China’s role in Soviet policy-making

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Stalin and his successors’ struggle with the US and China reflected conflicting Soviet ambitions to be a superpower and to lead world revolution, says Sergey Radchenko

The moon matters to China

1 June 2024 9:00 am

China’s Chang’e-6 moon mission was launched on 3 May. It reached lunar orbit a few days later and began waiting…

There’s trouble ahead for Taiwan’s new president

27 May 2024 8:03 pm

Not many inaugural ceremonies bring together dragons, dancers, rappers, and a 10-metre-high blue horse breathing steam out of its nostrils.…

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan remains unlikely

26 May 2024 3:23 am

For a second day, yesterday, Chinese fighter jets and warships surrounded Taiwan for drills which the People’s Liberation Army said…

Gangs of Tehran: how Iran takes out its enemies abroad

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘It was Friday afternoon, around 2.45. I came out of the house and was going towards the car on the…

Be more tiger mum!

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘What’s it to do with me if your boyfriend wants to break up with you? Or if you cried, or…

Fools rush in: Mania, by Lionel Shriver, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

In an alternative universe where the Mental Parity Movement holds sway, the ignorant and unqualified are deemed ‘just as good as anyone else’ – with predictable results

What Xi wants in Europe

11 May 2024 9:00 am

On a quiet street in Belgrade, a bronze statue of Confucius stands in front of a perforated white block, the…

The traditional British hedge is fast vanishing

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The best hedges teem with the biodiversity that plays such a vital part in our future. Yet, since the 1950s, farmers and developers have been destroying them at an alarming rate

Are all great civilisations doomed?

4 May 2024 9:00 am

If plague, war or natural disasters don’t destroy our own, then ‘a cascading systems failure’ seems likely, on past evidence, says Paul Cooper

Why was Blinken’s China visit so underwhelming?

27 April 2024 9:32 pm

It had been billed as an electrifying encounter – the US Secretary of State preparing to confront Beijing with a…

The Xi files: how China spies

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Most states spy. In principle there’s nothing to stop them. But China’s demand for intelligence on the rest of the…

After TikTok, there’s another app we should ban

22 April 2024 4:00 pm

The American House of Representatives has passed a bill ordering Bytedance, a Chinese company, to divest from TikTok or stop…

The greed and hypocrisy of the opium trade continue to shock

10 February 2024 9:00 am

Amitav Ghosh admits he found writing his history difficult because of the obscene profiteering and suffering he had to cover

Henry Kissinger saw his world fall apart

2 December 2023 10:58 pm

The leading advocate of world order died at a time when it all appeared to be coming undone. Henry Kissinger…

From the Odyssey to The Wizard of Oz: Praiseworthy, by Alexis Wright, reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Everything blends into everything else as an Aboriginal knight errant sets out on a quest to save his scorched native bushlands

China is spying on us, so what?

11 September 2023 9:43 am

That China is spying on us is hardly the revelation of the century. The Sunday Times broke the story that police have…

The FBI has a problem with Catholics

19 August 2023 9:00 am

  On board Aello She was built in 1921, a beautiful wooden ketch that is as graceful to look at…

The Spectator's Notes

12 August 2023 9:00 am