A protester wearing a mask of missing bookseller Lee Bo sits in a cage during a protest against the disappearances of booksellers in Hong Kong, on January 10th. Photograph:  Vincent Yu/AP

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday its law enforcement officials would never do anything illegal, especially not overseas, after the United Sta(...)

Wang Baoan took over as head of the National Bureau of Statistics in April last year, having earlier been deputy finance minister. Photograph: Reuters

The recently installed head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Wang Baoan, is being investigated for “severe disciplinary violation”, acc(...)

George Soros speaks in an interview at the World Economic Forum  in Davos, Switzerland last week. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

George Soros, the man who famously broke the pound, has been warned off going to “war on the renminbi” by ­Beijing, as China’s authorities again ­con(...)

File photograph of Peter Dahlin, a human rights worker from Sweden, in Beijing in April 2014. Photograph: Jonah Kessel/The New York Times

China has released and expelled the Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin who was detained on subversion charges earlier this month as part of a br(...)

A worker controls a tapping of a blast furnace at Europe’s largest steel factory of Germany’s industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG in the western German city of Duisburg. Photograph: REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

And so it comes around again, the European Commission’s occasional, passionately argued debate on whether the European Union should recognise China as(...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: if the Republican candidate is elected president, the US could lurch towards a weird mixture of unilateralism (kick their asses and ask questions later) and isolationism (withdrawing into a nativist fantasy world with no Mexicans, no Muslims and no international obligations). Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich

Could this be the year of the unthinkable? Let’s be apocalyptic for a moment and consider six things that just might happen this year: 1. The Europea(...)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (left) and his associate Gui Minhai (right)  outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who vanished last month and was believed to have been taken across the border by Chinese security off(...)

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 (...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)