Laura Zhou

Beijing

Laura Zhou

Reporter, China

Laura Zhou joined the Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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Time for a harder defence line on China’s borders amid ‘challenges on almost every side’

China has some of the world’s most complicated disputes with its neighbours and is coming up against encroachment, secession and terrorism in some border areas.

China has some of the world’s most complicated disputes with its neighbours and is coming up against encroachment, secession and terrorism in some border areas.

Time for a harder defence line on China’s borders amid ‘challenges on almost every side’
17 Oct 2021 - 9:32AM
China-India border row: ‘troops set to stay put’ and tough out winter

Stand-off expected to continue despite harsh Himalayan conditions, observers say.

Stand-off expected to continue despite harsh Himalayan conditions, observers say.

China-India border row: ‘troops set to stay put’ and tough out winter
16 Oct 2021 - 10:00PM
China looks to Russian coal to help ease its power shortage crisis

Suifenhe railway port in northeastern province of Heilongjiang improves logistical arrangements to receive more coal deliveries.

Suifenhe railway port in northeastern province of Heilongjiang improves logistical arrangements to receive more coal deliveries.

China looks to Russian coal to help ease its power shortage crisis
14 Oct 2021 - 11:00PM
Harvard moves Chinese language programme from Beijing to Taipei

Covid-19 restrictions had forced the course to be suspended, with its director also citing a perceived lack of friendliness from the host institution.

Covid-19 restrictions had forced the course to be suspended, with its director also citing a perceived lack of friendliness from the host institution.

Harvard moves Chinese language programme from Beijing to Taipei
12 Oct 2021 - 8:56PM
India made unreasonable demands, China says after border talks fail

Chinese military asks India to prove its sincerity after latest commander-level talks falter, as the neighbours trade barbs about incidents on their frontier.

Chinese military asks India to prove its sincerity after latest commander-level talks falter, as the neighbours trade barbs about incidents on their frontier.

India made unreasonable demands, China says after border talks fail
11 Oct 2021 - 10:40PM
Why did Isis-K say its suicide bomber was Uygur?

The militant group took the rare move to identify the ethnicity of the attacker on a mosque in Afghanistan.

The militant group took the rare move to identify the ethnicity of the attacker on a mosque in Afghanistan.

Why did Isis-K say its suicide bomber was Uygur?
11 Oct 2021 - 12:48AM
Next German leader should put aside ideological differences to work with China, says ambassador

Wu Ken tells state media that Germany will be an important partner no matter who forms the next government.

Wu Ken tells state media that Germany will be an important partner no matter who forms the next government.

Next German leader should put aside ideological differences to work with China, says ambassador
3 Oct 2021 - 10:45PM
US urges China to stop ‘provocative’ Taiwan activities after PLA’s latest record flyover

Record number of planes enter island’s air defence zone on successive days in what is seen as a warning ahead of 110th anniversary of the Republic of China.

Record number of planes enter island’s air defence zone on successive days in what is seen as a warning ahead of 110th anniversary of the Republic of China.

US urges China to stop ‘provocative’ Taiwan activities after PLA’s latest record flyover
6 Oct 2021 - 4:31PM
‘If we fight, we both lose’: Chinese ambassador to the US says ‘smoother’ road ahead is a priority

Conciliatory comments from Qin Gang in a CGTN interview come amid a palpable easing of tensions with the US following the release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou.

Conciliatory comments from Qin Gang in a CGTN interview come amid a palpable easing of tensions with the US following the release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou.

‘If we fight, we both lose’: Chinese ambassador to the US says ‘smoother’ road ahead is a priority
2 Oct 2021 - 9:01PM
US’ National Day message to China has notable difference from last year’s

Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulates the country in wording subtly different from that used by predecessor Mike Pompeo.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulates the country in wording subtly different from that used by predecessor Mike Pompeo.

