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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Visitors arrive to attend an exhibition highlighting China’s achievements under five years of leadership by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

A glistening fleet of “Rejuvenation” bullet trains, the Liaoning aircraft carrier, an artificial island in the South China Sea, leaders at the G20 me(...)

An activists holds a placard bearing a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

State media are heavily promoting President Xi Jinping ahead of this month’s crucial Communist Party congress, emphasising the Chinese leader’s skill(...)

People march through the streets of Hong Kong during an “anti-authoritarian” rally on China’s National Day, in Hong Kong, on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Hoffard/EPA

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has called for unity after tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Chinese National Day to protest (...)

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: The ‘relationship between the two presidents is an extremely close one’. File photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/File Photo

Chinese president Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue. In a telephone call with US president Don(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping prior to their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

China’s president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump vowed to step up security co-operation between their two countries to tackle the North Kore(...)