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Rev Frederick O’Neill and his wife Mrs Annie O’Neill (nee Wilson)  outside their home in Faku in China in the 1930s. Photograph: Marion Young

“At times I gave gifts to local rulers or kings, over and above what I paid to their sons who travelled with me. Despite this, they took me and my com(...)

Wu Gan, a blogger better known by his online name “Super Vulgar Butcher”, plans to appeal the eight-year sentence handed down by the Tianjin Municipality’s No 2 Intermediate People’s Court, his lawyer said. File photograph: From Youtube video

China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a gover(...)

A South Korean official watches television news channels showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

China expressed outrage over North Korea’s sixth nuclear test after a nuclear explosion caused a tremor in northern China and raised the prospect of t(...)

At matchmaking markets in China  parents post profiles of their daughters in the hope of finding a suitable  suitor. Photograph: Getty Images

A 29-year-old friend from Heilongjiang province starts thinking up the story she is going to tell her parents about her new, imaginary, boyfriend, in(...)

Lu Hao, the governor of Heilongjiang, gestures as he speaks at a Heilongjiang delegation group discussion at the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Thousands of Chinese coal miners marched through the streets of a mining town in northeastern China over the weekend protesting against unpaid wages, as China grapples with rising unemployment due to overcapacity in heavy industries. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of coal miners have marched through a city in China’s heavily industrialised northeast to protest over unpaid wages, according to local medi(...)

School children look at a board showing some of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the second anniversary of its disappearance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said his government is committed to solving the “agonising mystery” of Flight 370 as the country marks the second(...)

A worker walks past a pile of coal near a coal mine in China. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

A state-owned coal mine caught fire on Friday in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, leaving 21 workers dead and one missing, the Xinhua News Age(...)

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Light, as part of a major crackdown, state media has reported. Photograph: Getty

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Lightning, as part of (...)

 Buddhist monks outside one of the entrances to the Kirti monastary in the town of Aba in China’s Sichuan province.  Communist-approved versions of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism are the only  religions allowed in China. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Five members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God have been arrested on suspicion of beating a young woman to death in a McDonald’s(...)

Construction cranes in Shanghai: Property investment turned negative in four of China’s 26 provinces in the first quarter of 2014. Photograph: reuters

Recent research by Nomura and UBS seems to suggest the Chinese property market is in more trouble than originally thought. The downturn will be trigge(...)

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