Stern Hu

Stern who? Rio's China relations move on

You get the impression that Stern Hu is one name that Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese never wants to hear again.

Saturday, 21 August, 2010, 12:00am

Rio Tinto four must be given an open trial

The hearing of industrial espionage charges laid by mainland authorities against four employees of Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has the makings of one of the trials of the year - except for the secrecy that has shrouded the case.

16 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Conspiracy theories abound in the Stern Hu arrest case

'It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.'

Winston Churchill's comment on Russian policy could equally apply to the Chinese government's decision-making process in the Stern Hu case.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Ore negotiations in arrested development

Iron ore mining is a notoriously dangerous business. The ore is blasted loose from rock steps in the sides of open-cast mines using volatile ammonium nitrate-fuel oil high explosives; the same stuff the Taleban favours for its roadside bombs.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am