Young performers wearing goat hats take part in a Chinese New Year celebration at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday. The Year of the Goat sees a Hong Kong more divided than ever on how to deal with mainland China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

The Year of the Goat (or Sheep, or Ram, or Ewe) is only a few days old, and people in Hong Kong are speed-walking back to work, while across the borde(...)

Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Chinese New Year is a strange time in Hong Kong. Flat-bed trucks rattle along the streets bearing tangerine trees with little red envelopes stuffed wi(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

Employees work at Alibaba.com Ltd’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

We’ve had the Economist’s Big Mac index for many years now, but statisticians in China from Alibaba’s e-commerce portal believe they may have found a (...)

Unfinished apartment blocks in China: ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting the real estate market in China. Photograph: Reuters

Ghost estates were one of the hallmarks of the property downturn in Ireland; in China, ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting th(...)

Mooncakes: China’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest, marked by the consumption of mooncakes. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Last week was the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, and workers in the manufacturing hub of Dongguan in Guangdong were focused on their traditional moonca(...)

China’s  state health system is under strain.  Photograph: Reuters

China will allow foreign investors to wholly own hospitals in seven cities and provinces, the ministry of commerce announced last week, further openin(...)

Many commuters make the daily trip between the People’s Republic of China into Hong Kong

Crossing the border from Shenzhen into Hong Kong is no longer an exercise in gauging contrasts between the highly developed economy and the fast em(...)

A labourer works beside a logo of Bank of China: report has prompted speculation that the government is getting ready for a new campaign to tighten up capital outflow controls. Photograph: Reuters

It’s not common for the state-owned Chinese Central TV (CCTV) to blow the whistle on an equally powerful government-owned monolith, especially when th(...)

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans at Ly Thai To park in Hanoi. Photograph: EPA/Luong Thai Linh

China has sent four more oil rigs into a disputed area of the South China Sea less than two months after it placed a giant drilling platform in wat(...)