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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Prepare for India border row to escalate, Chinese strategists warn Beijing

Frontline troops should have authority to respond to ‘intrusions’ by Indian forces, hawkish observers say.

27 Jun 2020 - 11:13PM

Frontline troops should have authority to respond to ‘intrusions’ by Indian forces, hawkish observers say.

Prepare for India border row to escalate, Chinese strategists warn Beijing
Beijing suffers light casualties in China-India border skirmish but keeps quiet to avoid conflict escalation

Both countries claim deadly clash took place on their side of Line of Actual Control and accuse each other of breaking agreement.

29 Jun 2020 - 3:36PM

Both countries claim deadly clash took place on their side of Line of Actual Control and accuse each other of breaking agreement.

Beijing suffers light casualties in China-India border skirmish but keeps quiet to avoid conflict escalation
China moves ahead with prosecution of Canadians Kovrig and Spavor on spying charges

Two men have been in custody since December 2018 in a move widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:30AM

Two men have been in custody since December 2018 in a move widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

China moves ahead with prosecution of Canadians Kovrig and Spavor on spying charges
China, India blame each other for Monday’s deadly clash

‘India should not make wrong calculations on the situation, and not underestimate China’s determination to maintain its territorial integrity,’ Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says.

18 Jun 2020 - 12:00AM

‘India should not make wrong calculations on the situation, and not underestimate China’s determination to maintain its territorial integrity,’ Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says.

China, India blame each other for Monday’s deadly clash
Xi Jinping’s Japan visit ‘unlikely to go ahead’ after mood turns sour towards China

Growing concern over Hong Kong and increasing wariness about Beijing’s aggressive diplomacy mean it is ‘not a good time’ for the visit, Japanese diplomat says.

13 Jun 2020 - 11:43PM

Growing concern over Hong Kong and increasing wariness about Beijing’s aggressive diplomacy mean it is ‘not a good time’ for the visit, Japanese diplomat says.

Xi Jinping’s Japan visit ‘unlikely to go ahead’ after mood turns sour towards China
China’s foreign minister urges Britain ‘to tread carefully’ over HK law instead of interfering

China tells Britain its national security law will help improve Hong Kong business environment.

9 Jun 2020 - 7:45PM

China tells Britain its national security law will help improve Hong Kong business environment.

China’s foreign minister urges Britain ‘to tread carefully’ over HK law instead of interfering
Leading face of Chinese diplomacy gets enhanced UN role to help Beijing win over world

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang will take up public outreach role at New York-based mission, which has been upgraded to ambassador status.

5 Jun 2020 - 10:58PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang will take up public outreach role at New York-based mission, which has been upgraded to ambassador status.

Leading face of Chinese diplomacy gets enhanced UN role to help Beijing win over world
Beijing hits back after Boris Johnson promises to relax British visa rules for Hongkongers

London should ‘abandon its Cold War and colonialist mentality’, foreign ministry says.

4 Jun 2020 - 4:52AM

London should ‘abandon its Cold War and colonialist mentality’, foreign ministry says.

Beijing hits back after Boris Johnson promises to relax British visa rules for Hongkongers
Call for China and US to make efforts to avoid ‘total breakdown’ in relations

Prominent foreign policy expert Wang Jisi writes in state tabloid that if the situation gets out of control, it could result in ‘chaos in the world order and unprecedented disasters’.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:57PM

Prominent foreign policy expert Wang Jisi writes in state tabloid that if the situation gets out of control, it could result in ‘chaos in the world order and unprecedented disasters’.

Call for China and US to make efforts to avoid ‘total breakdown’ in relations
China prepared for international backlash over Hong Kong national security law

Government advisers say Beijing expects escalation in tensions with US but is ready for ‘worst case’ scenario.

5 Jun 2020 - 10:27AM

Government advisers say Beijing expects escalation in tensions with US but is ready for ‘worst case’ scenario.

