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Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton

    Chinese communists still partying at 90
    Chinese communists still partying at 90
    Staff in the lavish library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences were assembling huge display boards last month to commemorate one of 2011's...
    China: Who's the buyer behind the country?
    China: Who's the buyer behind the country?
    It was reported in the past week that China's sovereign wealth fund is about to receive new capital from the government, adding billions of dollars...
    Between two worlds
    Between two worlds
    Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck's Life in China by Hilary Spurling (Profile Books)
    Olympic hangover dawns
    Olympic hangover dawns
    Lavish parties tend to leave a hangover as the problems of daily life, put aside for the celebrations, come crowding back. China's Olympic party is...
    First city of the future
    First city of the future
    On a corner of the eastern extension of the Avenue of Eternal Peace, the broad, straight east-west boulevard that Mao Zedong cut through the heart...
    Colombia's dark underbelly leaves Bush with an embarrassing best friend
    Colombia's dark underbelly leaves Bush with an embarrassing best friend
    There is little to cheer a United States president on a visit to Latin America these days. Where it once enforced its will on the region, the US...
    China's green lies
    China's green lies
    Fumin county, a hitherto obscure district in south-west China, became the object of international mockery last week when news reached the outside...
    Nepalese poll flops
    Nepalese poll flops
    Violence and a dramatically low turnout marred the first elections for seven years in Nepal on Wednesday -- polls the king had described as the...
    The Chinese enigma
    The Chinese enigma
    Mao Zedong's favourite Chinese dynasty was the Qin. The first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, had unified the country, and had himself buried surrounded...
    Justice from the streets of Bolivia
    Justice from the streets of Bolivia
    Bolivia's president of 15 months, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, was protesting to the last when he finally resigned last Friday after months of street...
    Now we pay the warlords to tyrannise the Afghan people
    Now we pay the warlords to tyrannise the Afghan people
    Diehard defenders of military intervention in Iraq argue that it's too soon to carp, that time is required to restore order and prosperity to a...
    Threat from the protectors
    Threat from the protectors
    This month, on a date yet to be agreed, Britain will hand over command of the 18-nation United Nations security force in Afghanistan to Turkey. The...