Golf was outlawed in China in 2015, as part of  a crack down on corrupton. Photograph: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

China’s ruling Communist Party has softened its hard line on golf, but government officials may not be out of the rough yet if they don’t want to fall(...)

     Kevin Spacey, who plays fictional president Francis Underwood in “House of Cards”:  “They tell me House of Cards is a huge success in China, that the government like it a lot and that for the man in the street Underwood is seen as a man who fights corruption,” he told reporters at the launch of a new series in Paris.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

With the Communist Party’s anti-corruption campaign in full swing, House of Cards has become a huge hit in China. Kevin Spacey, who plays the Machiave(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has overseen a moral crusade in his country. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

On December 31st last director Wang Chao ran a poster on the Weibo social network for his film Seek McCartney, China’s first gay-themed commercial fil(...)

Chinese People’s Liberation Army: China has ordered its military to end all paid services within the next three years as it seeks to focus on modernising its armed forces and eliminating corruption. Photograph:  How Hwee Young/EPA

In the latest bid to clamp down on corruption in public life, China has ordered the army to end all “paid outside work” in the next three years, refer(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Last month, the president visited the three main state propaganda organs and urged them to stick closely to party lines in their reporting. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Pool/Getty Images

Chinese security officials have detained 20 people in connection with the publication on a state-backed website of a letter calling on President Xi Ji(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg braves Beijing’s smog as he runs past Tiananmen Gate. Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009 but Mr Zuckerberg has been lobbying hard to get the social networking site into the potentially lucrative market.  Photograph: Facebook/AFP/Getty Images

As authorities keep tightening the screws on internet freedom in China, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg went jogging on a heavily polluted Tiananmen S(...)

Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s opening of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong

Economic reform will top the agenda at China’s biggest political event, the annual National People’s Congress (NPC), which gathers over 3,000 Communis(...)

Chelsea’s former Brazilian midfielder Ramires is to join Jiangsu Suning.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Transfer deadline day may have been fairly tame in England this year – Pep Guardiola’s bombshell move to Manchester City aside – but in China, the bus(...)

Saudi deputy crown prince and defence minister Mohammed bin Salman  welcomes China’s president Xi Jinping  in Riyadh on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Saudi Press Agency

China’s president Xi Jinping has embarked on a trip to the Middle East, including to bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, during which oil diplomacy w(...)

In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)