Reorganising: The cuts of around 300,000 troops will reduce the ranks of the PLA to around two million members –  down from 6.27 million at the time of the 1949 revolution. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

China has embarked on the biggest shake-up in years of the world’s largest standing army; the People’s Liberation Army. The Communist Party le(...)

 Qinghai Lake in China:  environmental researchers are asking  whether the lake is getting bigger due to more rainfall or because the glaciers at the roof of the world are melting faster – a dire foreboding of climate change. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

The herder sets off on his motorbike, a cigarette jammed firmly between his teeth, wearing a bright yellow padded jacket against the cold as (...)

Chinese journalist Gao Yu has suffered heart problems during her detention. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a case that has been condemned by human rights defenders, a Beijing court has upheld the conviction of the veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

China’s outbound direct investment to Africa totalled €1.12 billion in the first half of this year

One casualty of slower growth in China has been the country’s trade with Africa. During the boom years, China frantically courted African nations to g(...)

A woman looks at handbags on sale at a shop in Beijing:  Growth in China’s industrial production, a measure of output at factories, workshops and mines, fell to a six-month low in October. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

There have been a number of bearish reports on the outlook for China’s economy of late, mostly focusing on slowing economic growth and the prospects f(...)

This combination of undated images taken from Islamic State’s online magazine Dabiq purports to show Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad (48) from Oslo, Norway and Fan Jinghui (50) from Beijing, China. IS had demanded ransoms for the two men. Photograph: Dabiq via AP

China has vowed to seek justice after Islamic State killed its first known Chinese hostage in Syria. President Xi Jinping strongly condemned the “cru(...)

A file photograph of armed paramilitary policemen running in formation during a gathering to mobilise security operations in Urumqi, in China’s resitive Xinjiang province, on June 29th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese security forces have killed 17 suspects from three families, including women and children, accused of involvement in an attack that left 50 pe(...)

A  man blocks a line of tanks  after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

China will commemorate the centenary of the birth of the liberal Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-demo(...)

Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi: Russia has been hit by sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine while India has not performed as brightly as expected. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

So farewell to the Brics. Well, to be more accurate, we can say goodbye to the Goldman Sachs fund named for the handy acronym penned by its then chief(...)