Keith Zhai

After obtaining a Master's degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Canada, Keith started his journalism career in 2006 as an editorial assistant for local media in Ottawa, and covered the Canadian Federal Election that year. He returned to China to report on the Sichuan earthquake and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He joined the Post’s Beijing bureau in 2012. Keith finds it a challenge and a thrill to dig useful information from the subtle insinuations and muted reports in largely censored mainland Chinese media, and turning them into exclusive and insightful stories through hard reporting.
Keith Zhai
After obtaining a Master's degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Canada, Keith started his journalism career in 2006 as an editorial assistant for local media in Ottawa, and covered the Canadian Federal Election that year. He returned to China to report on the Sichuan earthquake and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He joined the Post’s Beijing bureau in 2012. Keith finds it a challenge and a thrill to dig useful information from the subtle insinuations and muted reports in largely censored mainland Chinese media, and turning them into exclusive and insightful stories through hard reporting.

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Xi Jinping tells PLA chiefs to develop 'new types' of command

President Xi Jinping told the military's top brass yesterday that the People's Liberation Army had to develop "new types" of military commands.

20 Jun 2018 - 4:21PM

President Xi Jinping told the military's top brass yesterday that the People's Liberation Army had to develop "new types" of military commands.

Xi Jinping tells PLA chiefs to develop 'new types' of command
Qin Yuhai, top Henan official held, graft watchdog says

A senior official in Henan has been placed under investigation, the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency announced. Qin Yuhai, 61, was being investigated for "serious violations of party discipline and the law".

22 Sep 2014 - 5:18AM

A senior official in Henan has been placed under investigation, the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency announced. Qin Yuhai, 61, was being investigated for "serious violations of party discipline and the law".

Qin Yuhai, top Henan official held, graft watchdog says
Internet tsar sees role for Asean in developing tomorrow's internet standards

China's top internet regulator has called on Asean members to help build a regional information superhighway and help evolve international technical standards for the internet.

19 Sep 2014 - 10:27AM

China's top internet regulator has called on Asean members to help build a regional information superhighway and help evolve international technical standards for the internet.

Internet tsar sees role for Asean in developing tomorrow's internet standards
China, Asean members eye stronger judicial ties to ease trade disputes

China and Asean members have called for a stronger mechanism to resolve trade disputes under their economic pact.

18 Sep 2014 - 11:53AM

China and Asean members have called for a stronger mechanism to resolve trade disputes under their economic pact.

China, Asean members eye stronger judicial ties to ease trade disputes
Rule of law 'not respected' in Zhou Yongkang probe, sources say

The Communist Party leadership intends to use the inquiry into former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and his associates as proof of China's move towards the rule of law at the upcoming fourth plenum.

8 Sep 2014 - 1:00PM

The Communist Party leadership intends to use the inquiry into former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and his associates as proof of China's move towards the rule of law at the upcoming fourth plenum.

Rule of law 'not respected' in Zhou Yongkang probe, sources say
Beijing 'ready to begin' trying associates of Zhou Yongkang

Mainland authorities are ready to put a group of officials and businesspeople connected with former state leader Zhou Yongkang on trial, say sources familiar with the situation.

5 Sep 2014 - 5:45PM

Mainland authorities are ready to put a group of officials and businesspeople connected with former state leader Zhou Yongkang on trial, say sources familiar with the situation.

Beijing 'ready to begin' trying associates of Zhou Yongkang
Shanxi Party chief to be sidelined as anti-graft campaign sweeps province

The party boss of Shanxi province will be sidelined and replaced by his Jilin counterpart, making him the most senior leader to be tangled in a wide-ranging anti-graft campaign in the resource-rich province.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:54PM

The party boss of Shanxi province will be sidelined and replaced by his Jilin counterpart, making him the most senior leader to be tangled in a wide-ranging anti-graft campaign in the resource-rich province.

Shanxi Party chief to be sidelined as anti-graft campaign sweeps province
Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive faces test at Beidaihe party meeting

This week's gathering of the Communist Party elite in Beidaihe will test President Xi Jinping's authority to hold the party together as senior cadres feel the heat from his sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:03PM

This week's gathering of the Communist Party elite in Beidaihe will test President Xi Jinping's authority to hold the party together as senior cadres feel the heat from his sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive faces test at Beidaihe party meeting
Xi's 'shockingly harsh' Politburo speech signals tensions over anti-graft crackdown

President Xi Jinping told top officials he was disregarding “life, death and reputation” to fight corruption in a terse speech signalling a possible dispute and doubts among party elites over the campaign.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:58PM

President Xi Jinping told top officials he was disregarding “life, death and reputation” to fight corruption in a terse speech signalling a possible dispute and doubts among party elites over the campaign.

