Andy Chan,  founder of the Hong Kong National Party, surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong  on Tuesday. Photograph:  Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign Correspondents’ Club the focus of Beijing’s ire after pro-independence speech

Defendants on trial for the murder of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China in 2014. Her attackers claimed she was a demon when she refused to hand over her mobile phone.

Beijing regards the Church of Almighty God as a dangerous cult

Rainbow trout – or is it? Photograph: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post via Getty Images

New rules mean rainbow trout can now be labelled and sold domestically as salmon

Ahn Hee-jung, former South Korean presidential contender of the ruling Democratic Party, arriving at court in Seoul. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

Critics say acquittal of Ahn Hee-jung more evidence of patriarchy at work in South Korea

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

State media says security crackdown in Xinjiang prevents ‘tragedy’ from taking place

North Korea’s leader Kim Jon-un meeting South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the demarcation line that divides their countries at the summit in the truce village of Panmunjom in April. Photograph:  Korea summit press pool/AFP/Getty Images

Talks take place amid US frustration at slow pace of denuclearisation

Man with child at a subway station in Nanjing, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province: People aged 60 and above make up about 16.2 per cent of the population. Photograph: Getty Images

New postal design may suggest raising limit on child numbers to boost ageing population

Heaps of disused, abandoned bikes in graveyards around China’s cities show how hubris has soured the e-bike revolution. Photograph: AFP

Bicycle-sharing dream has soured in China

A member of Humane Society International with a dog in a cage at a dog farm during a rescue in Namyangju on the outskirts of Seoul in 2017. Photograph:Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

Consumption of dog meat falling but still popular among older people

President Xi Jinping has urged the Chinese people to show more dedication. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Ruling Communist Party lays down law after dissenting statements

Chinese visitors congregate beside the National Stadium, also known as The Bird’s Nest, at the Beijing Olympic Park in Beijing,  on Tuesday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Beijing Letter: the 2008 games left a mixed legacy for the residents of the Chinese capital

A police officer speaks with a petitioner  as security personnel look on opposite China’s Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators angry at losses from risky peer-to-peer investment business

Debris of  Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Left and Right art studio in the Beijing suburbs. Photograph: Jason Lee

Dissident artist posts video of destruction of his building in Caochangdi area of Beijing

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a trial operation of a new type of trolley bus at an undisclosed location in North Korea.  Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo urges nations to maintain sanctions at ASEAN Summit in Singapore

During peak season, about 40,000 people visit Fujiazhuang beach in Dalian every day. Photograph: VCG

Beaches of the World: As China rises, Fujiazhuang beach lifestyle is hectic but cool

China’s commerce ministry says US tariffs are  aimed not at addressing trade issues but at harming China’s peaceful development. Photograph: iStock

China and US ministers meet in Singapore to talk about rising tensions

The former Google China headquarters in Beijing in 2010.  The internet giant is returning to the Chinese market, US media reports say. Photograph: Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Internet giant left China eight years ago over censorship concerns

The remains of American servicemen from the Korean War arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph: Hugh Gentry/Reuters

Trump thanks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and ‘looks forward to seeing him soon’

 Donald Trump:  China’s response to  his tariffs was to impose tariffs of its own and accuse the US of bullying

Trump reportedly has plan to increase pressure on Beijing by slapping 25% tariff on €172bn of imported Chinese goods

President Xi Jinping has held a hard stance and crackdown on graft and corruption in public government offices since coming to power in 2012. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Ex-internet czar Lu Wei also charged with bribery in anti-corruption campaign

A satellite image shows the Sanumdong missile production site in North Korea on July 29th, 2018. Photograph: Planet Labs Inc/Reuters

Spy satellites spot ICBM construction at plant near Pyongyang

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, right, with UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt at a press briefing at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday, July 30th, 2018. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Jeremy Hunt seeking new trade opportunities in China to combat US aggression post-Brexit

Beijing. In a WeChat article, a Beijing-based website called for readers to share experiences of sexual assault. “Within 24 hours, we have received 1,700 stories regarding sexual harassment,” it said.  Photograph: Getty Images

Media figures, academics and leading intellectuals targeted on social media

A UN honour guard carries a box containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War after they arrived from North Korea, at Osan Air Base. Photograph:  Ahn Young-joon/ Pool/Getty Images.

