Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters 0:51

Divers have pulled two people alive from inside a capsized cruise ship in China and are preparing to rescue at least four more, state broadcaster CCTV(...)

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Late last week, shares on the CSI 300 index hit a seven-year high and their biggest weekly gain (nearly seven per cent) in two months. Investors are c(...)

A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  crackdown on  decadent bourgeois pastimes and luxury lifestyles. Photograph: EPA/FENG LI

Once banned as a decadent bourgeois pastime by chairman Mao Zedong, golf enjoyed a brief purple patch during the heady days of the noughties boom, but(...)

The cement industry in China is getting dangerously close to a glut.  Photograph: Bloomberg

These are hard times for China’s cement industry. Last week, the government issued a decree ordering officials to halt the development of new cement a(...)

Residential construction  in  Guangzhou, Guangdong Province: new home prices in China’s four major cities are on the rise. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

One piece of news sure to be welcomed by the BRICS countries is news that China’s economy seems to be expanding at a faster rate than before, and was (...)

A labourer works beside a logo of Bank of China: report has prompted speculation that the government is getting ready for a new campaign to tighten up capital outflow controls. Photograph: Reuters

It’s not common for the state-owned Chinese Central TV (CCTV) to blow the whistle on an equally powerful government-owned monolith, especially when th(...)

A voter carries her dog as she joins others lining up outside a polling station during an unofficial referendum in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

More than 668,000 Hong Kong people have voted after the third day of a democracy poll that China says is illegal, dwarfing the most optimistic forecas(...)

Qingdao port, Shandong province: the People’s Bank of China will encourage banks to lend more to exporters to boost shipments. photograph: china stringer network/reuters

China’s economy continues to expand, but at a slower rate than previously – GDP rose 7.4 per cent in the first quarter, year on year, the slowest rate(...)

Sanya, Hainan: the past few years have seen major efforts to boost Hainan as a tourist destination. photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

Also on Hainan island, not far from where Li Keqiang was speaking, authorities were announcing they would build the world’s largest duty free s(...)