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CCTV spokeswoman Zhang Xiaojian confirmed that one of the broadcaster’s Twitter accounts was hacked, but did not elaborate. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

China’s state broadcaster CCTV News said today one of its Twitter accounts had been hacked, and deleted a tweet claiming the country’s president had s(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne addresses staff and students at Peking University in Beijing. photograph: stefan rousseau/pa wire

This will come as no surprise to any Marxist theorists among the Asia Briefing readership, but if there ever was a reminder of the indivisibility of c(...)

GlaxoSmithKline’s China woes show no sign of abating with the news last week that the country’s former head of operations in China, Mark Reilly, was “(...)

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has made a crackdown on graft part of the central plank of his government. Photograph: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

China’s high-profile crackdown on corruption intensified yesterday with the punishment of senior railway officials amid reports President Xi Jinping h(...)

 Computer generated image issued by EDF of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.

The British government and EDF Group, the French state-controlled utility, announced yesterday they had reached a long-elusive agreement to build the (...)

 Interior  painted with Dulux colours: Dulux paint brand  has also been affected by the high costs of raw materials, such as titanium dioxide, a pigment used in paint

Better-than-expected quarterly operating profits at AkzoNobel caused optimism yesterday that the Dutch paints and chemicals firm will beat its foreca(...)

Jumping from Balinghe bridge in Anshun city in China. Some base jumping participants perform stunts in the air on their way down in order to impress the judges.

Some 34 base jumpers from 15 countries gathered in southwest China over the weekend to jump from the 370m Balinghe bridge in Anshun city. The competit(...)

A traffic policeman signals to drivers during a smoggy day in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China’s largest cities today, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing t(...)

Hinkley Point nuclear power station is seen behind rocks on a beach in Bridgwater, southwest England. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

A deal to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation is due to be announced today. The government has been in negotiations with French-ow(...)

“The preponderance of facts tells us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish,” said China’s president Xi Jinping in November. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

When He Shen, the most corrupt official of the Qing dynasty, was ousted after 24 years as a court favourite of Emperor Qianlong, investigators discove(...)

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