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 (...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping: expected to tighten his grip on power and reshuffle the leadership. Photograph: EPA/ Roman Pilipey

President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has punished about 1.34 million “flies” since it began nearly five years ago, a sign the ruling Commun(...)

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(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has instituted a popular anti-corruption campaign that has seen the demise of key rivals. Photograph: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

In the National Museum of China, the cap which Mao Zedong wore on the epic Long March forms the centrepiece of an exhibition marking the 80th annivers(...)

President Xi Jinping has achieved “core” leader status on a par with  Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters/File photo

An intriguing sideshow to this week’s plenum of the Communist Party elite was an eight-part television programme showing corrupt cadres making confes(...)

 Ling Jihua, who became one of the most high-profile targets of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown when he was jailed for life for corruption and stealing state secrets in July. His brother Ling Zhengce has now been arrested. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China’s anti-corruption squad has intensified its crackdown in the coalmining province of Shanxi with the arrest of Ling Zhengce, brother of ex-presid(...)

Sell Drunk Supermarket on Fangcaodi Street in Beijing, one of the outlets to be closed as its landlord, the People’s Liberation Army,  is ordered to end its business affairs. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Outside the Sell Drunk Supermarket on Fangcaodi Street in Beijing, People’s Liberation Army soldiers are bashing down low walls in the sweltering heat(...)

The files link nine of the country’s most prominent families, including a relative of president Xi Jinping,  to secret offshore companies, mostly based in the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The Chinese government remained silent on Friday on revelations from the Panama Papers that the families of three of the seven people on the Standing (...)

China’s  Li Keqiang:  The premier said Hong Kong’s economic development would be ‘elevated’ by Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China’s political leadership took aim at Hong Kong and Taiwan at the country’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress yesterday, urging Ho(...)

Wang Baoan took over as head of the National Bureau of Statistics in April last year, having earlier been deputy finance minister. Photograph: Reuters

The recently installed head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Wang Baoan, is being investigated for “severe disciplinary violation”, acc(...)