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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US pressure on Seoul over Huawei taps into fears of North Korea

Washington hints that access to its spying capabilities could be under threat if South Korea does not play ball over China’s 5G giant. That leaves Seoul to weigh the demands of its security ally against those of its top trade partner.

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Washington hints that access to its spying capabilities could be under threat if South Korea does not play ball over China’s 5G giant. That leaves Seoul to weigh the demands of its security ally against those of its top trade partner.

US pressure on Seoul over Huawei taps into fears of North Korea
Australia planning new port in northern coast for use by US Marines amid China’s growing presence in region: report

The plans, if confirmed, would be a sign of ‘growing competition for access to infrastructure around the Indo-Pacific from both China and the US’, an expert says

24 Jun 2019 - 11:08PM

The plans, if confirmed, would be a sign of ‘growing competition for access to infrastructure around the Indo-Pacific from both China and the US’, an expert says

Australia planning new port in northern coast for use by US Marines amid China’s growing presence in region: report
It’s not just Hong Kong, Asia has a rich history of protests: here are 5

Some have been driven by demands for political reform or a change of leadership, while others have been motivated by opposition to specific government actions or proposals.

24 Jun 2019 - 5:24PM

Some have been driven by demands for political reform or a change of leadership, while others have been motivated by opposition to specific government actions or proposals.

It’s not just Hong Kong, Asia has a rich history of protests: here are 5
Vietnam has a new partner in its old rivalry with China – the US

A mutual suspicion of Beijing’s rising clout, particularly in the South China Sea, has led to deeper military cooperation between Hanoi and Washington but non-aligned Vietnam still has constraints on its defence ties.

19 Jun 2019 - 9:36PM

A mutual suspicion of Beijing’s rising clout, particularly in the South China Sea, has led to deeper military cooperation between Hanoi and Washington but non-aligned Vietnam still has constraints on its defence ties.

Vietnam has a new partner in its old rivalry with China – the US
How the US plans to crack down on Chinese facial recognition tech used to ‘strengthen authoritarian governments’

A proposed bill reflects a broader campaign underway in the US to check the spread of Chinese tech and coincides with rising anxiety in the US about the country’s fading dominance in the tech sphere.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:11PM

A proposed bill reflects a broader campaign underway in the US to check the spread of Chinese tech and coincides with rising anxiety in the US about the country’s fading dominance in the tech sphere.

How the US plans to crack down on Chinese facial recognition tech used to ‘strengthen authoritarian governments’
Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

15 Jun 2019 - 2:54PM

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK  and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

16 Jun 2019 - 10:44AM

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?
Australian police’s ‘savage’ raid of public broadcaster ABC raises press freedom fears

Police searched the headquarters of the ABC in Sydney over a series of reports in 2017 which used classified documents to detail evidence of unlawful killings and other misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

Police searched the headquarters of the ABC in Sydney over a series of reports in 2017 which used classified documents to detail evidence of unlawful killings and other misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Australian police’s ‘savage’ raid of public broadcaster ABC raises press freedom fears
Dead or alive? Confusion on ‘executed’ envoy Kim Hyok-chol highlights mystery of North Korea

Sources say official who led talks in the run-up to February summit with Donald Trump remains alive despite execution claims. Confusion surrounding his fate is the latest example of conflicting reports on top officials in North Korea and highlights the difficulty of verifying information coming out of the secretive state.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:22PM

Sources say official who led talks in the run-up to February summit with Donald Trump remains alive despite execution claims. Confusion surrounding his fate is the latest example of conflicting reports on top officials in North Korea and highlights the difficulty of verifying information coming out of the secretive state.

Dead or alive? Confusion on ‘executed’ envoy Kim Hyok-chol highlights mystery of North Korea
Chinese warships in Sydney: a surprise for the Australian public, and a show of strength from Beijing?

Experts say the visit showed China’s ability to carry out naval operations globally but was a ‘public relations disaster’ since it followed other controversies involving Australian and Chinese vessels.