US’ National Day message to China has notable difference from last year’s
1 Oct 2021 - 11:26PM
Ganging up on China ‘is doomed to fail’, Beijing’s ambassador tells India

Without naming the Quad alliance or any of its members, Sun Weidong says India should opt for ‘strategic autonomy’ – while cooperating more with China.

Without naming the Quad alliance or any of its members, Sun Weidong says India should opt for ‘strategic autonomy’ – while cooperating more with China.

Ganging up on China ‘is doomed to fail’, Beijing’s ambassador tells India
1 Oct 2021 - 6:00AM
China ‘willing to work’ with next Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, but watches cautiously to see if dove will turn hawkish

The former foreign minister, who beat Taro Kono in the ruling party’s leadership contest, will take over at a time of increasing tension with Beijing.

The former foreign minister, who beat Taro Kono in the ruling party’s leadership contest, will take over at a time of increasing tension with Beijing.

China ‘willing to work’ with next Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, but watches cautiously to see if dove will turn hawkish
30 Sep 2021 - 8:28AM
China urges US to join talks on preventing arms race in outer space

Disarmament envoy Li Song tells UN conference that Washington’s ‘double standards’ are blocking efforts to keep weapons earthbound.

Disarmament envoy Li Song tells UN conference that Washington’s ‘double standards’ are blocking efforts to keep weapons earthbound.

China urges US to join talks on preventing arms race in outer space
30 Sep 2021 - 12:34AM
US-China relations: what comes next after release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou?

Chinese observers say case, and release of two Canadians, shows there is still room for compromise despite ongoing tensions.

Chinese observers say case, and release of two Canadians, shows there is still room for compromise despite ongoing tensions.

US-China relations: what comes next after release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou?
26 Sep 2021 - 7:29AM
China seeks support from Southeast Asia after US, Britain and Australia unveil new security pact

A senior foreign ministry official has met ambassadors from the region to discuss the new Aukus alliance, which he denounced as ‘hypocritical and treacherous’

A senior foreign ministry official has met ambassadors from the region to discuss the new Aukus alliance, which he denounced as ‘hypocritical and treacherous’

China seeks support from Southeast Asia after US, Britain and Australia unveil new security pact
25 Sep 2021 - 11:15PM
As Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou enters Chinese airspace, foreign ministry slams ‘arbitrary detention’

The deal to free Meng appears to have resulted in China releasing detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are also flying home.

The deal to free Meng appears to have resulted in China releasing detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are also flying home.

As Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou enters Chinese airspace, foreign ministry slams ‘arbitrary detention’
25 Sep 2021 - 11:54PM
Xi vs Biden at the UN; the Quad meets; ASEAN AUKUS anxieties; China's nuclear policy reconsidered?
24 Sep 2021 - 7:25PM
China should ‘fine-tune’ nuclear weapons policy amid US pressure, ex-diplomat says

Former disarmament affairs envoy to UN calls for review of ‘no first use’ pledge as a way to counter growing military pressure from United States.

Former disarmament affairs envoy to UN calls for review of ‘no first use’ pledge as a way to counter growing military pressure from United States.

China should ‘fine-tune’ nuclear weapons policy amid US pressure, ex-diplomat says
23 Sep 2021 - 6:54AM
US-China technology FDI crashes but decoupling is ‘not imminent’

Report finds ‘multiple choke points’ in supply chains will maintain a continuing global co-dependency for some time to come.

Report finds ‘multiple choke points’ in supply chains will maintain a continuing global co-dependency for some time to come.

US-China technology FDI crashes but decoupling is ‘not imminent’
21 Sep 2021 - 11:48PM
Is French fury at US over new UK-Australia pact a chance for Beijing to improve relations with Europe?

Chinese observers say the new pact could leave Europe questioning the US commitment to transatlantic ties, but it is not clear how far China can benefit.

Chinese observers say the new pact could leave Europe questioning the US commitment to transatlantic ties, but it is not clear how far China can benefit.

