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 China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years.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

Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai was sentenced to life in prison for bribery. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese court has sentenced Sun Zhengcai, the former Communist Party boss of the southwestern city of Chongqing who was once seen as a rising politi(...)

A traffic sign forbidding horse carts to enter an area of ‘Shenzhen City’. China is preparing to follow the lead of France and the UK with plans to introduce a ban petrol and diesel passenger cars in the future

China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of petrol and diesel cars. The industry ministry is developing a timetable to en(...)

The  meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing will offer clues as to how China’s president Xi Jinping plans to deal with his US counterpart, Donald Trump. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty  Getty Images

China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress, starts this weekend, and while observers don’t expect radical developments before a pivotal(...)

Workers search through the remains of a collapsed platform in a cooling tower at a power station at Fengcheng, in China’s Jiangxi province. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

More than 60 people were killed on Thursday after a coal-fired power plant’s cooling tower collapsed at a building site in Jiangxi province in easter(...)

Wives of human rights lawyers from law firm Fengrui, who were detained almost a year ago during the “709 Crackdown”, wear dresses emblazoned with the names of their husbands near the national prosecutors office in Beijing after attempting to hand in a formal complaint. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International has called for an end to the repression of lawyers and activists on the first anniversary of the the “709 Crackdown”, which led (...)

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(...)

European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker blocks a photographer’s view of Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, prior to the start of a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Ukip leader and Brexit champion Nigel Farage could barely contain his joy during an emergency session of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesda(...)

A woman sits in a restaurant chair decorated with the British flag in Beijing. Ever pragmatic, Chinese tourists are rushing to book package holidays in Britain because of the weak sterling. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit will “cast a shadow over the global economy” and the true impact will be felt in the next five to 10 years, China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei (...)

Life in the fast lane: “Some of the ‘fuerdai’ have a crush on the life of luxury ... they drive Bentley, Maserati, Porsche and so on”

When news broke online that Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, had spent €350,000 in a single night at a karaoke bar in Beijing, (...)

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