Protesters hold a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 2009, after a Chinese court had handed down an 11-year sentence on subversion charges after he had called for sweeping political reforms. The Nobel Peace Prize winner remains in prison. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

When President Michael D Higgins shakes the hand of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing next week, the two leaders will have much in commo(...)

Leaders pose for a group photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing. Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

There were lighthearted moments during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing last week: the odd censoring of coverage of a mo(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama: visiting China this week with her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Deepening relations between the world’s two biggest economies is expected to be the main purpose of a visit t(...)

Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan takes part in a welcoming ceremony upon her arrival with President Xi Jinping at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Freshly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping embarked on his maiden overseas tour as China ’s leader yesterday, starting in (...)