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.
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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European Union must ‘play offence’ to offset China’s rising influence in Africa and Asia, insiders say

Brussels has to move away from its defensive strategy if it wants to compete for global infrastructure deals, promote its ideals, MEPs say.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM

Brussels has to move away from its defensive strategy if it wants to compete for global infrastructure deals, promote its ideals, MEPs say.

European Union must ‘play offence’ to offset China’s rising influence in Africa and Asia, insiders say
Chinese ambassador to EU says bloc should not discriminate against investors

Introduction of new screening process has left companies feeling nervous, but success of EU-China summit shows sides remain committed to cooperation, Zhang Min says.

15 Apr 2019 - 6:32AM

Introduction of new screening process has left companies feeling nervous, but success of EU-China summit shows sides remain committed to cooperation, Zhang Min says.

Chinese ambassador to EU says bloc should not discriminate against investors
China says it respects EU laws and standards as 16+1 becomes 17+1 with new member Greece

Premier Li Keqiang says growing platform is an important ‘supplement’ to Beijing’s relationship with the European Union.

13 Apr 2019 - 12:00AM

Premier Li Keqiang says growing platform is an important ‘supplement’ to Beijing’s relationship with the European Union.

China says it respects EU laws and standards as 16+1 becomes 17+1 with new member Greece
China’s commitments to EU’s big-hitters embolden countries in Europe’s ‘16+1’ group, says source

As group of European nations and China work toward statement at the end of their Croatia summit, leaders of 16 say, ‘You agreed with EU on this, why not us?

12 Apr 2019 - 8:09PM

As group of European nations and China work toward statement at the end of their Croatia summit, leaders of 16 say, ‘You agreed with EU on this, why not us?

China’s commitments to EU’s big-hitters embolden countries in Europe’s ‘16+1’ group, says source
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expected to attend 16+1 talks as country looks set to join following ‘tough’ EU-China negotiations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to join talks before the signing of a Friday agreement that will likely see the 16+1 become 17+1.

12 Apr 2019 - 2:04PM

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to join talks before the signing of a Friday agreement that will likely see the 16+1 become 17+1.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expected to attend 16+1 talks as country looks set to join following ‘tough’ EU-China negotiations
Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

11 Apr 2019 - 2:18PM

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tells EU that subsidies are for protecting workers, not industrial advantage

China agrees ‘breakthrough’ to work with Europe on WTO reform and subsidies, while Li calls on Brussels to treat Chinese companies the way it would treat its own as suspicions of industrial espionage overshadow 5G technology revolution.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

China agrees ‘breakthrough’ to work with Europe on WTO reform and subsidies, while Li calls on Brussels to treat Chinese companies the way it would treat its own as suspicions of industrial espionage overshadow 5G technology revolution.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tells EU that subsidies are for protecting workers, not industrial advantage
EU calls out Beijing on human rights but activists want harder line against China’s Xinjiang and Tibet policy

Human rights campaigners in Brussels demand that Beijing ‘close the camps’ holding Uygurs and call on EU to put direct questions to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

11 Apr 2019 - 1:43PM

Human rights campaigners in Brussels demand that Beijing ‘close the camps’ holding Uygurs and call on EU to put direct questions to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

EU calls out Beijing on human rights but activists want harder line against China’s Xinjiang and Tibet policy
Before a joint statement, a threat: EU diplomats nearly walked out of talks with China

A rare show of EU hostility, analysts said, reflected its impatience with China’s lack of follow-through on market reforms.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

A rare show of EU hostility, analysts said, reflected its impatience with China’s lack of follow-through on market reforms.

Before a joint statement, a threat: EU diplomats nearly walked out of talks with China
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels’ attention

European leaders, emboldened by Trump’s trade war, look for leverage on trade and investment opportunities but Brexit keeps getting in the way.

10 Apr 2019 - 12:01AM

European leaders, emboldened by Trump’s trade war, look for leverage on trade and investment opportunities but Brexit keeps getting in the way.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels’ attention
Smaller European states give EU greater say over China deals to ease concerns over Beijing’s influence

Brussels consulted over draft belt and road deals be signed at a summit between China and Central and Eastern European nations.

