Jack Lau

Jack Lau

Reporter, China

Jack joined the Post in 2020 after studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he read law in London and Hong Kong, where he assisted with research in Chinese legal institutions and civil dispute resolution.

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14 Jan 2022 - 4:45PM
Kazakhstan’s detained former security chief has close ties with China

Karim Massimov was sacked last week and arrested on suspicion of treason. A two-time prime minister, he studied in China and has long been involved in promoting trade and economic links between the neighbouring countries.

Karim Massimov was sacked last week and arrested on suspicion of treason. A two-time prime minister, he studied in China and has long been involved in promoting trade and economic links between the neighbouring countries.

12 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Chinese foreign minister condemns Kazakh unrest, vows to help fight ‘three evil forces’

Wang Yi says Kazakhstan’s anti-government protests are terrorism and Beijing will help ‘safeguard the political system and regime safety of the two countries’.

Wang Yi says Kazakhstan’s anti-government protests are terrorism and Beijing will help ‘safeguard the political system and regime safety of the two countries’.

11 Jan 2022 - 12:45AM
Chinese vice-premier ‘deeply ashamed’ over woman losing baby after Xian hospital turned her away citing Covid-19 rules

Sun Chunlan says medical facilities should not refuse patients, after the woman was reportedly denied admission because her Covid-19 test result had expired.

Sun Chunlan says medical facilities should not refuse patients, after the woman was reportedly denied admission because her Covid-19 test result had expired.

7 Jan 2022 - 3:31PM
Covid-19 in China: Xian cases continue to fall and health chief apologises to woman who lost baby after being turned away from hospital

Restrictions have been imposed and mass testing is under way as central province reports 64 new infections, most of them in Xuchang.

Restrictions have been imposed and mass testing is under way as central province reports 64 new infections, most of them in Xuchang.

7 Jan 2022 - 1:54PM
China approves of Lithuanian reflection on Taiwan representative office name as ‘mistake’

Lithuanian president says ‘Taiwanese Representative Office’ name affected country’s ties with China, but opening the office itself was not a mistake.

Lithuanian president says ‘Taiwanese Representative Office’ name affected country’s ties with China, but opening the office itself was not a mistake.

5 Jan 2022 - 8:24PM
Olympic fever? Not in a Beijing where the shadow of Covid-19 deepens the winter chill

The Games will be held amid tight coronavirus controls, while foreign visitors have been banned and it is not clear if ordinary Chinese will be allowed to attend.

The Games will be held amid tight coronavirus controls, while foreign visitors have been banned and it is not clear if ordinary Chinese will be allowed to attend.

4 Jan 2022 - 11:29PM
Taiwanese firm buys Lithuanian rum destined for mainland China amid diplomatic row

TTL, a liquor company fully owned by the island’s finance ministry, says it stepped in after being told the shipment was about to be rejected by Chinese customs.

TTL, a liquor company fully owned by the island’s finance ministry, says it stepped in after being told the shipment was about to be rejected by Chinese customs.

4 Jan 2022 - 7:00AM
Covid-19 in China: Xian cases edge down on New Year’s Day after worst week of 2021

First drop in new Covid-19 cases for Shaanxi provincial capital after a week of more than 150 reported daily.

First drop in new Covid-19 cases for Shaanxi provincial capital after a week of more than 150 reported daily.

2 Jan 2022 - 9:23PM
China space programme: 4 key missions in 2022 include finishing core of space station, sea rocket launches

China has big ambitions relating to the moon and Mars projects for 2022 and it has six launches planned to expand the Tiangong space station.

China has big ambitions relating to the moon and Mars projects for 2022 and it has six launches planned to expand the Tiangong space station.

1 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
China update: government plays matchmaker and SpaceX satellites’ close encounters with Tiangong space station in week’s top stories

US criticised over space and Olympic boycott, Xian battles China’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak of 2021 and Hong Kong’s Stand News is closed after police raid.

US criticised over space and Olympic boycott, Xian battles China’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak of 2021 and Hong Kong’s Stand News is closed after police raid.

31 Dec 2021 - 8:45AM
China hits back at ‘double standards’ amid US tech war, Washington’s nuclear weapon concerns

Beijing issued its first white paper on export controls on Wednesday, a month after 12 more Chinese companies were placed on the United States’ export blacklist.

Beijing issued its first white paper on export controls on Wednesday, a month after 12 more Chinese companies were placed on the United States’ export blacklist.

30 Dec 2021 - 12:18AM
Chinese live-streamers show diplomats new channel

Foreign ambassadors to China are trying their hand at live-streaming, and finding it an effective way to export products and ideas.

Foreign ambassadors to China are trying their hand at live-streaming, and finding it an effective way to export products and ideas.

29 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
China, Japan agree to launch military hotline next year to ease tensions in disputed waters

Chinese defence chief General Wei Fenghe says Beijing will ‘stand firm’ to protect sovereignty and interests. His Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi, says Beijing is trying to change the status quo in the East China Sea unilaterally.

Chinese defence chief General Wei Fenghe says Beijing will ‘stand firm’ to protect sovereignty and interests. His Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi, says Beijing is trying to change the status quo in the East China Sea unilaterally.

28 Dec 2021 - 7:00PM
New Xinjiang party chief pledges to follow President Xi Jinping’s policy on the sensitive region

Former governor of Guangdong province Ma Xingrui tells leadership meeting he will work to maintain social stability and public order, in keeping with Xi’s aims.

Former governor of Guangdong province Ma Xingrui tells leadership meeting he will work to maintain social stability and public order, in keeping with Xi’s aims.

