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

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)

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

At a building site in Changsha, in Hunan province, not far from where Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong comes from, a series of 33 carto(...)

Yang Tianrong (left), a retired soldier who has been fighting local officials, attempts to evict residents from their homes in Beidaihe, China, last month. Two years into a sweeping government anti-corruption campaign, many people remain pessimistic. Photograph: Drew Jacobs/The New York Times

The word came down yesterday from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an arcane organisation orchestrating a massive campaign against co(...)

Slowing population growth has fuelled fears of a demographic time bomb in China, the world’s most populous nation with 1.34 billion people, and the working population is slowly beginning to shrink, threatening economic growth. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China’s family planning policy, known as the one-child policy, has been controversial in the 3½ decades since it was introduced, with many young Chine(...)

Jimmy Lai, the outspoken founder of the Next Media group. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Masked assailants in Hong Kong fire-bombed the house and corporate headquarters of Jimmy Lai, the outspoken founder of the Next Media group who has be(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

 A group of visitors to Beijing’s Military Museum pass a missile: World Trade Organisation says China’s export controls on rare earths, used in missiles, are illegal.  Photograph: Natalie Behring/Reuters

The World Trade Organisation says China’s export controls on rare earths are illegal and the 15-year quota system must now be abandoned, the state age(...)

A BMW dealership in  Shanghai: BMW dealers in China overstocked their showrooms on expectations of rapid expansion. Photograph: Kevin Lee/Bloomberg

Just how valuable is the China market to western car-makers? Germany’s BMW has just agreed to pay out 5.1 billion yuan (€690 million) to its distribu(...)

Pro-democracy lawmakers open yellow umbrellas during a legislative council meeting as a gesture to boycott the government in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Pro-democracy lawmakers raised yellow umbrellas and walked out of a debate on political reforms in Hong Kong after the government insisted it would s(...)

Yang Weize, latest senior party cadre to be arrested, was taken away from the coastal city by train by investigators from outside the area. Photograph: Reuters

The Communist Party chief of the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing is the latest senior cadre to be investigated for corruption under President Xi Jinpi(...)