Tim Collard

Tim Collard spent 20 years in the British diplomatic service, half of them in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is now retired and works as a freelance academic and journalist on China-related issues, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Philippines.
Tim Collard
Tim Collard spent 20 years in the British diplomatic service, half of them in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is now retired and works as a freelance academic and journalist on China-related issues, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Philippines.

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Opinion | As the South China Sea dispute heats up, China must not belittle Duterte’s hand of friendship

To peacefully coexist with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, China should not browbeat them into submission, even if it is in a position to do so. Snubbing the Philippine president’s friendly overtures would send the wrong message.

10 Apr 2019 - 11:04AM

To peacefully coexist with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, China should not browbeat them into submission, even if it is in a position to do so. Snubbing the Philippine president’s friendly overtures would send the wrong message.

As the South China Sea dispute heats up, China must not belittle Duterte’s hand of friendship
Opinion | Bear with Britain: Brexit mess and antagonistic China approach show UK needs time to sort itself out

A post-Brexit Britain needs trade deals, including with the likes of China. So why is it provoking Beijing by saying it will send an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea? These are signs of a government that has lost its way.

19 Feb 2019 - 5:27AM

A post-Brexit Britain needs trade deals, including with the likes of China. So why is it provoking Beijing by saying it will send an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea? These are signs of a government that has lost its way.

Bear with Britain: Brexit mess and antagonistic China approach show UK needs time to sort itself out
When freedom takes some strange forms in Hong Kong
In ‘core leader’ Xi Jinping’s China, discipline trumps corruption when it comes to reform
Sino-UK ‘golden age’ is losing its shine in British people’s eyes
Hong Kong must guard its citizen rights, both now and after Article 23 security law is implemented
Xi Jinping and the Putin effect
China's suspicion of interference should not stop fair comment on Hong Kong affairs

The National People's Congress Standing Committee decision on the modus for election of the chief executive in 2017 was well prepared. In many ways, the government's case was understandable: it should have been obvious that nobody would be able to run in 2017 as the "anti-Beijing" candidate.

3 Nov 2016 - 8:29AM

The National People's Congress Standing Committee decision on the modus for election of the chief executive in 2017 was well prepared. In many ways, the government's case was understandable: it should have been obvious that nobody would be able to run in 2017 as the "anti-Beijing" candidate.

China's suspicion of interference should not stop fair comment on Hong Kong affairs
Occupy Central activists must consider price to pay for raising stakes

Matters regarding the establishment of universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017 have come to a head rather sooner than most expected. Was it wise for Occupy Central and its allies to raise the stakes so high so early?

3 Nov 2016 - 8:29AM

Matters regarding the establishment of universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017 have come to a head rather sooner than most expected. Was it wise for Occupy Central and its allies to raise the stakes so high so early?

Occupy Central activists must consider price to pay for raising stakes
Orwellian echoes in a post-UN world

We could be approaching the end of an era. After 1945, the United Nations was set up with the intention of making war impossible by providing the world with a universally acknowledged dispute resolution mechanism.

3 Nov 2016 - 8:29AM

We could be approaching the end of an era. After 1945, the United Nations was set up with the intention of making war impossible by providing the world with a universally acknowledged dispute resolution mechanism.

Orwellian echoes in a post-UN world
China-UK human rights dialogue builds bridges to understanding

China cancelled the April 16 session of the bilateral human rights dialogue with Britain, accusing the UK of making irresponsible comments and of interference in its internal affairs.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

China cancelled the April 16 session of the bilateral human rights dialogue with Britain, accusing the UK of making irresponsible comments and of interference in its internal affairs.

China-UK human rights dialogue builds bridges to understanding
In China's corruption crackdown, a few fallen giants may well be enough

What are we to make of the mixed signals given by President Xi Jinping's leadership team on official corruption, and the enrichment of officials and their family, either directly at the state's expense or by extortion from business and the public?

3 Nov 2016 - 8:29AM

What are we to make of the mixed signals given by President Xi Jinping's leadership team on official corruption, and the enrichment of officials and their family, either directly at the state's expense or by extortion from business and the public?

In China's corruption crackdown, a few fallen giants may well be enough
Last thing China needs is more Russian border instability

The current contretemps over Ukraine and Crimea has brought Chinese strategic foreign policy to an unforeseen crossroads. China has hitherto made an absolute principled commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

The current contretemps over Ukraine and Crimea has brought Chinese strategic foreign policy to an unforeseen crossroads. China has hitherto made an absolute principled commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.

Last thing China needs is more Russian border instability
Beijing may prefer to play the longer game in Manila hostage dispute

Hong Kong has taken its first dip in the stormy waters of the diplomatic power game. Following an inadequate response by Philippines President Benigno Aquino to the incident in 2010, in which eight Hongkongers were killed in a badly handled gun battle, the Hong Kong government has announced that official and diplomatic Philippine passport holders - up to 800 visit the city each year - would no longer be allowed to benefit from a 14-day visa-free travel arrangement.

3 Nov 2016 - 8:29AM

Hong Kong has taken its first dip in the stormy waters of the diplomatic power game. Following an inadequate response by Philippines President Benigno Aquino to the incident in 2010, in which eight Hongkongers were killed in a badly handled gun battle, the Hong Kong government has announced that official and diplomatic Philippine passport holders - up to 800 visit the city each year - would no longer be allowed to benefit from a 14-day visa-free travel arrangement.

Beijing may prefer to play the longer game in Manila hostage dispute