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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the ground-breaking ceremony of a construction project in Pyongyang. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP via Getty Images

By carrying out two provocative weapons tests in the past week, North Korea appears to be seeking to project a sense of strength just at a moment when(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi (left) and foreign policy official Yang Jiechi (second left) face US national security adviser Jake Sullivan (right) and secretary of state Antony Blinken (second right)  at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 18th. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The US is concerned that China is flirting with the idea of seizing control of Taiwan as President Xi Jinping becomes more willing to take risks to bo(...)

Iain Duncan Smith was among the individuals sanctioned by China. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA/File

China has imposed sanctions against UK politicians, lawyers and academics over criticism of its mass internment campaign in Xinjiang, the latest salvo(...)

Television screens show file footage of North Korea’s missile test. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty

North Korea has conducted its second significant weapons test in the past week, raising one of the first big foreign policy challenges for President J(...)

China’s ambassador to France, Lu Shaye. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty

France has summoned Lu Shaye – the Chinese ambassador to Paris seen as one of Xi Jinping’s aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomats – to protest against “i(...)

Tiananmen, Gate of Heavenly Peace, Beijing.

Irish universities have been forging closer links with China over recent years as they try to boost their private income against a backdrop of declini(...)

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab: Abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang represent “one of the worst human rights crises of our time”. Photograph:  PA Wire

The US, EU, UK and Canada have imposed sanctions on China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims in a co-ordinated move that sparked an immediate retali(...)

Police officers stand next to Jim Nickel, the charge d’affaires of the Canadian embassy in Beijing, as he stands outside the court   during the trial of Michael Kovrig, a Canadian detained more than two years ago in China on espionage charges. Photograph: Nicolas Asfori/AFP/Getty

Canadian diplomats were denied entry to the trial of a former colleague on espionage charges in China, as more than two dozen western countries expre(...)

Sandstorm in Beijing: cyclists in the Chinese capital pictured on Monday amid heavy smog. Photograph: Noel Celis / AFP

Image of the week: Dusty city Despite Tourism Ireland’s best efforts to light up everything green, Beijing and other parts of northern China were bus(...)

Officials including US secretary of state Antony Blinken (second on right) and Yang Jiechi (second on left), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The first high-level meeting between the Biden administration and Chinese leadership descended into an ill-tempered war of words, as secretary of stat(...)

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