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 (...)

 Protesters attend a rally organised by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Pro-democracy activists vowed today to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right(...)

People gather for a candlelit vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Unlike in mainland China, Hong Kong can freely mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Photograph: Reuters

China’s annual bout of state-enforced, collective amnesia went into overdrive yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on democracy (...)

US attorney general Eric Holder speaks as he announces indictments against Chinese military hackers on cyber-espionage today. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

A US grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking American companies and stealing trade secrets, the toughest action t(...)

A man, whom local media say is a suspect, is detained after a knife attack at a railway station in Guangzhou, south China. Photograph: Reuters

In the third such attack since March, an assailant armed with a knife injured at least six people at Guangzhou’s main train station, adding to growing(...)

An unfinished residence that belongs to former People’s Liberation Army general Gu Junshan, who has been charged with corruption,  according to state news agency Xinhua. Photograph: Reuters

Former People’s Liberation Army general Gu Junshan has been charged with corruption, the Xinhua news agency r(...)

Paramilitary policemen stand guard on Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The debate on the size of the army has masked the gains made in the country’s defence industry. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

China’s military might, what it costs and what that means for security around the region, is the subject of much debate right now. The la(...)

Police at the ticket office at Kunming railway station in China’s Yunnan province after a group of armed men attacked people on Saturday evening. Photograph: Reuters

Police in China say they are still searching for five of the attackers who went on a bloody rampage in Kunming’s central train st(...)