Neil Heywood and Gu Kailai. The wife of a former high-profile Chinese politician, Gu murdered Mr Heywood to try to prevent a scandal concerning millions of dollars in real estate being held in an offshore account.

For months, Gu Kailai worried about a secret that threatened to upend her comfortable life and stop her husband’s climb to the top rungs of China’s p(...)

Guo Guangchang: the Fosun chairman  is just the latest in a series of senior business figures to fall foul of a widening dragnet into corruption and abuse of power.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Guo Guangchang, co-founder and chairman of China’s biggest private investment conglomerate Fosun, disappeared for a day and a half earlier this m(...)

Xu Ming (44), who reportedly died of heart problems at a prison in Wuhan in central Hubei province, China. His family told local media he had no history of such issues. Photograph: Reuters/ China Daily

Chinese tycoon Xu Ming, a former business ally of Bo Xilai and a key witness in the disgraced Communist Party official’s trial, has died in prison of (...)

Champagne soirée: China’s newly-rich are often “cursed” if they make rich lists. photograph: kim kyung-hoon/reuters

You can see why China’s army of newly-rich tycoons like to keep their profiles low. Zong Qinghou, China’s second-richest man, was injured in a knife a(...)

It was China’s trial of the century, the former Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, charged with taking nearly 27 million yuan (€3.32 million) in(...)

From left: former Chongqing police chief and Bo protege Wang Lijun; former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai; Bo’s estranged wife Gu Kailai. Photographs: Jinan Intermediate People’s Court/handout via Reuters

The prosecution has demanded severe punishment for disgraced senior Communist Party cadre Bo Xilai at the end of China’s trial of the century , an unu(...)

The trial has concluded of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai (centre), pictured along with former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (left), who first told Bo that the latter’s wife Gu Kailai (right) had probably murdered British business Neil Heywood. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended this morning, saying his “whimsica(...)

Bo Xilai, left,  speaks to Jinan intermediate people’s court during his corruption trial.  Photograph: video via AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai described his wife Gu Kailai as “insane” after video testimony in which she described how political favours and (...)

Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing Communist Party chief who is on trial, speaks in this still image  from  video provided by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court which was recorded at an unknown location and screened today during Bo’s trial in Jinan, Shandong province. Photograph: Jinanzhongyuan/Reuters

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai labelled his wife insane today after she testified at his landmark trial that he knew of money and a villa in the (...)

Bo Xilai stands on trial at the court in eastern China’s Shandong province on Thursday. Photograph: AP/Jinan Intermediate People’s Court

Bo Xilai, the purged one-time rising star of the Chinese Communist Party, struck a combative note on the first day of his trial in the eastern city of(...)