China

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…

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…