White House hails repatriation as a significant step in Korean peace process

Uighur people walk near  Baida Mosque. Urumqi Uygur in China’s Xinjiang province. Photograph: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

Increase in detentions among Muslim minorities as China cracks down on separatism

German novelist and poet Herta Müller reads some of Liu Xiaobo’s poems at  a memorial service for the late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate in Gethsemane Church in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/EPA

Friends, activists and exiled dissidents pay tribute to writer, but wife Liu Xia unable to attend

A 2002 photo of late Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia in Beijing. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Liu flies to Berlin for medical treatment after eight years under house arrest

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju (left) with Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in  Beijing.  Photograph: North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency

Warmer ties between communist allies develop as US trade war heats up

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese president Xi Jinping making a toast at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph:  AFP Photo/KCNA via KNS

Leaders exchange ‘beneficial views’ on denuclearisation in Beijing

 A car believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enters the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China on  June 19th, 2018. Photograph:  Kyodo/via Reuters.

North Korean leader visits main ally soon after pledge to denuclearise peninsula

Both Washington and Beijing have looked on course for open trade war after talks failed to resolve US complaints about China’s industrial policies, China’s $375 billion (€325 billion) US trade deficit and a lack of equal market access.

Country say it will fight back as conflict escalates

South Korean Maj Gen Kim Do-gyun (left) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Lt Gen An Ik-san during a meeting on June 14th in Panmunjom, North Korea. Photograph:   South Korean defence ministry via Getty Images

Allies to reserve right to restart if North Korea fails to denuclearise, says report

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photograph: AFP/KCNA via KNS

Analysts alarmed at how quickly the bar was lowered for winning concessions

A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency shows Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump during a summit at Sentosa Island, Singapore. Photograph: KCNA

KCNA highlights US concessions on war games after summit in Singapore

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un  shaking hands with US president Donald Trump  in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/the Straits Times/ Kevin Lim

More style than substance as US and North Korean leaders meet for first time

Donald Trump  and Kim Jong-un sign an agreement as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo  and the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong look on. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Only new development is US agreement to stop joint military drills with South Korea

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un  shakes hands with US President Donald Trump  at the start of their historic summit in Singapore. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Statement following historic summit in Singapore gives no details on how denuclearisation will be achieved

In this photo released by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, US president Donald Trump blows out a candle on a cake celebrating an early birthday during lunch with Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Monday. Photograph: Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore via AP

Rocket Man tacos, El Trumpo cheeseburgers, Summit iced teas and customised trinkets are all go

 US president Donald Trump  holds up a menu card during a working lunch with Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien-loong at the Istana. Photograph: Singapore ministry of communication/EPA

White House makes claim as Trump alters schedule for landmark Singapore summit

US president Donald Trump meets Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Quebec.  Photograph: Christinne Muschi

US leader withdraws support for summit communique and attacks ‘dishonest’ Trudeau

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un  with Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong  on Sunday following Mr Kim’s arrival in Singapore. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are due to  meet on Tuesday. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Leaders will discuss denuclearisation of Korean peninsula

A poster outside a restaurant, Harmony Nasi Lemak, in Singapore, promotes a special Trump Kim-Chi dish on  its menu. Photograph: Ore Huiying/Getty Images

US president keen to showcase deal-making skills in Singapore next week

The Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa island, where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are expected to meet on June 12th. Photograph:  Jonathan Choo/The Straits Times/EPA

Foreign minister travels to Pyongyang after island of Sentosa chosen to host meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking with South Korean president Moon Jae-in during a meeting at the northern side of Panmunjom, North Korea, on May 26th. Photograph:  South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP

A week to go until historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader

Jastine Valdez: ‘Jas was a very popular girl, everyone was very sad about it.’

Shock, grief and many unanswered questions abound in Jastine’s home town of Aritao

There are deep cultural reasons why tattoos were frowned upon for so long in China because until the Qing dynasty, which ended in 1911, tattoos were used as a form of punishment

Communist Party sees body art as out of kilter with its moral socialist ideology

The meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un was “a public relations moment” for North Korea, says Suki Kim. Photograph: Reuters

The mooted US-Korea summit is a PR event for three desperate leaders, says Suki Kim

‘As a child Jastine was always the first pick to be a flower girl.’

