A  man blocks a line of tanks  after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

China will commemorate the centenary of the birth of the liberal Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-demo(...)

Miss Canada Anastasia Lin. Photograph: Miss World Canada

The Chinese-born Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, has said that she believes that China is delaying her visa for the Miss World pageant on its southern isl(...)

This image provided by the journal Nature  shows 47 human teeth found in the Fuyan Cave, Daoxian, in southern China. Photograph: S Xing and X-J Wu /AFP Photo/Nature

A trove of 47 fossil human teeth from a cave in southern China is rewriting the history of the early migration of our species out of Africa. The find(...)

The People’s Bank of China in Beijing:  the bank,  the ministry of housing and urban-rural development and the ministry of finance have lowered the downpayment required on a second apartment  to 20 per cent. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

As investors slowly start to count the cost of the recent collapse in the Chinese stock markets and begin to seek other options, the sell-off could dr(...)

Zhou Yongkang: a former oil boss and security tsar who amassed power, he has been at the centre of investigations since July last year. Experts say the inquiry is driven by internal politics not justice. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

At a building site in Changsha, in Hunan province, not far from where Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong comes from, a series of 33 carto(...)

Firefighters and policemen work next to a burnt-out bus after an explosion and a fire following a crash on the Hukun (Shanghai to Kunming) highway in Shaoyang, Hunan province today. At least 38 people were killed. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

At least 38 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a van carrying flammable liquids in southern China, state media reported today, the l(...)

China’s Supreme Court said the crimes of two men found guilty of raping a woman and forcing her into prostitution  were not serious enough to warrant the death sentence. Photograph:  STR/AFP/Getty Images

China’s Supreme Court has annulled the death sentence for two men found guilty of raping and forcing into prostitution the daughter of Tang Hui, who (...)

The 10-month investigation into the three billion yuan (€350 million) worth of suspicious travel and meeting expenses and trade in sexual favours at GlaxoSmithKline is the highest-profile international case since the Chinese government launched its massive crackdown on corruption. Photograph: AP

Chinese police have charged the British former head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline’s China business and other senior colleagues with corruption, after a(...)

A shop selling wigs and headscarves on Jiatong Street, known locally as Cancer Street, in Changsha, in Hunan province. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

In Changsha, a narrow street threads its way between the scrubby fields behind the giant grey Hunan Provincial Tumour Hospital and the equally drab Hu(...)

In China, attention is turning to the main holiday of the year the lunar new year, which this year in Chinese zodiac terms is the Year of the Horse, a(...)