China

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…

Can Dolce & Gabbana bounce back from its China disaster?

28 November 2018 13:56

Sitting in a bar in Shanghai, each person at our table is listing all the Dolce & Gabbana items they…

China’s crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang is sure to backfire

19 November 2018 14:14

After repeated denials, Chinese officials finally admitted last month that they have set up internment camps in the far-western province…

Chinese vaccine giant gets a taste of its own medicine

19 October 2018 13:14

A few months ago I wrote about the damning revelations surrounding one of China’s most trusted vaccines providers. Changsheng Biotech had…

The Vatican is strengthening its ties with China. But at what cost?

16 September 2018 10:21

In the last decade or so there has been a thawing of relations between China and the Holy See. Sure,…

The truth about China’s investment in Africa

8 September 2018 10:00

The Spectator’s leading article last week ended up saying ‘It is unrealistic to expect that we can achieve what China…

Books Podcast: How the 2008 crash changed the world

23 August 2018 16:26

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the economic historian Adam Tooze, author of the new book Crashed: How…

China’s child vaccine scandal spells big trouble for president Xi

20 August 2018 17:04

The word changsheng means ‘long life’. But Gao Junfang’s Changsheng Biotech has long been in the business of robbing its victims of…

Xi Jinping avoids the Hundred Acre Wood

11 August 2018 10:00

Why does President Xi Jinping of China dislike being compared to Winnie-the-Pooh? The new film about Christopher Robin and his…

Why does China’s Xi hate Winnie the Pooh?

8 August 2018 16:17

Why is Winnie the Pooh like Ai Weiwei? Both have landed in political hot water with the Chinese government. The…

The Spectator Podcast: China’s new diplomacy

2 August 2018 15:34

This week, China agreed to consider a trade deal with Britain post-Brexit, but does a closer relationship with China expose…

The Spectator Podcast: return of Ukip

26 July 2018 16:53

It’s safe to say that Brexit negotiations haven’t gone smoothly. The Tories are down in the latest polls, but Ukip…

What is China up to in the Arctic?

7 July 2018 13:00

In January, a pair of pandas flew to Finland on a diplomatic mission. Hua Bao and Jin Bao Bao had been…

A trade war is a zero sum game

2 May 2018 10:55

A decision on one of the more controversial of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies was yesterday postponed as the U.S.…

Has Kim Jong-un finally grown up?

21 April 2018 12:50

Given the mutual bluster, threats and sabre-rattling we got used to from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, it may be…

What would a serious trade war between the US and China look like?

5 April 2018 18:23

This is an extract from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any Other Business’ column in this week’s Spectator. ‘Stocks plunge as China…

Are you a winner or a loser from Trump’s trade war?

2 April 2018 16:24

China’s imposition today of tariffs on 128 imports from the US was inevitable – and is no doubt exactly the…

A trade war with China sounds terrifying – but the US is doing the right thing

2 April 2018 14:50

Nobody likes the sound of trade war, and rightly so. China’s new retaliatory tariffs moves against US products feel like…

Not my president: meet the Chinese students standing up to Xi Jinping

16 March 2018 12:40

At last, some students in the West are campaigning for freedom and democracy. Following years of supposedly rad students banning…