Chen Jining

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Locals sit near the site of a fire in Beijing’s Baiqiangzi village, which is mainly inhabited by migrant workers, in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Five people died and nine were injured after a fire broke out in a house in a migrant worker neighbourhood of Beijing, weeks after authorities starte(...)

A couple wear masks  in a shopping district of Beijing amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever red alert for air pollution. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Schools were closed, building work suspended and restrictions on cars were put in place in Beijing on Tuesday after the Chinese capital issued its fir(...)

 The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China recently. The NPC, the annual gathering of senior Communist Party cadres from all over China to listen to the leadership’s plans for the next 12 months, was a more muted affair than in previous years, but it gave valuable signals as to what kind of business environment Irish companies can expect in future. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Recent weeks have witnessed two events that affect Ireland’s trade with the world’s most populous continent. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC e(...)

A child wearing a protective mask in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Beijing’s mayor Wang Hansen has said smog had made the capital “unlivable”. Photograph:  EPA

China’s environmental crisis offers opportunities for Irish companies in the environmental products and waste management arena, Minister for Enviro(...)

Heavy smog in Beijing: China has appointed a well-respected expert on climate change, Chen Jining, as minister of environmental protection. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China’s top weather official Zheng Guoguang, chief of the country’s meteorological administration, has warned of the “huge impact” of climate change, (...)