IS killing of Chinese hostage: A game changer?
- 19 November 2015
The killing of a Chinese national by the Islamic State (IS) militant group has sent shockwaves across China.
Official reaction was swift. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned IS for the kidnapping and killing of Fan Jinghui, and vowed to "bring the culprits to justice".
Fan Jinghui was killed alongside a Norwegian, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad.
President Xi Jinping, while attending an Apec summit in Manila, reiterated that terrorism was the "common enemy of humanity", and added: "The Chinese government is opposed to all forms of terrorism, and will firmly crack down on any violent and terrorist activities."
It's not clear what actions China might take at this stage.
Hong Kong-China: A growing football rivalry or just politics?
- 17 November 2015
Around the world, there are legendary, dynastic rivalries in football.
Think Turkey versus Greece, England versus Germany and Brazil versus Argentina.
Macau customs chief death raises questions
- 5 November 2015
Just hours after Macau's first female customs chief was found dead of an apparent suicide, the city's chief executive took the unusual step of holding a news conference.
Lai Man-wa, a mother of two, was found dead last Friday in a public toilet at a luxury apartment complex.
Taking stock of China's five year economic model
- 30 October 2015
Big changes lie in store for China in the next five years, as the government announces significant policy shifts in its new blueprint for the country. An end to the one-child policy, and a lowered GDP growth goal are the biggest changes to surface so far.
In the coming weeks and months, more details will emerge, explaining how the plan will be carried out and what objectives will be met. It's worth it to pay attention to the details.
The 'model' example of China's one child policy
- 30 October 2015
Throughout the more than three decades of China's one child policy, few places have borne the brunt quite like Rudong, a county of some one million people in eastern Jiangsu province.
The policy came into effect here first, under Chairman Mao Zedong, and once it had become national policy, in 1979, Rudong's diligent family planning officials went about enforcing it with unrivalled zeal and enthusiasm.
China's Alibaba insures against 'Good Samaritan scams'
- 23 October 2015
A string of incidents in China where people have been caught out while trying to do a good deed has fostered a fear of helping those in need.
In some cases, those trying to help others have then been blamed for causing the injuries - and been sued.
Sherlock and football: Why the Chinese visit to the UK matters
- 19 October 2015
It's what the British Prime Minister David Cameron has called "the golden era of UK-China relations".
London is rolling out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrives on Monday for his first state visit to the UK.
Hong Kong nun accused of embezzlement and sham marriages
- 14 October 2015
Hong Kong officials have arrested four people from the scandal-hit Ting Wai Monastery, whose abbess has been accused of extravagant spending, mishandling donations and engaging in fake marriages.
Local media identified one of the four as Sik Chi Ding, the nun in charge of the Buddhist temple.
Showing another side of China - via Instagram
- 11 October 2015
One night last spring, two veteran photojournalists working in Beijing came up with an interesting idea. Kevin Frayer and Fred Dufour wanted to see more work from other professional photographers inside China, but there was no forum where pros could share - and show off - their work with one another. Kevin and Fred decided to change that.
Quietly, they created the @EyesonChinaProject feed on Instagram, the only collaborative feed featuring Chinese and foreign photographers, inviting some of the best in China to contribute their work. Then they sat back to watch what would happen.
China and cigarettes: The country that won't quit
- 9 October 2015
"Don't smoke! It's killing me!" was a warning my father repeatedly told me as I grew up.
I listened, yet my father only quit a few years ago, at the age of 70, after a lifetime of smoking. He says it is a miracle.