Will China's new food safety rules work?
- 30 September 2015
The harvest has come early to a small organic farm just outside Beijing. Workers can only manage a brief smile and a glance upwards as they place vegetables into boxes bound for market.
Standing in the background is Liu Yujing. She sticks out as the only one not covered in dirt. That's because she's just here to watch. She runs an organics delivery business that buys vegetables from this farm and others. Ms Liu started her company with other concerned parents, not for profit, but out of fear.
"In the very beginning, I just wanted to find safe food for my daughter," she explains. "Other mums and I read books on food safety issues. We realised how serious the problems were and decided to do something ourselves."
Ms Liu admits that her delivery service, the Green League, has fought an uphill battle to find farmers willing to use organic methods. And also, to locate customers willing to pay more for clean food.
'Decades-old frozen meat'
"When we started in 2010, many consumers didn't know what organic meant," Ms Liu explains. "They asked me, is organic a type of chemical? Now, they know. More and more people are promoting this concept."
Beijing meddling claims over Hong Kong University post
- 30 September 2015
What was supposed to be a routine internal promotion at a top university has morphed into an unprecedented battle for academic freedom in Hong Kong.
Last night, the University of Hong Kong's governing council voted against giving the pro-vice chancellor position to Johannes Chan, a human rights lawyer.
Mother or girlfriend - who do you save?
- 28 September 2015
If forced to choose, would you save your mother or your girlfriend from a burning building?
It's a classic sticky question in China. And this year, it was a key part of China's national judicial examination, posed to future lawyers and judges. Those who pass the test are allowed to practise law in China.
Did Taiwan fans give Bon Jovi a bad name in China?
- 27 September 2015
Rocking a Chinese stadium has been Jon Bon Jovi's dream for a long time, but earlier this month Chinese authorities abruptly cancelled the American rock singer's China tour dates, reportedly because he featured the Dalai Lama in previous concerts.
Sources have told the BBC that Taiwanese fans had sent the Chinese authorities pictures of those concerts, showing Bon Jovi singing on stage with images of the Tibetan spiritual leader as the backdrop.
China blog: Who is Xi Dada?
- 23 September 2015
"If my husband is like him, I will be happy," proclaims one girl.
"His face is a bit cute," explains a young man. "Everybody looks at him and they just like him."
Wang Qiaoling's battle to find missing lawyer husband, Li Heping
- 9 September 2015
Faced with injustice. there are many people in China who make a perfectly understandable choice: it is better to protect yourself and your family than to risk the wrath of the authorities by speaking out.
And then there are those who have nothing left to lose.
China's lavish parade to mark 50 years in Tibet
- 8 September 2015
China has marked 50 years since it established Tibet as what it calls an "autonomous region", by holding a large parade in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
The event, which featured large colourful floats and military marches, was attended by senior Communist Party officials.
What is China trying to prove with military parade?
- 2 September 2015
Imagine a parade showing off China's most recent global accomplishments, highlighting the progress made in the 70 years since World War Two.
Perhaps the scientists who designed China's lunar rover could lead the way. Earlier this year, Chinese researchers unveiled the first new discoveries about the Moon to be made in decades.
How safe is Tianjin after explosions?
- 21 August 2015
More than a week after a warehouse packed with hazardous chemicals exploded in the Chinese city of Tianjin, many are still scared that poisons lurk in the air, the ground or the water.
"It smelled strange when it rained yesterday," one Tianjin resident wrote online. "And I've been coughing for days. If the reports are true that there is nerve gas here, I'll wear a mask."
Joshua Wong: 'We had no clear goals' in Hong Kong protests
- 2 August 2015
Wherever Joshua Wong goes in Hong Kong, the teenage political activist is instantly recognised.
In the space of just half an hour in the Admiralty district, two young professionals and a group of middle-aged women greet him warmly, asking to pose for photos with him on their mobile phones.