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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Australia’s Morrison cut a climate deal ahead of COP26 but this fossil fuel giant’s path to net zero isn’t going to be smooth

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of iron ore and coking coal, with its resources sector supporting more than 260,000 jobs.

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of iron ore and coking coal, with its resources sector supporting more than 260,000 jobs.

1 Nov 2021 - 12:19PM
The sun is setting on Moon Jae-in’s promise of inter-Korean peace, and Joe Biden isn’t budging

China may be on board, but a lack of progress on denuclearisation has left the US cold. Meanwhile, the South Korean public is growing sceptical of reunification.

China may be on board, but a lack of progress on denuclearisation has left the US cold. Meanwhile, the South Korean public is growing sceptical of reunification.

23 Oct 2021 - 7:48AM
In Australia’s New South Wales, a shift in messaging has lessons for Hong Kong and New Zealand in leaving ‘zero-Covid’ behind

After 100 days of lockdown, New South Wales’ opening up will give Hong Kong, mainland China and New Zealand an insight into how to learn to live with the virus. Singapore’s experience bears lessons too.

After 100 days of lockdown, New South Wales’ opening up will give Hong Kong, mainland China and New Zealand an insight into how to learn to live with the virus. Singapore’s experience bears lessons too.

18 Oct 2021 - 9:36AM
US should give Australia access to operations in Singapore, Guam, Philippines: report

A new report by Australia’s former consul general in Honolulu calls for greater integration with US forces under a ‘collective deterrence strategy’ aimed at China’s rise.

A new report by Australia’s former consul general in Honolulu calls for greater integration with US forces under a ‘collective deterrence strategy’ aimed at China’s rise.

16 Oct 2021 - 8:32PM
Coronavirus: Australia is reopening, but pandemic limbo remains for international students

The country may be easing its border controls, but the situation for students remains unclear. While their education and mental health suffer, so too does a multibillion-dollar industry.

The country may be easing its border controls, but the situation for students remains unclear. While their education and mental health suffer, so too does a multibillion-dollar industry.

14 Oct 2021 - 9:06PM
Coronavirus: as Australia plans border reopening, stranded citizens wait with anxiety, trepidation

With promises of being able to return home for Christmas 2020 still ringing in their ears, many stranded Australians dare not hope the ordeal is over.

With promises of being able to return home for Christmas 2020 still ringing in their ears, many stranded Australians dare not hope the ordeal is over.

8 Oct 2021 - 7:11AM
Coronavirus: as rich countries turn to big-name booster shots from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, the poor are left with lesser-known rivals like Abdala, Soberana 2

Vietnam and Iran are buying Cuba’s Abdala and Soberana 2 shots, while India’s Covaxin has got the nod in the Philippines.

Vietnam and Iran are buying Cuba’s Abdala and Soberana 2 shots, while India’s Covaxin has got the nod in the Philippines.

29 Sep 2021 - 7:00AM
Wuhan lab and web of Chinese red tape that delayed US scientists getting access to coronavirus

Emails show Galveston National Laboratory scientists urged counterparts to share the virus in early 2020 to speed up vital research but hit a bureaucratic wall.

Emails show Galveston National Laboratory scientists urged counterparts to share the virus in early 2020 to speed up vital research but hit a bureaucratic wall.

27 Sep 2021 - 8:55PM
Carlos Ghosn bets on China economy, calls on Japan to fix ‘outdated’ justice system

The former CEO turned international fugitive says he is done with corporate life but is still keeping a close eye on the world of business as he fights legal battles and releases his memoir to clear his name and ‘re-establish’ his legacy.

The former CEO turned international fugitive says he is done with corporate life but is still keeping a close eye on the world of business as he fights legal battles and releases his memoir to clear his name and ‘re-establish’ his legacy.

27 Sep 2021 - 7:24PM
Supporters of Canada’s ‘two Michaels’ Spavor and Kovrig express relief but condemn China’s ‘arbitrary detention’

Release comes hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou returns to China.

Release comes hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou returns to China.

