China’s increasingly authoritarian Covid pass

21 June 2022 10:30 pm

A Chinese health app, developed to enforce the Communist party’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions, is being repurposed to tighten political control…

How long will Xi Jinping rule China?

12 June 2022 7:52 pm

For some time now it has been assumed that in November the National Congress will rubber stamp Xi Jinping’s continued…

A glimmer of hope for the blue planet

11 June 2022 9:00 am

David Profumo wonders whether newly created marine reserves can really reverse decades of devastation

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…

The World Health Organisation has lost all credibility

28 May 2022 8:16 pm

Let’s be honest: is there anyone out there who has faith in the ability of the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

Is Xi Jinping losing his grip on power?

28 May 2022 4:00 pm

The Beijing political rumour-mill has gone into overdrive in recent weeks, seizing upon every nuance and reading between every line…

Saving Taiwan: the lessons learned from the war in Ukraine

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Taiwan is learning valuable lessons from Ukraine

Did monkeypox leak from Wuhan?

24 May 2022 3:00 am

It’s a familiar story. Close contacts of individuals infected by a dangerous illness are being asked by UK officials to…

Pope Francis has betrayed Cardinal Zen

14 May 2022 4:30 pm

When Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old former Bishop of Hong Kong, was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday and charged…

New Aussie rules: Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

China’s zero-Covid horror show is inspiring Taiwan to open up

8 May 2022 4:00 pm

Taipei Nowhere is watching the zero-Covid horror show unfolding in China more closely than Taiwan, where it is encouraging the…

Will the bad luck of the Philippines ever turn?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The Philippines is the odd man out in Asia, a predominantly Catholic country colonised first by Spain, then the United…

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

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Sri Lanka’s descent into chaos

20 April 2022 2:30 am

Colombo, Sri Lanka Some 13 years after the end of a civil war that saw 100,000 deaths, Sri Lanka is…

China’s pact with the Solomons is a direct threat to Australia

19 April 2022 11:29 pm

Tulagi, a 1.5 square mile island in the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands, is perhaps the most remote place on the…

Does knotted string constitute ‘writing’?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

What particularly excites Silvia Ferrara, the author of The Greatest Invention, is not language per se but writing – that…

‘Putin still has a lot left to lose’: Niall Ferguson and David Petraeus in conversation

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Niall Ferguson and David Petraeus on Russia’s mistakes, Xi’s plans and the lessons of Iraq

The battle for zero-Covid is being fought in Shanghai

13 April 2022 5:00 pm

Confusion infected Shanghai on Tuesday, as the authorities dithered over a promised easing of severe lockdown rules and Covid-19 continued…

China may be facing its greatest Covid crisis yet

26 March 2022 9:00 am

China appears not to have defeated Covid after all

Is China beginning to distance itself from Russia?

20 March 2022 12:49 am

The read-outs from Friday’s two-hour call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping were so different, that you have to wonder…

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…

China’s zero Covid strategy is a threat to the global economy

16 March 2022 1:12 am

Aside from deterring a few tourists, and people filming fantasy epics, closing down New Zealand during the Covid pandemic didn’t…

In Japan, being a token westerner is big business

5 March 2022 9:00 am

How to make money as a token westerner in Japan