Relatives mourn as 24-year-old’s remains lie in her grandmother’s Philippines home

Senior adviser and US president’s daughter Ivanka Trump  and Jared Kushner: won approval from Beijing for five new trademarks. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Trademarks issued to US president daughter raise concern about White House ethics

The  Philippine  navy  simulating a rescue  during a navy anniversary celebration in Manila. President Rodrigo  Duterte has said he would go to war over his country’s rights to resources in the South China Sea  area. Photograph: EPA

US warships sail near Paracel Islands as tensions grow

South Korean president Moon Jae-in and US president Donald Trump:  Mr Trump tweeted that he sees “brilliant potential” in North Korea. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/ AFP/Getty

Despite differences on denuclearisation, Kim Jong-un and Trump look to Singapore talks

China’s president Xi Jinping “pledged to work with Germany to bring bilateral ties to a new high”. Photograph: Jason Lee/Getty Images

Berlin and Beijing stand by Iran nuclear deal despite US decision to withdraw from pact

South Koreans watch a TV news broadcast on North Korea’s dismantling of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, at Seoul Station on Thursday. Photograph:  Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Demolition witnessed by foreign reporters but no independent scientists present

Chinese president Xi Jinping and German chancellor Angela Merkel at  the Zoo in Berlin in July 2017. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Germany’s task is to keep both China and US onside despite contentious trade surpluses

Children performing a kung fu fan dance while carrying plastic eggs during an “egg protection” activity to help pupils understand motherhood in Guilin, Guangxi province. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Chinese affluence and urbanisation is leading couples to want to have fewer offspring

China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, in May 2016.  Photograph:   AFP/Getty Images

US has condemned landings of nuclear-capable aircraft as destabilising the region

Police are investigating complaints of sexual assault against one of South Korea’s best-known theatre directors Lee Youn-taek by 16 women, all of them junior colleagues, over the past two decades. Photograph: Jean Chung/Bloomberg

Seoul Letter: feminist revolt takes on Confucian patriarchy in IT, arts, politics and film

Last March US president Donald Trump signed trade sanctions against China. US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed on Sunday that Washington and Beijing had agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other.

Deal does not include $200 billion target proposed by US president Donald Trump

Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, will meet  US president Donald Trump on Tuesday in Washington for a briefing ahead of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the US leader in Singapore on June 12th. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via Bloomberg

Pyongyang may pull out of talks over air force drills

Irish beef in China: “There is certainty in Ireland, and that’s the message we’re bringing,” said the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed. Photograph: EPA

Beef imported to China expected to grow by 76% in coming decade

A man walks past a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump at a railway station in Seoul on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

Pyongyang threatens to torpedo summit in anger at US-South Korean air force drills

 ABP’s meat processing plant in Cahir.

Company secures €50m deal with Asian firm Wowprime to supply beef to outlets in China

Irish beef is served in Irish Embassy in Beijing: Ireland’s agri-food exports to China have increased fivefold from about €200 million in 2010 to approximately €1 billion in 2017.

Michael Creed talks of adding boned-in and chilled beef to China’s permissible products

The two Irish women, from counties Kildare and Offaly, were on working visas and teaching in Beijing language schools before their detention. Photograph: iStock.

Women, from Kildare and Offaly, held after raid on private language school

Shoppers leave a Gap  store in Beijing. The firm said “We sincerely apologise for this unintentional error”. Photograph:  Gilles Sabri/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China keeping close eye on references to territories from Taiwan to Tibet

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discussing a nuclear weapons programme with officials  in a photograph released in  September 2017.  Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

Process demanded by West already ‘well under way’, says monitoring website

At a reception at the Irish embassy in Beijing, Irish beef was served for the first time since a ban was imposed in 2001 on EU beef imports over BSE. The ban was formally lifted in April.

Minister for Agriculture meets Chinese counterpart on first day of trade mission

A burgeoning middle class in China has led to increased demand for beef.

End to beef ban to help accelerate Irish food exports to China, Minister says

Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong: has welcomed US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting as “a significant step on the path to peace”. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo

Security, neutrality and control of public gatherings drove choice for June 12th

Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy performs ‘Together’ next to two male dancers during the  Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

Chinese TV censored Ireland performance which told story of same-sex relationship

It is a regular occurrence for police to raid language schools and detain the foreign teachers. Photograph: iStock

Teaching English in China can be tricky affair due to unregulated agencies

Singapore has been confirmed as the venue for next month’s historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

US president promises ‘special moment for world peace’ when leaders meet on June 12th

Kim Dong Chul, a US citizen who has been released after his detention in North Korea, being escorted to his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea in April 2016.  Photograph: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP

US secretary of state returning with ‘three wonderful gentlemen’, says Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sitting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Dalian in northeastern China’s Liaoning province. Photograph: Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP

