Mark Hayes: “It takes about three months of banging your head against the wall until you realise that if you’re going to be successful here, you have to work with their methods.”

Mark Hayes left Drimnagh Castle CBS in 1989 and spent a week cycling around west Dublin looking for a car dealer willing to take him on as an apprenti(...)

Former basketball player Yao Ming of China and actor Bill Murray at the start of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton to be named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai, the first time (...)

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 Vietnamese woman sows rice plants: with a population of 93 million, Vietnam’s dairy industry is worth over $6 billion (€5.5 billion), making it the largest market in southeast Asia. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Bord Bia is to be given additional resources to establish an office in Vietnam – one of the fastest-growing dairy markets in Asia – following the lif(...)

Simon Coveney said the Irish beef industry is already very engaged on the ground in China Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says China is likely to be a bigger market for Irish beef exports than the US.He also expects beef producers h(...)

Employees work at the third factory of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company, after its inauguration ceremony, in Wuhan. Photograph: Reuters

Activity in China’s factory sector dipped to a 11-month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in (...)

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(...)

Cycling back to front

The sideways bike invented by Dubliner Michael Killian a decade ago is still causing international headlines whenever it appears in public (Shangha(...)

Katsumoto Saotome, (82), a survivor of Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945, points to a map showing the burned central Tokyo areas in red after the bombing. “They were all individuals,” he says of the 100,000 victims. “They had all been talking to their families hours before they died.” Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

It was just after midnight when the rumble of US B-29 bombers jolted Tokyo awake. The incendiaries that fell from their bellies, full of jellied petro(...)

Prime minister Li Keqiang said China will lower the annual GDP growth target to about 7 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the slowest in 22 years. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For decades now the conventional narrative on China has been massive inflows of capital for manufacturers to take advantage of the cheap labour and ex(...)