A sculpture at the Memorial Hall of Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, China. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Japan took its long war with China over history into unchartered territory this week when it threatened to stop funding Unesco. The trigger was a deci(...)

A sculpture  at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, China. China applied to Unesco to list material relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and wartime sex slavery the Memory of the World programme. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Tensions between China and Japan are intensifying again after Beijing accused Tokyo of trying to block China’s application to Unesco to list material (...)

Billionaire Li Ka-shing: his focus is moving towards developed markets such as Europe. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

The investor known as “Superman”, Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing, normally lets adverse comment wash over him, but last week the 87-year-old Hong Kong(...)

Children at Chongshan primary school in southern China’s Guangxi. One head teacher told the BBC website that Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

No talking. No questions. Study hard. Obey teacher. Secondary school kicks off with morning exercises at 7am and ends with a trudge homewards at 7pm f(...)

 The financial district of Pudong in Shanghai: officials from the city travelled to Ireland as part of China’s Senior Officials Training Programme. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The current crackdown on extravagance and corruption has made overseas travel for government officials in China a lot more difficult than it used to b(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

The Solar Impulse 2 flies over Nagoya Airport after taking off in Toyoyama, near Nagoya in Japan. Photograph: AP

A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the tou(...)

Local residents pray at a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the passengers of the sunken cruise ship on the Yangtze River, at a public square in Jianli, Hubei province, China, on Thursday. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Distraught relatives of the nearly 400 passengers still missing from the capsized cruise ship in the Yangtze River have clashed with authorities, dema(...)

Rescuers trying to find survivors from a cruise ship that sank in the Yangtze River cut into the ship’s hull as hopes faded of finding more people alive. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China has pledged that there would be “no cover-up” of an investigation into the sinking of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River, which has left 65 peo(...)

Rescue workers are seen next to the capsized passenger ship Eastern Star in the Yangtze river. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images 0:51

Scores of divers searched a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly tourists, as the(...)