“Many Christian churches are in meltdown and instead of listening and respecting the views of all those who have been hurt and alienated, there is this constant pull to return to old ways that have no contemporary meaning for so many good and noble people.” Getty Images

On July 1st, the People’s Republic of China placed a full-page advertisement in this newspaper. The text was written by the Chinese ambassador to Irel(...)

A Tesla supercharger station in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Tesla has debuted a significantly cheaper version of its locally-built Model Y sports utility vehicle in China amid concern a string of negative publi(...)

“It is time to turn down the heat of the rhetoric and turn up the light of scientific inquiry if we are to be better prepared to stem the next pandemic.” Photograph: Getty Images

There is no scientifically-validated evidence to support the theory that Covid-19 leaked from a laboratory in China, while more recent studies strongl(...)

The most closely related viruses in bats are about 97 per cent similar to Sars-CoV-2, but this is ‘still a big difference’

Despite all the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, the ultimate cause remains a mystery. Ideas that once seemed to belong to the realm of conspiracy the(...)

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden has ordered the US intelligence community to intensify its efforts to study the origins of coronavirus, adding that it will continue to pres(...)

In this kind of human DNA editing, genetic effects are passed on from one generation to the next. Illustration: iStock

On November 25th, 2018, Henry Greely turned on his computer to find an email which read “Crispr babies”. The mail was a link to a story at the MIT Tec(...)

A file photograph of a dormitory for women in an indoctrination centre for ethnic Uyghurs in Hotan, in the Xinjiang region of China. File photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Birth rates in Xinjiang fell by almost half in the two years after the Chinese government implemented policies to reduce the number of babies born to (...)

Since its establishment more than three years ago, TikTok has amassed one billion users. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

TikTok, the popular short-video app, named ByteDance Ltd chief financial officer Shouzi Chew as chief executive officer, filling the top leadership po(...)

Chinese state media and social networking platforms have called for boycotts of major Western brands, including H&M, after statements made by the company in the past about Xinjiang cotton resurfaced online. Photograph: Getty

When Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M said in September that it was ending its relationship with a Chinese supplier accused of using forced labour, (...)

Tiananmen, Gate of Heavenly Peace, Beijing.

Irish universities have been forging closer links with China over recent years as they try to boost their private income against a backdrop of declini(...)

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