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US consul general in Shanghai James Heller plays table tennis during a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Ping-pong diplomacy’,  in Shanghai on April 10th. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP

There are hot wars that have been less exhaustively dramatised than the cold one. Thirty years after the USSR fell, I walk into one of the District of(...)

Fifty people have been confirmed dead after a packed express train carrying almost 500 passengers and crew slammed into a truck near the eastern city of Hualien on Friday. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Taiwan’s minister of transport said on Sunday he would step down after he and the manager of a construction site whose truck slid on to rail tracks ca(...)

Rescue workers remove  part of a derailed train in Taiwan. Photograph: Chiang Ying-ying/AP Photo

A Taiwan court has released on bail the manager of a construction site whose truck, authorities believe, caused a train crash that killed at least 51 (...)

The Isle of Man has three times as many deaths from Covid-19 as Taiwan – in absolute numbers. Photograph: iStock

Maybe when this is all over, we can address one of the great questions that hangs over responses to the pandemic in the West. It is the question of ra(...)

China’s expert group on Covid-19 speaks at a media briefing in Beijing last week. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

 For weeks before she left China, Yvonne Murray had been waiting for the knock on the door. “One morning, I woke up when it was still dark, hours(...)

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(...)

 handout photo made available by Hualien Speedy News  shows passengers being rescued from the derailed train in Hualien county, eastern Taiwan on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Hualien Speedy News/Handout

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday after hitting a truck that had slid down a bank onto the track, killing a(...)

Foxconn’s remarks follow a warning from Samsung Electronics about a ‘serious imbalance’ in global supply and demand of chips. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

The global shortage of electronics components is worsening and is expected to last until next year, Apple supplier Foxconn has said, suggesting the sh(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP

Facebook will build two submarine cables connecting the US with Indonesia for the first time as the Silicon Valley group boosts its focus on the world(...)

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