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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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Boris Johnson:   “Those who call for a new cold war on China or for us to sequester our economy entirely from China are, I think, mistaken. We have a balance to strike, we needed to have a clear-eyed relationship.” Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Taiwan spent a decade from the mid-1980s transitioning from an authoritarian one-party state to a liberal democracy. Driven by pressure from its middl(...)

US president Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan Bill with vice-president Kamala Harris looking on, in the Oval Office, in the White House, on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills / EPA/ POOL

US president Joe Biden will host a joint meeting with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia on Friday, as the new administration seeks to counterb(...)

  Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying  stands outside the West Kowloon court buildings  after being released on bail in Hong Kong, China, on Friday. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

China’s parliament is poised this week to pass a draconian new Hong Kong election law that will sharply reduce the proportion of democratically electe(...)

A large-scale pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong on January 1st, 2020. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

China’s top lawmaking body has formally unveiled plans to ensure only “patriots” can govern Hong Kong, as Beijing tightens its grip on the city with e(...)

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