Enda Winters: now works for Beijing’s premier craft brewer, Great Leap Brewing

Chinese beer is pretty good, and is about the best thing you can drink with Chinese food – pairing wine is difficult – but increasingly the country’s (...)

Alan Dukes: “We’ve had a fantastic response in Dublin, in Tokyo and here. All the Asian ambassadors have been solidly behind it and the Irish agencies have been extremely good.”

The independent think tank Asia Matters, chaired by former minister for finance Alan Dukes, has been in Japan and China this month running its EU Asia(...)

Leaders of member countries of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) pose for a family photo at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake in Beijing, China.  Photograph: EPA

As the dust settles after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Beijing, business leaders in the region are working to see what it a(...)

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(...)

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

In the runup to the Apec meeting in Beijing, we mentioned how China’s relations and trading ambitions with Japan and Korea were going to be a big issu(...)

An electronic board shows the November 11th Singles’ Day sales figure of more than 57.1-billion yuan (€7.4 billion) generated by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group shopping sites. Photograph: EPA

It’s an understatement to say that Alibaba is a cunning marketeer. The company has invented a version of Valentine’s Day on which single people, espec(...)

From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

Competition between China and the United States for regional influence in Asia is one of the big geopolitical stories and is set to remain so.Against (...)

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	Simon Coveney:  led a trade mission of 37 Irish companies to China.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Chinese palates tend to favour pork and mutton when it comes to choosing which meat to eat; but tastes are changing as the country gets richer, and th(...)

Croupiers sit in front of gaming tables inside a casino in Macau. October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau. Photograph: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Sometimes it seemed like Lady Luck was going to keep smiling forever on the baize tables of Macau, but the ongoing corruption crackdown, democracy pro(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)