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Newly elected President Xi Jinping is applauded by delegates

2,592 for, 1 against: so who DIDN'T vote Xi Jinping for President?

In only the second peaceful transition since the Communist Party took power, the 59-year-old becomes China's Premier for the next 10 years

Postcard from... Beijing

When China's ruling elite gather for their annual parliament in March, incoming President Xi Jinping has insisted there will be no display of extravagance further to raise hackles about official corruption. No booze, no banquets and no boring speeches.

Li Keqiang, set to become China's premier

Li Keqiang urges deeper urbanization to support China's growth

Li Keqiang, set to become China's premier in March, said the nation must deepen its rural-urban population shift to support growth while avoiding the economic stagnation associated with middle-income countries.

The Communist elite has endorsed the expulsion of politician Bo Xilai

Bo expelled as party cleans up for handover

The ruling Communist elite has endorsed the expulsion of the disgraced politician Bo Xilai and approved final preparations for the party's forthcoming Congress.

The Chongqing Communist Party leader now looks likely to face criminal charges

China's Bo Xilai to face charges

Disgraced Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will face criminal charges, state media has reported.

Police chief faces treason charge over Bo scandal

Wang Lijun, the police chief who triggered China's worst political scandal for two decades when he sought sanctuary at the US consulate in Chengdu with revelations about his ally and mentor Bo Xilai, will be charged with treason as early as next month.

Bombs still fall as Sudan accused of 'declaring war'

Sudan continued with its aerial bombardment of South Sudan yesterday, dropping eight bombs overnight as South Sudan's President said the attacks amounted to a declaration of war by the North.

Tibetan exile dies two days after self-immolation protest

A Tibetan exile, whose self-immolation in Delhi on Monday was caught in harrowing photographs, died yesterday.

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday

A life up in flames at Tibetan protest

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday – the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule in Tibet.

China will spend £67bn on military

China's annual legislative session opens today amid a challenging leadership transition and a day after the country unveiled the latest in string of boosts to defence spending.

Xi Jinping, China’s Vice- President and son of one of the Communist Party's founding fathers, revolutionary Xi Zhongxun

Will China's next leader show his hand?

Xi Jinping seeks to boost relations with 'important high-level interaction' as he flies to Washington

Chinese vow to keep red flag flying on party's 90th birthday

China's Communist Party celebrated its 90th birthday yesterday with propagandist songs, Chairman Mao-themed events and a stern warning from President Hu Jintao that the economy must keep growing for it to retain its grip on power.

Sudanese President's flight to China turns back

A plane carrying Sudan's President to China was forced to turn back yesterday over Turkmenistan, delaying the scheduled visit of Omar al-Bashir, who has an outstanding international arrest warrant against him on war crimes charges.

Leading article: Turbulent times as China chooses its future

When David Cameron signed a £1.4bn trade deal with China yesterday, he might have been forgiven for wondering which China he was dealing with. Until recently, a new revolution appeared to be taking place in the country. Meteoric economic growth seemed to be bringing a greater openness to the world, greater freedoms for China's emerging middle-classes, a fairer legal system and a new awareness of individual rights. But since Mr Cameron went to Beijing last November and gave a tentative thumbs-up, things have been moving in the opposite direction. There is a new nervousness and uncertainty inside China. Its peculiar brand of authoritarian capitalism seems to be reverting to a greater authoritarianism all round. In the struggle between conservative and liberal factions within the leadership, hardliners are firmly in the ascendancy.

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