Ben Zhao

Ben Zhao

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Ben joined the Post as an intern reporter focusing on foreign affairs. He is a graduate student at Hong Kong Baptist University. Before coming to Hong Kong, he worked as an intern at Caixin in Beijing.

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China-Russia ties: as the West forces them together, Xi and Putin show up for each other

The relationship may be the closest the two nations have been since 1950s honeymoon that followed China’s fight against US and allied forces in the Korean war.

The relationship may be the closest the two nations have been since 1950s honeymoon that followed China’s fight against US and allied forces in the Korean war.

31 Jan 2022 - 11:19AM
Australian PM’s WeChat transferred to new owner, not hacked, Chinese operator Tencent says

Scott Morrison’s account was renamed ‘Australian Chinese new life’, sparking concerns about interference, but operator Tencent says it was transferred normally.

Scott Morrison’s account was renamed ‘Australian Chinese new life’, sparking concerns about interference, but operator Tencent says it was transferred normally.

28 Jan 2022 - 4:10PM
Coronavirus: US diplomats wanting out of China risk ‘leaving safest country in the world’ in a pandemic, Beijing says

Beijing lodges formal protest with Washington as US consular staff and families seek to avoid zero-Covid control measures in China.

Beijing lodges formal protest with Washington as US consular staff and families seek to avoid zero-Covid control measures in China.

26 Jan 2022 - 7:24PM
Covid-19: Chinese embassy in Canada urges travellers to follow strict self-isolation rules

It claims some people have tested positive on arrival in China and that they did not stay home in the previous week as required, calling the behaviour ‘shocking and unfortunate’.

It claims some people have tested positive on arrival in China and that they did not stay home in the previous week as required, calling the behaviour ‘shocking and unfortunate’.

19 Jan 2022 - 11:20PM
China pledges aid to Tonga in wake of devastating volcano

Emergency relief including drinking water will arrive at the stricken Pacific Island nation ‘as soon as flight conditions allow’.

Emergency relief including drinking water will arrive at the stricken Pacific Island nation ‘as soon as flight conditions allow’.

19 Jan 2022 - 3:03PM
Coronavirus: Tianjin reports biggest jump in daily cases of latest outbreak

Another 80 locally acquired cases recorded on Monday but residents have so far avoided citywide lockdown.

Another 80 locally acquired cases recorded on Monday but residents have so far avoided citywide lockdown.

20 Jan 2022 - 3:59PM
China’s Middle East strategy stays focused on economic relations

Recent talks with the Gulf States and Turkey helped boost economic ties, but saw little change in strategic and security matters.

Recent talks with the Gulf States and Turkey helped boost economic ties, but saw little change in strategic and security matters.

16 Jan 2022 - 9:30PM
China’s meetings with Middle East ministers sets the scene for Beijing to step up in region

This week, China will host representatives from Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Iran and Turkey for talks.

This week, China will host representatives from Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Iran and Turkey for talks.

12 Jan 2022 - 11:18PM
Afghan pine nuts land in China as envoy walks out over cash freeze

45 tonnes of the war-torn country’s precious export arrive in Shanghai on the same day Kabul’s ambassador to Beijing goes public over lack of funds.

45 tonnes of the war-torn country’s precious export arrive in Shanghai on the same day Kabul’s ambassador to Beijing goes public over lack of funds.

11 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
Mass testing, health codes, lockdowns: how China’s zero-Covid policy works

While approaches from small and big cities may differ due to testing capacity and resources, swift reactions mean ‘a tsunami-like outbreak is highly unlikely’.

While approaches from small and big cities may differ due to testing capacity and resources, swift reactions mean ‘a tsunami-like outbreak is highly unlikely’.

12 Jan 2022 - 11:30AM
Chinese-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ‘ready to act in Kazakhstan if needed’

Despite the offer, Beijing has also signalled its approval of Russia’s intervention and the Kazakh government’s response.

Despite the offer, Beijing has also signalled its approval of Russia’s intervention and the Kazakh government’s response.

8 Jan 2022 - 8:00PM
Morocco belt and road deal could give China gateway to Mediterranean, experts say

Implementation plan includes joint ventures and more Chinese investment, but observers also note Morocco’s importance in linking Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

Implementation plan includes joint ventures and more Chinese investment, but observers also note Morocco’s importance in linking Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

8 Jan 2022 - 6:00PM
China’s Xian to end Covid-19 lockdown if it reaches ‘zero social transmission’

City could ease its measures once all new confirmed infections are linked to previously recorded cases, with no other local transmission, official says.

City could ease its measures once all new confirmed infections are linked to previously recorded cases, with no other local transmission, official says.

5 Jan 2022 - 10:45AM
Coronavirus: Xian officials sacked over handling of outbreak as cases fall below 100

Wang Bin and Cui Shiyue – senior figures in the city’s worst-hit district – were removed from their posts to ‘strengthen’ the battle.

Wang Bin and Cui Shiyue – senior figures in the city’s worst-hit district – were removed from their posts to ‘strengthen’ the battle.

