Hu Jintao en China's president calls for unification with Taiwan <p> China&#39;s President Hu Jintao made an appeal for reunification with Taiwan at the centennial of the end of imperial rule in Beijing on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Hu Jintao Taiwan World Leaders Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Politics China Sun, 09 Oct 2011 21:13:39 +0000 News Desk 5677378 at Debt crisis keeps France waiting for Chinese pandas <p> Among the less predictable effects of the European debt crisis is the delay of a crucial Chinese loan to France.</p> <p> Paris had hoped to get hold of one of Beijing&#39;s most valuable resources: not a hefty credit facility, but two giant pandas.</p> <p> The two governments had planned to finalize the deal last week, French Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet told <a href="">Agence France Presse</a>.</p> <p> But the panda negotiations had to take a back seat to a different type of loan, she said:</p> <blockquote> <p> &quot;Things were very far advanced. Unfortunately because of the Greek crisis, the sovereign debt crisis, the emergency G20 summit, there was no time for the final discussion between President Hu Jintao and President Sarkozy.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p> The panda holds such symbolic value for China that all lending arrangements must be approved at the highest level, Kosciusko-Morizet explained.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hu Jintao Nicolas Sarkozy Debt Crisis Asia-Pacific France Wildlife News Europe China Weird Wide Web Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:01:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5680638 at Business Insider: Hu Jintao intervenes in alleged US spy case President Hu Jintao personally ordered an investigation into blunders at the Ministry of State Security.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hu Jintao spy World Leaders Politics China Political Risk United States Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:40:00 +0000 Michael Kelley, Business Insider 5708055 at Chatter: China embarks on once-in-decade power transfer China prepares to hand over to the next generation of leaders, President Obama goes back to work avoiding the fiscal cliff, and Reddit helps save a man's life.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hu Jintao World Leaders Xi Jinping Politics Chatter China Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5725294 at China's President Hu Jintao opens Communist Party congress The 18th Communist Party congress, known as the "big 18th" in China, will see a once-a-decade power transition.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hu Jintao Politics China Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:24:00 +0000 News Desk 5725296 at China's 18th Communist Party Congress opens in Beijing (PHOTOS) <p>Xi Jinping is widely expected to take over from Hu Jintao as president. Li Keqiang is expected to become premier after Wen Jiabao.</p> Hu Jintao World Leaders Xi Jinping Politics China Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:17:09 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5725321 at