Peter Goff, who reported from China for The Irish Times: “Watching China develop and thrive in so many respects has been a privilege.”

My time reporting for The Irish Times featured some tense encounters with officials

China’s expert group on Covid-19 speaks at a media briefing  in Beijing on Wednesday. The  harassment of BBC journalist John Sudworth  ‘appeared to be in retaliation for his coverage of  the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues’, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said. Photoraph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

‘Personalised attacks’ against BBC’s John Sudworth force him and Yvonne Murray to leave

Ata Khattab: has been denied access to his legal team for prolonged periods. Photograph: Akram Khan Company

Choreographer Ata Khattab arrested by Israeli soldiers six weeks ago

Concertista, with jockey Paul Townend, leads the eventual winner Black Tears, with jockey Jack Kennedy, and Roksana, with jockey Harry Skelton, who finished third, over the last during the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race on the first day of the Cheltenham racing festival. Photograph: Hugh Routledge/Sportsfile

Eight-year delay in introducing gambling controls criticised by addiction experts

The court had subpoenad Richard O’Halloran on Friday evening to appear in court first thing this morning, according to sources close to the investigation.

Richard O’Halloran’s team working closely with Department of Foreign Affairs, says source

Journalist Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation arriving at Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph:  Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

Evacuation of two reporters marks low point in relationship damaged by pandemic

People hold up copies of the Apple Daily as they protest over press freedom in Hong Kong on August 11th, a day after authorities conducted a search of the newspaper’s headquarters following the arrest of the company’s founder Jimmy Lai under the new national security law. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong Free Press claims Aaron McNicholas is latest victim of Beijing’s attack on press freedom

Flootwaters reach the feet of the  Leshan Giant Buddha, a world heritage site, following   heavy rainfall in  Sichuan province, China. Photograph: EPA/Li Xinfeng

Tens of thousands evacuated as record-breaking rains hit country’s southwest

Jimmy Lai, centre, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong on Monday. Photograph: AP

Lai has been a prominent democracy activist and an ardent critic of Beijing

A woman takes a selfie in front of the building of the former US consulate in Chengdu. It was ordered to cease operations. Photograph: Alex Plavevski

Good-natured crowd witnesses Chinese officials moving in as US consulate closes

 A worker  attempting to remove a plate from the  front of the US consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on July 26th. Photograph:  EPA/Alex Plavevski

There is a real fear in China that things are starting to spin out of control

The Chinese self-perception of exceptionalism – that their civilisation is superior and thus deserves to be on top of a world hierarchy – has been a constant through much of its history. Photograph: Getty

Book reviews: History, finance and the relationship with the US are covered in these three different perspectives on the ‘Middle K(...)

US consulate in Chengdu:  China has revoked its licence as tensions mount between Beijing and Washington. Photograph: Yuyang Liu

‘Why are they playing Radiohead? Do they think Xi is a creep? Trump is a real creep!’

A firetruck  outside the Chinese consulate in Houston, US, on Wednesday. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Beijing condemns ‘outrageous move that will sabotage US-China relations’

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

US president says Hong Kong stripped of special trading status in response to Chinese ‘aggression’

The flags of China (right) and the Hong Kong special administrative region are flown near the new national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph:  Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg

Glory to Hong Kong, deemed to contain ‘strong political messages’, can no longer be sung or played

Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook, Google and Twitter all reviewing position following introduction of new national security law

 A woman reacts after she being hit with pepper spray deployed by police against protesters  in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing enraged at plan to help up to 3m residents in fallout over national security law

Andrew Wan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, is arrested by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

At least nine charged under Chinese law that critics say strips Hong Kong of rights and freedoms

 Police stop and search a man after they entered a shopping mall to disperse people attending a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph:   Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

Historic move will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity

 Protesters celebrate in Hong Kong after US  legislation aimed at curbing rights abuses in Hong Kong. File photograph: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

Washington plans to target Chinese officials undermining Asian financial hub autonomy

A Long March 3B rocket carrying a  final Beidou satellite at  the Xichang satellite launch centre in Xichang, Sichuan province, on June 23th, 2020.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The decades-long project sees a constellation of 35 satellites circling the Earth to rival the US-owned Global Positioning System (...)

 A re-education camp for ethnic Uighur in Hotan, in China’s Xinjiang province. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

China may have shut down its controversial re-education camps, but minorities are still persecuted

Iminjan Seydin and Samira Imin: he told his family he had never been imprisoned.

