Ian Williams

Ian Williams is a former foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News and NBC, and author of Every Breath You Take: China’s New Tyranny (Birlinn).

How China spies on the West

23 January 2022 9:00 pm

In December last year Oxford University students were offered £15,000 in prize money if they could solve challenges relating to…

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…

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…

Why is China turning its back on the world?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Why is China self-isolating?

Why it matters that tennis is standing up to Beijing

3 December 2021 2:02 am

The commercial road to Beijing is littered with grovelling apologies, cringeworthy kowtows and silent complicity in repression. That’s why the…

Peng Shuai and the limits of China’s #MeToo movement

5 November 2021 7:14 am

China’s #MeToo movement has taken a step closer to the centre of power in Beijing, after sexual abuse allegations by…

China’s energy crisis

31 October 2021 12:25 pm

The absence of Xi Jinping from COP26 in Glasgow this weekend should strip away any illusion that China is a…

Can Beijing buy the Taliban?

28 October 2021 4:01 pm

China is seeking a grand bargain from the Taliban: eliminate the groups Beijing says are stirring up trouble among its…

Xi threatens Taiwan because he's weak

5 October 2021 7:55 am

Over the weekend, China sent waves of warplanes racing towards Taiwan in numbers not seen before, forcing the democratic self-ruled…

Will China’s ‘digital yuan’ reinvent money as we know it?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The rise of the digital yuan

Is China’s debt-fuelled economy doomed?

21 September 2021 7:45 am

For years it seemed as though China’s massively inflated property bubble would just keep on expanding, seemingly defying the laws of economics, as…

Xi Jinping is weaponising China's sex scandals

19 September 2021 6:05 pm

Zhou Xiaoxuan was in tears when she emerged from the Beijing court around midnight on Tuesday. ‘I’m really sorry there…

China’s #MeToo moment

15 September 2021 2:50 pm

The employee alleged that she was forced to drink heavily at a banquet during a business trip, then sexually assaulted…

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ is taking over China’s classrooms

11 September 2021 9:00 am

How ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ took over China’s classrooms

China’s #MeToo moment

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Can the CCP control China’s harassment scandals?

China’s Great Game in Afghanistan

23 August 2021 7:00 am

China greeted America’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan and the Taliban seizure of power with a mixture of glee and trepidation.…

The troubling truth about Britain’s nuclear deal with China

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The troubling truth about Britain’s nuclear deal with China

China’s Belt and Road to Damascus

25 July 2021 11:00 am

There is, it seems, no regime too odious to be a partner of China. Being repressive and corrupt have long…

How China bought Cambridge

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Cambridge has been compromised by China

Matt Hancock isn't the only politician who is clueless about cyber security

7 July 2021 2:14 am

It is widely acknowledged that Britain has some of the world’s finest cyber capabilities. GCHQ is a global leader in…

How Taishan almost became China’s Chernobyl

4 July 2021 5:00 pm

Days after a nuclear power plant began spewing deadly radiation, the ruling Communist party pushed ahead with a huge and…

The growing cult of ‘Dada’ Xi Jinping

1 July 2021 6:32 pm

In a defiant speech to mark the Communist party’s centenary today, Xi Jinping warned foreign powers they would ‘have their…

Matt Hancock and the problem with China's surveillance tech

29 June 2021 12:52 am

There can have been no more avid viewers of the CCTV footage of Matt Hancock’s snog and grope than China’s…

How China is stoking racial tensions in the West

2 May 2021 5:00 pm

Footage of a brutal late March attack on a 65-year-old Asian American woman in Manhattan drew widespread outrage on social…