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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China, US set for meeting of top military officials amid Taiwan tensions

Telephone call in January being considered after consensus was reached during Xi-Biden summit on setting up discussions, sources say.

Telephone call in January being considered after consensus was reached during Xi-Biden summit on setting up discussions, sources say.

China, US set for meeting of top military officials amid Taiwan tensions
2 Dec 2021 - 5:06PM
China still committed to Africa despite Covid-19 disruption, minister says

Pandemic’s economic impact is ‘temporary difficulty’, head of foreign ministry’s African department says before Forum on China-Africa Cooperation meeting.

Pandemic’s economic impact is ‘temporary difficulty’, head of foreign ministry’s African department says before Forum on China-Africa Cooperation meeting.

China still committed to Africa despite Covid-19 disruption, minister says
26 Nov 2021 - 8:02PM
US-China tech war: Beijing calls on Washington to stop further dialogue with Taipei on supply chain resilience, semiconductors

The second annual economic dialogue between Washington and Taipei focused on issues that include supply chain security and semiconductors.

The second annual economic dialogue between Washington and Taipei focused on issues that include supply chain security and semiconductors.

US-China tech war: Beijing calls on Washington to stop further dialogue with Taipei on supply chain resilience, semiconductors
25 Nov 2021 - 10:54AM
More Taiwan names on Beijing blacklist to be released, with ‘real regret’ on the cards

‘Definitely more’ people on the blacklist, Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman declares, days after three top island officials mentioned by name.

‘Definitely more’ people on the blacklist, Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman declares, days after three top island officials mentioned by name.

More Taiwan names on Beijing blacklist to be released, with ‘real regret’ on the cards
24 Nov 2021 - 9:00PM
China warns Lithuania to keep away from ‘great power’ rivalry in Taiwanese office row

Beijing is watching to see if Lithuania plans to ‘continue down this path to ruin’, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says.

Beijing is watching to see if Lithuania plans to ‘continue down this path to ruin’, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says.

China warns Lithuania to keep away from ‘great power’ rivalry in Taiwanese office row
22 Nov 2021 - 9:39PM
China downgrades ties with Lithuania after Taiwan opens de facto embassy

Beijing says Vilnius’ decision to allow the island to open the representative office sets egregious precedent.

Beijing says Vilnius’ decision to allow the island to open the representative office sets egregious precedent.

China downgrades ties with Lithuania after Taiwan opens de facto embassy
21 Nov 2021 - 11:13PM
Xi-Biden summit: upbeat tone not enough to ease Southeast Asia’s concerns about great power squeeze

Many countries in the region are concerned about being forced to pick sides as the great power rivalry continues.

Many countries in the region are concerned about being forced to pick sides as the great power rivalry continues.

Xi-Biden summit: upbeat tone not enough to ease Southeast Asia’s concerns about great power squeeze
19 Nov 2021 - 5:46AM
US asks China to release oil reserves as part of discussions on economic cooperation, source says

The issue of China joining the United States in releasing crude oil reserves was raised during the virtual meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

The issue of China joining the United States in releasing crude oil reserves was raised during the virtual meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

US asks China to release oil reserves as part of discussions on economic cooperation, source says
17 Nov 2021 - 11:21PM
Xi Jinping set to raise Taiwan and Beijing Winter Olympic boycott calls at virtual summit with Joe Biden

A series of meetings have laid the groundwork for the summit and one source says the two sides have resumed efforts to address a series of grievances.

A series of meetings have laid the groundwork for the summit and one source says the two sides have resumed efforts to address a series of grievances.

Xi Jinping set to raise Taiwan and Beijing Winter Olympic boycott calls at virtual summit with Joe Biden
13 Nov 2021 - 11:17PM
China ready to help bring US relations back on right track, Xi Jinping says ahead of key Biden call

Cooperation is the ‘only right choice’, Chinese president says in letter read out by ambassador Qin Gang in New York.

Cooperation is the ‘only right choice’, Chinese president says in letter read out by ambassador Qin Gang in New York.

