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A man wearing a medical gown makes sure all visitors wear face masks in the lobby of a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan on December 11th. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

The change in Taipei was subtle but apparent. Within hours of authorities announcing Taiwan’s first community transmission of Covid-19 since April, mo(...)

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Makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells about a global shortage of chips, which is causing manufacturin(...)

Kazuo Odachi at his home in Tokyo. “Of course, death was a certainty if this happened, but at least we would take the enemy with us.”  Photograph:  Noriko Hayashi/The New York Times

For more than six decades, Kazuo Odachi had a secret: At the age of 17, he became a kamikaze pilot, one of thousands of young Japanese men tasked to g(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2017.  Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A dissident once branded Enemy No 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the US presidential election(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping waits for US president Donald Trump in Japan in 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times.

China’s president Xi Jinping has publicly congratulated Joe Biden on being elected US president, leaving Russia’s Vladimir Putin among a handful of wo(...)

Intel headquarters in Leixlip, Co Kildare: First established  in 1989, it is now one of its eight chip-fabrication sites worldwide. Intel has thrived in part due to the mantra of “only the paranoid survive”. Photograph: James Forde

If you’ve owned a PC sometime over the last 30 years, you will be familiar with the blue and silver “Intel Inside” sticker. Even if you have not, you (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

Apple said it had stopped giving ‘new business’ to Pegatron, its second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn. Photograph: Getty Images

Apple has reprimanded one of its largest manufacturers after a Financial Times investigation found that thousands of student interns had worked overti(...)

A man reads a local newspaper showing a photograph of newly elected US president Joe Biden, in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

World leaders welcomed Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance co-operation on climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and other (...)

“Ninety-nine point nine per cent of the parts I replace are made in China or Mexico or Taiwan,” says Greg Houghland. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Smoke from burning petroleum and dust rise high into the still air as the deafening sound of drag racing cars reverberates into the Indiana night. De(...)

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