Pedestrians walk past a share prices board showing the numbers from various world stock markets in Tokyo

European equities rose sharply on Friday, adding to gains made in the previous session on European Central Bank stimulus hints, with bouncing commodit(...)

An employee tests the cameras of OnePlus X smartphones at the OnePlus manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s first official economic report of the year suggested manufacturing weakened for a fifth straight month in December, the longest such streak si(...)

An aerial photograph  of a landslide that hit an industrial park  in Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong province, on December 21st, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

At least 85 people were missing in China on Monday, a day after a giant flow of mud and construction waste spewed out of an overfilled dump and buried(...)

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(...)