President Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against dissents and scores of activists, writers and artists have been rounded up in recent months. Photograph: EPA/Takaki Yajima.

Shen Yongping made the documentary even though he was warned he could face jail

Shanghai Tang: sells fashion and other items inspired by the Shanghai of the 1930s

Luxury market still growing in China

People buy their breakfast at a roadside snack booth in Beijing:  China’s consumer inflation slowed more than expected in September to a near five-year low, adding to concerns that global growth is cooling fast unless governments take bolder measures to shore up their economies. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

New study bearish on China’s long-term outlook

Unfinished apartment blocks in China: ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting the real estate market in China. Photograph: Reuters

Local governments keep adding to territory to generate income

Apple’s iPhone 6 went on sale in China earlier this month. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Latest incident in Apple’s mixed fortunes in China

A portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong with a credit card sticker: Tie Liu, a 81-year-old writer, whose real name was Huang Zerong, spent over 20 years in prison as a “rightist” during Mao’s campaign. Photograph: Kevin Frayer

Tie Liu charged with illegal business activities and creating a disturbance

Pro-democracy protesters gather on a main street they occupy at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

United Nations Human Rights Committee urges China to allow open elections

Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung: “There’s room to make the nominating committee more democratic.” Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Protestors and government officials hold first talks after political crisis

 A construction site in Beijing’s central business district. China’s gross domestic product expanded 7.3 per cent from a year ago in the third quarter, compared with 7.5 per cent in the second quarter and 7.4 per cent in the first quarter of this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

Falling property prices, weak demand and lower industrial production weigh on economy

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