Eduardo Baptista

Hong Kong

Eduardo Baptista

Reporter, China

Eduardo Baptista is a Portuguese-Korean reporter who joined the Post in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s in History from the University of Cambridge.

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Science turns nasty in Covid-19 origins argument on Twitter

It was already a battleground for those in the ‘zoonati’ camp versus the lab-leak proponents – then came documents from a purported whistle-blower that started another frenzy over bat virus research in China.

It was already a battleground for those in the ‘zoonati’ camp versus the lab-leak proponents – then came documents from a purported whistle-blower that started another frenzy over bat virus research in China.

Science turns nasty in Covid-19 origins argument on Twitter
15 Oct 2021 - 5:18PM
Chinese drug firm CanSino hoping Brazil will approve Covid-19 vaccine after deal with local company

Brazilian firm Biomm has signed an exclusive deal to market and distribute the Chinese company’s product in the country

Brazilian firm Biomm has signed an exclusive deal to market and distribute the Chinese company’s product in the country

Chinese drug firm CanSino hoping Brazil will approve Covid-19 vaccine after deal with local company
2 Oct 2021 - 10:51PM
China, US united on Covid-19 probe? Lancet commission head says it’s the only way forward

The countries should work together to set new safety standards for labs doing virus research, according to Jeffrey Sachs.

The countries should work together to set new safety standards for labs doing virus research, according to Jeffrey Sachs.

China, US united on Covid-19 probe? Lancet commission head says it’s the only way forward
30 Sep 2021 - 10:00PM
Xi Jinping warns that Chinese laboratories handling deadly pathogens will face closer scrutiny

The Chinese president made the comments at the first-ever Politburo study session dedicated to biosecurity, which he identified as a national security issue.

The Chinese president made the comments at the first-ever Politburo study session dedicated to biosecurity, which he identified as a national security issue.

Xi Jinping warns that Chinese laboratories handling deadly pathogens will face closer scrutiny
30 Sep 2021 - 8:31PM
Xi Jinping stresses need for China to expand its talent pool, attract science and tech professionals

Officials at all levels must join in the efforts, which are key to China’s technological self-reliance and national rejuvenation, president says.

Officials at all levels must join in the efforts, which are key to China’s technological self-reliance and national rejuvenation, president says.

Xi Jinping stresses need for China to expand its talent pool, attract science and tech professionals
29 Sep 2021 - 9:43PM
23 Chinese metal workers sickened by carbon monoxide in power blackout

Power cuts across northeastern China add pressure to the region’s basic infrastructure and put livelihoods at risk.

Power cuts across northeastern China add pressure to the region’s basic infrastructure and put livelihoods at risk.

23 Chinese metal workers sickened by carbon monoxide in power blackout
28 Sep 2021 - 10:38AM
Australian Aukus subs: are China’s fears of a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific founded?

Under Aukus, Australia would be the only non-nuclear state with highly-enriched uranium-powered submarines.

Under Aukus, Australia would be the only non-nuclear state with highly-enriched uranium-powered submarines.

Australian Aukus subs: are China’s fears of a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific founded?
28 Sep 2021 - 12:24PM
Explainer | How the Ghent Altarpiece was restored: a complete visual explanation

The Ghent Altarpiece has been stolen by Napoleon and the Nazis, almost destroyed by fire and dismembered. A major Belgian conservation project has restored much of the nearly 600-year-old masterpiece to its former glory.

The Ghent Altarpiece has been stolen by Napoleon and the Nazis, almost destroyed by fire and dismembered. A major Belgian conservation project has restored much of the nearly 600-year-old masterpiece to its former glory.

How the Ghent Altarpiece was restored: a complete visual explanation
21 Sep 2021 - 11:00AM
Jury still out on lab-leak Covid-19 origins, researchers say in Lancet letter

Signatories call for further investigation of controversial theory and say there is not enough evidence yet to support the natural origins hypothesis.

Signatories call for further investigation of controversial theory and say there is not enough evidence yet to support the natural origins hypothesis.

