Keegan Elmer

Keegan Elmer

Keegan is a reporter at the Post covering China in world affairs, including US-China relations and China's relationship with its neighbours. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Helsinki.

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China cancels trade visit to Sweden over detained bookseller Gui Minhai’s free speech prize

Chinese ambassador threatened ‘bad consequences’ for Sweden after its culture minister presented award to Gui, represented by an empty chair.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:00PM

Chinese ambassador threatened ‘bad consequences’ for Sweden after its culture minister presented award to Gui, represented by an empty chair.

China cancels trade visit to Sweden over detained bookseller Gui Minhai’s free speech prize
China is not a threat, Xi Jinping tells new European Council President Charles Michel

Rise of China is an opportunity for the EU, Xi says in phone call as Michel takes office at a time when Europe is becoming more wary of Beijing.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:00PM

Rise of China is an opportunity for the EU, Xi says in phone call as Michel takes office at a time when Europe is becoming more wary of Beijing.

China is not a threat, Xi Jinping tells new European Council President Charles Michel
China says it will ‘normalise’ Xinjiang camps as Beijing continues drive to defend policies in mainly Muslim region

Chairman of regional government Shohrat Zakir says facilities – which Beijing insists offer education and training – will be opened up to school leavers and farmers.

10 Dec 2019 - 1:11AM

Chairman of regional government Shohrat Zakir says facilities – which Beijing insists offer education and training – will be opened up to school leavers and farmers.

China says it will ‘normalise’ Xinjiang camps as Beijing continues drive to defend policies in mainly Muslim region
China tells Germany to butt out: no inquiry into Hong Kong police protest tactics

Visiting Greens parliamentarians in disagreement with Chinese foreign ministry over next steps to address city in crisis.

6 Dec 2019 - 11:32PM

Visiting Greens parliamentarians in disagreement with Chinese foreign ministry over next steps to address city in crisis.

China tells Germany to butt out: no inquiry into Hong Kong police protest tactics
German firms committed to Hong Kong but doubt political unrest will end soon

Companies regard city as their base and ‘don’t consider leaving’, director of German Chamber of Commerce in China says.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:29PM

Companies regard city as their base and ‘don’t consider leaving’, director of German Chamber of Commerce in China says.

German firms committed to Hong Kong but doubt political unrest will end soon
New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen takes helm amid growing European suspicion of China

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Commission President Beijing hoped to remain a key partner for bloc despite being labelled ‘strategic rival’ earlier this year.

2 Dec 2019 - 11:27PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Commission President Beijing hoped to remain a key partner for bloc despite being labelled ‘strategic rival’ earlier this year.

New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen takes helm amid growing European suspicion of China
Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa plays downs links with China on trip to India

Ties between Colombo and Beijing are ‘purely commercial’, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says.

1 Dec 2019 - 10:52PM

Ties between Colombo and Beijing are ‘purely commercial’, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says.

Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa plays downs links with China on trip to India
EU’s China point man urges Hong Kong and Beijing leaders to listen after ‘powerful signal’ of elections

City and central governments should act on calls for inquiry into police conduct and for universal suffrage, Reinhard Butikofer says – but he cautions against thinking other countries can ride to Hongkongers’ rescue.

30 Nov 2019 - 9:49AM

City and central governments should act on calls for inquiry into police conduct and for universal suffrage, Reinhard Butikofer says – but he cautions against thinking other countries can ride to Hongkongers’ rescue.

EU’s China point man urges Hong Kong and Beijing leaders to listen after ‘powerful signal’ of elections
Hong Kong can rely on European Union’s support in ‘difficult times’

Officials representing the EU on diplomatic and foreign affairs tell local politicians ‘Hong Kong can count on the EU’ hours after US president signs act allowing sanctions against city’s government.

29 Nov 2019 - 12:29AM

Officials representing the EU on diplomatic and foreign affairs tell local politicians ‘Hong Kong can count on the EU’ hours after US president signs act allowing sanctions against city’s government.

