Beijing’s Buffer

‘North Korea is a vital buffer for the Chinese to counter the heavy US presence in Japan and South Korea…The idea that Beijing might rein in Pyongyang is a Western illusion’

China’s Great Firewall

The "Golden Shield Project" is blocking access to great swathes of the web, but Chinese netizens are fighting back

Mao’s Little Helpers

The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s by Richard Wolin

Mao-made Famine

‘People who excuse Mao’s regime should remember that at least 45 million people died in the Great Leap Forward’

Xinjiang: Taming China’s Wild West

'The Chinese government is destroying the mud-brick maze of traditional Kashgar to cement control over its rebellious Turkic natives. Uighurs are terrified that by mid-century they will have become the Apache or Cherokee of China's Wild West'

Moscow’s Middle Ground

‘Turning Russia around to support sanctions against Iran would be a great achievement. But will it happen?’

Is the Internet a Tool of Tyranny?

We imagine that the web is a forum for uncensored thought. We couldn't be more wrong

Not Our Business

Business leaders are wrong to claim that they have no role to play in China's human rights record

The Long Shadow of Tiananmen

An eye-witness of the massacre says its malign legacy persists 20 years on

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"