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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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
‘Dirty tricks’ were planned in South Korea’s first democratic election, CIA files show

Ahead of the landmark election in 1987, the military-backed ruling camp so feared the loss of its hand-picked candidate, it drew up plans to fix the poll, declassified US intelligence shows.

22 Jul 2019 - 5:33PM

Ahead of the landmark election in 1987, the military-backed ruling camp so feared the loss of its hand-picked candidate, it drew up plans to fix the poll, declassified US intelligence shows.

‘Dirty tricks’ were planned in South Korea’s first democratic election, CIA files show
President Tsai Ing-wen’s high-profile US visits keep Taiwan in spotlight and send message to Beijing

China’s response to the current trip has been relatively muted, but past pressure tactics can be seen in letters obtained through US Freedom of Information requests.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:53PM

China’s response to the current trip has been relatively muted, but past pressure tactics can be seen in letters obtained through US Freedom of Information requests.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s high-profile US visits keep Taiwan in spotlight and send message to Beijing
Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ over China’s detention of author Yang Hengjun

‘If he is being detained for his political views, then he should be released,’ foreign minister Payne said.

20 Jul 2019 - 8:06AM

‘If he is being detained for his political views, then he should be released,’ foreign minister Payne said.

Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ over China’s detention of author Yang Hengjun
Yang Hengjun: China has charged dissident Australian dual national detained since January, lawyer says

Yang Hengjun, a visiting scholar at Columbia University and critic of Beijing’s suppression of democracy, was detained in January after arriving in China with his family on a flight from New York.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:41PM

Yang Hengjun, a visiting scholar at Columbia University and critic of Beijing’s suppression of democracy, was detained in January after arriving in China with his family on a flight from New York.

Yang Hengjun: China has charged dissident Australian dual national detained since January, lawyer says
Explainer | Explained: what’s driving Japan’s escalating feud with South Korea?

Tokyo’s decision to restrict exports of hi-tech materials to Seoul and a simmering row over forced labour have sent the relationship between the two countries tumbling.

18 Jul 2019 - 1:57PM

Tokyo’s decision to restrict exports of hi-tech materials to Seoul and a simmering row over forced labour have sent the relationship between the two countries tumbling.

Explained: what’s driving Japan’s escalating feud with South Korea?
China slams Australian broadcaster over Xinjiang report as universities investigate claims

Two Australian universities say they will review ties to Chinese tech companies implicated in rights abuses in the semi-autonomous region, while the Chinese embassy says the ABC’s Four Corners programme used ‘absurd logic’.

17 Jul 2019 - 3:57PM

Two Australian universities say they will review ties to Chinese tech companies implicated in rights abuses in the semi-autonomous region, while the Chinese embassy says the ABC’s Four Corners programme used ‘absurd logic’.

China slams Australian broadcaster over Xinjiang report as universities investigate claims
Japan and South Korea are at odds, but the US won’t get involved. Is it because of Kim Jong-un?

Analysts say part of the reason is that Pyongyang, the strongest argument for cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, is seen to have receded as a threat.

13 Jul 2019 - 5:00PM

Analysts say part of the reason is that Pyongyang, the strongest argument for cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, is seen to have receded as a threat.

Japan and South Korea are at odds, but the US won’t get involved. Is it because of Kim Jong-un?
Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?

The Pacific nation’s government has defended the actions as routine law enforcement, but critics fear its rule of law is being undermined as the case takes place against a backdrop of global misgivings about China’s legal system.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:16AM

The Pacific nation’s government has defended the actions as routine law enforcement, but critics fear its rule of law is being undermined as the case takes place against a backdrop of global misgivings about China’s legal system.

Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?
Mystery of Alek Sigley’s detention in North Korea to linger as student vows silence

Minister says the 29-year-old should stay in Japan, go back to South Korea or Australia because his detention in North Korea could ‘have ended very differently

5 Jul 2019 - 9:43PM

Minister says the 29-year-old should stay in Japan, go back to South Korea or Australia because his detention in North Korea could ‘have ended very differently

Mystery of Alek Sigley’s detention in North Korea to linger as student vows silence
Australian student Alek Sigley released by North Korea, is in Beijing and will head to Tokyo

An Australian government source familiar with the details confirmed Sigley was in Beijing and would shortly travel to Tokyo.

4 Jul 2019 - 10:36PM

An Australian government source familiar with the details confirmed Sigley was in Beijing and would shortly travel to Tokyo.

Australian student Alek Sigley released by North Korea, is in Beijing and will head to Tokyo
ABC raid: Australian police dressed to impress before searching national broadcaster, declassified files show

Documents provided to the Post reveal the federal police feared ‘negative reporting’ of the raid – which drew international condemnation as an attack on press freedom – and dressed to avoid reputational damage.

4 Jul 2019 - 9:23PM

Documents provided to the Post reveal the federal police feared ‘negative reporting’ of the raid – which drew international condemnation as an attack on press freedom – and dressed to avoid reputational damage.

ABC raid: Australian police dressed to impress before searching national broadcaster, declassified files show
As Australian PM Scott Morrison prays, Sweden steps up as mediator for missing Alek Sigley in North Korea

Stockholm has long served as a channel for countries that don’t have formal relations with Pyongyang. The Nordic nation is ‘dealing with’ the case of student Alek Sigley, who is feared detained by the North.

4 Jul 2019 - 10:53AM

Stockholm has long served as a channel for countries that don’t have formal relations with Pyongyang. The Nordic nation is ‘dealing with’ the case of student Alek Sigley, who is feared detained by the North.

As Australian PM Scott Morrison prays, Sweden steps up as mediator for missing Alek Sigley in North Korea
Trump should give Kim a chance to rebuild economy in exchange for nuclear disarmament, says Nobel peace laureate Rebecca Johnson

Anti-nuclear advocate Rebecca Johnson hopes Trump will break with conventional wisdom to offer Kim a chance to build a prosperous future for his country in exchange for nuclear disarmament.

3 Jul 2019 - 12:41PM

Anti-nuclear advocate Rebecca Johnson hopes Trump will break with conventional wisdom to offer Kim a chance to build a prosperous future for his country in exchange for nuclear disarmament.

Trump should give Kim a chance to rebuild economy in exchange for nuclear disarmament, says Nobel peace laureate Rebecca Johnson
‘The only Australian living in North Korea’ Alek Sigley was prolific social media user before he went missing

The Australian student was known for posting about his colourful life inside the secretive nation. But if his detention is confirmed, it would add him to a long list of foreigners whose fascination with North Korea landed them in hot water

27 Jun 2019 - 7:52PM

The Australian student was known for posting about his colourful life inside the secretive nation. But if his detention is confirmed, it would add him to a long list of foreigners whose fascination with North Korea landed them in hot water

‘The only Australian living in North Korea’ Alek Sigley was prolific social media user before he went missing
Australians’ trust in China plummets to lowest level in 14 years, survey shows

Only 32 per cent of Australians trust China to act responsibly, according to an annual poll by the Lowy Institute – the lowest level since the survey began in 2005.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:53AM

Only 32 per cent of Australians trust China to act responsibly, according to an annual poll by the Lowy Institute – the lowest level since the survey began in 2005.

Australians’ trust in China plummets to lowest level in 14 years, survey shows
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.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:03AM

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