Shoppers walk near a Christmas tree in China.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Christmas is not a traditional holiday in China, but shengdan jie is rapidly developing into part of the commercial calendar and shengdan laoren, or S(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The social network has been blocked in China since 2009. Photograph: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Tapping the Chinese market when your product is banned in the country can be a problem. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is keenly aware of this, as t(...)

According to Washington-based Global Financial Integrity, capital leaving China illegally hit $249.57 billion (€202.2 billion) in 2012.

Foreign direct investment from China has given a major boost to many economies around the world and, indeed, luring some of that funding to Ireland wa(...)

Wilson Architecture’s design for  Qilu Pharmaceutical Company’s  new greenfield biopharma campus in Jinan

One of those companies with boots on the ground is the Leeside company Wilson Architecture, which was awarded a major design contract by Qilu Pharmace(...)

 Jack Ma:  founder and executive chairman of Alibaba and  recently named Asia’s richest man. Photograph: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg

One of the highlights of President Michael D Higgins’s state visit to China last week was a visit to the Alibaba headquarters, where he met the ecomme(...)

President Michael Higgins with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in  Beijing in  December  during a  state visit to China. Photograph:  Greg Baker-Pool/Getty

During his visit, President Michael D Higgins pointed to the 91 Irish companies working in China and how the country’s external investment would excee(...)

President Michael D Higgins: will be attending events in China aimed at promoting Ireland run by the Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland, as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and representatives from the universities.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There is a strong business flavour to this week’s visit by President Michael D Higgins to China as he will be attending events aimed at promoting Irel(...)

A police officer sprays pepper spray at demonstrators during a protest outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

The Occupy Central democracy protests in Hong Kong have certainly been disruptive, but perhaps not as badly so as people thought. In fact, the protest(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: crackdown on corruption. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

One of the highest-profile government policies in China of late has been President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption, targeting low-ranking “flies”(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after a signing ceremony for a free trade deal at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Australia and China signed a landmark free trade deal recently that will open up markets worth billions of yuan to Australia and make it easier for C(...)