How I survived a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp for Uighurs

After 10 years living in France, I returned to China to sign some papers and I was locked up. For the next two years, I was systematically dehumanised, humiliated and brainwashed The man on the phone said he worked for the oil company, “In accounting, actually”. His voice was unfamiliar to me. At first, I […]

2020: The year that changed fashion – and not just the look

Coronavirus may have led to fundamental shifts after exposing industry’s outdated business models Store closures, grounded flights, shuttered factories, employment insecurity. The first half of 2020 was, as Jean-Jacques Guiony of the world’s largest luxury brands conglomerate LVMH, said, “a perfectly negative alignment of planets” for the fashion industry. The cancellation of events, weddings and […]

Inside Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine development

From a small discovery to producing at scale, photojournalist David Levene documents the groundbreaking work of the scientists of Oxford University during the development of a vaccine which is now poised for approval by medicines regulators From the moment the coronavirus spilled out of China and spread around the world, the great hope for the […]

How have Thailand and Cambodia kept Covid cases so low?

Despite proximity to China, fatalities in Thailand stand at 60, while Cambodia has officially recorded zero Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When the coronavirus first began to spread rapidly in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Thailand appeared especially vulnerable. It was the first country outside China to report a case of […]

From Trump’s failures to frustration in Wuhan: the rise of Covid documentaries

Among a growing number of films about coronavirus, artist-activist Ai Weiwei takes a citizen’s-eye view in China while Alex Gibney counts the cost of America’s distrust of scientific advice As early as April this year, Vulture reported that at least 20 coronavirus-related documentary projects were shooting or seeking funding. Seven months later, five significant feature […]

‘An own goal’: experts question resignation of Hong Kong lawmakers

Mass resignation after ousting of four ‘unpatriotic’ legislators leaves council with no opposition members On Thursday, Hong Kong’s legislature will look remarkably more like its counterpart in mainland China. It will sit without any opposition lawmakers after they announced their resignations in protest at four colleagues disqualified from the body on Wednesday under a new […]

How Trump has berated, insulted and demeaned female reporters – video

Donald Trump abruptly halted a press conference on Monday after being challenged by two female reporters. The US president told Weijia Jiang, an Asian American journalist who works for CBS, to ‘ask China’ in response to her question over why he sees coronavirus testing as a global competition when more than 80,000 Americans have died. Trump then […]

India tries to shake off pro-Trump image in run-up to US election

As Joe Biden pulls ahead in the polls, Delhi avoids helping Donald Trump woo Indian-American voters At a podium in Delhi on Tuesday, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the secretary of defense, Mark Esper, made a clear declaration of their country’s commitment to its alliance with India. “The US will stand with […]

How does one of the world’s biggest pork firms go bust during a boom?

A giant US player is quitting despite huge export hikes during the pandemic – the reasons why get to the heart of the industry How does one of the largest pork companies in the US go out of business at the height of a crazy global pork boom? And what does this tell us about […]

‘We swam to Hong Kong for freedom half a century ago. What now?’ – video

Hon Man Po is a freedom swimmer who fled China for Hong Kong. He arrived in 1968 after years of trying.  Two years prior he swam for five hours in the dark from the mainland to Macau, where he made enough money to take an illegal boat journey to Hong Kong. He was one of […]

‘Resist until the end’: On the ground with Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper – video

We follow Oscar, a journalist at the tabloid, who in the shadow of China’s controversial national security law continues to report on – now largely silenced – street protests. When the law came into force three months ago, Apple Daily was raided by police: journalists’ desks were searched and its founder was taken away in […]

After Hong Kong: China sets sights on solving ‘the Taiwan problem’

An invasion may not be imminent but experts say armed forces could have capacity to mount one by the end of the decade Soon after China imposed the new national security law that effectively ended Hong Kong’s limited autonomy, a hawkish legal academic in Beijing spelt out a warning to Taiwan. The law was not […]

All eyes on China: what to look out for at the UN biodiversity summit

Everything you need to know about who will be there, who’s staying away and what the hot topics will be at Wednesday’s virtual event in New York The year 2020 was meant to be a super year for nature and biodiversity, according to the UN. But with swathes of the planet in lockdown, Covid-19 has […]

‘Back where we were’: history repeats for Hong Kong’s freedom swimmers

They risked their lives in search of liberty in the British colony – now the system they were desperate to escape is at the door Who runs Hong Kong: party faithful shipped in to carry out Beijing’s will They came one by one, dragging themselves from the sea on to the shores of Hong Kong […]