Samira Imin’s father was incarcerated for three years in Xinjiang

Pictures of detained  Canadians Michael Spavor  and Michael Kovrig outside a court in Vancouver, Canada,  last May during a  court appearance of  Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Cases widely seen as Chinese ‘hostage diplomacy’ following arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver

 Passengers wearing face masks walk through a subway station in Beijing on Monday. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Huge test and trace programme after cluster found in capital’s largest wholesale market

Protesters demonstrate in Hong Kong last January against China’s growing political influence over the territory, and interference with its autonomy. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

Social media giant says China ran network of accounts to spread misinformation

Cardboard figures of US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping   outside  a souvenir shop in downtown Moscow on June 3rd, 2020. Photograph:  Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Trump administration has presented China with ‘opportunities’ on the world stage

Defying a ban, people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Thursday night to observe the annual vigil for victims of the Tiananmen Square killings. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Large crowd gathers shortly after legislature outlaws insults to China’s national anthem

Protesters demonstrate  near the White House in Washington, DC, on Sunday in relation to the death of George Floyd. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Officials and media say US criticism of Hong Kong policing illustrates double standards

 Hong Kong riot police issue a warning as they try to clear away people gathered in the Central district of Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands take to streets to oppose Beijing-backed laws curtailing city’s freedoms

Protesters march against proposed new security laws in Hong Kong   on Sunday.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Move to impose security law illustrates Beijing’s increasing tendency to flex its muscle

Micheal Hurley: extraordinary commitment.

Michael Hurley embodied all that is finest in diplomatic service – Simon Coveney

 Hostesses serve tea to delegates during the opening session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph:   Leo Ramirez/AFP via Getty Images

Outrage among pro-democracy legislators at security law put forward at National People’s Congress

Police stand guard outside a high-end fashion shop in Hong Kong. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty

Pro-Beijing politicians are pushing contentious laws in the face of intense opposition

A pro-Tibetan vigil  with pictures of  Gedhun Choekyi Nyima  outside the Chinese consulate in Barcelona, Spain. Groups have renewed calls on China to free the Tibetan identified  as the Panchen Lama. Photograph:   Getty Images

Second most senior figure in Tibetan Buddhism was taken into custody when he was six

A woman searching for her young daughter and husband on top of the ruins of a destroyed school in earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, in  2008. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Chengdu Letter: History is repeating itself as Chinese officials threaten bereaved against legal action

Criticism over China’s handling of coronavirus has led Beijing to adopt a prickly and pugnacious approach to diplomacy. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty

Beijing is locking horns with major powers over coronavirus and multiple disputes beyond

Anti-corruption blogger Chen Jieren has been accused of damaging the Chinese government’s credibility.

Chen Jieren has been detained since 2018 after he published two blog articles claiming corruption by Hunan party officials

Chinese paramilitary police officers in Beijing on Wednesday wearing protective masks. China’s rate of new infections has reduced dramatically over the past month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Rescheduled general assembly to take place next month against backdrop of coronavirus

 The Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. It  was previously administered by the Philippines before being claimed by China in 2012. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

In recent years China has sought to expand its control over the region by building artificial islands around reefs and atolls

Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Contribution comes days after Washington said the US would freeze funding to WHO

A staff member wearing a face mask  at the Suifenhe Port in Heilongjiang province on the border with Russia. Photograph: Yew Lun Tian/Reuters

Health officials say 409 imported infections are Chinese citizens returning from Russia

Chinese president Xi Jinping: many documented cases of forcibly disappeared citizens and upwards of one million Muslim Uighurs and other minority group members in Xinjiang camps. Photograph: Jason Lee

China’s appointment like making ‘pyromaniac the town fire chief’, says watchdog

People wearing face masks ride on a street in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities work to stave off second wave amid struggle with ongoing outbreaks in Wuhan

Workers in protective suits walk next to Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak is believed to have begun. Photograph:  Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Move in Shenzhen after Beijing banned wildlife trade over outbreak’s link to Wuhan market

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen visiting a factory where surgical face masks are made on Monday. Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters

Video adds to Taiwan’s grievances, including accusations health body ignored its early virus warnings

‘I couldn’t even tell you what we’ve done, but somehow we got through it’

Staff members spray disinfectant at a subway station in Wuhan as the subway prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing halts most international flights and blocks even foreigners with Chinese residency

The Covid-19 outbreak has killed over 3,200 people in China and infected in excess of 81,000. Photograph: EPA

Beijing Letter: With global markets in disarray, Chinese firms turn to domestic consumer

Li Wenliang: reprimanded by police and made to sign a confession and agreement to not commit any more “illegal actions”. He later contracted the virus and died.

