The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever trade delegation to China. But what value do these junkets really deliver?
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Saturday 11 December 2010
China stepped up moves to absorb the extra cash sloshing around its economy yesterday by raising the amount of money that lenders must keep on reserve for the third time in a month.
Monday 06 December 2010
When the sport of the elite becomes a sport for the masses, it's time to notch up a victory for social mobility. And when that sport has been associated, not just with any old elite, but with actual kings, and the masses are the billion-plus population of China, the transition is all the more striking.
Saturday 04 December 2010
European Union duties on screws and bolts from China break trade rules and should be revised, the World Trade Organisation said, in a ruling that marks a victory for China in its first WTO dispute against Europe.
Thursday 25 November 2010
The Vatican denounced China yesterday for ordaining a bishop without papal consent, accusing the government-backed church of damaging the faith and warning that the bishop risked excommunication.
Monday 22 November 2010
Rescuers have saved 29 men from underground floods in a Chinese coal mine.
Monday 15 November 2010
Sunday 14 November 2010
In his introduction to this anthology of British landscape poetry, Owen Sheers imagines the book as a "conversation" between poets of different eras. His inclusions are solidly predictable, but the juxtapositions are shrewdly done, setting up a kind of call-and-response effect across the ages. Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" ("Dull would he be of soul who could pass by/ A sight so touching in its majesty") is placed next to Alice Oswald's "Another Westminster Bridge" (in which "a million shut-away eyes glance once/ restlessly at the river's ruts and glints" and then "wander swiftly away"), so the reader can compare contemplative romantic and restless modern.
Friday 12 November 2010
Betsy Tobin's fourth novel is the story of an imagined survivor of the 2004 disaster in Morecambe Bay which claimed the lives of 21 Chinese cockle-pickers. Illegal immigrant Wen's fate is interwoven with those of two women, his twin sister Lili and depressive alcoholic Angie, who has aborted her own suicide attempt in order to pull him half-drowned from the sea.
Monday 01 November 2010
Shanghai wrapped up its record-breaking World Expo yesterday with a lavish display of Chinese national pride.
Sunday 31 October 2010
The 437m tower is the tallest structure ever built to a design by a British architect.
Monday 25 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
Tuesday 12 October 2010
The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington has ended in disagreement. The "currency wars", identified by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's managing director, are set to continue. In Washington, China was accused by the West of manipulating its currency in order to boost its exports. Western nations, for their part, were accused by China of destabilising the global economy by slashing official interest rates.
Monday 11 October 2010
Monday 04 October 2010
Chinese premier Wen Jibao yesterday pledged to help Europe's faltering economy into recovery, but urged the EU to drop the remaining barriers to high- tech exports and recognise China as a "full market economy".
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