A woman takes a ‘selfie’ near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where the 12th National People’s Congress gets under way in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s National People’s Congress gets under way on Thursday and the annual talking shop is set to approve a 10 per cent increase in the defence budg(...)

Champagne soirée: China’s newly-rich are often “cursed” if they make rich lists. photograph: kim kyung-hoon/reuters

You can see why China’s army of newly-rich tycoons like to keep their profiles low. Zong Qinghou, China’s second-richest man, was injured in a knife a(...)

Also attending the World Economics Forum in Dalian was Chinese property tycoon Wang Jianlin, who revealed that his Wanda group has a war chest of €3.7(...)