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US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping

Why is Trump being nice to China again?

7 April 2020 9:13 am

China hawks watched with hope when Trump ascended to the presidency in 2016. He spoke on the campaign trail of…

Sen. Tom Cotton coronavirus

Questioning coronavirus origins is not a conspiracy

5 April 2020 6:13 am

The exact origins of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, remain unknown. We know only that it began in the Wuhan province…

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Italy gave China PPE to help with coronavirus — then China made them buy it back

5 April 2020 5:17 am

China has tried to restore its image after lying to the world about the seriousness of its coronavirus outbreak, but…

How will the world be changed by the war against coronavirus?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

What will post-coronavirus economies and societies look like?

The longer lockdown continues, the more imperilled we become

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Comically, Chinese Communist party officials have speculated that Covid-19 was planted by the US army. Yet a respectable conspiracy theorist…

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How will the world be changed by the war against coronavirus?

3 April 2020 4:06 am

The world as we have known it for the past 40 years has come to a stop. We have a…

How will the ‘war’ on coronavirus change Britain?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In the past ten days we have seen the greatest expansion of state power in British history. The state has…

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Big Pharma and free market orgs unite against Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order

26 March 2020 1:50 pm

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), a trade association for major pharmaceutical manufacturers such as 3M, is drafting a letter…

Corona confusion is being ruthlessly weaponised

22 March 2020 10:37 pm

Few words have as great a hold on the contemporary imagination as ‘disinformation.’ Few words are as ubiquitous in contemporary…

How Mao's medicine made modern China

18 March 2020 9:01 pm

History repeats itself, said Marx, first as tragedy and then as farce. And when it comes to the world’s latest…

thucydides

The coronavirus is springing the Thucydides trap

18 March 2020 8:34 am

The first casualty of informational war is truth. The first American casualty of COVID-19 was the myth that the United…

Coronavirus is a metaphor for our vulnerability over Huawei

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Monday night’s Commons rebellion over Huawei was on a surprisingly serious scale for a new government with a big mandate.…

America has turned into a bad joke

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   Rumours about the virus are flying around this village. First there was talk of a hotel being temporarily…

Washington is furious at Boris's Huawei bid

12 March 2020 10:30 pm

Boris Johnson faced his first major rebellion of the new parliament on Tuesday. Parliamentarians are waking up to the fact…

A meditation on death

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I shoulda been a weatherman: no sooner had I announced snow to be a Gstaad rarity than it…

Could coronavirus really trigger the next crash?

1 March 2020 1:30 am

It’s a bloodbath in the markets, but by how much could the real, global economy be affected by the coronavirus…

Jean Vanier’s sad fall from grace

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The fall from grace of Jean Vanier is truly a sad story. The founder of the L’Arche communities did extraordinary…

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the hysteria

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the hysteria

How coronavirus can save Hong Kong

26 February 2020 4:57 am

The coronavirus has enforced a hiatus in Hong Kong’s widespread political unrest with worries about transmission stalling protests. Dissatisfaction with…

Pangolins are being blamed for coronavirus – and I’m sorry for eating one

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Is the pangolin having its revenge?

Philip Pullman is right about the Oxford comma

1 February 2020 9:00 am

It was with regret that I read that Albert, retired King of the Belgians, has finally had to admit, following…

China’s response to coronavirus shows a one-party state in action

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The handling of the coronavirus shows a one-party state in action

The whole of China is in an eerie state of shutdown

1 February 2020 9:00 am

 Shanghai ‘Do you want me to scan your temperature?’ asks the receptionist, brandishing an infrared thermometer. Arriving at my hotel…

The horror of Heathrow

1 February 2020 9:00 am

There are no stairs or escalators to take you up to Terminal 4 from the underground Heathrow Express platform. Beyond…

Why we’ll regret the Huawei gamble

29 January 2020 8:39 pm

It is apparently fine for China to ban western technology from its telecommunications network but quite unacceptable for us to…