Chinese president Xi Jinping at the closing of the 19th Communist Party congress.  What Xi is doing, and why his philosophy has joined the top three with Mao and Deng, is heralding a “new era” of Chinese history. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China’s ruling Communist Party has enshrined in its constitution the “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, an(...)

Signage in Cyrillic, English and Chinese  at Leningradsky Railway Station in Moscow as part of preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. File photograph: Anton Novoderezhkin/Getty Images)

The guide at the 19th century mansion near Moscow where Vladimir Lenin died was searching for a Chinese tourist who, in haste to pose for a photograph(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: “A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership.” Photograph: Andrew Yates

The BBC and ITV have confirmed they will press ahead with televised leaders’ debates despite Theresa May’s refusal to take part. ITV said on Wednesda(...)

Guerrilla ties to hit a number of moving targets

The most subversive streak within John Ridley’s Guerrilla (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm) a transatlantic co-production between Sky and Showtime, is to (...)

Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s opening of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong

Economic reform will top the agenda at China’s biggest political event, the annual National People’s Congress (NPC), which gathers over 3,000 Communis(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s speech is detailed in its praise for traditional modes of art and critical of contemporary art, which he feels lacks morality and depth. Photograph: Bloomberg

At first glance, it looks like an editorial oversight. Chinese official state media publishes, in full, the text of a speech given by president Xi Jin(...)

Chinese military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the National People’s Congress on  in Beijing, China.  Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, got under way on Thursday, with the country’s premier, Li Keqiang, pledging t(...)

China’s president, Xi Jinping: “Socialist culture and art is, in essence, the culture and art of the people.” Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The purpose of art is to serve socialism and the people, President Xi Jinping said this week, a stark reminder of China’s undimmed Communist credentia(...)