Catherine Wong

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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South China Sea: focus on oil and gas, not maritime dispute, Beijing urges Philippines

Chinese foreign minister says South China Sea ‘partial to entirety of Sino-Philippines ties’, while energy cooperation is a theme of his Southeast Asia tour.

18 Jan 2021 - 11:57PM

Chinese foreign minister says South China Sea ‘partial to entirety of Sino-Philippines ties’, while energy cooperation is a theme of his Southeast Asia tour.

South China Sea: focus on oil and gas, not maritime dispute, Beijing urges Philippines
China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves

Beijing says it will target American personnel in response to Washington’s bans triggered by mass arrests in Hong Kong.

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Beijing says it will target American personnel in response to Washington’s bans triggered by mass arrests in Hong Kong.

China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves
Rush of US sanctions on China in last days of Trump White House

Measures include investment ban on Xiaomi and Comac and travel bars on unspecified Chinese officials and families.

15 Jan 2021 - 11:27PM

Measures include investment ban on Xiaomi and Comac and travel bars on unspecified Chinese officials and families.

Rush of US sanctions on China in last days of Trump White House
China looks to boost ties with Philippines ahead of Biden inauguration

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi set to arrive in Manila on Friday for two days of talks with his Philippine counterpart, Teodoro Locsin Jnr.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:04PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi set to arrive in Manila on Friday for two days of talks with his Philippine counterpart, Teodoro Locsin Jnr.

China looks to boost ties with Philippines ahead of Biden inauguration
US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’

Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:43AM

Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’.

US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’
Mekong dam: China cuts river flow 50 per cent, is slammed for lack of warning

Beijing tells countries downstream of weeks of reduced water flow, but observers reported dramatic fall in levels days earlier and say livelihoods are in peril.

11 Jan 2021 - 5:13PM

Beijing tells countries downstream of weeks of reduced water flow, but observers reported dramatic fall in levels days earlier and say livelihoods are in peril.

Mekong dam: China cuts river flow 50 per cent, is slammed for lack of warning
China’s advanced DF-17 hypersonic missile likely to have been part of recent military drill

Footage aired on state television shows new and unidentified type of missile vehicle in PLA exercise.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:14PM

Footage aired on state television shows new and unidentified type of missile vehicle in PLA exercise.

China’s advanced DF-17 hypersonic missile likely to have been part of recent military drill
China-EU investment deal: who’s the real winner after seven years of negotiations?

Comprehensive agreement on investment will give European firms a ‘better chance to enter the Chinese market and increase competition between Chinese and European investors’, Fudan University’s Ding Chun says.

4 Jan 2021 - 11:14AM

Comprehensive agreement on investment will give European firms a ‘better chance to enter the Chinese market and increase competition between Chinese and European investors’, Fudan University’s Ding Chun says.

China-EU investment deal: who’s the real winner after seven years of negotiations?
Beijing protests over move to delist Chinese telecoms firms from New York Stock Exchange

China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom Hong Kong will be removed from the NYSE to comply with an executive order from Donald Trump.

3 Jan 2021 - 10:47PM

China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom Hong Kong will be removed from the NYSE to comply with an executive order from Donald Trump.

Beijing protests over move to delist Chinese telecoms firms from New York Stock Exchange
China blasts Nato with British aircraft carrier ‘heading to South China Sea’

Chinese defence ministry criticises ‘flexing muscles’ and Nato report that said China’s authoritarianism and territorial ambitions posed ‘acute challenges’.

2 Jan 2021 - 12:10AM

Chinese defence ministry criticises ‘flexing muscles’ and Nato report that said China’s authoritarianism and territorial ambitions posed ‘acute challenges’.

China blasts Nato with British aircraft carrier ‘heading to South China Sea’
China-India border row: preparation for new round of military talks

Beijing says it is committed to de-escalating the worst border tensions in decades.

31 Dec 2020 - 7:54PM

Beijing says it is committed to de-escalating the worst border tensions in decades.

