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Xi Jinping is weaponising China's sex scandals

19 September 2021 6:05 pm

Zhou Xiaoxuan was in tears when she emerged from the Beijing court around midnight on Tuesday. ‘I’m really sorry there…

China's war on effeminate men

13 September 2021 3:26 am

A rectification notice from China’s state censor earlier this month included a peculiar admonition to ‘resolutely oppose’ effeminate men on…

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ is taking over China’s classrooms

11 September 2021 9:00 am

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ took over China’s classrooms

Is it time to defund the world’s policeman?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

It gets lost in the many creative purposes successive American administrations invented to justify remaining in Afghanistan, but the primary…

Did Chinese fentanyl kill Michael K. Williams?

8 September 2021 8:30 pm

Did Chinese-manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, kill Michael Kenneth Williams, the man who played ‘Omar’ in The Wire? Within minutes…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves Afghanistan, hurricane hits New Orleans and Gove goes clubbing

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Britain brought its last troops home from Afghanistan, having flown out more than 15,000 people since 14 August; but…

How China drove a wedge between America and Israel

30 August 2021 5:09 pm

Two weeks ago, CIA director William Burns – who has rather a lot on his plate just now – had…

Would Japan defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack?

28 August 2021 12:31 am

In a parliamentary debate in early June about Covid, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga said that Australia, New Zealand and…

The Supreme Court’s shameful statement on Hong Kong

27 August 2021 6:07 pm

In a statement which will doubtless surprise the scores of lawyers, democratic politicians and human rights activists who are currently…

China’s Great Game in Afghanistan

23 August 2021 7:00 am

China greeted America’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan and the Taliban seizure of power with a mixture of glee and trepidation.…

China’s zero Covid strategy is being undermined by mahjong

22 August 2021 9:00 am

Mao Zedong once said that the game of mahjong should not be underestimated, because: ‘If you know how to play…

Iran's 'Ghost Armada' and its secret alliance with China

15 August 2021 3:30 pm

When a British security guard was killed in an Iranian drone attack last month, the response from the government was robust. Boris…

How China tried to suppress the lab leak investigation

14 August 2021 11:53 am

The lead figure in the World Health Organisation’s work on the origins of Covid-19 has givena remarkable interview to Danish…

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…

More diplomacy won’t stop the advance of the Taliban

11 August 2021 5:55 am

On 11 August, at Russia’s initiative, an ‘extended troika’ will meet in Doha, Qatar to take stock of the Taliban’s…

The China challenge has no precedent

7 August 2021 11:53 am

The US has never been more worried by the rise of China than it is today. In my Times column…

What kind of empire is China building?

4 August 2021 11:58 pm

As Britain’s small fleet, headed by HMS Queen Elizabeth, cruises towards the South China Sea, there remains a question over…

The troubling truth about Britain’s nuclear deal with China

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The troubling truth about Britain’s nuclear deal with China

The Lib Dems’ Vince Cable China problem

28 July 2021 6:18 am

Last night, Vince Cable appeared on Nigel Farage’s ‘Talking Pints’ segment on GB News. This, if you haven’t seen it,…

The Lancet, China and the origins of coronavirus

27 July 2021 4:47 pm

Right from its first issue in 1823, the Lancet was more than just an ordinary medical journal. Its founding editor,…

The man behind Xi Jinping

27 July 2021 4:05 pm

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, over a billion copies of Mao’s Little Red Book were distributed across the…

China’s Belt and Road to Damascus

25 July 2021 11:00 am

There is, it seems, no regime too odious to be a partner of China. Being repressive and corrupt have long…

What Dominic Cummings gets wrong

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who thinks Boris Johnson lacks statecraft should pay attention to Dominic Cummings’s attacks on him. They often to seem…

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…

Letters: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Out of Afghanistan Sir: Boyd Tonkin’s review of Anna Aslanyan’s Dancing on Ropes highlights the post-war abandonment of local Afghan…