China

Are the Winter Olympics suffering the effects of climate change?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

No snow The pistes are covered with artificial snow and the hillsides are bare. Are the Winter Olympics a victim…

The crazy, corrupt world of the Beijing Olympics

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad OK sport fans, have you been enjoying the concentration camp Olympics? I’m sure the Uighurs in the Chinese gulag…

China breaks new records in the Surveillance Olympics

9 February 2022 2:26 am

Never before have the participants in a major sporting event been so closely monitored as in this Winter Olympics in…

Putin and Xi’s Potemkin alliance

5 February 2022 10:30 pm

Vladimir Putin very rarely travels abroad these days – and Xi Jinping has not met a foreign leader in person…

The CCP training programme at the heart of Cambridge

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The cosy links between Cambridge and the CCP

The day I was tapped up by Chinese intelligence

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Britain is still too complacent about Chinese influence

The ghosts that could come back to haunt Blair

5 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m picturing Sir Tony Blair enjoying a fitting of his Garter robes after watching Boris Johnson stagger through PMQs. ‘I’m…

Frozen: can China escape its zero-Covid trap?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

How China got stuck in a zero-Covid trap

China's 'useful idiots' keep their honours

31 January 2022 11:36 pm

Ministers like to talk a good game on China. But, as the Commons witnessed just two weeks ago, all too…

The dangerous alliance between Russia and China

28 January 2022 7:28 pm

The growing alliance between Russia and China is something we shouldn’t lose sleep over, their long history of mutual suspicion…

No one should celebrate the decline of America

27 January 2022 10:22 pm

Where is America? Like an old friend who hasn’t been in touch for years, you wonder if its silence is…

Portrait of the week: Saving Big Dog, scrapping the licence fee and tsunami hits Tonga

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office, having been asked by Boris Johnson to look into accusations…

The curious case of Barry Gardiner

22 January 2022 9:00 am

In May 2020, in the wake of the Barnard Castle story, Emily Maitlis delivered her famous Newsnight address to the…

China’s zero-Covid policy is becoming unsustainable

16 January 2022 1:03 am

With just three weeks until the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Covid-19 is creeping ever closer to the…

Britain is finally waking up to China’s influence operations

14 January 2022 6:41 pm

The biggest surprise in Thursday’s security warning about a Chinese agent seeking to influence British politicians is that it came…

Was the Kazakhstan uprising an attempted Jihadi takeover?

11 January 2022 8:15 pm

The Kazakh uprising is over. The stench of burnt-out vehicles and bombed out buildings in Kazakhstan’s most populous city and…

The hypocrisy of Elon Musk

5 January 2022 2:31 am

Tesla’s sleek, if expensive, electric cars are leading the battle against climate change. Its batteries are moving renewable energy into the…

China could be more dangerous than ever in 2022

31 December 2021 10:43 pm

Twenty twenty-two is the year that Xi Jinping plans to seize power for life, but it is not going according to…

The Pillar of Shame and the erasure of Hong Kong

25 December 2021 3:05 am

In the dead of night one of the most prominent memorials to the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Pillar of Shame,…

What happened to China's missing tennis star?

22 December 2021 3:25 am

Did a senior Chinese politician rape one of the country’s leading tennis stars? That certainly seemed to be the allegation…

China is right to laugh at the west

10 December 2021 6:54 am

Signs of the enervating weakness of the west’s governing elites aren’t that hard to find but the case of the…

China’s growing influence over the Commonwealth’s armies

29 November 2021 8:00 am

On Monday in the city of Bridgetown, Prince Charles will be forced to witness the spectacle of Barbados officially becoming a…

Fears over Mandarin shortage in Whitehall

24 November 2021 1:45 am

‘China Spy Blitz’ blared the Sun this morning: ‘UK spooks hiring Mandarin speakers in cyber war.’ Spy bosses, the paper…

Peng Shuai appears in sinister ‘proof of life’ video

21 November 2021 4:40 pm

The Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai sits in a crowded restaurant surrounded by friends and her coach, who is going…

China has begun its campaign to take Taiwan

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Normally, if the response to a speech of mine was that it had been a ‘despicable and insane performance’ from…