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US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping  prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump hailed his “wonderful relationship” with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during talks at the G20 - although his felicitations were(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping (second left) and his wife Peng Liyuan (left), German chancellor Angela Merkel and Reinhard Grindel, president of the German Football Association, at  a Germany vs China under-12 soccer match at Olympic Park in Berlin, Germany,  July 5th, 2017. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

Global summits have become wildly unpredictable events since Donald Trump became US president. As leaders arrive in Hamburg for the G20 meeting, nerve(...)

Hwasong-14 test launch in North Korea. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency

North Korea has risked provoking a confrontation with Washington after it claimed on Tuesday to have launched its first intercontinental ballistic mis(...)

US president Donald Trump meeting President Xi Jinping of China in April 2017:  Mr Trump has tweeted that his bid to secure a more robust approach by China to North Korea had “not worked out”. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

China’s president Xi Jinping warned US president Donald Trump of “negative factors” harming relations between the two countries as tensions rose again(...)

Attack helicopters at a military base in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan. File photograph: Military News Agency/EPA

Self-ruled Taiwan scrambled fighter jets after China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning passed through the strait of Taiwan en route to Hong Kong, where it w(...)

 April 7th, 2017: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Less than three months later the atmosphere between the two has turned frosty. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Less than 100 days after Donald Trump hosted Xi Jinping at his Florida resort and predicted that the two presidents were “going to have a very, very g(...)

A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

California governor Jerry Brown signed a deal with China to co-operate on clean technology. Photograph:  Reuters/Thomas Peter

Efforts by China to forge a new global alliance on climate change and sidestep US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement(...)

 Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the region wanted to see China take a responsible leadership role or risk becoming isolated. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Grappling with the North Korean nuclear crisis and second-guessing Washington’s plans for the Asia-Pacific are liable to dominate the region’s premier(...)

  Regent Street, London: consultant Bain forecasts growth of 7-9 per cent in luxury sales in Europe, and highlights the bright spots of the UK and Spain. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The global luxury market is expected to grow by a solid 2-4 per cent this year in a clear sign that the turnaround in performance for the sector that (...)

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