Trade representatives  during the closing press conference after an agreement was reachef by 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries. Photograph: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Some of the biggest trading entities in the region have been circling each other for the past few weeks after a US-led trade deal was struck between 1(...)

North Korean soldiers in historic uniforms march during the  parade marking the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong U(...)

Gerry Adams: The responses point to the continued isolation of Sinn Féin from the political mainstream. Photograph: The Irish Times

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker famously said some years ago that mainstream politicians know what to do but just don’t know how to (...)

A 2012 file photograph of Fujian province governor Su Shulin. Photograph: Reuters

The governor of China’s Fujian province is being investigated for corruption. China’s top anti-graft watchdog said Su Shulin (53), former head of the (...)

Hong Kong University students, faculty members and staff take part in a protest on Tuesday  after the university’s governing council rejected the appointment of pro-democracy professor  Johannes Chan Man-mun as a pro-vice-chancellor. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

Umbrella Revolution. Occupy Central. Umbrella Movement. The protest went by many names and they were heady days a year ago, when Hong Kong felt the s(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping at the White House. “Xi got to see both sides of that time, which is one reason he’s such an interesting character.” Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

When the pandemonium of the Cultural Revolution erupted, he was a slight, softly spoken 13-year-old who loved classical Chinese poetry. Two years late(...)

Two students at Beijing University delvier their contribution to the video praising  Xi Jinping. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Handsome, wise, humble, charismatic and resolute, the list goes on. A propaganda video showing foreign students enthusing about President Xi Jinpin(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

Xi Jinping, China’s president,  makes the point that while China may look like a colossus to outsiders, its development is in fact highly uneven and on average its income remains a fraction of that in the more developed world. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The shudder on world stock markets this week following China’s devaluation of its currency has exposed a deeper fear: that its political leaders will (...)