China’s carbon pledge will require complete inversion of existing system

Country will need to kick addiction to coal and build eye-watering amount of wind and solar capacity China’s President Xi Jinping stunned climate action observers in a speech at the United Nations general assembly last week with a pledge to reach “peak carbon” before 2030, and drive down emissions to virtually zero by 2060. The […]

How China’s strained relationship with foreign media unravelled

Reporting in China has historically been difficult, but Beijing is now using journalists to retaliate against governments with whom it disagrees Last Wednesday in the middle of the night, Australian reporters Bill Birtles in Beijing and Mike Smith in Shanghai received simultaneous knocks on the door of their homes. Outside were groups of state security […]

Mulan review – Disney’s dynamic girl warrior hits the small screen…

This terrific live-action remake, which favours spectacle over actual bloodshed, cries out to be seen in cinemas The most muscular live-action Disney remake to date, and certainly the most cinematic, Niki Caro’s junior wuxia interpretation of the tale of the girl warrior in ancient China goes all out on (somewhat sanitised) spectacle. But while not […]

Mike Pompeo renews attack on HSBC over Hong Kong and China

US secretary of state says China bullying UK and claims accounts of pro-democracy customers are being closed The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has renewed his attack on HSBC for the bank’s alleged treatment of pro-democracy customers in Hong Kong, saying that China is “bullying” the UK. Pompeo, who in June accused HSBC of […]

Brent Scowcroft obituary

US national security adviser whose long career took in the evacuation of Saigon, Richard Nixon’s visit to China and the end of the cold war Despite his long and influential career in the conduct of the US’s international affairs, Brent Scowcroft, who has died aged 95, attracted little personal attention to himself. This low profile […]

Is China pushing Hong Kong further away with its new security law? – video explainer

Beijing has imposed sweeping new national security legislation on Hong Kong, criminalising ‘secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces’. Critics fear the law will enable a crackdown on protest and dissent as China seeks to exert new levels of control over the semi-autonomous territory. The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, explains what this […]

The ‘perfect Uighur’: outgoing and hard working – but still not safe from China’s camps

Beijing claims its re-education camps in Xinjiang are needed to combat Islamic terrorism, but Dilara’s experiences tell a different story By the standards of Chinese officialdom, Dilara is surely the perfect minority. She doesn’t wear a headscarf. She drinks beer. Pretty and outgoing, she socialises often with Chinese friends. If you closed your eyes and […]

‘We are all Martians!’: space explorers seek to solve the riddle of life on Mars

With the red planet’s launch window about to open, the US, China and the UAE are all sending craft to look for answers In the next few weeks, a flotilla of probes will be blasted into space from launch pads round the world and propelled towards one of the solar system’s most mysterious objects: the […]

Hongkongers on China’s crackdown: ‘I feel helpless and hopeless’

Guardian readers in or from Hong Kong share their views on the new national security law In late May, a week after Chinese officials announced a plan to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the Guardian issued a callout to people who believed they would be affected. We wanted to hear how […]

Living in Hong Kong: are you thinking about settling in the UK?

We would like to hear from those eligible for the right to settle in the UK on whether they are thinking of leaving Hong Kong In response to the UK prime minister offering nearly 3 million residents in Hong Kong the right to settle in the UK, China has said it would take “corresponding measures” […]

Hong Kong: HSBC and Standard Chartered caught between US and China

As US passes legislation targeting Chinese officials, banks face question of ‘which side their bread is buttered’ HSBC and Standard Chartered risk being caught up in the geopolitical struggle between the US and China after the US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting Chinese officials involved in implementing a national security law in Hong Kong. […]

New UK law could challenge China over Hong Kong, but will it go far enough?

Legislation will allow Foreign Office to confront countries over human rights, but who it will target remains to be seen New UK human rights sanctions legislation set to be published in the next few weeks is being touted as a possible tool with which to confront Chinese officials over Hong Kong, but questions loom about […]

Hong Kong fears freedoms will end as new law looms

With Beijing’s sweeping security law set to pass this week, many protesters accept that ‘one country, two systems’ is over To Jennifer Tsui, the looming national security law agreed last month by China’s legislature seems like the “real” return of Hong Kong to China. When Hong Kong reverted from British to Chinese sovereignty on 1 […]

Indians call for boycott of Chinese goods after fatal border clashes

Indian officials plan to raise import duties on around 300 Chinese products as protests break out around the country Indians have called for a boycott on Chinese goods and the Indian government has pledged to block investment and increase tariffs for China in the aftermath of the deadly border clash in the Himalayas that left […]

John Bolton’s bombshell Trump book: eight of its most stunning claims

White House tried to block publication of The Room Where It Happened, but the book has been leaked to media outlets Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton has made a series of explosive claims about the US president in his new book The Room Where It Happened, according to numerous news reports and […]