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    1. March 25, 2015

      Xi Jinping’s challenge is to be strong enough to loosen control

      Since Xi Jinping took over the role of general secretary of the Chinese Communist party in November 2012 there has been a...

    2. March 22, 2015

      Xi snub belies growing China-Pakistan ties

      China’s President Xi Jinping will be conspicuous by his absence from a national military parade in Pakistan on Monday, even...

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    1. March 17, 2015

      Two giants with an opportunity for partnership

      Today, the most important bilateral relationship is that between the US and China. Tomorrow it will be the one between China...

    2. March 16, 2015

      PetroChina vice-chairman detained in anti-corruption probe

      China’s anti-corruption purge has returned to sting national oil company PetroChina, which on Monday announced its...

    3. March 16, 2015

      Xu Caihou, Chinese general snared in anti-corruption probe, dies

      Xu Caihou, the most senior military officer snared in China’s anti-corruption campaign, has died of natural causes after...

    4. March 12, 2015

      Azerbaijan’s economic promise is tied to Silk Road

      Azerbaijan’s trade statistics tell a pretty clear story about the oil-rich country’s recent economic history. Since the...

    5. March 10, 2015

      Modi launches charm offensive in Indian Ocean backyard

      Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Mauritius on Tuesday at the start of visits to three Indian Ocean island nations, as part...

    6. March 9, 2015

      Greece, Russia and the politics of humiliation

      Just before Alexis Tsipras was elected Greek prime minister in January, he made a vow to the voters: “On Monday national...

    7. March 3, 2015

      Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption purge takes aim at China’s military

      Not long after Chinese president Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption campaign in 2013, a western military delegation...

    8. February 19, 2015

      China corruption purge reaches living rooms via new year TV gala

      China’s two-year anti-corruption campaign reached living rooms nationwide with a featured skit in state broadcaster CCTV’s...

    9. February 19, 2015

      China treads more cautiously over maritime disputes

      Nine months after China dispatched an oil rig to disputed waters off Vietnam, sparking a violent reaction, Beijing has sent...

    10. February 9, 2015

      China’s strange fear of a colour revolution

      China’s education minister has just issued an edict to the country’s universities that sounds like something from the heyday...

    11. February 2, 2015

      Austerity bites into China’s new year perks

      It is a little like getting a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. Office workers in China are receiving only the...

    12. February 1, 2015

      Yan Jiehe, CPCG: the Chinese billionaire turned debt collector

      On January 26 Yan Jiehe, China’s seventh richest man with a fortune estimated at $14.2bn, acquired another claim to fame....

    13. February 1, 2015

      President of China Minsheng quits

      The president of China Minsheng Banking Corp has resigned amid domestic media reports that he is under investigation by...

    14. January 30, 2015

      ‘Western values’ forbidden in Chinese universities

      China’s education minister has vowed that “western values” will never be allowed into the country’s classrooms as the...

    15. January 29, 2015

      China launches survey of suicides among Communist party officials

      The Chinese Communist party has launched a nationwide survey to ascertain how many of its members have committed suicide...

    16. FT Alphaville

      January 21, 2015

      'Let 100 think tanks bloom'

      The Chinese government seems to have noticed that the country has no policy institutes or think tanks with global clout. So...

    17. January 20, 2015

      Beijing boosts its foreign policy and the war on graft

      It was in November 2012 that Xi Jinping stepped on to the stage for the first time as leader of China’s Communist party with...

    18. January 20, 2015

      Xi Jinping’s pay far behind global peers even after 62% rise

      Xi Jinping has been handed a 62 per cent pay rise but the Chinese president’s new base salary, equivalent to $22,256 a year,...

    19. January 14, 2015

      Beijing detains Chinese journalist working for German newspaper

      A Chinese journalist working for Die Zeit, the German newspaper, has been held in detention for more than three months, the...

    20. January 13, 2015

      Macau’s gaming industry reaches the end of a winning streak

      Last October, casino mogul Steve Wynn told analysts on an earnings call that it was unclear if Macau’s unexpected summer...

    21. beyondbrics

      January 8, 2015

      Venezuela: was Maduro's China trip a success?

      Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro had many words of praise for his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, after their meeting...

    22. January 1, 2015

      Xi’s crackdown on corruption has hit the obvious targets

      The arrest last month of Zhou Yongkang, China’s security tsar , is an occasion to assess the controversial anti-corruption...

    23. December 23, 2014

      China’s GM crops fail to bear fruit

      In a speech a year ago, Xi Jinping backed China’s development of genetically modified crops as a means of strengthening food...

    24. December 19, 2014

      President Obama breaks free of domestic shackles

      Just a month ago, Barack Obama’s remaining time in office looked set to be dominated by gridlock at home and wavering...

    25. December 9, 2014

      A futile boycott of China’s bank will not push Xi out of his back yard

      Xi Jinping has a dream — an “Asia-Pacific dream” that offers an alternative to the pull of US President Barack Obama’s...

    26. December 9, 2014

      Hong Kong sets stage for protest clearance

      Hong Kong police are poised to clear the remaining pro-democracy protest sites in the city as the government tries to end a...

    27. December 8, 2014

      Top ‘tigers’ in China’s sights

      President Xi Jinping has pledged to take on both “tigers and flies”, a reference to corrupt officials of all levels,...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Arrest of ‘tiger’ Zhou Yongkang sheds light on China graft purge

      China’s state-controlled media have lauded the downfall of Zhou Yongkang as a victory for “socialist rule of law with...

    29. December 5, 2014

      Chinese ex-leader Zhou Yongkang charged with corruption

      The former all-powerful head of China’s secret police, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the ruling Communist party and...

    30. December 4, 2014

      This is the year of the political strongman

      Xi Jinping is shaping up as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao. Vladimir Putin has invaded one of Russia’s...

    31. December 4, 2014

      China marks first ‘Constitution Day’ as party maintains primacy

      China’s ruling Communist party celebrated a new “Constitution Day” on Thursday as it sought to define the direction and...

    32. December 3, 2014

      China slips in Transparency International corruption index

      Corruption in China has worsened dramatically over the past year despite a vicious two-year campaign by the ruling Communist...

    33. December 2, 2014

      Hong Kong’s stand-off is heading for a showdown – and Xi’s future is at stake

      Until the escalation in the past couple of weeks of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest, the Chinese government seemed to be...

    34. December 1, 2014

      Xi Jinping tones down foreign policy rhetoric

      Chinese president Xi Jinping has struck a conciliatory note on foreign policy in a speech that comes after almost two years...

    35. November 30, 2014

      Coal conversion plants sap China’s emissions targets

      Chinese negotiators attending this week’s climate change talks in Lima have come armed with a long and detailed list of...

    36. November 27, 2014

      China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers

      “Ghost cities” lined with empty apartment blocks, abandoned highways and mothballed steel mills sprawl across China’s...

    37. November 26, 2014

      Fonterra learns from a corporate health scare in China

      Theo Spierings was in Europe when he first learnt of a health scare in China related to his company’s milk products last...

    38. November 26, 2014

      China accuses west of obstructing graft sweep

      China’s efforts to hunt down corrupt officials overseas are being hampered by prejudiced western judges, according to a...

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