Ian Williams

Ian Williams is a former foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News and NBC, and author of Every Breath You Take: China’s New Tyranny (Birlinn).

Putin and Xi’s anti-West alliance is strengthening

17 May 2024 7:51 pm

The visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin to the north-eastern Chinese city of Harbin today was no doubt designed as…

Chinese society is rapidly militarising

12 May 2024 4:30 pm

The reports in China’s state media speak about ‘advancing national defence education in the new era’, teaching students to be…

Why is the UK not blaming China for the MoD hack?

8 May 2024 8:52 pm

The personal details of members of the UK’s armed forces appear to have been the latest target of China’s prolific…

Why was Blinken’s China visit so underwhelming?

27 April 2024 9:32 pm

It had been billed as an electrifying encounter – the US Secretary of State preparing to confront Beijing with a…

Why the EU is raiding Chinese companies

26 April 2024 2:14 am

The target of Wednesday’s dawn raid has been on the radar of western security services for some time. There has…

The trouble with David Cameron’s China links

24 April 2024 11:33 pm

In the years following his resignation as prime minister, David Cameron appeared to become the poster child for elite capture by the…

The rusting Philippine ship raising US-China tensions

14 April 2024 10:16 pm

The rusting and disintegrating hulk of a former Second World War landing ship has become an unlikely but dangerous flashpoint in US-China relations. The…

US businesses are falling out of love with Xi’s Chinese dream

28 March 2024 6:35 pm

A US diplomat in Beijing once told me a story of an American businessman hospitalised in the city of Ningbo…

Hungary has become China’s useful idiot

23 February 2024 12:53 am

This week a security deal was announced that could see Chinese police on the streets of Hungary. Despite this, there…

China calls the shots in its alliance with Russia

15 January 2024 4:30 pm

There has been a strange atmosphere at recent top level meetings between ‘best friends’ China and Russia. It is not…

Taiwan’s voters defy Beijing

14 January 2024 4:13 am

Taiwan’s voters have defied Beijing’s threats and intimidation and elected as president the most independence-minded of the candidates for the…

Why has Xi Jinping purged his senior commanders?

10 January 2024 12:43 am

The Chinese Communist party will no doubt throw a militarised tantrum should Saturday’s election in Taiwan be won by Lai…

How China weaponises its cuddly giant pandas

4 December 2023 10:41 pm

So Yang Guang and Tian Tian are on their way back to China. Rather like a pair of high-profile celebrities,…

Power shifts at the Biden-Xi summit

16 November 2023 9:57 pm

Perhaps the most important achievement of the summit between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden was that it was held at…

Can China contain Evergrande’s collapse?

27 September 2023 10:15 pm

The Chinese Communist party appears set to kill off its largest economic zombie, while gambling that it can control the…

The mystery of China’s missing ministers

23 September 2023 2:51 am

Two down and who knows how many more to go. This week, Defence Minister Li Shangfu became the latest of…

China’s ‘standard map’ is a chilling reminder of its imperial ambitions

3 September 2023 4:00 pm

The Chinese Communist Party’s ‘standard map’ is updated each year to include Beijing’s ever-extending territorial claims. Neighbours see it as…

James Cleverly is clueless on China

31 August 2023 12:56 am

At least James Cleverly had somebody to meet. The Foreign Secretary’s last effort to get to Beijing was postponed after…

Why is China purging its nuclear missile force?

2 August 2023 12:33 am

The top commanders of China’s nuclear forces have been targeted by President Xi Jinping in his latest purge, adding an…

Will Italy leave China’s ‘atrocious’ Belt and Road Initiative?

1 August 2023 2:45 am

For some time now the world has being growing increasingly wary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but rarely…

Where has Xi Jinping’s foreign minister gone?

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Where has Xi’s foreign minister gone?

Tory floundering over China is a gift to Labour

22 July 2023 9:00 am

The government’s floundering over China is a gift to Labour

The strange disappearance of China’s foreign minister

19 July 2023 10:14 pm

It is strange and surreal, even by the standards of the looking-glass world of the Chinese Communist party (CCP). Foreign…

China’s economic self-destruction

15 July 2023 6:12 pm

Mao Zedong had a big thing about contradictions. They were the basis of life, driving it forward, the old despot…