A paramilitary policeman carries a baby in his arms after an earthquake hit Ludian county of Zhaotong, Yunnan province today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province has toppled thousands of homes, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.About(...)

A Uygur boy carries a tray of  bread on his head. Ancient ethnic divisions resonate strongly in Xinjiang province, and more than 100 people have died in the past year in violence caused by growing tensions between the two biggest ethnic groups in the area, the Turkic-speaking Uighurs and the Han Chinese. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a strange sight. The man with greying red hair, high cheekbones, a long nose and ginger beard is in a display case in a museum in Urumqi, the cap(...)

A man puts up a wreath outside Kunming railway station after the knife attack on Saturday that killed 29 civilians and left scores injured. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Chinese police have captured the remaining three suspects in Saturday’s knife attack on a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming tha(...)

An injured man is seen lying in a hospital bed after a knife attack at Kunming railway station in China’s Yunnan province. Photograph: Reuters

Witnesses to chilling violence at a Chinese train station placed under heavy security today recalled moments of fear and chaos after at least 2(...)

Police patrol on a street after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan province. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

At least 27 people have been killed and 109 injured after a group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in south-western China, accord(...)

A man  runs away from a fire at the Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la county, Yunnan province. Photograph: Reuters

A 10-hour inferno has razed an ancient Tibetan town in the tourist area of Shangri-la China’s south-west Yunnan province.There is no immediate report(...)

A €1.9 billion pipeline that will ship oil and gas from Burma to energy-hungry China began operations last week in southwest China, a crucial element (...)

Police forces from 11 provinces were involved in the operation to break up a massive network of child trafficking across China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Chinese police rescued 92 abducted children and detained 301 suspects in the latest operation to crack down on the country’s chronic problem of child (...)

An aerial view of the 185m-high Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, which would be dwarfed by the planned Shuangjiangkou hydropower project on the Dadu River. Photograph: Reuters

China’s environment ministry has approved the construction of what will be the country’s tallest hydroelectric dam despite conceding that the n(...)

The commercial and shopping district in Kunming, Yunnan province.

This week’s Asia Briefing comes from Kunming, in the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan, where one of the first sights to greet you on arriva(...)