China bank funds buy stake in Mediobanca

Italy has been focal point of Beijing’s €5bn Europe investment push

Talks to end HK protests make little progress

Government offers few concrete concessions to protesters

Economics underpins HK political divide

Dynamism comes at the price of the widest income gap in the developed world

EU and China agree truce on trade spats

Brussels drops case against Huawei and ZTE

Leung warns protesters not to test China

HK chief ready to listen to suggestions for ending demonstrations

Beijing puts rule of law on agenda

Plenary unlikely to make changes that would curb party power

ExIm warns US of export risk from China

New Beijing development banks could crowd out threatened agency

Chinese doctors tackle Ebola on frontline

Sierra Leone’s Friendship Hospital treats up to eight new patients every day

Unrest in China leaves 22 dead

Uighur assailants attack Han Chinese merchants in Xinjiang

Hong Kong agrees date for protest talks

Government and students to meet over rising tensions

China and Vietnam to resume military ties

Tensions soothed after South China Sea stand-off

China’s online lenders offer mortgages

Peer-to-peer downpayment loans let buyers skirt requirements

Beijing marathon choked by smog

Some 30,000 runners brave heavy pollution in China’s capital

China’s developers rebuild business model

Companies change tack as house prices fall

HK’s ‘Umbrella Square’ takes shape

Centre point of Hong Kong’s tent city is still a bustling hive of activity

China banks: inequality rules

Bank of China issues first ever preference share

Hong Kong leader revives offer of talks

Government says it wants dialogue but will still seek to clear the streets

Bank of China in record $6.5bn Coco sale

Chinese lenders bolster capital in face of bad debt risk

China Plenum to focus on rule of law

Meeting of elites comes as party flexes extrajudicial muscles

China sends anti-Ebola drug to Africa

Military sends enough doses to treat 10,000 people