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H-6K bombers flying during a military parade in Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia autonomous region of China, on July 30th, 2017.  The H-6K bomber carries the DH-20 land-attack cruise missile, giving it the ability to hit targets as far away as Australia.  Photograph: Cui Nan/VCG via Getty Images

Chinese fighter jets and bombers have carried out manoeuvres in disputed areas of the South China Sea and the western Pacific, the air force said, and(...)

Closer ties: Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen toasts with American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei chairman Albert Chang and Alex Wong, US deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Photograph: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

A popular state-run tabloid has urged China to increase pressure on the US over its growing closeness with Taiwan, and said it should consider militar(...)

People and businesses across the European Union produce 58 million tonnes of plastic every year; more than 40 per cent of that total comes from packaging alone. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

For many, the image that brought the crisis home came when David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary showed an albatross unwittingly feeding its(...)

Delegates listen to China’s president Xi Jinping  on a large screen during the closing session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. The talking-shop parliament enshrined Xi as president without term limits. Photograph: Getty images

As they have done for nearly seven decades, delegates at the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing will now head back (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the closing session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

China’s emboldened president Xi Jinping laid out a hardline nationalist agenda as he closed the country’s annual parliament on Tuesday, saying China w(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping inspecting People’s Liberation Army soldiers at a barracks in Hong Kong in June 2017. Photograph: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images

Domestically produced aircraft carriers, new stealth warplanes and improved rocket capabilities are among the military highlights that look set to do(...)

A damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after an earthquake hit the city. Photograph: EPA/STR

Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 85 people missing after a ma(...)

Pope Francis has sought to make a deal with China since he became pontiff in March 2013. Photograph: Reuters

An accord establishing diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Beijing will come “sooner or later” because of the current pope’s “wisdom” and w(...)

People monitor a stock index board at a bank in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph:Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

European shares were a sea of red on Tuesday morning following Wall Street’s slump on Monday when the Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped by nearly (...)

Retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen: ‘Am I the major obstacle in the process of reaching a deal between the Vatican and China? If that is a bad deal, I would be more than happy to be the obstacle.’ File photograph: Paul Yeung/Reuters

China’s most outspoken cleric, the retired Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen, has accused the Vatican of “selling out” the Catholic Church in China after (...)

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