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(...)

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have signed two new memoranda of understanding during a visit by a high-level Chinese delegation i(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Ireland today for a two-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Taoiseach and Government ministers. Photograph: Getty

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Ireland today for a two-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Taoiseach and Government ministers.(...)

A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)

Alan Duffy, chief executive of HSBC: ‘Policy makers need to make sure that Ireland captures the opportunity provided by this increasingly significant source of capital by replicating the hard work put into previous target markets.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The slowing economy reflects what premier Li Keqiang calls the “new normal” of slower, but better, economic growth.China is looking to the domestic ma(...)

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, (...)