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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Decode China: US backs Chinese-language news site in Australia as battle of the narratives heats up

Decode China has been linked to critics of Beijing and comes amid tensions between Australia and China over Hong Kong, trade and claims of spying.

11 Jul 2020 - 2:23PM

Decode China has been linked to critics of Beijing and comes amid tensions between Australia and China over Hong Kong, trade and claims of spying.

Decode China: US backs Chinese-language news site in Australia as battle of the narratives heats up
Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong, offers pathway to residency for Hongkongers

Australia will also suspend extradition treaty and allow 10,000 Hongkongers on student and other temporary visas to stay following passage of national security law. New Zealand is also reviewing its ties with Hong Kong.

10 Jul 2020 - 9:41AM

Australia will also suspend extradition treaty and allow 10,000 Hongkongers on student and other temporary visas to stay following passage of national security law. New Zealand is also reviewing its ties with Hong Kong.

Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong, offers pathway to residency for Hongkongers
North Korea nuclear programme: Seoul hopes Trump can learn the art of the ‘small deal’

South’s President Moon Jae-in is pulling out the stops to revive talks on denuclearisation. But Washington is sceptical of half-measures and Pyongyang appears intransigent.

9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

South’s President Moon Jae-in is pulling out the stops to revive talks on denuclearisation. But Washington is sceptical of half-measures and Pyongyang appears intransigent.

North Korea nuclear programme: Seoul hopes Trump can learn the art of the ‘small deal’
Australians ‘at risk of arbitrary detention’ in China, government warns

New advice is likely to further unsettle relations already strained by trade disputes, allegations of espionage and the national security law for Hong Kong.

7 Jul 2020 - 6:38PM

New advice is likely to further unsettle relations already strained by trade disputes, allegations of espionage and the national security law for Hong Kong.

Australians ‘at risk of arbitrary detention’ in China, government warns
Australia boosts defence spending by 40 per cent as China tensions rise

Canberra will spend US$186 billion on defence over the next decade to maintain regional security, amid increasingly strained relations with Beijing.

1 Jul 2020 - 10:11PM

Canberra will spend US$186 billion on defence over the next decade to maintain regional security, amid increasingly strained relations with Beijing.

Australia boosts defence spending by 40 per cent as China tensions rise
Analysis | High stakes as Australia tests foreign interference laws, with China in its sights

The stakes are high, with the outcome either solidifying allegations of Chinese interference in Australian politics or fuelling accusations of Sinophobia.

1 Jul 2020 - 6:21AM

The stakes are high, with the outcome either solidifying allegations of Chinese interference in Australian politics or fuelling accusations of Sinophobia.

High stakes as Australia tests foreign interference laws, with China in its sights
Kiribati’s pro-China leader wins re-election in blow to Taiwan

Taneti Maamau, who in September announced the Pacific island nation’s switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing, remains president.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:40PM

Taneti Maamau, who in September announced the Pacific island nation’s switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing, remains president.

Kiribati’s pro-China leader wins re-election in blow to Taiwan
Australia, US must boost defence, cybersecurity ties to counter China: report

Coming at a difficult time for China-Australia relations, it describes the shifting balance of power from declining US influence and China’s ‘coercive statecraft’.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:40PM

Coming at a difficult time for China-Australia relations, it describes the shifting balance of power from declining US influence and China’s ‘coercive statecraft’.

Australia, US must boost defence, cybersecurity ties to counter China: report
Why BTS Army and other K-pop fans are aiming their activism at Donald Trump

Fans of the South Korean soft power export have banded together to troll the US president and champion Black Lives Matter. Analysts say most of these fans are politically aware, liberal and masters of social media.

23 Jun 2020 - 3:54PM

Fans of the South Korean soft power export have banded together to troll the US president and champion Black Lives Matter. Analysts say most of these fans are politically aware, liberal and masters of social media.

Why BTS Army and other K-pop fans are aiming their activism at Donald Trump
Moon Jae-in’s vision of peace with North Korea goes up in smoke

When Pyongyang blew up the inter-Korean liaison office, hopes of a new era of reconciliation with Seoul went with it.

20 Jun 2020 - 8:28AM

When Pyongyang blew up the inter-Korean liaison office, hopes of a new era of reconciliation with Seoul went with it.

Moon Jae-in’s vision of peace with North Korea goes up in smoke
‘He’s not a spy or secret agent’: Michael Spavor charges in China concern North Korea watchers

The Canadian, who knows Kim Jong-un personally, was charged with espionage, but a friend said he is a victim of an ‘international power struggle’.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:42PM

The Canadian, who knows Kim Jong-un personally, was charged with espionage, but a friend said he is a victim of an ‘international power struggle’.

