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(...)

Novice soldiers run along a road during a test of military skills in Heihe in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

President Xi Jinping has announced major structural reforms of the People’s Liberation Army and has said that China’s 2.3-million-member strong armed (...)

A screengrab from the cartoon music video for the rap song ‘The Reform Group is Two Years Old’. Photograph: Vernon D/YouTube/CCTV

In Chinese president Xi Jinping’s latest effort to connect with the smartphone generation, the state-run broadcaster CCTV has released a new cartoon r(...)

In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)

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(...)

A file photo of the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer. The US navy sailed the vessel within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as part of a series of ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises. Photograph: John Hageman/US navy via The New York Times

The prospect of escalation in the stand-off between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea was increased after Beijing said it was prepared t(...)

The lavish military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square yesterday was ostensibly a commemoration of China’s role in the defeat of Japan at the end of(...)

Online footage has shown the Chinese building, on the Fiery Cross Reef in the area, what looks like an airstrip and facilities, which the US navy calls the “Great Wall of Sand”. Photograph: United States Navy via the New York Times

China’s island-building efforts in the South China Sea have got its neighbours rattled and ratcheted up tensions in the region, but a top admiral said(...)

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(...)