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(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

Baby onesies, made in Africa, with ‘Made in Europe’ printed on the front. Photograph: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty

‘We are not a charity” is the mantra of the The Ethical Fashion Initiative. It was formed as part of the International Trade Centre, itself a joint(...)

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(...)