British prime minister Theresa May shakes hands with China’s president, Xi Jinping, at G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou  in 2015. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau

Theresa May travels to China this week hoping to revive a “golden era” of trade ties, as the British prime minister seeks to soothe Beijing’s jangled (...)

 Ethnic Uyghur members of the Communist Party of China carry a flag past a billboard of President Xi Jinping in the old town of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang province. Photograph:  Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Korean nuclear crisis and dealings with the mercurial US president Donald Trump come at an awkward time for Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is keen(...)

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(...)