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Human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng: has emerged as a prominent  critic of the Chinese government.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing public security officers, including a Swat team, took human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he brought his child to school on Frida(...)

Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong (left) and Raphael Wong being escorted in a prison van leaving the high court after sentencing in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to a second jail term of three months for his “leading” role in the 2014 Umbrella Movemen(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has overseen a major crackdown on dissenting lawyers and civil society reformers. Photograph:  Mark Schiefelbein/AFP/Getty Images

A senior Chinese human rights lawyer and activist, Yu Wensheng, said he has had his licence to practice law revoked, three months after he wrote an op(...)

One of the signature policies of President Xi Jinping’s five-year rule in China has been a crackdown on corruption among government officials and party cadres. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

China’s crackdown on corruption has seen 1,300 fugitives suspected of economic crimes, 347 of them corrupt officials, returned to China from abroad i(...)

A winter swimming enthusiast jumps in the half-frozen Houhai lake in Beijing city, China, on Thursday. Photograph:  Wu Hong/EPA

The Chinese government’s efforts to combat smog in major cities is starting to pay off, with levels of the toxic PM2.5 particles in the capital down (...)

President Xi Jinping of China and President Donald Trump with their wives during an opera in the Forbidden City in Beijing, in November. Of the world’s strongmen, Xi Jinping has emerged the strongest - the leader of a rising superpower.

We have reached the end of an economic period, that of western-led globalisation, and a geopolitical one - the post-cold war “unipolar moment”. This i(...)

Donald Trump: Despite the outrage of millions of Americans, the reality-TV star did indeed arrive in Washington on January 20th and take up residence in the White House.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On a cold January day in early 2017 the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, ascended the steps of the United States Capitol, in Washing(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping “has consolidated his power and position, and is genuinely now very powerful”. Photograph:  SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Without once changing his direction, flipping his political message or sending a single tweet, China’s president Xi Jinping has entrenched his positio(...)

Locals sit near the site of a fire in Beijing’s Baiqiangzi village, which is mainly inhabited by migrant workers, in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Five people died and nine were injured after a fire broke out in a house in a migrant worker neighbourhood of Beijing, weeks after authorities starte(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

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