Nicolas Groffman

Nicolas, who practised law in Beijing and Shanghai, is a partner at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys in London
Nicolas Groffman
Nicolas, who practised law in Beijing and Shanghai, is a partner at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys in London

Latest from Nicolas Groffman

Opinion | How spies help New Zealand stay friendly with China

Nicolas Groffman writes that most people outside New Zealand are unaware of the high professionalism of its intelligence and espionage services – and how they help it engage with China more efficiently than nearly any other non-Asian country.

4 Apr 2019 - 9:59PM

Nicolas Groffman writes that most people outside New Zealand are unaware of the high professionalism of its intelligence and espionage services – and how they help it engage with China more efficiently than nearly any other non-Asian country.

How spies help New Zealand stay friendly with China
Opinion | China’s extradition requests must be based in law, not on persuasion

Beijing’s pursuit of fugitives overseas is rooted in President Xi Jinping’s call to end ‘avoidance paradise’, but bringing them home is not straightforward.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:02AM

Beijing’s pursuit of fugitives overseas is rooted in President Xi Jinping’s call to end ‘avoidance paradise’, but bringing them home is not straightforward.

China’s extradition requests must be based in law, not on persuasion
Manga, mooncakes and monkeys: the curious world of China’s WeChat

It is much more than a messaging app: it acts as platform for everything else, including social sharing, payment, free video calls and a thousand other functions, but it comes with its own set of pitfalls

12 Nov 2018 - 9:51PM

It is much more than a messaging app: it acts as platform for everything else, including social sharing, payment, free video calls and a thousand other functions, but it comes with its own set of pitfalls

Manga, mooncakes and monkeys: the curious world of China’s WeChat
Opinion | Why China no longer needs the wisdom of ‘Old White Guys’

Once a prerequisite for any self-respecting business meeting, Nicolas Groffman says these ‘kindly curmudgeons’ have fallen out of favour in modern China.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:21AM

Once a prerequisite for any self-respecting business meeting, Nicolas Groffman says these ‘kindly curmudgeons’ have fallen out of favour in modern China.

Why China no longer needs the wisdom of ‘Old White Guys’
Opinion | Top Gun was twice remade in Chinese, why didn’t anybody notice? Clue: PLA

Chinese fans loved the original so much there just had to be a remake. But, writes Nicolas Groffman, that’s when the military got involved

1 Nov 2018 - 4:41PM

Chinese fans loved the original so much there just had to be a remake. But, writes Nicolas Groffman, that’s when the military got involved

Top Gun was twice remade in Chinese, why didn’t anybody notice? Clue: PLA
Opinion | So many Indians and Pakistanis, why so few Chinese in British politics?

Despite their educational and economic success, ethnically Chinese people are still underrepresented in the British parliament. Nicolas Groffman examines the reasons why this may be the case.

22 Oct 2018 - 9:48AM

Despite their educational and economic success, ethnically Chinese people are still underrepresented in the British parliament. Nicolas Groffman examines the reasons why this may be the case.

So many Indians and Pakistanis, why so few Chinese in British politics?
China’s Fan Bingbing should thank her lucky stars; her punishment could have been a lot worse
Meet the 8 Chinese judges who’ll sit on belt and road cases

Optimists believe the judges of the China International Commercial Courts are so skilled their expertise will trump political considerations. Pessimists give a quite different verdict.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Optimists believe the judges of the China International Commercial Courts are so skilled their expertise will trump political considerations. Pessimists give a quite different verdict.

Meet the 8 Chinese judges who’ll sit on belt and road cases
China has a big fat problem with US-style ‘body positivity’

What’s the healthiest approach: making people feel comfortable about their obesity … or fat-shaming our way to more healthy lifestyles?

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

What’s the healthiest approach: making people feel comfortable about their obesity … or fat-shaming our way to more healthy lifestyles?

China has a big fat problem with US-style ‘body positivity’
On Reflection | China knows what Britain doesn’t: Theresa May is no spent force

Forget what you read in the British media. The rest of the world cares little about Brexit. And when it comes to China, the prime minister clearly has a long-term plan.

7 Jul 2018 - 12:13PM

Forget what you read in the British media. The rest of the world cares little about Brexit. And when it comes to China, the prime minister clearly has a long-term plan.

China knows what Britain doesn’t: Theresa May is no spent force
On Reflection | Cranes inspired Bruce Lee’s kung fu. Can they stretch to China’s ties with Korea and Japan?

The crane’s symbolism has permeated East Asian societies for thousands of years. Now the race to save one of its rarest types from extinction offers common ground to three peoples who have so often been in conflict.

1 Jul 2018 - 12:01PM

The crane’s symbolism has permeated East Asian societies for thousands of years. Now the race to save one of its rarest types from extinction offers common ground to three peoples who have so often been in conflict.

Cranes inspired Bruce Lee’s kung fu. Can they stretch to China’s ties with Korea and Japan?
Asian Angle | For Chinese immigrants to the UK, Brexit is a faint beacon of hope

The twin barrels of departmental incompetence and a bias towards Europe by the British immigration authorities leave Chinese disadvantaged. Brexit could sort at least one of those problems out.

6 May 2018 - 2:01PM

The twin barrels of departmental incompetence and a bias towards Europe by the British immigration authorities leave Chinese disadvantaged. Brexit could sort at least one of those problems out.

For Chinese immigrants to the UK, Brexit is a faint beacon of hope
Opinion | How I learned to stop worrying and love Chinese courts

We may all have to take Chinese courts more seriously. Companies along the Belt and Road certainly will.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

We may all have to take Chinese courts more seriously. Companies along the Belt and Road certainly will.

How I learned to stop worrying and love Chinese courts
#metoo won’t solve sexism in China – just ask Germaine Greer
Opinion | Why English law could rule on China’s belt and road disputes

China is setting up courts to handle disputes regarding its Belt and Road Initiative, but at the other end of the Silk Route, London is marketing the merits of its own legal system.

6 Mar 2018 - 8:00AM

China is setting up courts to handle disputes regarding its Belt and Road Initiative, but at the other end of the Silk Route, London is marketing the merits of its own legal system.

Why English law could rule on China’s belt and road disputes
Why China-Russia relations are warming up in the Arctic

China needs Russia for its Polar Silk Route ambitions; Russia needs China as it tries to reclaim the Baltics.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

China needs Russia for its Polar Silk Route ambitions; Russia needs China as it tries to reclaim the Baltics.

Why China-Russia relations are warming up in the Arctic
Forget ex-CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee: fears over Chinese spies are overblown

The excitement over the ex-CIA officer accused of spying for China hides a less glamorous truth – that most of Beijing’s ‘foreign agents’ are engaged in work that is banal, costly … and largely pointless.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

The excitement over the ex-CIA officer accused of spying for China hides a less glamorous truth – that most of Beijing’s ‘foreign agents’ are engaged in work that is banal, costly … and largely pointless.

Forget ex-CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee: fears over Chinese spies are overblown
Chris Patten is wrong, Hong Kong will benefit from Brexit. Massively
From Hollywood to airbases and backyards: why 2018 will be the year of the drone
Why do whingeing white expats think anti-Chinese racism is OK?
Foreign firms watch out, Beijing may require you to leave China data in China
Army life: more gay-friendly in China than United States or Britain?
What to do when your staff get arrested in China
Guess what India and China need to improve relations? More spies