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

Tension mounts as China and US trade insults over currency

Chinese complain about US legislation designed to penalise their exporters

David Prosser: The currency war that no one really wants to talk about

Outlook So much for international co-operation. The G20 has already given up its attempts to agree a unified approach to the taxation of banks in the wake of the financial crisis. Now it is refusing to discuss the huge imbalances in the global economy that made that crisis possible in the first place.

Taiwan back in step with Confucius

Taiwanese students have performed Ba Yi Wu, a traditional dance, during a ceremony in Taipei to celebrate Confucius's birthday.

US anger mounts over Chinese exchange rate

US lawmakers tore into China for what they said was the country's manipulation of its currency, which they said has been kept artificially low against the dollar to boost its manufacturing sector at the expense of American jobs.

Scores of airline pilots faked CVs

More than 200 pilots working for Chinese airlines faked their CVs, with more than half of them working for the parent company of an airline involved in the country's worst crash in years, a report said yesterday.

The 60-mile traffic jam that lasted nine days

The end may now be in sight for frustrated drivers who have endured a nine-day, 100 km- (60 miles) long traffic jam on a highway leading into Beijing, state media said today.

Four killed in China after river bursts banks

Flooding has killed four people and forced the evacuation of 94,000 others in the northern Chinese port city of Dandong after heavy rains caused the Yalu river to breach its banks.

Evacuations needed following China floods

Flooding has forced the evacuation of 94,000 people in the north China port city of Dandong after heavy rains caused the Yalu river to breach its banks, state media said today.

Sean O'Grady: China's growth has shaky foundations

Imagine you own a thriving shop. You offer the best prices. People travel miles to buy your wares, and you've been making substantial profits. You have one customer in particular who is extremely reliable. Problem is, for some years you have had to lend him the money to buy stuff from the shop, usually out of the profits you make from him. He's happy to borrow, and you're content to hold on to his IOUs because he's never reneged on a debt. But lately your best punter has been getting some gip at home. Some family members are worried that they owe too much to the shopkeeper, and wonder whether he is being manipulative. Deep down, you, the shopkeeper, begin to doubt the wisdom of holding all those IOU's.

Edwin Pak-wah Leung: His speeches after earthquakes and floods show it is more than just an act

From what I've seen from Chinese news clips, I don't think that Wen Jiabao is performing. It's something that he can do with all of his heart. Instead of going through the political structure, this is his way of going to the people, although there may be others – including Chinese dissidents – who might be sceptical. It you really examine his speeches when he goes out to the people after the earthquakes and the flooding, it's not pretence.

Irish boy wins Chinese story-telling competition

An Irish boy has defeated dozens of native speakers to finish in the top five of the All China Storytelling competition for his performance in Mandarin Chinese of "Little Red Riding Hood" – complete with red headwear.

Three Sisters, By Bi Feiyu, trans. Howard Goldblatt & Sylvia Li-Chun Lin

Tragicomedy as a sleeping giant awakes

Gibbons pins hopes on China orders

Stanley Gibbons posted a 10 per cent rise in profits as it pinned its hopes on an orders boost from the Chinese stamp market.

The view from Liverpool: 'The city has had a long and glorious relationship with China. We are all excited'

As far as the red half of Liverpool is concerned this week, the phrase "better the devil you know" has, for the most part, simply ceased to exist.

Man held after nursery stabbings in eastern China

A knife-wielding man went on the rampage in a kindergarten in eastern China, leaving three children and one teacher dead in the country's latest school attack, locals said yesterday.

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