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Wang Yu-chi, left, Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affair Council, shakes hands with Zhang Zhijun, right, Minister of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, before their meeting in Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu province. It’s the first official contact between the two governments since the civil war in 1940s. Photograph: EPA

China and Taiwan are holding their highest-level official talks since they split at the end of a brutal civil war in 1949, in an effort to impr(...)

A group of young women on a rail training programme in Beijing queue outside the Qingfeng Steamed Bun Shop, visited by Chinese president Xi Jinping in recent weeks. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Cooks at the Qingfeng Steamed Bun Shop in west Beijing can’t make the pork and scallion baozi (buns) fast enough since Xi Jinping visited for some tra(...)

A bunch of strategically and economically insignificant rocks. Photograph: AP

There’s a peculiarly old-fashioned quality to the dispute that last week escalated sharply over islands in the East China Sea known in Japan as the Se(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: “I was very direct about our firm position and our expectations in my conversations with President Xi,” he said.  Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden said China’s new air defence identification zone has caused “significant” unease in the region, and he told President X(...)

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

President Xi Jinping: real appetite for reform

There was some trepidation when China’s Communist Party leaders emerged from a closed-door plenum last week with a vague statement containing no detai(...)

A soldier stands guard in Tiananmen Square next to the Great Hall of the People where the Chinese Communist Party conclave was held yesterday.  Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China’s leaders pledged to let markets play a “decisive” role in the economy as they unveiled a reform agenda yesterday for the next decade, looking t(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: “We must properly handle the relations between reform, development and stability.” Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Freeing up land ownership, liberalisation of state-run industries and changes in rules governing migrant workers’ rights are expected to figure among (...)

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has made a crackdown on graft part of the central plank of his government. Photograph: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

China’s high-profile crackdown on corruption intensified yesterday with the punishment of senior railway officials amid reports President Xi Jinping h(...)

Bo Xilai is almost certain to be found guilty when he stands trial on charges of corruption. Photograph: AP

Over the years, Bo Xilai has been a big-city mayor, a provincial boss, a jailed counter-revolutionary, a trade tsar and a Communist Party grandee. But(...)

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