China-India border row: preparation for new round of military talks
China warns of harm to US ties with Trump’s support for Taiwan, Tibet bills

One act includes sanctions for Chinese officials who try to appoint the next Dalai Lama while the other seeks to strengthen Washington’s ties with Taipei.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:33AM

One act includes sanctions for Chinese officials who try to appoint the next Dalai Lama while the other seeks to strengthen Washington’s ties with Taipei.

China warns of harm to US ties with Trump’s support for Taiwan, Tibet bills
While China is knocking at the door of key trade agreement, will the US find its way in under Biden?

Neither China nor the US are included in CPTPP, a high-standards pact that includes e-commerce, intellectual property, labour and environmental rules.

28 Dec 2020 - 6:09AM

Neither China nor the US are included in CPTPP, a high-standards pact that includes e-commerce, intellectual property, labour and environmental rules.

While China is knocking at the door of key trade agreement, will the US find its way in under Biden?
Sanctioned dinner guest Wang Chen could give AmCham China a headache in US

The most senior Chinese leader to be hit by recent US sanctions has attended a business event celebrating bilateral trade ties.

11 Dec 2020 - 11:39PM

The most senior Chinese leader to be hit by recent US sanctions has attended a business event celebrating bilateral trade ties.

Sanctioned dinner guest Wang Chen could give AmCham China a headache in US
China’s task ‘may be complicated’ if Katherine Tai lands top US trade job

Joe Biden’s reported pick as US trade representative is a Chinese-American who speaks Mandarin and has overseen litigation in disputes against China at the WTO.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:59AM

Joe Biden’s reported pick as US trade representative is a Chinese-American who speaks Mandarin and has overseen litigation in disputes against China at the WTO.

China’s task ‘may be complicated’ if Katherine Tai lands top US trade job
Geopolitical tensions fuel concerns for British companies in China, survey finds

Number of British companies looking to expand in the country has fallen from 60 per cent last year to 44 per cent, according to poll, with worsening relations between London and Beijing among their top worries.

8 Dec 2020 - 10:41PM

Number of British companies looking to expand in the country has fallen from 60 per cent last year to 44 per cent, according to poll, with worsening relations between London and Beijing among their top worries.

Geopolitical tensions fuel concerns for British companies in China, survey finds
China threatens to retaliate if US sanctions the officials responsible for banning Hong Kong opposition legislators

Media reports say Washington is preparing to penalise 14 officials over the disqualification of four members of the Legislative Council.

7 Dec 2020 - 11:57PM

Media reports say Washington is preparing to penalise 14 officials over the disqualification of four members of the Legislative Council.

China threatens to retaliate if US sanctions the officials responsible for banning Hong Kong opposition legislators
China claims prejudice as US shortens visas for Communist Party members

New rule reportedly limiting duration of party members’ travel visas to a month is ‘political oppression by anti-China extremist forces’, foreign ministry says.

3 Dec 2020 - 9:30PM

New rule reportedly limiting duration of party members’ travel visas to a month is ‘political oppression by anti-China extremist forces’, foreign ministry says.

China claims prejudice as US shortens visas for Communist Party members
China-US power competition brings a Cold War arms concept back into fashion

Military and foreign policy specialists at Xiangshan forum discuss updating arms control structures, but China is reluctant to join US-Russian nuclear talks.

3 Dec 2020 - 12:00PM

Military and foreign policy specialists at Xiangshan forum discuss updating arms control structures, but China is reluctant to join US-Russian nuclear talks.

China-US power competition brings a Cold War arms concept back into fashion
China expects US to ease some restrictions on exchanges under Joe Biden, military adviser says

That could include more student visas for Chinese and reopening consulates closed under Donald Trump, according to military adviser Yao Yunzhu.

2 Dec 2020 - 6:38PM

That could include more student visas for Chinese and reopening consulates closed under Donald Trump, according to military adviser Yao Yunzhu.

