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Protesters carrying yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, march on a street in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets for the first major rally since the end of the Occupy campaign.  Photograph: Liau Chung-ren/Reuters

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have returned to the streets of Hong Kong in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s then vice-president Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in  2012. As the world’s largest trading bloc, the EU is an important strategic partner for China. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Reuters

The emergence of China as a major global player over the last two decades has forced the international community to forge a response to the rising pow(...)

A man walks past a sculpture outside the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, in Nanjing. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

From nearly 450m high, near the top of the Intercontinental hotel in the former capital Nanjing, you can look down on the eastern Chinese city’s ancie(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Last month, the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies finally met in a bid to end a diplomatic deep freeze that has shut down political ties and eve(...)

A customer walks through a souvenir store in Beijin. China’s economy continues to perform well in spite of a slowdown, and change contunues at an incredible pace. Photograph: Bloomberg

Thousands of Chinese tourists are walking through the grounds of Prince Gong Mansion, an elegant palace in downtown Beijing, some of them youngsters d(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)

The UCD team that reached the final of the Enactus World Cup in Beijing included, from left: Constantin Lenk, Stephanie O’Malley, Aoife Buckley, Andrea Harvey, Roisín Lee, Patricia Kastner, Eimear O’Donnell and Cian O’Sullivan.

A student team from University College Dublin made it to the final four of the Enactus World Cup, held in Beijing, to honour social and community outr(...)

Beijing: There are about 37,000 foreigners working in Beijing on a permanent basis.  Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The days in which foreigners could just land up in China and get a job teaching English without anyone checking their credentials or qualifications ap(...)

Niall Gibbons: “Our sales mission is a key element of our promotional programme in China, to win a greater share of the three-plus million Chinese visitors who travel to Europe each year.”

Tourism Ireland is teaming up with 18 Irish tourism companies to launch a “blitz” on three major Chinese cities – the capital, Beijing, financial hub (...)

A woman (C) wearing a mask stands besides her bicycle as vehicles stop at a traffic junction on a busy street amid thick haze in Beijing: companies that specialise in making vehicle emissions cleaner are rushing to take advantage of Beijing’s war on pollution. Photograph:  Barry Huang/Reuters

It has been more than a week since the last heavy pollution, with occasional rainstorms keeping the smog at bay, and it is easy to forget the pollutio(...)

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