Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:  not worried about the possibility of a “hard landing” for the world’s second largest economy. Photograph: Feng Li/Pool/Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang took to the stage of the World Economic Forum in Tianjin last week to reassure investors anxious about China’s economic growth outl(...)

A man rows a boat on a river in front of new properties in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. Photograph: Reuters

In a situation eerily reminiscent of the perfect storm that engulfed Irish property developers at the end of the boom, fears are growing over the astr(...)

Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Clifford CoonanTaking a good, stand-back reading of the Chinese economy is always a difficult task, especially if one’s spectacles do not happen to be(...)

The devastation  in Longtoushan in   China’s Yunnan province following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake. China has sent 2,500 soldiers with life-detection instruments and digging equipment to the area. Photograph: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang urged thousands of soldiers digging for survivors in southwestern China where an earthquake killed hundreds of people to “spare (...)

Residential construction  in  Guangzhou, Guangdong Province: new home prices in China’s four major cities are on the rise. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

One piece of news sure to be welcomed by the BRICS countries is news that China’s economy seems to be expanding at a faster rate than before, and was (...)

On a quarterly basis, the National Bureau of Statistics said growth picked up to 2 per cent from a revised 1.5 per cent in the first quarter

China’s economy grew slightly faster than expected in the second quarter as a burst of government stimulus paid dividends, but analysts said further s(...)

China’s infrastructure spend in the past few years has been immense and rail spending has been the cornerstone of much of the outlay. China had more t(...)

A protester burns a portrait of Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, with the Chinese characters ‘Shameful’ written on it, outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

China stepped up its anti-Japanese rhetoric yesterday, taking the opportunity of a visit by Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to lambast Japan for(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s premier Li Keqiang talk during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Angela Merkel began her seventh visit to China as German chancellor with a visit to a FAW-Volkswagen car factory in Chengdu in Sichuan province, unde(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton: leading 41 companies on a trade mission to drum up business with Ireland’s biggest trading partner in Asia

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton is in China this week leading 41 companies on a trade mission to drum up business with Ire(...)