Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi gestures as he answers a question from a reporter during a press conference on the sidelines of the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has defended its control of disputed territories in the South China Sea, saying his country was first to “discover” t(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

International aid organisations are on Thursday set to present to a London summit, entitled Supporting Syria and the Region, a new strategy for dealin(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

South Korean soldiers draw down a cover from loudspeakers, just south of the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea, in Yeoncheon, South Korea. Photograph: Reuters

South Korea broadcasted a high-decibel propaganda barrage across its border with North Korea on Friday in retaliation for its nuclear test, while the(...)

South Korean protesters burn an effigy of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un during a  rally against development of nuclear weapons on January 7th, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The United States called on China on Thursday to end its “business as usual” relationship with its ally North Korea after Pyongyang defied world power(...)

A printout showing Lee Bo and four other missing colleagues is displayed in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Any abduction of people from Hong Kong to face charges elsewhere would be an “egregious breach” of Beijing’s promises to rule the former British colo(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to members of the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York which unanimously agreed a resolution endorsing an international roadmap for a Syria peace process. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously agreed a resolution endorsing an international roadmap for a Syria peace process, a rare show of u(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: “Terrorism has become the most serious and pressing security challenge for us.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Xi Jinping has strongly condemned Friday’s terror attacks that shook Paris, and called on the international community to support China’s ba(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi speaking during a joint press conference with General Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand. Photograph: EPA

The foreign minister for the Thai junta, Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, professed to having a crush on his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi while sharing a po(...)