On a quarterly basis, growth slowed to 1.3 per cent between January and March after seasonal adjustments

Chinese economic expansion cooled to 7 per cent in the first quarter of this year, a figure that exceeded forecasts for a decline below the crucial 7 (...)

China’s vice premier Li Keqiang: his assessment of China’s economic situation, what is known as the “new normal” with a GDP target formally set at about 7 per cent, has sparked jitters among overseas firms. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Premier Li Keqiang’s assessment of China’s economic situation, what is known as the “new normal” with a GDP target formally set at about 7 per cent, h(...)

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a petrochemical plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian province April 7th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

A plant in southeast China that produces a toxic chemical was rocked by its second explosion in 20 months, prompting a rescue operation by the nati(...)

Lower prices for oil and other commodities are delivering China serious savings in its purchases of oil.  Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

The “new normal” of lower growth that premier Li Keqiang talks about is also having an impact on demand for oil and other commodities.Lower prices for(...)

Heavy smog in Beijing: China has appointed a well-respected expert on climate change, Chen Jining, as minister of environmental protection. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China’s top weather official Zheng Guoguang, chief of the country’s meteorological administration, has warned of the “huge impact” of climate change, (...)

In Dublin Ryanair rose by more than 1.3 per cent as investors greeted the news that its board has ratified a push into the transatlantic market in coming years

Germany’s Dax raced to record highs on Monday, part of an extended rally of the European stock market driven by investors’ expectations that a weaken(...)

With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, familiarity with China’s food safety rules has become a key requirement for food companies seeking to export there.

With Irish milk exports to China worth €400 million, and with a ban on Irish beef exports to the country lifted, familiarity with China’s food safety (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping  and premier Li Keqiang  press buttons to vote during the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress  at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

During the only news conference the Communist Party leadership gives on a regular basis, premier Li Keqiang used a graphic description for China’s eff(...)

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(...)

Chinese military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the National People’s Congress on  in Beijing, China.  Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, got under way on Thursday, with the country’s premier, Li Keqiang, pledging t(...)