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Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen:  said China was trying to isolate and demoralise Taiwan, and force it to accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

In a surprise move, billionaire Terry Gou has opted out of the upcoming Taiwan presidential race, a call that could help unite the Beijing-friendly Ku(...)

Chinese paramilitary police walk next to  Tiananmen Square ahead of a rehearsal of a military parade to mark Communist China’s 70th anniversary, on September 7th. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Drones, kites, lanterns and balloons are forbidden in central Beijing for the next two weeks, and homing pigeons are restricted to their cages, as Chi(...)

 Nie Yuanzi at her home in Beijing, China, on May 18th, 2006. File photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

Nie Yuanzi Born: April 5th, 1921 Died: September 4th, 2019 When Nie Yuanzi put up a vitriolic wall poster one day in 1966, she plunged into the polit(...)

A Chinese man blocks a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Boulevard after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP Photo

Thirty years ago the Chinese Communist party made a fateful decision that haunts it to this day. On June 4, 1989 it ordered the People’s Liberation Ar(...)

An employee sells Huawei P30 handsets in a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Soe Zeya/Reuters

Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecoms equipment, has found itself squarely in the middle of a rapidly escalating trade war between the worl(...)

Huawei’s vice-president for corporate communications Joe Kelly: “The West is quite individualistic. China is more collective”

As 5G and Huawei’s key role in its global development evolves into a geopolitical battleground, a former junior postman from Letterkenny is in the thi(...)

Lion dance performance on Parnell Street, Dublin, as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council offered to censor topics politically sensitive to Beijing from its Chinese New Year festival last year, following pressure from th(...)

Taking a security bet on Huawei in 5G networks when its main competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, are European no longer feels sensible. Photograph: Getty Images

During the Maoist cultural revolution in China, a young soldier called Ren Zhengfei was sent to the northeastern city of Liaoyang to help build a clot(...)

Medical staff taking care of a newborn baby at a hospital in Fuyang in China’s eastern Anhui province on January 19th. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The number of babies born in China dropped to the lowest level in almost 60 years in 2018, a sign the birth rate is slowing in the world’s most populo(...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

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