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If local unrest swells into national protest, will they choose liberalisation or repression

China sends troops to dig out hundreds of people buried under mudslides

Chinese troops dug with their hands through muddy debris yesterday to try to find 1,300 people missing when flood water and landslides swept through an isolated town killing at least 127 people. A wall of mud, rocks and water pummelled the isolated valley town of Zhouqu, tearing buildings from their foundations and overturning cars.

China and Taiwan sign historic trade pact

China and Taiwan signed a tariff-slashing trade pact today that boosts economic ties and further eases political tensions six decades after the rivals split amid civil war.

Prime Minister to visit China in November

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit China in November, Downing Street has confirmed.

David Usborne: Choppy waters ahead in world of Realpolitik

Is Canada hoping to preen this weekend as it plays host first to the G8 today and from tomorrow night the G20 summit? All countries would – Britain basked aplenty last year when the circus came to London – which is why little has been spared in preparing for the two gatherings. So no one had better grumble.

Hu Jintao joins relief effort in quake zone

China's President Hu Jintao flew to the remote and ruined Yushu county to speed up relief distribution yesterday, as Tibetan monks prayed for the victims of an earthquake that killed at least 1,706 people.

World on course for catastrophic 6° rise, reveal scientists

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No concessions on strength of the yuan

There had been a flurry of optimism in the currency markets that perhaps the Chinese would use the occasion of Barack Obama's visit to announce they would finally allow their currency to rise to a level more fitting for the emerging economic powerhouse of Asia.

Leaders plan a 'two-step' environment deal

President Barack Obama joined other leaders of the Asia-Pacific nations yesterday in accepting that a long-planned summit in Copenhagen next month on climate change will be unable to forge a new global treaty on cutting greenhouse emissions and will have to put off reaching a final deal until next year or even later.

Sarah Sands: Why it takes a mother to make the male of the species blush

No matter how powerful the man, he can always be embarrassed by his mum

James Moore: The Chinese economic dragon roars

Outlook While the rest of the world remains mired in economic gloom, the Chinese dragon is roaring again. Figures on its economic growth always have to be viewed with a certain amount of scepticism.

Chinese police break up Uighur protest at mosque

US urges Chinese leaders to show restraint in tackling ethnic unrest in Xinjiang

China calls on members of Party to quell violence

China's leaders vowed to maintain stability in the west of the country yesterday in their first public comments on the ethnic riots that killed more than 150 people. Later, 8,000 troops took part in a show of force, marching through an area of the Xinjiang province's capital that was among the worst hit by the violence.

Adrian Hamilton: Why China's President left the G8

The local Uighurs see their identity being swamped by Han Chinese, as in Tibet

Soldiers storm city in turmoil

China's President Hu Jintao abandons G8 summit as paramilitary take over streets
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