In rare move, Communist Party’s disciplinary body says Wuhan police wrong to punish Li Wenliang

US secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he regretted China’s decision ‘in these incredibly challenging global times, where more information, more transparency are what will save lives’. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Beijing accused of spreading false story of US military involvement in Covid-19 outbreak

A shopper    in a supermarket in Beijing. China’s consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought to stem the pandemic. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

Beijing Letter: Dwindling daily numbers of fresh infections now barely registering on global graph

Citizens wear protective masks in Beijing, China. Photograph: Getty

China now has almost 81,000 confirmed cases but 64,000 patients have recovered

People wearing protective masks walk past a poster outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on Friday. Daily life in the city is affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, with few people visiting shopping areas and stores. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Chengdu Letter: Despite handling of the crisis, Xi Jinping’s government still has support

A file photograph from January 2016 shows placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Getty Images

Sweden demands release of Gui Minhai, sentenced on charges of leaking intelligence

Residents queue for free masks in Hong Kong, China.  Photograph: EPA/Miguel Candela

Members of the Irish community in Wuhan react to news that they will not be allowed to leave compounds until March 10th

Michael McGreal and his wife Laura. Photograph courtesy of Michael McGreal

Irishman has spent three weeks alone in his apartment which he is not allowed to leave

Chinese president Xi Jinping  has his body temperature checked during an inspection of  coronavirus  prevention  work in Beijing. Photograph:  Ju Peng/XInhua/AFP via Getty Images

Death of whistleblowing doctor Li Wenliang sparked uproar on Chinese social media platforms

Passengers wearing masks and covered with plastic bags walk outside the Shanghai railway station in  China. Photograph:  Aly Song/Reuters

UK confirms fourth case of coronavirus

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, photographed on September 21st, 2019.  Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong’s most famous political activist on his fight against totalitarianism

 Security personnel wearing masks walk in central Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Public anger at delay in admitting to scale of outbreak leaves Communist Party reeling

A card with a portrait of Dr Li Wenliang at the hospital in Wuhan, China where he died. Photograph: Shi Zhi/EPA

Dr Li Wenliang, who tried to warn public of outbreak but was suppressed, dies from virus

The head of the local neighbourhood committee  carries a loudspeaker that plays a warning message about the coronavirus  in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Chengdu Letter: Self-quarantine measures have some benefits as city hunkers down

Doctors watch as  medical supplies from Beijing are unloaded at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province on Thursday. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Irish citizens to travel to UK as Russia closes border with China in bid to contain virus

People wait in a queue and gather outside outside a pharmacy selling masks in Hong Kong on January 30th, 2020, as a preventative measure after a virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photograph: Dale de la Rey/Getty Images

Death toll rises to 170 as US reports first case of human-to-human transmission

Medical staff transfer a patient of a highly suspected case of a new coronavirus at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Cnsphoto via Reuters

‘Whole world needs to be on alert now,’ says WHO as death toll rises to 132 and 6,000 infected

A health worker checks the temperature of a man entering the subway in Beijing, China. Photograph: Betsy Joles/Getty Images

High-speed rail and cross-border ferry services to be stopped, with flights reduced

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with  the coronavirus at a health station in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, on Monday.  Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Department considering choices for assisting Irish to leave Hubei province ‘if required’

Michael McGreal from Westport, Co Mayo, and his Chinese wife Laura Liu: ‘I’m annoyed about this. It creates a situation where your mind knows what’s best but your heart rules.’ Photograph courtesy Michael McGreal

Embassy exploring options to evacuate six Irish nationals under lockdown in city

Police officers carry out information registration and temperature measurement for passing passengers at Jintang Island high-speed toll station in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China. Photograph: EPA

Chinese government steps up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings

Passengers wearing protective facemasks at Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 24th, 2020. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities rush to build makeshift hospital as number of suspected cases nears 8,500

The gay community in Taiwan followed the Irish same-sex marriage debate and referendum very closely and they kept in close contact with groups active in the campaign. Photograph: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg via Getty

Last year Taiwan became the first Asian country to recognise same-sex marriage

People wearing protective masks arrive at Beijing railway station to head home for the lunar new year on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images.

