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.(...)

Employees of Chinese Tiens company  arranging themselves on the Promenade des Anglais in the French southern resort town to spell out the phrase “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur”. Guinness World Records inspectors were on hand to watch the feat and duly declared that the visitors from China had created the longest human-made phrase visible from the sky.  Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his salespeople a holiday that started in Paris and ended with a(...)

France, which is struggling to revive its economy, is the most visited country in the world, according to the latest UN figures, and is seeing an increasing number of tourists from China

China’s Tiens Group has treated more than half of its 12,000 employees to a four-day holiday in Francem booking up 140 hotels in the capital Paris as (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion, as Asia’s richest man makes his bolde(...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)