Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Pool

China’s president Xi Jinping, who is expected to cement his grip on power at a five-yearly Communist Party congress next month, has taken a firm line (...)

 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(...)

Posters promoting local elections in Beijing, which took place this week. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/New York Times

This week saw China’s president, Xi Jinping, place a vote into a ballot box, a rare sight in a country run with an iron hand by the Communist Party, (...)

China’s  Li Keqiang:  The premier said Hong Kong’s economic development would be ‘elevated’ by Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China’s political leadership took aim at Hong Kong and Taiwan at the country’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress yesterday, urging Ho(...)

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters/Files

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison, the state news agency Xinhua reported, the most senior member of the(...)

Delegates representing ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People after attending the sessions of National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Delegates in the red-draped Great Hall of the People in central Beijing for China’s tightly choreographed annual parliament, the National Peopl(...)

Zhou Yongkang: he is   one notch higher in Communist Party power structure than recently convicted Bo Xilai

China’s corruption crackdown is set to claim its most senior scalp to date, with the news that Zhou Yongkang, the former security czar who sat on the (...)

Eamon Gilmore: “ China is a priority market for Ireland and strengthening our relations with China is critical to our exporters and to our economic recovery as a whole.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore kicked off a four-day trade mission to China yesterday aimed at underlining the growing importance to Ireland of the world’s se(...)

Fang Zhongmou with her family in 1963, seven years before  her son Zhang reported her to the authorities over her criticism of Chairman Mao, after which she was executed by firing squad

In April 1970, as a 15-year-old Red Guard in the Chinese town of Guzhen, Zhang Hongbing did something he has regretted ever since. After his mo(...)