A protester carries a banner demanding universal suffrage during protests in Hong Kong earlier this week. Photograph:  Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Tensions growing over universal suffrage

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  reform plan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Overseas businesses push back against what they see as unfair antitrust enforcement by Beijing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:  not worried about the possibility of a “hard landing” for the world’s second largest economy. Photograph: Feng Li/Pool/Reuters

Li says he wants millions of Chinese to start small businesses

Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty

Chinese have proven particularly nervous about the military takeover

Mooncakes: China’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest, marked by the consumption of mooncakes. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Terms of recruitment at subsidiary of Apple supplier promised 600 yuan bonus on main Chinese holidays

The Boluo demonstration is the latest example of citizens holding demonstrations against pollution, an issue of growing concern in China. Photograph: Reuters/Sean Yong

Environmental degradation key source of discontent in growing middle class

Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior target yet of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Rumours that probe is being expanded to include death of Zhou Yongkang’s wife

New properties in Taiyuan, Shanxi province: Data from the China Real Estate Index System (Creis) showed weak momentum in the property market continued for the fourth month in a row. Photograph: Reuters

Economists reckon property accounts for a quarter of the country’s GDP

Apple: under intense scrutiny from China’s consumer watchdogs.  Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

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