China’s president Xi Jinping shakes hands with Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph:  Parker Song/GettyImages

China’s president Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an “old friend” on Tuesday, as China’s fore(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter durat(...)

 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(...)

President Xi Jinping: his government has taken a hard line on human rights and dissent and human rights defenders are regularly rounded up in frequent crackdowns. Photograph:  Ria Novosti/Host Photo Agency/Getty Images

Chinese police have detained or questioned more than 50 human rights lawyers and defenders in a widening crackdown on activists, according to repor(...)

Amid tensions between the two countries, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi began her visit to China on Wednesd(...)

Veteran Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo: the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was imprisoned for dissent. Photograph: Reuters/Will Burgess

Without any warning that a white paper would be coming, China’s cabinet, the State Council, issued a fiercely upbeat government report yesterday, sa(...)

Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters 0:51

Divers have pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship in China and are preparing to rescue at least four more, state broadcaster CCTV(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and China’s president Xi Jinping attend a documents-signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

As western leaders have one by one refused invitations from Vladimir Putin to today’s Russian Victory Day parade, there has never been any question th(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping receives flowers from a Pakistani girl after arriving at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi.  Mr Xi  arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.77 billion. Photograph:  AFP/Press Information Department, Pakistan

China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday for his first state visit to Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of €42.(...)

The entrance to Shanghai Free Trade Zone. It was introduced nearly two years ago, but the trade zone concept has so far failed to take off in a meaningful way. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

As growth slows, reforming the business environment in China has become a plank of the government’s strategy to keep the economy on track, and Preside(...)