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(...)

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(...)

Fashion by definition is about transience and Irish and international fashion will each have their own turns in the spotlights this year. Yesterday, I(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid /Reuters

European stocks dipped and low-rated bond yields rose on Monday after dismal Chinese trade data and signs of increasingly fraught relations between Gr(...)

Richard Liu, chairman and chief executive of, playfully kisses the hand of employee Li Quan, as he borrows his delivery tricycle for some publicity. has emerged as a Chinese online goliath with a model that echoes that of Amazon. Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Just about every June, on the anniversary of his company’s founding, Richard Liu dons a big motorcycle helmet and red uniform, hops on a three-wheeled(...)

A mother of a victim cries at the location where people were killed in a stampede incident during a new year’s celebration on the Bund in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Thousands gathered along Shanghai’s historic Bund waterfront yesterday to mourn the 36 people who died during a stampede on New Year’s Eve as 300,000 (...)

Paramilitary police officers at the location where  at least 36 people were killed in a stampede incident during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund in Shanghai. Police have denied the incident was caused by a rush to pick up fake money.  Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters.

Chinese police have denied that a stampede which killed at least 36 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai was caused by people rushin(...)

Security guards hold a line to keep relatives away from the emergency area in a hospital where some of the injured from the stampede were admitted. A stampede in Chen Yi Square on the Bund killed at least 35 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai. Photograph: Xing Zhe China out/EPA 1:25

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for an investigation into a stampede that broke out on New Year’s Eve on Shanghai’s Bund waterfront, killing 3(...)

Things are finally moving in the North docks, an area that, with its cavernous half-built Anglo Irish Bank HQ, had become symbolic of Ireland’s bust.   Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The sale of Project Wave has been one of the most eagerly awaited of the last year. Having initially attracted attention from billionaire Denis O’Brie(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping (right, back) look on as Prof Mark Ferguson of Science Foundation Ireland and Prof Yang Wei of the Natural Science Foundation of China exchange documents during a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

I was privileged to attend an event in Shanghai this week hosted by the Consul General of Ireland, Austin Gormley. The reception formed part of Presid(...)