Ups and downs: stock-market prices at a Chinese securities firm. Photograph: AFP/Getty

It is almost too hot in the sun in Sanlitun, Beijing’s upscale shopping and nightlife sector. Here a hefty percentage of the capital’s citizens, enric(...)

Overheating: an investor cools herself as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai. China’s key indices lost a fifth of their value and wiped out nearly all of this year’s gains in six days. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

In January this year, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who is responsible for steering the world’s second largest economy through increasingly choppy water(...)

The aftermath of the chemical warehouse explosion in Tianjin: at least 145 were killed in the blast  this month. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese prosecutors have formally detained 12 people over deadly blasts in the northeastern city of Tianjin this month that killed at least 145 peo(...)

 Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed  on August 25th at 17,806.70, down 733.98 points, while the US dollar traded in the upper 191 yen range. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/EPA

To the obvious delight of global stocks, which rebounded on the news, but too late to rescue Chinese stocks which fell for a second day to close down (...)

China crisis: an investor at a brokerage house in Shanghai yesterday. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

The vertigo-inducing declines in stock prices were chalked down as China’s Black Monday. The country’s benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, clo(...)

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded outside the Erawana shrine in central Bangkok

The bomb that devastated the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok recently can be expected to have an effect on an economy previously seen as almost invu(...)

A damaged fire truck at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin, the world’s 10th largest port. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The emergency may have eased at the port of Tianjin in northeastern China, but economic activity there has yet to get back to normal days after the de(...)

Caged rabbits, placed by the authorities as a test of the living conditions near the site of last week’s blasts in Tianjin. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

More than a week after two massive explosions at a chemical warehouse tore into the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin, officials are still trying (...)

Bomb-damaged Brahma statue at the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok. Photograph: Jerome Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Thai officials say this week’s Bangkok shrine bombing was likely planned by at least 10 people, including some foreigners, but is not believed to have(...)