John Simpson

The Third Plenary Session Of The National People's Congress (NPC)

Roll up for the Bo Xilai show

China’s fallen princeling has a new role to play: one he may not enjoy

South Africans Pray For Nelson Mandela As His Condition Improves

Why is Nelson Mandela's health a state secret?

A distasteful culture of news management has arisen around South Africa’s former president

China's Growth At Stake As Communist Party Congress Begins

End of the Party?

Chinese communism may not survive to mark its centenary


What should happen now?

If you work for the BBC, you dislike seeing the outfit’s name in the headlines. It usually means the BBC…


Rebel island

The people of Hong Kong are increasingly fierce in defence of their freedom


The office of last resort

An encounter with China’s petitioners


Dear boss…

Advice for the BBC’s incoming director general

Bias, Boris and the Beeb

A political commissar as director-general is the last thing the BBC needs

Savile Row revolutionary

I knew Bo Xilai before he was an old-school Maoist

A new Argy-bargy

Will there be trouble in the Falklands on the thirtieth anniversary of the invasion?

Putin power

The Russian leader will be re-elected on Sunday, but his authority seems to be waning