‘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 […]

Himalayan flashpoint could spiral out of control as India and China face off

At least 20 died after soldiers fought with clubs and rocks along the disputed border, making de-escalation hard for the nuclear states The forces of two nuclear weapons states have set about each other with clubs and rocks at one of the most forbidding flashpoints in the world, in a bloody incident that highlights the […]

How Hong Kong caught fire: the story of a radical uprising

Hong Kong used to be seen as cautious, pragmatic and materialistic. But in the past year, an increasingly bold protest movement has transformed the city. Now, as Beijing tightens its grip, how much longer can the movement survive? By Tania Branigan and Lily Kuo On 4 June 2020, as darkness enveloped Hong Kong, thousands of […]

Could Covid-19 have reached the UK earlier than thought?

WHO is urging countries to investigate any suspicious deaths so virus can be better understood Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A day before the first confirmed fatality from coronavirus outside mainland China was reported on 2 February this year, the death of the influential guitarist and musician Andy Gill was announced. […]

Taiwan promises ‘support’ for Hong Kong’s people as China tightens grip

President Tsai Ing-wen pledges ‘necessary assistance’ after a resurgence in protests against newly proposed security legislation from Beijing Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”, President Tsai Ing-wen has said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese-ruled territory against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing. Taiwan has become a […]

US security officials ‘considered return to nuclear testing’ after 28-year hiatus

Discussion held this month as way to press Russia and China into agreeing arms control deal, officials say US officials have debated whether to carry out the first US nuclear tests in 28 years as a way to pressure Russia and China into make a trilateral arms control deal, according congressional aides and former officials. […]

UK has too much at stake to confront China over Hong Kong

Former colonial power can seek to change China’s mind but is wary of enlisting in a trade war There is widespread frustration at the British government’s muted initial response to China’s plans to impose new security laws in Hong Kong, raising the perennial questions about what the UK can realistically do to persuade China to […]

China prepares to stage annual congress – and pretence of business as usual

Delayed event to signal victory over coronavirus but country in unchartered economic and social territory Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thousands of delegates streaming into Beijing for China’s most important political event of the year have undergone nucleic acid tests and quarantines amid what state media have called “wartime measures”. The […]

Coronavirus intensive care in an Edinburgh hospital – photo essay

After mobilising its pandemic plan the Western General has undergone a complete transformation, with two intensive treatment units taking care of Covid-19 patients Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As news seeped out from Wuhan in China of a new, dangerous virus in late January, it triggered an emergency plan at a […]

Coronavirus: Bryan Adams attacks China as ‘bat eating, virus making’ source

Canadian pop-rocker conflates various unproven theories about source of disease in expletive-filled rant on Instagram Bryan Adams has made an expletive-filled attack on Chinese people over coronavirus, in the week he was due to start a concert residency at the Royal Albert Hall, London, that was cancelled due to the outbreak. Introducing an acoustic performance […]