Jury still out on lab-leak Covid-19 origins, researchers say in Lancet letter
18 Sep 2021 - 11:53AM
China’s Tiangong astronauts return with vision of ‘new heights’ in space travel

Mission commander tells his crew ‘real gold fears no fire’ moments before their successful re-entry after 90 days in space.

Mission commander tells his crew ‘real gold fears no fire’ moments before their successful re-entry after 90 days in space.

China’s Tiangong astronauts return with vision of ‘new heights’ in space travel
17 Sep 2021 - 11:18PM
President Xi Jinping declares China’s National Games open at ceremony in Xian

High-profile test of China’s ability to stage a major sporting event during the pandemic, with the Beijing Winter Olympics to follow in 2022.

High-profile test of China’s ability to stage a major sporting event during the pandemic, with the Beijing Winter Olympics to follow in 2022.

President Xi Jinping declares China’s National Games open at ceremony in Xian
15 Sep 2021 - 11:25PM
Taiwan rift remains despite Xi-Biden call for closer contact

Beijing and Washington offer different takes on discussion about the island on Friday.

Beijing and Washington offer different takes on discussion about the island on Friday.

Taiwan rift remains despite Xi-Biden call for closer contact
11 Sep 2021 - 5:34AM
15 dead in truck-tractor road crash in northern China

Tractor passengers on the way to pick medicinal plants killed when truck rammed their vehicle.

Tractor passengers on the way to pick medicinal plants killed when truck rammed their vehicle.

15 dead in truck-tractor road crash in northern China
4 Sep 2021 - 8:57PM
China and Iran seek common ground on Afghanistan

Chinese foreign minister says Beijing is looking to work with Tehran to help rebuild their war-torn neighbour.

Chinese foreign minister says Beijing is looking to work with Tehran to help rebuild their war-torn neighbour.

China and Iran seek common ground on Afghanistan
4 Sep 2021 - 11:25PM
China role in Afghanistan to face organised crime cartels, rampant corruption

With the departure of the US and its allies there is speculation China can step in to help rebuild the war-torn country.

With the departure of the US and its allies there is speculation China can step in to help rebuild the war-torn country.

China role in Afghanistan to face organised crime cartels, rampant corruption
4 Sep 2021 - 10:33PM
Climate crisis unlikely to turn rivals China and the US into green collaborators

Can Beijing and Washington work together on climate issues while still engaged in rows over trade, human rights and other sources of tension?

Can Beijing and Washington work together on climate issues while still engaged in rows over trade, human rights and other sources of tension?

Climate crisis unlikely to turn rivals China and the US into green collaborators
23 Aug 2021 - 12:38PM
China-US relations: against backdrop of tension, Beijing’s envoy talks of ‘old friends’ in Iowa

Qin Gang, China’s new ambassador to the US, continues seemingly friendly gestures, including a nod to Xi Jinping’s visits to Iowa.

Qin Gang, China’s new ambassador to the US, continues seemingly friendly gestures, including a nod to Xi Jinping’s visits to Iowa.

China-US relations: against backdrop of tension, Beijing’s envoy talks of ‘old friends’ in Iowa
19 Aug 2021 - 9:44PM
Pfizer-BioNTech study shows Covid-19 vaccine efficacy wanes over 6 months

While protection was still high, researchers found it declined by 13 percentage points in the period.

While protection was still high, researchers found it declined by 13 percentage points in the period.

Pfizer-BioNTech study shows Covid-19 vaccine efficacy wanes over 6 months
19 Aug 2021 - 11:00AM
Covid-19 drives ‘prevention over cure’ strategy; hinges on global cooperation

When looking at how to halt future epidemics, the One Health strategy monitors changes in land use, ecological pressure and human population expansion.

When looking at how to halt future epidemics, the One Health strategy monitors changes in land use, ecological pressure and human population expansion.

Covid-19 drives ‘prevention over cure’ strategy; hinges on global cooperation
16 Aug 2021 - 12:00PM
WHO denies shift on Covid-19 origin probe after China mission leader cites ‘probable hypothesis’

Leader of WHO’s China mission says collection of bat viruses in the wild was a ‘probable hypothesis’ and the Chinese team resisted including a lab leak theory.

