China

We do business with other authoritarian regimes when we need to — so the West should take illiberal Russia more seriously  

‘The first who came to Tuva had come in search of Belovode: a mythical Russian utopia that peasants believed existed out in Siberia’

The Dark Road is a novel that transmits the reality of human suffering at the hands of the Chinese government

Faced with an astonishing revival of Christianity in China, Beijing is reacting with a mixture of alarm, repression and control

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

‘Western optimists like to assume North Korea is on the verge of implosion. But the hermit kingdom is not going to collapse any time soon’

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’

Dictatorships may not be lumbering behemoths, but William J Dobson overstates the extent to which authoritarians have changed their ways