President Xi Jinping promises renaissance while cutting corruption and tackling pollution
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Monday 05 March 2012
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.
Tuesday 06 December 2011
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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.
Wednesday 19 October 2011
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.
Saturday 20 August 2011
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.
Thursday 04 August 2011
Evidence of the crash was buried and newspapers were told to restrict reports to officially sanctioned or good news
Wednesday 29 June 2011
Tuesday 28 June 2011
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.
Tuesday 28 June 2011
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.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
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.
Thursday 17 March 2011
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.
Monday 28 February 2011
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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