Bi Fujian, an anchor of China’s main state broadcaster CCTV, speaking during a news conference in Beijing on November 21st, 2013. The station said it would punish him after video footage was released  showing him poking fun at China’s founding father, chairman Mao Zedong. Photograph: Reuters

State-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said it would punish a popular TV host after video footage was released online showing him poki(...)

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s annual parliament to step up the process of reform, including reform of China’s national defence forces, as(...)

Chinese military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the National People’s Congress on  in Beijing, China.  Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, got under way on Thursday, with the country’s premier, Li Keqiang, pledging t(...)

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(...)

The investigation of Ma Jian was the latest demonstration of President Xi Jinping’s drive to consolidate his control of the Communist Party. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

A minister of China‘s Ministry of State Security faces investigation by the Communist Party‘s central anti-corruption agency, the agency announced Fri(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping wait for the start of a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Tuesday. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

As the People’s Liberation Army honour guard marched by in the Great Hall of the People, every one at least 1.9m (6ft 2in) in height, the presidents o(...)

A customer walks through a souvenir store in Beijin. China’s economy continues to perform well in spite of a slowdown, and change contunues at an incredible pace. Photograph: Bloomberg

Thousands of Chinese tourists are walking through the grounds of Prince Gong Mansion, an elegant palace in downtown Beijing, some of them youngsters d(...)

Police and pedestrians are reflected on the  window of a shop selling souvenirs bearing the pictures of China’s President Xi Jinping (left) and former leaders in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China’s ruling Communist Party ended a four-day meeting of its powerful Central Committee yesterday, outlining a raft of legal reforms, including mak(...)

Children wearing yellow ribbons sit in front of donated bottled water on the fifth day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters wearing yellow ribbons gathered on the streets of downtown Hong Kong for a seventh day of their campaign push(...)

Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, today. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A carnival atmosphere prevailed as thousands of pro-democracy protesters, wearing yellow ribbons, gathered on the streets of downtown Hong Kong for a (...)