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Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

The silliness of ‘serious’ leaders

15 June 2019 9:00 am

You would think it would be unarguable that ‘Serious times demand a serious leader’. This, with small verbal variations, is…

The Hong Kong protests have echoes of Tiananmen

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Whatever the authorities in Beijing say, the anger on the streets of Hong Kong isn’t synthetic, nor is it stirred…

Donald Trump one-front trade war

Donald Trump’s one-front trade war

22 May 2019 5:15 pm

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, President Donald Trump went a long way toward defusing a potential war – not with…

Britain’s Huawei gamble is sure to anger Donald Trump

25 April 2019 11:52 pm

Just hours after Donald Trump’s long-delayed state visit to Britain was finally confirmed, reports surfaced that Theresa May and her…

Britain’s liberals have fallen out of love with democracy

10 April 2019 11:45 pm

Every now and then there is a political moment, some event or comment, that reveals just how much society has…

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The Chinese must be furious. Imagine blowing $1.3m on Jeb!

14 March 2019 1:56 am

Jeb! We hardly knew ye. The 2016 election seems soooo long ago. There was a time, for about 15 minutes,…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

A woman advertises for a partner for her child in Shanghai’s People’s Park

Would your son marry me? Inside Shanghai’s marriage market

9 March 2019 9:00 am

 Shanghai ‘How old are you, young lady?’ A small, curious crowd starts to surround me. ‘How tall are you? What…

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

The Nissan move shows Britain is losing its competitive edge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Has ‘Jay’ Powell gone wobbly, or does he know something we don’t? That was the question being asked after the…

The China-Russia East Route pipeline under construction in 2017. At 3,968 km in length, it is designed to carry 38 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Russia’s Far East to Shanghai. [Getty]

China’s power grab steps up apace

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Five years ago President Xi Jinping gave a speech in Kazakhstan, launching the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, a wildly ambitious…

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai is the fastest in the world. It takes just over four hours to…

Adam Smith would have approved of Trump’s trade tariffs

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘What the hell is going on?’ That anxious wail of economic incomprehension has been heard ever since President Trump decided…

There is method in the apparent madness of Donald Trump’s trade wars. Photo: Getty

Trade wars: The method behind Donald Trump’s madness

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump campaigned as an unrepentant protectionist and, on the face of it, he has lived up to his word.…

Letters: Chinese investment in Africa is insidious and destructive

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Chinese burn Sir: Your leading article last week ended up saying ‘It is unrealistic to expect that we can achieve…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

 Sydney For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are…

Are Trump’s tariffs a good idea? The arguments for and against

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Yes Supporters of the global free-trade regime that has been built up over the past 25 years like to think…

The mind of Donald Trump, as explained by Anthony Scaramucci

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When Anthony Scaramucci announced that he was writing a book about his time with Donald Trump, the joke was that…

Call this US-China tit-for-tat a trade war?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Stocks plunge as China hits US goods with tariffs,’ said a headline after the long weekend, and the FTSE100 duly…

When will the West take a stand on the persecution of Muslims?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Anti-Christian persecution, for so long a great untold story, has started to gain the world’s attention. But the suffering of…

I recycle – then lie to myself that I’m saving the planet

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘I just want to say one word to you, just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.’ That iconic punch line…

China’s new way to drown out the Christmas message? A sea of tat

16 December 2017 9:00 am

If you think capitalism has blinged up Christmas, you should see what the Communists are doing to it. At this…

Why is China sending aid money to Surrey?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

When I first hear that my well-heeled Surrey neighbourhood is receiving aid from China, I assume it must be a…

The Chinese classical-music revolution up close

25 November 2017 9:00 am

On a bullet train out of Shanghai, a nuclear family catches my eye. The father, weather-beaten and wearing an ill-fitting…