US attorney general Eric Holder said five Chinese officials have been charged with espionage and trade secret theft. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The US has charged five Chinese military officials with hacking into major US companies to steal trade secrets in the first US criminal prosecutions a(...)

A pro-democracy protester holds a portrait of Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, during a protest to call for the freeing of Chinese dissidents  in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has called for the release of jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo and for his wife Liu Xia’s extra-legal ho(...)

The tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. China said yesterday it had monitored two unarmed US bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of its declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. Photograph: AP/Kyodo News.

Tensions in the East China Sea escalated on Wednesday after the Chinese government said it had monitored two American B-52 bombers that flew over its (...)

Legal adviser Lan He is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at a court ahead of a verdict hearing of Li Tianyi, in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters

A Chinese court jailed the teenage son of two celebrity army singers for ten years on Thursday for gang-raping a woman in a case that has fanned resen(...)

A policeman tries to stop a television news crew from running towards the court where the appeal verdict of Liu Hui was announced in the Huairou district of Beijing yesterday. A court rejected an appeal by Liu Hui, brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, upholding his 11-year sentence on fraud charges. Photograph: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

A Chinese court has thrown out an appeal by the brother-in-law of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, upholding his 11-year s(...)