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

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

Foreigners make up less than 0.2 per cent of city’s population

Onboard Hong Kong’s MTR: the city’s mass transit rail network is generally on time, clean and efficient. photograph: mike clarke/afp/getty images

The projects will be built in phases from 2018 to 2026

 Thousands of university students from across Hong Kong attend the start of a week-long boycott. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

China had said it would limit nominations for election of chief executive

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Sentence handed down after one-day trial behind closed doors

Ilham Tohti.  The trial of the economics professor on charges of promoting separatism has sparked fears of human rights abuses in the far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Economics professor denied access to lawyers

A protester carries a banner demanding universal suffrage during protests in Hong Kong earlier this week. Photograph:  Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Tensions growing over universal suffrage

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  reform plan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Overseas businesses push back against what they see as unfair antitrust enforcement by Beijing

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