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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

2 Jun 2019 - 12:57AM

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China
Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

1 Jun 2019 - 3:07PM

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum
Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

1 Jun 2019 - 3:23AM

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue
Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:57AM

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum
China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:18AM

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions
China will increase support, subsidies for tech firms, official says

Sector needs a breakthrough and Washington’s protectionist moves can provide the catalyst for it, industry vice-minister Wang Zhijun says.

24 May 2019 - 11:26PM

Sector needs a breakthrough and Washington’s protectionist moves can provide the catalyst for it, industry vice-minister Wang Zhijun says.

China will increase support, subsidies for tech firms, official says
Beijing hits back at US Senate proposal for South China Sea sanctions saying it ‘violates norms of international law’

China says it is ‘within its sovereign rights’ to build on disputed territory after bipartisan group moves to sanction those involved.

24 May 2019 - 6:41PM

China says it is ‘within its sovereign rights’ to build on disputed territory after bipartisan group moves to sanction those involved.

Beijing hits back at US Senate proposal for South China Sea sanctions saying it ‘violates norms of international law’
‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes

Beijing pushing for mechanism like it has with Manila, source says, rather than go directly to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – but Malaysia’s foreign minister says it will discuss the disputed waters on a group basis.

18 May 2019 - 11:48PM

Beijing pushing for mechanism like it has with Manila, source says, rather than go directly to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – but Malaysia’s foreign minister says it will discuss the disputed waters on a group basis.

‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes
Donald Trump’s trade war and souring relations with North Korea hamper China’s efforts to reach out to its neighbours

Efforts to improve relations with Japan and South Korea face additional hurdles while resolving the dispute with the US is the top priority.

15 May 2019 - 12:00AM

Efforts to improve relations with Japan and South Korea face additional hurdles while resolving the dispute with the US is the top priority.

Donald Trump’s trade war and souring relations with North Korea hamper China’s efforts to reach out to its neighbours
As US elections near and trade war rages on, analysts say China card cannot be played to anyone’s advantage

It has emerged that China policy and fiery rhetoric about tariffs are not the preserve of the Republicans on Capitol Hill, and Chinese analysts fear that trade negotiations could be dragged all the way along the road to 2020.

12 May 2019 - 4:04PM

It has emerged that China policy and fiery rhetoric about tariffs are not the preserve of the Republicans on Capitol Hill, and Chinese analysts fear that trade negotiations could be dragged all the way along the road to 2020.

As US elections near and trade war rages on, analysts say China card cannot be played to anyone’s advantage
US upping the ante but China ‘still has trade war cards it can play’

Beijing has several options to put the squeeze on Washington if new threatened tariffs come into effect, observers say.

9 May 2019 - 11:26PM

Beijing has several options to put the squeeze on Washington if new threatened tariffs come into effect, observers say.

US upping the ante but China ‘still has trade war cards it can play’
Beijing ‘warns off’ US warships in South China Sea as tensions rise

China’s foreign ministry says it is ‘strongly dissatisfied’ after Washington admits sailing two destroyers through disputed waterway.

6 May 2019 - 9:00PM

China’s foreign ministry says it is ‘strongly dissatisfied’ after Washington admits sailing two destroyers through disputed waterway.

Beijing ‘warns off’ US warships in South China Sea as tensions rise
China threatens to blunt US military edge, Pentagon warns

China’s growing international reach adding to mistrust and fuelling US fears of being replaced as world leaders, observers say.

4 May 2019 - 3:14AM

China’s growing international reach adding to mistrust and fuelling US fears of being replaced as world leaders, observers say.

China threatens to blunt US military edge, Pentagon warns
China and Nepal sign off on ports deal to ease Kathmandu’s dependence on India for trade

Nepal must wait until infrastructure is improved to begin trade through China in a deal brokered after Kathmandu turned to Beijing following 2015 Indian economic blockade.

2 May 2019 - 9:40PM

Nepal must wait until infrastructure is improved to begin trade through China in a deal brokered after Kathmandu turned to Beijing following 2015 Indian economic blockade.

China and Nepal sign off on ports deal to ease Kathmandu’s dependence on India for trade
Malaysian minister says China and US have ‘global responsibility’ on trade

Darell Leiking says uncertainty created by conflict has caused shift in region’s supply chain that ‘has already impacted the world for five to 10 years’.

27 Apr 2019 - 10:22PM

Darell Leiking says uncertainty created by conflict has caused shift in region’s supply chain that ‘has already impacted the world for five to 10 years’.

Malaysian minister says China and US have ‘global responsibility’ on trade
China aims to address ‘debt trap’ criticism at second Belt and Road Forum

Beijing seeks to resolve growing concerns about its global infrastructure push in a communique that 37 world leaders will consider on Saturday.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

Beijing seeks to resolve growing concerns about its global infrastructure push in a communique that 37 world leaders will consider on Saturday.

China aims to address ‘debt trap’ criticism at second Belt and Road Forum
China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

24 Apr 2019 - 2:23PM

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity
‘Cooperate or stop criticising’, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says as belt and road summit nears

Beijing’s global trade plan is a platform for cooperation, not a tool to boost geopolitical influence, diplomat says.

19 Apr 2019 - 4:10PM

Beijing’s global trade plan is a platform for cooperation, not a tool to boost geopolitical influence, diplomat says.

‘Cooperate or stop criticising’, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi says as belt and road summit nears
After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan

‘At the moment Pakistan does not have many better options’ than what Beijing is offering, official says.

19 Apr 2019 - 6:34PM

‘At the moment Pakistan does not have many better options’ than what Beijing is offering, official says.

After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan