• 28 Mar 2018

    There was a special armoured train, a formal welcoming ceremony and a troop review at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, before a banquet with President Xi and his wife. Yet according to state media, the surprise trip to China by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was just an “unofficial visit”.  

  • 1 Sep 2016

    Beijing’s warning shot for Theresa May over Hinkley

    China’s ambassador to the UK warns Theresa May Britain must stay open to Chinese business, as doubts grow over a joint nuclear project.

  • 20 Mar 2013

    Pollution masks the sky – and the economy – in China

    Pollution is now the number one topic of conversation in Beijing, as the Chinese begin to question why polluting industries are receiving so much financial help from the state.

  • 8 Nov 2012

    Official harmony – but ordinary Chinese are pushed to the side

    As China’s congress meets to choreograph a seamless leadership changeover, there is much proletariat grumbling over the divide between rich and poor.

  • 2 Aug 2012

    Velodrome – symbol of British Olympic dreams

    At Beijing in 2008, seven gold medals were won by the track cyclists. So when the cycling action kicks off, British eyes are going to be firmly placed on the velodrome in the Olympic Park.

  • 6 May 2012

    China and the US have been negotiating over Chen Guangcheng’s future after the self-educated lawyer sought the protection of the Americans in their embassy last week. As part of a still-evolving deal, the dissident may go the US to study – if the Chinese agree to let him go.

  • 2 May 2012

    International Editor Lindsey Hilsum blogs on the diplomatic implications of the United States’s decision to protect the blind dissident lawyer, Chen Guangcheng.

  • 9 Jan 2011

    A lot of what we know about Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who begins his visit to the UK today, comes through US cables released by WikiLeaks. The cables also reveal how Mr Li gets his information, blogs Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum.

  • 1 Oct 2009

    It can sometimes feel like quite a sinister experience, this celebration. I’m not sure if it was the teenage soldier grabbing my arm as I tried to enter the compound where our offices are based, or the armoured personnel carrier outside the Nike shop that did it, but Beijing’s not been feeling that relaxed of…