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(...)

 China’s real estate investment rose 16.8 percent in first three months of 2014 from a year earlier, and revenues from property sales dropped an annual 5.2 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The slowdown in China’s real estate market was evident in the recent Q1 data, prompting a few people to ask: has China’s property bubble alread(...)

Worries that China is facing a “Lehman-style” financial crisis have been dismissed. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

One of the more startling headlines in our inbox this week was “Why China is not facing a Lehman moment” atop a piece of research by UBS analys(...)

Consular assistance is being provided to the family of an Irish man who has died in Jiaxing in eastern China. Image: Google Maps.  Chinese police have confirmed the death of Galway man Robert McHale and said the 23-year-old English teacher’s family was due in Jiaxing. Image: Google Maps.

Consular assistance is being provided to the family of an Irish man who has died in China. The man has been named locally as Robert McHa(...)

Broken shoes on a hill in Wenzhou: the city was hard hit by 2011’s credit crunch. photograph: qilai shen/bloomberg

On the surface it sounds sinister, a world of shadow banking and underground lending which has sown confusion across the country, especially i(...)

Take 3: futuristic hotels

Miura Hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic Miura.cz Giant figures by sculptor David Cerny lean against and sit on this sleek hotel giving the sharp, (...)

China has introduced tough new vehicle warranty laws which will allow consumers to get free repairs of faults or replacement of defective vehicles, a (...)

At the last Frankfurt motor show in 2011, the big story was not the cars, but the euro zone crisis and specifically how the continent’s car companies (...)

China’s biggest home-appliance retailer Suning is to apply for permission to launch a private bank, a move which could prove an important test case fo(...)

More than 30 people were injured by a tidal bore in the Qiantang River in the eastern Zhejiang Province of China. Given extra impetus by a typhoon, th(...)