Meeting signals China’s desire for influence ahead of planned Kim-Trump summit

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai was sentenced to life in prison for bribery. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Chongqing party boss Sun Zhengcai took millions in bribes, court says

Catherine O’Grady Powers runs Glen Keen Farm and they offer Chinese people the opportunity for an authentic sheep-farming experience with shepherding, sheep-shearing, wool-dyeing and turf-cutting

Tourism Ireland targets 175,000 Chinese visitors by 2025 with 29-strong delegation

Attendees stand for The Internationale during the ceremony to mark German philosopher Karl Marx’s 200th birth anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

President says philosopher’s theory still holds true on 200th anniversary

Liu Xia: “Xiaobo is gone, and there’s nothing in the world for me now. It’s easier to die than live.” Photograph: Petar Kujundzic

Liu Xia despairs as talks to free her from house arrest appear to stall

 Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the US Navy. Photograph: US Navy handout via Reuters.

Anti-ship and surface-to-air systems set-up on reclaimed land in South China Sea, reports say

The issue of troops did not come up during last week’s joint declaration by the two countries, which promised to strive for a “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula. Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

America has around 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea at present

US president Donald Trump and China president Xi Jinping, who are on the verge of a tit-for-tat trade war.

High-level delegation to seek to expose China to more foreign competition

Cho Hyun-min, a former Korean Air senior executive and the younger daughter of the airline’s chairman Cho Yang-ho, arriveing at a police station in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Case brings fresh attention to abuse of power by mighty 'chaebol' conglomerates

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will become the first Chinese foreign minister to visit North Korea in more than a decade. File photograph: Madoka IkegamI/AFP/Getty Images

Wang Yi travels to Pyongyang days after landmark summit with South Korea

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in at the military demarcation line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom. Photograph: AFP Photo/KCNA Via KNS

Foreign observers will be permitted to view dismantling of nuclear facilities

A man in Seoul, South Korea walks past a newspaper featuring a front page story about the summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on a sidewalk in Seoul on April 28, 2018. Photograph: Greg Barker/AFP/Getty Images.

State media says discussions wrapped up with amicable ‘feelings of blood relatives’

South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embrace at the village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in pledge formal end to Korean War and peace on peninsula

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in at the military demarcation line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at the village of Panmunjom on Friday. Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images

‘Just like a pine tree, I hope our relationship will be forever green,’ says Kim Jong-un

South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embrace at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on Friday. Photograph:   Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

After previous deals fell through, more work lies ahead to achieve real regional stability

North Korean leader Kim Jong-unshakes hands with South Korean president Moon Jae-in  in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

Kim Jung-un and Moon Jae-in sign joint statement and embrace after historic talks

North Korean soldiers stand guard before the military demarcation line on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas. Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty

Symbolic walk across demilitarised zone and tree-planting will underpin historical talks

It has been three years since China formally lifted a ban on Irish beef exports to China imposed after the BSE crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Three years since China formally lifted ban on Irish beef exports imposed after BSE crisis

Tourists look towards the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea as they visit Dora Observatory inside the fortified Demilitarised Zone in Paju, South Korea.

CIA chief Mike Pompeo is leading preparations, CNN reports

Supporters of former president Park Geun-hye react after a court sentenced her to 24 years in prison and a fine of 18 billion won. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Disgraced ex-president Park Geun-hye’s 24-year sentence no surprise to populace

Trade tensions: A container ship  is seen docked at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in China. Photograph: Reuters

Beijing defiant after Trump’s latest salvo in trade war

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye (left) arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul in August 2017. File photograph: AP

Case exposed dubious links between government and the ‘chaebol’ conglomerates

‘China will not be afraid or back down if a trade war is unavoidable. The country has never surrendered to external pressure, and it will not surrender this time either,’ according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Door remains open for dialogue but China prepared to dig in

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu and Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe review an honour guard prior to their talks in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/Reuters

General Wei Fenghe says Chinese and Russian militaries are increasingly close

 Containers  at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China.

Retaliation will hit cars, soybeans and orange juice as fears of trade war grow

Catholic clergy arrive in a procession for Mass on Holy Thursday, ahead of Easter celebrations at Beijing’s government-sanctioned South Cathedral  last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

China reiterates adherence to religious freedom despite stalemate on Holy See deal

Wu Ming-yi’s novel The Stolen Bicycle is one of 13 novels long-listed for the Man Booker international prize this year.

Nominee had nationality changed on website under pressure from Beijing

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