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Xi Jinping, leader of China: a profile of enigma

STANDFIRST: Profile: Since coming to power in March, he has introduced huge reforms yet clamped down on freedom of speech. So who, exactly, will David Cameron meet on his trip to Beijing this week In early November, China’s most powerful man, Xi Jinping, stepped into a rustic farmhouse while on an…

China bans Kraftwerk for cancelled performance at a 1999 Free Tibert concert

Past catches up with futuristic German electronic band after Beijing bans quartet over performance that never was As pop stars go, they are pretty much as inoffensive as you can get, a bunch of German pensioners who practically invented electronica with their hypnotic loops and robotic antics. But Kraftwerk have…

In candid study, Chinese scholar sees U.S. decline

WASHINGTON — Convinced that the United States is in decline, China’s distrust is growing of the longtime superpower which it sees as bent on holding back the Asian power’s rise, an influential scholar says. In a candid new study, well-known experts from China and the United States with wide experience…

Obama to announce rare earth trade case against China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will Tuesday announce a new trade suit against China prompted by Beijing’s restrictions on the export of rare earth materials used in manufacturing high-tech products. A senior White House official said on condition of anonymity that the United States would bring the case at…

China must increase ability to win ‘local wars,’ PM says

China must enhance the ability of its military to win “local wars”, Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday, as Beijing grows increasingly assertive about its territorial claims in Asia. Beijing lays claim to large swathes of the South China Sea which are also claimed by its smaller neighbours, and must…

China’s defense spending on the rise

China announced a double-digit hike in military spending in 2012, in a move likely to fuel concerns about Beijing’s rapid military build-up and increase regional tensions. The defence budget will rise 11.2 percent to 670.27 billion yuan ($106.41 billion), said Li Zhaoxing, a spokesman for China’s national parliament, citing a…

China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

China hackers breach U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(Reuters) – Hackers in China broke through the computer defenses of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to access information about its operations and its 3 million members, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. In Beijing, China dismissed the report. The Journal, citing unidentified people…

Beijing tightens controls over popular blogs

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences. China has repeatedly criticized microblogs for spreading what it…

Chinese go online to vent anger over pollution

Millions of Chinese went online Tuesday to vent their anger over the thick smog that has blanketed Beijing in recent days, raising health fears and causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled. Sales of face masks were reported to have surged as residents of China’s heavily polluted capital sought to…

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