China

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…

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:…