What was the Queen meant to say about the Chinese officials?

11 May 2016 16:46

A retired diplomat I know had no doubt about where the blame lay for the Queen’s Very Rude episode. ‘Sounds…

Ai Weiwei as Alan Kurdi

Ai Weiwei’s Aylan Kurdi image is crude, thoughtless and egotistical

1 February 2016 16:09

Last September a photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body washed up on a beach near Bodrum made headlines around…

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (Photo: Getty)

Forget China or oil prices. This crash was made in America

15 January 2016 16:25

If anyone is feeling pleased about the slide on the stock-market today, it is probably Andrew Roberts, the RBS analyst…

Cui Yongyuan attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in 2014. Photo: Getty

The Chinese are willing participants in state censorship

12 November 2015 17:53

For three decades, Cui Yongyuan has been one of China’s national treasures. As a veteran television presenter for CCTV (China’s…

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The brutality of China’s one-child policy is still shocking

31 October 2015 13:48

So, China’s Communist Party has radically modified its one-child policy in favour of a one-or-two-child policy. For most politically minded…

China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on October 29, after decades of strict, sometimes brutal enforcement left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce, heightening the challenges of slowing growth.

Yet more examples of BBC bias this week

30 October 2015 14:24

Two reports on the BBC Ten O’Clock News this week, both unashamedly partisan. Yes, yes, I know they are not…


Listen: BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg confronts President Xi over China’s human rights

21 October 2015 17:08

One of the clever things that politicians try to do is to redefine words and concepts that everyone thought they…


Lionel Barber strengthens his ties with China

21 October 2015 15:24

Last night’s state banquet saw Jeremy Corbyn join David Cameron, President Xi Jinping and Her Majesty to raise a glass…

Cartoon by Christian Adams – @adamstoon1

The British public agrees: China is buying our foreign policy

21 October 2015 14:46

A few weeks ago, the Dalai Lama gave an interview to The Spectator where he summed up what he regarded…

Boris Johnson test drives the Mitsubishi Motors hybrid vehicle (Photo: Getty)

Exclusive: Boris declares that Japan is relaxed about Britain leaving the EU

21 October 2015 13:43

Boris Johnson has recently returned from a tour of Japan. His diary of the trip appears in this week’s issue…

Hinkley Point (Photo: Getty)

A Chinese bailout won’t save Hinkley Point, our latest nuclear disaster

21 October 2015 12:51

How easy it would be to scorn the environmentalists who are up in arms about George Osborne’s new pet project,…

In the James Bond universe, there's no nation more peace loving than China (Photo: Getty)

Is our foreign policy being dreamt up by the James Bond screenwriters?

20 October 2015 16:03

If there’s one thing that the James Bond films has taught us it is that the Chinese are not our…


Broadsheets help to get China’s message across (with a little help from Downing Street)

20 October 2015 12:00

Although President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain is supposed to herald the beginning of a golden era of partnership…


China needs Britain more than Britain needs China

20 October 2015 8:31

When King George III sent the diplomat-statesman Lord Macartney to Beijing in 1793 to meet China’s all-powerful Qianlong Emperor, history…

Hinkley Point A is seen behind water being pumped out from the Electricite de France SA's (EDF) Hinkley Point B, nuclear power station, near Bridgwater in Somerset, England.

Michael Fallon: there’s no need to worry about Hinkley Point because it’s French-led

19 October 2015 16:28

How worried should we be about China’s involvement in building the Hinkley Point nuclear power station? Even if concerns were raised at…

Steve Hilton is David Cameron's former director of strategy

Steve Hilton takes a swipe at the Tories over China

19 October 2015 14:25

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Britain today to embark on his official state visit. While the visit aims to…

Jeremy Hunt married his wife Lucia Guo in 2009

Helen Goodman finds herself in hot water over Jeremy Hunt tweet

11 October 2015 23:10

At this year’s Tory conference Jeremy Hunt defended the government’s tax credit cuts, claiming they would make the British people work…


Listen: Sarah Montague’s disastrous turn on Today

24 September 2015 10:40

Oh dear. Sarah Montague is not having a good day. The Today presenter managed to make not one, not two,…

Chinese Vice President Ma Kai (R) invites Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (L) before the 7th China-UK strategic economic dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on September 21, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Podcast: the great British kowtow and do all right wingers have bad music taste

24 September 2015 9:19

Britain’s policy towards China appears to be quite simple: doing exactly what China wants. On this week’s View from 22…

The meeting that Cameron now regrets - with the Dalai Lama in 2013

Exclusive: the Dalai Lama lambasts David Cameron’s China policy

23 September 2015 12:14

The Dalai Lama was in London on Monday and met his old friend (and Spectator contributor) Jonathan Mirsky. Time was…

Osborne visits China - Day Three

Why Britain and China should stick together

22 September 2015 22:00

Today I’ve been at the Shanghai Stock Exchange – the epicentre of the volatility that spooked global markets over the…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks along the Bund in Shanghai, China, where he met tourists before making a speech at the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

George Osborne: engaging with China is better than ‘megaphone diplomacy’

22 September 2015 10:05

Britain and China must ‘stick together’ through the ‘ups and downs’ according to  George Osborne. The Chancellor is currently touring…


Why is the BBC’s latest ‘documentary’ on China fronted by someone who doesn’t know anything about China?

7 September 2015 16:08

The BBC’s latest pretty young face is Billie JD Porter. The 23-year-old is entirely lovable. With her brown roots proudly showing, that…

A pedestrian walks past an electronic display showing the closing figures of Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

I can’t join in the China panic (especially not while I’m on a cruise)

25 August 2015 19:06

MS Queen Victoria, 38°N 19°E I’ll do my best, but I’ve got to be honest: being surrounded by shining Ionian…


Even China can't buck the market

25 August 2015 15:07

Some years ago, I sat with an old China hand in a Beijing teahouse sipping oolong. An American director at…