John Power

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John Power

Reporter, Asia

John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.

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Did a ‘Canadian technique’ police sting and a bogus Mr Big leave an Australian murder probe fatally flawed?

Glen Weaven was sentenced to 20 years in jail after an undercover cop posing as a crime lord encouraged him to confess to murdering his partner. A decade on, researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT are seeking a review of police methods used to convict him.

10 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM

Glen Weaven was sentenced to 20 years in jail after an undercover cop posing as a crime lord encouraged him to confess to murdering his partner. A decade on, researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT are seeking a review of police methods used to convict him.

Did a ‘Canadian technique’ police sting and a bogus Mr Big leave an Australian murder probe fatally flawed?
Coronavirus: US diplomats cautiously praised China’s transparency in early days

Diplomatic cables sent soon after the first Covid-19 cases emerged in Wuhan – and obtained by This Week in Asia – credited Chinese officials for releasing ‘timely and open general information’.

6 Jan 2021 - 5:25PM

Diplomatic cables sent soon after the first Covid-19 cases emerged in Wuhan – and obtained by This Week in Asia – credited Chinese officials for releasing ‘timely and open general information’.

Coronavirus: US diplomats cautiously praised China’s transparency in early days
South Koreans lose faith in promise of improved human rights in the North: survey

A series of summits in 2018 raised hopes in South Korea but expectations have been dashed due to recent tensions.

30 Dec 2020 - 9:04PM

A series of summits in 2018 raised hopes in South Korea but expectations have been dashed due to recent tensions.

South Koreans lose faith in promise of improved human rights in the North: survey
Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

29 Dec 2020 - 2:23PM

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?
Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

29 Dec 2020 - 4:52PM

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out
China-Australia relations: could the past year’s antagonism become the new normal?

Among dovish and hawkish voices alike, there is a growing belief that tensions are unlikely to improve in 2021.

26 Dec 2020 - 8:11PM

Among dovish and hawkish voices alike, there is a growing belief that tensions are unlikely to improve in 2021.

China-Australia relations: could the past year’s antagonism become the new normal?
Pacific Islands look to US, Australia, New Zealand for help with Covid-19 vaccines

The geographical advantages that helped the likes of Tonga and Kiribati remain coronavirus free have also ended up hurting the tourism-dependent nations economically.

23 Dec 2020 - 8:43AM

The geographical advantages that helped the likes of Tonga and Kiribati remain coronavirus free have also ended up hurting the tourism-dependent nations economically.

Pacific Islands look to US, Australia, New Zealand for help with Covid-19 vaccines
China delays Australian writer Yang Hengjun’s espionage trial by three months: friend

The naturalised Australian citizen, who is a prominent author and blogger known for advocating greater democracy in China, was detained in early 2019.

22 Dec 2020 - 9:50PM

The naturalised Australian citizen, who is a prominent author and blogger known for advocating greater democracy in China, was detained in early 2019.

China delays Australian writer Yang Hengjun’s espionage trial by three months: friend
Coronavirus vaccines will save 2021? Not so fast, here’s what the experts think

While vaccines offer hope, this isn’t over – not by a long shot. This Week in Asia speaks to five top public-health experts on their predictions for the year ahead.

20 Dec 2020 - 2:20PM

While vaccines offer hope, this isn’t over – not by a long shot. This Week in Asia speaks to five top public-health experts on their predictions for the year ahead.

Coronavirus vaccines will save 2021? Not so fast, here’s what the experts think
WHO’s coronavirus detectives look to Wuhan market as undisclosed map surfaces

A previously unpublished floor plan of Wuhan’s Huanan market shows where people with the first recorded Covid-19 cases worked or shopped.

5 Jan 2021 - 4:25PM

A previously unpublished floor plan of Wuhan’s Huanan market shows where people with the first recorded Covid-19 cases worked or shopped.

WHO’s coronavirus detectives look to Wuhan market as undisclosed map surfaces
‘Fear of China’ pushing Australia and India towards trade pact

Australia might find the Indian economy – where its dairy, wine and agricultural goods will be a hard sell – is no substitute for the Chinese market.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:52PM

Australia might find the Indian economy – where its dairy, wine and agricultural goods will be a hard sell – is no substitute for the Chinese market.