3 Jan 2022 - 7:13PM
US and China both looking for respect, says former assistant secretary of state David Stilwell

The former official tells a seminar that both sides need to overcome basic problems such as trust and understanding to make progress.

The former official tells a seminar that both sides need to overcome basic problems such as trust and understanding to make progress.

31 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Chinese students in US scramble to get flights home amid travel chaos

US flight cancellations because of staff shortages and bad weather have left some stranded.

US flight cancellations because of staff shortages and bad weather have left some stranded.

1 Jan 2022 - 12:20AM
Chinese oil firm in Iraq escapes damage in rocket and gunfire attack

Six arrested after gunshots and rocket are fired near premises, with company official reportedly calling it an attempt to pressure it to give jobs to locals.

Six arrested after gunshots and rocket are fired near premises, with company official reportedly calling it an attempt to pressure it to give jobs to locals.

29 Dec 2021 - 8:58PM
Taliban has ‘a long way to go’ to effectively govern Afghanistan, Chinese scholar says

Wang Duanyong tells state tabloid the Islamist group appears to have changed and has taken on ex-government personnel and professionals but it’s ‘clearly not enough’.

Wang Duanyong tells state tabloid the Islamist group appears to have changed and has taken on ex-government personnel and professionals but it’s ‘clearly not enough’.

29 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
China asks US to stop Elon Musk’s satellites approaching its space station

Starlink satellites have twice approached Tiangong in orbit, prompting avoidance manoeuvres, although SpaceX says the satellites are built to avoid collisions.

Starlink satellites have twice approached Tiangong in orbit, prompting avoidance manoeuvres, although SpaceX says the satellites are built to avoid collisions.

29 Dec 2021 - 11:16PM
Think tank founder Wang Huiyao on the ‘uphill battle’ to explain China to the world

To avoid misunderstanding and mistrust, more needs to be done to explain the country’s system and values, he tells Talking Post.

To avoid misunderstanding and mistrust, more needs to be done to explain the country’s system and values, he tells Talking Post.

27 Dec 2021 - 12:04PM
China in Africa: US talk show host Trevor Noah draws fire with ‘colonalism’ jibe

China’s role in Africa as ‘a new kind of colonialism’ is not supported by data, analysts say, while highlighting transparency issues that help fuel this narrative.

China’s role in Africa as ‘a new kind of colonialism’ is not supported by data, analysts say, while highlighting transparency issues that help fuel this narrative.

24 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
China sends aid to Afghanistan as Taliban grapples with winter crisis

Beijing is stepping up efforts to engage with the country’s new government as millions face the risk of starvation.

Beijing is stepping up efforts to engage with the country’s new government as millions face the risk of starvation.

18 Dec 2021 - 7:31PM
Beijing moves to slow rush for Afghanistan’s resources by Chinese miners

Mining companies reminded that interim government in Kabul has regulations and there are penalties for breaking them.

Mining companies reminded that interim government in Kabul has regulations and there are penalties for breaking them.

17 Dec 2021 - 4:31PM
China and Russia pledge to step up efforts to build independent trade network to reduce reliance on US-led financial system

Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin agree to accelerate attempts to create a system that cannot be influenced by ‘third parties’

Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin agree to accelerate attempts to create a system that cannot be influenced by ‘third parties’

20 Dec 2021 - 11:40AM
China insists it has no geopolitical motive in relations with Latin America

Comments come after Nicaragua became the latest country in the region to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan.

Comments come after Nicaragua became the latest country in the region to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan.

15 Dec 2021 - 9:57PM
Why China’s Nicaragua move is as much about the US as it is about Taiwan

When Managua switched its diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing on Friday, mainland China boosted its influence in the US’ backyard, say observers.

When Managua switched its diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing on Friday, mainland China boosted its influence in the US’ backyard, say observers.

10 Dec 2021 - 8:37PM
Tibet railway in focus as China vows change for landlocked Nepal, in move sure to worry India

US$8 billion cross-border railway from south Tibet to Kathmandu is key project in China’s belt and road strategy in South Asia and a strategic worry for India.

US$8 billion cross-border railway from south Tibet to Kathmandu is key project in China’s belt and road strategy in South Asia and a strategic worry for India.

10 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
Xi Jinping notably quick to greet Olaf Scholz as China seeks new German friend

Chinese president wastes no time in writing note to newly confirmed German chancellor as he takes over from Xi’s ‘old friend’ Angela Merkel.

Chinese president wastes no time in writing note to newly confirmed German chancellor as he takes over from Xi’s ‘old friend’ Angela Merkel.

9 Dec 2021 - 8:49PM
China hails South Korea’s Olympic spirit after row over diplomatic boycotts

South Korean foreign ministry offers support for Beijing’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Games, but does not say whether Seoul will send a delegation.

South Korean foreign ministry offers support for Beijing’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Games, but does not say whether Seoul will send a delegation.

9 Dec 2021 - 10:39AM