Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union  protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Pre-tax inequality in South Africa is as high as it was 20 years ago – and it is the world’s highest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Last week I visited South Africa for the first time in 15 years. In 2000, when euphoria over the transition to democracy gripped the world’s imaginati(...)

Migrant worker Huang Feng (52) with her grandson. She welcomed the decision to drop the one-child policy. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to replace the one-child policy after more than 30 years and allow people to have two children instead probably(...)

Li Yan (L), pregnant with her second child, lies on a bed as her daughter places her head on her mother’s stomach in China, in this 2014 file photo. China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy. Photograph: China Daily/Files/Reuters

China’s ruling Communist Party says it will abandon the One Child Policy of population control after more than three decades, as it aims to kickstart(...)

The lavish military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square yesterday was ostensibly a commemoration of China’s role in the defeat of Japan at the end of(...)

Chinese giant shakes the world

Napoleon described China as a sleeping giant which, when roused from slumber, would shake the world. The great awakening began in the mid-1980s when D(...)

Born a British subject in a malarial tropical backwater in 1923, Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who has died aged 91, created one of (...)

Singapore’s guide

Lee Kuan Yew, who died last week aged 92, was one of Asia’s most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. As prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1(...)

The State funeral procession of late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photograph: Alphonsus Chern/EPA

Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the (...)

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

With a week to go until the National People’s Congress, China’s annual rubberstamp parliament, President Xi Jinping unveiled his latest political slog(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)