8 Apr 2019 - 9:32AM

Brussels consulted over draft belt and road deals be signed at a summit between China and Central and Eastern European nations.

Smaller European states give EU greater say over China deals to ease concerns over Beijing’s influence
Can we talk? Canadian farmers appeal to China for dialogue to end canola dispute

If there is a pest problem, let us resolve it,’ Calgary-based farmer and industry group representative Kevin Serfas says.

5 Apr 2019 - 1:49AM

If there is a pest problem, let us resolve it,’ Calgary-based farmer and industry group representative Kevin Serfas says.

Can we talk? Canadian farmers appeal to China for dialogue to end canola dispute
Donald Trump reveals he called Xi Jinping ‘king’ – and says Xi liked it

US president recalls remark on eve of resumption of talks seeking a deal to end the US-China trade war, but China is unlikely to take Trump’s rhetoric ‘too seriously’ says expert.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:27PM

US president recalls remark on eve of resumption of talks seeking a deal to end the US-China trade war, but China is unlikely to take Trump’s rhetoric ‘too seriously’ says expert.

Donald Trump reveals he called Xi Jinping ‘king’ – and says Xi liked it
Jacinda Ardern makes progress in China, but does Huawei have cause for optimism?

Prime minister says she explained New Zealand’s approach to Chinese tech firm and raised concerns over detention camps in Xinjiang during Beijing trip.

2 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Prime minister says she explained New Zealand’s approach to Chinese tech firm and raised concerns over detention camps in Xinjiang during Beijing trip.

Jacinda Ardern makes progress in China, but does Huawei have cause for optimism?
Trade and Xinjiang on the agenda for New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in China

Prime minister will meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang as she looks to repair rough patches in the relationship – especially over Huawei.

30 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM

Prime minister will meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang as she looks to repair rough patches in the relationship – especially over Huawei.

Trade and Xinjiang on the agenda for New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in China
China’s top diplomat says 40 state leaders will attend belt and road forum in April

Meeting will welcome representatives of more than 100 countries, Yang Jiechi says.

30 Mar 2019 - 10:57PM

Meeting will welcome representatives of more than 100 countries, Yang Jiechi says.

China’s top diplomat says 40 state leaders will attend belt and road forum in April
China defends ban on Canadian canola, saying it reported pest problem on four occasions

Block on two Canadian exporters ‘legitimate, reasonable’, Chinese embassy says in response to complaints from Ottawa.

30 Mar 2019 - 10:57PM

Block on two Canadian exporters ‘legitimate, reasonable’, Chinese embassy says in response to complaints from Ottawa.

China defends ban on Canadian canola, saying it reported pest problem on four occasions
Unity, reality and reciprocity: Europe brings down the barriers for Xi Jinping in Paris

European leaders strike united stand but also try to find common ground with Chinese president as the trading partners grapple with slowing growth.

29 Mar 2019 - 5:17AM

European leaders strike united stand but also try to find common ground with Chinese president as the trading partners grapple with slowing growth.

Unity, reality and reciprocity: Europe brings down the barriers for Xi Jinping in Paris
China’s fragile trade economy could be at risk, as EU outlook goes from bad to worse

The EU economy is facing a raft of issues, including Brexit, the transition of leadership in Germany, the violent ‘yellow vest’ protests in France and widespread populism.

27 Mar 2019 - 11:30AM

The EU economy is facing a raft of issues, including Brexit, the transition of leadership in Germany, the violent ‘yellow vest’ protests in France and widespread populism.

China’s fragile trade economy could be at risk, as EU outlook goes from bad to worse
France’s Emmanuel Macron asks Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker to join meeting with Xi Jinping in Paris

Surprise move comes as the European Union’s new, more assertive China policy is being debated in Brussels amid pressure from Paris and Berlin.

23 Mar 2019 - 5:23PM

Surprise move comes as the European Union’s new, more assertive China policy is being debated in Brussels amid pressure from Paris and Berlin.