Xi's 'shockingly harsh' Politburo speech signals tensions over anti-graft crackdown
‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’

Xi, who greatly admires Deng, wanted to become a leader in a similar vein, who could lead China into a new era of reform and growth, said sources including senior officials and "princelings".

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Xi, who greatly admires Deng, wanted to become a leader in a similar vein, who could lead China into a new era of reform and growth, said sources including senior officials and "princelings".

‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’
Zhou Yongkang's son made fortune through father's connections, not business acumen

The photo in the corporate records of a Beijing energy investment firm shows Zhou Bin looking solemn and not unlike his father, former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

30 Jul 2014 - 3:59PM

The photo in the corporate records of a Beijing energy investment firm shows Zhou Bin looking solemn and not unlike his father, former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

Zhou Yongkang's son made fortune through father's connections, not business acumen
The rise and fall of Zhou Yongkang: From rural Jiangsu to the corridors of power

For nearly a decade, the burly son of a poor family in rural Jiangsu was one of the most powerful men in China, but now he is just a detainee at the mercy of the party’s anti-graft agency.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:17PM

For nearly a decade, the burly son of a poor family in rural Jiangsu was one of the most powerful men in China, but now he is just a detainee at the mercy of the party’s anti-graft agency.

The rise and fall of Zhou Yongkang: From rural Jiangsu to the corridors of power
Microsoft confirms China probe, reportedly over antitrust, after four offices visited

Mainland business authorities are investigating Microsoft, the US technology giant confirmed yesterday, with reports that the focus was on antitrust behaviour.

20 Jun 2018 - 4:21PM

Mainland business authorities are investigating Microsoft, the US technology giant confirmed yesterday, with reports that the focus was on antitrust behaviour.

Microsoft confirms China probe, reportedly over antitrust, after four offices visited
Pegasus consulting, subsidiary of Edelman, 'cooperating' with CCTV graft probe

The graft inquiry at China Central Television has expanded to a Beijing company co-owned by US public relations giant Edelman and one of its co-founders is cooperating with the investigation, the subsidiary has said.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:28PM

The graft inquiry at China Central Television has expanded to a Beijing company co-owned by US public relations giant Edelman and one of its co-founders is cooperating with the investigation, the subsidiary has said.

Pegasus consulting, subsidiary of Edelman, 'cooperating' with CCTV graft probe
Shanxi No 2 graft buster Yang Senlin confirmed to be in detention

The second-highest graft buster in Shanxi was detained after his supervisor published an article urging the punishment of officials who objected to the leadership's anti-graft crackdown.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:12PM

The second-highest graft buster in Shanxi was detained after his supervisor published an article urging the punishment of officials who objected to the leadership's anti-graft crackdown.

Shanxi No 2 graft buster Yang Senlin confirmed to be in detention
Is Ling Jihua target of graft probe? Brother-in-law of the ex-Hu Jintao aide detained

The detention of a relative of Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to ex-president Hu Jintao, has led to speculation the authorities may be building a case against Ling himself.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:44PM

The detention of a relative of Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to ex-president Hu Jintao, has led to speculation the authorities may be building a case against Ling himself.

Is Ling Jihua target of graft probe? Brother-in-law of the ex-Hu Jintao aide detained
Chengdu-area PLA officer detained in bribe case amid military graft probe

One of the top PLA officers leading the Chengdu military area command has been detained amid graft allegations, several sources said.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:27PM

One of the top PLA officers leading the Chengdu military area command has been detained amid graft allegations, several sources said.

Chengdu-area PLA officer detained in bribe case amid military graft probe
Ten provinces among targets of latest anti-graft inspections

The mainland's anti-graft chief vowed zero tolerance for corruption as he announced the latest round of team inspections.

23 Jan 2018 - 5:01PM

The mainland's anti-graft chief vowed zero tolerance for corruption as he announced the latest round of team inspections.

Ten provinces among targets of latest anti-graft inspections
China sends mediator to Israel and Palestine for talks on Gaza ceasefire

China has sent its special envoy on Middle East affairs, Wu Sike, to Israel and the Palestinian territories to mediate the conflict there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will also visit other countries in the region.

20 Jun 2018 - 4:21PM

China has sent its special envoy on Middle East affairs, Wu Sike, to Israel and the Palestinian territories to mediate the conflict there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will also visit other countries in the region.

