Chinese president Xi Jinping delivering a speech at the Communist Party congress in Beijing on Wednesday. China’s legal system has become worse during the five years of Mr Xi’s ’s rule, say rights activists. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China has made great progress in constructing its judicial system, delegates were told at the Communist Party congress in Beijing, and legal experts (...)

Fighters on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier participating in a drill with South Korean warships in the East Sea on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Yonhap

The South Korean army has said it is developing a missile powerful enough to destroy North Korea’s underground military facilities and command centre(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping shakes hands with former president Jiang Zemin at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party’s congress on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Top Chinese communists hailed “Xi Jinping Thought” at a party congress, a sign the leader’s political theory will be incorporated into the constituti(...)

Stewardesses prepare tea flasks for delegates before the opening ceremony of the  Communist Party congress. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Just over an hour into Xi Jinping’s opening speech at the 19th Communist Party congress, and 12 young women in purple jackets and black trousers appea(...)

President Xi Jinping arriving for the opening session of China’s Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on  Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

President Xi Jinping hailed a historic new age of Chinese power at the start of a decisive Communist Party congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the Peo(...)

Attendees look at a slideshow of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Five Years of Sheer Endeavour show at the Beijing Exhibition Centre as he is poised to become the most powerful figure in Chinese politics since Mao Zedong. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has ruled out western-style political reform on the eve of a crucial Communist Party congress that looks sure to cement Xi Jinping’s legacy by e(...)

Performers prepare for the 19th Communist Party Congress in Huaibei in China’s eastern Anhui province. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China is putting up the last red flags and revolutionary icons around Tiananmen Square ahead of this week’s 19th Communist Party congress that will co(...)

 A WeChat spokesperson said it was “very sorry for the inappropriate translation”. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China’s most popular social media messaging service, WeChat, has apologised after its algorithm translated a neutral word, commonly used phrase for “(...)

China officially tolerates the observance of Buddhism and major religious organisations such as Christianity and Islam. Photograph: Tass via Getty Images

The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, has warned cadres against praying to God and worshipping Buddha, saying (...)

A US air force B-1B bomber taking off from Andersen air force base, Guam, on Tuesday. Photograph: Joshua Smoot/AFP/Getty Images

The US air force has flown two B-1B strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, amid simmering tensions in th(...)