China is upgrading its internet system to block virtual private networks, which allow full internet access and override China’s online censorship. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

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Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-shing: “the really big tiger of the Chinese real estate sector”. Photograph: EPA/Alex Hofford.

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Yingluck Shinawatra: during nearly three years in power, there was always a question of how much of a pawn she was of her brother, former prime minister Thaksin. Photograph: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images.

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Commuters in Beijing can now  use their smartphones to read  classic texts provided by the National Library of China Beijing commuters can use their smartphones to read classic books

Initiative will offer subway passengers the chance to read classic books for free

The IMF expects mainland GDP growth in China to slow to 6.8 per cent in 2015 and to 6.3 per cent in 201. Photograph: Claro Cortes/Reuters

Economists speak of ‘new normal’ about getting world’s second largest economy on a more sustainable track

An employee adjusts a price tag at a supermarket in Anhui province, China. China is on a relentless drive towards a consumption-led economy, sparked largely by the trends of middle-income consumers

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This year’s Shanghai Auto Show, due to run in April, will be less revealing than ever, at least as far as the employment of models is concerned. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Scantily clad models banished in crackdown on prurience

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Asia Briefing: narrow economy built on finance and property has added to city’s difficulties

Zhou Yongkang: a former oil boss and security tsar who amassed power, he has been at the centre of investigations since July last year. Experts say the inquiry is driven by internal politics not justice. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Communist elite’s purges seen by some as pretext for removing rivals

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