China’s president, Xi Jinping: “Socialist culture and art is, in essence, the culture and art of the people.” Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The purpose of art is to serve socialism and the people, President Xi Jinping said this week, a stark reminder of China’s undimmed Communist credentia(...)

People gather for a candlelit vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Unlike in mainland China, Hong Kong can freely mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Photograph: Reuters

China’s annual bout of state-enforced, collective amnesia went into overdrive yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on democracy (...)

Director Oliver Stone: “We need to see the history, to talk about great figures like Mao and the Cultural Revolution”. Photograph: Getty Images

The outspoken American film director Oliver Stone caused a stir among officials at the Beijing Film Festival yesterday (...)

An unfinished residence that belongs to former People’s Liberation Army general Gu Junshan, who has been charged with corruption,  according to state news agency Xinhua. Photograph: Reuters

Former People’s Liberation Army general Gu Junshan has been charged with corruption, the Xinhua news agency r(...)

Xiaomi Corp. M1 smart phones running the MIUI operating system are displayed at the company’s headquarters in Beijing, China

In so many ways, the look of the National People’s Congress is old school, a throwback to the heady days of the Cold War with its red flags, it(...)

Members of gay rights group LGBT Rights Advocacy China hold signs beside a protest doll outside a clinic in Beijing which offers “sexual reorientation” services in the belief they can cure homosexuality. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

Glossy wedding photographs adorn the wall in the Yanzhi bar in West Jiefang Street in Changsha, where young women are drinking cocktails and ca(...)

Ji Wenlin, a former aide to retired Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang, is being investigated for corruption, the government said. Photograph: Reuters.

A former aide to retired Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for corruption, the government said, the latest move target(...)

A radio item on Newstalk breached the broadcasting code of fairness, objectivity and impartiality, the regulator said. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

An “attack” by Newstalk Breakfast presenters on Taoiseach Enda Kenny after he declined to take part in an RTÉ debate on the Seanad referendum breac(...)

 Seamus Costello made several visits to the Chinese embassy in Paris in 1964, seeking  military aid, help with training for guerrilla warfare and coaching in the use of printing presses for the distribution of propaganda.

On September 16th, 1964, Seamus Costello of the Irish Republican Army stood outside the door of the newly opened Chinese embassy in Paris, bearing a l(...)

Tang Ruiren, the great-aunt of Mao Zedong, poses in front of a photograph of her family. “Everybody learns Mao’s ideology,” she says. “The situation changes continuously, but socialism keeps moving forward.”

Grandma Tang Ruiren is gearing up for a major celebration to mark the 120th anniversary of chairman Mao Zedong’s birth in his hometown of Shaoshan on (...)