Chinese soldiers attending a winter training session in freezing temperatures in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.  “The parade is aimed to “enhance Chinese people’s sense of pride and confidence by showing off the Chinese army’s morale and armaments,” the People’s Daily says. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning – bought from the Ukraine for €17m

Xu Zengping says he has not received any money from the Chinese government

Li Keqiang, China’s premier. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Li Keqiang tries to soothe fears of a hard landing in world’s second-biggest economy

Xi Jinping, China’s president: pay rise.

The pay increase for civil servants is the first public hike since 2006

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

Crackdown on virtual private networks prevents users accessing full internet

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

Asia’s richest man and former ‘Superman’ portrayed negatively as ‘tiger’ speculator

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.

‘Democracy is dead in Thailand, along with the rule of law’, says former leader

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

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