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 French president Emmanuel Macron and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the deck of Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in May 2018. File photograph: Brendan Esposito/AFP via Getty Images

Smarting from Australia’s dumping of a deal with France, the European Union laid out its own plans on Thursday to beef up a presence in the Indo-Pacif(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and then Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (centre) standing on the deck of HMAS Waller, a submarine operated by the Royal Australian Navy, at Garden Island in Sydney in 2018. Photograph: Brendan Esposito/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

China has hit out at Australia, the UK and US for playing “geopolitical games” after they struck a new security pact to let Canberra acquire nuclear-p(...)

Tara Duffy and her daughter, Moy Duffy McHugh, during the Lunar New Year festival in Taiwan in February 2021

Tara Duffy was born in the United States to Irish and Chinese parents; she moved to Kinvara, Co Galway, with her partner, J, and daughter, Moy, in 201(...)

A health worker administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine   at a vaccination centre in Taipei, Taiwan.  Photograph: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg

Taiwan has reported zero community cases of Covid-19 for the first time since its biggest outbreak began in May, killing more than 800 people. “The l(...)

Teachers grading  papers for the gaokao college entrance exam at Nanjing University in  Jiangsu Province,  China. Photograph:   Yang Suping/VCG via Getty Images

The additional lessons Wang Gang bought to help his only child prepare for China’s rigorous university exam, or gaokao, were not cheap. In addition to(...)

Man riding bicycle through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan province. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty

At least 25 people have died in China’s flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital Zhengzhou, and mor(...)

Hundreds of Haitians gather in front of the US embassy in the hope that they will be granted a visa to leave their country. Photograph: Orlando Barria/EPA

Haiti’s interim government has asked the US to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilise the country and prepare the way fo(...)

China’s emergence as a major political and economic actor is a central fact of current world affairs. It is a signal transformation for most of its ow(...)

Election banner of Sunny Cheung: Cheung thinks the political crackdown on civil society will likely continue in Hong Kong, as Chinese president Xi Jinping tries to use it  to maintain the legitimacy of his rule over China. Photograph: Chan Long Hei

Last September, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Sunny Cheung was due in court for a case related to his participation in a banned vigil the previous (...)

Inclusion on the ‘white list’ means US residents may travel without restrictions across the bloc. File photograph: iStock

The European Union lifted travel restrictions for US residents, despite concerns over the spread of potentially dangerous coronavirus variants. EU go(...)

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