China

Why did North Korea fire a missile over Japan?

5 October 2022 1:09 am

It was a new dawn, a new day, and a new North Korean missile test. The land of the morning…

An outcast in Xinjiang: The Backstreets, by Perhat Tursun, reviewed

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Like Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, Perhat Tursun’s unnamed protagonist is an outcast. A young Uighur in an increasingly Han city (Urumchi,…

It’s wrong to ban China from the lying-in-state

16 September 2022 7:55 pm

Unlike some Americans, China’s communists have no problem getting their heads around hereditary monarchy. Last week, President Xi sent his…

What Xi wants from Central Asia

14 September 2022 10:10 pm

President Xi Jinping hasn’t stepped outside his country since the pandemic began. For almost three years, China’s elderly leaders have…

China vs the US: who will win the chip war?

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Semiconductors are the latest battleground for China and the US

Letters: Lockdown saved lives

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Lockdown saved lives Sir: Rishi Sunak presents an alarming picture of what happened during lockdown (‘The lockdown files’, 27 August)…

I’d be the perfect communist shill

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Could I be the model communist shill? Consider these facts: I was born and raised in China. I speak and…

When will the West start to deal with Africa on its own terms?

27 August 2022 9:00 am

When will the West start to deal with Africa on its own terms?

Is Germany afraid of China?

17 August 2022 6:30 pm

The German air force has taken off for its first deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. It will take part in…

Baby bust: China’s looming demographic disaster

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The demographic crisis might stall its rise

Nancy Pelosi knows how much Taiwan matters

2 August 2022 10:24 pm

In the coming hours, Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive in Taiwan. The plane that is thought to be carrying…

Will China blockade Taiwan?

31 July 2022 3:00 pm

Xi Jinping has made it very clear over the years that he is determined for China to reunite with Taiwan.…

The China threat our politicians don’t seem to have noticed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

The threat our politicians don’t seem to have noticed

Has the lab leak theory really been disproved?

28 July 2022 1:19 am

The BBC carried a story this week with the headline ‘Covid origin studies say evidence points to Wuhan market’. Bizarrely…

Is the US thinking straight about Taiwan?

26 July 2022 12:46 am

As the Tory leadership candidates tussle over China, it is well worth reading this essay by the US strategist Hal…

My Tory leadership race fantasy game

16 July 2022 9:00 am

‘Black swan’ theory, developed by the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb, refers to unexpected events that have extreme consequences but are…

Jacinda Adern’s tricky China policy

3 July 2022 7:00 pm

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, has had a busy week on the international circuit. On Friday she appeared in…

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