President Michael D Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters 1:44

President Michael D Higgins has invited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to make a return visit to Ireland during meetings at the Great Hall of the (...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (left) and China’s President Xi Jinping shaking hands during an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Via The New York Times

The awkward gesture suggested deep divisions, but Chinese president Xi Jinping shook hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the Asia-Pacifi(...)

Irish seafood exports have risen by more than 300 per cent since 2011 to reach € 18 million in 2013, and sales are up 56 per cent in the first six months of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney opened the largest-ever Irish pavilion at the China Seafood & Fisheries Expo and haile(...)

Pro-democracy activists eat dinner in the streets outside Hong Kong’s government complex yesterday. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Hong Kong was braced for further protests today after the government cancelled talks with democracy activists, saying the students’ demand for univer(...)

Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, today. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A carnival atmosphere prevailed as thousands of pro-democracy protesters, wearing yellow ribbons, gathered on the streets of downtown Hong Kong for a (...)

Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior target yet of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The investigation into former security czar and member of the Politburo’s all-powerful Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, makes him the most senior v(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: Leading institutional reforms. Photograph: Reuters/Diego Azubel

China will allow foreigners into courts to listen to cases, as part of broader efforts to reform the judicial system at a time of growing complaints (...)

AWAS, an aircraft lessor focused on buying used jets mainly from other leasing companies, is owned by the private equity firm Terra Firma and  could be worth about $5 billion (€ 3.73 billion), for around 100 aircraft. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Cheung Kong Holdings, the property firm led by Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing, is seeking to buy into Dublin-based Awas Aviation Capital (AWAS), the c(...)

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (C) walks next to Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) and the supreme commander of the military General Tanasak Patimapragorn (R). Photograph: EPA/Chanat Katanyu

These are sour times for democracy in Asia. Photographs showed Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, supreme commander of Thailand’s armed forces, hugging Burma’(...)