Indian fishermen silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

While much of the reporting focus in recent months has been on China’s economic slowdown, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) believes India is poised to(...)

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Taiwan is probably better known for its semiconductors and its complicated relationship with mainland China than it is for its liquor.Think again. Acc(...)

A boy and a woman look at a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle on display at the company’s showroom in Beijing, China. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

China is undergoing a boom in new-energy vehicles, with the combined production volume of alternative- fuel vehicles during the first two months of t(...)

A delegate from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region speaks during the Xinjiang delegation meeting on the sideline of the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 10th. A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man this week for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while his wife was given two years for wearing a burka. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while hi(...)

 The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China recently. The NPC, the annual gathering of senior Communist Party cadres from all over China to listen to the leadership’s plans for the next 12 months, was a more muted affair than in previous years, but it gave valuable signals as to what kind of business environment Irish companies can expect in future. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Recent weeks have witnessed two events that affect Ireland’s trade with the world’s most populous continent. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC e(...)

Mini Sky City: construction took just 19 days

It’s been less than a year since Asia Briefing visited Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, but in that time the skyline has changed dramatically (...)

Lower prices for oil and other commodities are delivering China serious savings in its purchases of oil.  Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

The “new normal” of lower growth that premier Li Keqiang talks about is also having an impact on demand for oil and other commodities.Lower prices for(...)

A child wearing a protective mask in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Beijing’s mayor Wang Hansen has said smog had made the capital “unlivable”. Photograph:  EPA

China’s environmental crisis offers opportunities for Irish companies in the environmental products and waste management arena, Minister for Enviro(...)

Heavy smog in Beijing: China has appointed a well-respected expert on climate change, Chen Jining, as minister of environmental protection. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China’s top weather official Zheng Guoguang, chief of the country’s meteorological administration, has warned of the “huge impact” of climate change, (...)

China’s disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang, accused by the country’s top court in its annual report of ‘trampling on the law’ and causing ‘severe harm’.  Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s Supreme Court has taken aim at the former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang in its annual report, accusing him of “trampling on the law” a(...)