The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

China, the world’s second-largest economy, may not be growing as quickly as it was a couple of years ago but its number of super-rich keeps rising s(...)

A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping receives flowers from a Pakistani girl after arriving at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi.  Mr Xi  arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.77 billion. Photograph:  AFP/Press Information Department, Pakistan

China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.(...)

A delegate from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region speaks during the Xinjiang delegation meeting on the sideline of the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 10th. A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man this week for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while his wife was given two years for wearing a burka. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

A Chinese court has jailed a Uighur man for six years for growing a beard in defiance of local government rules aimed at combating extremism, while hi(...)

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s annual parliament to step up the process of reform, including reform of China’s national defence forces, as(...)

Women wearing traditional Uighur clothes in the city of Kashgar in the Chinese Xinjiang province. The mostly Muslim Uighurs share very close linguistic and cultural links to Central Asia and resent the Han Chinese. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters

A view of tall trees and low walls encircling this oasis city is the first sign that the high-speed train has reached Hami in the Gobi desert, in the (...)

Xi Jinping samples an Irish coffee while visiting a   farm in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, during a visit to Ireland in  2012. China’s president has never lacked the common touch. Photograph: Maxwell’s/Reuters

China’s president, Communist Party boss and army chief Xi Jinping bolstered his credentials as a world leader during the recent gathering of Asia-Paci(...)

Armed policemen patrol near the exit of a railway station in Urumqi, Xinjiang, after a bomb and knife attack in May, 2014, in which  three people were killed and 79 wounded. The use of capital punishment to combat separatist attacks in Xinjiang has caused an increase in the rate of executions carried out by Beijing. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

China executed about 2,400 people in 2013 and will execute the same number this year, as the use of capital punishment to combat separatist attacks in(...)

Tourists visit a park near Karamay, in China’s Xinjiang province. Xinjiang has long been a destination for Chinese travellers, but mounting reports of ethnic riots and terror attacks have severely hurt tourism here. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Twenty-two people were killed when four Uighur assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a market in Xinjiang province last week, as ethnic(...)

Uighur academic Ilham Tohti sits during his trial on separatism charges in Urumqi, Xinjiang region last week. A series of attacks occurred in Xinjiang  two days before the Beijing-based scholar was jailed for for separatism, sparking an international outcry. Photograph: CCTV via Reuters.

The death toll from violence that erupted in China’s turbulent far western region of Xinjiang last weekend was raised to 50 from two, state media repo(...)