Chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation Dick James: “Unless our politicians are extremely weak in their negotiating, then we have got a hell of a strong hand to play here.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In Portavogie on the Ards peninsula a new flag is flying proudly among the British union and Red Hand of Ulster flags fluttering from the lamp posts (...)

Won Buddhism practitioners pray during a rally in Seoul on Tuesday called to oppose the South Korean government’s defence policy. Photograph: Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

Clifford Coonan in Beijing China and Russia are co-operating to counter the United States’ Thaad missile defence system, which Seoul says it needs to(...)

Chinese paramilitary police officers secure the   entrance of the Philippine embassy in Beijing: The road to the mission was closed off by authorities  although the situation remained  calm. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing issued a swift and irate response to a ruling by an international tribunal in The Hague in favour of the Philippines on China’s claims over di(...)

 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(...)

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel manoeuvres to block a Philippine government supply ship with  media aboard at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. File photograph (from 2014): Erik De Castro/Reuters

Days before an international arbitration court rules on the disputed territory in the South China Sea, the threat of armed conflict hangs over the Asi(...)