News The offices of the Guardian newspaper in central London

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 to announce extra stimulus as fears of social unrest rise

China is expected to announce fresh economic stimulus measures today to shore up its rapidly slowing economy and ease simmering social unrest.

Adrian Hamilton: Politicians must recognise that globalisation is in retreat

You cannot brush aside the strikers' concerns with free trade platitudes

Chinese Premier visit sparks demonstration

Pro-Tibetan protesters scuffled with police today as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the Chinese Embassy in London.

China and Russia to meet on economic crisis

Leaders of China and Russia will hold a private meeting at the World Economic Forum today to explore common ground for tackling the global economic crisis.

Sombre mood awaits at Davos

The politicians and bureaucrats are likely to set the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Sean O'Grady reports

Brown appeals for billions from China and Gulf to inject billions into IMF

The Prime Minister appealed to China and the Gulf states yesterday to pour hundreds of billions of pounds into the International Monetary Fund, as he warned that the organisation's $250bn (£160bn) reserves "may not be enough" to bail out countries hit by the global economic crisis.

13,000 infants sick in China milk scandal

The number of Chinese infants sick in hospital after drinking tainted milk formula doubled to nearly 13,000 and Premier Wen Jiabao threatened harsh punishment for culprits in the latest blight on the "made-in-China" brand.

Cameron: 'The world has failed Burma's people'

Thousands of people in Burma could die from disease and starvation and because of a "rising tide of global indifference", David Cameron warns today. The Conservative leader urges Gordon Brown to make a personal appeal to China's premier, Wen Jiabao, to put pressure on Rangoon to allow direct delivery of aid.

Leading article: Human rights and a maturing relationship

The Dalai Lama is fond of describing himself as "a simple Buddhist monk". He is, of course, no such thing. As well as being the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, he is also the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Gordon Brown hopes to make a distinction between the two by meeting him on Friday at the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury rather than inviting him to Downing Street.

Chinese Prime Minister leads new era of openness

The death toll from Chinese natural disasters was a state secret until only three years ago.

Kerry Brown: Why won't the Chinese make Burma accept the aid?

Despite the post-cyclone suffering, the junta in Rangoon is turning down most aid from Western NGOs, and its most powerful neighbour has been complicit as the death toll mounts. But Beijing's concern for her own reputation may yet open the doors

Now freezing China is hit by power blackouts

China's top leaders donned hard hats and anoraks to visit some of the millions of people stranded by the worst ice and snow in 50 years, as water, food and fuel dwindled.

Blizzards bring chaos to China's New Year holiday migration

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.

Brown invites China's 'big red chequebook' to Britain

Gordon Brown has used a visit to Beijing to strike a deal under which Chinese investment will be warmly welcomed in Britain.

Race Centenary: The beauty that won the first Grand Prix

Alistair Weaver takes his life in his hands as he pilots an armchair, mounted on a seven-litre engine, with no brakes, in traffic on modern French roads, and finds out how the racing pioneers did it
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