China’s second aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, during a launch ceremony at a shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photograph: Li Gang/EPA

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, known for the time being as Type 001A, against a background of simmering tensions ov(...)

Sell Drunk Supermarket on Fangcaodi Street in Beijing, one of the outlets to be closed as its landlord, the People’s Liberation Army,  is ordered to end its business affairs. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Outside the Sell Drunk Supermarket on Fangcaodi Street in Beijing, People’s Liberation Army soldiers are bashing down low walls in the sweltering heat(...)

Chinese People’s Liberation Army: China has ordered its military to end all paid services within the next three years as it seeks to focus on modernising its armed forces and eliminating corruption. Photograph:  How Hwee Young/EPA

In the latest bid to clamp down on corruption in public life, China has ordered the army to end all “paid outside work” in the next three years, refer(...)

Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the closing session of the Chinese People’s political consultative conference at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping urged China’s annual parliament to step up the process of reform, including reform of China’s national defence forces, as(...)