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

Is China the investment opportunity of the year, or a bubble?

While famed fund manager Anthony Bolton is backing China, experts warn to be wary.

Leading article: America tweaks the Chinese dragon's tail

Barack Obama was right to ignore Beijing and meet the Dalai Lama

Adrian Hamilton: Spiritual leader deserves full honour

If President Obama intended to make a firm gesture by meeting the exiled Dalai Lama yesterday, it has to be said that it was a very tentative one.

Vanessa Rossi: Give China a break... its economy is saving the rest of us from a slump

China proved, yet again, that it is recession-proof, even withstanding a once-in-a-century global shock

China accuses EU over 'illegal' shoe tariffs

China has has accused the European Union of imposing illegal tariffs on leather shoes imported into the 27-country region in a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move follows the EU's controversial decision in December to extend for 15 months anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese shoes from January.

Sarkozy lashes out at bonuses but shows support for Brown

In a dramatic set-piece address to the World Economic Forum, Nicolas Sarkozy called for radical financial and economic reform. He described the remuneration enjoyed by some bankers as "morally indefensible" and "will no longer be tolerated because they bear no relationship to merit".

David Prosser: Why Google deserves the applause

Outlook There has been a degree of cynicism about Google's threat to withdraw from China, with the company's critics pointing out how little money the search engine makes there. Of Google's $22bn revenue last year, just $210m came from China, estimates the researcher Analysys International. With Google earning less than 1 per cent of its money in China, pulling out is no great blow, you might say, especially given the credit it will earn from the gesture in many other parts of the world.

Great Firewall of China 'contains pirated code'

A US software maker is suing China and seven major computer makers on accusations of pirating its Cybersitter content filtering software.

James Moore: Mr Bolton with Chinese characteristics

Outlook When Anthony Bolton speaks, it usually pays to listen. Quite literally, given the way Fidelity's Special Situations fund performed when he was in charge of it.

Leading article: Mr Obama's Chinese diplomacy

President Obama's talks in China offer a precious opportunity to strengthen and recalibrate the world's most important bilateral relationship. Few dramatic public breakthroughs are likely as a result of his visit; his public urgings at his town hall-style meeting with students in Shanghai on human rights are unlikely to be any more successful than similar appeals by his predecessors in improving Beijing's dismal record in this field. But in his private session with President Hu Jintao, the stakes could hardly be higher.

Lee Valley Poems, By Yang Lian

For the Chinese dissident poet Yang Lian, in transit since the repressions of 1989, Stoke Newington starts to become a truly "local" place "the fourth year you see the very last apple on the branch".

Family appeal to China to spare son's life

The family of a mentally ill Briton facing the death penalty in China have appealed for his life to be spared.

China bans foreign investment in online games

China has banned foreign investment into its lucrative online games industry in an effort to tighten control over its virtual worlds.

Stephen King: US policymakers playing with fire as the dollar continues to tumble

A dollar collapse would be a disaster all round. It would drive up the cost of borrowing in the US

Stephen Foley: It’s not game over for the dollar yet

US Outlook: Richard Fisher, head of the Federal Reserve's Dallas branch, calls the foreign exchange market a "manic depressive mechanism," and we just closed a particularly manic week. To listen to the hubbub from the trading desks, you would think we have passed into a new world economic order, with the dollar consigned to history as the dominant reserve currency. To all this, I just want to say: not so fast.

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