Residents look at damage caused by a parcel bomb  in Liucheng county, Guangxi province, China. Police said the attacks were related to a “criminal case”. Photograph: EPA

Police said a series of 17 parcel bomb explosions that killed seven people and wounded dozens more in southwestern China were not “terrorist acts”, as(...)

Two students at Beijing University delvier their contribution to the video praising  Xi Jinping. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Handsome, wise, humble, charismatic and resolute, the list goes on. A propaganda video showing foreign students enthusing about President Xi Jinpin(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

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 (...)