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China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

China’s new President Xi Jinping

China's elite linked to 'offshore tax havens'

Relative of President Xi Jinping accused of being a director of an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands

Xi Jinping: China’s new President told legislators to fight against hedonism and extravagance

The China Dream: new leadership pledges reform

President Xi Jinping promises renaissance while cutting corruption and tackling pollution

Editorial: The fateful choices for China’s new leaders

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

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.

China's president Hu Jintao quits as party chief

China's president Hu Jintao has stepped aside as ruling party leader to clear the way for vice president Xi Jinping to take over as part of only the second orderly transfer of power in 63 years of Communist rule.

Wen Jiabao has tried to cultivate a ‘grandfatherly image'

China blocks New York Times website over report on wealth amassed by family of premier Wen Jiabao

China has denounced a report in The New York Times detailing the vast riches accumulated by Premier Wen Jiabao’s family, and today it blocked the newspaper’s English and Chinese language websites.

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.

Chinese slowdown sparks fear on recovery

China fuelled fears over a flagging global recovery yesterday as the world's second-biggest economy showed its weakest pace of growth since 2009 in the opening three months of the year.

Satyajit Das: China can't rescue the world because its recent growth is largely illusion

Midweek View: Alarge portion of China consists of 'survivors' whose incomes allow them to buy only basic foods and necessities

Leading article: No longer such plain sailing in China

The succession of comments this week by the Chinese leadership on the sudden sacking of the Communist Party boss of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, suggests both a nervousness about the public response to the fall of this popular leader and a determination to ensure a stable transition to a new leadership this autumn.

Bo Xilai: His calls for a 'red revival' - a return to the ideological days of Chairman Mao - attracted controversy

Leading Chinese politician sacked over police scandal

Communist party chief in Chongqing dismissed after his right-hand man visits US consulate

The Canton Tower rises above Guangzhou, but for all the gleaming skyscrapers, China remains combustible

Great fall of China: will it crash land?

The bright lights of the economic juggernaut are fading. In Guangzhou, Ben Chu finds out what could lie ahead

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.

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence PM (video)

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One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion.

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