UnionPay: its days of domination may be under threat after a complaint in 2012 by the United States to the World Trade Organisation

The Chinese payment system UnionPay, operated by the People’s Bank of China and owned by the about 85 domestic banks, which dominates the credit card (...)

Troubling times: checking stock prices recently in Nanjing, China. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

One aspect of the recent stock market turmoil has been the manner in which the Chinese government intervened to support the market, with many players (...)

A survey by Vinexpo showed that, by 2018, Chinese wine consumption will grow by a further 24.8 per cent

Chinese enthusiasts made up the largest number of visitors at the world’s leading wine and spirits exhibition, Vinexpo 2015 in Bordeaux, with visitors(...)

Employees at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

In the competition between China and India over the past few years for the title of Asia’s Greatest Economic Prospect, China’s infrastructure, organis(...)

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

China’s recent equity market crash and subsequent rocky recovery has investors worried about too much volatility, although most analysts believe the m(...)

An investor adjusts his glasses as he looks at a computer screen in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China. Photograph:  China Daily/Reuters

For a few days last week, the world held its breath as the Chinese stock market plunged. The data made for heady reading: China’s market lost 15-times(...)

The People’s Bank of China building in Beijing. The World Bank urged China to quicken the pace of reform

In many ways, the stock market’s woes have come at a particularly difficult time with the World Bank calling on China to reform. In its China Economic(...)

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(...)

An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, July 10, 2015. Photo: Reuters

China’s key stock index continued its rebound for a second consecutive day on Friday on the back of a raft of government support measures, although co(...)

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song 0:58

There were splashes of intermittent rain and the air was muggy around the Shanghai Stock Exchange on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River, but the cli(...)