PM may raise case of dissident Nobel laureate at Chinese banquet
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
China's vice-President Xi Jinping was promoted to a key post in the Communist Party's military committee yesterday, affirming his path to the country's leadership.
The annual meeting of China's leaders began behind closed doors yesterday, with discussions on the economy overshadowed by the threat posed to the Communist Party by the award of the Nobel peace prize to a prominent dissident.
A rash of new strikes in China, in defiance of the country's long-standing aversion to industrial action, is posing an unprecedented threat to its reputation as an exporting powerhouse.
Paul Vallely tells the story of the Prime Minister's first day in the new job
Stuck in a flooded shaft, they lived on bark and sawdust with little hope of seeing the outside world again. Then, the miracle...
China is attempting to scupper chances of a comprehenive agreement at the Copenhagen climate summit by using delaying tactics, sources inside the negotiations have told The Independent.
China's worst snowstorms in 50 years have brought the world's biggest annual human migration to a standstill, leaving millions of migrant workers stranded ahead of a week-long festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Icy temperatures, snow and sleet across the south, centre and east of the country have closed railways, motorways and airports and there are fears of riots as discontented travellers vent their frustrations.