When China woke up to Wham!
- 9 April 2015
Everyone who went to see Wham! perform in China in 1985 seems to remember the same details: the dazzling lights, the overwhelming wave of noise when the music began, and the outfits worn by the duo, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.
In 1985, China was just opening up to the outside world following the tumultuous Cultural Revolution.
At the same time, Wham! were eager to prove that they were the world's biggest pop band. A concert in China was just the ticket.
The duo's manager, Simon Napier-Bell, tried to convince various Chinese officials over lunch that the concert tour was a good idea.
His successful sales pitch hinged on how China would appear to the outside world if George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley were allowed to play. Wham!'s presence would be proof, Mr Napier-Bell reasoned, of the Communist Party's desire to welcome foreigners, and much-needed foreign investment.
China's Ili Pika: The 'magic bunny' goes viral
- 26 March 2015
Everyone on social media is talking about China's "magic bunny", the cutest endangered animal that you have never heard of.
Sixty-year-old retired conservationist Li Weidong has been on a mission for over 30 years to document and protect the highly-endangered Ili Pika - a mysterious rabbit-like mammal only found in China. With less than 1,000 left they are now rarer than pandas.
China breaks the economic bad news gently
- 5 March 2015
What do you do if you're the leader of the world's second largest economy - and you're set to announce your country's lowest economic growth target in 24 years?
Li Keqiang, the premier of China, faced that question as he delivered a lengthy speech marking the start of China's annual parliamentary session. At the heart of the speech: Beijing's forecast of 7% GDP growth in the coming year.
Budget boost for China's military comes with shake-up
- 4 March 2015
China's National People's Congress will open in Beijing on Thursday. Three thousand or so delegates from around the country will converge on Tiananmen Square, to take part in the annual political gathering.
Around one in 10 of those climbing the steps of the Great Hall of the People tomorrow will be in military uniform, representing the People's Liberation Army (PLA) - the world's largest.
Under the Dome: The smog film taking China by storm
- 2 March 2015
Only in China would a documentary on air pollution garner more than 100 million views in less than 48 hours.
Renowned investigative journalist Chai Jing has been widely praised for using her own money - more than 1 million RMB ($159,000: £103,422) - to fund the film, called Under the Dome. She first started the documentary when her infant daughter developed a benign tumour in the womb, which Ms Chai blames on air pollution.
Is Weibo on the way out?
- 24 February 2015
China's internet watchdogs have threatened to enforce real-name registration before. But this time, they're adamant all Chinese citizens must provide their real names and identification numbers before using social media sites starting on 1 March.
Nicknames can be used on the sites, but only after users hand over their personal details to the government.
Graffiti, demolition and angst in Shanghai
- 29 January 2015
Demolition in China is often a sensitive, political subject, touching on the relative powerlessness of local residents in the face of omnipotent local officials.
And while Shanghai has retained more of its old architecture than many Chinese cities, the relentless pace of economic development has still swept large parts of it away.
The case against Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang
- 28 January 2015
Before his detention last May, Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang often posted his thoughts online.
Between 2012 and 2014, Mr Pu wrote thousands of dispatches on weibo, China's version of Twitter.
Stem cell donation: Rare China-UK match
- 19 January 2015
It's an astonishing act of human generosity - one man donating his stem cells to a total stranger living on the other side of the world.
A man working as a driver in Shanghai registered for a stem cell registration drive through his workplace, thinking little would come of it. Shortly after, he received word that his stem cells had been matched, to a boy in England. The needy recipient is just seven years old.
Why China's ruling party is bearing down on 'cliques'
- 5 January 2015
The Chinese Communist Party acknowledges the existence of dangerous cliques.
It is a rare public admission of the existence of factions within a Communist Party which has, for decades, preferred to project a façade of unbreakable unity.