John Power

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.
John Power
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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As Australia frets about Chinese influence, local officials tout Belt and Road Initiative

The country’s isolated Northern Territory is laying out the welcome mat for Beijing’s global trade strategy, but is at odds with security concerns held by the federal government.

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The country’s isolated Northern Territory is laying out the welcome mat for Beijing’s global trade strategy, but is at odds with security concerns held by the federal government.

As Australia frets about Chinese influence, local officials tout Belt and Road Initiative
China’s tech rise poses security and human rights dilemma for Australian universities

Australian universities face a dilemma in working with China’s leading tech researchers: Collaborate, and be accused of helping Beijing to violate human rights; or disengage, and lose both funding and competitiveness.

21 Oct 2019 - 12:55PM

Australian universities face a dilemma in working with China’s leading tech researchers: Collaborate, and be accused of helping Beijing to violate human rights; or disengage, and lose both funding and competitiveness.

China’s tech rise poses security and human rights dilemma for Australian universities
South Korean justice chief scandal inflames anger at country’s ‘golden spoon’ elites

A pledge by President Moon Jae-in to break with his country’s scandal-plagued politics is ringing hollow with many Koreans after a minister’s family became ensnared in a corruption probe.

11 Oct 2019 - 11:24AM

A pledge by President Moon Jae-in to break with his country’s scandal-plagued politics is ringing hollow with many Koreans after a minister’s family became ensnared in a corruption probe.

South Korean justice chief scandal inflames anger at country’s ‘golden spoon’ elites
US passing Hong Kong human rights and democracy act will only ‘punish the wrong people’: ex-Trump envoy Susan Thornton

Susan Thornton says passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would trigger an annual review of the city’s trade privileges, would have ‘Beijingers dancing in the streets’.

17 Oct 2019 - 1:15AM

Susan Thornton says passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would trigger an annual review of the city’s trade privileges, would have ‘Beijingers dancing in the streets’.

US passing Hong Kong human rights and democracy act will only ‘punish the wrong people’: ex-Trump envoy Susan Thornton
US to face more ‘confident’ Pyongyang in denuclearisation talks in Sweden

Donald Trump is under renewed pressure to deliver results as he faces impeachment inquiry and looming 2020 US election.

5 Oct 2019 - 5:52PM

Donald Trump is under renewed pressure to deliver results as he faces impeachment inquiry and looming 2020 US election.

US to face more ‘confident’ Pyongyang in denuclearisation talks in Sweden
Chinese envoy stresses Beijing’s role in Australia’s prosperity amid interference fears

Ambassador Cheng Jingye, in a front-page interview published in The Australian, said Canberra and Beijing should ‘increase mutual respect ... and handle differences in the proper way’

1 Oct 2019 - 10:21PM

Ambassador Cheng Jingye, in a front-page interview published in The Australian, said Canberra and Beijing should ‘increase mutual respect ... and handle differences in the proper way’

Chinese envoy stresses Beijing’s role in Australia’s prosperity amid interference fears
Australian PM plays down pivot to US, as Chinese academics push Beijing’s line in Australia

As Scott Morrison played down suggestions of a pivot toward the US, three Chinese academics pushed Beijing’s line during an academic roadshow organised by the Chinese embassy in Canberra.

26 Sep 2019 - 4:52PM

As Scott Morrison played down suggestions of a pivot toward the US, three Chinese academics pushed Beijing’s line during an academic roadshow organised by the Chinese embassy in Canberra.

Australian PM plays down pivot to US, as Chinese academics push Beijing’s line in Australia
Controversial Hong Kong website Dim Sum Daily linked to company owned by man wanted in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Toh Lean Seng, who is wanted for questioning by Malaysia’s anti-corruption authority, has been revealed as a founder of a Hong Kong marketing agency with ties to the Dim Sum Daily website.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:00PM

Toh Lean Seng, who is wanted for questioning by Malaysia’s anti-corruption authority, has been revealed as a founder of a Hong Kong marketing agency with ties to the Dim Sum Daily website.

Controversial Hong Kong website Dim Sum Daily linked to company owned by man wanted in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal
US and Australia grow apart on China, behind the smiles and handshakes

The allies are talking up the strength of their 1951 defence pact, but experts say Canberra has not bought in to Washington’s labelling of Beijing as a rival and military threat – and is feeling the trade war’s effects.

20 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

The allies are talking up the strength of their 1951 defence pact, but experts say Canberra has not bought in to Washington’s labelling of Beijing as a rival and military threat – and is feeling the trade war’s effects.

