Protesters sleep overnight at the protest site as the standoff continues and authorities threaten to clear the site in the early morning hours in Hong Kong. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Hong Kong testing China

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying’s announcement on Thursday that he is willing to open talks with representatives of the thousands of students and y(...)

What the first World War had not done, the Great Depression, Nazism and the second World War did. By the time of D-Day the world economy had disintegrated. Photograph: EPA/Jamie Peters

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 25th anniversaries of the collapse of th(...)

Leadership candidate: Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The leader’s role in election victories and defeats is greatly exaggerated,” says Archie Brown. “In a very, very tight contest the relative popularit(...)

“Tank Man” who placed his shopping bags down to face down the tanks.   in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989, at the height of the pro-democracy protests. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

The anniversary of the June 4th, 1989, crackdown on the pro-democracy movement, a nationwide protest centred on Tiananmen Square at Beijing’s heart, i(...)

Liam Casey: “China is still cheaper and the best place, if you take quality, access to raw materials, a skilled workforce and global logistics.”

When rock’n’roll legend Neil Young wanted to change the way people hear music, he turned to Liam Casey, founder and CEO of the Cork, San Francisco and(...)

Buildings under construction in  Shenzhen: the city is one of China’s fastest growing. Photograph: Alex Lee/Reuters

If you were to name a capital city of China’s economic boom, it would be Shenzhen. In 1979, Chinese supreme leader Deng Xiaoping proclai(...)

Queen Mathilde of Belgium, China’s President Xi Jinping, King Philippe of Belgium and Mr Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, prior to a state dinner at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed China’s commitment to socialism, saying multi-party democracy had failed his country in the past, and China(...)

In spite of  restrictions, consoles such as Nintendo’s Wii were available to buyers in China, as many units were smuggled into the country. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire
China lifts ban on consoles

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have finally gained the chance to enter China’s multibillion-dollar video game market, after the Chinese authorities lift(...)

President Xi Jinping: real appetite for reform

There was some trepidation when China’s Communist Party leaders emerged from a closed-door plenum last week with a vague statement containing no detai(...)

“Reform and opening up will decide the destiny of modern China. It is also the key to realising the dream of national rejuvenation,”  China’s president Xi Jinping said. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon-Pool/Getty Images

A landmark 60-point reform plan by China’s ruling Communist Party, including an easing of the one-child policy and the abolition of “re-education thro(...)