Gao Yu, the Chinese journalist  accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to foreigners, has been jailed for seven years. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

A Chinese court has jailed the 71-year-old journalist Gao Yu for seven years after she was found guilty of leaking an internal Communist Party docu(...)

On a quarterly basis, growth slowed to 1.3 per cent between January and March after seasonal adjustments

Chinese economic expansion cooled to 7 per cent in the first quarter of this year, a figure that exceeded forecasts for a decline below the crucial 7 (...)

Portraits of Li Tingting (top L), Wei Tingting (top R), (bottom, L-R) Wang Man, Wu Rongrong and Zheng Churan are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong last week. Photograph: Reuters

Rights groups in China welcomed the release on bail of five feminist activists who were detained for 37 days for planning protests against sexual hara(...)

China’s vice premier Li Keqiang: his assessment of China’s economic situation, what is known as the “new normal” with a GDP target formally set at about 7 per cent, has sparked jitters among overseas firms. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Premier Li Keqiang’s assessment of China’s economic situation, what is known as the “new normal” with a GDP target formally set at about 7 per cent, h(...)

 A worker producing hygiene supplies in a factory in  China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

This story comes up every couple of years – when will the robots take over in the industrial heartland of Guangdong province? The debate has been spar(...)

Beijing currently has 5.57 million vehicles, which discharge 700,000 tons of pollutants annually. Photograph:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Beijing is stepping up efforts to fight pollution and this includes a new ban from the road on cars and other gasoline-powered vehicles that fail to m(...)

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China’s main state broadcaster CCTV, speaking during a news conference in Beijing on November 21st, 2013. The station said it would punish him after video footage was released  showing him poking fun at China’s founding father, chairman Mao Zedong. Photograph: Reuters

State-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said it would punish a popular TV host after video footage was released online showing him poki(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: ‘I hope that all sides can work hard together, meet each other halfway and create conditions to resume the six-party talks.’ Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

China has urged the six countries involved in talks about North Korea’s nuclear programme to make a concerted effort to create conditions to resume(...)

Fire fighters trying to extinguish a blaze at the chemical plant in Zhangzhou yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Six people were hospitalised and hundreds of emergency workers were deployed to deal with a series of explosions at a controversial chemical plant i(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)