Armed police move in against Chinese anti-plant protesters
- 29 June 2015
For six days last week, thousands of people protested in the streets in Jinshan, a Shanghai suburb.
They believe the government plans to build a chemical plant making paraxylene, or PX, a material used in polyester clothing and plastic bottles.
Jinshan's protests attracted thousands more people every day. They appeared to be tolerated by the authorities until they moved to heart of Shanghai, the city's financial centre.
Then, armed police swept in to shut down the demonstration. They arrested dozens of people on Saturday, hauling them away in three city buses.
"Those who yelled slogans were taken away," explained one person who participated in the protest. He would only give his surname, Zhang. "People were shouting things like 'Chemical refinery, stay out of Jinshan!'"
Why is China's female prison population growing?
- 25 June 2015
Her long grey hair hanging down her back, Ding Yuxin wept in a Chinese courtroom last December. Following a one-day trial, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for bribing government officials.
When the verdict was announced, Ding wobbled on her feet and was steadied by security guards. Tears rolled down her face.
Occupy gone sour? 'Bomb plot' in Hong Kong
- 16 June 2015
The last time the spectre of bombs exploding on the streets hung over Hong Kong, the city was still a British colony.
In 1967, a labour dispute escalated into protests led by Maoist groups that eventually resulted in 51 deaths and thousands injured.
China's teenage spin doctors
- 15 June 2015
A week ago, an unusual job advertisement popped up on a Chinese university website.
Mianyang University is recruiting volunteer internet commentators, the post explained.
Chinese armpit hair competition triggers online debate
- 8 June 2015
"Should I shave my armpit hair?" It is a question that often bothers Xiao Meili, a prominent women's rights activist in China.
"Girls are often anxious about their armpit hair as if it's a sign of being dirty or uncivilized," Ms Xiao said. "But we should have the freedom to choose whether to accept what grows naturally on our bodies."
Yangtze sinking: Questions raised over Eastern Star
- 3 June 2015
As with all disasters, the sinking of the Eastern Star raises many important questions.
How did the boat turn over so quickly that none of the 456 people on board was able to call for help or raise the alarm?
Gay woman challenges Hong Kong in landmark trial
- 14 May 2015
Hong Kong bills itself as Asia's World City, a cutting-edge metropolis that effortlessly fuses the traditional and the modern.
But on the subject of rights for sexual minorities, gay rights activists say the city is firmly stuck in the past.
The trouble with China's anti-corruption campaign
- 5 May 2015
A ruling in Shanghai banning the husbands, wives and children of top officials from running businesses is meant, of course, to allay the deep public concern about official abuse of power.
But, as has so often been the case throughout China's much-vaunted anti-corruption campaign, the tougher the rhetoric grows the wider the ridicule becomes.
China says no to amateur weathermen
- 1 May 2015
You may not be able to control the weather - but you can control the forecasts.
China's amateur meteorologists, or indeed anyone with an opinion on whether it might rain, now need to watch out.
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.