‘Fear of China’ pushing Australia and India towards trade pact
‘Is this Seoul, or Pyongyang?’: in Moon’s Korea, defectors from North face jail for propaganda fliers

Human rights activists say the South’s clampdown betrays freedom of speech; Moon Jae-in’s government says it is necessary to ensure inter-Korean peace.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:52PM

Human rights activists say the South’s clampdown betrays freedom of speech; Moon Jae-in’s government says it is necessary to ensure inter-Korean peace.

‘Is this Seoul, or Pyongyang?’: in Moon’s Korea, defectors from North face jail for propaganda fliers
China-Australia ties face new hit as Canberra gets veto on foreign deals

The Australian parliament has voted in a law widely seen as aimed at curtailing agreements between the country’s regional governments and Beijing.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:50PM

The Australian parliament has voted in a law widely seen as aimed at curtailing agreements between the country’s regional governments and Beijing.

China-Australia ties face new hit as Canberra gets veto on foreign deals
Is China using its clash with Australia as a warning to the world?

What started as a political dispute has spiralled into a trade spalt and war of words, and observers say that while Canberra should not back down from its core national interests, it can tone down its rhetoric and choose dialogue with Beijing.

5 Dec 2020 - 9:01AM

What started as a political dispute has spiralled into a trade spalt and war of words, and observers say that while Canberra should not back down from its core national interests, it can tone down its rhetoric and choose dialogue with Beijing.

Is China using its clash with Australia as a warning to the world?
Senior Chinese diplomat blames Australian media for negative spin on Beijing’s grievances

Deputy head of mission Wang Xining says 14-point list of issues a ‘media interpretation’ that has been oversimplified as a series of demands.

4 Dec 2020 - 10:04PM

Deputy head of mission Wang Xining says 14-point list of issues a ‘media interpretation’ that has been oversimplified as a series of demands.

Senior Chinese diplomat blames Australian media for negative spin on Beijing’s grievances
Australia-China relations: attempts to strong-arm Canberra only damage Beijing’s standing, ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull warns

Turnbull, who led Australia from 2015 to 2018, called China’s export restrictions and public airing of grievances ‘counterproductive’ – but the long-time climate-action advocate backed Beijing’s bid to go carbon neutral.

27 Nov 2020 - 9:19PM

Turnbull, who led Australia from 2015 to 2018, called China’s export restrictions and public airing of grievances ‘counterproductive’ – but the long-time climate-action advocate backed Beijing’s bid to go carbon neutral.

Australia-China relations: attempts to strong-arm Canberra only damage Beijing’s standing, ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull warns
‘China wants to lead, rather than simply join’: top Australian diplomat takes aim at Beijing’s foreign policy

Frances Adamson has accused Beijing of setting its own agenda internationally rather than working collaboratively with other countries.

26 Nov 2020 - 7:15AM

Frances Adamson has accused Beijing of setting its own agenda internationally rather than working collaboratively with other countries.

‘China wants to lead, rather than simply join’: top Australian diplomat takes aim at Beijing’s foreign policy
Coronavirus: why are Western countries like the US and Britain still not learning from Asia’s success?

Is it really fears over privacy or differences in culture – or is it just plain arrogance?

23 Nov 2020 - 2:41PM

Is it really fears over privacy or differences in culture – or is it just plain arrogance?

Coronavirus: why are Western countries like the US and Britain still not learning from Asia’s success?
‘Paranoia and prejudice’: Chinese-Australians in politics face intense scrutiny as Canberra-Beijing ties fray

Australian candidates and officials with Chinese heritage cite a harmful lack of nuance over these assumptions and interrogations, and say there are already signs of intolerance spilling over into the wider community.

16 Nov 2020 - 11:38AM

Australian candidates and officials with Chinese heritage cite a harmful lack of nuance over these assumptions and interrogations, and say there are already signs of intolerance spilling over into the wider community.

