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(...)

An investor walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

China stocks ended lower in a volatile session on Tuesday, even as Beijing pledged to lend further support after stocks sank 8 per cent in the previo(...)

Neil Sorahan, chief financial officer of Ryanair Holdings, during a Bloomberg Television interview in London, yesterday. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The Shanghai stock market saw the second-biggest fall in its history yesterday , posing a dilemma for the Chinese authorities which have taken unprece(...)

Sisters play on their parents’ electric scooter in Beijing. China’s one-child policy has been in place for more than three decades, but facing the consequences of a dwindling workforce and a rapidly ageing population, Beijing has been loosening the rules in recent years.  Photograph: Greg Baker/afp/Getty Images

Thirty-five years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “time bomb”, (...)

Mark Kitto: readers warmed to  his independent editorial approach

“I guess I have a stubborn streak and am not afraid of a scrap,” Mark Kitto says, reflecting on his time as an independent magazine publisher in China(...)

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

China’s recent equity market crash and subsequent rocky recovery has investors worried about too much volatility, although most analysts believe the m(...)

As China stocks tumbled by 30 per cent in less than a month, around 1,500 listed companies, more than half the market, suspended their own stocks in a bid to sit out the rout. Photograph: Reuters.

Hundreds of mainland China stocks were suspended during a market plunge from mid-June in a development that could lead to disputes between banks and c(...)

An investor holds a board showing “government saves the market so that investors will be happy” at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

China stocks, led by small caps, extended their recovery for a third day yesterday, raising hopes that measures taken by Beijing to prevent a full-blo(...)

President Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent and human rights defenders are regularly rounded up in frequent crackdowns. Photograph:  Ria Novosti/Host Photo Agency/Getty Images

Chinese police have detained or questioned more than 50 human rights lawyers and defenders in a widening crackdown on activists, according to repor(...)

Waves  hit  the sea shore in Wenling in east China’s Zhejiang province as Typhoon  Chan-Hom makes landfall. Photograph: EPA

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee as Typhoon Chan-hom hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai with winds of up to 160km/h. Hundreds o(...)