Clifford Coonan

Clifford Coonan is a reporter for The Independent, based in Beijing.

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A family member of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane is mobbed by journalists at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Malaysia Airlines plane: 239 feared dead as search for missing Boeing 777 reveals two oil slicks in the Gulf of Thailand

Two passengers on the plane were travelling on stolen passports

Crowds of jubilant students surge through a police cordon before pouring into Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989. Wu'er Kaixi managed to escape into exile in the crackdown that followed

Wu’er Kaixi: The Chinese dissident who can't get himself arrested - not even to go home and see his sick parents

Wu’er Kaixi, living in exile in Taiwan, has tried to hand himself in to Chinese authorities several times, to no avail. As the activist tries to reunite with his ailing parents, Tiananmen Square continues to define him

A vehicle burns in Tiananmen Square, China

China arrests five suspected Islamist militants over Tiananmen Square jeep 'terrorist attack'

Authorities now describe the incident on Monday, which killed five and left dozens injured, as a terrorist attack

The crash killed the occupants as well as two tourists

Tiananmen Square ‘suicide crash’ blamed on Uighurs

Police have been engaged in a citywide manhunt for two suspects, reportedly from the ethnic Muslim minority from the restive Xinjiang province in the far west of China

Schwarzman has personally contributed £62m to the programme

Wall Street mogul Stephen Schwarzman unveils £186m scholarship programme in China for students from around the world

The scheme’s advisory board includes Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy and Colin Powell

‘Please release him’: yesterday’s ‘New Express’ newspaper

Chinese newspaper that dared to speak out in front-page appeal for reporter’s release

Journalist queried business dealings of state-run company

Mao Zedong features in an animated film about his teenage years

Postcard from... Beijing

Mao Zedong’s face already adorns every bank note, and a portrait of the Great Helmsman graces the gates of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing. Now China’s founding father is set to feature in an animated film about his teenage years.

A Chinese couple sold their baby daughter and spent the money on an iPhone

Chinese couple 'sold their baby daughter to buy an iPhone'

A Shanghai couple faces jail for alleged human trafficking after “selling” their baby daughter and spending the money on an iPhone, expensive trainers and other luxury goods.

The new headquarters of the People's Daily newspaper

Postcard from... Beijing

Postcard from... Beijing

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