Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.
Catherine Wong
Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.

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China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

24 Apr 2019 - 2:23PM

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity
‘Cooperate or stop criticising’, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says as belt and road summit nears

Beijing’s global trade plan is a platform for cooperation, not a tool to boost geopolitical influence, diplomat says.

19 Apr 2019 - 4:10PM

Beijing’s global trade plan is a platform for cooperation, not a tool to boost geopolitical influence, diplomat says.

‘Cooperate or stop criticising’, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says as belt and road summit nears
After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan

‘At the moment Pakistan does not have many better options’ than what Beijing is offering, official says.

19 Apr 2019 - 6:34PM

‘At the moment Pakistan does not have many better options’ than what Beijing is offering, official says.

After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan
China asks Japan for concrete measures to improve ‘sensitive’ and ‘fragile’ relationship

Foreign Minister Wang Yi issues plea after meeting Japanese counterpart Taro Kono during his two-day visit to China.

16 Apr 2019 - 11:14PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi issues plea after meeting Japanese counterpart Taro Kono during his two-day visit to China.

China asks Japan for concrete measures to improve ‘sensitive’ and ‘fragile’ relationship
US must ease up on tariffs and ask allies to push China to more economic reforms, says Bush-era diplomat

Terry Miller tells globalisation forum Trump must ‘find a tool’ other than tariffs and explains that Washington has stepped back from belt and road because it is a ‘Chinese show’.

15 Apr 2019 - 10:47PM

Terry Miller tells globalisation forum Trump must ‘find a tool’ other than tariffs and explains that Washington has stepped back from belt and road because it is a ‘Chinese show’.

US  must ease up on tariffs and ask allies to push China to more economic reforms, says Bush-era diplomat
Japan, China cover forced tech transfers and Huawei during talks in Beijing

Japanese delegation also raised intellectual property and data protection and Chinese industrial subsidies during the meeting.

15 Apr 2019 - 6:46AM

Japanese delegation also raised intellectual property and data protection and Chinese industrial subsidies during the meeting.

Japan, China cover forced tech transfers and Huawei during talks in Beijing
Japan wants more access to the Chinese market – and the US-China trade war might help

Timing of talks in Beijing could work in Tokyo’s favour, with US negotiations putting China under pressure to offer concessions to other powers, according to diplomatic source.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:45AM

Timing of talks in Beijing could work in Tokyo’s favour, with US negotiations putting China under pressure to offer concessions to other powers, according to diplomatic source.

Japan wants more access to the Chinese market – and the US-China trade war might help
Spain’s top envoy to China says New Silk Road won’t solve ‘substantial’ trade gap

Spanish ambassador Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo calls on Beijing to open its market and level the playing field, ahead of EU-China summit in Brussels.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:18PM

Spanish ambassador Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo calls on Beijing to open its market and level the playing field, ahead of EU-China summit in Brussels.

Spain’s top envoy to China says New Silk Road won’t solve ‘substantial’ trade gap
Trade war: Donald Trump to meet Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He as negotiators eye presidential summit

Pair to meet on Thursday with officials said to be discussing when Trump and counterpart Xi Jinping could meet to sign a deal but details of an agreement still to be finalised.

4 Apr 2019 - 11:48PM

Pair to meet on Thursday with officials said to be discussing when Trump and counterpart Xi Jinping could meet to sign a deal but details of an agreement still to be finalised.

Trade war: Donald Trump to meet Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He as negotiators eye presidential summit
Beijing calls for ‘objective’ assessment of Xinjiang policy as EU takes China to task over human rights

Brussels urges China to proportional measures in Xinjiang, where system of re-education camps for Muslim Uygurs is in operation.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:41PM

Brussels urges China to proportional measures in Xinjiang, where system of re-education camps for Muslim Uygurs is in operation.

Beijing calls for ‘objective’ assessment of Xinjiang policy as EU takes China to task over human rights
China will not divide Europe, senior diplomat says

As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepares to visit Europe, Beijing moves to address concerns about its intentions.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:45PM

As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepares to visit Europe, Beijing moves to address concerns about its intentions.