‘Paranoia and prejudice’: Chinese-Australians in politics face intense scrutiny as Canberra-Beijing ties fray
Why the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is no cure for all coronavirus ills

Amid the excitement over a vaccine said to be 90 per cent effective, questions remain over virus mutations, people refusing to take it and the problem of storing it at -80 degrees.

10 Dec 2020 - 11:27AM

Amid the excitement over a vaccine said to be 90 per cent effective, questions remain over virus mutations, people refusing to take it and the problem of storing it at -80 degrees.

Why the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is no cure for all coronavirus ills
Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

15 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects
National security law: Australian universities move to protect Hong Kong students

One university has undertaken an ‘audit’ to identify courses in which they fear Hongkonger students could be reported to authorities by their mainland Chinese classmates.

12 Nov 2020 - 8:52AM

One university has undertaken an ‘audit’ to identify courses in which they fear Hongkonger students could be reported to authorities by their mainland Chinese classmates.

National security law: Australian universities move to protect Hong Kong students
Germany’s defence chief calls China a ‘systemic challenge’ as Berlin ramps up military presence in Asia

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for greater military cooperation with ‘like-minded’ countries such as Australia as Berlin ramps up its military presence in Asia.

5 Nov 2020 - 10:43PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for greater military cooperation with ‘like-minded’ countries such as Australia as Berlin ramps up its military presence in Asia.

Germany’s defence chief calls China a ‘systemic challenge’ as Berlin ramps up military presence in Asia
Ethnic Chinese community leader is first charged under Australia’s foreign interference law

65-year-old Duong Di Sanh was charged by the Australian Federal Police with preparing to carry out a ‘foreign interference offence’.

5 Nov 2020 - 10:43PM

65-year-old Duong Di Sanh was charged by the Australian Federal Police with preparing to carry out a ‘foreign interference offence’.

Ethnic Chinese community leader is first charged under Australia’s foreign interference law
US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

6 Nov 2020 - 2:58PM

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold
Is North Korea hiding coronavirus quarantine camps on China border?

Doubts are increasing over the hermit nation’s claims to be free of Covid-19, raising fears of a looming humanitarian disaster.

2 Nov 2020 - 6:41PM

Doubts are increasing over the hermit nation’s claims to be free of Covid-19, raising fears of a looming humanitarian disaster.

Is North Korea hiding coronavirus quarantine camps on China border?
In South Korea, chaebol reform calls rekindled after Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee’s death

The death of Lee Kun-hee has focused attention on the darker aspects of his legacy, and rekindled long-standing calls for reform of family-run conglomerates.

30 Oct 2020 - 9:25PM

The death of Lee Kun-hee has focused attention on the darker aspects of his legacy, and rekindled long-standing calls for reform of family-run conglomerates.

In South Korea, chaebol reform calls rekindled after Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee’s death
Canberra’s top foreign affairs bureaucrat accuses China of seeking to stoke ethnic divisions in Australia

While some have welcomed foreign affairs secretary Frances Adamson’s remarks, others say she is invoking the spectre of Beijing rather than criticising a controversial recent questioning of Chinese-Australians.

29 Oct 2020 - 7:06PM

While some have welcomed foreign affairs secretary Frances Adamson’s remarks, others say she is invoking the spectre of Beijing rather than criticising a controversial recent questioning of Chinese-Australians.

Canberra’s top foreign affairs bureaucrat accuses China of seeking to stoke ethnic divisions in Australia
US policy toward North Korea under Joe Biden: pageantry out, pragmatism in

Analysts and experts said a Democratic administration would favour working-level diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, and would include more policy coordination with South Korea and Japan.

23 Oct 2020 - 10:17PM

Analysts and experts said a Democratic administration would favour working-level diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, and would include more policy coordination with South Korea and Japan.

US policy toward North Korea under Joe Biden: pageantry out, pragmatism in
Have US-China rivalry and coronavirus tipped the balance of power in Asia?

Asian economies’ Covid-19 response set the region up to ‘lead the restart of the global economic engine’, according to a new report.

22 Oct 2020 - 1:22PM

Asian economies’ Covid-19 response set the region up to ‘lead the restart of the global economic engine’, according to a new report.

Have US-China rivalry and coronavirus tipped the balance of power in Asia?