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Amid the antagonism of Twitter, photographer Chaosheng Zhang is a reassuringly soothing presence. A simple caption accompanied by a glorious picture o(...)

Huang Yulong, who had a vasectomy at 26 and plans to remain childless, near his apartment in Guangzhou, China. Photograph:  Qilai Shen/The New York Times

Huang Yulong never wanted a baby. As a child, he resented his parents, who left him in the care of relatives while they worked in faraway factories, v(...)

Mapo tofu is on almost every Chinese menu and the origins of the dish  reach back to the late 1800s. Photograph: Christopher Simpson/The New York Times

Anyone who says tofu is bland or boring hasn’t eaten mapo tofu, the intoxicatingly spicy, fragrant dish from the Sichuan province of China. Unlike th(...)

Journalist Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation arriving at Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph:  Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

The last two China-based journalists for Australian news organisations have fled the country after a five-day diplomatic stand-off, amid fears they wo(...)

Flootwaters reach the feet of the  Leshan Giant Buddha, a world heritage site, following   heavy rainfall in  Sichuan province, China. Photograph: EPA/Li Xinfeng

Floods in southwest China have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate in recent days, with water levels rising over the toes of a 1,200-year-o(...)

Jimmy Lai, centre, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong on Monday. Photograph: AP

More than 200 Hong Kong police and detectives swooped on the offices of an independent newspaper on Monday and arrested pro-democracy media tycoon(...)

A woman takes a selfie in front of the building of the former US consulate in Chengdu. It was ordered to cease operations. Photograph: Alex Plavevski

As the CNN crew tried to shoot a live broadcast in front of what was now the former US consulate in Chengdu, a group of Chinese patriots attempted to (...)

 A man walks past the building of the former US consulate in Chengdu, on Monday. The US Consulate General in the southwestern Chinese city was ordered to cease operations as a reciprocate measure following the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, USA. Photograph: EPA

China took over the premises of the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday, after ordering the facility to be vacated in retaliat(...)

 A worker  attempting to remove a plate from the  front of the US consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on July 26th. Photograph:  EPA/Alex Plavevski

Consulate watching was the national pastime in China this weekend – from the US mission in Chengdu to Beijing’s outposts in Houston, Texas, and San Fr(...)

 The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, which houses the headquarters of the FBI. Photograph: The New York Times

A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty to acting as a spy for Chinese intelligence in the US, according to a statement posted Friday on the US Departmen(...)

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