Explosion at factory in China kills 65

Philip Wen A powerful explosion has ripped through a factory in eastern China, killing at least 65 people and injuring more than 150 others.

China to ease urban registration rules

A labourer rests inside a concrete pipe near a residential area in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

Chris Buckley The Chinese government this week issued proposals to break down barriers that a nationwide household registration system has long imposed between rural and urban residents and among regions,...

China confirms new generation nuclear-capable ICBM that can target US

A first generation Dongfeng-1 ballistic missile in the hall of weapons at the Chinese Military Museum in Beijing.

China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reports.

China lifts air controls caused by military drills

Passengers at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai look at flight information this week.

Kazunori Takada China will on Friday lift air traffic control measures imposed to allow military drills and which have caused major delays and cancellations of flights.

Canada pushes China on cyberattacks after research breach

Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (left) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing.

Andrew Mayeda Canada is seeking answers from China after authorities discovered what they say was a state-sponsored cyber-attack on its IT network.

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with working for separatism

Uighur scholar and rights advocate Ilham Tohti.

Philip Wen China has formally indicted Uighur scholar and rights advocate Ilham Tohti on charges of separatism – a crime that carries a potential death sentence.

Right-angle running track built in China

A difficult turn: the track built with right angles in China.

Tom Phillips Sports officials hoping to nurture young athletics talent in north-east China have put their rising stars at something of a disadvantage - by building a running track with right-angled corners.

Inequality dogs China - and US - economies

Inequality poses a problem in China - and the US. A woman and a child beg on the street in Beijing.

Philip Wen As China’s economy first opened up to market-based reform, Deng Xiaoping famously suggested that some naturally, particularly through hard work, “should be allowed to get rich before...

China's president announces investigation into former security chief

Philip Wen, China Corresspondent In what looms as the biggest scalp yet in President Xi Jinping’s audacious campaign against corruption in China’s elite, the ruling Communist Party has announced an investigation into...

China investigates ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Under investigation: Zhou Yongkang.

Philip Wen In what looms as the biggest scalp yet in President Xi Jinping’s audacious campaign against corruption in China’s elite, the ruling Communist Party has announced an investigation into...

Dozens of knife-wielding attackers shot dead by police in China's Xinjiang

Police in Xinjiang.

Ben Blanchard Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers after they staged assaults on two towns in Xinjiang, state media said.

Bubonic plague death in Yumen, China sparks quarantine: Xinhua

Bubonic plague

China has sealed off parts of its northwestern city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonic plague last week, state media reported on Tuesday.

China detains five in fast-food scandal

McDonald’s in China is caught up in a food safety scandal.

Calum MacLeod Police in Shanghai have detained five people from a US-owned Chinese meat processor suspected of supplying expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and other multinational companies...

This picture shows you why China's healthcare system is broken

Riot gear provided to hospitals included helmets, batons and body armour.

Lucy Cormack Chinese authorities are forced to take drastic action to deal with mounting public anger over the parlous state of healthcare.

China’s military muscle-flexing ensnarls air traffic

Show of strength: A Chinese People's Liberation Army cadet sits in a Main Battle Tank during a demonstration of military hardware on the outskirts of Beijing.

Philip Wen China will conduct a series of live-fire military training drills in the East China Sea from Tuesday, coinciding with the announcement of massive flight cancellations due to separate wide-scale...

Activist Ye Haiyan who offered free sex to the poor barred by China from visiting Australia

Ye Haiyan offering sex for free at a run-down brothel in 2012 to highlight the plight of rural sex workers.

Philip Wen Chinese authorities have barred one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists from attending an international AIDS conference in Australia, prompting outcry from human...

MH17 crash: China says Australia's response 'rash'

MH17: Tony Abbott demands justice (Thumbnail)

China has warned Western nations against rushing to implicate Russia in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, but said those responsible must be brought to justice for the...


China looms large over MH17 debate at UN Security Council

Power of two: Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks with his Chinese counterpart Liu Jieyi at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on July 14.

John Garnaut It was no accident that Tony Abbott talked about “countries” in the plural form when he fronted Parliament to lambast the kind of behaviour that led to the MH17 disaster.

Fast food chains McDonalds, KFC, in food safety scandal in China

Philip Wen Global fast food chains McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut have been embroiled in a food safety scandal in China

China's rulers team up with notorious 'White Wolf' of Taiwan

John Garnaut The Chinese Communist Party, which came to power promising to break the nexus between politics and crime, has teamed up with a notorious triad figure to help press its claims in Taiwan.