A sinking Vietnamese boat that was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a marine guard ship, at Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province, on May 29th. The incident occurred on May 26th, when 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded a group of Vietnamese vessels that were operating near the Paracel islands. Photograph: Bich Tram/EPA

A largely unpopulated archipelago administered by China but claimed by Vietnam, the Paracel Islands have become the flashpoint in an increasingly agg(...)

 Buddhist monks outside one of the entrances to the Kirti monastary in the town of Aba in China’s Sichuan province.  Communist-approved versions of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism are the only  religions allowed in China. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Five members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God have been arrested on suspicion of beating a young woman to death in a McDonald’s(...)

A plainclothes policeman holds onto Zhang Qingfang (centre), the lawyer of Xu Zhiyong, to put him into a police car as journalists follow the lawyer after Xu’s trial, near the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing today. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A Chinese court sentenced one of China’s most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison today after he campaigned for the rights of children (...)

Supporters of Chinese human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong outside the  Beijing No 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing, China today. Photograph: EPA

Prominent Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong went on trial today in the country’s most high-profile dissident case in years, but his lawyer said he (...)

The city government of Yantai in northeast China will provide €300 million and a 300-acre campus to set up a University College Dublin campus in Yantai.

The city government of Yantai in northeast China will provide €300 million and a 300-acre campus to set up a University College Dublin campus (...)

 Fan Yibo, China’s number one travel blogger,  visited Ireland in the summer  and this garnered huge interest in Ireland.   Photograph:  Éamon Ward Photography

The prospect of visiting “Fei Cui Dao”, or “Emerald Island”, is becoming ever more attractive to Chinese tourists, who are lured by the remoteness and(...)