The Department of Foreign Affairs: organised training and briefing programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of government officials, leading Communist Party cadres and executives from state-owned enterprises from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing(...)

Sanpower chairman Yuan Yafei said he would open a flagship “Oriental Fraser” store in Nanjing next year, four franchise stores in Russia and two in Abu Dhabi over the next two to three years. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sanpower chairman Yuan Yafei plans to bring House of Fraser to Russia and the Middle East following his company’s takeover of the UK department store (...)

Take 3: futuristic hotels

Miura Hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic Miura.cz Giant figures by sculptor David Cerny lean against and sit on this sleek hotel giving the sharp, (...)

Former deputy health minister Huang Jiefu (centre) and his colleagues  pay  silent tribute to a deceased patient who was willing to donate her organs at a hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, last year. China plans to end its controversial practice of using the organs of executed prisoners for transplants around the middle of next year. Photograph: Reuters

China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, plans to end the controversi(...)

“The preponderance of facts tells us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish,” said China’s president Xi Jinping in November. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

When He Shen, the most corrupt official of the Qing dynasty, was ousted after 24 years as a court favourite of Emperor Qianlong, investigators discove(...)

Also taking note of the growing Chinese domestic consumption market are the pharmacy giants Alliance Boots and the US firm Walgreen, which recently bo(...)

A vendor puts chickens into a plastic bag at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, today. Chinese authorities reported four new cases  of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans that has already killed two people. Photograph: Reuters

China has identified two new cases of a new strain of bird flu, and one of the victims has died, in the eastern city of Hangzhou, state media s(...)