Pedestrians walk past a share prices board showing the numbers from various world stock markets in Tokyo

European equities rose sharply on Friday, adding to gains made in the previous session on European Central Bank stimulus hints, with bouncing commodit(...)

Screen grab taken from Chinese state broadcaster CCTV shows Gui Minhai, a Swedish national and co-owner of publisher Mighty Current in Hong Kong, speaking in an interview broadcast on January 17th, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the European Union to sanction China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV and the official (...)

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province

Chinese economic growth fell to 6.9 per cent in 2015, its lowest level in 25 years, matching expectations but adding to a picture of slowdown in the w(...)

South Korean protesters attend an anti-North Korea rally on Thursday in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea’s test of a possible hydrogen bomb has escalated regional tensions, with South Korea and the United States discussing ways to deploy stra(...)

Chinese traders got an unexpected and unwelcome extended new year break after shares tumbled. Photograph: Reuters

China’s stock markets normally open from 9.30am until 3pm, with a civilised 90-minute break for lunch, but this week has seen much shorter sessions in(...)

A printout showing Lee Bo and four other missing colleagues is displayed in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Any abduction of people from Hong Kong to face charges elsewhere would be an “egregious breach” of Beijing’s promises to rule the former British colo(...)

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Ursula Gauthier, a correspondent from the French news magazine L’Obs, will fly to Paris on December 31st after the Chinese government refused to renew(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China has passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to help decrypt information, but not install security “backdoo(...)

Guo Guangchang: the Fosun chairman  is just the latest in a series of senior business figures to fall foul of a widening dragnet into corruption and abuse of power.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Guo Guangchang, co-founder and chairman of China’s biggest private investment conglomerate Fosun, disappeared for a day and a half earlier this m(...)

Police push away journalists and supporters of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang near the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court  on Monday. Photograph: Fred DufourAFP/Getty Images

There were scuffles, and diplomats and journalists were shoved, after the three-hour trial of Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most high-profile human righ(...)