Billionaire Li Ka-shing: his focus is moving towards developed markets such as Europe. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

The investor known as “Superman”, Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing, normally lets adverse comment wash over him, but last week the 87-year-old Hong Kong(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping at the White House. “Xi got to see both sides of that time, which is one reason he’s such an interesting character.” Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

When the pandemonium of the Cultural Revolution erupted, he was a slight, softly spoken 13-year-old who loved classical Chinese poetry. Two years late(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Beijing’s offensive against rights lawyers began on July 9th with the detention of Wang Yu, an attorney known for defending politically sensitive clients including five Chinese feminists detained earlier this year. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – bel(...)

Schoolchildren in Beijing visit the Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, marking China’s second World War victory over Japan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Their brand-name sneakers, Japanese cameras and US sportswear stood in sharp contrast to the worn army boots, rusting rifles and khaki tunics on displ(...)

Construction site in Beijing’s central business district:  report by London-based research house Capital Economics believes that China’s economic growth is being overstated by one to two percentage points because of a glitch in the way the data is calculated. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Economists regularly complain that Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) data is not to be entirely trusted, because they believe political manipulatio(...)

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Four words in a newspaper review of a 400-page biography. That was all it took to send Gavin McCrea on the trail of Lizzie Burns, a cotton worker f(...)

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China’s main state broadcaster CCTV, speaking during a news conference in Beijing on November 21st, 2013. The station said it would punish him after video footage was released  showing him poking fun at China’s founding father, chairman Mao Zedong. Photograph: Reuters

State-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said it would punish a popular TV host after video footage was released online showing him poki(...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  crackdown on  decadent bourgeois pastimes and luxury lifestyles. Photograph: EPA/FENG LI

Once banned as a decadent bourgeois pastime by chairman Mao Zedong, golf enjoyed a brief purple patch during the heady days of the noughties boom, but(...)