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Growth of about 6.2 per cent is needed in the next two years to meet the ruling Communist Party’s longstanding goal.

China plans to set a lower economic growth target of 6-6.5 per cent in 2019 compared with last year’s target of “around” 6.5 per cent, policy sources (...)

Islamic studies students attend a class at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute during a government organised trip in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. Photograph: Ben Blanchard/Reuters

China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation programme in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer p(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 2nd 2019.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/EPA

President Xi Jinping ratcheted up the pressure on Taiwan’s pro-self-rule government on Wednesday, asserting China’s right to use military force agains(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump   meeting on June 12th, 2018: Kim has clearly looked at the economic success racked up by China and South Korea. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In a dramatic softening of approach by Kim Jong-un, 2018 has seen the North Korean leader transformed from an evil megalomaniac who ordered the killin(...)

A couple performs a symbolic marriage with US Reverend Roger LaRade, during a gay parade in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP

The commission in charge of writing communist-run Cuba’s new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether a(...)

Rapper Oxxxymiron performs during a concert in support of then jailed rapper Husky at a Moscow club on November 26th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/ Getty

Dmitry Kuznetsov, better-known by his stage name Husky, was a minor star on Russia’s flourishing hip hop scene until police arrested him last month fo(...)

Arrested Huawei executive board member Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of the company’s founder. Photograph: Reuters

The arrest of Meng Wangzhou, chief financial officer of the electronics giant Huawei and daughter of the firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei, has sent shockwa(...)

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

The daughter of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s founder has been arrested in Canada and is facing extradition to the United States, dealing a blow to hope(...)

Chinese models pose for a wedding picture in Shanghai on Bund’s promenade. The state is frowning on fancy celebrations.

If you’re planning a Big Fat Chinese Wedding, think again. Chinese authorities are clamping down on extravagant weddings as part of a broader campaig(...)

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