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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South China Sea: Japan boosts security ties with Vietnam as it ramps up pressure on Beijing

Countries agree to cooperate on regional issues, including the disputed South China Sea, as Tokyo and Canberra also agree to strengthen efforts in the Indo-Pacific.

20 Oct 2020 - 11:00AM

Countries agree to cooperate on regional issues, including the disputed South China Sea, as Tokyo and Canberra also agree to strengthen efforts in the Indo-Pacific.

South China Sea: Japan boosts security ties with Vietnam as it ramps up pressure on Beijing
Japan could be stabilising influence in US-China relations, says ambassador

Beijing’s envoy uses television interview to urge Tokyo to use unique position as Asian neighbour and Washington ally.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:28PM

Beijing’s envoy uses television interview to urge Tokyo to use unique position as Asian neighbour and Washington ally.

Japan could be stabilising influence in US-China relations, says ambassador
South China Sea: Beijing will need more than charm to win over Asean, observers say

Beijing’s leaders have visited nine Asean countries in recent weeks but free-trade deals and financial aid are unlikely to assuage the bloc’s deep-rooted concerns, analysts say.

18 Oct 2020 - 10:52PM

Beijing’s leaders have visited nine Asean countries in recent weeks but free-trade deals and financial aid are unlikely to assuage the bloc’s deep-rooted concerns, analysts say.

South China Sea: Beijing will need more than charm to win over Asean, observers say
China’s Yunnan: magical mushrooms and stick insects on a food tour in the southwest

The speciality restaurants are the place to go if you’re not bugged by the thought of biting down on a stick insect.

17 Oct 2020 - 10:01AM

The speciality restaurants are the place to go if you’re not bugged by the thought of biting down on a stick insect.

China’s Yunnan: magical mushrooms and stick insects on a food tour in the southwest
Explainer | How a Thai railway could fast-track China’s interests in Southeast Asia

Deal including track and trains is vital to plans to link China and Thailand by rail – but why are the two coupling up?

13 Oct 2020 - 9:50PM

Deal including track and trains is vital to plans to link China and Thailand by rail – but why are the two coupling up?

How a Thai railway could fast-track China’s interests in Southeast Asia
China is not interested in competing for world leadership, foreign minister says

Wang Yi made the comments during a meeting with his Philippine counterpart Teodoro Locsin, during which he said the two countries should be ‘good friends forever’.

11 Oct 2020 - 11:07PM

Wang Yi made the comments during a meeting with his Philippine counterpart Teodoro Locsin, during which he said the two countries should be ‘good friends forever’.

China is not interested in competing for world leadership, foreign minister says
Will US pressure be too much for Israel’s ties with China?

Optimism of a golden era of Israel-China relations has soured amid the US-China strategic rivalry.

4 Oct 2020 - 3:31PM

Optimism of a golden era of Israel-China relations has soured amid the US-China strategic rivalry.

Will US pressure be too much for Israel’s ties with China?
China stages solemn ceremony to welcome home remains of 117 soldiers killed in Korean war

PLA delegation and ageing veterans pay tribute at Shenyang airport as lost comrades return from South Korea.

28 Sep 2020 - 3:02PM

PLA delegation and ageing veterans pay tribute at Shenyang airport as lost comrades return from South Korea.

China stages solemn ceremony to welcome home remains of 117 soldiers killed in Korean war
Road to Moscow to could open route to riches for more Chinese firms in Russia

A US$760 million deal to build a section of Russia’s flagship highway programme could pave the way for more contracts.

26 Sep 2020 - 10:00PM

A US$760 million deal to build a section of Russia’s flagship highway programme could pave the way for more contracts.

Road to Moscow to could open route to riches for more Chinese firms in Russia
China-Japan relations: new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga agrees to work with Xi Jinping to boost stability

Suga says he wants to ‘fulfil his responsibility’ by putting relations between the two countries onto an even keel.

5 Oct 2020 - 10:40PM

Suga says he wants to ‘fulfil his responsibility’ by putting relations between the two countries onto an even keel.

China-Japan relations: new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga agrees to work with Xi Jinping to boost stability
US-China rivalry in the South China Sea has the Philippines at its core, observers say

Beijing and Washington know the value of Manila’s and its mercurial leader Rodrigo Duterte’s support, and they are willing to pay handsomely to get it.

21 Sep 2020 - 7:00AM

Beijing and Washington know the value of Manila’s and its mercurial leader Rodrigo Duterte’s support, and they are willing to pay handsomely to get it.

US-China rivalry in the South China Sea has the Philippines at its core, observers say
Japanese companies fear being caught in the middle of US-China tensions, white paper says

Companies operating in China face growing uncertainties including Beijing’s planned ‘unreliable entity list’, according to chamber of commerce.

17 Sep 2020 - 9:00AM

Companies operating in China face growing uncertainties including Beijing’s planned ‘unreliable entity list’, according to chamber of commerce.

Japanese companies fear being caught in the middle of US-China tensions, white paper says
China-India border dispute: five Indians freed by PLA after state newspaper calls them spies

‘India has from time to time used the tactic of sending people across the border to find out information,’ editor-in-chief of Global Times says.

12 Sep 2020 - 8:07PM

‘India has from time to time used the tactic of sending people across the border to find out information,’ editor-in-chief of Global Times says.

China-India border dispute: five Indians freed by PLA after state newspaper calls them spies
China warns against travel to Czech Republic as tensions rise over Taiwan

Beijing cites increase in coronavirus cases in European country as reason for caution.

12 Sep 2020 - 11:27PM

Beijing cites increase in coronavirus cases in European country as reason for caution.

China warns against travel to Czech Republic as tensions rise over Taiwan
Border dispute: what’s at stake for Russia as it tries to mediate between China and India?

