Life cast Masks of David Bowie by Joe Murray (€500-€700), Morgan O’Driscoll.

Although the Irish art market appears to be heading towards recovery since the economic crash, it still remains a fickle world. Take, for example, Flo(...)

The new members of the standing committee of the politburo in China. Graphic: Paul Scott

China’s president Xi Jinping on Wednesday introduced the country’s top leadership, the standing committee of the politburo, of which he is chairman. T(...)

Posters promoting local elections in Beijing, which took place this week. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/New York Times

This week saw China’s president, Xi Jinping, place a vote into a ballot box, a rare sight in a country run with an iron hand by the Communist Party, (...)

A band performs as large banners with anti-smoking messages hang from the Bird’s Nest Stadium during a programme to mark World No Tobacco Day in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China, home to the world’s biggest population of smokers, is gearing up to introduce a national smoking ban in public places, but there are report the(...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

Some 150 people attended the annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum in  Shanghai on Friday. Photograph: Getty

Shanghai hosted hundreds of Irish people for the biggest meeting to date of Irish expatriates in Asia on Friday. Senior Irish business figures (...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)

The latest QS rankings, one of the big three international league tables, shows Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s top university although it dropped from joint 61st place to joint 71st.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish universities lost some more ground to Asian competitors in the latest university rankings published today.The QS rankings, one of the big three (...)

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party central politburo standing committee, meeting Chinese women  at the official laying of the foundation stone of the UCD Confucius Institute, which will open in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chinese students now comprise up to 10 per cent of the non-EU student population at UCD, and the proportion is growing, the university revealed yeste(...)

A regular theme in development plans unveiled by the Chinese government – and Irish readers will see elements of Shannon in its heyday here – is to se(...)