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As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Studying philosophy may be about to pay off. Unlike the more utilitarian subjects like law or engineering, the conceptual world of Kant, Mills or even(...)

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(...)

Fan Binbing at the  Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. Photograph:  Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Where is Fan Bingbing? China’s most famous female actor disappeared more than 100 days ago and there is speculation she has been sent to prison for ev(...)

 Chinese men chat as they watch women dance in Ritan Park  in Beijing, China. By 2050,  35 per cent of China’s population will be aged 60 or over. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Before the heat of the day kicks in, silver-haired people gather in groups in Beijing’s Ritan Park to practise their tai chi exercises, tracing arcs w(...)

An Uighur man drinking in a tea shop in Kashgar City, Xinjiang province, China.  A UN panel said about a million Uighurs were being held in a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

China has rejected comments by United Nations human rights experts calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs allegedly held i(...)

Officially there are 2.5 million registered dogs in Beijing. Photograph: Getty

Through Beijing’s ancient hutong laneways and along the traffic-thronged ring roads, an assortment of long-term residents, young office workers and sm(...)

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye   is escorted to a courtroom to stand trial on alleged bribery, abuse of power and leaks of government secrets, in Seoul, South Korea, in  August 2017. Photograph: EPA

A South Korean court has raised Park Geun-hye’s sentence by one year to 25 years, after prosecutors sought a tougher sentence for the former president(...)

A Chinese Catholic is baptised during at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing. The total number of Catholics in China is estimated at between 12 million and 30 million. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing, China’s oldest Catholic church, has been at the burning heart of struggles between religious co(...)

Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan, Salvadoran politician Medardo Gonzalez  and El Salvador’s foreign minister Carlos Castaneda during their meeting in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/Getty Images

China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign to win over the handful of small countries that still offer diplomatic recognition to self-ruled Taiwan has scored(...)

Andy Chan,  founder of the Hong Kong National Party, surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong  on Tuesday. Photograph:  Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing has stepped up its demands for Hong Kong’s democratic movement to be brought to heel after an activist called for independence for the territo(...)

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