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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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promises ‘tremendous opportunities’ for US firms

‘Door of opening up will only open even wider,’ Li Keqiang tells American business leaders on visit to Beijing, repeating a pledge made at latest trade talks in Washington.

18 Oct 2019 - 3:33AM

‘Door of opening up will only open even wider,’ Li Keqiang tells American business leaders on visit to Beijing, repeating a pledge made at latest trade talks in Washington.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promises ‘tremendous opportunities’ for US firms
China calls for peaceful dialogue after Vietnam’s leader accuses it of violating its sovereignty

Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong steps up rhetorical salvoes from Hanoi in wake of Chinese activity in disputed area of South China Sea.

16 Oct 2019 - 9:01PM

Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong steps up rhetorical salvoes from Hanoi in wake of Chinese activity in disputed area of South China Sea.

China calls for peaceful dialogue after Vietnam’s leader accuses it of violating its sovereignty
China calls on Turkey to halt military incursion in Syria and ‘return to right track’

Beijing joins global condemnation of attack launched by Ankara on Kurdish fighters after US President Donald Trump decided to pull out troops.

15 Oct 2019 - 7:15PM

Beijing joins global condemnation of attack launched by Ankara on Kurdish fighters after US President Donald Trump decided to pull out troops.

China calls on Turkey to halt military incursion in Syria and ‘return to right track’
Donald Trump’s White House meeting with China’s top trade negotiator raises hopes for partial deal

Meeting with Vice-Premier Liu He could see new tariffs postponed and may help pave way for face-to-face talks with President Xi Jinping next month.

11 Oct 2019 - 11:28PM

Meeting with Vice-Premier Liu He could see new tariffs postponed and may help pave way for face-to-face talks with President Xi Jinping next month.

Donald Trump’s White House meeting with China’s top trade negotiator raises hopes for partial deal
Beijing vows to retaliate after US’ Hong Kong human rights bill is approved by congressional committees

Foreign ministry spokesman says the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is a malicious attempt to contain China’s rise.

27 Sep 2019 - 12:03AM

Foreign ministry spokesman says the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is a malicious attempt to contain China’s rise.

Beijing vows to retaliate after US’ Hong Kong human rights bill is approved by congressional committees
China urges US to continue to engage with Taliban after talks in Beijing as conflict continues in Afghanistan

Beijing says it remains committed to peace process in Afghanistan and will ‘play constructive role’, after delegation meets special Chinese representative.

24 Sep 2019 - 1:53AM

Beijing says it remains committed to peace process in Afghanistan and will ‘play constructive role’, after delegation meets special Chinese representative.

China urges US to continue to engage with Taliban after talks in Beijing as conflict continues in Afghanistan
Hong Kong risks ‘losing everything’, including rule of law, Beijing academic says

Wang Zhenmin, a former director of legal affairs at Hong Kong liaison office, speaks out against protesters while visiting United Nations in Geneva.

18 Sep 2019 - 11:40PM

Wang Zhenmin, a former director of legal affairs at Hong Kong liaison office, speaks out against protesters while visiting United Nations in Geneva.

Hong Kong risks ‘losing everything’, including rule of law, Beijing academic says
National security law has contributed to Macau’s success, next leader Ho Iat-seng says, after Beijing’s praise for city sparked comparisons with protest-hit Hong Kong

Ho Iat-seng was quick to come to Hong Kong’s defence, saying President Xi Jinping’s remarks should not be interpreted as criticism of the city.

12 Sep 2019 - 10:57PM

Ho Iat-seng was quick to come to Hong Kong’s defence, saying President Xi Jinping’s remarks should not be interpreted as criticism of the city.

National security law has contributed to Macau’s success, next leader Ho Iat-seng says, after Beijing’s praise for city sparked comparisons with protest-hit Hong Kong
Donald Trump’s tariff delay ‘adds momentum’ before trade talks – but is a deal likely?

Analysts split on whether gestures from United States and China have brought a trade agreement closer.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:49PM

Analysts split on whether gestures from United States and China have brought a trade agreement closer.

Donald Trump’s tariff delay ‘adds momentum’ before trade talks – but is a deal likely?
Why Beijing won’t get too excited about John Bolton’s sudden White House exit

Departure of national security adviser after clashing with Donald Trump is seen as unlikely to herald a major shift in US policy towards China.

11 Sep 2019 - 11:44PM

Departure of national security adviser after clashing with Donald Trump is seen as unlikely to herald a major shift in US policy towards China.

Why Beijing won’t get too excited about John Bolton’s sudden White House exit
China blasts Germany after foreign minister meets Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong at human rights event

Beijing accuses German minister Heiko Maas of ‘extremely erroneous action’ after he and Wong were introduced at a newspaper’s event on Monday, when Wong said Hong Kong was comparable to East Berlin during the cold war.

11 Sep 2019 - 11:44PM

Beijing accuses German minister Heiko Maas of ‘extremely erroneous action’ after he and Wong were introduced at a newspaper’s event on Monday, when Wong said Hong Kong was comparable to East Berlin during the cold war.

