Cindy Yu

Why the Tories can’t count on the Hong Kong vote

3 July 2024 4:00 pm

On a high street in suburban London, a curious message appeared recently. Written on a stand-up whiteboard in traditional Chinese,…

China will struggle to resist Biden’s trade war

22 May 2024 9:19 pm

Attending a business summit in Shanghai earlier this year, I was struck by how downbeat the mood was. China’s stagnant…

Be more tiger mum!

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘What’s it to do with me if your boyfriend wants to break up with you? Or if you cried, or…

What Xi wants in Europe

11 May 2024 9:00 am

On a quiet street in Belgrade, a bronze statue of Confucius stands in front of a perforated white block, the…

The problem with Netflix’s Three-Body Problem

31 March 2024 8:15 pm

How many modern Chinese books, TV shows or films do you count among your favourites? Perhaps Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes to…

An insider’s account of the CCP’s stranglehold on China

27 January 2024 9:00 am

A high-ranking intelligence officer leaves a cache of letters revealing his increasing disenchantment with the party after being purged numerous times

Why the Tories need the new Hong Kong voter base

12 November 2023 4:00 am

With the Conservatives trailing around twenty points in most polls, the outcome of the next election seems all but set.…

Can Xi successfully stage manage Li Keqiang’s legacy?

27 October 2023 10:59 pm

Political deaths in China always carry the risk of social unrest. It was premier Zhou Enlai’s death that triggered the…

125,000 Hong Kongers have come to the UK. Where are they?

23 September 2023 9:00 am

125,000 have come to Britain. Where are they?

How I got to know Westminster’s ‘Chinese agent’

16 September 2023 9:00 am

How I got to know Westminster’s ‘Chinese agent’

‘I want to see my parents. I’ll take any deal’: the Tiananmen Square leader desperate to return to China

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Dissident Wu’er Kaixi on why he’s desperate to return to China

James Cleverly faces his biggest challenge yet on his trip to China

30 August 2023 12:59 am

Much has changed since the last time a British Foreign Secretary visited China. Back in 2018, when Jeremy Hunt met…

Chinese cities are being sacrificed to save Beijing

8 August 2023 11:07 pm

Bazhou and Zhuozhou, two small cities to the south of Beijing, have been submerged in record floods since late July, when…

Why Xi Jinping finally agreed to meet Antony Blinken

20 June 2023 12:48 am

When Antony Blinken got on the plane to Beijing two days ago, the US Secretary of State didn’t even know…

The 19th century Chinese craze for all things European

10 June 2023 9:00 am

By the 1800s, the mechanical clock had become a status symbol for wealthy Chinese. The first arrived with Jesuit missionaries…

The root of the problem

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo is attracted by the freedom a New York job promises, but misses the young daughter she has left behind in London

Could the UK’s new China policy prevent a second cold war?

26 April 2023 8:15 am

What a difference a year makes. Three prime ministers ago, in April 2022, Liz Truss gave a characteristically punchy speech…

The EU puts Ukraine at the centre of its China policy

1 April 2023 4:33 am

If Beijing was in any doubt that its 12-point peace plan for Ukraine has gone down badly in Europe, those…

Taiwan’s voters face a big decision at the upcoming election

29 March 2023 3:25 am

‘We must peacefully strive to rejuvenate the Chinese nation. This is an unshirkable duty for Chinese people on both sides…

Michelle Yeoh and Britain’s invisible East Asians

18 March 2023 9:00 am

This week Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian to win Best Actress at the Oscars – and not by playing…

Beijing is likely to react badly to Sunak’s Integrated Review

14 March 2023 3:42 am

It was only last summer that Rishi Sunak declared China ‘the largest threat to Britain’, but in today’s refreshed Integrated…

Who will salvage China’s spiralling relationship with the US?

8 March 2023 11:44 pm

When China’s ambassador to Washington, the bookish-looking old hand Qin Gang, was appointed to be China’s next foreign minister in…

Why China is courting Hollywood again

26 February 2023 5:00 pm

Until a few years ago, Hollywood dominated Chinese cinemas. In the People’s Republic, Marvel’s superhero romps were the people’s favourite. In 2019, Avengers:…