China

A 108-metre-high Eiffel tower, “Venice Water Town and “Thames Town”? It’s the Middle Kingdom’s new craze for architectural replicas

Blogger Han Han targets the official media and politicians but his omissions of subjects like Tibet highlights the limits of dissent in China

Tombstone, by Yang Jisheng, is an uncomfortable read but a brave and important account of the huge human cost of Mao’s Great Leap Forward

‘Against the backdrop of disputes in the South China Sea, there are ominous reports that China is trying to close the 20-year gap between its navy and that of the US’

China in Ten Words is a clarion call to the West. Yu Hua reminds us that the country is still struggling to escape an unresolved history

Russia and China’s deep-running antagonism makes them awkward allies

‘Explaining why he prefers imported Chinese labour, the head of Zambia’s largest construction company said: “Here they are like the British. They have tea breaks and a lot of days off”’

Despite China’s prosperity, the People’s Republic remains in the grip of the monstrous ideology of its founder

‘China’s place in the world is that of a plagiariser — the intellectual equivalent of the faked designer bags you find in Beijing’

Dambisa Moyo, author of How the West was Lost, and Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization: The West and the Rest, discuss the Eastern challenge to Western prosperity with the Editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson