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A worker loads a refrigerated container of Chinese vaccine SinoVac in an Air France Boeing 787 bound for Bogotá, Colombia, at Roissy Airport, near Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Chinese state media has rushed to defend its locally developed coronavirus vaccines, with a senior health official insisting that he was “misunderstoo(...)

A nurse administers a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Shanghai. Photograph: Bloomberg

China’s Centre for Disease Control is thinking about mixing vaccines and varying the sequence of doses to boost efficacy. It is the first time a gover(...)

 Iran’s governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi,  leavings a  meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: EPA/Christian Bruna

Iranian and Russian envoys attending talks in Vienna on restoring the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement have reported that Tuesday’s opening sessions wer(...)

Peter Goff, who reported from China for The Irish Times: “Watching China develop and thrive in so many respects has been a privilege.”

Tense times are to be expected whenever a foreign journalist is summoned to Beijing’s ministry of foreign affairs but on this freezing day in January (...)

 A Taiwanese soldier on a tank during a military exercise. Senior US officials fear that China is flirting with the idea of seizing control of Taiwan. Photograph: Getty Images

China has stepped up its military posturing around Taiwan over the past week, a trend that is set to fuel growing concerns that Beijing might move clo(...)

Former lawmaker and barrister Martin Lee is among the seven convicted on charges of organising and participating in an unlawful assembly during massive anti-government protests in 2019. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty

A Hong Kong court has convicted some of the city’s most senior pro-democracy figures, including media mogul Jimmy Lai, of unauthorised assembly during(...)

US president Joe Biden: Can hardly operate a “democracies only” rule for local allies. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

Unborn generations will take some persuading that it all began with washing machines. In three years, the US-China rift has widened from the banalitie(...)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation: “The team . . . expressed the difficulties they encountered in accessing raw data.” Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

The head of the World Health Organisation has criticised China’s sharing of data at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan as the WHO unve(...)

Ellen Keane: ‘You need to ask the question; do you love it enough to give it your all?’. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ellen Keane is an Irish Paralympian swimmer who brought home a bronze medal for her performance in the 100-metre breaststroke in Rio in 2016. Born wit(...)

Although China is considered a valuable market for future Irish beef exports, they have been suspended since last May. File photograph: iStock

The Irish Government and Bord Bia have completed an “intensive series” of virtual trade meetings with China, just as tensions mount following the impo(...)

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