China’s president Xi Jinping has initiated a moral crusade that has seen TV items involving LGBT content taken off the air. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

A labour arbitration board in southern China will hear what is being described as the country’s first transgender job discrimination case after a man (...)

The files link nine of the country’s most prominent families, including a relative of president Xi Jinping,  to secret offshore companies, mostly based in the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government remained silent on Friday on revelations from the Panama Papers that the families of three of the seven people on the Standing (...)

An undated file photograph released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, shows a North Korean military’s missile firing drill at an unknown location in North Korea. According to media reports quoting South Korea’s defence ministry,   North Korea has fired “several”  short-range missiles into the East Sea. Photograph: Rodong Sinmun South Korea/EPA

North Korea has fired a volley of six short-range missiles into the sea off the country’s east coast, apparently in an act of defiance after the UN S(...)

File photograph of Hebei where five people  have died in a shooting. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Five people have died in a shooting in a village in China’s northern Hebei province, state media reported. Two police officers and the suspected gunma(...)

A protester carries a banner demanding universal suffrage during protests in Hong Kong earlier this week. Photograph:  Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Dressed in black and carrying large black shrouds, thousands of activists marched through Hong Kong at the weekend protesting against the territory’s (...)

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party central politburo standing committee, meeting Chinese women  at the official laying of the foundation stone of the UCD Confucius Institute, which will open in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chinese students now comprise up to 10 per cent of the non-EU student population at UCD, and the proportion is growing, the university revealed yeste(...)

There may be lingering fears of economic slowdown in Hong Kong, but these anxieties are not being felt at the auction houses. Sotheby’s H(...)

China’s former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given the “death penalty with a two-year reprieve” for bribery and abuse of power, a sentence that generally means life in prison. Photograph:  Reuters

A Chinese court has given a suspended death sentence to former rail minister Liu Zhijun, the man behind the country’s high-speed rail project, for his(...)