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(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) is welcomed by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Beijing, China. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA

Premier Li Keqiang met Angela Merkel for talks in the Great Hall of the People at the start of the German chancellor’s eighth visit to China, a trip t(...)

Beijing traffic: China has halved sales tax on small cars in a bid to revive flagging economic growth. Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Sitting in the cinema before the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise last week, we were forced to sit through a lengthy series of ad(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang  told  the World Economic Forum  in Dalian that China would “not see a hard landing”. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The headline figures on the world’s second largest economy are likely to induce a fair amount of anxiety. Imports, exports and producer prices are all(...)

Overheating: an investor cools herself as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai. China’s key indices lost a fifth of their value and wiped out nearly all of this year’s gains in six days. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

In January this year, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who is responsible for steering the world’s second largest economy through increasingly choppy water(...)

A damaged building is seen among debris at the site of Wednesday night’s explosions in Tianjin. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

The death toll in the Tianjin explosions has risen to 112 with 95 people still missing, 85 of them firefighters, as premier Li Keqiang visited the si(...)

Foreign currency exchange booth in Hong Kong:  the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week unsettled global financial markets. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The last few weeks, with heavy Chinese government intervention in the stock market and now in the currency markets, have offered a lesson in how th(...)

The yuan dropped 1.7 per cent in domestic trading after the central bank set its reference rate 1.6 per cent lower at 6.3306 per dollar. Photograph: Bloomberg

Markets around the world fell for a second day on Wednesday, with stocks and emerging market currencies all under pressure after China pushed the yuan(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang: Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein – Pool/Getty Images

Producer prices in China fell last month to their lowest level since the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis, and exports floundered, a(...)

Participants at the opening of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

The close of the international climate conference on December 11th could well be a cliffhanger. Newspaper editors may be tempted to prepare alternate (...)