China

Pope Francis has betrayed Cardinal Zen

14 May 2022 4:30 pm

When Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old former Bishop of Hong Kong, was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday and charged…

New Aussie rules: Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

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…

Will the bad luck of the Philippines ever turn?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The Philippines is the odd man out in Asia, a predominantly Catholic country colonised first by Spain, then the United…

The Shanghai lockdown is testing the limits of the CCP’s control

23 April 2022 9:00 am

China’s lockdown protestors cannot be silenced

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Sri Lanka’s descent into chaos

20 April 2022 2:30 am

Colombo, Sri Lanka Some 13 years after the end of a civil war that saw 100,000 deaths, Sri Lanka is…

China’s pact with the Solomons is a direct threat to Australia

19 April 2022 11:29 pm

Tulagi, a 1.5 square mile island in the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands, is perhaps the most remote place on the…

Does knotted string constitute ‘writing’?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

What particularly excites Silvia Ferrara, the author of The Greatest Invention, is not language per se but writing – that…

‘Putin still has a lot left to lose’: Niall Ferguson and David Petraeus in conversation

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Niall Ferguson and David Petraeus on Russia’s mistakes, Xi’s plans and the lessons of Iraq

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…

China may be facing its greatest Covid crisis yet

26 March 2022 9:00 am

China appears not to have defeated Covid after all

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…

Is China's zero Covid game up?

16 March 2022 5:31 am

Omicron has broken through China’s Covid wall. On Tuesday, the country saw a record-high of more than 5,000 cases, the…

China’s zero Covid strategy is a threat to the global economy

16 March 2022 1:12 am

Aside from deterring a few tourists, and people filming fantasy epics, closing down New Zealand during the Covid pandemic didn’t…

In Japan, being a token westerner is big business

5 March 2022 9:00 am

How to make money as a token westerner in Japan

Could the Ukraine war save Taiwan?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

What the Ukraine war means for China — and Taiwan

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…

Is an anti-Xi resistance emerging?

22 February 2022 2:22 am

From the 1980s to 2017, at least every five years, China’s National Party Congress would be a moment of intriguing…

The growing bond between Moscow and Beijing

19 February 2022 9:00 am

The growing bond between Moscow and Beijing

Is Germany finally standing up to Russia and China?

16 February 2022 9:43 pm

When German chancellor Olaf Scholz met Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday, the visuals said it all. As he had done…

What really happens if Russia invades Ukraine?

15 February 2022 1:47 am

Russia will pay an enormous price if it invades Ukraine, whether it goes for the whole country or only the…

Why Falklanders should fear China

12 February 2022 9:00 am

In a lecture I recently gave to mark the approaching 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, one of the questions…

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…