International Politics
13 December 2007
The stage is floodlit, and a spiky-haired DJ is gesticulating wildly. Hundreds of fashionable young men and women shake...
World Affairs
18 December 2006
"It is a huge and important city in which are man ufactured the fabrics of velvet, damask and satin . . . its harbour...
Food and Drink
27 November 2006
Here is a joke that has been doing the rounds in China: a Chinese official is invited to dinner by a contact who wants...
13 November 2006
To dinner with David Suchet. He is bothered by celebrity culture. "Just because you are famous," he says, looking at me...
Politics
04 September 2006
When Hu Jintao succeeded Jiang Zemin as Chinese president in March 2003, he embarked on a series of state visits to...
World Affairs
12 June 2006
Each Sunday afternoon in Beijing, about 300 people gather in Dr Sun Yat-sen Park, next to Tiananmen Square. Most are in...
Asia
10 April 2006
Seventy per cent of the world's Christmas decorations are produced in China, and many Chinese now view the festival as...
Books
06 February 2006
Contemporary Chinese novelists offer two contrasting pictures of their homeland. Writers such as Zhou Wei Hui, author...
TV and Radio
05 December 2005
In his recently published diary entry about the handover of Hong Kong, Prince Charles described the Chinese leadership...
Books
15 August 2005
When Wei Hui's semi-autobiographical first novel, Shanghai Baby, came out in China six years ago, it was banned by the...