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The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Why China is stoking war of words with US (Times)

Beijing's belligerence is a diversionary tactic, says Bill Emmott. China's economy is not doing as well as we think, and there's nothing like nationalist outrage to sweeten unpopular economic reform.

2. We should watch bankers as closely as we do politicians (Guardian)

Jackie Ashley says that no one should be above the law, and calls for equality of scrutiny. There should be a bright lamp shining in boardrooms and on tax havens, as well as legislatures.

3. Tories may wobble but Brown remains their strongest asset (Independent)

The party needs an attack dog to take on Peter Mandelson, says Bruce Anderson. That's not David Cameron's role -- he should leave the negative campaigning to others.

4. General Election 2010: Fewer MPs would be fairer to all parties (Telegraph)

If Gordon Brown wants electoral reform, he should make constituencies the same size and rebalance representation between urban and rural areas, argues Philip Johnston.

5. Britain can learn the "rules" of a hung parliament (Financial Times)

Minority governments are perceived at Westminster as weak, unstable and short term. But, says Robert Hazell, they need not be if parties abandon their majoritarian mindset.

6. Corruption is the killer that we all ignore (Times)

BAE Systems has escaped prosecution for bribery. Richard Dowden asks where that decision leaves the poor of Africa.

7. Our vital contribution in Zimbabwe (Guardian)

Rowan Williams and John Sentamu describe the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. It has an uneven record, they say, but is now leading reconstruction.

8. Diplomacy has not yet run its course with Iran (Independent)

The leading article says that the world should tread carefully over Tehran's nuclear programme, showing that international law must be respected, without playing into the hands of hardliners.

9. Will Tehran choose the Tiananmen solution? (Times)

Amir Taheri looks ahead to protests expected in Iran this week, when we'll learn how much blood the regime is willing to spill -- and how tough the west can afford to be.

10. Republicans and the politics of No (Financial Times)

The US Republicans have made extraordinary gains against the Democrats, says Clive Crook. But while they have united in opposition, they have not replaced their differences with a coherent strategy.

 

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