China prepared for international backlash over Hong Kong national security law
China’s Hong Kong garrison ‘ready to safeguard national security’ in the city

PLA commander says new law will help to crack down on separatist and foreign forces in ‘two sessions’ interview.

26 May 2020 - 11:18PM

PLA commander says new law will help to crack down on separatist and foreign forces in ‘two sessions’ interview.

China’s Hong Kong garrison ‘ready to safeguard national security’ in the city
‘Political virus’ is spreading in US along with Covid-19, says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Minister uses annual press conference to reach out to friends and neighbours, but hits out at ‘political forces’ in America that he says are undermining relationship.

25 May 2020 - 9:26AM

Minister uses annual press conference to reach out to friends and neighbours, but hits out at ‘political forces’ in America that he says are undermining relationship.

‘Political virus’ is spreading in US along with Covid-19, says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Face masks and a solemn mood as China’s ‘two sessions’ begin under coronavirus cloud

Gathering of top political advisory body opens with a minute’s silence for Chinese who have lost their lives to the disease.

21 May 2020 - 11:21PM

Gathering of top political advisory body opens with a minute’s silence for Chinese who have lost their lives to the disease.

Face masks and a solemn mood as China’s ‘two sessions’ begin under coronavirus cloud
China should prepare for more vitriol from Donald Trump after threat to sever ties, observers say

President’s comments in interview with Fox News, in which he said US would be US$500 billion better off without China, reflect the escalating tensions between the two nations, university professor says.

16 May 2020 - 12:04AM

President’s comments in interview with Fox News, in which he said US would be US$500 billion better off without China, reflect the escalating tensions between the two nations, university professor says.

China should prepare for more vitriol from Donald Trump after threat to sever ties, observers say
China hits out at US coronavirus research hacking claims as tensions flare

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian hits out at allegations that Chinese were trying to steal vaccine data.

14 May 2020 - 11:36PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian hits out at allegations that Chinese were trying to steal vaccine data.

China hits out at US coronavirus research hacking claims as tensions flare
Too soon, too loud: Chinese foreign policy advisers tell ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomats to tone it down

Combative approach is driving the world further away from China, they say.

14 May 2020 - 11:30PM

Combative approach is driving the world further away from China, they say.

Too soon, too loud: Chinese foreign policy advisers tell ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomats to tone it down
Joint coronavirus response could ‘restore trust’ in US-China relations

Chinese ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai says relationship should be based on more than economics and trade.

6 May 2020 - 11:19PM

Chinese ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai says relationship should be based on more than economics and trade.

Joint coronavirus response could ‘restore trust’ in US-China relations
South China Sea neighbours uneasy as Beijing expands enforcement actions

Beijing’s recent expansion of domestic law enforcement tools creates new tension in region.

4 May 2020 - 9:53PM

Beijing’s recent expansion of domestic law enforcement tools creates new tension in region.

South China Sea neighbours uneasy as Beijing expands enforcement actions
It’s unfair to blame China for coronavirus pandemic, Lancet editor tells state media

Richard Horton tells state broadcaster CCTV the rest of the world should try to work with China rather than pointing the finger.

2 May 2020 - 11:20PM

Richard Horton tells state broadcaster CCTV the rest of the world should try to work with China rather than pointing the finger.

It’s unfair to blame China for coronavirus pandemic, Lancet editor tells state media
China on ‘high alert’ as ‘troublemaker’ US patrols South China Sea

Chinese military takes aim at operations by American warships near the Spratly and Paracel islands.

30 Apr 2020 - 11:37PM

Chinese military takes aim at operations by American warships near the Spratly and Paracel islands.

