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Experts dispute claim that panda faked pregnancy to get more bamboo

Claims that a six-year-old panda faked signs of pregnancy in order to receive better treatment from her conservation centre carers have been debunked by one of China's leading panda experts.

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Backlash against annual Chinese dog-eating festival continues to grow

A southern Chinese city kicked off its annual dog-eating festival over weekend amid a fierce backlash by internet users and animal rights groups.

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China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply.

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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

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Vice-premier jokes during summit U.S.-China 'marriage' totally isn't gay

Wang Yang tells US treasury secretary that China-US relationship is like a marriage – but not a gay one

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Single mothers in Chinese provence face hefty fines for birthing out of wedlock

Women in Wuhan province could be fined £17,000 – six times average disposable income – for having a child out of wedlock

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Third Boston Marathon bombing victim identified as Chinese national Lu Lingzi

A Chinese student has been identified as the third person to have died in the Boston marathon bombings.

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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

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Translation of Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake' becomes hit in China

Following billboard ads, James Joyce's nigh-incomprehensible book leaps over language barrier to reach surprising readership

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HIV-positive teacher wins landmark discrimination case in China

HIV-positive teaching applicant received damages from Jinxian county educational bureau for being refused post over condition

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China says it isn't producing fake anti-malaria drugs for Africa

Beijing responds to the Guardian's investigation that around one third of anti-malaria treatments were counterfeit

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Beijing spends a billion to get China's music industry rocking

A 'Music Valley' is among plans to boost the music industry. But will piracy and tight state control hold back progress?

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