Guo Guangchang: the Fosun chairman  is just the latest in a series of senior business figures to fall foul of a widening dragnet into corruption and abuse of power.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Guo Guangchang, co-founder and chairman of China’s biggest private investment conglomerate Fosun, disappeared for a day and a half earlier this m(...)

Police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang near the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court  on Monday. Photograph: Fred DufourAFP/Getty Images

There were scuffles, and diplomats and journalists were shoved, after the three-hour trial of Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most high-profile human righ(...)

Xu Ming (44), who reportedly died of heart problems at a prison in Wuhan in central Hubei province, China. His family told local media he had no history of such issues. Photograph: Reuters/ China Daily

Chinese tycoon Xu Ming, a former business ally of Bo Xilai and a key witness in the disgraced Communist Party official’s trial, has died in prison of (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s speech is detailed in its praise for traditional modes of art and critical of contemporary art, which he feels lacks morality and depth. Photograph: Bloomberg

At first glance, it looks like an editorial oversight. Chinese official state media publishes, in full, the text of a speech given by president Xi Jin(...)

A 2012 file photograph of Fujian province governor Su Shulin. Photograph: Reuters

The governor of China’s Fujian province is being investigated for corruption. China’s top anti-graft watchdog said Su Shulin (53), former head of the (...)

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters/Files

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported, the most senior member of the(...)

Zhou Yongkang, a  once-mighty politician,  is not only the biggest “tiger” – or high-ranking official – to be charged in leader Xi Jinping’s drive, but also the most senior figure in the Communist Party’s history to be indicted on corruption charges. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

China’s former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secret(...)

China’s disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang, accused by the country’s top court in its annual report of ‘trampling on the law’ and causing ‘severe harm’.  Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s Supreme Court has taken aim at the former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang in its annual report, accusing him of “trampling on the law” a(...)

One of the rising stars of Chinese banking, Mao Xiaofeng, the youngest-ever president of a listed bank in the country, resigned as head of China Minsheng Bank ‘for personal reasons’.  File photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign has made itself felt in every area of public life, so it was perhaps only a matter of time before it tur(...)

Zhou Yongkang: a former oil boss and security tsar who amassed power, he has been at the centre of investigations since July last year. Experts say the inquiry is driven by internal politics not justice. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

At a building site in Changsha, in Hunan province, not far from where Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong comes from, a series of 33 carto(...)