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

Seven killed in China stabbing rampage

Seven people were killed and 22 injured when two knife-wielding men hijacked a truck and then attacked a crowd, Chinese police sources said.

41 killed in bus fire in central China

An overloaded double-decker bus burst into flames on a highway in central China early today, killing 41 people on board and injuring six, state media said.

Four die in raid on China police station

Two attackers, a policeman and a civilian were killed today during an attack on a police station in China's far western Xinjiang region, state media reported.

Basketball: Foot injury makes Chinese giant Yao walk away from NBA

The Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming, China's most recognisable athlete, has retired from basketball.

China calls reports of Jiang Zemin's death 'pure rumour'

China has dismissed as "pure rumour" reports that retired president Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died.

Leading article: The long march of history

"It's too soon to tell" was the response Zhou Enlai, the first prime minister of China's Communist government, supposedly gave to a question about the historical significance of the French Revolution.

Stick with China, says Bolton, as his investors lose 20 per cent in first half

The veteran investor Anthony Bolton claimed yesterday that the case for investing in China was as strong as ever, despite the fact that the value of the fund he manages has slipped by a fifth since the start of the year, and is languishing below its net asset value.

Video: '100 killed' as China floods continue

Severe floods are continuing to inundate southern and eastern China - reports suggest more than 100 people have been killed.

Chinese flood waters set to rise

Torrential rains which have left more than 170 people dead or missing in China are forecast to continue.

Video: Floods destroy homes in China

Thousands affected by destructive floods in province of Guizhou in south west China.

Hit-and-run stirs ethnic tensions in Inner Mongolia

Police tightened security in the capital of China's vast region of Inner Mongolia yesterday after nearly a week of protests.

China: Chemicals cause melons to explode

Fields of watermelons have been exploding in China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather.

China's surging exports adds to tensions with US

China's trade surplus with the rest of the world surged in April, with record exports driving the world's second-largest economy to a $11.4bn (£6.97bn) positive balance for the month.

New Chinese fleet to secure disputed waters

China's ocean monitoring agency says it is adding ships and personnel to beef up enforcement of the country's vast maritime claims.

Stephen Foley: A question of 'when', not 'if' – and not 'who'

Outlook So the Greek authorities are investigating a stock-market rumour that it plans to use the cover of the Easter weekend to "restructure" – read "default" – on its debt.

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