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(...)

Police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang near the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court  on Monday. Photograph: Fred DufourAFP/Getty Images

There were scuffles, and diplomats and journalists were shoved, after the three-hour trial of Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most high-profile human righ(...)

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 (...)

Yang Tianrong (left), a retired soldier who has been fighting local officials, attempts to evict residents from their homes in Beidaihe, China, last month. Two years into a sweeping government anti-corruption campaign, many people remain pessimistic. Photograph: Drew Jacobs/The New York Times

The word came down yesterday from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an arcane organisation orchestrating a massive campaign against co(...)

A customer walks through a souvenir store in Beijin. China’s economy continues to perform well in spite of a slowdown, and change contunues at an incredible pace. Photograph: Bloomberg

Thousands of Chinese tourists are walking through the grounds of Prince Gong Mansion, an elegant palace in downtown Beijing, some of them youngsters d(...)

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former state security chief. Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

Speculation has resurfaced that Zhou Yongkang, China’s former state security chief, is being probed as part of an anti-corruption crackdown, with repo(...)

Bo Xilai  stands as the decision of his appeal is announced at the Shandong Higher People’s Court in Jinan. Photograph: Reuters.

As had been widely expected, purged senior Chinese official Bo Xilai lost his appeal against a life sentence for corruption. Making his final public (...)

Former China’s Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai.

A provincial court in Jinan has given permission for purged former top Communist Party official Bo Xilai to appeal his conviction for bribery, embezzl(...)

A screen shows  Chinese politician Bo Xilai beign jailed for life at the  Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A Chinese court has convicted fallen politician Bo Xilai of corruption and sentenced him to life in prison, capping one of the country’s most lurid po(...)

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(...)