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

Dr Kerry Brown: Chinese will never leave a region rich in black gold

Whatever the facts behind the terrible events in Xinjiang, they underline one of the key vulnerabilities of China: its insecure energy resources. The problem is at the very heart of China's strategy for the future and Hu Jintao was wise to leave the G8 meeting in Italy to return to China. Mishandling Urumqi now could be devastating both for the future stability of the country he leads and for the Communist Party he heads.

China vows executions for rioters behind killings

China flooded the capital of western Xinjiang province with security forces today after ethnic riots left at least 156 dead. The city's Communist Party boss promised those behind the killings would be executed.

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Communist countries may do capitalism these days but they don’t do spirituality

Confucius, he say 'Action!': Film aims to bring philosopher's thinking to the masses

China's most famous thinker has long been condemned as the enemy of communism. But his philosophy is back in fashion – and now the state is funding a film about his life. Clifford Coonan reports from Beijing

Clifford Coonan: Will China keep the flame alight?

Clear blue skies. A shiny, fast-moving new city. The warm applause of a global audience. And a fantastic haul of gold medals to boot. The Communist Party will be very happy this weekend when the closing festivities of the Beijing Olympic Games mark, as predicted, China's re-emergence as a global superpower.

China to have more web users than US

China may be about to overtake the United States as home to the world's biggest number of webizens, but the country's 210 million internet users are unlikely to be spending too much time surfing for porn as the Great Firewall of China seeks to stop smut.

Harlequins 16 Saracens 20: Skirving's late lunge saves Saracens' skins

Saracens pulled off a thrilling victory over Harlequins at the Stoop last night after it looked as if the home side had just nicked the Premiership win for themselves.

China: the true costs of success

As President Hu Jintao arrives in Britain on a controversial state visit, these are the true costs of the economic success story of our age

War In The Balkans - China: Bomb victims' ashes return

PRIVATE grief mingled with political propaganda yesterday as China brought home its dead and wounded from Belgrade - the raw emotion of the bereaved piercing the artifice of Communist Party ritual.

China grooms Hu, the next emperor

THE REST of the world will this week get its first real chance to see China's new emperor-in-waiting.

China: The Party's `Magnificent Seven' step out in style

China's President Jiang Zemin's has secured his political power base. Economic reform is now secure, but his victory probably means a setback for political reform. Teresa Poole looks at winners and losers.

Deng waves in the new leaders

CHINA'S 88-year-old supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, came out of seclusion yesterday as the Communist Party's new Politburo, from which his successor is likely to come, was revealed.
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