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

Nearly half of Chinese dairies to stop work

Government regulators say nearly half of all dairies in China are being denied new licenses and shut down after failing inspections to clean up the scandal-plagued dairy industry.

Snooker: Quarter-final exit for Higgins in China

World no 1 John Higgins was knocked out of the China Open at the quarter-final stage yesterday, falling to former world champion Shaun Murphy.

Video: Toddler weighs in at 60kg

A three-year-old in China weighs five times more than an average boy of his age.

China: Monk sets himself on fire in protest

A Tibetan monk who set himself on fire in an anti-government protest – and was then beaten and kicked by police – has died.

Likelihood of Chinese revolt 'unrealistic'

China will not succumb to the kind of unrest rocking authoritarian governments across the Middle East, a senior official has said – despite a rash of detentions and censorship which suggests Beijing remains nervous.

China to execute Uighur murderers

The country's highest court has approved the executions of four men convicted of a series of murders in the restive western region of Xinjiang last year.

Video: Anger over China's goldfish 'trick'

Animal activists in China have called on the country's state broadcaster not to repeat a "trick" that involves goldfish swimming in sync.

Video: Knife stuck in man's head for four years

A Chinese man has had a ten-inch blade removed from his head after four years of self-medication with pain-killing injections.

China V Japan

The news that China has overtaken Japan as the world’s largest economy comes as no great surprise.

Coming to a boutique near you: the march of China’s currency

Chinese consumer power is becoming so mighty major British shops will soon need to stock and accept Chinese currency, according to an Oxford University historian. Several luxury retailers in London have recently installed China Union- Pay debit card terminals, rarely seen outside their home nation, to cash in on the rapid growth in spending by Chinese millionaires. And renminbi, more commonly known as the Chinese yuan, is already accepted by Selfridges.

China raises interest rates to curb inflation

Evidence that high inflation is a concern not just for the Bank of England came yesterday as the Chinese central bank raised interest rates for the third time in four months. The increase of 0.25 percentage points is designed to curb price rises and a real-estate bubble.

Fortnums looks to sell tea in China

The chief executive of Fortnum & Mason, the luxury London grocer, has revealed that it is researching locations in China for its first overseas foray for more than 80 years. Beverley Aspinall said Fortnum & Mason was "definitely" looking at China. However, she hinted that the 300-year-old food retailer may open in the Middle East first.

Spectre of currency war rears its head at Davos

A fight is looming between rich and poor countries over the value of the dollar and other key currencies, as governments use monetary tricks to boost their national recovery at the expense of other nations, political and business leaders warned today.

Stephen King: Sartorial diplomacy won't be enough as the Chinese grow more confident

The US borrowed too much and invested it in real estate, but many US policymakers are keen to blame China

China shuts down 60,000 porn sites in 2010

China shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, a government spokesman said yesterday. He vowed no let-up in the country's campaign against material deemed obscene.

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