow foreign investors to wholly own hospitals in seven cities and provinces, the ministry of commerce announced last week, further openin(...)

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans at Ly Thai To park in Hanoi. Photograph: EPA/Luong Thai Linh

China has sent four more oil rigs into a disputed area of the South China Sea less than two months after it placed a giant drilling platform in wat(...)

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans at Ly Thai To park in Hanoi. Photograph: EPA/Luong Thai Linh

China has sent four more oil rigs into a disputed area of the South China Sea less than two months after it placed a giant drilling platform in water(...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘It’s not that hard to get to Ireland.’ photograph: eric luke

A constant refrain in recent years about boosting tourism and trade links between Ireland and China has been the need for the introduction of a direct(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:  ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth.

China’s slowing economy was the backdrop to last week’s annual investment forum in Boao, on the holiday island of Hainan off southern China, wh(...)

Sanya, Hainan: the past few years have seen major efforts to boost Hainan as a tourist destination. photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

Also on Hainan island, not far from where Li Keqiang was speaking, authorities were announcing they would build the world’s largest duty free s(...)

China’s securities regulator and its Hong Kong counterpart said on Thursday they would allow mainland investors to trade shares in designated companies listed in Hong Kong, while letting Hong Kong investors buy selected Shanghai-listed shares. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

New rules allowing direct share trading between the bourses of the two financial hubs of Hong Kong and Shanghai could be in place within(...)

Li Keqiang, China’s premier, delivers a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, Hainan, today. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Chinese premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth, even as big falls in imports and exports data reinforce(...)

Ji Wenlin, a former aide to retired Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang, is being investigated for corruption, the government said. Photograph: Reuters.

A former aide to retired Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for corruption, the government said, the latest move target(...)