China

Meet Chen Guangcheng – a hero of the Chinese people

6 June 2013 13:47

The other week I had the honour of spending some time with a great hero. Chen Guangcheng is the blind…

Chan Koon Chung – banned in China

29 May 2013 10:29

Chan Koon Chung’s previous novel, The Fat Years, was set in a gently dystopian Beijing of 2013, when a whole…

François Hollande

François Hollande’s great haul of China

27 April 2013 12:41

François Hollande has just completed his visit to China. The two great socialist nations more or less embraced: ‘I look…

Kim Jong-un is the least of Asia’s problems

23 April 2013 19:01

This may look like just a photo of rather boring-looking suits being led by a placid Eastern monk through some…

A fruit seller waits for customers in a wet market in Shanghai. China's economic growth slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter, data showed. Picture: Getty

China’s GDP shock may be good for everyone in the long run

16 April 2013 11:27

Is the Chinese economy for turning? The country has reported a ‘shock’ GDP growth of only 7.7 per cent for the…

North Korea nukes — China has a hell of a lot to answer for

5 April 2013 11:51

Let us be clear — Beijing bankrolled this monster. As Kim Jong-un continues his bellicose bluster, now having moved a…

The world should see that North Korea is no laughing matter

3 April 2013 10:14

I found myself snorting with derision last night while watching a news bulletin about the Korean situation. The sight of…

Would you prefer to do business with the eurozone or China?

25 March 2013 17:51

Does it really matter now whether the eurozone breaks up or not? The damage may already have been done, in…

The world has yet to see the best of Chinese literature

13 March 2013 10:18

– Hong Kong  Imagine if every British novel published since the 1940s was about the Second World War. That’s about…

Europe's defence budgets may not be noble, but they are at least rational

19 February 2013 22:34

Gideon Rachmann is unhappy that european defence budgets are still falling: Since 2008, in response to the economic downturn, most…

Syria exposé shows the BBC at its best

19 January 2013 10:33

Superb piece of journalism on the BBC News from Lyse Doucet. A horrible story, of some appalling mass murder in…

Mo Yan’s malignant apology for ‘necessary’ censorship

11 December 2012 15:58

The Chinese writer Mo Yan collected the Nobel Prize for Literature last night. In his acceptance lecture, he reiterated his…

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) attend the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress. Picture: Getty

The indebted superpower: China

8 November 2012 14:21

Not only the US, but China is gearing up to welcome a new President, in its case Xi Jinping. That’s…

The politics of the Nobel Prize for literature

11 October 2012 14:34

The Nobel committee have delivered their verdict on the literature prize: Mo Yan is new laureate. Over at the books…

Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

11 October 2012 13:44

The new Nobel laureate is Mo Yan, a Chinese writer. He is the first Chinese citizen to win the prize,…

China bans Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’: George Orwell would have seen the irony

27 September 2012 9:01

Books – or lack thereof – are the latest manifestation of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The escalating dispute over the…

Hot War in the South China Sea?

5 September 2012 16:22

Like the deserts of the Middle East, the barren islands of the South China Sea now loom as a new…

Sinophobia, the last acceptable racism

12 August 2012 12:30

The Chinese have excelled at London 2012, much to the annoyance of their Western rivals. In this week’s issue of…

The View from 22 — Unionist gold and the coalition’s new economic strategy

9 August 2012 8:30

Have Alex Salmond’s hopes for Scottish independence died, thanks to the Olympics? In this week’s cover feature, Iain Martin writes…

Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount…