Theresa Villiers: Some close to the Government are willing to see the complete liberalisation of trade in agriculture. They’re wrong – and here’s why.

1 Apr

We should make any such reductions in tariffs conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.

Theresa Villiers: Some close to the Government are willing to see the complete liberalisation of trade in agriculture. They’re wrong – and here’s why.

1 Apr

We should make any such reductions in tariffs conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.

The WHO has failed us again

1 Apr

Like many doctors, Bruce Aylward has been working tirelessly since this coronavirus started its rampage around the planet, although his job takes him away from the medical frontline filled with patients fighting for life. The Canadian physician, a trained epidemiologist, is one of the most influential officials in global efforts to beat this pandemic through […]

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RSF claims press freedom in China could have helped avoid Covid-19 pandemic

25 Mar

The coronavirus pandemic might have been avoided and thousands of lives saved if China had a free press, according to a prominent campaign group. Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres) has used evidence from various studies and reviewed events in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan during December and January to make its … Continue reading “RSF claims press freedom in China could have helped avoid Covid-19 pandemic”

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China is not the hero in this darkest hour

23 Mar

First came the virus — a parasitic germ so small that it cannot be seen by an optical microscope but so powerful that it is threatening the entire world order. It emerged in China at the end of last year, spread rapidly to Iran and Italy, and now sparks pandemonium across the planet. It has […]

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Covid-19 has exposed our financial fragility

20 Mar

Financial markets have experienced the fastest ever crash over the past few weeks. Even during the dotcom bust and the Lehman crisis, stocks did not fall this quickly. In less than a month, we have seen major indices fall almost 30%, and stocks in sectors such as oil and travel down by 80%. We are […]

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China to expel US journalists in tit-for-tat with Trump administration

18 Mar

China will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major US news organisations, in effect expelling them from the country. China’s foreign ministry said American citizens working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post with credentials expiring before the end of the year must surrender their … Continue reading “China to expel US journalists in tit-for-tat with Trump administration”

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Why had we never heard of Wuhan?

17 Mar

We’ve all heard of Wuhan now. But before the virus, who had? Well, Chinese people, obviously. As for us in the West, though, I have my doubts. China has scores of major cities with millions of people that most westerners have never heard of. Wuhan, for instance, is home to around ten million people, larger […]

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How can America contain China?

16 Mar

Imagine you were using a computer simulation of world politics with a single input: the physical map of the world, the familiar shape of a large landmass surrounded by oceans—and in one case a very large desert—with other areas forming a kind of outer world. A sufficiently robust algorithm might be able to obtain a […]

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One third of Chinese journalists working in US could be sent home in retaliatory move

10 Mar

Around one third of Chinese journalists working in the US could be sent home under a new move from Donald Trump’s administration. The state-controlled All-China Journalists Association has condemned the move, in line with the Chinese government. In a statement, the association said Washington’s actions have “seriously violated the normal and legitimate rights and interests … Continue reading “One third of Chinese journalists working in US could be sent home in retaliatory move”

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It’s time liberals embraced economic nationalism

6 Mar

The coronavirus pandemic is the perfect metaphor for the perils of hyper-connection. We no longer need the help of rats or fleas to spread disease — we can do it ourselves thanks to mass international travel and supply chains. And we are no longer self-sufficient when things go wrong — as the UK doesn’t have […]

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US caps reporters from Chinese-state outlets after expulsion of three WSJ journalists from China

3 Mar

The US has announced it will restrict the numbers of journalists working for Chinese state media after Beijing expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters last month. The US State Department is putting a cap on the number of Chinese citizens permitted to work in the US at any one time for five media organisations designated … Continue reading “US caps reporters from Chinese-state outlets after expulsion of three WSJ journalists from China”

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China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters over ‘sick man of Asia’ headline

20 Feb

China says it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed by Beijing to be racist and slanderous. The move follows a complaint over the headline which called the country the “Real Sick Man of Asia” in referring to the coronavirus outbreak. Foreign Ministry … Continue reading “China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters over ‘sick man of Asia’ headline”

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