Sixth death in China where wider outbreak feared as hundreds of millions begin travelling for lunar new year

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen  celebrates winning  the presidential elections in Taipei. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Beijing says reunification ‘cannot be stopped’ and accuses Tsai Ing-wen of ‘dirty tactics’

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen attending a campaign event in Taipei on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

China’s hint at military intervention has helped revive Tsai Ing-wen’s prospects

Rescuers searching for survivors after a military Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains in Yilan county near Taipei. Photograph: Handout/Yilan County Fire Department/AFP via Getty Images

Five of 13 on board survive as authorities investigate cause of incident near Taipei

Continuing protests in Hong Kong have been among several threats to the Chinese economy. Photograph: Bloomberg

Government trying to fundamentally change the way the Chinese economy grows

Protesters gather during a rally for secondary school students near the Hong Kong Museum of Art in December. File photograph: AP

‘Our biggest mistake was education, in particular ideological and political education’

Pervasive security apparatus has subdued the ethnic unrest in the Xinjiang region. But it is also prompting many Han Chinese to consider relocating to other parts of the country. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Many settlers are eager to leave the region amid ethnic unrest and overbearing surveillance

Uighur men arriving before Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of Ramadan, outside the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in June 2019. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Uighur homestays by cadres extends surveillance to within the home, local Muslims say

A re-education camp for ethnic Uighurs in Hotan, in China’s Xinjiang province. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Peter Goff reports from Kashgar, Xinjiang: ‘All the students have graduated ... our work is done here,’ says principal at Uighur ‘(...)

Pope Francis stops by a group of faithful from Shanghai during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican. Photograph: Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Popes have been trying to get to China since 1177. Francis wants to be the first

Chen Quanguo, Chinese Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, who has been identified in a Bill passed by the US House of Representatives as a potential target for sanctions over human rights abuses of Uighurs and other  Muslim minorities. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing considers visa restrictions on US diplomats over ‘odious’ response to Xinjiang issue

People gather in support of pro-democracy protesters during a lunch break rally in the Kwun Tong area in Hong Kong on November 27th, 2019. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Legislation with broad bipartisan support threatens sanctions for human rights abuses

Pro-democracy supporters celebrate the defeat of a pro-Beijing district councillor in Hong Kong, China, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Pro-democracy candidates win 85% support in local elections, up from 28% four years ago

Protesters surrounded by tear gas near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, on Monday. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

As the city prepares to vote on Sunday, none of its 31,000 police will be getting a day off

Hong Kong’s new police chief Chris Tang: ‘I think you do not want your family members and friends . . . to be worried,’ he told activists

Dozens of protesters barricaded in campus with ‘many explosives and petrol bombs’

Protesters sit in an open area at the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

‘It will be like Angry Birds,’ militant protester says, as university stand-off continues

 Protesters are seen in the  Hong Kong Polytechnic University  on Wednesday, the fourth day of a stand-off with police in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Arrests follow calls from activists to paralyse the city during the early morning commute

 A diver from Hong Kong’s fire services department emerges after inspecting a sewage tunnel suspected to have been used by anti-government protesters to escape Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photograph: Laurel Chor/Getty Images

Hundreds arrested by police after giving themselves up or trying to escape

Police detain a woman during a protest in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on Monday. Photograph:  Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Riot police surrounding campus under attack themselves amid anger and tears

A petrol bomb thrown by a protester explodes near the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Police attempt to storm Polytechnic University with 200 demonstrators inside

Protesters sleep on a barricaded street outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images

The frontline in the Hong Kong protests has shifted to the university campus, where hundreds of students are now in siege mode

Whiskey joins products such as Parma Ham and Manchego Cheese in securing the protection.   Photograph: iStock

Hogan hails new deal between Brussels and Beijing to protect native food products

Chinese president Xi Jinping has warned party officials to brace themselves for the ‘struggles’ that lie ahead. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Four-day closed-door plenum concluded in Beijing this week

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to journalists after being disqualified from running in local district’s council elections in November, in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Disqualification of Joshua Wong (23) is likely to fuel anti-government protests further

Demonstrators in flight during a flash-mob protest in the Tai Po district of Hong Kong earlier in October. File photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Authorities move to curb long-running protests by blocking specific items entering city

Pro-democracy MPs hold up a picture of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam in the chamber of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Photograph: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Carrie Lam’s inability to deliver address marks major climbdown for chief executive

Anti-government protesters rally in central Hong Kong the day after a homemade bomb was detonated amid violent protests. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

Xi Jinping cautions protesters and ‘external forces that support the splitting of China’

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