Bo Xilai, once a contender for the top leadership in the world’s second-largest economy, was ousted last year as Communist Party chief in Chongqing, in China’s biggest political scandal in two decades, following the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Photograph:  Reuters/Jason Lee

China’s “trial of the century” could begin within weeks with purged politburo member Bo Xilai facing charges of bribery, abuse of power and embezzleme(...)

An anti-government protester stands in front of artillery tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989, at the height of the pro-democracy protests. Chen Xitong was mayor of Beijing at the time of the crackdown, and was subsequently promoted to Beijing party secretary and made a Politburo member. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Widener

There was bitter poetry in the timing of the death of disgraced former mayor of Beijing, Chen Xitong, after reports of his death began to emerge ju(...)

A subway in Shanghai yesterday where a TV  screen shows   China's newly elected president  Xi Jinping. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In the months leading up to the National People’s Congress, which yesterday appointed Xi Jinping as president, the Xinhua n(...)