A boatman on the pier.

1949: A time for change - A pictorial journey with Hsu Chung-mao

In the first of an ongoing series of photo essays on China, we turn back the clock to look at how turbulence shook Nanjing and Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War, and how the two cities came to symbolise the resilience of the Chinese people.
China’s rapid rise and sustainable growth have generated enough force to give rise to new national institutions. (iStock)

Dawn of a new history: The search and re-creation of China's political and economic systems

China has established its own economic, social, and political systems. It is writing a new history and setting itself apart from the West.