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(...)

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Light, as part of a major crackdown, state media has reported. Photograph: Getty

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Lightning, as part of (...)

 Buddhist monks outside one of the entrances to the Kirti monastary in the town of Aba in China’s Sichuan province.  Communist-approved versions of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism are the only  religions allowed in China. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Five members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God have been arrested on suspicion of beating a young woman to death in a McDonald’s(...)

University College Dublin had a busy and extremely productive week in China last week. The headline event of the visit was signing a deal to set up UC(...)

The city government of Yantai in northeast China will provide €300 million and a 300-acre campus to set up a University College Dublin campus in Yantai.

The city government of Yantai in northeast China will provide €300 million and a 300-acre campus to set up a University College Dublin campus (...)

Chen Guangcheng, whose position at Columbia University in New York was not renewed  after a year. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Chen Guangcheng, the “barefoot lawyer” who fled house arrest in China before moving to the United States, is to join three organisations, including a (...)

It was China’s trial of the century, the former Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, charged with taking nearly 27 million yuan (€3.32 million) in(...)

A TV screen shows a news report of disgraced politician Bo Xilai standing in the courtroom, flanked by police guards, at Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday. Photograph; Vincent Yu/AP

Foreign journalists are not allowed to enter the court to report China’s trial of the century, that of former Communist Party superstar Bo Xilai on gr(...)

A woman holds a sign – which reads “Watching the trial of Bo Xilai to see if fairness and justice are done” – in front of the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court building, where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be held. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The central court building in the Chinese city of Jinan, provincial capital of Shandong, is a tall skyscraper that looms over a group of administrativ(...)

Bo Xilai is almost certain to be found guilty when he stands trial on charges of corruption. Photograph: AP

Over the years, Bo Xilai has been a big-city mayor, a provincial boss, a jailed counter-revolutionary, a trade tsar and a Communist Party grandee. But(...)