Li Ganjie,  China’s minister for the environment: has promised a “fundamental improvement” in the environment by 2035. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Cleaning up China’s notorious pollution was a major struggle, but environment protection minister Li Ganjie has urged people to be patient and said he(...)

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 (...)

TV host Ksenia Sobchak during a protest in Moscow against the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as president in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ksenia Sobchak, a famous Russian TV presenter, socialite and fashionista whose late father was a political mentor to Vladimir Putin, has announced pla(...)

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(...)

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks edged up to near four-month highs with a raft of company results in focus while euro zone bond yields rose from five-week lows as inve(...)

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(...)

Paramilitary police officers   keep watch   in the old part of Beijing as the capital prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Wearing black fatigues, body armour, a helmet, and idly dangling a truncheon at his side, the pensioner peers at me closely as I park my bicycle on Ji(...)