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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
How China took to the Western game of chess
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 Kuan Yew met every Chinese leader from Mao to Xi Jinping. But is China following his Singaporean model?"
The Betrayal of Hong Kong
'If the Chinese have shown cynical duplicity towards Hong Kong's democrats, the British have been guilty of self-delusion'
A New Cultural Revolution
China is in the grip of a piano passion, with superstar rivals and millions playing at home
Teaching China’s Anglophiles
'One student identified himself as working class and a member of the Communist Party. I was, however, surprised to see a copy of Roger Scruton’s
Meaning of Conservatism
bulging out of his satchel'
The Beige of Beijing
‘When I asked my winsome Han tour guide what would happen when the skyscrapers collapsed, she said with cheerful gusto, “We’ll build them again!”’
On the Contrary
A Gong for Hong Kong
‘It’s easy to forget that this sophisticated modern city is nonetheless part of a repressive Communist system’
The Middle Kingdom’s Problem with Religion
Faced with an astonishing revival of Christianity in China, Beijing is reacting with a mixture of alarm, repression and control
Simon Scott Plummer
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above