Hu Jintao

Clashes as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters

Philip Wen Hundreds of police clashed with protesters in Hong Kong in the early hours of Wednesday, amid one of the toughest crackdowns since the early days of the pro-democracy demonstrations.

US spy plane in close encounter with Chinese fighter jet

Dangerous intercept: The Chinese fighter jet performs a barrel roll, apparently to show off its weapons.

Helene Cooper in Washington The Chinese military has bluntly rejected accusations a fighter jet flew within 10 metres of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance plane this week in international airspace just off the Chinese...


China or Japan: which is the real Lord Voldemort?

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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.

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

China's President Xi Jinping

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 wants explanation from US on Huawei spying reports

US President Barack Obama speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague the Nuclear Security Summit.

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...

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 


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.

John Garnaut

Notable in their absence: the potential leaders of a true revolution

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John Garnaut IT IS A measure of the scale of China's challenges and aspirations that Hu Jintao is widely seen as a disappointment despite handing over an economy that is four times larger in US dollar terms than...

Xi takes control in China's new era


John Garnaut Xi Jinping has walked on stage after a fraught and unexpected delay to take the reins of the world’s most powerful political organisation.

China's new man pledges growth

Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut, Beijing Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

Jilted lover has final word as party man forced out

Yi Junqing

Malcolm Moore BEIJING: A senior Communist Party policy adviser has been forced to resign after his jilted lover posted online a 120,000-word account of their affair.

New Chinese leader to visit Moscow first

Xi Jinping

Jane Perlez Xi Jinping has selected Moscow as his first foreign visit as president.

'The Kate effect': China in grip of first lady fever as Peng steps out


Malcolm Moore in Beijing China's new president flew out of Moscow on Sunday pronouncing himself "deeply satisfied" with his first official trip overseas. But back home, the only topic of conversation was his elegant wife.

Gillard to push new dialogue in China visit

Julia Gillard

Exclusive John Garnaut Prime Minister Julia Gillard is pushing for a new strategic ''architecture'' to steer relations with the world's aspiring super power, China.

Circle of poison

Neil Heywood

When Briton Neil Heywood was found dead in a Chinese hotel in 2011, police at first blamed alcohol. In fact, he had been murdered – and top Chinese politicians were involved, as Pin Ho and Wenguang...

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'


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


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


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,...