China sends mediator to Israel and Palestine for talks on Gaza ceasefire
Three officials, thought to be tied to Zhou Yongkang case, facing prosecution

The legal authorities have started formal procedures to prosecute for graft three senior officials who are thought to be involved in a wider investigation into the former national security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:07PM

The legal authorities have started formal procedures to prosecute for graft three senior officials who are thought to be involved in a wider investigation into the former national security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

Three officials, thought to be tied to Zhou Yongkang case, facing prosecution
China moves to gives court judges more independence in bold reform move

China's top court has unveiled a roadmap for its five-year reform plan to boost judicial independence, giving judges more authority in rulings by unleashing them from interference by local governments.

10 Jul 2014 - 6:28PM

China's top court has unveiled a roadmap for its five-year reform plan to boost judicial independence, giving judges more authority in rulings by unleashing them from interference by local governments.

China moves to gives court judges more independence in bold reform move
Hainan province deputy governor under investigation for 'severe violations'

Hainan deputy governor Tan Li has been placed under internal investigation by the Communist Party, amid a widening graft probe targeting retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

12 Mar 2019 - 2:42PM

Hainan deputy governor Tan Li has been placed under internal investigation by the Communist Party, amid a widening graft probe targeting retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

Hainan province deputy governor under investigation for 'severe violations'
Guangzhou's party boss Wan Qingliang, a rising political star, now facing graft investigation

Wan Qingliang, the Communist Party chief of Guangzhou who was once considered a rising political star, is under investigation for corruption, the party's anti-graft agency has announced.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:29PM

Wan Qingliang, the Communist Party chief of Guangzhou who was once considered a rising political star, is under investigation for corruption, the party's anti-graft agency has announced.

Guangzhou's party boss Wan Qingliang, a rising political star, now facing graft investigation
Two major generals detained as Sichuan graft probes widen

Two major generals in the PLA with connections to Sichuan province have been detained as part of a corruption investigation, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:22PM

Two major generals in the PLA with connections to Sichuan province have been detained as part of a corruption investigation, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Two major generals detained as Sichuan graft probes widen
Li Peng publishes his political memoir – but fails to cover his role in Tiananmen crackdown
Cyberattacks against Occupy Central poll traced to mainland firms’ computers in Hong Kong

Up to 40 per cent of cyberattacks on the website used to run Occupy Central's unofficial plebiscite on electoral reform came from computers registered to mainland firms in Hong Kong.

20 Jun 2018 - 3:14PM

Up to 40 per cent of cyberattacks on the website used to run Occupy Central's unofficial plebiscite on electoral reform came from computers registered to mainland firms in Hong Kong.

Cyberattacks against Occupy Central poll traced to mainland firms’ computers in Hong Kong
Dozens killed as torrential rains lash the south

At least 26 people were killed and three others are missing after southern provinces were hit by heavy rains and landslides, state media reported. Weather authorities also warned that torrential rains were likely to continue in the south.

23 Jun 2014 - 7:24PM

At least 26 people were killed and three others are missing after southern provinces were hit by heavy rains and landslides, state media reported. Weather authorities also warned that torrential rains were likely to continue in the south.

Dozens killed as torrential rains lash the south
Party will 'spit out' errant cadres - no matter how well-connected, state warns

A Xinhua commentary has warned officials that high-level connections will not protect them from being "spat out" by the Communist Party.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:28PM

A Xinhua commentary has warned officials that high-level connections will not protect them from being "spat out" by the Communist Party.

Party will 'spit out' errant cadres - no matter how well-connected, state warns
Chinese Communist Party probes brother of top Hu Jintao aide Ling Jihua

Communist Party authorities are investigating Ling Zhengce, a brother of Ling Jihua - the key aide to former president Hu Jintao accused of covering up a Ferrari crash that killed his son.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:44PM

Communist Party authorities are investigating Ling Zhengce, a brother of Ling Jihua - the key aide to former president Hu Jintao accused of covering up a Ferrari crash that killed his son.

Chinese Communist Party probes brother of top Hu Jintao aide Ling Jihua
New directive targeting media graft will also gag investigative reporting, experts say

Mainland journalists are not allowed to undertake "critical reporting" without the approval of their agencies, according to a new directive, prompting fears it could further undermine limited freedom of the press.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:33PM

Mainland journalists are not allowed to undertake "critical reporting" without the approval of their agencies, according to a new directive, prompting fears it could further undermine limited freedom of the press.

New directive targeting media graft will also gag investigative reporting, experts say