Participants at the opening of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

The close of the international climate conference on December 11th could well be a cliffhanger. Newspaper editors may be tempted to prepare alternate (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: declared ‘war on pollution’. Photograph: EPA/Guillaume Horcajuelo

Chinese premier Li Keqiang recently unveiled the country’s plan for combating climate change. While it could have been more ambitious, the plan sho(...)

The internet is now officially regarded as an economic engine of primary importance in China. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

If there was ever a doubt about the Internet of Things and its capacity to spark a “fourth industrial revolution”, just watch how China has embraced i(...)

Shanghai Composite Index: for every stock that rose, 16 fell, part of a broader decline which has seen the index fall more than 30 per cent in three weeks. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s share market continued to slide on Tuesday, as investors registered their mistrust of government efforts to deal with the bear run, with the S(...)

An investor takes notes in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage office in Beijing

Chinese stocks fell on Tuesday, taking little comfort from a slew of support measures unleashed by Beijing in recent days, and unnerved by Chinese pre(...)

Alibaba now handles 80 per cent of China’s ecommerce. Photograph: Crab Hu/EPA

There is an overarching force in China with tentacles reaching deep into almost everybody’s life. That force is not the Communist Party of China, whos(...)

Amid tensions between the two countries, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi began her visit to China on Wednesd(...)

Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters 0:51

Divers have pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship in China and are preparing to rescue at least four more, state broadcaster CCTV(...)

Lamb Lady Gaga mmets President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. 2:44

Ireland, the best small country in the world in which to be a president. That’s what President Michael D Higgins must have thought after his annual fo(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)