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    1. March 4, 2012

      China’s defence spending to rise 11.2%

      China plans to boost its official defence budget by 11.2 per cent this year as Beijing is balancing the modernisation of its...

    2. March 4, 2011

      China’s military budget rise alarms Tokyo

      China plans to resume double-digit growth of its official defence spending this year, a move likely to unsettle neighbours...

    1. March 5, 2010

      China eases rise in defence spending

      China yesterday announced a sharp slowdown in the growth of its official defence budget, a move bolstering Beijing's...

    2. March 4, 2010

      China to cool rising defence spending

      China has announced a sharp slowdown in the growth of its official defence budget, a move bolstering Beijing’s argument that...

    3. April 27, 2007

      Beijing unveils major cabinet changes

      China’s leaders on Friday announced sweeping cabinet changes, including a new foreign minister, in a push to refresh senior...

    4. November 6, 2006

      Summit ends with pledges on aid and swipe at critics

      The leaders of China and African nations closed a two-day summit in Beijing yesterday by announcing a slew of commercial...

    5. October 21, 2006

      China's PM urges dialogue to defuse nuclear crisis

      Wen Jiabao, China's premier, said "diplomacy and dialogue" were the only weapons available to defuse the North Korean...

    6. October 20, 2006

      China seeks diplomatic solution to N Korea crisis

      Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, said that “diplomacy and dialogue” were the only weapons available to defuse the North Korean...

    7. July 12, 2006

      Rifts widen over North Korea

      Rifts widened among member nations of the six-party talks over how to respond to North Korea’s recent missile tests, as...

    8. July 8, 2006

      Japan and US tabledraft UN resolution

      Japan and the US officially tabled a strengthened draft UN resolution calling for sanctions on North Korea's weapons...

    9. July 7, 2006

      US and Japan table draft UN resolution

      Japan and the US officially tabled a strengthened draft UN resolution calling for sanctions on North Korea’s weapons...

    10. June 26, 2006

      China's African affair

      China has been wooing Africa on many fronts. Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, has just completed the third top-level...

    11. June 20, 2006

      China courts Africa in quest for commodities

      Whether it should be called a long march or a safari, China's leaders are all bending their steps towards Africa. The...

    12. June 19, 2006

      Wen woos seven African nations in quest for oil

      Whether it should be called a long march or a safari, China’s leaders are all bending their steps towards Africa. The...

    13. June 12, 2006

      China and Japan seek path to better relations

      Japan and China are seeking to lay the foundation for better relations when Junichiro Koizumi steps down as Japan's prime...

    14. June 11, 2006

      China and Japan pave way to better relations

      Japan and China are seeking to lay the foundation for better relations when Junichiro Koizumi steps down as Japan’s prime...

    15. March 13, 2006

      Observer: Verbal dualling

      Political symbolism aside, the NPC at least offers journalists plenty of opportunities to hear from senior officials and...

    16. March 12, 2006

      Observer from Beijing

      Tuesday marks the end of China’s annual political gabfest, the National People’s Congress (NPC), when 3,000 delegates gather...

    17. March 7, 2006

      Beijing blames Koizumi for ill will

      China has denounced continuing visits by Japanese leaders to a shrine to their country?s war dead, highlighting Beijing?s...

    18. November 19, 2005

      Bush calls on China to improve freedom

      President George W. Bush (above) urged China to allow more political freedoms at the start of a tour of Asia. Visiting...

    19. November 17, 2005

      Bush opens Asia trip with rebuke for China

      President George W. Bush yesterday offered a direct rebuke to China by holding up Japan and Taiwan as examples of free and...

    20. November 9, 2005

      China arms embargo moves off EU agenda

      Just eight months ago, it appeared the European Union's insistence on lifting its long-standing arms embargo on China was...

    21. November 8, 2005

      China arms embargo moves off EU agenda

      Just eight months ago it appeared the European Union’s insistence on lifting its long-standing arms embargo on China was set...

    22. August 29, 2005

      Hu visit to Washington a question of status

      When Chinese President Hu Jintao meets President George W. Bush in the White House next week, there will be more symbolism...

    23. August 1, 2005

      Observer: Laos' moment in the shade

      Compared with other bustling Asian cities, Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is a sleepy place at the best of times. But...

    24. July 31, 2005

      Observer from Vientiane

      Laos’ moment in the shade Compared with other bustling Asian cities, Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is a sleepy place at...

    25. July 25, 2005

      China acts to ease fears over N-arms policy

      China's foreign minister has reiterated his country's policy of never being the first to use nuclear weapons, after a...

    26. May 12, 2005

      Europe and China hint at deals over arms and textiles

      China and the European Union yesterday tried to defuse bilateral strains over surging Chinese textile exports and Europe's...

    27. May 9, 2005

      Tokyo-Beijing talks lift hopes on easing tensions

      A meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan at the weekend raised hopes of an easing of tension between...

    28. May 7, 2005

      China urged to take tougher line on N Korea

      China came under concerted pressure yesterday to use its leverage to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table and...

    29. May 6, 2005

      China urged to take tougher line on N Korea

      China came under concerted pressure on Friday to use its leverage to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table and...

    30. April 21, 2005

      Beijing moves to calm anti-Japanese protests

      China's government has warned the public against taking part in "unapproved" anti-Japanese demonstrations and stressed its...

    31. April 20, 2005

      Beijing seeks to end anti-Japanese protests

      China's government has warned the public against taking part in unapproved anti-Japanese demonstrations and stressed its...

    32. April 18, 2005

      Emergency Sino-Japanese talks fail to ease hostility

      An emergency meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan on Monday failed to ease tension between Asia's two...

    33. April 18, 2005

      China and Japan ministers fail to ease tensions

      An emergency meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan yesterday failed to ease tensions between Asia's two...

    34. April 16, 2005

      Talks to ease Sino-Japanese hostility falter

      A meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan on Sunday failed to ease tension between Asia's two biggest...

    35. April 15, 2005

      Beijing bid to contain anti-Japan protests

      Chinese authorities on Friday moved to limit anti-Japanese demonstrations planned for this weekend, warning activists that...

    36. March 18, 2005

      EU move on China embargo faces delay

      The European Union is maintaining its push to lift its arms embargo on China, but cannot guarantee it will make a decision...

    37. March 17, 2005

      EU move on China embargo faces delay

      The European Union is maintaining its push to lift its arms embargo on China, but cannot guarantee that it will make a...

    38. March 11, 2005

      France spells out arms sales controls

      Michèle Alliot-Marie, the French defence minister, on Thursday attempted to reassure the US that France would retain strict...

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