China

Why liberals turn a blind eye to the global persecution of Christians

2 September 2019 16:41

The new episode of Holy Smoke is about the persecution of Christians. That’s a familiar concept, even if we don’t…

Trump’s Yin and Yang game with China

24 August 2019 17:25

Ignore the Twitter rants, the real Donald Trump thinks trade peace is about to break out

Nicola Sturgeon’s dismal failure to stand up to China

21 August 2019 15:51

Nicola Sturgeon fancies herself as something of an international stateswoman, jetting off to the United States to boost her profile…

Why mainland Chinese see Hong Kong protestors as traitors

21 August 2019 11:22

Across the world last weekend, pro-Beijing demonstrators took to the streets. In London, Melbourne and Calgary, people waved the five-starred…

Is there any way back after Hong Kong’s ‘Bloody Sunday’?

14 August 2019 13:10

August 11th 2019 may go down as Hong Kong’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ as police officers bludgeoned and bruised protesters who had…

Hong Kong protesters are following the wrong script

13 August 2019 10:55

What do you call a global hub without an airport? Hong Kong. No other city can lay claim to this…

Hong Kong protesters are making things easy for China

11 August 2019 7:25

The world is watching Beijing as it watches Hong Kong. There are nervous expectations that troops will be deployed in…

What my Hong Kong protest picture taught me about fake news

31 July 2019 13:26

The elderly lady’s face is red with rage as she screams with all her might at police. Leaning firmly on…

On Trump, President Xi had no idea what was coming

28 June 2019 15:52

When Donald Trump took the US presidency in 2016, China was wary, but hopeful. Here’s was a businessman for whom…

Will the next prime minister betray Hong Kong again?

27 June 2019 10:54

For many years, a framed cover of The Spectator looked down, like a silent reproach, on the drinkers in the…

The anti-Trump protesters forget where Britain’s true friendships lie

4 June 2019 12:11

American politics – like our own – is more polarised than ever. More than perhaps any other president in living memory,…

Why Chinese people don’t talk about Tiananmen

4 June 2019 11:44

I was an argumentative teenager, and after emigrating from China to London one of the biggest rows I had with…

Britain’s Huawei gamble is sure to anger Donald Trump

25 April 2019 14:52

Just hours after Donald Trump’s long-delayed state visit to Britain was finally confirmed, reports surfaced that Theresa May and her…

Britain’s liberals have fallen out of love with democracy

10 April 2019 14:45

Every now and then there is a political moment, some event or comment, that reveals just how much society has…

The real reason Macron is desperate to woo Xi Jinping

26 March 2019 14:14

Chinese president Xi Jinping came to France and is taking home 300 Airbus jetliners, a large consignment of frozen chickens…

Welcome to the Year of the Pig

12 February 2019 17:35

Happy Chinese New Year, or at least let’s hope so. The chubby pig of 2019 is an obvious symbol of…

The UK’s shift in attitude to the threat of China

11 February 2019 10:59

Gavin Williamson’s speech today is another demonstration of how the UK government’s attitude to China has changed. In the Cameron…

China’s obsession with Taiwan is nothing to do with money

14 January 2019 14:10

Does President Xi’s first address of the new year spell trouble for Taiwan? In a 30 minute speech on Taiwan, Xi…

The Spectator Podcast: time to make your own mind up about a no-deal Brexit

11 January 2019 17:27

Lorries backing up in Kent, a Mars bar shortage, and no more Rome city breaks – these are just some…

Why China needs a deal with Donald Trump

1 December 2018 14:40

China’s leadership knows it has badly underestimated the Trump administration’s will to raise the stakes on the trade front. They…