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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Donald Trump discusses China’s ‘wrongful detention’ of two Canadians with Justin Trudeau

White House’s first public comments for months on Kovrig and Spavor case come as trade relations with China continue to deteriorate.

18 Aug 2019 - 11:18PM

White House’s first public comments for months on Kovrig and Spavor case come as trade relations with China continue to deteriorate.

Donald Trump discusses China’s ‘wrongful detention’ of two Canadians with Justin Trudeau
Donald Trump plans phone call to Xi Jinping ‘very soon’ – and says China will get tough over fentanyl

China wants to follow through quickly on stemming flow of opioid to US, he says, adding that the unexpected meeting of top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Mike Pompeo was ‘a very good conversation’.

16 Aug 2019 - 4:30PM

China wants to follow through quickly on stemming flow of opioid to US, he says, adding that the unexpected meeting of top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Mike Pompeo was ‘a very good conversation’.

Donald Trump plans phone call to Xi Jinping ‘very soon’ – and says China will get tough over fentanyl
China vows to retaliate if US goes ahead with tariff threat as Donald Trump links Hong Kong unrest to future of trade talks

Xi Jinping is seen as unlikely to take up US president’s suggestion they meet to discuss ‘humane’ solution to protests.

16 Aug 2019 - 5:20AM

Xi Jinping is seen as unlikely to take up US president’s suggestion they meet to discuss ‘humane’ solution to protests.

China vows to retaliate if US goes ahead with tariff threat as Donald Trump links Hong Kong unrest to future of trade talks
China-US talks held by top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Mike Pompeo amid Hong Kong spat

The pair meet in New York on Tuesday for exchange of views that observers predict will include anti-government protests in Hong Kong, but neither side indicates any positive outcome.

14 Aug 2019 - 7:49PM

The pair meet in New York on Tuesday for exchange of views that observers predict will include anti-government protests in Hong Kong, but neither side indicates any positive outcome.

China-US talks held by top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Mike Pompeo amid Hong Kong spat
Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:22AM

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future
China renews calls for nuclear talks with US after North Korea fires off more missiles

New weapon involved in at least one of the two launches into sea off North Korea’s east coast on Thursday, according to South Korea.

25 Jul 2019 - 10:51PM

New weapon involved in at least one of the two launches into sea off North Korea’s east coast on Thursday, according to South Korea.

China renews calls for nuclear talks with US after North Korea fires off more missiles
China says ex-military official Qian Weiping is not a spy, but might be corrupt

Former deputy head of space programme unit, Qian Weiping, is not being investigated on espionage charges, defence ministry says after newspaper reports his son is a spy for the CIA.

24 Jul 2019 - 9:57PM

Former deputy head of space programme unit, Qian Weiping, is not being investigated on espionage charges, defence ministry says after newspaper reports his son is a spy for the CIA.

China says ex-military official Qian Weiping is not a spy, but might be corrupt
Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says

Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says, citing Garrison Law that gives Hong Kong the option of asking for PLA’s help.

25 Jul 2019 - 7:12AM

Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says, citing Garrison Law that gives Hong Kong the option of asking for PLA’s help.

Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says
US trade war negotiators likely to visit China next week for first face-to-face talk since G20, source says

American trade delegation led by trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to meet Vice-Premier Liu He.

23 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

American trade delegation led by trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to meet Vice-Premier Liu He.

US trade war negotiators likely to visit China next week for first face-to-face talk since G20, source says
China-US trade talks could resume soon, but Washington’s tariffs have to go, state media say

Commentators say negotiations towards deal could be back on by end of July, while welcome for renewal of US soybean imports prompts call to Chinese spirit of self-reliance.

22 Jul 2019 - 3:48PM

Commentators say negotiations towards deal could be back on by end of July, while welcome for renewal of US soybean imports prompts call to Chinese spirit of self-reliance.

China-US trade talks could resume soon, but Washington’s tariffs have to go, state media say
China tells Donald Trump: make up your mind whether you want a trade deal

Beijing warns that US president’s fresh threat of extra tariffs will derail progress towards reaching a deal.