‘He’s not a spy or secret agent’: Michael Spavor charges in China concern North Korea watchers
Australia targeted in ‘malicious’ cyberattack by state actor, PM Morrison says

Suspicion has fallen on Beijing, which has recently slapped trade sanctions on Australian products amid an escalating row over Chinese influence.

19 Jun 2020 - 11:16PM

Suspicion has fallen on Beijing, which has recently slapped trade sanctions on Australian products amid an escalating row over Chinese influence.

Australia targeted in ‘malicious’ cyberattack by state actor, PM Morrison says
Coronavirus: Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne says China is spreading ‘disinformation’

Marise Payne says the disinformation includes Beijing’s warning that Chinese tourists and students should avoid Australia due to an uptick in racist attacks.

16 Jun 2020 - 10:23PM

Marise Payne says the disinformation includes Beijing’s warning that Chinese tourists and students should avoid Australia due to an uptick in racist attacks.

Coronavirus: Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne says China is spreading ‘disinformation’
Friends of Karm Gilespie shocked after Chinese court sentences ‘squeaky clean’ Australian to death

Acquaintances and former business partners say they have been looking for the actor turned entrepreneur since his sudden disappearance in 2013, when he was secretly detained for drug trafficking.

15 Jun 2020 - 11:23PM

Acquaintances and former business partners say they have been looking for the actor turned entrepreneur since his sudden disappearance in 2013, when he was secretly detained for drug trafficking.

Friends of Karm Gilespie shocked after Chinese court sentences ‘squeaky clean’ Australian to death
Why Kim Jong-un’s sister is putting the pressure on South Korea

Kim Yo-jong pressed Seoul to rein in defector activists sending leaflets across the border, confirming her increased influence within North Korean leadership.

14 Jun 2020 - 9:51PM

Kim Yo-jong pressed Seoul to rein in defector activists sending leaflets across the border, confirming her increased influence within North Korean leadership.

Why Kim Jong-un’s sister is putting the pressure on South Korea
As China tensions mount, Australia’s dovish voices calling for engagement are fading away

With Beijing continuing to exert pressure on Australia, voices urging an understanding of China are fading from the national conversation.

30 Jun 2020 - 6:30PM

With Beijing continuing to exert pressure on Australia, voices urging an understanding of China are fading from the national conversation.

As China tensions mount, Australia’s dovish voices calling for engagement are fading away
China should drop ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy to set itself apart from Trump’s America, former Australia PM says

Malcolm Turnbull, who led Australia from 2015-2018, said Beijing’s bellicose foreign policy had been counterproductive and risked alienating potential partners.

9 Jun 2020 - 9:57AM

Malcolm Turnbull, who led Australia from 2015-2018, said Beijing’s bellicose foreign policy had been counterproductive and risked alienating potential partners.

China should drop ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy to set itself apart from Trump’s America, former Australia PM says
In South Korea, history and free speech collide in a battle to define democracy

The conviction of a North Korean defector, whose book claimed Pyongyang had been behind a seminal moment in the South’s fight for democracy, has shone a light on its struggles with interpreting the past.

5 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

The conviction of a North Korean defector, whose book claimed Pyongyang had been behind a seminal moment in the South’s fight for democracy, has shone a light on its struggles with interpreting the past.

In South Korea, history and free speech collide in a battle to define democracy
Australia, India seek closer ties amid shared wariness over China’s rise

The two are expected to sign a deal on Thursday granting reciprocal access to military bases and agreements to develop new supply chains in key industries.

4 Jun 2020 - 10:13AM

The two are expected to sign a deal on Thursday granting reciprocal access to military bases and agreements to develop new supply chains in key industries.

Australia, India seek closer ties amid shared wariness over China’s rise
South Korea accepts Trump’s G7 plan as it grapples with how to balance US, China

South Korean President Moon accepted the invitation during a phone call with his US counterpart.

1 Jun 2020 - 11:01PM

South Korean President Moon accepted the invitation during a phone call with his US counterpart.

South Korea accepts Trump’s G7 plan as it grapples with how to balance US, China
Coronavirus vaccine: anti-vax movement threatens Asian recovery

Asia has high vaccination rates, but it isn’t immune from scepticism that takes its cue from the West and is growing alongside affluence, experts say.

1 Jun 2020 - 9:12AM

Asia has high vaccination rates, but it isn’t immune from scepticism that takes its cue from the West and is growing alongside affluence, experts say.

