Beijing

Who poses a greater threat to the West: China or Russia?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

At the height of the Cold War, as the West faced off against Red China and the Soviet Union, people…

China’s students aren’t so scary any more

4 June 2016 9:00 am

In 1873, when Jules Verne published his Around the World in Eighty Days, it seemed worth betting that a circumnavigation…

King of heavy metal Bruce Dickinson at Madison Square Gardens in 1983

Meet the fans who risk death for heavy metal

14 May 2016 9:00 am

With its loud guitar riffs and even louder fashion, heavy metal has always been ripe for ridicule. In its mid-1980s…

China’s repressive policy towards its Islamic fringe has badly backfired

1 August 2015 9:00 am

In October 2013, a jeep ploughed through a crowd of pedestrians on the edge of Tiananmen Square, crashed and burst…

Rabdentse, near Pelling, the ruined former capital of Sikkim, with Mount Kanchenjunga in the distance

The story of Sikkim’s last king and queen reads like a fairy tale gone wrong

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Sikkim was a Himalayan kingdom a third of the size of Wales squeezed between China, India, Nepal and Bhutan. I…

Back off, nimbyists, or fracking will benefit Beijing more than Balcombe

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The fracking debate has been brought to a new heat by David Cameron’s message to Home Counties nimbyists and eco-crusties…