China

The Spectator Podcast: All hail Papa Xi!

19 October 2017 15:40

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we look at China’s new veneration of President Xi Jinping. We also…

From China to Europe, the world is becoming more dangerous for Christians

19 October 2017 12:40

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…

There’s still hope for photography: Sony World Photo Awards reviewed

28 April 2017 17:57

Much has been said about the endless photographic mediocrity of the digital age. The infinite glossy ads, the stream of…

The Spectator Podcast: Trump’s wars

6 April 2017 12:54

On this week’s edition of The Spectator Podcast, we consider President Trump’s growing military ambitions, dissect the problem of radical Islam…

How Shanghai is becoming the new Hollywood

5 April 2017 17:38

I was sweating on a treadmill in my local gym last week, when Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, appeared on…

An investment opportunity: why the Chinese economy continues to defy its many doubters

27 January 2017 12:40

The Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and perhaps its animal for 2017 is timely in our current political…

Fifa’s decision to expand the World Cup is a disaster for football fans

11 January 2017 11:34

Disastrous decisions by Fifa are nothing new. But yesterday’s announcement by football’s governing body that it will expand the World…

Donald Trump is right to take action against China

10 January 2017 11:33

It’s a mistake to think of Donald Trump as a protectionist, as Boris Johnson will have discovered during his recent…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

Forget diplomacy. Donald Trump wants to talk tough to China

5 December 2016 12:16

It might be better for everyone if, in the spirit of Yuletide Fake News, we all pretended that Donald Trump’s Twitter account…

Inside China’s ‘secret’ churches

13 November 2016 9:00

 Beijing A strong coffee always perks me up on a smoggy day, especially when I can drink it somewhere clandestine…

Why we must not forget about Hong Kong

11 November 2016 14:00

China’s decision to make its own ruling over the legislative council oath-taking controversy in Hong Kong is something that is…

Does Justin Trudeau realise how desperate his China love-in looks?

6 September 2016 17:29

Whatever the reason behind Obama not getting the red carpet treatment in Hangzhou, there’s one leader who was guaranteed it:…

How can we trust China with our nuclear power when we can’t trust it not to spy on our government?

4 September 2016 15:36

In her decision as to whether to go ahead with the Chinese-backed Hinkley C nuclear power station – postponed from…

Lord Mandelson issues stark warning to Theresa May over Hinkley Point

10 August 2016 8:48

Yesterday, it was the Chinese ambassador threatening Theresa May over Hinkley point. Today, it’s Lord Mandelson’s turn. The Labour grandee…

China threatens Theresa May over Hinkley Point delay

9 August 2016 8:02

It was already clear that Theresa May’s decision to review the Hinkley Point power plant had not gone down well in China.…

What China’s pragmatism teaches us about the Brexit debate

30 May 2016 13:14

Dr Johnson said that if anyone truly wanted to understand themselves, they should listen to what their enemies say about…

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’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…

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…

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…

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…

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…