China

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’…

Peking, c. 1290 (private collection), from ‘The Book of Ser Marco Polo’, edited by Henry Yule, 1903

The real mystery is how it got published

24 January 2015 9:00 am

As a boy I spent quite a lot of my free time trying to fake up ancient-looking documents. This hopeless…

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

Portrait of the week

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Home The government, expecting a backbench rebellion over the European Arrest Warrant, did not present it for a separate vote…

Peter Phillips is mugged by a gang of Praetorius-loving six-year-old girls in China

1 November 2014 9:00 am

We have read about the remarkable opening up of China in recent years: how many people live there and how…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

What really scares Beijing about the Hong Kong protests

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Hong Kong’s protests reflect not just tension with the mainland, but a great Chinese tradition. That’s what really scares Beijing

Am I wrong to fear another Tiananmen?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Looking at these protests, I fear another Tiananmen

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

You can’t understand any of the world’s crises without understanding petropolitics

Banned – and booming: the strange world of Chinese golf

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I was in Shanghai interviewing a Chinese film director and an actor. We were discussing government censorship. How did anyone…

Close-up of Genghis towering 40 metres over his home pastures near the Mongol capital, Ulaanbaatar – the world’s biggest equestrian statue

Genghis Khan was tolerant, kind to women – and a record-breaking mass-murderer

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Genghis Khan, unlike most Mongols in history, is a household name, regularly misappropriated as a right-wing totem. If we recall…

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant…

Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Russia is making the West look posturing, weak and divided

How to tell a tech bubble from a tech revolution

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Technology investing has come a long way since the dotcom bust

Any other business: Why a trillion dollars of dividends is a milestone worth celebrating

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Dividends paid by listed companies around the world passed $1 trillion for the first time last year, we learn from…

When a Chinese and a Japanese visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine

22 February 2014 9:00 am

What does freedom mean to you? That’s the question the BBC World Service has been asking of us through its…

Britain has many major problems - racism isn't one of them

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain has less prejudice than the countries where I’ve lived before – and more people taking offence

Portrait of the week

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Home George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that average energy bills would be brought £50 lower through government…

Does Xi Jinping really want reform? If so, he would unravel China

9 November 2013 9:00 am

For all its bombast and success, the Chinese Communist party faces a host of looming problems – and a big decision

A youthful portrait of the Dowager Empress

The Empress Dowager was a moderniser, not a minx. But does China care?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

For susceptible Englishmen of a certain inclination — like Sir Edmund Backhouse or George Macdonald Fraser — the Empress Dowager…

If you think British banks are bad, you’ve never tried China’s

5 October 2013 9:00 am

China’s banks are weak, ill-managed puppets of the state

The Tragedy of Liberation, by Frank Dikötter - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The historian of China Frank Dikötter has taken a sledgehammer to demolish perhaps the last remaining shibboleth of modern Chinese…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Holidays after a stroke, and what the Germans really think of us

31 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a strange summer. After a stroke, holidays are not what they used to be. We went to Juan-les-Pins…