A basket vendor in Kunming, Yunnan province passes by red lanterns serving as decorations to celebrate the Chinese new year. Photograph: Reuters

On February 8th, China will celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The monkey is famously a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal, and anybody trying to(...)

Chinese traders got an unexpected and unwelcome extended new year break after shares tumbled. Photograph: Reuters

China’s stock markets normally open from 9.30am until 3pm, with a civilised 90-minute break for lunch, but this week has seen much shorter sessions in(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang  told  the World Economic Forum  in Dalian that China would “not see a hard landing”. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The headline figures on the world’s second largest economy are likely to induce a fair amount of anxiety. Imports, exports and producer prices are all(...)

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China, with researchers estimating that the half-bil(...)