Jonathan Fenby

Jonathan Fenby is the author of Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today. He blogs on China at

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Police forces gather in street outside the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

France was gripped by tension even before the shootings at Charlie Hebdo

A growing social gulf has become evident in recent years

A nurse looks at the abandoned newborn baby resting in an incubator after he was rescued from a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. Firefighters in eastern China rescued the abandoned newborn baby boy lodged in a sewage pipe directly beneath a toilet commode

It’s not just newborn babies abandoned in China

Having a baby and bringing it up is an expensive business in a system where welfare provision is poor and materialism counts as much as Confucianism and Marxism

Where materialism now rules, ‘Marxist morality’ might not find a place

As Americans go to the poll today, China is going through its own transition, but by any impartial assessment, democracy remains a long way off

Jonathan Fenby: Why Gu Kailai's trial lifted the veil on Chinese politics

The trial yesterday of Gu Kailai was unique, even if the way the hearing was wrapped up in eight hours shows that proceedings – and one must assume the verdict – were pre-determined. For the wife of a prominent, if now defenestrated, Chinese leader to be put in the dock for causing somebody else's death is unprecedented in the last major state ruled by a Communist Party.

Jonathan Fenby: Now we need China's help even more

Beijing is anxious to avoid the emergence of a united Korea, allied to the US

Media: The massacre and me: my life as a Hong Kong editor

People I considered friends portrayed me as ready to work for a political commissar

Never mind the politics, it's time to do business

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Letter: Not so, Mr Trelford


Britain's Hong Kong hypocrisy

Just two years ago, Martin Lee Chu-ming, leader of Hong Kong's most popular political party, the Democrats, put down his chop-sticks and said, in his usual quiet but intense tone: "Mr Fenby, you are an Englishman, so can you tell me how that man can sleep at night?"

Chimes at midnight

The date of 1 July, when Britain finally returns Hong Kong to China, will be a defining moment in the history of the most extraordinary place on earth - the only colony in the world that is richer per head of population than the colonial power itself. Jonathan Fenby, editor of the South China Morning Post, introduces a special report on the colony's last days and remarkable quality of life, from its high society to its food and fashion
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