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 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

Jack Ma started Alibaba in 1999 and transformed it into one the world’s most important ecommerce and digital payments companies. His net worth is estimated at about €35 billion. File photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

China’s richest man, the Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma, has been revealed as a member of the ruling Communist Party of China, having joined dur(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping spent seven years in Liangjiahe living in primitive conditions. Photograph: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

In the cave in Liangjiahe where the 15-year-old Xi Jinping was sent in 1969 during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, there is a felt mattress on(...)

Yan’an, in the Shanbei region of China’s Shaanxi province: “the dusty birthplace of an epochal story of social change, where an agrarian, inward-looking country evolved into the world’s second-biggest economy”. Photograph:  Getty Images

The sun is setting above Yan’an, where the 1949 revolution in China that swept the communists to power under the leadership of chairman Mao Zedong spr(...)

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(...)

FAW could, eventually, become a very serious rival for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has lost its head of design to the very Chinese car maker that could, in some ways, eventually prove to be the biggest threat to the famed(...)

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(...)

President Xi Jinping has urged the Chinese people to show more dedication. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Citing a stirring tale of a patriotic sentry guarding an island outpost, President Xi Jinping has urged the Chinese people to show more dedication, as(...)

Donald Trump  and Kim Jong-un sign an agreement as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo  and the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong look on. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un left Singapore after their first meeting clearly pleased with the way the summit had been received in their respective co(...)

British prime minister Winston Churchill, US president Franklin D Roosevelt and Russian leader  Joseph Stalin pose at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Crimea at the conclusion of the Yalta conference in February 1945. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It is immensely flattering for Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea – a small, impoverished and isolated country – to take part in a one-to-one summ(...)

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