Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week, Asia Briefing reported how the billionaire boss of Chinese conglomerate Tiens had brought 6,400 employees to the south of France on holiday(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: guest of honour. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The fifth annual Hong Kong Irish Chamber of Commerce Dinner this year had Brian O’Driscoll as guest of honour. The dinner is the brainchild of (...)

A child wearing a protective mask in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Beijing’s mayor Wang Hansen has said smog had made the capital “unlivable”. Photograph:  EPA

China’s environmental crisis offers opportunities for Irish companies in the environmental products and waste management arena, Minister for Enviro(...)

China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning – bought from the Ukraine for €17m

One of the most entertaining stories to come out of China in recent months has been a mighty yarn in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper ab(...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

Manny Pacquiao (left) of the Philippines punches Chris Algieri of the US during their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) 12-round welterweight title fight at the Venetian Macao Hotel in Macau. Photograph: Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Manny Pacquiao knocked down American challenger Chris Algieri six times to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday morning. The fi(...)

Croupiers sit in front of gaming tables inside a casino in Macau. October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau. Photograph: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Sometimes it seemed like Lady Luck was going to keep smiling forever on the baize tables of Macau, but the ongoing corruption crackdown, democracy pro(...)

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep at a street outside Hong Kong’s government offices this morning. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory’s top official resigns by the end of the (...)

Protesters wave mobile phones as they sing during a rally blocking the main road to the financial central district in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours of today, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of (...)