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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 China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years.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(...)

One the things you discover on your travels is that the food of a country tastes so much better in its place of origin. Photograph: iStock

Food. Let’s be honest, it’s one of the best things about travelling. Or the worst. Though sometimes the worst thing about it is that it’s neither goo(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has instituted a popular anti-corruption campaign that has seen the demise of key rivals. Photograph: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

In the National Museum of China, the cap which Mao Zedong wore on the epic Long March forms the centrepiece of an exhibition marking the 80th annivers(...)

The aftermath of a 37-vehicle pile-up on a motorway in northern China. Photograph: AP

A 37-vehicle pile-up on a motorway in northern China killed four people and injured more than 40 on Monday, disrupting traffic in both directions, Chi(...)

The now-closed Zhushi iron mine, where police allege that murder-for-profit schemes were disguised as routine accidents, in Lanling, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/New York Times

The three miners befriended a lonely, luckless man and offered him work down an iron mine in eastern China. After working together for 10 days, the th(...)

Ling Jihua, then vice chairman of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference (CPPCC), pauses during meeting in Beijing on March 11th, 2013. File photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Ling Jihua, a one-time top aide to former Chinese president Hu Jintao, has been jailed for life after being found guilty of abuse of power, taking bri(...)

The trainer, upset at the low scores in a session with rural bank employees, handed out beatings for eight of them, shaved the heads of the men and cut the hair of the women. Source: YouTube

A motivational trainer in China, upset at the low scores in a session with rural bank employees, handed out beatings for eight of them, shaved the hea(...)

Chinese dissident Harry Wu speaking to reporters  during a human rights news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. File photo from 2000: AFP/Getty Images

Chinese human rights campaigner Harry Wu, who spent 19 years as a political prisoner and later campaigned against the “laogai” system of labour camps,(...)

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(...)

One of the most popular fast food chains in China is the fried chicken restaurant KFC – the stores are ubiquitous and generally packed wherever you go(...)

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