A Chinese millionaire's £1bn plan to 'transform' Sheffield
- 25 July 2016
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."
Wives of China's human rights lawyers protest in Beijing
- 4 July 2016
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.
Western leaders’ stage-managed press conferences in China
- 18 June 2016
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.
Grace Geng: Chinese dissident's daughter proud of her 'brave' father
- 14 June 2016
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.
The Chinese lawyer who had his clothes ripped off in court
- 7 June 2016
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.
Hong Kong art display hiding political message cancelled
- 23 May 2016
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.
Cultural Revolution: No desire to dwell on the past
- 16 May 2016
Chinese people aged over 50 experienced the Cultural Revolution first hand.
If you were born in 1966, you were 10 when it finished.
China's military release action-packed rap recruitment video
- 3 May 2016
"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.
Hong Kong journalists protest at editor's sacking with blank columns
- 28 April 2016
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.
Social media cries foul over Twitter's new China boss
- 19 April 2016
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.