18 Jul 2019 - 3:05PM

Beijing warns that US president’s fresh threat of extra tariffs will derail progress towards reaching a deal.

China tells Donald Trump: make up your mind whether you want a trade deal
Forget about waiting out the Donald Trump era for a more cordial US president, former top American diplomat warns China

Beijing has misjudged politics’ potential impact on China policy in the US, says Daniel Russel, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:51AM

Beijing has misjudged politics’ potential impact on China policy in the US, says Daniel Russel, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

Forget about waiting out the Donald Trump era for a more cordial US president, former top American diplomat warns China
Senior Chinese diplomat warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ if US treats China as ‘enemy’

Foreign Vice-Minister Le Yucheng also hits out at Washington over reports some Chinese-American scientists ‘have been treated unfairly’ in the US.

10 Jul 2019 - 1:30PM

Foreign Vice-Minister Le Yucheng also hits out at Washington over reports some Chinese-American scientists ‘have been treated unfairly’ in the US.

Senior Chinese diplomat warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ if US treats China as ‘enemy’
Globalisation is best way through the trade war, China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan says

Protectionism should be opposed and Beijing is ‘determined to open up to learn the advantages of other nations’, he says, with US and China set to resume trade talks.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:26PM

Protectionism should be opposed and Beijing is ‘determined to open up to learn the advantages of other nations’, he says, with US and China set to resume trade talks.

Globalisation is best way through the trade war, China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan says
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner take a seat at the table for high-stakes G20 talks

US president’s daughter and son-in-law emerge as key aides at Donald Trump’s side during meetings in Osaka – and they could play a bigger role in relations with China in the future, analyst says.

29 Jun 2019 - 11:20PM

US president’s daughter and son-in-law emerge as key aides at Donald Trump’s side during meetings in Osaka – and they could play a bigger role in relations with China in the future, analyst says.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner take a seat at the table for high-stakes G20 talks
Xi-Trump summit in Osaka brings trade truce, more talks and hope for Huawei

Washington will not impose new tariffs ‘for the time being’ and China will ‘immediately’ be given a list of goods the US wants to sell to reduce deficit.

30 Jun 2019 - 1:07PM

Washington will not impose new tariffs ‘for the time being’ and China will ‘immediately’ be given a list of goods the US wants to sell to reduce deficit.

Xi-Trump summit in Osaka brings trade truce, more talks and hope for Huawei
As it happened: Donald Trump confirms US companies can continue to sell to Huawei during G20 press conference

US President Donald Trump spoke to the media on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan having earlier met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

29 Jun 2019 - 9:21PM

US President Donald Trump spoke to the media on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan having earlier met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

As it happened: Donald Trump confirms US companies can continue to sell to Huawei during G20 press conference
Xi Jinping says China, Russia and India should take ‘global responsibility’ to protect interests

Chinese president also called for the three nations to uphold multilateralism in talks with Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi in Osaka.

29 Jun 2019 - 5:40AM

Chinese president also called for the three nations to uphold multilateralism in talks with Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi in Osaka.

Xi Jinping says China, Russia and India should take ‘global responsibility’ to protect interests
China and Japan seek to take relationship to ‘next level’ as Xi Jinping state visit confirmed for spring

Chinese president meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, saying he hopes to strengthen ties further.

28 Jun 2019 - 2:03PM

Chinese president meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, saying he hopes to strengthen ties further.

China and Japan seek to take relationship to ‘next level’ as Xi Jinping state visit confirmed for spring
Discussion of Hong Kong extradition bill will not be allowed at G20 summit in Osaka, Beijing says

Assistant minister of foreign affairs says China will not allow any meddling by other countries in its internal affairs.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:08PM

Assistant minister of foreign affairs says China will not allow any meddling by other countries in its internal affairs.

Discussion of Hong Kong extradition bill will not be allowed at G20 summit in Osaka, Beijing says
China and US must both compromise at Xi-Trump meeting, Beijing negotiator says

Beijing should not be the only side to make concessions when the two presidents meet in Osaka, Wang Shouwen says, adding that the US’ unilateral measures targeting Chinese companies will not help its trade deficit with China.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:09PM

Beijing should not be the only side to make concessions when the two presidents meet in Osaka, Wang Shouwen says, adding that the US’ unilateral measures targeting Chinese companies will not help its trade deficit with China.

