French minister in the soup over disgusting food

2014-03-29 14:06

France's trade minister has had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was disgusting.

Chinese citizens try to cope with smog

2014-02-25 10:21

Pollution-weary residents of smog-hit Beijing have turned to black humour to help cope with gruelling conditions as a large swathe of China was covered by a thick blanket of haze.

Chinese tycoon accused of running mafia

2014-02-21 15:09

Authorities have accused a Chinese mining tycoon of running a vast mafia that blackmailed, beat and gunned down rivals, travelled in Rolls Royces and fostered ties with drug-fuelled parties.

Don't cover up corruption, China warns

2014-02-04 13:12

Authorities in China have warned they will go after officials who cover up corruption, in an effort to curb widespread graft, according to state media.

Chinese official sentenced to death for fraud

2014-01-23 18:25

A Chinese municipal official has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting more than $1m in bribes, the official news agency reports.

China hails progress in corruption crackdown

2014-01-10 19:12

China has hailed its crackdown on corruption, saying "new progress and achievements" had led to a 13.3% increase in the number of people punished last year.

China's Xi in surprise restaurant visit

2013-12-28 14:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping has displayed his common touch with a surprise visit to a steamed bun restaurant in Beijing, where he lined up and paid for his food, happily chatting to surprised customers.

China bans shark fin soup from official events

2013-12-09 07:13

China has announced a ban on the serving of shark fin and bird's nest soup at official banquets, as part of a sweeping government crackdown on corruption and excessive spending.

China: Another official under investigation

2013-11-28 11:45

China has placed a provincial vice governor under investigation, the latest senior official to fall in a highly-publicised anti-graft campaign under the country's new leadership.

China-Norway relations remain frosty

2013-10-28 12:51

China's three-year snub of Norway over a Nobel Peace Prize award has illustrated the sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy, though there is a hope that relations will get better.

Other leaders dominate as Obama misses Apec

2013-10-07 10:14

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Asia-Pacific leaders have taken centre stage at a regional summit after President Barack Obama was a no-show due to the US government shutdown.

Putin hails Syria action on chemical arms ban

2013-09-13 11:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Syria's move to join an international convention banning chemical weapons has proven its good faith.

Four China ships in disputed zone

2013-09-06 21:04

Four Chinese coastguard ships have entered disputed waters near East China Sea islands at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo.

China's 'Brother Watch' gets 14yrs in prison

2013-09-05 15:05

A Chinese official who became known as "Brother Watch" because of his taste for luxury timepieces has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to 14yrs in prison, reports say.

China to investigate former security czar

2013-08-30 14:58

China's top leaders have endorsed a corruption investigation into a former security czar who was once one of the country's most powerful politicians, a Hong Kong newspaper reports.

China's Bo Xilai accused of $4m graft

2013-07-30 14:04

Corruption charges against Chinese politician Bo Xilai will date back to an earlier stage of his career, media has reported - a focus that could contain political fallout from the case.

Asiana plane crash 'shames' South Korea

2013-07-10 13:00

South Koreans have taken personally the crash of a jet from a Seoul-based airline that has killed two Chinese teenagers.

Obama slams unfair deals with Africa

2013-06-29 22:29

US President Barack Obama has urged Africans to ask more questions about lop-sided deals with some foreign investors.

Obama: no Cold War for Africa

2013-06-28 22:01

US President Barack Obama has played down talk of a great power rivalry in Africa, welcoming investment by the likes of China and rejecting the idea of Cold War-style proxy economic duel.

S Korea's Park arrives for China summit

2013-06-27 08:11

South Korea's president has arrived in Beijing for summit talks to be dominated by Pyongyang's nuclear programme, seeking to push China to rein in its wayward ally North Korea.

Liu Xiaobo's wife pens letter to leader

2013-06-14 21:09

The wife of China's jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner has written an open letter to new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to protest an 11-year prison term given to her brother.

HK law could benefit US whistleblower

2013-06-11 08:07

The US defence contractor who has leaked information on classified US surveillance programmes could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him.

Koreas to hold senior-level meeting

2013-06-10 10:03

North and South Korea have agreed to hold senior-level talks in Seoul, a breakthrough of sorts to ease tensions after Pyongyang's recent threats of nuclear war.

North Korea: No guarantee of peace

2013-05-24 14:32

China has told a top North Korean envoy it wants a peaceful, denuclearised Korean Peninsula, and says the emissary warned there is "no guarantee of peace".

N Korean workers 'no-show' at Kaesong

2013-04-09 09:03

North Korean workers have failed to report to work at the joint Kaesong industrial zone with South Korea after Pyongyang suspended operations, upping the pressure on Seoul.