Is French fury at US over new UK-Australia pact a chance for Beijing to improve relations with Europe?
19 Sep 2021 - 1:04PM
Why a network of alliances could tie down China across the Asia-Pacific region

While the US is driving efforts at containment, other regional players are forming their own networks due to concerns over issues such as the South China Sea.

While the US is driving efforts at containment, other regional players are forming their own networks due to concerns over issues such as the South China Sea.

Why a network of alliances could tie down China across the Asia-Pacific region
18 Sep 2021 - 10:37PM
Xi affirms importance of China’s space ambitions in milestone week for programme

Space is a strategic asset that needs to be managed well, says president, as Tiangong station crew heads home after 90-day mission.

Space is a strategic asset that needs to be managed well, says president, as Tiangong station crew heads home after 90-day mission.

Xi affirms importance of China’s space ambitions in milestone week for programme
17 Sep 2021 - 10:01PM
China urges US to unfreeze assets belonging to Afghanistan

Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu tells Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi that China welcomes Taliban guarantee to safeguard its investments.

Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu tells Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi that China welcomes Taliban guarantee to safeguard its investments.

China urges US to unfreeze assets belonging to Afghanistan
15 Sep 2021 - 10:08PM
US Coast Guard spots Chinese warships off Alaska

Pentagon site says an advanced destroyer among four vessels seen near the Aleutian Islands last month.

Pentagon site says an advanced destroyer among four vessels seen near the Aleutian Islands last month.

US Coast Guard spots Chinese warships off Alaska
14 Sep 2021 - 10:14PM
Singapore and Vietnam key stops for China’s Wang Yi on latest Asian friendship tour

The visit has been described as a counterbalancing effort against US moves to woo its rival’s neighbours.

The visit has been described as a counterbalancing effort against US moves to woo its rival’s neighbours.

Singapore and Vietnam key stops for China’s Wang Yi on latest Asian friendship tour
11 Sep 2021 - 4:15PM
Southeast Asia a priority for Chinese vaccines as Delta fuels surge in Covid-19 cases, Vice-President Wang Qishan says

Wang Qishan tells annual China-Asean Expo that Beijing will give further help as countries try to ramp up vaccinations.

Wang Qishan tells annual China-Asean Expo that Beijing will give further help as countries try to ramp up vaccinations.

Southeast Asia a priority for Chinese vaccines as Delta fuels surge in Covid-19 cases, Vice-President Wang Qishan says
10 Sep 2021 - 10:14PM
Chinese research ship on maiden voyage to South China Sea amid distrust by neighbours

The Shiyan 6 will improve China’s ability to develop resources and safeguard national sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, state media report.

The Shiyan 6 will improve China’s ability to develop resources and safeguard national sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, state media report.

Chinese research ship on maiden voyage to South China Sea amid distrust by neighbours
6 Sep 2021 - 11:48PM
China announces new Myanmar trade route as it seeks to bolster ties with military junta

The first test of the overland route follows a visit by Beijing’s special envoy and has been seen as a show of support after February’s coup.

The first test of the overland route follows a visit by Beijing’s special envoy and has been seen as a show of support after February’s coup.

China announces new Myanmar trade route as it seeks to bolster ties with military junta
5 Sep 2021 - 10:15PM
North Korea and China vow to strengthen cooperation on their border

Zhao Kezhi, the Chinese public security minister, meets North Korean ambassador Ri Ryong-nam in Beijing, with both expressing willingness to work together.

Zhao Kezhi, the Chinese public security minister, meets North Korean ambassador Ri Ryong-nam in Beijing, with both expressing willingness to work together.

North Korea and China vow to strengthen cooperation on their border
31 Aug 2021 - 4:27PM
Kamala Harris, Southeast Asia and the balancing act nations face between US and China

Hanoi and other governments in the region may be able to use the growing US-China rivalry to their advantage, observers say.

Hanoi and other governments in the region may be able to use the growing US-China rivalry to their advantage, observers say.

Kamala Harris, Southeast Asia and the balancing act nations face between US and China
28 Aug 2021 - 11:01PM