Zhou Yongkang: he has been accused of a range of crimes ranging from taking bribes to having mistresses to leaking state secrets. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/EPA

While China waits for a trial date for former security chief Zhou Yongkang, an inquiry has yielded evidence that he ordered unauthorised spying on to(...)

Megopolis: a model of the Manhattan-inspired Yujiapu Financial District, in Tianjin. Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/Bloomberg
Little trouble in big China

What’s cooking in China? Only the greatest realignment of effort in human history. At the downhill end of Castle Street in the Co Limerick village of (...)

A woman (C) wearing a mask stands besides her bicycle as vehicles stop at a traffic junction on a busy street amid thick haze in Beijing: companies that specialise in making vehicle emissions cleaner are rushing to take advantage of Beijing’s war on pollution. Photograph:  Barry Huang/Reuters

It has been more than a week since the last heavy pollution, with occasional rainstorms keeping the smog at bay, and it is easy to forget the pollutio(...)

A relative of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries at a Beijing hotel where families gathered yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Above the din of jostling television crews and camera flashes, a shrill wailing could be heard from behind the double doors of the Metropark Li(...)

Number plates are like gold dust in Beijing these days. Restrictions on the number of licence plates was introduced because Chinese cities are among t(...)

It was China’s trial of the century, the former Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, charged with taking nearly 27 million yuan (€3.32 million) in(...)