China

China’s economy runs out of gas

13 July 2012 14:45

Today’s news on the Chinese economy – that growth has slowed for the sixth quarter running – is no big…

Even the Chinese aren’t buying the ‘Chinese model’

2 July 2012 17:30

It’s immensely difficult to manage such a huge and complex country as China, we are constantly told by its mandarins.…

Cameron defies increasingly isolated Merkel

8 June 2012 9:00

‘No’ used to be the French prerogative in matters of European integration. Charles de Gaulle made a late career out…

‘Communism’ vs socialism

7 June 2012 15:15

Two bits of interesting news yesterday: 1. France – while the eurozone is in financial meltdown – is allowing some…

The Chinese lantern is dimming

14 May 2012 16:01

Does anyone believe Chinese GDP figures? Officially, the economy is roaring at 9 per cent a year. But thanks to…

Chen Guangcheng: a blind, Chinese Houdini

8 May 2012 20:01

Even in a Beijing Spring of ceaseless surprises, the escape of the blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng from rural house…

Boris has the greatest global clout

27 April 2012 17:14

Ni hao. In recent days, Boris, Ken and Brian have all leapt headlong onto Weibo, China’s highly popular version of…

Obama reiterates his commitment to a nuke-free future

26 March 2012 18:06

As leaders from 53 nations gather in Seoul for the second Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama spoke of his ‘vision…

Chinese whispers

21 March 2012 11:43

China’s rumour mill, hyperactive even in the calmest of times, has been in overdrive in the past two days. Monday…

Cameron & Obama Play Winston Churchill Bingo

13 March 2012 8:47

If you thought Winston Churchill wouldn’t be mentioned until the second sentence of today’s “Obama-Cameron” op-ed in the Washington Post…

Osborne visits China, but can’t escape Europe

16 January 2012 11:20

Yet another day here in Westminster that’s all about the economy. Nick Clegg has just delivered a speech on the…

Whither North Korea after Kim Jong-il’s death?

19 December 2011 12:21

The photographs and video footage show North Koreans weeping in their hundreds at the news of Kim Jong-il’s death. But…

What Cameron can do next

10 December 2011 10:31

What now? That’s the question. This morning it looks not like 17 versus 10, but like 1 versus 26, which…

Behold post-Putin Russia

5 December 2011 12:03

Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Russia marked the beginning of the end of the Putin era. It won’t feel like it…

Nigel Lawson versus Mervyn King

19 November 2011 13:41

In this week’s Spectator we have a piece from one of our former editors, Nigel Lawson, where he confronts this…

Trouble in Tibet

6 November 2011 13:42

Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old Tibetan nun, woke up to clear skies on October 17th. At around noon, she gathered the…

The coming world oil order

30 October 2011 19:57

Following on from Daniel’s post this morning about a more inward looking America, Daniel Yergin has a very interesting essay…

Summit for nothing?

27 October 2011 9:08

The punchline to yesterday’s eurosummit comes in the very first paragraph of theofficial statement, released in the darkness of morning:…

Arresting the West’s crisis of confidence

20 August 2011 15:52

What’s the most important geo-political event of this century? Most people would say 9/11. The Foreign Secretary believes that it…

Dark days

18 August 2011 15:02

There’s a pessimistic mood in Westminster at the moment, a sense of gloom about the economic prospects of the West.…