The lavish military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square yesterday was ostensibly a commemoration of China’s role in the defeat of Japan at the end of(...)

Chinese giant shakes the world

Napoleon described China as a sleeping giant which, when roused from slumber, would shake the world. The great awakening began in the mid-1980s when D(...)

Born a British subject in a malarial tropical backwater in 1923, Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who has died aged 91, created one of (...)

Singapore’s guide

Lee Kuan Yew, who died last week aged 92, was one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. As prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1(...)

The State funeral procession of late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photograph: Alphonsus Chern/EPA

Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the (...)

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

With a week to go until the National People’s Congress, China’s annual rubberstamp parliament, President Xi Jinping unveiled his latest political slog(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

Protesters hold a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 2009, after a Chinese court had handed down an 11-year sentence on subversion charges after he had called for sweeping political reforms. The Nobel Peace Prize winner remains in prison. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

When President Michael D Higgins shakes the hand of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing next week, the two leaders will have much in commo(...)

 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(...)