Leader of WHO’s China mission says collection of bat viruses in the wild was a ‘probable hypothesis’ and the Chinese team resisted including a lab leak theory.

WHO denies shift on Covid-19 origin probe after China mission leader cites ‘probable hypothesis’
14 Aug 2021 - 6:14PM
China sticks with zero Covid-19 approach, leaving borders closed for now

Beijing doubles down on elimination strategy, leaving Hong Kong closed to the mainland until outbreaks are controlled.

Beijing doubles down on elimination strategy, leaving Hong Kong closed to the mainland until outbreaks are controlled.

China sticks with zero Covid-19 approach, leaving borders closed for now
9 Aug 2021 - 11:36PM
China’s new ambassador to US calls for Covid-19 cooperation

Qin Gang, who is currently in quarantine in Washington, tweets that the two countries should work together on vaccines and helping other countries.

Qin Gang, who is currently in quarantine in Washington, tweets that the two countries should work together on vaccines and helping other countries.

China’s new ambassador to US calls for Covid-19 cooperation
6 Aug 2021 - 8:35PM
Lawyers detained in China over courtroom video of prosecutor admitting errors

Zhou Xiaoyun’s own lawyer says the video in question was already in the public arena so it would be inconceivable if Zhou was being detained for circulating clips from it.

Zhou Xiaoyun’s own lawyer says the video in question was already in the public arena so it would be inconceivable if Zhou was being detained for circulating clips from it.

Lawyers detained in China over courtroom video of prosecutor admitting errors
25 Aug 2021 - 2:04PM
Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu detained in Beijing on suspicion of rape

Wu has been accused by Chinese teen beauty influencer Du Meizhu, 18, of date rape.

Wu has been accused by Chinese teen beauty influencer Du Meizhu, 18, of date rape.

Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu detained in Beijing on suspicion of rape
1 Aug 2021 - 10:36PM
Chinese nuclear reactor shutdown may be ‘a sign of caution over new design’

Developer could be trying to find source of fuel rod damage to alter design in the future, analyst says.

Developer could be trying to find source of fuel rod damage to alter design in the future, analyst says.

Chinese nuclear reactor shutdown may be ‘a sign of caution over new design’
1 Aug 2021 - 10:19PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for greater focus on military development

Comments come ahead of an important PLA anniversary and at a time when China is facing a growing security threat on its border with Afghanistan.

Comments come ahead of an important PLA anniversary and at a time when China is facing a growing security threat on its border with Afghanistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for greater focus on military development
31 Jul 2021 - 11:09PM
Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods

Years of encouragement for nationalistic sentiment is behind the intense hostility faced by reporters, observers say.

Years of encouragement for nationalistic sentiment is behind the intense hostility faced by reporters, observers say.

Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods
29 Jul 2021 - 10:14PM
China’s 2060 carbon neutral goal ‘covers other greenhouse gases’

Chinese climate tsar says methane and hydrofluorocarbons also part of the target.

Chinese climate tsar says methane and hydrofluorocarbons also part of the target.

China’s 2060 carbon neutral goal ‘covers other greenhouse gases’
28 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
Do South China Sea waste claims pass the smell test?

Some scientists say there is no evidence to support allegations that Chinese ships moored at coral reefs are killing them off by dumping tonnes of human waste.

Some scientists say there is no evidence to support allegations that Chinese ships moored at coral reefs are killing them off by dumping tonnes of human waste.

Do South China Sea waste claims pass the smell test?
3 Aug 2021 - 9:24AM
In China, Zhengzhou mops up but other cities prepare for In-fa flood havoc to come

Typhoon In-fa expected to batter Taiwan and coastal mainland Chinese provinces in next few days.

Typhoon In-fa expected to batter Taiwan and coastal mainland Chinese provinces in next few days.

In China, Zhengzhou mops up but other cities prepare for In-fa flood havoc to come
3 Aug 2021 - 8:51AM