US and Australia grow apart on China, behind the smiles and handshakes
Choose Beijing over Taipei, Solomon Islands task force recommends amid changing tides in Pacific

With China pumping funds into aid and infrastructure projects in the Pacific, island nations are reassessing their ties with Taiwan.

13 Sep 2019 - 10:30PM

With China pumping funds into aid and infrastructure projects in the Pacific, island nations are reassessing their ties with Taiwan.

Choose Beijing over Taipei, Solomon Islands task force recommends amid changing tides in Pacific
John Bolton’s exit ‘a win’ for North Korea in Trump-Kim denuclearisation talks, experts say

Analysts believe US President Donald Trump’s decision to fire his hardline national security adviser is a relief and an opportunity for Pyongyang as it seeks to restart stalled denuclearisation talks.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:48AM

Analysts believe US President Donald Trump’s decision to fire his hardline national security adviser is a relief and an opportunity for Pyongyang as it seeks to restart stalled denuclearisation talks.

John Bolton’s exit ‘a win’ for North Korea in Trump-Kim denuclearisation talks, experts say
New Zealand MP Simon Bridges defends Beijing visit, interview with Chinese state media as criticism mounts

Simon Bridges has been criticised for looking ‘sycophantic’ in praising the Communist Party and meeting Politburo member Guo Shengkun, whose current responsibilities include law and order.

10 Sep 2019 - 5:26PM

Simon Bridges has been criticised for looking ‘sycophantic’ in praising the Communist Party and meeting Politburo member Guo Shengkun, whose current responsibilities include law and order.

New Zealand MP Simon Bridges defends Beijing visit, interview with Chinese state media as criticism mounts
Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

7 Sep 2019 - 5:41PM

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order
After extradition bill withdrawal, Hong Kong launches global ad campaign to reassure investors

The Hong Kong government is taking out full page ads in selected newspapers around the world to provide assurances that the city remains safe and open, with a vibrant and dynamic economy.

5 Sep 2019 - 11:07PM

The Hong Kong government is taking out full page ads in selected newspapers around the world to provide assurances that the city remains safe and open, with a vibrant and dynamic economy.

After extradition bill withdrawal, Hong Kong launches global ad campaign to reassure investors
Australia’s top diplomat offers support to Hong Kong protesters, wants ‘rights and freedoms upheld’

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s comments risk further straining relations with Beijing, following the arrest of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun on suspicion of espionage.

3 Sep 2019 - 2:41PM

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s comments risk further straining relations with Beijing, following the arrest of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun on suspicion of espionage.

Australia’s top diplomat offers support to Hong Kong protesters, wants ‘rights and freedoms upheld’
Gurkhas fought for Britain. Now, with hunger strike, veterans say they are fighting for dignity

Nepali military veterans are waging one last battle for years of pension payments they insist are owed for their dedicated service to the crown in Hong Kong

31 Aug 2019 - 8:00PM

Nepali military veterans are waging one last battle for years of pension payments they insist are owed for their dedicated service to the crown in Hong Kong

Gurkhas fought for Britain. Now, with hunger strike, veterans say they are fighting for dignity
Australia investigates foreign interference at universities as fears of Chinese influence grow

The launch of the task force comes amid heightened scrutiny of China’s influence at Australian universities following a spate of cyberattacks, aggressive demonstrations, and incidents of Australian research allegedly being used by Beijing to violate human rights.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:31PM

The launch of the task force comes amid heightened scrutiny of China’s influence at Australian universities following a spate of cyberattacks, aggressive demonstrations, and incidents of Australian research allegedly being used by Beijing to violate human rights.

Australia investigates foreign interference at universities as fears of Chinese influence grow
Over-reliance on Chinese students a ‘multibillion-dollar gamble’ for Australian universities: report

Many top universities in Australia have ‘extraordinary levels’ of exposure to the Chinese market, putting the taxpayer at risk if student numbers declined, according to a think tank.

27 Aug 2019 - 12:14PM

Many top universities in Australia have ‘extraordinary levels’ of exposure to the Chinese market, putting the taxpayer at risk if student numbers declined, according to a think tank.

Over-reliance on Chinese students a ‘multibillion-dollar gamble’ for Australian universities: report
One China, two different worlds: how the great political divide is on full show overseas amid Hong Kong chaos

Hong Kong students overseas have described an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in dealing with ultra-nationalistic mainland Chinese since protests broke out, and the gulf in understanding shows little sign of narrowing.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:04AM

Hong Kong students overseas have described an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in dealing with ultra-nationalistic mainland Chinese since protests broke out, and the gulf in understanding shows little sign of narrowing.

