A Chinese millionaire's £1bn plan to 'transform' Sheffield

  • 25 July 2016
Media caption'Sheffield hasn’t even got a five-star hotel'

Back in the 1960s, Sheffield was still booming, with many thousands employed in making a product that had underpinned Britain's industrial strength for centuries; steel.

At the same time, half a world away in China, a young salesman had found a niche market with the material of choice for one of the poorest countries on the planet.

Wang Chunming had a knack for selling bamboo and a willingness to ride the considerable risks in a system that had declared entrepreneurs to be an enemy class.

"Profiteering was a crime punishable by death," he laughs.

"But practically all the bamboo blinds in China came from Chengdu, and I was the only guy selling them."

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Wives of China's human rights lawyers protest in Beijing

  • 4 July 2016
Wives protesting outside the top prosecutor's office. The characters on the dresses read (from left to right): "Quanzhang, I am waiting for you", "If you want to marry a husband, Li Heping is the one", "Geping, love you", "Zhai Yanmin" (Zhai Yanmin is one of the detained activists) and "Xie Yang, I support you" Image copyright Li Wenzu
Image caption Wives held a protest, with messages to their husbands such as "waiting for you" or "I support you", stuck in red on their dresses

It's been one year since China launched what appeared to be an orchestrated campaign, detaining and interrogating hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists.

Many lawyers have since been released - but several remain in detention, with their wives and families denied access to them.

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Western leaders’ stage-managed press conferences in China

  • 18 June 2016
John Kerry speaking at the recent press conference.
Image caption In a recent visit to China by US Secretary of State John Kerry was a classic example of this phenomenon

Many correspondents here believe that major Western leaders are providing an increasingly bad example when it comes to speaking about their dealings with Beijing on their now frequent trips to China.

The Chinese government has been criticised for the stage-managed "press conferences" it holds during the annual National People's Congress.

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Grace Geng: Chinese dissident's daughter proud of her 'brave' father

  • 14 June 2016
Grace Geng
Image caption Ms Geng says her father is under constant surveillance and has been denied access to phones and computers

When Grace Geng landed in Hong Kong this week, she says she burst into tears.

For the 23-year-old daughter of dissident Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, it is her first time on Chinese soil since 2009, when she, her mother and younger brother smuggled themselves out of the country through Thailand.

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The Chinese lawyer who had his clothes ripped off in court

  • 7 June 2016
A photo showing Wu Liangshu in a ripped shirt and trousers Image copyright Wu Liangshu
Image caption Mr Wu was allegedly assaulted by three officers inside a courtroom, in front of two judges who rejected his request to file a case in the district court of Nanning

What a difference an image makes.

Plenty of Chinese lawyers have been harassed, detained, even jailed in China but the photograph of one with his clothes reportedly torn off him by police has drawn plenty of attention in China.

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Hong Kong art display hiding political message cancelled

  • 23 May 2016
In this picture taken at night on 19 May 2016 from across Victoria Harbour, a series of a numbers is projected onto the side of the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong's tallest building. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The art project was originally agreed before it was known a top Chinese official would visit

Over the past week, onlookers gazing across Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong might have caught an unusual sight: a series of seemingly random numbers snaking down the facade of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest skyscraper in the city.

But hidden inside the numbers was a very political message.

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Cultural Revolution: No desire to dwell on the past

  • 16 May 2016
Close up image of a young woman calling out to fellow Red Guards from a platform in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on 10 August 1966 Image copyright AP
Image caption Supporters were encouraged to destroy "the four olds": old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas

Chinese people aged over 50 experienced the Cultural Revolution first hand.

If you were born in 1966, you were 10 when it finished.

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China's military release action-packed rap recruitment video

  • 3 May 2016
Three men in uniform standing in front of a tank, with the back of the head and shoulders of the man giving them orders in the foreground Image copyright PLA

"Are you afraid? No! Are you afraid? No! Just need the order to kill kill kill!"

So go the lyrics in the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) slick new recruitment video.

Image copyright PLA

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Hong Kong journalists protest at editor's sacking with blank columns

  • 28 April 2016
BBC CHINESE PHOTO / MARTIN YIP: This illustrative photo taken in Hong Kong, 27 Apr 2016, shows an emptied column in the Ming Pao newspaper on that day by academic and activist Dr Brian Fong. Image copyright BBC Chinese
Image caption Ming Pao newspaper is facing a staff revolt

For the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, some columnists at Hong Kong's prestigious broadsheet, Ming Pao, left their spaces blank.

The unusual protest is part of an extraordinary staff revolt at the independently minded newspaper, following last week's unexpected firing of executive chief editor Keung Kwok-yuen.

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Social media cries foul over Twitter's new China boss

  • 19 April 2016
Twitter logo Image copyright Getty Images

So Twitter now has a managing director in China - a Chinese woman who used to be in the military - and online activists on the open side of the Great Firewall are freaking out.

Yet it really is hard to see how concerning the appointment of Kathy Chen should actually be.

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