China and US must both compromise at Xi-Trump meeting, Beijing negotiator says
China calls for calm after report Donald Trump ordered Iran strikes before changing mind

Beijing appeals for restraint amid mounting concern that US president aborted attack while warplanes were heading for target.

21 Jun 2019 - 8:14PM

Beijing appeals for restraint amid mounting concern that US president aborted attack while warplanes were heading for target.

China calls for calm after report Donald Trump ordered Iran strikes before changing mind
US-China trade deal ‘within reach if Xi Jinping and Donald Trump show courage’ at G20 summit in Osaka

Craig Allen from the US-China Business Council tells event at Renmin University that setbacks in negotiations are to be expected.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:27PM

Craig Allen from the US-China Business Council tells event at Renmin University that setbacks in negotiations are to be expected.

US-China trade deal ‘within reach if Xi Jinping and Donald Trump show courage’ at G20 summit in Osaka
Donald Trump ‘right’ to stay out of Hong Kong extradition bill dispute, Beijing says

US president showed the ‘right attitude’ by saying problem can be resolved by governments in Hong Kong and Beijing.

19 Jun 2019 - 8:56PM

US president showed the ‘right attitude’ by saying problem can be resolved by governments in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Donald Trump ‘right’ to stay out of Hong Kong extradition bill dispute, Beijing says
China ‘to avoid Trump attempt to play Hong Kong protest card’ at G20 talks with Xi Jinping

A meeting between the two leaders has yet to be confirmed but the mass rallies in the city will no doubt be a talking point if they do.

20 Jun 2019 - 3:57PM

A meeting between the two leaders has yet to be confirmed but the mass rallies in the city will no doubt be a talking point if they do.

China ‘to avoid Trump attempt to play Hong Kong protest card’ at G20 talks with Xi Jinping
Hong Kong protest row could give Donald Trump another card to play against China – but will he use it?

While US president says he ‘understood the reason for the demonstration’ many observers are sceptical about whether he will take concrete action.

14 Jun 2019 - 2:02AM

While US president says he ‘understood the reason for the demonstration’ many observers are sceptical about whether he will take concrete action.

Hong Kong protest row could give Donald Trump another card to play against China – but will he use it?
China slams US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for condemning Hong Kong extradition bill

Beijing demands Washington stop interfering in China’s internal affairs after Pelosi says Congress would reassess whether Hong Kong has ‘sufficient autonomy’ if proposed legislation goes through.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:02AM

Beijing demands Washington stop interfering in China’s internal affairs after Pelosi says Congress would reassess whether Hong Kong has ‘sufficient autonomy’ if proposed legislation goes through.

China slams US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for condemning Hong Kong extradition bill
Why China struggles to win friends and make itself heard

Beijing has to reconcile the competing needs to appear tough to the Chinese public and conciliatory to an international audience, expectations that came to a head at an annual security forum in Singapore.

7 Jun 2019 - 11:22PM

Beijing has to reconcile the competing needs to appear tough to the Chinese public and conciliatory to an international audience, expectations that came to a head at an annual security forum in Singapore.

Why China struggles to win friends and make itself heard
China sends message at Shangri-La Dialogue amid tight media control

Defence Minister Wei Fenghe makes strong statements about Taiwan and South China Sea at Shangri-La Dialogue, but format is strictly managed.

2 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

Defence Minister Wei Fenghe makes strong statements about Taiwan and South China Sea at Shangri-La Dialogue, but format is strictly managed.

China sends message at Shangri-La Dialogue amid tight media control
China’s defence chief warns ‘external forces’ not to meddle in Taiwan

General Wei Fenghe says country intends no group any harm but will defeat ‘all invading enemies’.

2 Jun 2019 - 11:33PM

General Wei Fenghe says country intends no group any harm but will defeat ‘all invading enemies’.

China’s defence chief warns ‘external forces’ not to meddle in Taiwan