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Vehicles run on a main road in Beijing. China posted a record trade surplus in December. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China posted a record trade surplus in December and in 2021, as exports outperformed expectations amid a global pandemic, but some analysts are point(...)

China’s Shuai Peng has  publicly accused a former vice-premier of China of sexual assault. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has publicly accused a former vice-premier of China of sexual assault, igniting an online firestorm of attention to a #(...)

Barges travel past the Wangting Power Plant in Wangting, Jiangsu province, China. China’s central government officials ordered the country’s top state-owned energy companies -- from coal to electricity and oil -- to secure supplies for this winter at all costs, according to people familiar with the matter. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Chinese officials ordered more than 70 mines in Inner Mongolia to ramp up coal production by nearly 100 million tonnes as the country battles its wors(...)

 Families  at an amusement park in Beijing. Birth rates in the world’s most populous country are now among the lowest in the world at about 1.3 per children per woman.  Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

China is tightening controls over abortions for “non-medical purposes” as policymakers battle to counter a demographic crisis. New guidelines aimed a(...)

Medical workers collect samples from a man at a makeshift testing site for Covid-19 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong’s attempt to launch mass testing for coronavirus has morphed into a public vote on the government’s legitimacy after opposition politicians (...)

Russia’s new prime minister Mikhail Mishustin:  a capable bureaucrat who appears to be completely loyal to Vladimir Putin, according to analysts. Photograph:   Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Tax official Mikhail Mishustin has become Russia’s prime minister as a government shake-up marked the start of a bid by president Vladimir Putin to ch(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  has proposed sweeping changes to the country’s constitution. Photograph: Alexey Nikolosky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to Russia’s constitution that would limit the power of a potential successor if he steps down in 2024, indicating (...)

 Protesters react after police fire tear gas at them during an anti-government rally in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jermole Favre

Crystal Kan, a young veteran of the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since mid-June, knows where she will be if Chinese troops roll across the terr(...)

Shares in Easyjet closed 9.7 per cent down. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/File Photo/Reuters

European shares began the second quarter of the year strongly as good economic data from China, along with signs of progress in its trade talks with t(...)

Posters of late communist leader Mao Zedong and President Xi Jinping  at a market in Beijing:  next step is to bring the China Dream overseas. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

A colourful propaganda poster on a billboard, tucked inside the gate of a leafy residential compound in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, unswervingly prom(...)

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