Ken Tsang (centre)  arriving at Kowloon City Magistrates Court for his trial over charges of assaulting police officers in Hong Kong. His supporters held up yellow umbrellas, the symbol of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Photograph: Alex Hofford/PA

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, who was allegedly beaten by police during the 2014 pro-democracy protests and footage of the attack went v(...)

Pro-democracy activists carry pictures of the visiting chairman of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, along with detained Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaob and his wife Liu Xia, in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

A giant banner calling for Hong Kong democracy was pulled from a mountainside, a photographer’s towel in contentious pro-democracy yellow was confisca(...)

 Graffiti of the portrait of Lee Bo, with the Chinese words saying “Who’s afraid of Lee Bo’’ on the wall at Mongkok on  in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Mr Lee in an email  said he feared his colleague Gui Minhai had been taken  “for political reasons”. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

New questions have emerged over a group of five missing Hong Kong publishers of controversial books who are thought to have been abducted and taken to(...)

The  CCTV Building in  Beijing. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The architectural elite may love the wacky buildings emerging from China’s rise, but senior leaders cannot get their heads around them. Under a new d(...)

   Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for  much-belated World Championship gold medals  after cold truths appear to have emerged about the notoriously dominant Chinese women’s distance runners of the early 1990s. File photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for a much-belated World Championship gold medal – possibly even two – after cold truths appear to have emerged about (...)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (left) and his associate Gui Minhai (right)  outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who vanished last month and was believed to have been taken across the border by Chinese security off(...)

A printout showing Lee Bo and four other missing colleagues is displayed in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Any abduction of people from Hong Kong to face charges elsewhere would be an “egregious breach” of Beijing’s promises to rule the former British colo(...)

Among the sites currently blocked in China are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, the New York Times and Bloomberg

Internet freedom was much on the agenda at China’s second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, but there are clearly different readings on what online(...)

A  man blocks a line of tanks  after Chinese forces crushed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. Photograph: Jeff Widener/AP

China will commemorate the centenary of the birth of the liberal Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-demo(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: “Singles Day has shown the power of China’s consumers.” Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Sales during “Singles Day”, Jack Ma’s online shopping spree, soared 60 per cent to 91.2 billion yuan (€13.28 billion) last week, leading some to specu(...)

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