Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in  Beijing on Tuesday. Since coming to power in March 2012, Mr Xi has come down hard on press freedom. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Getting a foreign journalist visa in China was easier last year than in previous years, according to a survey by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of C(...)

Traditional Chinese Junkboat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Slowing economic growth in China combined with anxiety over the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has translated into the first drop in mainland tou(...)

Norovirus was found in a raw-oyster-processing plant in Co Donegal, Hong Kong’s centre for food safety said.

It hasn’t all been good news on the export front for food targeting the Asian market of late.An outbreak of the food- poisoning novovirus has led to t(...)

Court found former beautician Law Wan-tung (44) guilty of abuse. Photograph: Reuters

A Hong Kong mother of two was jailed for six years for punching and torturing her domestic helpers, in a case that has shocked many in Hong Kong and (...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Young performers wearing goat hats take part in a Chinese New Year celebration at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday. The Year of the Goat sees a Hong Kong more divided than ever on how to deal with mainland China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

The Year of the Goat (or Sheep, or Ram, or Ewe) is only a few days old, and people in Hong Kong are speed-walking back to work, while across the borde(...)

The headquarters of HSBC  in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The British government is close to a deal with the French authorities that will allow it to use previously leaked Swiss bank files to prosecute banke(...)

Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Chinese New Year is a strange time in Hong Kong. Flat-bed trucks rattle along the streets bearing tangerine trees with little red envelopes stuffed wi(...)

A woman pushes a child with a suitcase at a railway station, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. According to UniGroup’s latest survey, twice as many people moved out of China last year than moved in. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rising living costs and foul pollution in China are starting to translate into falling numbers of expatriates choosing to live there, despite the endu(...)

Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to Ireland’s diplomatic corps “who have played a huge role in the restoration of our in(...)