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

1.3 million flee as China flooding kills 155

Unusually heavy seasonal flooding in China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade, the government reported today.

Landslides and flooding kill 53 in China

A news report says the death toll from flooding and rain-triggered landslides in southern China has climbed to 53 after the bodies of all missing people were recovered.

Seventeen killed in Chinese mine blast

Seventeen miners were killed by a dynamite explosion at a coal mine in central China, authorities said today.

Ten killed in Chinese bus crash

A head-on crash between two buses in southern China killed 10 people and injured an additional 43 early today in the second major bus accident in two days.

'Dead' man returns after 10 years

A chinese man who was supposedly hacked to death in a fight has reappeared in his hometown after 10 years, raising questions about the use of torture by police to extract a confession.

25 dead after tornado in China

A tornado and strong winds in southwestern China killed 25 people and injured more than 150 early today, state media reported.

Taiwan opens office in Beijing

Taiwan set up its first government office in China yesterday, a strong sign of improved relations following decades of hostilities that saw little official contact while the two sides stood at the brink of war.

Shanghai World Expo opens with modest attendance

Hundreds of thousands of visitors (above) waited for hours in the baking sun yesterday on the opening day of the Shanghai World Expo 2010, showcasing China's rise as a modern industrial power.

Beijing sacks party boss in riot-hit area

China has replaced the head of the Communist Party in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, months after deadly ethnic riots. State media reports gave no immediate reason for removing the unpopular Wang Lequan, 65, in office since 1995. He was in charge last July when riots in the regional capital of Urumqi pitted minority Uighurs against ethnic majority Han Chinese. Almost 200 people were killed, mostly Han.

Ships near Reef to be tracked

Australia is planning to impose strict new surveillance on commercial shipping passing through the Great Barrier Reef after a Chinese carrier that ran aground there leaked three tons of oil in the protected waters this month. The new laws will dictate that ships going through the southern part of the reef will be tracked by satellite. The move, which had been under consideration before the Chinese carrier Shen Neng 1 ran aground on a sandbank, extends a system that already covered the northern part of the reef.

Snooker: O'Sullivan builds lead but lets 147 chance slip

Ronnie O'Sullivan yesterday edged towards the last 16 of the World Championship having established a 7-2 lead over Liang Wenbo, a promising Chinese qualifier, in their first-round tie.

Geithner flies to China for talks on currency

US Treasury Secretary visits Beijing after India trip

China 'set to produce more legal highs'

Chinese chemical factories are planning to outsmart the British authorities by providing more "legal highs" if the Government bans mephedrone, it is reported today.

Don't blame the government for dearer petrol

Here we go again. Dearer petrol is something that cannot be blamed on the government or the oil companies. Instead blame the Chinese.

World's shortest man dies aged 21

The world's shortest man, China's He Pingping who was just over 74 cm tall (29 inches), has died at the age of 21 from apparent heart complications, the Guinness World Records book said.

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