One China, two different worlds: how the great political divide is on full show overseas amid Hong Kong chaos
Hoax Chinese police cars on the streets of Australia spark alarm

Vehicles bearing police logos and Chinese-language markings have been spotted in Perth and Adelaide.

19 Aug 2019 - 7:59PM

Vehicles bearing police logos and Chinese-language markings have been spotted in Perth and Adelaide.

Hoax Chinese police cars on the streets of Australia spark alarm
Deaths of destitute North Korean mother and child spark national soul-searching in wealthy South Korea

The story of a defector who likely starved to death with her son in Seoul has thrown a spotlight on the plight of North Koreans in the South.

19 Aug 2019 - 2:50PM

The story of a defector who likely starved to death with her son in Seoul has thrown a spotlight on the plight of North Koreans in the South.

Deaths of destitute North Korean mother and child spark national soul-searching in wealthy South Korea
Chinese-Australian group to rally against Hong Kong protests

The ‘Hong Kong No Riot’ event in Sydney calls on Chinese-Australians to resist efforts by the ‘outside world’ to split Hong Kong from China

16 Aug 2019 - 5:45PM

The ‘Hong Kong No Riot’ event in Sydney calls on Chinese-Australians to resist efforts by the ‘outside world’ to split Hong Kong from China

Chinese-Australian group to rally against Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong protests to Uygur camps: how Chinese students became a subject of scorn

Campus confrontations have erupted from Canada to New Zealand as mainland Chinese students react, sometimes violently, to public scrutiny of Beijing’s policies.

11 Aug 2019 - 12:48AM

Campus confrontations have erupted from Canada to New Zealand as mainland Chinese students react, sometimes violently, to public scrutiny of Beijing’s policies.

Hong Kong protests to Uygur camps: how Chinese students became a subject of scorn
For US and Chinese regional officials, economic summit was a chance to heal frayed ties. For the White House, it rang alarm bells.

The meeting was co-hosted by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group thought to have ties to Beijing’s overseas propaganda wing.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:05PM

The meeting was co-hosted by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group thought to have ties to Beijing’s overseas propaganda wing.

For US and Chinese regional officials, economic summit was a chance to heal frayed ties. For the White House, it rang alarm bells.
Hong Kong Lennon Wall torn down at Australia’s University of Queensland

CCTV captured four masked individuals entering the student union building on the campus before the wall was vandalised.

7 Aug 2019 - 6:04PM

CCTV captured four masked individuals entering the student union building on the campus before the wall was vandalised.

Hong Kong Lennon Wall torn down at Australia’s University of Queensland
Philippine defence chief accuses Beijing of ‘bullying’ over claims in the South China Sea

Delfin Lorenzana made the remark a day after expressing hope for closer military ties – a confused stance that analysts nevertheless say is consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte’s China policy.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:02PM

Delfin Lorenzana made the remark a day after expressing hope for closer military ties – a confused stance that analysts nevertheless say is consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte’s China policy.

Philippine defence chief accuses Beijing of ‘bullying’ over claims in the South China Sea
University of Queensland braces for protest over China’s Confucius Institute and free-speech concerns

Demonstrators taking aim at Beijing say they fear for their safety but are still planning another demonstration for Wednesday.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:03PM

Demonstrators taking aim at Beijing say they fear for their safety but are still planning another demonstration for Wednesday.

University of Queensland braces for protest over China’s Confucius Institute and free-speech concerns
University of Queensland faces heat for naming Chinese diplomat Xu Jie as faculty member

The Australian institution earlier this month named Xu Jie, Chinese consul-general in Brisbane, to a post, with no public announcement.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:05PM

The Australian institution earlier this month named Xu Jie, Chinese consul-general in Brisbane, to a post, with no public announcement.

University of Queensland faces heat for naming Chinese diplomat Xu Jie as faculty member
Hong Kong and mainland China students clash at rally at Australian university

Pro-democracy students staged a sit-in supporting the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong, before mainland students singing the Chinese national anthem allegedly attacked.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:06PM

Pro-democracy students staged a sit-in supporting the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong, before mainland students singing the Chinese national anthem allegedly attacked.

Hong Kong and mainland China students clash at rally at Australian university
China set to surpass US as Australia’s main academic collaborator, report finds

The newly uncovered trend has raised national security concerns and led to calls for greater due diligence in partnering with Chinese institutes, although others argue limiting engagement with the rising power will not improve its human rights record.

24 Jul 2019 - 10:11AM

The newly uncovered trend has raised national security concerns and led to calls for greater due diligence in partnering with Chinese institutes, although others argue limiting engagement with the rising power will not improve its human rights record.

China set to surpass US as Australia’s main academic collaborator, report finds