Director Oliver Stone: “We need to see the history, to talk about great figures like Mao and the Cultural Revolution”. Photograph: Getty Images

The outspoken American film director Oliver Stone caused a stir among officials at the Beijing Film Festival yesterday (...)

Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Guo Yongxiang, a former deputy governor of Sichuan province and a senior aide to retired Communist Party security tsar (...)

Protestors holds signs   in Taipei, Taiwan rally. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on today as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathe(...)

 Chinese migrant workers in  rural Qingdao city, eastern China. China aims to expand its cities   by allowing millions more rural residents to migrate to urban jobs. Photograph:  Wu Hong/EPA

Economists focused on the longer term in China have long seen the country’s astonishing urbanisation process as the reason why the economy is s(...)

Former Communist Party leader Bela Biszku listens to judge Szabolcs Toth (top 2nd L) during his trial in Budapest today. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters.

A former senior Communist Party official went on trial in Hungary today charged with war crimes over the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet up(...)

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is seen on a monitor broadcasting coverage of the opening session of the NPC in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong fell to a three-week low as the national legislature began its annual meeting and concern mounted that the country may be facing its first onshore corporate bond default.  photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

The Chinese government set an economic growth target for the year of 7.5 per cent at the country’s annual parliament last week, and since then (...)

Delegates representing ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the sessions of National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Delegates in the red-draped Great Hall of the People in central Beijing for China’s tightly choreographed annual parliament, the National Peopl(...)

An injured man is seen lying in a hospital bed after a knife attack at Kunming railway station in China’s Yunnan province. Photograph: Reuters

Witnesses to chilling violence at a Chinese train station placed under heavy security today recalled moments of fear and chaos after at least 2(...)

Editorial staff members of Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper display their front page with the headline about former editor Kevin Lau, who was seriously assaulted. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper has offered reward of HK$1 million ( €94,200) for information about an attack on its former editor and influenti(...)

Assembling the ingredients for traditional mince pies can prove a headache in China, and we spent hours scouring markets and local shops(...)

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