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Guangdong Communist Party secretary Hu Chunhua. One of the most influential people you’ve never heard of spent three days in Ireland last week. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images.

It went largely unnoticed, but last week one of the most influential people you’ve never heard of spent three days in Ireland. Between visits to Israe(...)

Yi Huang with her son, Oisín, and her mother, Li Li, who is on a visit from China. Photograph: Eric Luke

Chinese parents are obsessed with their grandchildren and most of them “go mental” if their kids reach a certain age and still don’t have children of (...)

Policemen stand behind Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, as she talks to media near a Beijing court on Thursday after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges. Photograph:  Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Beijing lawyer Xia Lin, whose clients include the artist Ai Weiwei, became the latest human rights activist to go to jail in China after he was senten(...)

In this photo taken on July 2nd, 2016, rescue workers evacuate residents after the Jushui river broke the dyke and flooded Tuhe village in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. The death toll from floods continue to rise as heavy rainstorms soak much of southern China. Photograph:   AP

Flooding along China’s Yangtze River has killed at least 186 people, destroyed crops and disrupted rail and air traffic at critical cross-country hubs(...)

Twins peak: under the one-child policy of population control, now relaxed, there was widespread use of fertility treatment to encourage multiple births as the policy applied to one birth. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Banshang, a village of 50 families in Hubei in central China, has produced 16 sets of twins in the past 50 years, prompting speculation the water from(...)

Metersbonwe has more than 4,000 shops in China between its two main brands, Me&City and Meters/bonwe

The Chinese government’s campaign against corruption has entered the arena of high fashion after billionaire Zhou Chengjian, founder and chairman of (...)

Guo Guangchang: the Fosun chairman  is just the latest in a series of senior business figures to fall foul of a widening dragnet into corruption and abuse of power.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Guo Guangchang, co-founder and chairman of China’s biggest private investment conglomerate Fosun, disappeared for a day and a half earlier this m(...)

Xu Ming (44), who reportedly died of heart problems at a prison in Wuhan in central Hubei province, China. His family told local media he had no history of such issues. Photograph: Reuters/ China Daily

Chinese tycoon Xu Ming, a former business ally of Bo Xilai and a key witness in the disgraced Communist Party official’s trial, has died in prison of (...)

Jiang Jiemin, who was also former head of the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission was jailed for bribery, possessing a large number of assets from unidentified sources and abuse of power.  Photograph:  Bloomberg

Two senior Chinese Communist Party cadres with links to disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms on (...)

A high school student reacts after sitting the 2015 “gaokao” national college entrance examination. Monitors inside exam halls are not allowed to wear high heels or perfume for fear of distracting the students. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Irish Leaving Cert students are no strangers to pressure, but it may be some comfort to hear of the stress that 9.4 million candidates taking China’s (...)

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