China expects US to ease some restrictions on exchanges under Joe Biden, military adviser says
China bars four US NGO workers from entry in Hong Kong tit-for-tat

Beijing responds to similar action taken against four Chinese officials over the introduction of the national security law.

30 Nov 2020 - 8:57PM

Beijing responds to similar action taken against four Chinese officials over the introduction of the national security law.

China bars four US NGO workers from entry in Hong Kong tit-for-tat
China strikes back at Australian fury over war crime tweet

Controversial spokesman Zhao Lijian pins ‘falsified and outrageous’ post to top of his Twitter feed.

30 Nov 2020 - 11:12PM

Controversial spokesman Zhao Lijian pins ‘falsified and outrageous’ post to top of his Twitter feed.

China strikes back at Australian fury over war crime tweet
Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analysts

US-China relations can be turned around to prevent a new cold war, according to Chinese strategists and advisers.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:00PM

US-China relations can be turned around to prevent a new cold war, according to Chinese strategists and advisers.

Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analysts
Japan calls on China to take ‘positive action’ on Diaoyu maritime dispute in talks as Wang Yi meets Yoshihide Suga

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga raises concern over islands and situation in Hong Kong during meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

25 Nov 2020 - 11:15PM

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga raises concern over islands and situation in Hong Kong during meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Japan calls on China to take ‘positive action’ on Diaoyu maritime dispute in talks as Wang Yi meets Yoshihide Suga
China-US relations: Biden should avoid Trump era’s ‘three traps’, researcher says

Cheng Li says rhetorically separating Chinese state from the Chinese Communist Party is a mistake and extreme anti-Chinese policies could backfire on a US government.

21 Nov 2020 - 12:04AM

Cheng Li says rhetorically separating Chinese state from the Chinese Communist Party is a mistake and extreme anti-Chinese policies could backfire on a US government.

China-US relations: Biden should avoid Trump era’s ‘three traps’, researcher says
US-China relations: Beijing slams State Department report ‘concocted by Cold War fossils’

Document is ‘another anti-China lie’, foreign ministry says about report that outlines Beijing’s intent to ‘revise the world order around its own authoritarian goals’.

20 Nov 2020 - 7:59AM

Document is ‘another anti-China lie’, foreign ministry says about report that outlines Beijing’s intent to ‘revise the world order around its own authoritarian goals’.

US-China relations: Beijing slams State Department report ‘concocted by Cold War fossils’
China says Australia-Japan defence pact should not threaten other countries’ interests

Foreign ministry in Beijing signals unease over deal that will give Australian and Japanese forces access to each others’ bases.

18 Nov 2020 - 7:09PM

Foreign ministry in Beijing signals unease over deal that will give Australian and Japanese forces access to each others’ bases.

China says Australia-Japan defence pact should not threaten other countries’ interests
15 Asian nations sign RCEP, world’s biggest free-trade deal, after eight years

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership accounts for about one-third of the world’s population and economy, but does not include the United States.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:13PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership accounts for about one-third of the world’s population and economy, but does not include the United States.

15 Asian nations sign RCEP, world’s biggest free-trade deal, after eight years
China and 14 other nations ready to sign RCEP, world’s largest trade deal, before change of leadership in US

In the absence of the US from trading blocs, China seeks opportunities to write regional trade rules, say observers.

12 Nov 2020 - 12:15AM

In the absence of the US from trading blocs, China seeks opportunities to write regional trade rules, say observers.

China and 14 other nations ready to sign RCEP, world’s largest trade deal, before change of leadership in US
Beijing watches for Joe Biden’s cabinet picks, signs of direction on China

Governing team expected to include both hawks and those who prefer engagement, according to analysts.

11 Nov 2020 - 1:26PM

Governing team expected to include both hawks and those who prefer engagement, according to analysts.

Beijing watches for Joe Biden’s cabinet picks, signs of direction on China