A diner gets a manicure while waiting for a table at a Haidilao restaurant, China’s most popular hot pot chain, in Beijing. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/ The New York Times

Sometimes, Shang Feifei goes to a restaurant just for the manicures. On a recent Wednesday night, the 40-year-old sat patiently at a downtown Beijing(...)

‘China will not be afraid or back down if a trade war is unavoidable. The country has never surrendered to external pressure, and it will not surrender this time either,’ according to the official Xinhua news agency.

China pledged “no surrender” in a burgeoning trade dispute with the US, saying the country had never surrendered to external pressure and was not abou(...)

Chinese children feed pigeons at Ditan Park in Beijing: a report by the Shanghai Women’s Federation shows over half of households with one child do not want a second. Photograph: Roman Pilipey

When Xu Yan was deciding on whether to take advantage of the loosening of China’s one-child policy and have another baby, financial realities meant sh(...)

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(...)

Trinity College Dublin has been ranked at 81st place in the world university rankings for arts and humanities subjects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the world university rankings in arts and humanities subjects. Trinity was the only Irish unive(...)

Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2018. Photograph: iStock

Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2018. Brexit means “great opportunities(...)

Made in China 2025: an ambitious plan to become a global leader in robotics and medical technology and kick off the next phase of China’s development.

In Chinese schools, students learn that the US became a great nation partly by stealing technology from Britain. In the halls of government, officials(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: visited Ireland as provincial party secretary of Zhejiang province in 2003. Will Hu Chunhua’s visit to Ireland similarly bode well for  his political future? Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Hu Chunhua, the Communist Party general secretary of the economically muscular Guangdong province in southern China who is visiting Ireland this week,(...)

China will allow imports of US beef, while the US will allow the import of cooked poultry from China

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have hit “a new high”, Donald Trump’s commerce secretary has claimed, announcing a “herculean” tra(...)

Fangzhe Qiu, above, told his son, “You can be both Irish and Chinese”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The first time Fanghze Qiu saw the Irish language it was printed inside the sleeve of a Clannad album he had bought on the black market. At the time i(...)

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