The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever trade delegation to China. But what value do these junkets really deliver?
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Friday 09 October 2009
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Few things would be more powerfully symbolic of the shift in the balance of global economic power than to have oil traded in the Chinese renminbi rather than the American dollar.
Sunday 23 August 2009
The way that Timothy Brook teases out trade routes, struggles for power and the delicate dance of international relations from an image of a hat or a china bowl is truly mesmerising. In this accessible but authoritative study, he relies on five paintings by Vermeer (and Girl with a Pearl Earring isn't one of them) for his history of the Dutch reach for global power, and shows, better than anyone I've read so far, the truly subversive power of detail – especially when it's brought to the fore instead of filling in the background.
Thursday 06 August 2009
Chinese police are investigating a bootcamp for Internet addicts after a teenage boy died, apparently following a severe beating, just hours after checking in, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Wednesday.
Tuesday 04 August 2009
An unfinished factory building collapsed amid a violent thunderstorm today in northern China, killing 17 people, state media and a government official said.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
State media reports the death toll for July 5 ethnic riots in western China has risen to 192.
Monday 13 July 2009
Tuesday 16 June 2009
Friday 12 June 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
Today China speaks to the world, louder and in more mixed voices than ever before. But what of the "silent generation" of elders whose burden of loss and regret makes them all-but inaudible ghosts at the boom-time feast?
Tuesday 02 June 2009
Thursday 26 March 2009
China has criticised a newly released US report on Beijing's growing military power as a "gross distortion" and interference in its affairs.
Saturday 21 March 2009
Now, this is most enjoyable. David Cameron's stealthy acceptance of Labour's plan to impose a new 45 per cent rate of tax on incomes over £150,000 a year from April 2011 has thrown the Conservatives into a blue funk.
Saturday 31 January 2009
Saturday 24 January 2009
Outlook: Exchange rate worries swept back on to the international agenda this week with a leading financier opining that the pound was "finished", various eurozone nations expressing concern over sterling's dramatic devaluation, the new US Treasury Secretary accusing the Chinese of "manipulating" their currency to prevent it appreciating against the dollar, and the Japanese hinting at renewed currency intervention to stop the yen rising any further.
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