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China wants explanation from US on Huawei spying reports

China wants a clear explanation from Washington over reports that the US National Security Agency infiltrated servers at the headquarters of telecoms giant Huawei Technologies, a Chinese foreign...

Xi Jinping's brother-in-law, China's elite linked to offshore tax havens

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Philip Wen Beijing: Close family members of China’s political elite, including the brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping, have been exposed as operating companies in offshore tax havens, according to...

China's new national security committee to blend domestic, foreign duties

Jane Perlez China's new national security committee will apparently differ from the National Security Council in Washington, on which it is modelled, in one crucial aspect: The Chinese version will have dual...

Chinese ex-leaders Jiang Zemin, Li Peng face Spain arrest warrant over Tibet

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (left) and Li Peng 

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Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and ex prime minister Li Peng could face arrest when travelling abroad over allegations they committed genocide in Tibet, a Spanish court ruled on Tuesday.

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China or Japan: which is the real Lord Voldemort?

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William Pesek London isn't usually the place to look for clues about rising tensions between China and Japan. But a surreal diplomatic tit-for-tat there speaks volumes about the fast-deteriorating situation in...

Xi Jinping has tightened grip on military, says ex-US defence chief

Tony Capaccio Chinese President Xi Jinping has greater control of the military than his predecessor did, and that increases the need for a strong White House relationship with him, former U.S.

China eases curbs on Dalai Lama images

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The Chinese government loosens restrictions that kept Tibetan monks in two provinces from openly revering the Dalai Lama, Radio Free Asia reports.

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The big fix is in

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Declan Hill Global match-fixing has the power to destroy much of the modern sports world.

Summit to avoid 'inevitable' US-China tensions

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Nick O'Malley The so-called "shirt-sleeves" summit to begin between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in half...

The downfall of Great Leap Liu, the communist with 374 houses

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The Communist Party chief famed for building China's high-speed rail network has been given a suspended death sentence after he was revealed to have siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars to...

China's new leadership takes hard line in secret memo

Christopher Buckley Communist Party cadres have filled meeting halls around China to hear a sombre, secretive warning issued by senior leaders: Power could escape their grip, they have been told, unless the party...

Hope high on low-key talks

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, meets with Xi Jinping, vice president of China, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Nick O'Malley The so-called ''shirt-sleeves'' summit to begin between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in...

Michelle Obama 'snubs wife of Chinese leader'

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Peter Foster Michelle Obama's office cited domestic responsibilities for not attending - it is the last week of the school year for the Obamas' daughters.

Meeting China's first lady comes second for Michelle Obama

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Peter Foster in Washington and Tom Phillips in Shanghai The hope that this weekend's summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping might inject a new warmth into US-China relations suffered a setback when the White House announced that Michelle...

Journalist detained in Beijing, friends say

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Edward Wong A Chinese journalist who recently released a documentary about a forced labour camp and has worked as a freelance photographer for The New York Times has been detained by police officers in Beijing,...

Chinese leader's family worth a billion

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John Garnaut, Beijing While Xi Jinping preached communism his siblings were amassing over $US1 billion.

Putin looks east to sell Russia to Asia-Pacific

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her arrival at the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, Pool)

Daniel Flitton VLADIVOSTOK: In some translations the Russian port city ''Vladivostok'' is taken to mean ''power over the east'' and President Vladimir Putin has certainly used a summit of regional leaders and...

Former leaders join as peacemakers in Asia

Lindsay Murdoch, Bangkok A group of former government leaders, senior diplomats and academics have quietly set up an organisation to help settle Asian conflicts such as overlapping claims for the potentially oil and gas-rich...

China's president-in-waiting missing in action

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John Garnaut, Beijing The credibility of China's opaque and rigid political system is again on trial as the nation waits for any sign of the president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

China's absent president-in-waiting 'fine'

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John Garnaut China's president-in-waiting is "fine", says a close family friend, as Xi Jinping's mystery absence from the public stage stretches close to two weeks.