The sight of a masked Chinese president, Xi Jinping, greeting workers in Beijing’s Chaoyang district yesterday as they returned to work after the lunar new year holiday, his first public appearance in weeks, was designed to inspire confidence
Earlier this week President Vladimir Putin announced plans to amend Russia's constitution so he will, when he is obliged to stand down as president in 2024, retain power. Moscow's parliament was informed though not consulted on measures that mean Putin's two decades of autocracy will not end when he resigns.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, open societies were triumphant and international co-operation became the dominant creed. Thirty years later, however, nationalism has turned out to be much more powerful and disruptive than internationalism, writes
Apple has joined Dell, Microsoft, HP and Intel in opposing US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among the $300bn (€268bn) in Chinese goods targeted for a 25% tariff increase on July 2 when the consultation period for public comment ends.
Last Sunday was one of those days when Croke Park began to look its age. The bucket seats on the Lower Cusack Stand sat a faded shade of bluey gray and the concrete holding up any sporting edifice takes on a gloomy hue when the sky spits and coats the walls with damp.
One of the star speakers at yesterday’s anti-Trump demonstrations in London was the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who — faithful to his 30-year career as a protestor — declined an invitation to attend the Buckingham Palace banquet normally held for state visits.
It is not too hard, in this season of pantomime rehearsals, to imagine a script from those masters of the netherworld just beyond the sober, grind-and-queue lives most of us lead — the Coen brothers — constructing a conversation between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The great filmmakers might contrive to have those unchallengeable leaders discuss the difficulties facing other world leaders.
China’s growing value and importance for the Irish economy was further underlined, this week, by pharmaceutical giant WuXi Biologics choosing Ireland — and Dundalk, in particular — as the location for its first manufacturing site outside of China.