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(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping  and premier Li Keqiang  press buttons to vote during the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress  at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

During the only news conference the Communist Party leadership gives on a regular basis, premier Li Keqiang used a graphic description for China’s eff(...)

China’s  minister for foreign affairs Wang Yi arriving for a press conference at the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. The NPC is to consider introducing the country’s first press law.   Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), is considering introducing the country’s first press law. The law would regulate all (...)

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

With a week to go until the National People’s Congress, China’s annual rubberstamp parliament, President Xi Jinping unveiled his latest political slog(...)

Xi Jinping, China’s president: pay rise.

For the first time since 2006, Chinese president Xi Jinping and the other six members of the top tier of the ruling Communist Party, the Politburo Sta(...)