Hu Jintao

US spy plane in close encounter with Chinese fighter jet

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 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...


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...

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.

New Chinese leader to visit Moscow first

Xi Jinping

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

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,...

China eases curbs on Dalai Lama images


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

Summit to avoid 'inevitable' US-China tensions

China's President Xi Jinping

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


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...


The big fix is in


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

'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.

First high-ranking Chinese visitor to Kabul since 1966

Beijing China's top security official has made a ''surprise'' four-hour visit to Afghanistan, the first time a member of China's highest ruling body has been there since 1966, the official Xinhua News...

UN rapidly losing its relevance in age of the internet

Flavia Krause-jackson Politicians with more pressing issues at home are giving the UN a miss.

China unveils aircraft carrier despite lack of planes

Naval honour guards stand as they wait for a review on China's aircraft carrier

Jane Perlez China put its first aircraft carrier into service yesterday, a move intended to signal its growing military might as tensions escalate between Beijing and its neighbours over islands in nearby seas.

No planes, but China unveils first aircraft carrier

China's new aircraft carrier

Jane Perlez, Beijing China has put its first aircraft carrier into service, a move intended to signal its growing military might as tensions escalate between Beijing and its neighbours over islands in nearby seas.