State-owned Chongqing Iron and Steel Co was the worst performing of China’s big steel mills last year. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

The cherished Iron Rice Bowl, the job for life with benefits under the communist system, is under threat in China as monolithic state firms make wrenc(...)

Labourers work on the scaffolding of a construction site at an industrial zone in Beijing, China, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Clifford Coonan in Beijing China’s economy expanded by the slowest rate in seven years in the first quarter of this year, but upbeat readings from th(...)

A job fair  at Shandong University in  China. Slower economic growth in China, worsening producer price deflation and a generally chillier global environment has prompted the Manila-based Asian Development Bank to cut its growth forecasts for developing economies in Asia.

Slower economic growth in China, worsening producer price deflation and a generally chillier global environment has prompted the Manila-based Asian De(...)

Vaccine scandal: Food and drug safety is an key issue in China and public confidence in domestic products has been badly undermined. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has weighed in on a scandal involving the sale of €80 million worth of improperly stored or expired vaccines against mening(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gesturing during a press conference after the closing session of the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Getty Images

China’s premier Li Keqiang struck a conciliatory tone on regional disputes during his annual news conference at the end of the National People’s Congr(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang points a finger at a journalist during a press conference. He has said China-US relations will continue to develop regardless of who wins the US presidential election in November. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images.

China-US relations will continue to develop regardless of who wins the US presidential election in November, China’s premier Li Keqiang said on Wedne(...)

China’s premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with a delegate  during a group discussion at the National People’s Congress in Beijing. The premier said China must do everything possible to promote employment in the province of  Xinjiang. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said development was the key to ensuring stability in the rebellious western province of Xinjiang and urged more employmen(...)

China’s  Li Keqiang:  The premier said Hong Kong’s economic development would be ‘elevated’ by Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China’s political leadership took aim at Hong Kong and Taiwan at the country’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress yesterday, urging Ho(...)

Delegates attend the opening of the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Delivering the Communist Party’s annual work report to China’s annual National People’s Congress, premier Li Keqiang said the world’s second largest e(...)

Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s opening of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong

Economic reform will top the agenda at China’s biggest political event, the annual National People’s Congress (NPC), which gathers over 3,000 Communis(...)