Tom Clifford

Tom Clifford, now in China, worked in Qatar with Gulf Times from 1989-1992 and covered the Gulf War for Irish and Canadian newspapers as well as for other media organizations.

China’s Rocky Summer

Blinken in Beijing

Rumbles of Discontent in China Over Xi’s Zero-Covid Policy

Beidaihe Closed Doors: China Plots Its Future

The Real Shinzo Abe: He Was No Peacemaker

Growing Discontent With Beijing’s COVID Policies

Xi’s Big Year, But Not the One He Expected

What the Ukraine War Means for China: a View From Beijing

China’s Economy Not as Strong as Beijing Proclaims or the West Fears

An Appreciation of a Modern-Day Troubadour 

China’s Sputtering Economy

China Enters Era of Cultural Resolution

Hello, China? This is the Pentagon Calling…

Post-US Afghanistan: Can China Navigate a Way Through the Tombstones?

Is the Party Over in China?

The PCR at 100: Where Does China Go From Here?

No Matter What’s Happening in China, the West is Likely to be Surprised by It

How John le Carré Became Irish

Tension in the Taiwan Strait: the US Carrier on China’s Front Door

China’s Big New Market…in China

When Biden’s “New” America Confronts the New China

China Stabilizes as the West Dithers

Who Lost China This Time?

The Gulf War, 30 Years and Counting

Jack Charlton, Soccer and Ireland’s Working Class

A Fatal Skirmish on the Line of Actual Control

With USA in Retreat, China Reassesses Its Options

China’s Two Sessions During Coronavirus

Beijing in the Time of COVID-19

Corona and Flu in Beijing: a Report From the Chinese Capital

Dispatch From China: Flu is Bigger Concern But Wuhan Virus Grabs Headlines

What’s at Stake in Iran for China

Boris, Brexit and the Irish Border

How China Sees the World

What China’s Leadership is Really Worried About: Rising Debt

Northern Ireland and Brexit: Where History and Fantasy Collide

China and the Swine Flu Outbreak

China Winning’s Hand: Huawei, Trade and North Korea

Hong Kong is Far From China’s Biggest Problem

China’s Rare Earth Trade Card

From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf

Targeting China: It’s About Politics Not Trade

Change of Thrones in Japan

Aging China

Bloody Sunday and the Charging of Soldier F

The “Failed” Hanoi Summit? Not From Beijing’s Point of View

Britain’s Return to the South China Sea

China: An Ancient Country, Getting Older

The Chinese Economy at 70: Slowing Down Amid a Protracted Trade War

Trade for Hostages? Trump’s New Approach to China