Hong Kong: programme will support engagement between the Irish community and ‘Friends of Ireland’. Photograph: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg

The Irish Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, together with its partner organisation the Irish Macau Chamber of Commerce, is collaborating with the Cons(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

Beijing: China plans to link up the capital with the nearby city of Tianjin and the neighbouring province of Hebei into a city that will be as big as Uruguay and have a population of 100 million people. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China’s urbanisation programme is the foundation on which the country’s economic boom has been built, and the reason why analysts are not too worried (...)

President Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to guide  children of China’s nouveau riche to “live a positive life”. Photograph: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg

Perhaps the fact that the children of the nouveau riche, the tuhao generation mentioned in a recent Asia Briefing column, are being sent to special sc(...)

Construction site in Beijing’s central business district:  report by London-based research house Capital Economics believes that China’s economic growth is being overstated by one to two percentage points because of a glitch in the way the data is calculated. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Economists regularly complain that Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) data is not to be entirely trusted, because they believe political manipulatio(...)

Maserati sports car in China: a crackdown on corruption has  led to sluggish sales of high-end vehicles. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

I witnessed one of the most potent symbols that the Chinese economy might be getting ahead of itself about two years ago when, in one journey along Be(...)

Beijing, China: the country’s  government is aiming for 7 per cent growth this year, which would be the slowest in 25 years

China’s stuttering economic growth is translating into gloom among European companies operating here, as the annual survey by the EU Chamber of Commer(...)

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Chinese company that develops online games bid more than €2 million for what must be the most expensive Buffet lunch in history. Zhu Ye, head of Be(...)

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC may not be a name to conjure with right now, but since this month’s merger of two of China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers, CSR Corp and (...)

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC may not be a name to conjure with right now, but since this month’s merger of two of China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers, CSR Corp and (...)