China’s premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with a delegate  during a group discussion at the National People’s Congress in Beijing. The premier said China must do everything possible to promote employment in the province of  Xinjiang. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said development was the key to ensuring stability in the rebellious western province of Xinjiang and urged more employmen(...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Ursula Gauthier, a correspondent from the French news magazine L’Obs, will fly to Paris on December 31st after the Chinese government refused to renew(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China has passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to help decrypt information, but not install security “backdoo(...)

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, works at her desk in her apartment in Beijing. Photograph: Getty

China will force a French journalist who criticised its treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority to leave the country, her employer, the weekly l’Obs n(...)

Chinese police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang demonstrating near the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages.

The trial of one of China’s most high profile human rights lawyers, on charges of inciting ethnic hatred and provoking trouble, lasted just three hour(...)

Soldiers march past  the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, in the restive Xinjiang province, in China, in July 2014. China has increased security in many parts of Xinjiang. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Islamic State has released a slickly-produced recruitment song in Mandarin Chinese calling on followers of Islam in China to take up arms and sacrifi(...)

 Qinghai Lake in China:  environmental researchers are asking  whether the lake is getting bigger due to more rainfall or because the glaciers at the roof of the world are melting faster – a dire foreboding of climate change. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

The herder sets off on his motorbike, a cigarette jammed firmly between his teeth, wearing a bright yellow padded jacket against the cold as (...)

This combination of undated images taken from Islamic State’s online magazine Dabiq purports to show Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad (48) from Oslo, Norway and Fan Jinghui (50) from Beijing, China. IS had demanded ransoms for the two men. Photograph: Dabiq via AP

China has vowed to seek justice after Islamic State killed its first known Chinese hostage in Syria. President Xi Jinping strongly condemned the “cru(...)

A file photograph of armed paramilitary policemen running in formation during a gathering to mobilise security operations in Urumqi, in China’s resitive Xinjiang province, on June 29th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese security forces have killed 17 suspects from three families, including women and children, accused of involvement in an attack that left 50 pe(...)