26 Sep 2021 - 12:30AM
As South Korea, US discuss ‘creative’ ways to engage with Pyongyang, does Moon have a shot at ending the Korean war?

Chung Eui-yong and his American counterpart Antony Blinken spoke amid a renewed focus on the North’s nuclear capabilities, and as the South Korean president repeated his calls to formally end the 1950-53 conflict.

Chung Eui-yong and his American counterpart Antony Blinken spoke amid a renewed focus on the North’s nuclear capabilities, and as the South Korean president repeated his calls to formally end the 1950-53 conflict.

23 Sep 2021 - 5:45PM
Pacific Island nations uneasy over Aukus deal, amid nuclear proliferation, climate change fears

Aukus deal sparks unease among Pacific Island nations, amid growing China-US rivalry

Aukus deal sparks unease among Pacific Island nations, amid growing China-US rivalry

23 Sep 2021 - 9:10PM
From Hong Kong to Australia, how much death and sickness lie ahead as vaccination rates max out?

Statistically, societies may have to accept more Covid-19 deaths than those caused by the flu to move beyond the likes of lockdowns and border closures – and health experts say the time for this conversation is nigh.

Statistically, societies may have to accept more Covid-19 deaths than those caused by the flu to move beyond the likes of lockdowns and border closures – and health experts say the time for this conversation is nigh.

21 Sep 2021 - 10:22AM
US allies’ move on nuclear submarines for Australia a boost to region’s hard power, analysts say

The AUKUS agreement is seen as giving teeth to existing accords that critics previously said did not reflect the changing balance of power in the region.

The AUKUS agreement is seen as giving teeth to existing accords that critics previously said did not reflect the changing balance of power in the region.

18 Sep 2021 - 8:16AM
Wuhan lab’s US partner embroiled in research funding debate as Covid-19 ‘lab leak’ row rages on

EcoHealth Alliance, which has been studying how coronaviruses from animals could affect humans, is facing scrutiny amid efforts to determine the source of Covid-19.

EcoHealth Alliance, which has been studying how coronaviruses from animals could affect humans, is facing scrutiny amid efforts to determine the source of Covid-19.

16 Sep 2021 - 12:49PM
With few options to rein in North Korea, missile launches won’t stop: analysts

The missile launches this week highlight that beyond sanctions and censure, there are limited options to break up its nuclear arms programme.

The missile launches this week highlight that beyond sanctions and censure, there are limited options to break up its nuclear arms programme.

16 Sep 2021 - 8:20PM
Coronavirus: why did North Korea turn down 3 million Sinovac vaccine doses?

North Korea requested that the shots be redirected to countries experiencing surges, with Kim Jong-un touting ‘our style’ of pandemic control.

North Korea requested that the shots be redirected to countries experiencing surges, with Kim Jong-un touting ‘our style’ of pandemic control.

3 Sep 2021 - 10:22PM
Update to Australia’s foreign interference guidelines for universities could fuel prejudice against Chinese, academics warn

‘Reds under the bed’ tone is overkill that could, ironically, lead to more self-censorship by Chinese students as well as fuel anti-Asian prejudice, academics say.

‘Reds under the bed’ tone is overkill that could, ironically, lead to more self-censorship by Chinese students as well as fuel anti-Asian prejudice, academics say.

2 Sep 2021 - 8:55PM
Hong Kong hotel quarantine: woman’s ordeal casts spotlight on city’s strict Covid-19 rules and emergency medical care

Returning resident who fell ill on second day of quarantine had to wait nearly two full days for treatment, despite suffering from what doctors thought was a potentially fatal condition.

Returning resident who fell ill on second day of quarantine had to wait nearly two full days for treatment, despite suffering from what doctors thought was a potentially fatal condition.

29 Aug 2021 - 11:06AM
‘Taliban kill women like me’: Afghans in South Korea say they don’t want to go back

South Korea has offered permanent resettlement to 391 Afghans evacuated from Kabul, but Afghans already in the country worry they’ll be asked to leave, as immigration remains a fraught issue.

