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China’s president Xi Jinping has demanded meetings be shortened, over-the-top welcoming ceremonies ditched and wordy, meaningless speeches be abandoned, as he seeks to cut red tape and make the country’s bureaucracy more efficient. Photograph: Reuters

China has punished almost 20,000 officials in the last year for breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pomp and ceremony, the governme(...)

A computer screen showing stock information is seen next to investors at a brokerage house in Haikou, Hainan province today. China shares ended a choppy Monday on a weaker note, as investors took profit on outperformers this year in anticipation that initial public offering reforms will divert funds to new listings. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Asian shares and the dollar trod water today, as investors cautiously awaited key US data this week after a decent reading on China manufacturing calm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to meet Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (above), today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan is expected to announce an end to its 13-year ban on Irish beef today during a visit by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, reopening the world’s third-larges(...)

People in support of the EU integration hold a rally in Kiev today.  Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich said in a statement today that he will speed up the process of moving Ukraine closer to the European Union. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian opposition leaders called today for president Viktor Yanukovich and his government to resign at a rally of about 350,000 people, the biggest(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

The tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. China said yesterday it had monitored two unarmed US bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of its declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. Photograph: AP/Kyodo News.

Tensions in the East China Sea escalated on Wednesday after the Chinese government said it had monitored two American B-52 bombers that flew over its (...)

Two American B52s conducted a training mission through international air space recently claimed by China as its “air defence identification zone”. Photograph: US air force via the New York Times

The US has defied Chinese claims over an area of international airspace by flying two unarmed long-range B52 bombers over a chain of islands in the Ea(...)

Protesters wearing leaders’ masks demonstrate in front of the National Stadium during the UN Climate Change Conference  in Warsaw. Photograph: EPA/BartlomieJ Zborowski

Last week, it was Warsaw’s turn to host a disappointing meeting on climate change. Over the past two decades, many other cities have had this pleasure(...)

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou sails in front of Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in this August 18th, 2013 file photo. Photograph: Ruairidh Villar/Reuters

Australia has summoned China’s ambassador to express concern over its imposition of an “Air Defence Identification Zone” over the East China Sea, the (...)

After Riverdance, one of the things Chinese people associate with Ireland is golf. With golf an essen- tial lifestyle option for the swelling ranks of(...)

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