China's new leaders will soon reveal themselves in a piece of political theatre critics say is out of step with a fast-modernising society.
China's largest internet companies have promised the government they will banish online rumours after whispers of a coup swept through the country.
Artist Ai Weiwei has expressed his regret at contributing to China's successful hosting of the 2008 Olympics by designing the National Stadium.
The Beijing city government has said that it will give users of micro blogs three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences.
High-ranking ANC officials visited China this week in what could be seen as the party's unreserved support for Beijing.
China's one-party rulers may have lost their focus but they retain their ruthless grip on power, writes Peter Ford.
Li Fu is 29, owns five cars and has a diamond-encrusted cell phone. Wang Qingzhan is 44, works as a cleaner and lives with his family in a tiny room.
Guarded documents about trips, one of which was leaked to the M&G, reveal the seriousness with which the party takes the "China way"
China's global media expansion picked up pace this week with the nation's top English-language newspaper launching in the US, company officials said.
Officials are turning a blind eye to routine violations of China's labour law to ease the burden on stricken businesses during the financial downturn.
China's leaders will breathe a sigh of relief as the Beijing Olympics close, turning their attention back on the economy.
A group of Nobel Peace laureates sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urging the Beijing Games host to uphold Olympic ideals by pressing its ally, Sudan, to stop atrocities in Darfur. In more than four years of conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur, 200 000 people have died and 2,5-million have been driven from their homes.
The death toll from China's massive earthquake rose to at least 20 000 on Thursday as rescuers struggled to help survivors and hopes faded for a further 25 000 buried under rubble for more than three days. Three days after the quake, hopes of pulling survivors from the ruins dimmed.
The toll from China's deadliest earthquake in decades climbed to nearly 15Ã‚Â 000 on Wednesday as thousands of troops, firefighters and common civilians battled to save thousands of people buried under rubble and mud. The government sent 50Ã‚Â 000 troops to south-western Sichuan province to dig for victims.