China blasts Germany after foreign minister meets Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong at human rights event
Businesswomen to defend Hong Kong government’s handling of protests at UN

Pansy Ho and Annie Wu will tell UN Human Rights Council that ‘small group of radical protesters do not represent views of all 7.5 million Hongkongers’.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:30AM

Pansy Ho and Annie Wu will tell UN Human Rights Council that ‘small group of radical protesters do not represent views of all 7.5 million Hongkongers’.

Businesswomen to defend Hong Kong government’s handling of protests at UN
South China Sea ‘likely to top agenda’ when Malaysian foreign minister visits Beijing next week

Saifuddin Abdullah’s visit comes a week after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for restraint among claimants to disputed waters during visit to Hanoi.

6 Sep 2019 - 7:32PM

Saifuddin Abdullah’s visit comes a week after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for restraint among claimants to disputed waters during visit to Hanoi.

South China Sea ‘likely to top agenda’ when Malaysian foreign minister visits Beijing next week
China tells US politicians to stop ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong after Nancy Pelosi backs push for democracy bill

Foreign ministry in Beijing insists situation in city is no concern of Americans as House Speaker calls for universal suffrage

5 Sep 2019 - 11:36PM

Foreign ministry in Beijing insists situation in city is no concern of Americans as House Speaker calls for universal suffrage

China tells US politicians to stop ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong after Nancy Pelosi backs push for democracy bill
China’s top negotiator Liu He urges 2 US senators to ‘deepen mutual understanding’ to resolve trade war

Two Republican lawmakers meet with the vice-premier and China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu – offering no indication of whether protests in Hong Kong were discussed – while trade talks remain on hold.

5 Sep 2019 - 5:11AM

Two Republican lawmakers meet with the vice-premier and China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu – offering no indication of whether protests in Hong Kong were discussed – while trade talks remain on hold.

China’s top negotiator Liu He urges 2 US senators to ‘deepen mutual understanding’ to resolve trade war
US fentanyl seizures show China is not the main supplier, Beijing drugs official says

China has made efforts to curb flow of the opioid to the US, vice-commissioner of anti-drugs body Liu Yuejin says, adding that the issue is ‘totally irrelevant’ to trade talks between the two countries.

4 Sep 2019 - 12:36AM

China has made efforts to curb flow of the opioid to the US, vice-commissioner of anti-drugs body Liu Yuejin says, adding that the issue is ‘totally irrelevant’ to trade talks between the two countries.

US fentanyl seizures show China is not the main supplier, Beijing drugs official says
Xi Jinping tells Rodrigo Duterte to ‘put aside’ South China Sea dispute and focus on oil and gas deal

Chinese president also urges his visiting Philippine counterpart not to be influenced by ‘external interference’ – an apparent reference to pressure from the US.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:49PM

Chinese president also urges his visiting Philippine counterpart not to be influenced by ‘external interference’ – an apparent reference to pressure from the US.

Xi Jinping tells Rodrigo Duterte to ‘put aside’ South China Sea dispute and focus on oil and gas deal
China and Philippines form steering group on sea resources as leaders meet amid growing tensions

Philippine leader has faced a growing domestic backlash after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino ship, but Xi insists the two countries should cooperate despite ‘complicated changes’.

30 Aug 2019 - 12:18PM

Philippine leader has faced a growing domestic backlash after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino ship, but Xi insists the two countries should cooperate despite ‘complicated changes’.

China and Philippines form steering group on sea resources as leaders meet amid growing tensions
Donald Trump changes trade war tack – again – with softer line on China

US president dials down the rhetoric, says Chinese negotiators contacted Washington for more talks on the weekend.

27 Aug 2019 - 12:00AM

US president dials down the rhetoric, says Chinese negotiators contacted Washington for more talks on the weekend.

Donald Trump changes trade war tack – again – with softer line on China
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to head to Beijing under pressure to take tough line on South China Sea

China should take steps to ease domestic demands on Duterte after sinking of Filipino fishing boat in contested waters, analyst says.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:09PM

China should take steps to ease domestic demands on Duterte after sinking of Filipino fishing boat in contested waters, analyst says.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to head to Beijing under pressure to take tough line on South China Sea
China urges foreign media to ‘help right public opinion wrongs’ on Hong Kong protests

Foreign ministry’s information department sends letter and ‘evidence of overseas interference’ to dozens of overseas news outlets, saying foreign media have an important role to play in guiding ‘misled’ public opinion on the city.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:03AM

Foreign ministry’s information department sends letter and ‘evidence of overseas interference’ to dozens of overseas news outlets, saying foreign media have an important role to play in guiding ‘misled’ public opinion on the city.

China urges foreign media to ‘help right public opinion wrongs’ on Hong Kong protests
China confirms detention of British consulate trade officer Simon Cheng Man-kit for 15 days

Foreign ministry says Simon Cheng held over violation of public security management regulations.

22 Aug 2019 - 5:59AM

Foreign ministry says Simon Cheng held over violation of public security management regulations.

China confirms detention of British consulate trade officer Simon Cheng Man-kit for 15 days
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