South Korea has offered permanent resettlement to 391 Afghans evacuated from Kabul, but Afghans already in the country worry they’ll be asked to leave, as immigration remains a fraught issue.

28 Aug 2021 - 5:14AM
Does ‘game-changer’ Delta signal game over for the Asia-Pacific’s zero-Covid approach?

The highly contagious variant is pushing the limits of lockdowns and border controls in the region, and fuelling doubt over bids to stamp out Covid-19.

The highly contagious variant is pushing the limits of lockdowns and border controls in the region, and fuelling doubt over bids to stamp out Covid-19.

24 Aug 2021 - 3:00PM
How does ‘zero-Covid’ end? From Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand, questions mount over exit strategy

As Delta spreads and hopes for herd immunity fade, economies taking a zero-tolerance approach face mounting questions over whether they can ever exit their bubble.

As Delta spreads and hopes for herd immunity fade, economies taking a zero-tolerance approach face mounting questions over whether they can ever exit their bubble.

21 Aug 2021 - 11:05AM
Delta variant’s global spread raises question: will Covid-19 become more infectious?

Past pandemics offer potential scenarios for Covid-19’s trajectory, but scientists are divided on the threat posed by emerging variants.

Past pandemics offer potential scenarios for Covid-19’s trajectory, but scientists are divided on the threat posed by emerging variants.

12 Aug 2021 - 6:17PM
‘Zero-Covid’ New Zealand outlines plan for reopening borders

New Zealand, which has no Delta variant cases in the community, will speed up its vaccination roll out and eventually allow vaccinated travellers from low-risk places to enter the country without doing quarantine.

New Zealand, which has no Delta variant cases in the community, will speed up its vaccination roll out and eventually allow vaccinated travellers from low-risk places to enter the country without doing quarantine.

12 Aug 2021 - 12:02PM
Xi Jinping’s foreign policy behind worsening China-Australia ties, say former PMs Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd

The former Australian prime ministers also blamed hawkish government ministers and conservative media for inflaming tensions with Beijing.

The former Australian prime ministers also blamed hawkish government ministers and conservative media for inflaming tensions with Beijing.

11 Aug 2021 - 9:22AM
In Asia’s Covid-19 reopening debate, are scientists having too much say?

Critics say zero-Covid economies have become enthralled to a small subset of experts and ignoring fields such as ethics. Perhaps it’s time to listen to the philosophers.

Critics say zero-Covid economies have become enthralled to a small subset of experts and ignoring fields such as ethics. Perhaps it’s time to listen to the philosophers.

9 Aug 2021 - 8:00AM
Australia’s proposed Magnitsky-style sanctions law could target China: analysts

The reforms, expected to be adopted before the end of the year, will allow Canberra to punish individuals or entities for gross human rights violations or corruption.

The reforms, expected to be adopted before the end of the year, will allow Canberra to punish individuals or entities for gross human rights violations or corruption.

6 Aug 2021 - 9:01PM
Australia’s China, Japan embassies in dispute over alleged wartime history comments

The Japanese embassy says it has ‘no idea’ about the claims by its Chinese counterpart, while an analyst says Beijing has to ‘do better’ to stymie growing ties between Tokyo and Canberra.

The Japanese embassy says it has ‘no idea’ about the claims by its Chinese counterpart, while an analyst says Beijing has to ‘do better’ to stymie growing ties between Tokyo and Canberra.

3 Aug 2021 - 10:36PM
Kim Jong-un hints at ‘hardships’, stoking fears of famine’s return amid North Korea’s pandemic isolation

Three times this year, the hermit kingdom’s supreme leader has indicated his country is in trouble. For a rogue state whose ‘default disposition is bombast and bragging’ such admissions are worrisome, say observers.

Three times this year, the hermit kingdom’s supreme leader has indicated his country is in trouble. For a rogue state whose ‘default disposition is bombast and bragging’ such admissions are worrisome, say observers.

1 Aug 2021 - 8:39PM
30 Jul 2021 - 4:32PM