The “rumour-mongering” arrests come after China’s stock market has seen huge losses since it peaked in mid-June, and worries about economic growth have added to jitters. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

China has arrested nearly 200 people for online rumour-mongering about the country’s stock market collapse and the recent fatal chemical factory explo(...)

The aftermath of the chemical warehouse explosion in Tianjin: at least 145 were killed in the blast  this month. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese prosecutors have formally detained 12 people over deadly blasts in the northeastern city of Tianjin this month that killed at least 145 peo(...)

A Beijing-based guitarist. China’s government is currently waging a moral crusade

China’s ministry of culture has released a blacklist of 120 songs that it believes “trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality”, a(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping, with his wife Peng Liyuan: some commentators say he  may not turn up at the Communist Party gathering in the seaside town of Beidaihe. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The atmosphere surrounding the annual closed-door meeting of China’s Communist Party leadership at Beidaihe seems tentative this year. It’s not clear (...)

In Hong Kong, tens of thousands joined a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Photograph: Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images

In one of the more extreme examples of how tense things can get on the anniversary of the June 4th, 1989, massacre of pro-democracy protesters, even r(...)

Malaysian security forces discovered a total of 139 graves, most containing several sets of remains, at 28 human trafficking camps near the Thai border. The identifies of the victims was not yet known, whether they are Rohingyas or Bangladeshis, as exhumation works had just begun. The discovery of the mass graves comes amid international outcry over the thousands of Rohingya refugees thought to be adrift in South-East Asian waters. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA 1:14

Malaysian police have begun the grisly process of exhuming the bodies of migrant workers held in jungle camps by human traffickers, while many more mi(...)

Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida (left), South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met for the first time in nearly three years in Seoul on March 21st, in an effort to calm regional tensions. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Images

The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China have agreed to hold talks to try to improve ties between the three regional powerhouses, which(...)

Christian activists Julia and Kevin Garratt: the couple from Vancouver have lived in China since 1984 and opened their coffee shop in Dandong in 2008. Photograph: Simeon Garratt/AFP/Getty

After months of being held without charge, a Canadian national has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of “stealing and prying into state se(...)

Pro-democracy lawmakers open yellow umbrellas during a legislative council meeting as a gesture to boycott the government in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Pro-democracy lawmakers raised yellow umbrellas and walked out of a debate on political reforms in Hong Kong after the government insisted it would s(...)