Cindy Yu

The closing of the Chinese mind

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I was born in Nanjing five years after the Tiananmen Square protests. By then, records of the demonstrations and the…

Even the WHO has turned on China's zero-Covid strategy

11 May 2022 7:31 pm

Covid infections are finally falling in Shanghai. The city reported just over 2,000 cases on Tuesday, down from over 27,000…

The Shanghai lockdown is testing the limits of the CCP’s control

23 April 2022 9:00 am

China’s lockdown protestors cannot be silenced

China's zero Covid crack-up

6 April 2022 9:13 pm

‘We’re being driven mad. Nobody is listening to us. They’ve politicised this disease.’ This week, the candid remarks of Zhu…

Is China's zero Covid game up?

16 March 2022 5:31 am

Omicron has broken through China’s Covid wall. On Tuesday, the country saw a record-high of more than 5,000 cases, the…

Is an anti-Xi resistance emerging?

22 February 2022 2:22 am

From the 1980s to 2017, at least every five years, China’s National Party Congress would be a moment of intriguing…

The fading legacy of Deng Xiaoping

13 February 2022 2:59 am

After Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, it was clear to pragmatists in the Chinese Communist Party, led by Deng Xiaoping,…

Frozen: can China escape its zero-Covid trap?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

How China got stuck in a zero-Covid trap

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…