President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping wait for the start of a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Tuesday. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

As the People’s Liberation Army honour guard marched by in the Great Hall of the People, every one at least 1.9m (6ft 2in) in height, the presidents o(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)

As the US Chamber of Commerce report shows, intellectual property issues remain a problem in China and piracy is widespread, and the possible t(...)

Stephen Schwarzman: has contributed €73 million to his scholarship programme

Wall Street mogul Stephen Schwarzman, whose Blackstone firm is one of the most biggest global players in the private equity business, held a groundbre(...)

UCD has climbed up the FT Global Executive MBA Rankings again.

University College Dublin (UCD) has inched up the rankings in the 2013 Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings published today. The Dubli(...)

Li Tianyi performs during his solo concert at a odeum of China National Orchestra in Beijing, August 19th, 2011. The teenage son of a prominent Chinese general has denied his involvement in a gang rape, on the first day of his trial that has caused widespread public fury. Photograph: Reuters

Li Tianyi, the teenage son of a well-known People’s Liberation Army (PLA) singer, denied his involvement in a gang rape on the first day of his trial (...)

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China, with researchers estimating that the half-bil(...)

Japan’s Nikkei index slid more than 3% on Monday, extending last week’s severe volatility and leading investors to worry that a bout of profit-taking had turned into lasting doubts about economic growth and appetite for risk

Japan’s effort to get its economy moving entered difficult terrain last week. Bond yields rose and stock prices fell. Some promptly declared “Abenomic(...)

Wall St mogul Stephen Schwarzman, whose Blackstone firm is one of the most biggest global players in the private equity arena, has announced th(...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)