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’

Police arresting a protester in Hong Kong.  Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Sharp rise in queries about immigrant investor programme since violent protests have swept the financial hub

People with Taiwanese flags join others at a rally to mark Taiwan’s national day in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong. Photograph: AP

Tech giant acts in wake of harsh criticism from Chinese media and online platforms

A pro-democracy protester blocks a road outside the Apple store in Hong Kong during clashes with police. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty

HKmap.live compiles information on vehicles, tear gas, armed police and clash sites

Houston Rockets in action: China  state broadcaster CCTV and internet giant Tencent are pulling the plug on plans to air upcoming exhibition games. Photograph: Christopher Jue

Chengdu Letter: Houston Rockets manager’s support for Hong Kong prompts costly ban

 Members of the media were hit by Molotov cocktails during a clash between protesters and police at a demonstration in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district on Sunday.  Photograph:  Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Petrol bombs and tear gas fired amid PLA warning as the violence continues to escalate

High school students chant slogans as they stick posters reading ‘all people masked’ on their uniforms as protesters gather in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial district on Friday. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty

Once widely praised for order and efficiency, city is now bitterly divided by violence and politics

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters march in the city centre as the government bans people from wearing masks. Photograph: Vincent Thian/AP

Boy (14) shot in leg in one of many clashes to erupt in beleaguered city after ban begins

A police officer tells journalists to move back in Wan Chai in Hong Kong, China. Photograph:  Laurel Chor/Getty

Government to invoke colonial-era law to ban use of face masks in effort to restore order

 Schoolmates of student Tsang Chi-kin (18), who was shot in the chest by police during violent pro-democracy protests on Tuesday, protest at their school on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

Teenage demonstrator still critically injured after being shot by police on Tuesday

 Riot police fire projectiles against protesters in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Teenage protester critical as clashes mar march in territory on Communist Party anniversary

Tear gas canisters are lobbed at protesters during clashes with police following an earlier unsanctioned protest march through Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

Police warn that protesters are about to commit acts ‘one step closer to terrorism’

Riot police detain a protester near the government’s offices in Hong Kong. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Chaos erupts during march organised to denounce ‘China’s tyranny’

Dalai Lama arrives for a long-life prayer offering dedicated to him at Tsuglagkhang Temple September 13th, 2019. Photograph: Lobsang Wangyal/AFP/Getty

Communist Party gears up to dictate who will be reincarnated as the next Dalai Lama

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen:  said China was trying to isolate and demoralise Taiwan, and force it to accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

Billionaire Terry Gou’s withdrawal could help unite pro-Beijing opposition party

Chinese paramilitary police walk next to  Tiananmen Square ahead of a rehearsal of a military parade to mark Communist China’s 70th anniversary, on September 7th. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Hotel guests stuck in buildings and racing pigeons banned before October 1st celebrations

Riot police officers on patrol during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Fears of escalating tensions as sensitive Chinese anniversary approaches

Pro-democracy protesters form a human chain and wave laser pointers, phones and lanterns in the air on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the tabled extradition Bill was only one of five demands being called for by demonstrators

Cathay Pacific axed several routes on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Airline suffering from the protracted demonstrations in Asian financial centre

A statue of Mao shaking hands with a Uighur villager in Hotan, southwestern Xinjiang, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Foreign journalists cannot go out alone in Xinjiang, despite its status as ‘China’s safest province’

Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Flights cancelled for second day as demonstrators use trolleys to barricade check-in counters

Protesters attend a mass demonstration on Monday after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.

Beijing claims ongoing demonstrations beginning to show signs of ‘terrorism’

Hong Kong Irish: Noel Smyth, who with his partners runs three Delaney’s pubs in the city. Photograph: Peter Goff

Some of Hong Kong’s 5,000 Irish residents compare life in the protest-hit city with home

 Three masked young people from Hong Kong’s recent ongoing anti-government movement hold a press conference to read out a list of demands and condemn the city’s pro-Beijing leaders, in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Warning comes after arrests of 148 protesters on Monday following clashes with police

The Shanghai-born satirical cartoonist and artist known by his pseudonym Badiucao, who has drawn comparisons to the graffiti artist Banksy.

