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).

Taiwan tells China: we're not scared

8 August 2022 9:34 pm

China has launched a new round of military drills near Taiwan, having previously announced they were ending on Sunday. The…

The UK is just waking up to the scale of Chinese espionage

27 July 2022 9:04 pm

The scene could have come straight out of a spy novel. An ornate Chinese garden with temples and pavilions, built…

HSBC has answered the call of the Chinese Communist Party

23 July 2022 5:30 pm

HSBC was being more than a little disingenuous when it claimed on Thursday that Communist party cells don’t have much…

China’s economy is grinding to a halt

17 July 2022 5:30 pm

Economic growth in China is grinding to a halt. The days of soaring double-digit growth are over, and the malaise…

China’s Ponzi banks are teetering

12 July 2022 11:15 pm

What began as a run on a handful of provincial banks is rapidly morphing into one of China’s worst financial…

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…

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

China’s zero-Covid horror show is inspiring Taiwan to open up

8 May 2022 4:00 pm

Taipei Nowhere is watching the zero-Covid horror show unfolding in China more closely than Taiwan, where it is encouraging the…

Xi has made his choice: he is sticking with Vladimir Putin

1 May 2022 4:00 pm

Xi Jinping has made his choice. He is sticking with his ‘best friend’ Vladimir Putin, and no end of Russian…

China’s demographic time-bomb is ticking faster

24 April 2022 4:00 pm

The latest warning was stark – that China’s population will shrink this year, more than a decade faster than forecast,…

The battle for zero-Covid is being fought in Shanghai

13 April 2022 5:00 pm

Confusion infected Shanghai on Tuesday, as the authorities dithered over a promised easing of severe lockdown rules and Covid-19 continued…

Is China beginning to distance itself from Russia?

20 March 2022 12:49 am

The read-outs from Friday’s two-hour call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping were so different, that you have to wonder…

Will China come to Putin's rescue?

14 March 2022 10:47 pm

Joe Biden appears to be trying to force China’s hand over Ukraine. This follows days during which Beijing has tied…

Xi Jinping and the plight of Chinese nationals in Ukraine

6 March 2022 6:00 pm

The plight of desperate Chinese nationals in Ukraine has further battered Xi Jinping’s credibility, testing his continued refusal to condemn…

China is tying itself in knots over Ukraine

26 February 2022 9:00 pm

A few hours after Vladimir Putin sent his tanks into Ukraine, Beijing announced that Russian wheat, previously barred because of…

Unmasking 'panda diplomacy'

23 February 2022 5:39 am

The star of the Beijing Winter Olympics wasn’t an athlete: it was Bing Dwen Dwen, the spacesuit-clad panda mascot. It…

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

18 February 2022 1:14 am

From last fall, in an extension of a personality cult not seen since Mao Zedong, “Xi Jinping Thought” is being…

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…

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…

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?