China’s president Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent. Photograph: Joseph Nair/EPA

Torture and forced confessions are still common in China despite judicial reforms, and lawyers who complain about abuse are often detained, Amnesty I(...)

Time of change: an Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirt is printed in Rangoon. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty

What is significant about last weekend’s elections? These are the first national elections in Burma since the junta that has ruled this southeast Asia(...)

A  woman wearing a mask is reflected in a glass panel on a smoggy day in Beijing on Wednesday.  Beijing’s environmental protection bureau warned of poor air quality that could continue in the coming days. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

China has issued 155 coal-fired power plants, generally blamed as one of the chief reasons for the country’s dire pollution problems, environmental pe(...)

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and actor Daniel Craig pick some ‘Singles Day’ winners.

James Bond and President Frank Underwood were among the big salesman on China’s Singles Day, the world’s biggest online shopping bonanza, as e-commerc(...)

Miss Canada Anastasia Lin. Photograph: Miss World Canada

The Chinese-born Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, has said that she believes that China is delaying her visa for the Miss World pageant on its southern isl(...)

Supporters of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate as they look at the official election results outside the National League of Democracy headquarters in Rangoon. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Burma’s Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked set to defy the powerful military to take power after a major election win, but there are questio(...)

Jameson: one of the Irish whiskey companies taking part in the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair

Hong Kong is a great city for whiskey. In August this year, a full set of 54 bottles of Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series of whiskies went on sale, and one b(...)

Singapore: named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index. Photograph:   REUTERS/Edgar Su

Asia Briefing comes from Singapore this week, which has just been named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index, whic(...)

Supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) celebrate in Mandalay. Photograph: Hkun Lat/AP

Nobel prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi looks set to win the first elections in Burma for years by a landslide, as had been widely expected. But analysts(...)

Presidents    Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan (left) and  Xi Jinping of China  in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

It was the lengthy handshake between the two leaders that grabbed the headlines, but the talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Presi(...)