China ready to help bring US relations back on right track, Xi Jinping says ahead of key Biden call
10 Nov 2021 - 11:41PM
US must make first move on Iran nuclear deal, China says

Chinese foreign minister tells Iranian counterpart that Beijing welcomes Tehran’s return to talks.

Chinese foreign minister tells Iranian counterpart that Beijing welcomes Tehran’s return to talks.

US must make first move on Iran nuclear deal, China says
7 Nov 2021 - 10:08PM
Early winter snow in northern China threatens to deepen energy crisis

Colder weather expected to head south after Beijing and other areas hit by early snow as a result of the La Niña climate phenomenon.

Colder weather expected to head south after Beijing and other areas hit by early snow as a result of the La Niña climate phenomenon.

Early winter snow in northern China threatens to deepen energy crisis
7 Nov 2021 - 10:08PM
Chinese students being ‘harassed and interrogated’ in US, education ministry says

Those studying in STEM fields have been subject to more scrutiny since August, according to notice.

Those studying in STEM fields have been subject to more scrutiny since August, according to notice.

Chinese students being ‘harassed and interrogated’ in US, education ministry says
3 Nov 2021 - 9:01PM
South China Sea: Beijing says ‘irresponsible’ US hasn’t clearly explained submarine incident

United States has failed to disclose exactly where it happened and what the vessel was doing there, foreign ministry spokesman says.

United States has failed to disclose exactly where it happened and what the vessel was doing there, foreign ministry spokesman says.

South China Sea: Beijing says ‘irresponsible’ US hasn’t clearly explained submarine incident
2 Nov 2021 - 11:29PM
China steps up engagement with Afghan Taliban leaders in Qatar meeting

Wang Yi pledges aid, calls for end to US sanctions during discussions with interim government’s deputy prime minister.

Wang Yi pledges aid, calls for end to US sanctions during discussions with interim government’s deputy prime minister.

China steps up engagement with Afghan Taliban leaders in Qatar meeting
26 Oct 2021 - 11:02PM
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to meet Afghan Taliban leaders in Doha

Talks to mark the first high-level engagement since the militant group took power in Kabul following US troop withdrawal.

Talks to mark the first high-level engagement since the militant group took power in Kabul following US troop withdrawal.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to meet Afghan Taliban leaders in Doha
25 Oct 2021 - 11:38PM
China’s 50 years at UN: Xi Jinping says international rules and order must not be dominated by one power

China’s president takes a veiled swipe at US and calls for peaceful coexistence while marking 50th anniversary of Beijing assuming a seat at the UN.

China’s president takes a veiled swipe at US and calls for peaceful coexistence while marking 50th anniversary of Beijing assuming a seat at the UN.

China’s 50 years at UN: Xi Jinping says international rules and order must not be dominated by one power
25 Oct 2021 - 11:54PM
China says Singapore ‘welcomes’ its bid to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

A statement from the foreign ministry in Beijing says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed support in phone conversation with President Xi Jinping.

A statement from the foreign ministry in Beijing says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed support in phone conversation with President Xi Jinping.

China says Singapore ‘welcomes’ its bid to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
16 Oct 2021 - 11:07PM
Chinese leader Xi Jinping continues EU engagement drive in talks with EU Council president

Xi says it is no surprise that there are differences between the two sides but these should be resolved through dialogue.

Xi says it is no surprise that there are differences between the two sides but these should be resolved through dialogue.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping continues EU engagement drive in talks with EU Council president
16 Oct 2021 - 12:09AM
Xi Jinping speaks with ‘old friend’ Angela Merkel in diplomatic push

Talks with German chancellor follow growing speculation that Xi will not travel to Europe for G20 summit this month or the COP26 climate meeting in November.

Talks with German chancellor follow growing speculation that Xi will not travel to Europe for G20 summit this month or the COP26 climate meeting in November.

Xi Jinping speaks with ‘old friend’ Angela Merkel in diplomatic push
13 Oct 2021 - 11:56PM
China blasts ex-Australian PM Tony Abbott’s ‘highly irresponsible’ Taiwan remarks

Foreign ministry spokesman says Tony Abbott ‘wantonly interfered with China’s internal affairs and smeared China’ after he took aim at Beijing’s ‘growing belligerence’ towards the self-ruled island.

