China

Portrait of the week: Bercow steps down, Hoyle steps up and an election begins

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and deputy Speaker since 2010, was elected Speaker by the Commons.…

Riot police descend on a market during a protest in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong last Saturday

Brave front: The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

From Brexit to Beethoven: John Humphrys returns to radio

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Some listeners will have had quite a shock first thing on Monday. Turning on at six to Classic FM they…

Portrait of the week: Brexit uncertainty, Turkey in Syria and a Chinese threat

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit teetered from uncertainty to uncertainty. Parliament had been summoned to sit on Saturday 19 October to debate what…

Letting China join the WTO was the worst decision the West ever made

21 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s not often that you come across a book that completely transforms your understanding of the world. Just recently I’ve…

Painful, funny — and with a brilliant twist: The Farewell reviewed

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The Farewell is a quiet film that builds and builds and builds into a wonderful exploration of belonging, loss, family…

Don't blame the West for the climate emergency

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

Give Hong Kongers real security: a British passport

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We seem to be building up to a second Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the first. This time the venue…

From Hong Kong to Kashmir, a new authoritarianism is on the rise

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Why is Britain not condemning events in Kashmir?

Letters: Donkeys are the latest victims of China’s gross cruelty to animals

10 August 2019 9:00 am

We don’t cut God Sir: The Revd Dr Peter Mullen suggests (Letters, 3 August) that Boris Johnson told him my…

Jin Xing, one of China’s most popular talk show hosts and a trans woman (Getty)

Is China really the enemy?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

China is a nation with values deeply at odds with the West. The Chinese spy, steal and bully. They don’t…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s new role, England’s cricket victory and the world's steepest street

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Home In a televised debate between the rivals for election by members of the Conservative party as their new leader…

‘The Tea Party’, 1727, by Richard Collins

A brief history of tea

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It had to happen. Since almost everything became either ‘artisan’ or ‘curated’, conditions have been ripe for a curator of…

Portrait of the week: Boris vs Jeremy, Brexit party rallies and Hong Kong protests

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the bookies’ favourite for the leadership of the Conservative party, would, if he became prime minister, ‘show…

China’s surveillance technology is terrifying – and on show in London

6 July 2019 9:00 am

China’s new surveillance technology goes far beyond Big Brother

Trump vs Xi: the new Cold War is hotting up

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Trump’s strategy towards China could work

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

The silliness of ‘serious’ leaders

15 June 2019 9:00 am

You would think it would be unarguable that ‘Serious times demand a serious leader’. This, with small verbal variations, is…

The Hong Kong protests have echoes of Tiananmen

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Why there’s violent opposition to the China extradition bill

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

A woman advertises for a partner for her child in Shanghai’s People’s Park

Would your son marry me? Inside Shanghai’s marriage market

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Parents in Shanghai are shopping for their children’s spouses

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

The Nissan move shows Britain is losing its competitive edge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Has ‘Jay’ Powell gone wobbly, or does he know something we don’t? That was the question being asked after the…

The China-Russia East Route pipeline under construction in 2017. At 3,968 km in length, it is designed to carry 38 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Russia’s Far East to Shanghai. [Getty]

China’s power grab steps up apace

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Five years ago President Xi Jinping gave a speech in Kazakhstan, launching the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, a wildly ambitious…

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The dark side of China’s high-tech society