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The Great Hall of the People in Beijing: Sweden was the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with China 50 years ago. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

It was like any other Thursday morning in Ikea in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, packed with shoppers buying furniture, China’s new middle class making (...)

Television host Zhu Jun:  might win his case from a legal perspective but may have lost in terms of public opinion and the media. Photograph: Reuters

When a former intern at China’s state broadcaster CCTV alleged she was groped and forcibly kissed by one of the country’s top TV presenters, Zhu Jun, (...)

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 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(...)

Heaps of disused, abandoned bikes in graveyards around China’s cities show how hubris has soured the e-bike revolution. Photograph: AFP

Coded by colour, the bicycles piled high in the bike graveyard in Beijing are evidence of a boom turned to bust. The wheels, saddles, frames and handl(...)

Shoppers leave a Gap  store in Beijing. The firm said “We sincerely apologise for this unintentional error”. Photograph:  Gilles Sabri/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US fashion retailer Gap became the latest giant corporation to apologise to China for selling a T-shirt with an “incorrect” map that did not feature (...)

Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy performs ‘Together’ next to two male dancers during the  Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

A leading Chinese broadcaster has been banned from broadcasting the second semi-final of Eurovision after it censored LGBTI content from the first leg(...)

Donald Trump has made norms of unconventional modes of communication. Photograph: Getty

When news broke last weekend that ‘senior US officials’ had travelled to North Korea for discussions about a potential meeting of the two countries’ l(...)

Dirty bar street in Sanlitum, Beijing. Photograph: Xiao Lu Chu/Getty Images

When the demolition team took their hammers to dozens of pubs, restaurants, tattoo parlours and pirate DVD shops on “dirty bar street” in Sanlitun, a (...)

Life in the fast lane: “Some of the ‘fuerdai’ have a crush on the life of luxury ... they drive Bentley, Maserati, Porsche and so on”

When news broke online that Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, had spent €350,000 in a single night at a karaoke bar in Beijing, (...)

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