China will not divide Europe, senior diplomat says
New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern talks trade and Huawei on whirlwind trip to China

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for the two countries to ‘hold on to the principle of mutual trust and mutual benefits’ in meeting.

2 Apr 2019 - 5:37AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for the two countries to ‘hold on to the principle of mutual trust and mutual benefits’ in meeting.

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern talks trade and Huawei on whirlwind trip to China
US playing a dangerous game by supporting Taiwan, China’s defence ministry says

Beijing will take all necessary measures to protect against those who promote independence for island it claims as its sovereign territory, spokesman says.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:24PM

Beijing will take all necessary measures to protect against those who promote independence for island it claims as its sovereign territory, spokesman says.

US playing a dangerous game by supporting Taiwan, China’s defence ministry says
Beijing ‘signals shift’ on Dalai Lama with new white paper on Tibet

Document omits mention of willingness to engage with the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate, a departure from a similar statement a decade ago.

29 Mar 2019 - 12:01PM

Document omits mention of willingness to engage with the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate, a departure from a similar statement a decade ago.

Beijing ‘signals shift’ on Dalai Lama with new white paper on Tibet
Greater Bay Area has potential to rival both Silicon Valley and Wall Street, says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at Beijing forum

Chief executive’s remarks follow pledge from central government of further opening, and rather than being threat to Hong Kong economy, city’s leader believes development can be ‘win-win outcome’ for all involved.

25 Mar 2019 - 10:13PM

Chief executive’s remarks follow pledge from central government of further opening, and rather than being threat to Hong Kong economy, city’s leader believes development can be ‘win-win outcome’ for all involved.

Greater Bay Area has potential to rival both Silicon Valley and Wall Street, says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at Beijing forum
Former Chinese, US officials joust over China’s role on the world stage

Former diplomat Fu Ying and ex-treasury secretary Lawrence Summers debate Beijing’s global role at China Development Forum.

25 Mar 2019 - 6:58PM

Former diplomat Fu Ying and ex-treasury secretary Lawrence Summers debate Beijing’s global role at China Development Forum.

Former Chinese, US officials joust over China’s role on the world stage
China will buy more US goods, top official says ahead of latest trade war talks

Beijing committed to achieving greater trade balance, Vice-Premier Han Zheng tells forum.

25 Mar 2019 - 9:53AM

Beijing committed to achieving greater trade balance, Vice-Premier Han Zheng tells forum.

China will buy more US goods, top official says ahead of latest trade war talks
Philippines is determined to avoid infrastructure debt traps, finance minister Carlos Dominguez tells China

Manila’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ programme will not lead to re-run of 1970s crisis, says official as he confirms President Rodrigo Duterte expects to attend second ‘belt and road’ forum in Beijing.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:02AM

Manila’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ programme will not lead to re-run of 1970s crisis, says official as he confirms President Rodrigo Duterte expects to attend second ‘belt and road’ forum in Beijing.

Philippines is determined to avoid infrastructure debt traps, finance minister Carlos Dominguez tells China
Xi Jinping tells Chinese teachers to help ‘nurture support’ for Communist Party rule

Educators asked to instil patriotism and strengthen courses on ideological and political theory at all levels – from primary schools to universities.

19 Mar 2019 - 3:04AM

Educators asked to instil patriotism and strengthen courses on ideological and political theory at all levels – from primary schools to universities.

Xi Jinping tells Chinese teachers to help ‘nurture support’ for Communist Party rule
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing’s diplomats cannot be expected to roll with every punch

Wang’s week at the National People’s Congress winds down by fielding a question about Chinese diplomatic corps’ more pugnacious members.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:03PM

Wang’s week at the National People’s Congress winds down by fielding a question about Chinese diplomatic corps’ more pugnacious members.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing’s diplomats cannot be expected to roll with every punch
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for cooperation amid growing world tensions

Wide-ranging press conference covers relations with US as well as India-Pakistan relations, North Korea and other hot-button issues.