The artist hopes raising his profile online will provide protection for him and his work

Protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday, which caused transport chaos. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Carrie Lam says protests have brought city close to ‘dangerous situation’ as 82 arrested

Demonstrators use slingshots to fire projectiles towards riot police on Gloucester Road during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Riot police use tear gas as city-wide escalation of the nine-week demonstrations continues

Sewing at Shule County Vocational Training Centre. Photograph: Peter Goff

An estimated 1.5m people live in the camps. Are they really there voluntarily?

Civil servants attend a rally on Friday to support the anti-extradition Bill protest in Hong Kong.  Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Call on all members to go on a general strike despite warnings of severe repercussions

Messages posted on the  Lennon Wall outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, earlier this month. Photograph: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

‘Lennon Walls’ become violent flashpoints as well as potent symbols of resilient protest

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the city’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead and the government’s work on the bill a “total failure”.Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Activists not satisfied by Carrie Lam’s declaration that extradition Bill is ‘dead’

Relations between the police and protesters have plummeted in Hong Kong since June 12th when police deployed rubber bullets, tear gas and batons to drive back the crowds. File photograph:  Vivek Prakash/AFP/Getty Images

Several activists were left bloodied in the scuffles during latest extradition Bill protests

Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Protesters try to raise awareness among mainland Chinese visitors about political crisis

Riot police try to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters after a march at Hong Kong’s tourism district Nathan Road on Sunday. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Riot police baton-charge hundreds who refused to disperse following latest march

‘We have nothing left to lose,’ shouted Hong Kong’s desperate, disenfranchised protestors

Police fire tear gas as they charge towards protesters outside the legislative council complex in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph:  Billy HC Kwok/Getty Images

Anger in Beijing at Tory leadership contender’s comments on Hong Kong unrest

A police officer fires a baton round outside the legislative council building in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Demonstrators spray graffiti, smash pictures after breaking into government headquarters

Then minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan   greets the  Chinese ambassador to Ireland, Yue Xiaoyong, at a meeting in Dublin in 2016. Mr Flanagan, now Minister for Justice, announced in June that Ireland would soon introduce a five-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese visitors. Photograph: Alan Rowlette

Trade betwee the two has more than doubled in past five years, says Irish ambassador

US president Donald Trump at  a bilateral dinner with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Tariff friction continues as two sides prepare to face off

Demonstrators attend a rally in Hong Kong ahead of the G20 summit in Japan, urging the international community to back their demands for the government to withdraw the extradition Bill. Photograph:  Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Protesters urge leaders to take up concerns over extradition Bill with China’s president

Protesters gather outside the Wanchai police headquarters in Hong Kong on Friday. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Student groups demand release of those detained after last week’s demonstrations

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive: has apologised for proposing legislation to allow extraditions to mainland China. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

Calls for Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam to step down from ‘impossible’ job with two masters

 Protesters march to demand a complete withdrawal of an extradition Bill in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Call for general strike as millions demand Lam’s resignation over extradition Bill

Riot police block demonstrators from approaching the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on Thursday.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Analysis: Using heavy-handed tactics already utilised in China will make a bad situation much worse

Protesters march along a road demonstrating against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters.

Running battles after tens of thousands demonstrate peacefully against proposed extradition law

Police officers using pepper spray against protesters in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP

Leader Carrie Lam defends extradition Bill that critics say will empower Beijing

Chinese leader Xi Jinping toasted the Russian leader  Vladimir Putin as his 	‘best friend’.   Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin says relationship with China at ‘an unprecedentedly high level’

Lawmakers and lawyers  march to the central government offices in Hong Kong  to protest against the government’s plans to approve extraditions with mainland China, Taiwan and Macau. Photograph:  Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Vigil to commemorate Tiananmen crackdown and protest against extradition Bill

Dead civilians lie among mangled bicycles near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in on June 4th, 1989. Troops shot their way through Beijing’s streets to retake the square. Photograph: AP

Many died in China on June 4th, 1989. Collective amnesia engulfs the massacre

Karoline Kan has published a memoir examining  the lives of three generations of Chinese women: her grandmother, her mother, and herself. Photograph: Kelly Dawson

Karoline Kan’s mother wanted a daughter, and defied China’s one-child policy to have one

An employee sells Huawei P30 handsets in a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Soe Zeya/Reuters

World’s largest supplier of telecoms equipment finds itself at centre of escalating trade war between two largest economies

Huawei’s vice-president for corporate communications Joe Kelly: “The West is quite individualistic. China is more collective”

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