Neil Heywood and Gu Kailai. The wife of a former high-profile Chinese politician, Gu murdered Mr Heywood to try to prevent a scandal concerning millions of dollars in real estate being held in an offshore account.

For months, Gu Kailai worried about a secret that threatened to upend her comfortable life and stop her husband’s climb to the top rungs of China’s p(...)

China has condemned the Panama Papers as a western conspiracy and its censors have restricted access to coverage of the leaked documents, which show o(...)

Life in the fast lane: “Some of the ‘fuerdai’ have a crush on the life of luxury ... they drive Bentley, Maserati, Porsche and so on”

When news broke online that Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, had spent €350,000 in a single night at a karaoke bar in Beijing, (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said a pro-reform speech by Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, northeast(...)

Premier Li Keqiang is the Chinese leader tasked with co-ordinating the programme of economic reform that is the main plank of the new leadership’s pol(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi: “We need alternative – and better – ways of storing energy.”

Energy. If you don’t have it where and when you need it, you could soon be in trouble. Trinity scientist Prof Valeria Nicolosi reckons that we could s(...)

Bo Xilai, once a contender for the top leadership in the world’s second-largest economy, was ousted last year as Communist Party chief in Chongqing, in China’s biggest political scandal in two decades, following the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Photograph:  Reuters/Jason Lee

China’s “trial of the century” could begin within weeks with purged politburo member Bo Xilai facing charges of bribery, abuse of power and embezzleme(...)