Feng’s detention is completely of a piece with the multi-pronged stepping-up of the already crushing censorship under Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Rio chief Tom Albanese has been eased out after a series of failures. But in appointing Sam Walsh to stand in, has Rio Tinto learnt from its mistakes?
While Rio Tinto's executives bask in the friendly climes of London, Perth and Singapore, it's in Mongolia -- one of the unforgiving lands where the it digs up its treasure -- Rio has again orchestrated its own crisis.
China's crackdown on dissent is only the culmination of a wave of repression by a government facing growing economic discontent.
The Rio Tinto AGM in Melbourne this morning had it all, from the company being accused to killing 20,000 people in Bougainville to the remuneration report suffering a record protest.
The trial of the Rio Tinto Four is providing damning evidence of extensive bribery, involving huge sums of cash, watches and Stern Hu skimming a 30% personal commission, reports John Garnaut.
The Chinese delivered a backhander to Kevin Rudd this week over Stern Hu. Rudd didn't mind, and gave one back. This government's relationship with China is more complex than the media thinks.
Following on from the Stern Hu case, Crikey intern Tom Cowie wraps what the media is saying about verdict implications, including Chinese-Australian relations and foreign investors in China.
The Chinese were, of course, joking about the financial impact of the actions of former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu and his three fellow workers, since last year iron ore imports in China were up 41%.
Former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu and his co-accused obviously did things in China that were wrong. But they also became embroiled in the current power struggle for control of China, writes Robert Gottliebsen.