China

Helen Goodman finds herself in hot water over Jeremy Hunt tweet

11 October 2015 23:10

At this year’s Tory conference Jeremy Hunt defended the government’s tax credit cuts, claiming they would make the British people work…

Listen: Sarah Montague’s disastrous turn on Today

24 September 2015 10:40

Oh dear. Sarah Montague is not having a good day. The Today presenter managed to make not one, not two,…

Podcast: the great British kowtow and do all right wingers have bad music taste

24 September 2015 9:19

Britain’s policy towards China appears to be quite simple: doing exactly what China wants. On this week’s View from 22…

Exclusive: the Dalai Lama lambasts David Cameron’s China policy

23 September 2015 12:14

The Dalai Lama was in London on Monday and met his old friend (and Spectator contributor) Jonathan Mirsky. Time was…

Why Britain and China should stick together

22 September 2015 22:00

Today I’ve been at the Shanghai Stock Exchange – the epicentre of the volatility that spooked global markets over the…

George Osborne: engaging with China is better than ‘megaphone diplomacy’

22 September 2015 10:05

Britain and China must ‘stick together’ through the ‘ups and downs’ according to  George Osborne. The Chancellor is currently touring…

Why is the BBC’s latest ‘documentary’ on China fronted by someone who doesn’t know anything about China?

7 September 2015 16:08

The BBC’s latest pretty young face is Billie JD Porter. The 23-year-old is entirely lovable. With her brown roots proudly showing, that…

I can’t join in the China panic (especially not while I’m on a cruise)

25 August 2015 19:06

MS Queen Victoria, 38°N 19°E I’ll do my best, but I’ve got to be honest: being surrounded by shining Ionian…

Even China can’t buck the market

25 August 2015 15:07

Some years ago, I sat with an old China hand in a Beijing teahouse sipping oolong. An American director at…

China’s ‘Black Monday’ is just the start

24 August 2015 14:34

One-party states are rarely any good at admitting to any form of blunder. It is certainly the case with China’s…

Podcast: Big trouble in Big China

13 August 2015 10:49

Forget Greece; China’s economic slowdown is the biggest story of the year, says Elliot Wilson in this week’s issue of…

British teachers could learn a thing or two from the Chinese

3 August 2015 16:55

‘Rude, bone idle… and cosseted by the welfare state! Chinese teachers’ damning verdict on British children after spending a month…

In the footsteps of Marco Polo: the journey that changed William Dalrymple’s life

24 June 2015 17:23

This is the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu: A Quest At the end of the…

Dulwich Picture Gallery fakes its own Fragonard

15 May 2015 8:00

This article was first published on Apollo magazine’s blog The latest addition to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s permanent collection display was…

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

Cameron’s reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been depressingly predictable

14 January 2015 15:47

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech.…

Spectator books of the year: Jonathan Mirsky on dogs

17 November 2014 11:52

The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Exceptional Dogs by Mikita Brottman (William Collins, £16.99). I have read thousands of books…

Citizenfour: the paranoia of Snowden & co will bore you to death

13 November 2014 13:50

In simple entertainment terms Citizenfour isn’t as interesting as watching paint dry. It is more like watching someone else watching…

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

China’s public health crisis

25 August 2014 11:08

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed.…