8 Mar 2019 - 6:46PM

Wide-ranging press conference covers relations with US as well as India-Pakistan relations, North Korea and other hot-button issues.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for cooperation amid growing world tensions
China denies block on Canadian canola firm is retaliation for Meng Wanzhou case

No scientific basis for alleged contamination of oil-seed crop, says Canadian government, which is ‘working very, very hard’ with Chinese counterparts after major exporter’s permit is revoked.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:02AM

No scientific basis for alleged contamination of oil-seed crop, says Canadian government, which is ‘working very, very hard’ with Chinese counterparts after major exporter’s permit is revoked.

China denies block on Canadian canola firm is retaliation for Meng Wanzhou case
‘Cooperation the best way forward’ as China and US work to end trade war, Chinese official says

Chinese political advisory body spokesman Guo Weimin says a deal between Beijing and Washington would be ‘good news for the world economy’.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:17PM

Chinese political advisory body spokesman Guo Weimin says a deal between Beijing and Washington would be ‘good news for the world economy’.

‘Cooperation the best way forward’ as China and US work to end trade war, Chinese official says
Meng Wanzhou extradition a ‘serious political incident’, China tells Canada

Analysts expect Beijing to step up pressure on Ottawa and raise case in trade negotiations with Washington.

4 Mar 2019 - 11:01AM

Analysts expect Beijing to step up pressure on Ottawa and raise case in trade negotiations with Washington.

Meng Wanzhou extradition a ‘serious political incident’, China tells Canada
Respect Chinese sovereignty in South China Sea, Beijing warns Washington

US accused of ‘stirring up trouble’ and disregarding international law as freedom of navigation patrols set to increase this year.

1 Mar 2019 - 2:54AM

US accused of ‘stirring up trouble’ and disregarding international law as freedom of navigation patrols set to increase this year.

Respect Chinese sovereignty in South China Sea, Beijing warns Washington
China and US still have ‘difficult discussions’ ahead on structural trade issues

Negotiators have made progress but remain far apart on areas such as Beijing’s subsidies for state enterprises and its industrial policy, analysts say.

26 Feb 2019 - 3:09AM

Negotiators have made progress but remain far apart on areas such as Beijing’s subsidies for state enterprises and its industrial policy, analysts say.

China and US still have ‘difficult discussions’ ahead on structural trade issues
China’s top trade negotiator Liu He to meet Donald Trump on Friday

Hopes for a deal grow as White House announces envoy to Chinese President Xi Jinping will sit down with US leader at 2.30pm.

22 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Hopes for a deal grow as White House announces envoy to Chinese President Xi Jinping will sit down with US leader at 2.30pm.

China’s top trade negotiator Liu He to meet Donald Trump on Friday
China-Australia relations ‘will not be helped’ by foreign influence register

Former Australian trade minister Andrew Robb is the latest of several former political leaders to walk away from consultancy roles with Chinese companies, ahead of a March 1 deadline to sign up to new disclosure laws.

21 Feb 2019 - 10:46PM

Former Australian trade minister Andrew Robb is the latest of several former political leaders to walk away from consultancy roles with Chinese companies, ahead of a March 1 deadline to sign up to new disclosure laws.

China-Australia relations ‘will not be helped’ by foreign influence register
US-China trade talks: Steven Mnuchin positive after ‘productive meetings’

WeChat account linked to Chinese state media says teams share ‘good atmosphere’ also cited by White House’s Larry Kudlow – but have major differences to reconcile.

15 Feb 2019 - 7:24PM

WeChat account linked to Chinese state media says teams share ‘good atmosphere’ also cited by White House’s Larry Kudlow – but have major differences to reconcile.

US-China trade talks: Steven Mnuchin positive after ‘productive meetings’
Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

14 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce