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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...

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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'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...

Match-fixing

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.

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.

Gu walks Madame Mao's tightrope

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut The last time the Chinese Communist Party put one of its leading wives on trial it was the fiery Madame Mao, accused of a leading role in the persecution of precisely 727,420 people during the...

Philippines risks stoking tensions by renaming sea

Lindsay Murdoch, Bangkok Tensions in the South China Sea, which include vital shipping lanes, are set to rise further after the Philippines officially renamed waters off its coast the West Philippine Sea.

China's president-in-waiting Xi reappears after mystery absence

John Garnaut Beijing CHINA'S president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has reappeared after a fortnight's mystery absence.

Conspiracy theories as China's heir disappears

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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 with bated breath for any sign of president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

China's missing figure 'fine'

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

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

Bo Xilai assaulted police chief

China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai

John Garnaut, Beijing China has paved a path for criminal proceedings against the mercurial princeling politician Bo Xilai after he was alluded to in an official account of a murder committed by his wife.

Heat rises in China-Japan islands row

John Garnaut Beijing IT IS likely that President Hu Jintao first met Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a momentous gesture of reconciliation in 1984.

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.

Madonna removes Le Pen swastika

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Sean Michaels PARIS: Madonna has toned down her criticism of the far-right French politician Marine Le Pen, modifying a tour video that superimposed a swastika over Ms Le Pen's face.