Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang  at the Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin on Thursday. He was sentenced to life in prison. Photograph: AFP Photo / CCTV

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported. He is the most senior member(...)

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters/Files

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported, the most senior member of the(...)

Zhou Yongkang: he has been accused of a range of crimes ranging from taking bribes to having mistresses to leaking state secrets. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/EPA

While China waits for a trial date for former security chief Zhou Yongkang, an inquiry has yielded evidence that he ordered unauthorised spying on to(...)

Zhou Yongkang, a  once-mighty politician,  is not only the biggest “tiger” – or high-ranking official – to be charged in leader Xi Jinping’s drive, but also the most senior figure in the Communist Party’s history to be indicted on corruption charges. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

China’s former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secret(...)

China’s disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang, accused by the country’s top court in its annual report of ‘trampling on the law’ and causing ‘severe harm’.  Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s Supreme Court has taken aim at the former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang in its annual report, accusing him of “trampling on the law” a(...)

Liu Han, a mining tycoon, who along with four others was executed for leading an organised crime gang. Photograph: EPA

China has executed Liu Han, a gang boss reportedly linked to disgraced former elite politician Zhou Yongkang, as the country’s ongoing corruption cl(...)

One of the rising stars of Chinese banking, Mao Xiaofeng, the youngest-ever president of a listed bank in the country, resigned as head of China Minsheng Bank ‘for personal reasons’.  File photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China’s wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign has made itself felt in every area of public life, so it was perhaps only a matter of time before it tur(...)

Zhou Yongkang: a former oil boss and security tsar who amassed power, he has been at the centre of investigations since July last year. Experts say the inquiry is driven by internal politics not justice. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

At a building site in Changsha, in Hunan province, not far from where Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong comes from, a series of 33 carto(...)

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(...)

The investigation of Ma Jian was the latest demonstration of President Xi Jinping’s drive to consolidate his control of the Communist Party. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

A minister of China‘s Ministry of State Security faces investigation by the Communist Party‘s central anti-corruption agency, the agency announced Fri(...)