Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty

Economic data this week showed that Thailand avoided a technical recession last month as investors cautiously return to the southeast Asian country af(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

Alibaba’s billionaire founder Jack Ma. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to boost the price of its initial public offering amid strong investor demand, potentially making it the biggest in hi(...)

Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

China’s parliament said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for 2017 elections in Hong Kong, dashing hopes of greater democracy and r(...)

 Protesters attend a rally organised by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Pro-democracy activists vowed today to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right(...)

Rusal Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter is seen at sunset near the town of Sayanogorsk in Russia’s Siberian Khakassia region. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s United Company Rusal, which owns the Aughinish Alumina plant in Shannon, today reported it had returned to profit for the first time in five (...)

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address con(...)

As part of the agreement with New York’s Department of Financial Services, StanChart will suspend clearing activity for high-risk Hong Kong business clients and exit certain client relationships at its branches in the United Arab Emirates.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Standard Chartered will be barred from processing transactions for some high-risk clients as part of a $300 million (€225 million) settlement with New(...)

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital, which last month said it will buy $11.8 billion of planes from Airbus Group in the largest single-aisle aircraft order ever placed by a leasing company, is understood to have emerged as a bidder for Awas’ aviation assets. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital and Hong Kong Aviation Capital are understood to have joined the bidding for aircraft assets being sold by (...)

A combination of file photographs show Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan (L) arriv and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko. Jaycee Chan, son of martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing in connection with possible drug use. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Steven Chen/Reuters.

Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges.The 31-year-old is the latest high(...)