4 Jun 2019 - 12:07AM

Experts say the visit showed China’s ability to carry out naval operations globally but was a ‘public relations disaster’ since it followed other controversies involving Australian and Chinese vessels.

Chinese warships in Sydney: a surprise for the Australian public, and a show of strength from Beijing?
What does South Korea think of China’s belt and road? It’s complicated

Seoul’s new ambassador to Beijing was quoted saying his country hoped to ‘actively participate’ in vast infrastructure initiative, prompting denial from foreign ministry.

1 Jun 2019 - 10:16PM

Seoul’s new ambassador to Beijing was quoted saying his country hoped to ‘actively participate’ in vast infrastructure initiative, prompting denial from foreign ministry.

What does South Korea think of China’s belt and road? It’s complicated
Short of war, US can’t help but lose to China’s rise in Asia, says think tank Lowy Institute

Trump’s assault on trade has done little to reverse Washington’s decline in regional clout as Beijing’s influence grows, experts say, as the Lowy Institute’s 2019 Asia Power Index puts the US behind both China and Japan for diplomatic influence.

29 May 2019 - 11:41AM

Trump’s assault on trade has done little to reverse Washington’s decline in regional clout as Beijing’s influence grows, experts say, as the Lowy Institute’s 2019 Asia Power Index puts the US behind both China and Japan for diplomatic influence.

Short of war, US can’t help but lose to China’s rise in Asia, says think tank Lowy Institute
New Zealand man admits to racist road rage attack on ethnic Chinese family

Fraser Milne told the family that he was a gang member and would kill them, and threatened to have them eaten by his blue-nosed pit bull dog.

26 May 2019 - 8:32PM

Fraser Milne told the family that he was a gang member and would kill them, and threatened to have them eaten by his blue-nosed pit bull dog.

New Zealand man admits to racist road rage attack on ethnic Chinese family
What does Shinzo Abe’s name change have to do with colonialism and ‘unenlightened Westerners’?

Experts say the request is consistent with Abe’s nationalist views, while others point to Tokyo no longer wanting to provide cultural concessions to the West – and see it as time for Asians to take ownership of their names.

23 May 2019 - 8:50PM

Experts say the request is consistent with Abe’s nationalist views, while others point to Tokyo no longer wanting to provide cultural concessions to the West – and see it as time for Asians to take ownership of their names.

What does Shinzo Abe’s name change have to do with colonialism and ‘unenlightened Westerners’?
In Philippines, police inquiry finds no evidence of Huawei spying for Beijing

The findings come as the US ramps up pressure on its allies to sever ties with the telecommunications firm. Manila has largely welcomed Huawei since Duterte took office in 2016 while pledging closer relations with Beijing.

22 May 2019 - 10:16AM

The findings come as the US ramps up pressure on its allies to sever ties with the telecommunications firm. Manila has largely welcomed Huawei since Duterte took office in 2016 while pledging closer relations with Beijing.

In Philippines, police inquiry finds no evidence of Huawei spying for Beijing
Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

21 May 2019 - 4:12PM

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?
Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

21 May 2019 - 3:45PM

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry
The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

19 May 2019 - 2:31AM

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash
The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

17 May 2019 - 9:11AM

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?
Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

16 May 2019 - 3:53PM

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls
Why South Korea and Japan are slowly learning to accept foreign workers

Falling birth rates and economic jitters are prompting the insular countries to open their doors to foreign workers. But as popular resistance to immigration lingers, they will struggle to compete with expat hubs like Hong Kong.

11 May 2019 - 4:22PM

Falling birth rates and economic jitters are prompting the insular countries to open their doors to foreign workers. But as popular resistance to immigration lingers, they will struggle to compete with expat hubs like Hong Kong.

Why South Korea and Japan are slowly learning to accept foreign workers
Moon Jae-in begins third year in power with hard sell on North Korean reconciliation but has his signature policy failed?

The South Korean leader has struggled to bridge the gap between Washington and Pyongyang on the key issue of nuclear disarmament.

10 May 2019 - 9:26PM

The South Korean leader has struggled to bridge the gap between Washington and Pyongyang on the key issue of nuclear disarmament.

