China's new leaders will soon reveal themselves in a piece of political theatre critics say is out of step with a fast-modernising society.
China has sounded the alarm about the state of the global economy and urged countries gathering at an Asia-Pacific summit to protect themselves.
President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation to Beijing, China, after being invited by its president Hu Jintao.
Leaders of the emerging world will discuss the creation of a new development bank at a summit shadowed by protests against the Chinese president.
The US and China have agreed to coordinate their response if North Korea goes through with a planned rocket launch next month.
Italian clothes company Benetton has pulled a photo montage showing the pope kissing a leading imam from its new global ad campaign, Unhate.
Beijing fears a policy of encirclement as US President Barack Obama announces plans to begin stationing 2 500 troops in northern Australia.
Sparking speculation about a leadership transition due in China next year, Chinese media has denied former president Jiang Zemin has died.
Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges, was given a red-carpet welcome on Wednesday by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes, arrived in Beijing early on Tuesday to meet China's President Hu Jintao.
The US has promised it was not seeking to halt China's rise, but nevertheless said human rights and economic reforms would serve Beijing's interests.
The red carpet is out for the Chinese president -- a far cry from a miserable working lunch.
Chinese media praised President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States on Friday as a diplomatic "masterstroke" in easing tensions.
United States President Barack Obama delivered a strong message on US concerns over Beijing's human rights record at a summit on Wednesday.
China and the US talked on Wednesday about China's yuan currency being undervalued, militaries and discourse between China and the Dalai Lama.
US President Barack Obama came under increasing pressure on Tuesday to publicly speak out against Beijing's harsh treatment of dissidents.
US-China relations are at a critical juncture and a summit between their leaders next week must produce "real action, on real issues".
China said it will be "difficult" for its ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency to tour Iran's nuclear facilities.
President Jacob Zuma met his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday for talks aimed at broadening the relationship between Beijing and SA.