Foreign ministry spokesman says Tony Abbott ‘wantonly interfered with China’s internal affairs and smeared China’ after he took aim at Beijing’s ‘growing belligerence’ towards the self-ruled island.

China blasts ex-Australian PM Tony Abbott’s ‘highly irresponsible’ Taiwan remarks
11 Oct 2021 - 8:00PM
Tempers in check as China and US foreign policy advisers meet in Zurich

Yang Jiechi and Jake Sullivan head to Switzerland to find ways to manage national rivalries but Xi-Biden summit unlikely soon, observers say.

Yang Jiechi and Jake Sullivan head to Switzerland to find ways to manage national rivalries but Xi-Biden summit unlikely soon, observers say.

Tempers in check as China and US foreign policy advisers meet in Zurich
6 Oct 2021 - 11:38PM
China, US eye further talks with Yang Jiechi set to meet Jake Sullivan

Top Chinese diplomat Yang to hold talks with US national security adviser in Switzerland this week, sources say.

Top Chinese diplomat Yang to hold talks with US national security adviser in Switzerland this week, sources say.

China, US eye further talks with Yang Jiechi set to meet Jake Sullivan
5 Oct 2021 - 11:40PM
US-China trade: expect more carrots and sticks from Biden White House, analysts say

Delay in policy statement reflects divisions in the government over what tack to take, Chinese observer says.

Delay in policy statement reflects divisions in the government over what tack to take, Chinese observer says.

US-China trade: expect more carrots and sticks from Biden White House, analysts say
5 Oct 2021 - 11:33PM
‘We’ll meet you in the sky’: Chinese air force commander challenges US military goal to ‘scare China’

Zhuhai Airshow showcases China’s moves to replace foreign technologies, including its premier stealth fighter jet fitted with home-grown engine.

Zhuhai Airshow showcases China’s moves to replace foreign technologies, including its premier stealth fighter jet fitted with home-grown engine.

‘We’ll meet you in the sky’: Chinese air force commander challenges US military goal to ‘scare China’
30 Sep 2021 - 12:17PM
China’s Comac doubles down on C919 jet certification date

State manufacturer says tougher US export rules have not had a big effect on the company.

State manufacturer says tougher US export rules have not had a big effect on the company.

China’s Comac doubles down on C919 jet certification date
28 Sep 2021 - 10:40PM
What Chinese vice-president told old friend from US about Communist Party’s legitimacy

Wall Street executive John Thornton has no government role but bridges the US-China divide like Henry Kissinger in 1971, source says.

Wall Street executive John Thornton has no government role but bridges the US-China divide like Henry Kissinger in 1971, source says.

What Chinese vice-president told old friend from US about Communist Party’s legitimacy
28 Sep 2021 - 1:37AM
Kissinger’s ‘secret’ China trip recalled as Wall Street veteran meets key Chinese leaders, visits Xinjiang

Discussions with Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng included climate pledges, Xinjiang and prospects for official US-China talks, says person familiar with the matter.

Discussions with Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng included climate pledges, Xinjiang and prospects for official US-China talks, says person familiar with the matter.

Kissinger’s ‘secret’ China trip recalled as Wall Street veteran meets key Chinese leaders, visits Xinjiang
27 Sep 2021 - 10:24AM
Aukus security pact likely to spur China into boosting anti-submarine warfare capacity

The deal to supply US nuclear-powered technology to Australia could prompt China to redouble efforts to overcome an area described as its Achilles’ heel

The deal to supply US nuclear-powered technology to Australia could prompt China to redouble efforts to overcome an area described as its Achilles’ heel

Aukus security pact likely to spur China into boosting anti-submarine warfare capacity
26 Sep 2021 - 9:22AM
China appeals for global unity in wake of US-led Aukus security alliance

Xi Jinping tells SCO summit that international issues can’t be solved by bullying.

Xi Jinping tells SCO summit that international issues can’t be solved by bullying.

China appeals for global unity in wake of US-led Aukus security alliance
21 Sep 2021 - 10:11AM