Moon Jae-in begins third year in power with hard sell on North Korean reconciliation but has his signature policy failed?
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will ramp up missile tests until Trump softens on denuclearisation: analysts

North Korea’s recent short-range missile tests could mark the start of more provocative launches of long-range missiles if Washington continues having a tough line on denuclearisation, experts say.

6 May 2019 - 10:06PM

North Korea’s recent short-range missile tests could mark the start of more provocative launches of long-range missiles if Washington continues having a tough line on denuclearisation, experts say.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will ramp up missile tests until Trump softens on denuclearisation: analysts
US warships made 92 trips through the Taiwan Strait since 2007

Figures obtained by the South China Morning Post show the extent of ‘innocent passage’ operations carried out in the sensitive waterway between 2007 and April 2019.

4 May 2019 - 6:29PM

Figures obtained by the South China Morning Post show the extent of ‘innocent passage’ operations carried out in the sensitive waterway between 2007 and April 2019.

US warships made 92 trips through the Taiwan Strait since 2007
Philippines police to launch probe on Huawei spying claims, despite country’s welcoming stance

The chief of the Philippine National Police says the agency will look into allegations Huawei could be used for spying by Beijing, as concerns grow in the country over the risks of partnering with the Chinese tech giant.

1 May 2019 - 10:56AM

The chief of the Philippine National Police says the agency will look into allegations Huawei could be used for spying by Beijing, as concerns grow in the country over the risks of partnering with the Chinese tech giant.

Philippines police to launch probe on Huawei spying claims, despite country’s welcoming stance
US seeks to extradite suspects who carried out North Korean embassy raid, but does that play into Pyongyang’s hands?

Former US Marine Christopher Ahn, who was arrested in Los Angeles last week, faces charges including breaking and entering, robbery with violence and intimidation.

26 Apr 2019 - 9:59PM

Former US Marine Christopher Ahn, who was arrested in Los Angeles last week, faces charges including breaking and entering, robbery with violence and intimidation.

US seeks to extradite suspects who carried out North Korean embassy raid, but does that play into Pyongyang’s hands?
South Korea’s HIV testing of foreign teachers challenged in compensation claim

Case of a New Zealand teacher who is seeking US$21,000 in lost wages, because her contract wasn’t renewed after she refused to be tested for the disease, highlights the deep seated stigma attached to people living with the illness.

22 Apr 2019 - 10:51PM

Case of a New Zealand teacher who is seeking US$21,000 in lost wages, because her contract wasn’t renewed after she refused to be tested for the disease, highlights the deep seated stigma attached to people living with the illness.

South Korea’s HIV testing of foreign teachers challenged in compensation claim
How South Korea’s Moon Jae-in plans to get Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talking about nukes again

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in is to meet Donald Trump on Wednesday to try to restart negotiations between the US and North Korea

8 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in is to meet Donald Trump on Wednesday to try to restart negotiations between the US and North Korea

How South Korea’s Moon Jae-in plans to get Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talking about nukes again
K-pop stars and Huawei help South Korea win global 5G race, as Chinese trade trumps US fears

Seoul, unlike other US allies, has not restricted Huawei from taking part in its next-generation networks due to its heavy reliance on China for trade, say observers.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:46AM

Seoul, unlike other US allies, has not restricted Huawei from taking part in its next-generation networks due to its heavy reliance on China for trade, say observers.

K-pop stars and Huawei help South Korea win global 5G race, as Chinese trade trumps US fears
Western governments have been made to fear China’s Huawei, but Ireland’s can’t afford to

Intelligence agencies from Washington to Canberra have warned about the potential national security risks of involving the Chinese tech giant in sensitive communications networks – but Dublin doesn’t seem to be concerned.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:21PM

Intelligence agencies from Washington to Canberra have warned about the potential national security risks of involving the Chinese tech giant in sensitive communications networks – but Dublin doesn’t seem to be concerned.

Western governments have been made to fear China’s Huawei, but Ireland’s can’t afford to