Decline Of The East? The Chinese Say No

China’s birthrate is higher than South Korea’s or Japan’s. Yet family life is thriving there as millions defy the one-child policy

Evoking The Empire That Refuses To Die

The Mongol Empire may be forgotten in the West, but it was Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai who laid the foundations of modern China   

Lee’s Legacy

"Lee Kuan Yew met every Chinese leader from Mao to Xi Jinping. But is China following his Singaporean model?"

Faded Master Of Experimentation

A new exhibition tries to resurrect the reputation of Sir Joshua Reynolds

Take a Bow

The hostility in Sino-Japanese relations

The Civilised Connoisseur

With his inherited wealth Kenneth Clark amassed an art collection that reads like a museum catalogue 

A Gong for Hong Kong

‘It’s easy to forget that this sophisticated modern city is nonetheless part of a repressive Communist system’

Bring On the Bugs

Is one solution to our current financial quagmire to chow-down on creepy-crawlies?

Doctors on the Deck

Impact Foundation Bangladesh funds a floating hospital which provides treatment to remote villages

Blown Up in Bin Laden Country

Is Pakistani intelligence allowing the country's tribal areas to become a Taliban stronghold? What can the West do about it?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"