Beijing traffic: China has halved sales tax on small cars in a bid to revive flagging economic growth. Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Sitting in the cinema before the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise last week, we were forced to sit through a lengthy series of ad(...)

Billionaire Li Ka-shing: his focus is moving towards developed markets such as Europe. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

The investor known as “Superman”, Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing, normally lets adverse comment wash over him, but last week the 87-year-old Hong Kong(...)

Fergus Clarke of Lamplight Analytics: “We created a platform that aggregates what people are saying across millions of social media websites in nearly 200 languages and technology that draws meaning from these posts.”

Hong Kong tech start-up Lamplight Analytics, which provides brand information through social media and was cofounded by Dubliner Fergus Clarke, has re(...)

A man looks at the Pudong financial district of Shanghai: China’s economy has registered its slowest growth in a quarter century. Photograph: REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

The Asian Development Bank has just cut its forecasts for economic growth in the region on the back of slower expansion in China and India, but the le(...)

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping: finding ways to co-operate fruitfully is high on the agenda.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The world’s biggest economy plays host to the planet’s second biggest economy this week, and finding ways to co-operate fruitfully is high on the agen(...)

China’s August industrial production posted slightly better year on year growth at 6.1 per cent, but still below what markets were expecting. Photograph: Reuters

Boosting China’s flagging economic growth is a hot topic all around the country right now, from the mom’n’pop noodle shops in the countryside to the W(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang  told  the World Economic Forum  in Dalian that China would “not see a hard landing”. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The headline figures on the world’s second largest economy are likely to induce a fair amount of anxiety. Imports, exports and producer prices are all(...)

The People’s Bank of China in Beijing:  the bank,  the ministry of housing and urban-rural development and the ministry of finance have lowered the downpayment required on a second apartment  to 20 per cent. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

As investors slowly start to count the cost of the recent collapse in the Chinese stock markets and begin to seek other options, the sell-off could dr(...)

The dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Possibly one of the more alarming repercussions after China’s stock market slide was the arrest of nearly 200 people for online rumour-mongering, as w(...)

The Long Room, Trinity College: inspiration for the set of Harry Potter

Ireland’s tourism promoters do not have the advertising spend in China that countries like Australia do, but they have proven very adept at getting th(...)