Mike Pompeo: The rivalry with China seems personal. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/EPA

Here follow some excerpts from a speech about China by Mike Pompeo last week. The US secretary of state chose as his setting Richard Nixon’s president(...)

People pass in front of a Huawei newest flagship store in Shanghai, China, 16 July 2020. EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

Over recent months, tensions between the US and China have grown, and Huawei has found itself being targeted as the Trump Administration attempts to d(...)

Paddy Murray: It is chest infections of one kind or another which have seen me hospitalised 16 times in the past dozen or so years

On it goes. Still locked up. Still isolated. And now suffering from Sudoku overload. But a new worry arrived last week. I spotted the first signs of(...)

What is happening, though, is the induction of many office creatures into what must feel like the faintly subversive act of remote working.

The ambient chatter. The soul-revealing choices of desktop paraphernalia. Even the proprietary tension over coffee mugs - all the more vicious, as Hen(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s vice premier Liu He at the signing ceremony. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump hailed a “phase one” trade deal with China on Wednesday as “momentous”, as he welcomed Chinese vice premier Liu He to a sign(...)

President Donald Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton: Bolton’s departure was welcomed by many Trump allies who feared he could lead America into further conflict. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

This week Donald Trump returned to the top of the news agenda with a bang as he ousted national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton’s departure was(...)

Castle Blunden: Jane and Caroline Blunden at their former family home, in Co Kilkenny, some of whose contents are being auctioned on June 25th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

THE BLUNDEN TWINS HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD THROUGH ART AND CULTURE. NOW THEY ARE BACK FOR A FINAL SALE OF CONTENTS AT CASTLE BLUNDEN, IN CO KILKENN(...)

Kilfrush Stud

Good land is worth its weight in gold, or so they say. At Kilfrush Stud in rural Co Limerick, the limestone enriched land is so good that horses born(...)

Bernard-Henri Lévy. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu/Getty

Never afraid of a flourish, Bernard-Henri Lévy is as strong in his defence of the Israeli army, the EU and interventionism as he is critical o(...)

US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

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