China

Wuhan clan: the price I paid for my lab leak exposé

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The price I paid for my lab leak exposé

China is using the climate as a bargaining chip

9 October 2021 9:00 am

For China, the climate is a useful bargaining chip

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

Portrait of the week: Petrol panic, Labour’s meltdown and China’s crypto crackdown

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The crisis of the week was a shortage of fuel at garages. ‘There is no need for people to…

Is government preparing to shake the magic money tree again?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Will my bath water still be hot by Christmas? That’s not a question I’d normally feel a need to share…

The case against Aukus

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The case against Aukus

The legacy of Stephen Toope

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, has begun this academic year by announcing it will be his last in the…

China and the WHO are given an easy ride in the Covid blame game

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Are you ready to relive 2020? That’s what Adam Tooze is offering as he tells the story of Covid-19 through…

China’s obsessive attempts to subvert the West

23 September 2021 8:11 am

Most people who think themselves well informed know little or nothing about China. They – or I should say ‘we’…

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 war on effeminate men

13 September 2021 3:26 am

A rectification notice from China’s state censor earlier this month included a peculiar admonition to ‘resolutely oppose’ effeminate men on…

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

Is it time to defund the world’s policeman?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

It gets lost in the many creative purposes successive American administrations invented to justify remaining in Afghanistan, but the primary…

Did Chinese fentanyl kill Michael K. Williams?

8 September 2021 8:30 pm

Did Chinese-manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, kill Michael Kenneth Williams, the man who played ‘Omar’ in The Wire? Within minutes…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves Afghanistan, hurricane hits New Orleans and Gove goes clubbing

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Britain brought its last troops home from Afghanistan, having flown out more than 15,000 people since 14 August; but…

How China drove a wedge between America and Israel

30 August 2021 5:09 pm

Two weeks ago, CIA director William Burns – who has rather a lot on his plate just now – had…

Would Japan defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack?

28 August 2021 12:31 am

In a parliamentary debate in early June about Covid, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga said that Australia, New Zealand and…

The Supreme Court’s shameful statement on Hong Kong

27 August 2021 6:07 pm

In a statement which will doubtless surprise the scores of lawyers, democratic politicians and human rights activists who are currently…

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.…

China’s zero Covid strategy is being undermined by mahjong

22 August 2021 9:00 am

Mao Zedong once said that the game of mahjong should not be underestimated, because: ‘If you know how to play…

Iran's 'Ghost Armada' and its secret alliance with China

15 August 2021 3:30 pm

When a British security guard was killed in an Iranian drone attack last month, the response from the government was robust. Boris…

How China tried to suppress the lab leak investigation

14 August 2021 11:53 am

The lead figure in the World Health Organisation’s work on the origins of Covid-19 has givena remarkable interview to Danish…

Why China’s vaccine diplomacy is running into difficulties

12 August 2021 4:21 pm

Tear gas and rubber bullets hold off the protestors marching to Government House in Bangkok. They’re looking for Prime Minister…

More diplomacy won’t stop the advance of the Taliban

11 August 2021 5:55 am

On 11 August, at Russia’s initiative, an ‘extended troika’ will meet in Doha, Qatar to take stock of the Taliban’s…