China

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…

The West has abandoned human rights

7 March 2018 17:23

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman is in Britain, and the argument over the next few days…

How the West got China wrong

28 February 2018 14:47

This week, Xi Jinping is close to achieving what Bill Clinton tried and failed to do: to remove the restriction…

President Xi’s power grab will have global repercussions

28 February 2018 9:00

President Xi Jinping’s second term was meant to come to an end in 2023. However, the news that the Chinese Communist Party’s…

How British managers and Chinese communists are destroyed by the perks they take for granted

27 February 2018 17:02

On the face of it, Lu Wei, the former director of China’s Cyberspace Administration, and Professor Max Lu, vice chancellor…

The rule change that could make Xi Jinping president for life

25 February 2018 12:33

A Chinese Communist Party Congress meeting a few months ago was intended to affirm President Xi Jinping for a second –…

Technology theft goes both ways – as China is discovering

16 February 2018 11:06

Beijing is starting to worry that the rest of the world will steal its advanced technology. The Chinese military is…

Why Osborne was wrong to trash Auntie May

6 February 2018 15:33

When David Cameron and George Osborne were in government, the pair heralded a new ‘golden era’ where the UK would be…

Theresa May and the curious case of human rights in China

2 February 2018 16:43

Did Theresa May raise human rights with China during her visit to Beijing this week or not? The Chinese press…

China vs America: the espionage story of our time

29 January 2018 12:42

Why aren’t spy stories sexy anymore? The revelations last year that Beijing destroyed America’s espionage ring inside China a few years ago,…

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…