China's president heads cybersecurity body

2014-02-28 07:55

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to co-ordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing's concern over its vulnerability to online attacks.

Russia, China hail Mugabe – report

2014-02-24 10:02

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reportedly praised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for his “astute leadership in spearheading Africa’s fight for self-determination”.

Asian tensions prompt Kerry's visit to China

2014-02-14 12:54

Secretary of State John Kerry has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid increasingly tense territorial rows between Beijing and Washington's security allies Tokyo and Manila.

Call for China, EU free-trade deal

2014-01-27 20:29

A top diplomat is calling for China and the European Union to consider a multi-billion-dollar free-trade deal.

China 'reform panel' holds first meeting

2014-01-23 10:13

A Chinese Communist Party panel official in charge of implementing reforms has held its first meeting, with four top officials on board, a report says.

Steamed buns sell like hot cakes

2013-12-30 13:50

A surprise visit by China's president to a Beijing steamed bun restaurant has sparked a bun craze.

China marks Mao's birth with noodles and songs

2013-12-26 09:24

Admirers of Communist China's founder Mao Zedong have celebrated the 120th anniversary of his birth with noodles and fireworks.

Biden: China must reduce tension in Asia Pacific

2013-12-05 09:27

US Vice President Joe Biden says that China must take steps to reduce tensions in the Asia-Pacific to protect its growing stake in regional peace and stability.

Post-Tiananmen crackdown 'will fuel unrest'

2013-11-01 14:46

Festering discontent with China's governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing has been intent on clamping down, analysts say.

Anti-corruption activists face trial in China

2013-10-28 09:43

Three Chinese anti-corruption activists are due to face trial on charges of "illegal assembly", in a case seen as a sign of an official clampdown on citizens' demands for reforms.

Putin wins Iran, China backing for Syria plan

2013-09-13 15:02

President Vladimir Putin has won the support of Iran and China at a regional summit on Russia's initiative for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

China buys into Kazakh oilfield for $5bn

2013-09-08 13:15

China's President Xi Jinping will oversee his country's entry into Kashagan, a vast oilfield in Kazakhstan, as he tours post-Soviet Central Asia.

Obama confident of Syrian chemical weapons use

2013-09-06 14:04

Barack Obama told G20 leaders the US has high confidence that Syrian forces used chemical weapons and underlined the need to uphold bans on the use of such weapons.

Watchdog probes top Chinese official

2013-09-01 14:00

China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator for discipline violations, in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption.

Kenya, China in deals worth $5bn

2013-08-20 09:32

Kenya has signed deals worth &5bn with China to construct a railway line and an energy project, deepening ties with the Asian country keen to expand investment in Africa.

Doubts over China minister's punishment

2013-07-11 10:02

China's authorities are touting a suspended death sentence for an ex-minister as proof new leaders are serious about their corruption crackdown, yet analysts remain sceptical.

Obama heads to Tanzania

2013-07-01 09:00

US President Barack Obama has left Cape Town, heading to Tanzania on the last leg of his African tour.

US to seek foothold in Africa

2013-06-29 08:03

Barack Obama will land to not much fanfare from the South African public for his first trip to the country as US president.

Snowden 'stuck' in Moscow on asylum doubts

2013-06-27 09:00

Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has began a fifth day in a Moscow airport, with his travel plans still a mystery as Ecuador warned of a lengthy asylum request process.

Peacekeeping: Ban warns of new threats

2013-06-19 15:04

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the world body's peacekeeping efforts face growing dangers from non-traditional threats such as suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices.

Chinese paper: Snowden could be useful

2013-06-14 12:00

A popular newspaper has urged China's leadership to milk a former US contractor for more information rather than send him home, saying his revelations concern China's national interest.

China railway boss admits graft guilt

2013-06-10 12:01

China's railways ex-minister has admitted his guilt and sought leniency at his trial on corruption charges, one of the country's highest-level graft cases in years.

Obama to raise cyber disputes with Xi

2013-06-07 12:06

President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit about alleged Chinese hacking of US secrets, even as the White House faces questions over government surveillance.

Africa urged to make better China deals

2013-04-12 22:00

For more than a decade Africa has rolled out the red carpet for Chinese investors, but the continent is urged to hammer out better deals at the bargaining table.

Brics bank not a done deal yet

2013-03-26 22:41

Brics nations have failed to resolve differences over funding for and the location of a proposed joint development bank, indicating the group would not achieve the goal at the summit in South Africa.

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