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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

In a surprise move, billionaire Terry Gou has opted out of the upcoming Taiwan presidential race, a call that could help unite the Beijing-friendly Ku(...)

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

Drones, kites, lanterns and balloons are forbidden in central Beijing for the next two weeks, and homing pigeons are restricted to their cages, as Chi(...)

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

The unofficial anthem adopted by Hong Kong protesters reverberated across the city’s steep hills, parks and shopping centres on Friday night as demons(...)

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

China lodged an official protest with the UK on Wednesday and hit out at foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt’s comments on the recent Hong Kong protests, sa(...)

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

A sea of black coursed through Hong Kong’s skyscraper-lined streets on Sunday as an estimated two million protesters marched to demand chief executive(...)

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

Hong Kong was rocked by political unrest on Wednesday as police used rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, water hoses and bean-bag rounds to drive (...)

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

Chinese state media has said that “foreign forces” seeking “to hurt China by trying to create havoc in Hong Kong” were behind the million-strong prote(...)

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

As China pivots towards Russia amid its escalating trade war with Washington, military tensions have been ratcheted up in the region on a number of fr(...)

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

In the weeks before the June 4th, 1989, massacre there was a festive mood in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, with throngs of students partying amid a sea (...)

Oisin Kelly won  the National Cocktail Championship at Catex, a trade event at the RDS on Wednesday.

The winner of the Irish National Cocktail Championship is Oisin Kelly, a bartender at the Sidecar cocktail lounge at the Westbury hotel in Dublin(...)

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