Jack Ma is China’s richest person with a net worth of $25 billion. Photograph:  Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

The Hurun Rich List has long been dominated by real estate tycoons, but internet billionaires make up five of China’s 10 richest p(...)

A man who has just bought an iPhone 6 from an Apple store, resells the newly-released smartphone to another man outside the store in Hong Kong recently. According to the people buying the phones outside the store, they are planning to sell their newly-purchased phones in mainland China. Photograph: Tyrone siu/Reuters

It came as quite a surprise when Apple unveiled its latest model without revealing a Chinese launch date

 Liu Tienan during his trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Langfang, Hebei province. Photograph: CCTV via Reuters TV

Liu Tienan charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes

While everyone in mainland China can technically communicate by writing characters, Mandarin is a tough language for many to learn

China has seven major dialects and each is difficult for people outside their cachement areas to understand

Hong Kong police use tear gas for the first time  to disperse pro-democracy protests and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Thousands protest against Beijing move to restrict electoral reform

The weekend violence came amid growing anger after a court in the regional capital sentenced Uighur academic Ilham Tohti  to life in prison for separatism. Photograph: Reuters

At least dozen killed and scores injured in weekend violence in troubled province

A flashlight that also functions as an electric shock device is displayed in a security equipment shop in Beijing. Photograph: EPA

130 firms involved in trade that fuels human rights abuses in Africa and Asia, agency reports

Uighur academic Ilham Tohti sits during his trial on separatism charges in Urumqi. The EU, US and UN called for his release on Tuesday after he was jailed for life. Photograph: Reuters

International calls for release of Ilham Tohti after harshest sentencing of dissident in years

 Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma   at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Photograph:   Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Online retailer sells more than Amazon and eBay put together

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