27 Dec 2021 - 10:13PM
Chinese border city taking no chances as it shuts down over one mild Covid-19 case

Coastal city shuts down as infection is found via a routine test, following previous outbreaks that were blamed on arrivals from neighbouring countries.

Coastal city shuts down as infection is found via a routine test, following previous outbreaks that were blamed on arrivals from neighbouring countries.

22 Dec 2021 - 6:37PM
Coronavirus: traffic in and out of southern Chinese town halted after travellers test positive

On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission reported 51 new local symptomatic cases – all but seven were identified in the coastal Zhejiang province.

On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission reported 51 new local symptomatic cases – all but seven were identified in the coastal Zhejiang province.

14 Dec 2021 - 6:35PM
China’s Inner Mongolia region aims to earn five times more from rare earths by 2025

Chinese rare earth capital of Baotou should become world’s ‘magnet valley’, official says.

Chinese rare earth capital of Baotou should become world’s ‘magnet valley’, official says.

14 Dec 2021 - 5:30AM
'Freedom swimmers' : The people who risked it all to flee to Hong Kong

From 1950 to 1997 it’s estimated that as many as 2 million people fled from the Chinese mainland to Hong Kong. Many in search of better economic prospects and some to escape Chinese communist rule. The world called them “freedom swimmers”. The South China Morning Post met an old freedom swimmer and a former member of the Hong Kong Marine Police whose job it was to catch them. Together they paint a picture of desperate escape under trying circumstances.

From 1950 to 1997 it’s estimated that as many as 2 million people fled from the Chinese mainland to Hong Kong. Many in search of better economic prospects and some to escape Chinese communist rule. The world called them “freedom swimmers”. The South China Morning Post met an old freedom swimmer and a former member of the Hong Kong Marine Police whose job it was to catch them. Together they paint a picture of desperate escape under trying circumstances.

11 Dec 2021 - 2:00PM
US congressional hostility towards China limits Joe Biden’s ability to forge better ties, experts say

Beijing is one of the few subjects Democrats and Republicans can agree on, panellists say at Post’s China Conference: United States.

Beijing is one of the few subjects Democrats and Republicans can agree on, panellists say at Post’s China Conference: United States.

9 Dec 2021 - 6:04PM
‘Hundreds of Chinese left homeless’ in Solomon Islands riots

Beijing’s embassy says it is coordinating aid to those who have lost their homes in Honiara riots.

Beijing’s embassy says it is coordinating aid to those who have lost their homes in Honiara riots.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:40PM
International university students wait as China remains closed to them

Nearly half a million international students have been locked out of China since March 2020, many of whom are struggling with their finances and studies.

Nearly half a million international students have been locked out of China since March 2020, many of whom are struggling with their finances and studies.

5 Dec 2021 - 9:01AM
Covid-19 testing daily as China fights latest epicentre on Russia border

City of Manzhouli reports most of the country’s infections for a fifth successive day and begins sixth round of mass daily testing.

City of Manzhouli reports most of the country’s infections for a fifth successive day and begins sixth round of mass daily testing.

3 Dec 2021 - 8:03PM
China defends zero-Covid strategy, says speed vital to stopping spread

National Health Commission director Ma Xiaowei vows to stick with the country’s approach, underlining importance of ‘golden first 24 hours’.

National Health Commission director Ma Xiaowei vows to stick with the country’s approach, underlining importance of ‘golden first 24 hours’.

2 Dec 2021 - 7:05PM
Chinese city residents queue in snow for 4th round of Covid-19 tests in as many days

Manzhouli, a city in Inner Mongolia at the centre of China’s latest outbreak, began the latest round of tests immediately after finishing the last one.

Manzhouli, a city in Inner Mongolia at the centre of China’s latest outbreak, began the latest round of tests immediately after finishing the last one.

1 Dec 2021 - 9:29PM
China targets online casinos in war on illegal gambling, authorities say

Operators are using internet platforms to connect gamblers, casinos and proxies, head of mainland prosecutor’s office says.

Operators are using internet platforms to connect gamblers, casinos and proxies, head of mainland prosecutor’s office says.

30 Nov 2021 - 11:15AM
Let the people decide: China says the US is not the only judge of what democracy looks like

In a meeting with Hungarian minister, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says US ambiguity over Taiwan independence proves it cannot be trusted.

In a meeting with Hungarian minister, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says US ambiguity over Taiwan independence proves it cannot be trusted.

26 Nov 2021 - 8:12PM
Coronavirus: hope for stranded Southeast Asian students after being shut out of China for nearly 2 years

Chinese ambassador to Asean says those from the 10-nation bloc will be prioritised and able to return in stages to continue their studies.

Chinese ambassador to Asean says those from the 10-nation bloc will be prioritised and able to return in stages to continue their studies.

26 Nov 2021 - 11:30AM
US-China talks unlikely to improve ties in the long run, says Asia Society’s Ronnie Chan Chi-chung

China is disadvantaged in diplomacy and public opinion, the soft-power dimensions of the US-China confrontation, said Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, Asia Society’s Hong Kong centre chairman.

China is disadvantaged in diplomacy and public opinion, the soft-power dimensions of the US-China confrontation, said Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, Asia Society’s Hong Kong centre chairman.

24 Nov 2021 - 9:20AM
Explainer | Quarantine in China: why so long and does science back it up?

Chinese authorities have a zero-tolerance strategy on Covid-19, with isolation periods of four weeks in some places.

Chinese authorities have a zero-tolerance strategy on Covid-19, with isolation periods of four weeks in some places.

25 Nov 2021 - 3:22PM