Grandfather Zhen Qingchun, who has  seven grandsons, aged 11 to 20: “Our situation is very common. The parents go away to work, the older generation takes care of them. You have to make money, and you usually can’t take your children with you.”  Photograph: Clifford Coonan

A dozen elderly people, some wearing the blue tunics and black slippers of Mao Zedong’s more doctrinaire era, are waiting in the rain beneath a bus sh(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Last month, the president visited the three main state propaganda organs and urged them to stick closely to party lines in their reporting. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Pool/Getty Images

Chinese security officials have detained 20 people in connection with the publication on a state-backed website of a letter calling on President Xi Ji(...)

Vaccine scandal: Food and drug safety is an key issue in China and public confidence in domestic products has been badly undermined. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has weighed in on a scandal involving the sale of €80 million worth of improperly stored or expired vaccines against mening(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

Superbugs thought to have spread from animals have smashed through the last line in antibiotic defences and now pose a global threat, scientists say. (...)

Trees are blown by Typhoon Mujigae on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. Photograph: Reuters

Typhoon Mujigae has killed at least nine people and injured hundreds more, with many fishermen missing in their boats since it made landfall in Zhanji(...)

The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

China, the world’s second-largest economy, may not be growing as quickly as it was a couple of years ago but its number of super-rich keeps rising s(...)

Firefighters clean up the debris after a fire at a rehabilitation centre for the elderly in Sanlihe village of Pingdingshan, Henan province. Photograph: Reuters

Thirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China’s central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in(...)

 A worker producing hygiene supplies in a factory in  China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

This story comes up every couple of years – when will the robots take over in the industrial heartland of Guangdong province? The debate has been spar(...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  crackdown on  decadent bourgeois pastimes and luxury lifestyles. Photograph: EPA/FENG LI

Once banned as a decadent bourgeois pastime by chairman Mao Zedong, golf enjoyed a brief purple patch during the heady days of the noughties boom, but(...)