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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 economic growth 'shrinks' to 9.1 per cent

The Chinese economy, increasingly seen as the saviour of global economic well-being, grew by a less-than-expected 9.1 per cent in the third quarter, prompting fears that the world's second-largest economy may badly affected by the effects of slowdown in the US and Europe's debt crisis. Gross domestic product grew by 9.1 per cent in the three months to 30 September from a year earlier, down from 9.5 per cent in the previous quarter.

Basketball: Goodwill game that descended into all-out war

Sport, they say, is a bridge between nations. If so, then China and the United States should be worried, after a "goodwill" exhibition game in Beijing between an American college basketball team and a local club descended into an on-court mêlée that overshadowed the diplomatically sensitive visit by the Vice-President, Joe Biden.

Chinese journalists suspended for reporting train disaster

Evidence of the crash was buried and newspapers were told to restrict reports to officially sanctioned or good news

BG secures Chinese funds to finance expansion plan

BG signed a $1.5bn (£940m) agreement with the Bank of China yesterday to fund an expansion of the oil and gas giant's activities in the country.

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.

Kim tours China to study economy

North Korea's secretive leader, Kim Jong-il, toured east China yesterday, continuing a visit that suggests he is taking fresh interest in the success of reforms in Asia's biggest economy and his isolated country's only major benefactor.

Beijing halts atomic energy programme

The Chinese government ordered a halt to its rapidly expanding nuclear power programme yesterday to allow safety checks on dozens of plants because of the crisis in Japan.

China subdues protests with whistles and trucks

Large numbers of police – and new weapons such as shrill whistles and street cleaning trucks – squelched overt protests in China for a second Sunday in a row yesterday after more calls for peaceful gatherings modeled on recent democratic movements in the Middle East.

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Minister quits amid criticism of reaction to North Korea's attack

The fallout from this week's deadly artillery exchange on the Korean peninsula continued yesterday when the South's Defence Minister Kim Tae Young quit after coming under heavy political attack at home for his response to the incident.

DJ Taylor: Whoever you vote for, the Government always gets in

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Cameron confronts the biggest society

PM may raise case of dissident Nobel laureate at Chinese banquet

China silent about Portugual's debt

President Hu Jintao remained silent on China's stance on Portuguese debt yesterday, dashing hopes of a promise to invest in the southern European country's bonds.

Suu Kyi too hot for Asia's most brutal regime to handle

Burma's political heroine has spent 15 of the past 20 years under arrest. Now, as the country goes to the polls, her fate hangs in the balance
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