Moscow hopes to be ‘main diplomatic broker’ within trilateral grouping but those efforts could be stymied if the rift deepens, observers say.

12 Sep 2020 - 11:27PM

Moscow hopes to be ‘main diplomatic broker’ within trilateral grouping but those efforts could be stymied if the rift deepens, observers say.

Border dispute: what’s at stake for Russia as it tries to mediate between China and India?
US expected to step up surveillance as China continues to escalate naval exercises

A series of US spy planes have been detected around China’s coast, including one near the area where the latest drill will take place.

9 Sep 2020 - 7:43AM

A series of US spy planes have been detected around China’s coast, including one near the area where the latest drill will take place.

US expected to step up surveillance as China continues to escalate naval exercises
China sends aircraft carriers on unprecedented dual missions in Bohai, Yellow seas

It’s the first time the two warships have conducted drills at the same time since the Shandong entered service in December.

7 Sep 2020 - 10:07PM

It’s the first time the two warships have conducted drills at the same time since the Shandong entered service in December.

China sends aircraft carriers on unprecedented dual missions in Bohai, Yellow seas
Crops at risk as southern China battles worst locust infestation in decades

Villagers in Yunnan province say the impact has been far worse than they feared.

30 Aug 2020 - 1:51PM

Villagers in Yunnan province say the impact has been far worse than they feared.

Crops at risk as southern China battles worst locust infestation in decades
Why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation is unlikely to change approach to China

The Liberal Democrat leader announced that he would step down due to health issues.

29 Aug 2020 - 12:42AM

The Liberal Democrat leader announced that he would step down due to health issues.

Why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation is unlikely to change approach to China
Hope blooms for China’s flower trade as rose prices soar to meet demand

Lovers return to market for Chinese Valentine’s Day in best trading since February’s romantic washout caused by Covid-19.

25 Aug 2020 - 7:00AM

Lovers return to market for Chinese Valentine’s Day in best trading since February’s romantic washout caused by Covid-19.

Hope blooms for China’s flower trade as rose prices soar to meet demand
Taiwanese plane maker AIDC to open region’s first F-16 fighter jet centre with Lockheed Martin

President Tsai Ing-wen expected to inaugurate maintenance facility in Taichung on Friday, as tensions worsen across the Taiwan Strait.

24 Aug 2020 - 9:39PM

President Tsai Ing-wen expected to inaugurate maintenance facility in Taichung on Friday, as tensions worsen across the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwanese plane maker AIDC to open region’s first F-16 fighter jet centre with Lockheed Martin
China keen to boost cooperation with Asean, top diplomat tells Singaporean leader

Beijing willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ‘to deepen strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation’, Yang Jiechi says.

21 Aug 2020 - 11:11PM

Beijing willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ‘to deepen strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation’, Yang Jiechi says.

China keen to boost cooperation with Asean, top diplomat tells Singaporean leader
Does the US-led Five Eyes have wider sights on China?

A group of Renmin University international relations specialists says the alliance has become another part of Washington’s efforts to contain Beijing.

8 Aug 2020 - 5:49PM

A group of Renmin University international relations specialists says the alliance has become another part of Washington’s efforts to contain Beijing.

Does the US-led Five Eyes have wider sights on China?
China bans squid catch in some overseas waters with overfishing in spotlight

Three-month halt in parts of Atlantic and Pacific after backlash against Chinese fishers, accused of violating nations‘ sovereign rights and harming ecosystems.

5 Aug 2020 - 5:35PM

Three-month halt in parts of Atlantic and Pacific after backlash against Chinese fishers, accused of violating nations‘ sovereign rights and harming ecosystems.

China bans squid catch in some overseas waters with overfishing in spotlight
China says countries should not have to pick sides in rivalry with US

Beijing is facing growing resistance to its claims in the South China Sea and is trying to avoid being isolated.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:13PM

Beijing is facing growing resistance to its claims in the South China Sea and is trying to avoid being isolated.

China says countries should not have to pick sides in rivalry with US
Beijing and Moscow join forces in ‘information war’ as China-US relations rapidly deteriorate

Appeal by China and Russia for countries to reject politicisation of the coronavirus pandemic, disinformation and oppression of media.

28 Jul 2020 - 11:21PM

Appeal by China and Russia for countries to reject politicisation of the coronavirus pandemic, disinformation and oppression of media.

Beijing and Moscow join forces in ‘information war’ as China-US relations rapidly deteriorate
Chinese military plans live-fire exercise off southern coast

Drill comes amid heightened tensions with US with both countries stepping up activity in the region.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:45PM

Drill comes amid heightened tensions with US with both countries stepping up activity in the region.

Chinese military plans live-fire exercise off southern coast
Close encounter between US-China militaries captured by radio amateur

Scratchy audio appears to record the moment an American plane is warned by Chinese navy to change course or be intercepted.

24 Jul 2020 - 10:14PM

Scratchy audio appears to record the moment an American plane is warned by Chinese navy to change course or be intercepted.

Close encounter between US-China militaries captured by radio amateur
Chinese students risk harassment by US law enforcement agencies, embassy says

‘Random investigations, nuisance or confiscation of personal belongings’ have risen, Chinese embassy in the US says on its website.

23 Jul 2020 - 11:19PM

‘Random investigations, nuisance or confiscation of personal belongings’ have risen, Chinese embassy in the US says on its website.

Chinese students risk harassment by US law enforcement agencies, embassy says
US has ‘stirred up trouble’ around the world, China’s foreign minister says

Wang Yi also told Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh that the region should be ‘highly vigilant’ about US attempts to sabotage stability.

22 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM

Wang Yi also told Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh that the region should be ‘highly vigilant’ about US attempts to sabotage stability.

US has ‘stirred up trouble’ around the world, China’s foreign minister says