Beijing: China plans to link up the capital with the nearby city of Tianjin and the neighbouring province of Hebei into a city that will be as big as Uruguay and have a population of 100 million people. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China’s urbanisation programme is the foundation on which the country’s economic boom has been built, and the reason why analysts are not too worried (...)

A worker smoking during a break at a demolition site in Beijing. Data shows that about 1.5 million people die from smoking-related diseases every year in China, where there are 300 million smokers. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

If at first you don’t succeed . . . China, the world’s heaviest smoking country, will launch its latest attempt to stop people smoking on Monday when (...)

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(...)

Liu Zhenmin, vice-foreign minister of China, has summoned the Burmese ambassador to Beijing after a Burmese aircraft dropped a bomb on Chinese territory. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/EPA

China has summoned the Burmese ambassador for a meeting in Beijing after a bomb from a Burmese aircraft fell in Chinese territory and killed four Chin(...)

Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in  Beijing on Tuesday. Since coming to power in March 2012, Mr Xi has come down hard on press freedom. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Getting a foreign journalist visa in China was easier last year than in previous years, according to a survey by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of C(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

Protesters carrying yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, march on a street in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets for the first major rally since the end of the Occupy campaign.  Photograph: Liau Chung-ren/Reuters

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have returned to the streets of Hong Kong in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s then vice-president Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in  2012. As the world’s largest trading bloc, the EU is an important strategic partner for China. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Reuters

The emergence of China as a major global player over the last two decades has forced the international community to forge a response to the rising pow(...)

A man walks past a sculpture outside the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, in Nanjing. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

From nearly 450m high, near the top of the Intercontinental hotel in the former capital Nanjing, you can look down on the eastern Chinese city’s ancie(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Last month, the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies finally met in a bid to end a diplomatic deep freeze that has shut down political ties and eve(...)