France’s Emmanuel Macron asks Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker to join meeting with Xi Jinping in Paris
China declares victory over African swine fever but cover-up claims call success into question

Agriculture ministry declares tentative victory, but industry figures fear many cases are not being reported with journalists ordered not to cover the story.

28 Mar 2019 - 2:41PM

Agriculture ministry declares tentative victory, but industry figures fear many cases are not being reported with journalists ordered not to cover the story.

China declares victory over African swine fever but cover-up claims call success into question
Europe wakes: why Beijing is on a mission to quell Brussels’ fears about China

The European Union has taken a tougher and more united stand on its biggest trading partner as concerns grow about Chinese influence on the continent.

10 Apr 2019 - 2:44PM

The European Union has taken a tougher and more united stand on its biggest trading partner as concerns grow about Chinese influence on the continent.

Europe wakes: why Beijing is on a mission to quell Brussels’ fears about China
China-based diplomats warn case of detained Canadians Kovrig and Spavor is ‘Sword of Damocles’ hanging over their heads

As pair face 100th day in detention, diplomatic staff warn of the implications of the case amid concerns China is undermining principle of diplomatic immunity.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:30PM

As pair face 100th day in detention, diplomatic staff warn of the implications of the case amid concerns China is undermining principle of diplomatic immunity.

China-based diplomats warn case of detained Canadians Kovrig and Spavor is ‘Sword of Damocles’ hanging over their heads
How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

18 Mar 2019 - 8:38AM

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe
How the United States nudged the European Union towards a tougher stand on China

But Washington could also leave Brussels out in the cold with its biggest trading partner, observers say.

14 Mar 2019 - 2:11AM

But Washington could also leave Brussels out in the cold with its biggest trading partner, observers say.

How the United States nudged the European Union towards a tougher stand on China
China says multinational lenders are to blame for debts of belt and road partners like Pakistan

Qian Keming, vice-minister of commerce, issues latest defence of controversial scheme, saying it’s not a ‘one-way street’.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:24PM

Qian Keming, vice-minister of commerce, issues latest defence of controversial scheme, saying it’s not a ‘one-way street’.

China says multinational lenders are to blame for debts of belt and road partners like Pakistan
Hamburger and stir-fry diplomacy: how China and the United States showed goodwill in trade war talks

Senior Chinese official says delegations from both countries are working around the clock for a deal to scrap extra duties on billions of dollars in imports.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Senior Chinese official says delegations from both countries are working around the clock for a deal to scrap extra duties on billions of dollars in imports.

Hamburger and stir-fry diplomacy: how China and the United States showed goodwill in trade war talks
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges EU to stay ‘independent’ in dealings with Beijing after US warning to Italy

Plea to bloc not to follow America’s example follows White House criticism of Italy’s plans to become the first G7 country to sign up for the Belt and Road Initiative.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:27AM

Plea to bloc not to follow America’s example follows White House criticism of Italy’s plans to become the first G7 country to sign up for the Belt and Road Initiative.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges EU to stay ‘independent’ in dealings with Beijing after US warning to Italy
Beijing’s interests will not be served if Europe is divided over Chinese investment, says ambassador to Brussels

Zhang Ming says the EU knows its own mind and will not cave in to US pressure over any part Huawei may have in development of 5G technology.

6 Mar 2019 - 11:16PM

Zhang Ming says the EU knows its own mind and will not cave in to US pressure over any part Huawei may have in development of 5G technology.

Beijing’s interests will not be served if Europe is divided over Chinese investment, says ambassador to Brussels
Covering China's Two Sessions: waiting, then a frenzy of activity

Sharp elbows, an early start and the ability to endure the cold and confusion are vital tools for journalists covering the main event in China’s political calendar

6 Mar 2019 - 11:49AM

Sharp elbows, an early start and the ability to endure the cold and confusion are vital tools for journalists covering the main event in China’s political calendar

Covering China's Two Sessions: waiting, then a frenzy of activity