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(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe with Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph:  Andy Wong/AP

Beijing and Tokyo reset their troubled bilateral relationship on Friday as Shinzo Abe concluded a range of agreements on his first official visit to t(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

If there was ever a striking illustration of the redemptive powers of confectionery, it is the way in which a slab of chocolate cake seems to have tra(...)

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen during a “transit stop” in Houston, Texas, where she met senior Republicans en route to Central America. Photograph: James Nielsen/Reuters

The Chinese state-owned tabloid Global Times has warned Donald Trump that China will “take revenge” if the US president-elect abandons the “one-China(...)

 Anti-China protesters  protest against China’s territorial claims in the Spratly  islands in the South China Sea in front of the Chinese Consulate on July 12th, 2016, in Makati, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

An international arbitration court’s ruling that China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis has increased the possibility o(...)

Among the sites currently blocked in China are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, the New York Times and Bloomberg

Internet freedom was much on the agenda at China’s second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, but there are clearly different readings on what online(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: A brokerages boom appears to have added more than half a percentage point to Chinese GDP in the first quarter as equities turnover surges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Just what is going on in the Chinese stock market? There is a frenzied feeling about the equity market, where a world-beating rally has seen the bench(...)

Richard Liu, chairman and chief executive of JD.com, playfully kisses the hand of employee Li Quan, as he borrows his delivery tricycle for some publicity. JD.com has emerged as a Chinese online goliath with a model that echoes that of Amazon. Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Just about every June, on the anniversary of his company’s founding, Richard Liu dons a big motorcycle helmet and red uniform, hops on a three-wheeled(...)

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(...)

People gather for a candlelit vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Unlike in mainland China, Hong Kong can freely mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Photograph: Reuters

China’s annual bout of state-enforced, collective amnesia went into overdrive yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on democracy (...)

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