In this image made from undated video released by China Central Television Peter Dahlin, a Swedish co-founder of a human rights group, speaks on camera.

The Chinese government has accused a detained Swedish national of operating an unlicensed rights group in China, which “fabricated and distorted” info(...)

Democratic Progressive Party  chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen  during a final campaign rally, in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Clifford Coonan in Taipei On the eve of presidential elections in self-ruled Taiwan, frontrunner Tsai Ing-wen adopted a conciliatory tone saying she (...)

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(...)

This combination of undated images taken from Islamic State’s online magazine Dabiq purports to show Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad (48) from Oslo, Norway and Fan Jinghui (50) from Beijing, China. IS had demanded ransoms for the two men. Photograph: Dabiq via AP

China has vowed to seek justice after Islamic State killed its first known Chinese hostage in Syria. President Xi Jinping strongly condemned the “cru(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage, which is close to completion, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium t(...)

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(...)

The Anthem  website is displayed on a laptop computer for a photograph in Washington. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Several US states are investigating a massive cyberattack on US health insurer Anthem , which according to sources said is being examined for possi(...)

Student protesters walk behind a wreath to commemorate those killed during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, during a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park last night. Photograph: Liau Chung-ren/Reuters.

China has lodged a diplomatic protest over US remarks on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, issuing a sterner rejection of Washin(...)

A shopper stands in front of a mock tank made by university students, imitating those used during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, during an exhibition in Hong Kong. China has defended the crackdown ahead of the 25th anniversary. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square today, the eve of the 25th anniversary, s(...)

A heated dispute between China and the US over cyber spying looked set to step up a gear as China said it would investigate providers of important IT(...)