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 Nie Yuanzi at her home in Beijing, China, on May 18th, 2006. File photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

Nie Yuanzi Born: April 5th, 1921 Died: September 4th, 2019 When Nie Yuanzi put up a vitriolic wall poster one day in 1966, she plunged into the polit(...)

Niall O Floinn,  head of Chen Tai Chi in Ireland, and his students

Niall O Floinn is head of Chen Tai Chi in Ireland and teaches Tai Chi to his students in classes in Galway and Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He gave us some (...)

A coal-fired power plant in Kaifeng, in central China’s Henan province. China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years. Photograph: AP

Has the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy gone into reverse? The alarming question is being posed by no less an authority than Spenc(...)

A security sign in a Berlin train station warns passers-by about an automatic face-recognition system. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

I once thought that I was in serious trouble with the German police. As a young PhD student in the 1980s, I was speaking at a conference on distribut(...)

 President Xi Jinping’s government has cracked down on personal freedom in China. Photograph:  EPA/Fred Dufour

The Chinese government has introduced a data-driven social credit system to force its citizens to be honest and trustworthy, ranking them by good or b(...)

Fireworks go on sale in Beijing earlier this month. Photograph: Kyodo News/Getty Images

The Beijing city government has told officials to lead by example and not set off fireworks or firecrackers to welcome the Lunar New Year on Friday to(...)

The statue reportedly cost nearly three billion yuan (€427,000). Photograph: Reuters

A giant golden statue of the late Communist Party leader, Mao Zedong, erected in the remote Chinese countryside, has been torn down, removed almost a(...)

A file picture dated shows vehicles in front of the Qianmen Gate Tower during hazy day in Beijing, China. Photograph: EPA

The Chinese capital Beijing issued a “red alert” for air pollution on Friday morning, saying it was enacting for the second time the highest-level eme(...)

Rescuers search for survivors  after   a building collapsed in Wuyang County, China. Photograph: Stringer/Reutersw

A two-storey building collapsed into rubble while workers were trying to prop up the second floor during renovations in central China, killing 17 cons(...)

Uber in China: drivers have been logging in bogus rides Uber in China: drivers have been logging in bogus rides

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted some of the scams that seemed to be cropping up in China and how they had claimed some big victims, including Rya(...)

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