China

Crypto-currencies are risky as hell – but worth a punt

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘I’m up 430 per cent,’ said my friend Mash, boasting about his investments in Bitcoin. I should have known then…

What my 91-year-old aunt could teach Boris Johnson

26 August 2017 9:00 am

My mother has various chronic illnesses and finds it almost impossible to remain both immobile and awake during the day.…

Beyond the pale: China’s cheerful racists

19 August 2017 9:00 am

China’s casual racism is shocking

An airborne early warning system leads fighter jets during a military parade in Beijing

Can China and America avoid war?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Every day on his way to work at Harvard, Professor Allison wondered how the reconstruction of the bridge over Boston’s…

Queen Victoria and the slave’s daughter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The…

Donald Trump’s Qatari masterstroke

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A major Greek ship owner, whose political knowledge matches his wealth and business acumen, explained to me what the Qatar…

How many of us has a forebear who died of Spanish flu?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The symptoms of the Spanish flu could be ghastly. Perhaps Laura Spinney should have chosen her title with more care…

Telemann was much more than a prolific purveyor of musical muesli

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The concert began with a flourish and a honk. Well, of course it did. Telemann wrote his last Ouverture-Suite in…

North Korea must be tamed and Donald Trump is right to take action

8 April 2017 9:00 am

White House insiders say he is deadly serious about North Korea

Joint account: a scene from ‘The Great Wall’, China’s most expensive film to date

The new battleground between China and America: Hollywood

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Peter Hoskin reports on the uneasy alliance between the US and Chinese film industries

Jarvis Cocker: contrived or beguiling?

Why I revel in Jarvis Cocker’s pretentiousness

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When Wireless Nights hit the Radio 4 airwaves in the spring of 2012, I was not at all sure about…

BBC radio is at its best when it’s at its plainest

18 March 2017 9:00 am

It was the crime story that showed us just how much China has changed since its years of social, political…

The wonder of Japan

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From my chalet high up above the village, I look up at the immense, glistening mountain range of the Alps,…

Why aren’t we talking about China’s huge problems?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Investors and bankers may be distracted by other global issues, but huge problems still loom for Asia’s superpower economy

Inside China’s ‘secret’ churches

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Inside the ‘secret’ churches whose congregations are growing week by week

I always thought the North and classical music didn’t mix

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Years ago, when I met a famous concert pianist, I was surprised when he greeted me in a northern accent.…

China's Eton envy - why they love our posh boys

24 September 2016 9:00 am

China’s new rich look on Britain’s ancient public schools with awe – and envy

Theresa May’s student crackdown will cost post-Brexit Britain dearly

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In the post-Brexit landscape whose shape was barely glimpsed in G20 discussions at Hangzhou, one thing is clear: soon we’ll…

Money shot: banknote from the time of Kublai Khan, 13th century

From Kublai Khan to Charles Dickens: the birth and death of paper money

10 September 2016 9:00 am

As the Age of the Polymer dawns, Daisy Dunn looks back on the history of the banknote

Who needs Pravda when you have the New York Times?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I have a question for you, dear readers: is it me, or is there no newspaper or network in America…

Banned from China, invited to Westminster: Canada’s crusading beauty queen

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, is using her fame to highlight the troubling organ trade in China

Portrait of the week

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who was supposed to be on a walking holiday in Switzerland, wrote to Xi…

Why was I able to 'vote' twice in the EU referendum?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

When you vote in Britain, there is a relaxed feeling in the polling stations. This is a long-established part of…

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be alive. Why can’t we recognise that?

A thrilling production: Opera Holland Park’s Queen of Spades reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades is probably his greatest opera, certainly the one in which his characteristic strengths are on…