China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

There are more than 300 million smokers in China. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

The brother of Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Li Keming, has been removed as deputy head of China’s powerful state tobacco monopoly, the Xinhua news agen(...)

Christian activists Julia and Kevin Garratt: the couple from Vancouver have lived in China since 1984 and opened their coffee shop in Dandong in 2008. Photograph: Simeon Garratt/AFP/Getty

After months of being held without charge, a Canadian national has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of “stealing and prying into state se(...)

China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning – bought from the Ukraine for €17m

One of the most entertaining stories to come out of China in recent months has been a mighty yarn in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper ab(...)

A Chinese man works at Yanxiang Electronic Science and Technology, a private enterprise in the northern city of Tianjin. Photograph: Guang Niu/Reuters

China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in 2014 as property prices cooled and companies and local governments struggled under heavy debt (...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

Still from The Empress of China: authorities have been on a crusade to introduce greater modesty and morality into public life in China

The historical costume drama The Empress of China, pulled from Chinese televisions screens for “technical reasons” believed to be related to its rac(...)

A life-size cut-out of China’s president Xi Jinping among tents and shelters of pro-democracy students at the Occupy Hong Kong camp in the Admiralty district this week. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

While the People’s Republic of China tends to dominate the headlines due to its sheer scale, the greater China story also includes the former crown co(...)

Women wearing traditional Uighur clothes in the city of Kashgar in the Chinese Xinjiang province. The mostly Muslim Uighurs share very close linguistic and cultural links to Central Asia and resent the Han Chinese. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters

A view of tall trees and low walls encircling this oasis city is the first sign that the high-speed train has reached Hami in the Gobi desert, in the (...)

Kenyan men work  on a road being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company: China has played a crucial role in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

The crucial role China has played in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years has become so pronounced that western countries now see it a(...)