Cindy Yu

The great Chinese puzzle: how to adapt the language to modern communication technologies

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Any student of Chinese will sympathise with the 17th-century Jesuit priest Fr Emeric Langlois de Chavagnac when he wrote: ‘One…

What happened to China's missing tennis star?

22 December 2021 3:25 am

Did a senior Chinese politician rape one of the country’s leading tennis stars? That certainly seemed to be the allegation…

Peng Shuai and China’s mistress problem

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Mistresses remain a potent status symbol in China

Peng Shuai appears in sinister ‘proof of life’ video

21 November 2021 4:40 pm

The Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai sits in a crowded restaurant surrounded by friends and her coach, who is going…

China’s great log forward

5 November 2021 8:27 pm

Every year, China plants trees over an area the size of Ireland. The country may be the biggest polluter on…

The rise and fall of Jack Ma

28 October 2021 8:30 am

Jack Ma used to give rock star performances for his employees at Alibaba, Asia’s biggest online commerce company. He once…

How China’s economic revolution created billionaires overnight

18 September 2021 9:00 am

In the winter of 1992, the retired octogenarian Deng Xiaoping toured China’s southern coasts. From there he gave a spirited…

China is finding out the price of zero Covid’

21 August 2021 9:00 am

China’s Covid policy can’t last

Why China’s vaccine diplomacy is running into difficulties

12 August 2021 4:21 pm

Tear gas and rubber bullets hold off the protestors marching to Government House in Bangkok. They’re looking for Prime Minister…

One Britain One Nation: How to write a proper propaganda song

25 June 2021 10:17 pm

How do you make an emotional appeal for a united United Kingdom? So far, unionists have tried flag flying, resolutely refusing another…

Why Chinese women don’t want more children

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Chinese women can’t afford a large family

Why Beijing doesn't think the EU investment deal is dead

25 May 2021 2:59 am

Is the EU-China investment deal dead? It was last week sunk down by 599 votes to 30 in the European…

The West’s vaccine complacency

2 March 2021 6:39 am

Today, in their first bilateral summit, Joe Biden will meet (virtually) Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Among other things…

Power jab: the rise of vaccine diplomacy

20 February 2021 9:00 am

An international power tussle over vaccines is under way


Beijing revels in Washington’s chaos

9 January 2021 4:50 am

The events on Capitol Hill were always going to be met with schadenfreude — perhaps even glee — among autocracies in…

Beijing revels in Washington’s chaos

9 January 2021 1:39 am

The events on Capitol Hill were always going to be met with schadenfreude — perhaps even glee — amongst autocracies…

Why is China keeping quiet about its vaccine programme?

10 December 2020 1:40 am

While Britain is the first country in the world to approve a vaccine, it is not the first to start…

Chair of 1922 Committee says he has the numbers to defeat government

25 September 2020 7:24 pm

During the first Covid wave, the government secured emergency powers that allowed it to put in place new restrictions without…

The advert that reveals China's problem with race

16 September 2020 4:39 pm

After the Hong Kong protests, America’s Black Lives Matter protests were like manna from heaven for Beijing. Now Chinese politicians could point…

Sink or swim: China’s ‘zero Covid’ strategy

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Is China’s virus strategy paying off?

Why Trump won't stop at Huawei

19 August 2020 9:02 pm

Cash is no longer king in China. Much like Sweden, the country’s young and old opt for digital payments, made…

Britain shouldn't treat Chinese students as Communist agents

9 June 2020 4:42 pm

Universities in the West can roll over too easily for the Chinese Communist Party. Jesus College, Cambridge, has been a…

Is Harbin China's new Wuhan?

28 April 2020 4:52 am

Only three New Yorkers had died when Han, a 22-year-old masters student at NYU, caught a plane back to China.…

Coronavirus fears are causing Chinese people to flee the West

17 March 2020 1:25 am

A little over a month ago, the Foreign Office was airlifting Brits out of quarantined Wuhan. But now with Europe…

Beware the super-spreaders of coronavirus conspiracy theories

2 March 2020 2:28 am

When a new virus is discovered, conspiracy theories often spread faster than the disease. I’ve been following the debate in…