Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for  much-belated World Championship gold medals  after cold truths appear to have emerged about the notoriously dominant Chinese women’s distance runners of the early 1990s. File photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for a much-belated World Championship gold medal – possibly even two – after cold truths appear to have emerged about (...)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (left) and his associate Gui Minhai (right)  outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who vanished last month and was believed to have been taken across the border by Chinese security off(...)

A printout showing Lee Bo and four other missing colleagues is displayed in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Any abduction of people from Hong Kong to face charges elsewhere would be an “egregious breach” of Beijing’s promises to rule the former British colo(...)

Among the sites currently blocked in China are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, the New York Times and Bloomberg

Internet freedom was much on the agenda at China’s second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, but there are clearly different readings on what online(...)

A  man blocks a line of tanks  after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

China will commemorate the centenary of the birth of the liberal Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-demo(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: “Singles Day has shown the power of China’s consumers.” Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Sales during “Singles Day”, Jack Ma’s online shopping spree, soared 60 per cent to 91.2 billion yuan (€13.28 billion) last week, leading some to specu(...)

A cast iron Hong Kong post box is seen with British royal cipher in Central District, Hong Kong, China, October 2015. Photograph: Alex Hofford

Hong Kong is currently grappling with one of the key identity issues that post-colonial territories, including Ireland, all have to deal with – what d(...)

Residents look at damage caused by a parcel bomb  in Liucheng county, Guangxi province, China. Police said the attacks were related to a “criminal case”. Photograph: EPA

Police said a series of 17 parcel bomb explosions that killed seven people and wounded dozens more in southwestern China were not “terrorist acts”, as(...)

In April, about $5 million (€4.5 million) was removed from a Ryanair account by electronic transfer via a Chinese bank. The Criminal Assets Bureau in Dublin was asked to assist in its recovery via counterpart agencies in Asia, and the authorities were able to track down the funds, which were reportedly returned. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps it’s the slowing economy, but there has been a rash of reports of high-profile bank scams taking place in China recently. While oversight is i(...)

A Beijing-based guitarist. China’s government is currently waging a moral crusade

China’s ministry of culture has released a blacklist of 120 songs that it believes “trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality”, a(...)