Hong Kong can rely on European Union’s support in ‘difficult times’
US ambassador Terry Branstad expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Hong Kong after Chinese protest over human rights act

Foreign ministry summoned envoy to lodge another protest about American ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs - the third official complaint about the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

26 Nov 2019 - 11:25PM

Foreign ministry summoned envoy to lodge another protest about American ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs - the third official complaint about the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

US ambassador Terry Branstad expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Hong Kong after Chinese protest over human rights act
China’s relationship with Canada remains deadlocked as fate of detainees continues to cast a long shadow

Canada’s new foreign minister insists that the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is an ‘absolute priority’ while Beijing demands Meng Wanzhou be released.

26 Nov 2019 - 12:51AM

Canada’s new foreign minister insists that the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is an ‘absolute priority’ while Beijing demands Meng Wanzhou be released.

China’s relationship with Canada remains deadlocked as fate of detainees continues to cast a long shadow
Europe reluctant to do more about Hong Kong for fear of Beijing’s reaction, say diplomats

So far the EU has limited itself to calls for restraint and ‘political support’ but it is not expected to follow the US lead by implementing specific measures.

20 Nov 2019 - 9:35PM

So far the EU has limited itself to calls for restraint and ‘political support’ but it is not expected to follow the US lead by implementing specific measures.

Europe reluctant to do more about Hong Kong for fear of Beijing’s reaction, say diplomats
Chinese embassy in Sweden warns of ‘bad consequences’ after Gui Minhai gets literary prize

‘Giving an award to such a criminal is an outright political farce … wrong deeds will only meet bad consequences,’ mission says.

17 Nov 2019 - 11:11AM

‘Giving an award to such a criminal is an outright political farce … wrong deeds will only meet bad consequences,’ mission says.

Chinese embassy in Sweden warns of ‘bad consequences’ after Gui Minhai gets literary prize
US report on Hong Kong lays bare the ‘evil intentions of anti-China forces’, foreign ministry office says

‘We again urge the relevant American politicians to immediately stop meddling’ in city’s affairs, office of the commissioner of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.

16 Nov 2019 - 11:59PM

‘We again urge the relevant American politicians to immediately stop meddling’ in city’s affairs, office of the commissioner of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.

US report on Hong Kong lays bare the ‘evil intentions of anti-China forces’, foreign ministry office says
The China question in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

One of the front runners in Saturday’s poll could steer Colombo closer to Beijing but the focus should be on the longer term, observers say.

16 Nov 2019 - 10:51PM

One of the front runners in Saturday’s poll could steer Colombo closer to Beijing but the focus should be on the longer term, observers say.

The China question in Sri Lanka’s presidential election
Chinese President Xi Jinping tells BRICS summit ‘protectionism and bullying’ hurting world economy

No mention of partial trade deal with United States after previous suggestions that Xi and Donald Trump could meet this week to sign one.

14 Nov 2019 - 11:05PM

No mention of partial trade deal with United States after previous suggestions that Xi and Donald Trump could meet this week to sign one.

Chinese President Xi Jinping tells BRICS summit ‘protectionism and bullying’ hurting world economy
US senators propose economic security strategy act to counter China’s rise

‘For the first time in almost three decades, the United States is confronted with a near-peer competitor on the global stage,’ Republican senator Marco Rubio says.

14 Nov 2019 - 10:34AM

‘For the first time in almost three decades, the United States is confronted with a near-peer competitor on the global stage,’ Republican senator Marco Rubio says.

US senators propose economic security strategy act to counter China’s rise
China says RCEP economies committed to work with India to resolve lingering trade deal issues

Beijing says the 15 member states are ready to work with India to resolve New Delhi’s outstanding concerns with the world’s largest trade deal.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:20PM

Beijing says the 15 member states are ready to work with India to resolve New Delhi’s outstanding concerns with the world’s largest trade deal.

China says RCEP economies committed to work with India to resolve lingering trade deal issues
‘No one wins a trade war’: French President Emmanuel Macron points to common ground with China on tariffs and climate action

But Beijing still needs to open the door wider to foreign businesses, Macron says.

6 Nov 2019 - 8:30AM

But Beijing still needs to open the door wider to foreign businesses, Macron says.

