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The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever trade delegation to China. But what value do these junkets really deliver?

Amol Rajan: How to combat our terminal decline? National pride

In 1997, David Brooks and William Kristol, then as now America's leading conservative columnists, wrote a seminal article in The Wall Street Journal calling for a politics of national greatness. "The left has always blamed America first," they wrote. "Conservatives once deplored this. They defended America. And when they sought to improve America, they did so by recalling Americans to their highest principles, and by calling them forward to a grand destiny. What is missing from today's conservatism is the appeal to American greatness."

China's inflation rate slows to 5.5 per cent

Chinese industrial output grew at its weakest annual pace in a year in October and inflation fell sharply, raising expectations Beijing will do more to support economic growth by "fine tuning" policy.

UK retailers pay in Chinese currency

A growing number of UK retailers have started in recent months to pay their Chinese suppliers in renminbi, which can help them to deliver cost savings of about five per cent, according to Barclays Capital.

China economic growth 'shrinks' to 9.1 per cent

The Chinese economy, increasingly seen as the saviour of global economic well-being, grew by a less-than-expected 9.1 per cent in the third quarter, prompting fears that the world's second-largest economy may badly affected by the effects of slowdown in the US and Europe's debt crisis. Gross domestic product grew by 9.1 per cent in the three months to 30 September from a year earlier, down from 9.5 per cent in the previous quarter.

Video: 20 hurt in Chinese tidal surge

20 people have been injured after thousands flocked to see the annual tidal surge in east China's Zhejiang province.

Video: Miners rescued from flooded pit

A group of 22 miners have been rescued after a week in an illegal Chinese pit.

Driver executed for dragging death in China

China has executed a lorry driver for killing an ethnic Mongol herder in a case that sparked Inner Mongolia's largest demonstrations in 20 years.

26 trapped in flooded China mine for days

Twenty-six miners have been trapped for two days in a flooded coal mine in north east China and it could take several more days for rescuers to pump the shaft clear, state media reported today.

Video: 'Monster' hail storm in China

Hail stones the size of rice bowls rain down on cars and smash their windows.

Video: Basketball brawl mars US-China visit

A two minute on court punch-up has marred an international goodwill basketball game on a US state visit to China.

Lenovo profits mired in gloom

China's Lenovo, the world's No 3 PC brand, has joined rivals in flagging up its concerns about the weak global economy and eurozone debt crisis, overshadowing a doubling in first-quarter profits to $109m (£66m).

Video: US-China aircraft carrier 'face off'

China and the US have been flexing their military muscle, showing off their aircraft carriers in the South China Sea.

Stephen King: US downgrade just confirms what we already know – its economy is in a mess

Economic Outlook: The US budgetary position is a mess – in much the same way that the Pope is Catholic and bears do their business in the woods. The downgrade by S&P, the ratings agency, merely confirms what everyone already knew. The symbolism, however, is mightily important.

Hamish McRae: This is no way for the West to carry on

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Fresh Uighur clashes in China leave 11 dead

Police shot dead four people yesterday in the far north-west of China, bringing to 11 the death toll in a weekend of violence in one of the country's most troubled ethnic regions.

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