China on ‘high alert’ as ‘troublemaker’ US patrols South China Sea
Coronavirus: Wuhan, Los Angeles officials discuss getting back to work after lockdown

Officials from the two cities hold video conference on measures for economic recovery after virus is contained, Chinese foreign ministry says

22 Apr 2020 - 11:31PM

Officials from the two cities hold video conference on measures for economic recovery after virus is contained, Chinese foreign ministry says

Coronavirus: Wuhan, Los Angeles officials discuss getting back to work after lockdown
Germany pushes China for answers to coronavirus origin

China says Covid-19 is a scientific issue and should be investigated by scientists and medical experts.

21 Apr 2020 - 11:31PM

China says Covid-19 is a scientific issue and should be investigated by scientists and medical experts.

Germany pushes China for answers to coronavirus origin
Vietnam accuses Beijing of ‘seriously violating’ sovereignty in South China Sea

Move to create administrative units for disputed Paracel and Spratly Islands angers Hanoi.

21 Apr 2020 - 2:09AM

Move to create administrative units for disputed Paracel and Spratly Islands angers Hanoi.

Vietnam accuses Beijing of ‘seriously violating’ sovereignty in South China Sea
Asian countries more receptive to China’s coronavirus ‘face mask diplomacy’

Faced with a backlash from the West over its handling of the early stages of the pandemic, Beijing has been quietly gaining ground in Asia.

19 Apr 2020 - 5:09PM

Faced with a backlash from the West over its handling of the early stages of the pandemic, Beijing has been quietly gaining ground in Asia.

Asian countries more receptive to China’s coronavirus ‘face mask diplomacy’
No evidence pandemic coronavirus came from Wuhan lab, China says

Beijing says origin of pathogen a serious matter for science, after US president signals investigation into whether virus came from facility in Chinese city.

17 Apr 2020 - 12:35AM

Beijing says origin of pathogen a serious matter for science, after US president signals investigation into whether virus came from facility in Chinese city.

No evidence pandemic coronavirus came from Wuhan lab, China says
China warns US cut to WHO funding weakens global coronavirus response

Chinese foreign ministry says coordinated effort is needed to contain Covid-19 pandemic and warns of impact on less developed countries.

15 Apr 2020 - 9:49PM

Chinese foreign ministry says coordinated effort is needed to contain Covid-19 pandemic and warns of impact on less developed countries.

China warns US cut to WHO funding weakens global coronavirus response
US and China still working to implement trade deal, says ambassador

Cui Tiankai, Beijing’s envoy to Washington, tells PBS that ‘we’re still doing our part of the deal’ and calls for united response to coronavirus.

13 Apr 2020 - 6:29AM

Cui Tiankai, Beijing’s envoy to Washington, tells PBS that ‘we’re still doing our part of the deal’ and calls for united response to coronavirus.

US and China still working to implement trade deal, says ambassador
Coronavirus: tens of thousands say goodbye to Wuhan as city ends 11 weeks of lockdown

An estimated 55,000 people left by rail alone on Wednesday, while 100 commercial flights took off for the first time since January 23.

10 Apr 2020 - 12:09AM

An estimated 55,000 people left by rail alone on Wednesday, while 100 commercial flights took off for the first time since January 23.

Coronavirus: tens of thousands say goodbye to Wuhan as city ends 11 weeks of lockdown
Coronavirus: Chinese academics’ open letter urges Beijing, Washington to come together to beat Covid-19

‘As two of the great countries on Earth, cooperation between China and the US could, and should, be used to bring a more positive outcome for all humankind,’ academics say in open letter.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:53PM

‘As two of the great countries on Earth, cooperation between China and the US could, and should, be used to bring a more positive outcome for all humankind,’ academics say in open letter.

Coronavirus: Chinese academics’ open letter urges Beijing, Washington to come together to beat Covid-19
US and China set aside coronavirus differences and pledge to work together

Last week’s conversation between the leaders of the two countries has been followed up with a promise of cooperation from health officials.

31 Mar 2020 - 11:37PM

Last week’s conversation between the leaders of the two countries has been followed up with a promise of cooperation from health officials.

US and China set aside coronavirus differences and pledge to work together