‘No one wins a trade war’: French President Emmanuel Macron points to common ground with China on tariffs and climate action
French President Emmanuel Macron starts China visit hoping for agriculture and finance deals

French leader will push for progress on EU-China trade deal and is due to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Shanghai.

5 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

French leader will push for progress on EU-China trade deal and is due to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Shanghai.

French President Emmanuel Macron starts China visit hoping for agriculture and finance deals
How China will look elsewhere to push agenda after cancelled Apec summit in Chile hits hopes of US trade deal

Despite the cancellation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting, the BRICS summit in Brazil will offer an alternative platform for Beijing.

2 Nov 2019 - 4:07PM

Despite the cancellation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting, the BRICS summit in Brazil will offer an alternative platform for Beijing.

How China will look elsewhere to push agenda after cancelled Apec summit in Chile hits hopes of US trade deal
French President Emmanuel Macron to attend Shanghai import expo as EU continues push for China trade agreement

Incoming EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan will attend next week’s event.

31 Oct 2019 - 11:05PM

Incoming EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan will attend next week’s event.

French President Emmanuel Macron to attend Shanghai import expo as EU continues push for China trade agreement
US has woken up to how ‘truly hostile’ China is towards Western values, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Conflict with China is result of ‘distorted’ view created by lobbyists and state media, Pompeo says in speech that repeats Trump administration’s criticisms and charges against Beijing.

31 Oct 2019 - 10:53PM

Conflict with China is result of ‘distorted’ view created by lobbyists and state media, Pompeo says in speech that repeats Trump administration’s criticisms and charges against Beijing.

US has woken up to how ‘truly hostile’ China is towards Western values, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

31 Oct 2019 - 3:49PM

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area
Canada’s new ambassador to China gets to meet detained pair, but warned he faces uphill struggle to repair relations

Dominic Barton visits Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who were held on spying charges after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December.

29 Oct 2019 - 11:34PM

Dominic Barton visits Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who were held on spying charges after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December.

Canada’s new ambassador to China gets to meet detained pair, but warned he faces uphill struggle to repair relations
Common ground on investment but still no hint of Brazil signing up for China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Brazilian president says two countries ‘born to walk together’ but offers no commitment to Beijing’s big infrastructure plan.

26 Oct 2019 - 3:26AM

Brazilian president says two countries ‘born to walk together’ but offers no commitment to Beijing’s big infrastructure plan.

Common ground on investment but still no hint of Brazil signing up for China’s Belt and Road Initiative
China rejects EU support for ‘universal’ human rights, saying ‘satisfaction of people’ is most important measure

Different accounts of meeting between two sides highlight gulf as Brussels stresses belief in ‘indivisibility of human rights’ while Beijing focuses on ‘different approaches’ to the matter.

26 Oct 2019 - 2:31AM

Different accounts of meeting between two sides highlight gulf as Brussels stresses belief in ‘indivisibility of human rights’ while Beijing focuses on ‘different approaches’ to the matter.

China rejects EU support for ‘universal’ human rights, saying ‘satisfaction of people’ is most important measure
European Union ‘won’t rush into trade deal’ with China

Talks have picked up pace this year but the EU is only interested in a ‘good agreement’, spokesman says.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:04AM

Talks have picked up pace this year but the EU is only interested in a ‘good agreement’, spokesman says.

European Union ‘won’t rush into trade deal’ with China
China-basher or bridge builder? What can we expect when Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits Beijing?

Economic interests may force populist leader to adopt a more pragmatic tone when he visits his country’s largest trading partner.

24 Oct 2019 - 8:32AM

Economic interests may force populist leader to adopt a more pragmatic tone when he visits his country’s largest trading partner.

China-basher or bridge builder? What can we expect when Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits Beijing?
China extends six-day visa-free tourist stopover scheme to 27 ports and cities

Visa scheme is being extended in effort to increase tourism revenues, and official figures say short stays are becoming popular with visitors.

23 Oct 2019 - 10:22PM

Visa scheme is being extended in effort to increase tourism revenues, and official figures say short stays are becoming popular with visitors.

China extends six-day visa-free tourist stopover scheme to 27 ports and cities