Carl Icahn  owned $45.8 million Apple shares at the end of last year

Investor Carl Icahn said Thursday he had sold his entire stake in Apple, citing the risk of China’s influence on the stock. Mr Icahn, in an interview(...)

A paramilitary police officer outside   the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Amnesty  has urged China  to scrap a new law  which it says is aimed at further smothering civil society. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Getty Images

The Chinese government has passed a strict new law which steps up control of overseas charities and non-governmental organisations, giving police swee(...)

Labourers work on the scaffolding of a construction site at an industrial zone in Beijing, China, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Clifford Coonan in Beijing China’s economy expanded by the slowest rate in seven years in the first quarter of this year, but upbeat readings from th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “Committed to further building . . . relationship with China.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning China’s human rights record was “entirely consistent” with European Union pol(...)

The files link nine of the country’s most prominent families, including a relative of president Xi Jinping,  to secret offshore companies, mostly based in the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government remained silent on Friday on revelations from the Panama Papers that the families of three of the seven people on the Standing (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney old the Cabinet his department had been contacted by the Chinese government expressing concern about a recent vote at the UNHCR. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has been warned by the Chinese authorities that a vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council could have consequences fo(...)

Neil Heywood and Gu Kailai. The wife of a former high-profile Chinese politician, Gu murdered Mr Heywood to try to prevent a scandal concerning millions of dollars in real estate being held in an offshore account.

For months, Gu Kailai worried about a secret that threatened to upend her comfortable life and stop her husband’s climb to the top rungs of China’s p(...)

The families of some of China’s  communist party leaders including President Xi Jinping (above) have used offshore tax havens to conceal their fortunes, the Panama Papers have revelaed. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government has described as “groundless” accusations in the Panama Papers that the families of senior Communist Party leaders, inclu(...)

Byron Presida fishes from a dugout canoe off the shore of Bangkukuk Taik, Nicaragua, a remote village home to the Rama people. A proposed canal would reach the Caribbean coast by cutting through the land of the indigenous Rama and Kriol people. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

A Spanish explorer conducted the first survey to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans here in the 16th century. Napoleon III of France dreamed abou(...)

People perform Tai Chi on the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China, March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

Richard Barrett, the former Treasury Holdings boss who has been an on-off Shanghai resident for 12 years, is now focusing on a suite of start-ups with(...)