Coronavirus vaccine: anti-vax movement threatens Asian recovery
Australian student who led anti-Beijing protests suspended from University of Queensland for 2 years

UQ said Drew Pavlou had damaged its reputation through activism concerning the protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uygurs in China.

29 May 2020 - 7:30PM

UQ said Drew Pavlou had damaged its reputation through activism concerning the protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uygurs in China.

Australian student who led anti-Beijing protests suspended from University of Queensland for 2 years
Coronavirus: Washington Governor Jay Inslee personally appealed to Xi Jinping for PPE, on advice of Chinese-American entrepreneur

The outreach, revealed in a trove of emails obtained by the South China Morning Post, followed an intervention by software services entrepreneur Qiang Wan.

9 Jun 2020 - 6:40PM

The outreach, revealed in a trove of emails obtained by the South China Morning Post, followed an intervention by software services entrepreneur Qiang Wan.

Coronavirus: Washington Governor Jay Inslee personally appealed to Xi Jinping for PPE, on advice of Chinese-American entrepreneur
Australia’s state of Victoria pushing ahead with belt and road plans, despite Canberra’s objections

Victoria aims to sign a road map for investment under China’s Belt and Road Initiative within weeks, as Beijing ramps up trade tensions with Australia.

21 May 2020 - 7:44PM

Victoria aims to sign a road map for investment under China’s Belt and Road Initiative within weeks, as Beijing ramps up trade tensions with Australia.

Australia’s state of Victoria pushing ahead with belt and road plans, despite Canberra’s objections
The ‘comfort women’ of South Korea: pawns in a political game?

The bombshell claim by Lee Yong-soo that she and fellow survivors of Japanese wartime brothels are being exploited fuels claims the women are being used for a nationalistic, domestic agenda.

20 May 2020 - 11:03PM

The bombshell claim by Lee Yong-soo that she and fellow survivors of Japanese wartime brothels are being exploited fuels claims the women are being used for a nationalistic, domestic agenda.

The ‘comfort women’ of South Korea: pawns in a political game?
As China’s beef with Australia hits its economy, will Canberra be cowed?

China’s recent move to impose restrictions on Australian imports has forced Canberra to weigh the costs of defying Beijing, even as it seeks an inquiry into the coronavirus’ origins.

16 May 2020 - 5:34PM

China’s recent move to impose restrictions on Australian imports has forced Canberra to weigh the costs of defying Beijing, even as it seeks an inquiry into the coronavirus’ origins.

As China’s beef with Australia hits its economy, will Canberra be cowed?
Coronavirus: Asian experts say Oxford study showing higher hospital death rate among non-whites suggests socioeconomic, not genetic effects

They were responding to the findings of a study led by the University of Oxford that found Asian and black people were more likely to die from Covid-19.

14 May 2020 - 9:32AM

They were responding to the findings of a study led by the University of Oxford that found Asian and black people were more likely to die from Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Asian experts say Oxford study showing higher hospital death rate among non-whites suggests socioeconomic, not genetic effects
Avoid blame game with China on coronavirus probe, say Australian former foreign ministers

Former top diplomats Julie Bishop and Gareth Evans say Australia’s public push for a legal inquiry into Covid-19 is likely to fail and that it should instead be employing ‘quiet diplomacy’.

12 May 2020 - 10:18PM

Former top diplomats Julie Bishop and Gareth Evans say Australia’s public push for a legal inquiry into Covid-19 is likely to fail and that it should instead be employing ‘quiet diplomacy’.

Avoid blame game with China on coronavirus probe, say Australian former foreign ministers
Australia ‘concerned’ over reports US may have leaked documents to boost Donald Trump’s Wuhan lab claims

An Australian news report is suspected of containing material leaked by the US embassy in Canberra regarding the unproven claims Covid-19 came from a Wuhan lab.

8 May 2020 - 2:15AM

An Australian news report is suspected of containing material leaked by the US embassy in Canberra regarding the unproven claims Covid-19 came from a Wuhan lab.

Australia ‘concerned’ over reports US may have leaked documents to boost Donald Trump’s Wuhan lab claims
Australia’s COVIDsafe to Singapore’s TraceTogether: are coronavirus contact tracing apps a panacea, privacy invasion, or simply flawed?

Even if you ignore the fears about privacy, experts warn limits to the technology mean it is no cure-all for our coronavirus woes.

1 May 2020 - 7:02AM

Even if you ignore the fears about privacy, experts warn limits to the technology mean it is no cure-all for our coronavirus woes.

Australia’s COVIDsafe to Singapore’s TraceTogether: are coronavirus contact tracing apps a panacea, privacy invasion, or simply flawed?