John Power

Hong Kong

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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Explainer | Hong Kong firm’s cannabis promise to Cameroon casts spotlight on corporate laws

Questions over money raised by Trade Park Corporation highlight concerns about the city’s light-touch regulatory environment, recalling the 2016 Panama Papers scandal.

5 Dec 2019 - 12:54PM

Questions over money raised by Trade Park Corporation highlight concerns about the city’s light-touch regulatory environment, recalling the 2016 Panama Papers scandal.

Hong Kong firm’s cannabis promise to Cameroon casts spotlight on corporate laws
Leak reveals Hong Kong firm’s troubled multimillion-dollar cannabis plan for Cameroon

Trade Park Corporation appears to have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, but questions remain over where the money went, according to an investigation the Post did with NBC News and one of the teams behind the Panama Papers exposé.

5 Dec 2019 - 12:52PM

Trade Park Corporation appears to have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, but questions remain over where the money went, according to an investigation the Post did with NBC News and one of the teams behind the Panama Papers exposé.

Leak reveals Hong Kong firm’s troubled multimillion-dollar cannabis plan for Cameroon
Did Australia’s China paranoia make ‘spy’ Wang Liqiang’s claims too easy to believe?

At first, Wang Liqiang’s accounts of espionage and political sabotage seemed to confirm the country’s worst fears about Chinese meddling – but soon a quite different picture began to emerge.

4 Dec 2019 - 8:27PM

At first, Wang Liqiang’s accounts of espionage and political sabotage seemed to confirm the country’s worst fears about Chinese meddling – but soon a quite different picture began to emerge.

Did Australia’s China paranoia make ‘spy’ Wang Liqiang’s claims too easy to believe?
Australia’s US$60 million anti-espionage task force ‘shows it won’t bend the knee’ to China

Initiative is designed to better coordinate and empower agencies in response to foreign interference, following explosive claims of Chinese meddling.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:34PM

Initiative is designed to better coordinate and empower agencies in response to foreign interference, following explosive claims of Chinese meddling.

Australia’s US$60 million anti-espionage task force ‘shows it won’t bend the knee’ to China
Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho was warned in 2017 of doctorate snub by Anglia Ruskin University despite claim he knew nothing

Hong Kong lawmaker says he was given no chance to explain before British institution withdrew his honorary degree on October 28, but a university document says he was warned of the possibility two years ago.

28 Nov 2019 - 11:34PM

Hong Kong lawmaker says he was given no chance to explain before British institution withdrew his honorary degree on October 28, but a university document says he was warned of the possibility two years ago.

Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho was warned in 2017 of doctorate snub by Anglia Ruskin University despite claim he knew nothing
Australia probes spy plot amid claims of Beijing’s political meddling in Taiwan, Hong Kong

Explosive accusations about an alleged attempt to infiltrate parliament follow the defection of self-confessed spy Wang Liqiang.

25 Nov 2019 - 10:38PM

Explosive accusations about an alleged attempt to infiltrate parliament follow the defection of self-confessed spy Wang Liqiang.

Australia probes spy plot amid claims of Beijing’s political meddling in Taiwan, Hong Kong
As the US and South Korea play hardball on defence, will China emerge the winner?

Tensions in the US-Korea relationship have flared over rumours of a troop drawdown and mixed messages from Washington, causing concerns that Seoul could look to others, including Beijing, for security and defence support.

23 Nov 2019 - 2:09AM

Tensions in the US-Korea relationship have flared over rumours of a troop drawdown and mixed messages from Washington, causing concerns that Seoul could look to others, including Beijing, for security and defence support.

As the US and South Korea play hardball on defence, will China emerge the winner?
Vanuatu bars Daily Post newspaper chief critical of Chinese influence

Canadian citizen Dan McGarry, who has worked in the Pacific island nation for more than a decade, was barred from boarding a flight from Australia to Vanuatu, a move he said was retaliation for his coverage.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:01PM

Canadian citizen Dan McGarry, who has worked in the Pacific island nation for more than a decade, was barred from boarding a flight from Australia to Vanuatu, a move he said was retaliation for his coverage.

Vanuatu bars Daily Post newspaper chief critical of Chinese influence
Australian MP who compared China’s rise to Nazi Germany’s ‘not welcome’ in Beijing

Australian MP Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson – both noted China critics – will no longer go on a study tour of China after hearing they are “not welcome”.

16 Nov 2019 - 6:42AM

Australian MP Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson – both noted China critics – will no longer go on a study tour of China after hearing they are “not welcome”.

Australian MP who compared China’s rise to Nazi Germany’s ‘not welcome’ in Beijing
Australia issues guidelines for universities on foreign meddling amid China fears

Educators encouraged to consider the risks of international collaboration and share any evidence of cyber threats with the government, but some say the guidelines merely risk substituting foreign meddling for interference by the Australian state.

15 Nov 2019 - 6:46PM

Educators encouraged to consider the risks of international collaboration and share any evidence of cyber threats with the government, but some say the guidelines merely risk substituting foreign meddling for interference by the Australian state.

Australia issues guidelines for universities on foreign meddling amid China fears
Stay or go? Hong Kong’s international students pack their bags amid protest chaos

International students are being called home or face the agonising decision of whether to wait out the unrest.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:53PM

International students are being called home or face the agonising decision of whether to wait out the unrest.

Stay or go? Hong Kong’s international students pack their bags amid protest chaos
Two North Koreans allegedly murdered 16 men and fled to the South. Moon Jae-in is getting flak for sending them back

South Korea usually grants asylum to all defectors, but returned two men accused of a murderous mutiny. Some say the president is too focused on rapprochement.

1 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

South Korea usually grants asylum to all defectors, but returned two men accused of a murderous mutiny. Some say the president is too focused on rapprochement.

Two North Koreans allegedly murdered 16 men and fled to the South. Moon Jae-in is getting flak for sending them back
Huawei warns Australia it is being ‘left behind’ on 5G as tech giant challenges ban

Chinese conglomerate tells parliamentary inquiry that block on its involvement in next-generation cellular technology has stifled competition and pushed up costs.

1 Nov 2019 - 11:10PM

Chinese conglomerate tells parliamentary inquiry that block on its involvement in next-generation cellular technology has stifled competition and pushed up costs.

Huawei warns Australia it is being ‘left behind’ on 5G as tech giant challenges ban
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.

23 Oct 2019 - 8:40PM

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.

28 Oct 2019 - 1:44PM

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