Laura Zhou

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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Chinese businesses make headway in Afghanistan despite Beijing’s cautious approach to Taliban

China’s economic influence in Afghanistan is expanding and it now ranks as the country’s third-largest trading partner after Pakistan and Iran.

China’s economic influence in Afghanistan is expanding and it now ranks as the country’s third-largest trading partner after Pakistan and Iran.

28 Aug 2022 - 11:14PM
Critical minerals – the next front line in the China-US rivalry?

China should shore up its supply chains in essential resources as the US seeks to cut dependence, experts suggest.

China should shore up its supply chains in essential resources as the US seeks to cut dependence, experts suggest.

21 Aug 2022 - 6:00AM
US ‘provocations’ over Taiwan call for ‘necessary’ response, Chinese foreign minister asserts

China must exercise legitimate right to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Wang Yi tells Asian and African envoys to UN via video link.

China must exercise legitimate right to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Wang Yi tells Asian and African envoys to UN via video link.

16 Aug 2022 - 7:30PM
China sanctions Lithuanian deputy transport minister over Taiwan trip

Beijing says visit undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Beijing says visit undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

12 Aug 2022 - 9:22PM
China likely to shrug off Baltic states’ withdrawal from economic grouping

The decision by Latvia and Estonia to follow Lithuania in leaving the former 17 + 1 grouping probably came as little surprise to Beijing.

The decision by Latvia and Estonia to follow Lithuania in leaving the former 17 + 1 grouping probably came as little surprise to Beijing.

12 Aug 2022 - 10:05PM
China, South Korea make supply chain pledge as Seoul eyes US chip alliance

The vow comes amid concerns that Seoul may risk business ties with Beijing by joining ‘Chip 4’ group with US, Taiwan and Japan.

The vow comes amid concerns that Seoul may risk business ties with Beijing by joining ‘Chip 4’ group with US, Taiwan and Japan.

10 Aug 2022 - 4:04PM
Taiwan bill looms, and it could pose ‘direct challenge’ for US-China ties

Observers say Taiwan Policy Act ‘would overturn Sino-US relations’ and could prompt a stronger response from Beijing than House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

Observers say Taiwan Policy Act ‘would overturn Sino-US relations’ and could prompt a stronger response from Beijing than House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

10 Aug 2022 - 12:06PM
Why Beijing thinks Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is different to Newt Gingrich’s 1997 trip

The last House speaker to visit the island did so at a time when both the US and China were keen to improve relations.

The last House speaker to visit the island did so at a time when both the US and China were keen to improve relations.

4 Aug 2022 - 10:05AM
China puts on show of naval force ahead of Nancy Pelosi’s possible Taiwan visit

A visit to the island by the US House Speaker would enrage Beijing and concern is growing that a miscalculation by any party could raise the risk of conflict.

A visit to the island by the US House Speaker would enrage Beijing and concern is growing that a miscalculation by any party could raise the risk of conflict.

30 Jul 2022 - 10:00PM
Nancy Pelosi set for Asia trip after Chinese leader Xi Jinping warns US not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan

China has repeatedly said the US House Speaker should not visit the island, with one observer suggesting ‘even stronger warnings’ have been given in private.

China has repeatedly said the US House Speaker should not visit the island, with one observer suggesting ‘even stronger warnings’ have been given in private.

30 Jul 2022 - 10:41AM
South China Sea law enforcement ship unveiled as Beijing seeks to tighten control over disputed waters

The vessel will be patrolling and supervising hundreds of islands in the area where many countries have overlapping claims.

The vessel will be patrolling and supervising hundreds of islands in the area where many countries have overlapping claims.

29 Jul 2022 - 6:00AM
Chinese, Indonesian first ladies watch a folk music performance in Beijing

Peng Liyuan hosts her counterpart Iriana Joko Widodo during display of soft power, describing the nations as ‘important neighbours’ and saying ‘music knows no borders’.

Peng Liyuan hosts her counterpart Iriana Joko Widodo during display of soft power, describing the nations as ‘important neighbours’ and saying ‘music knows no borders’.

27 Jul 2022 - 5:00PM
China, Indonesia vow stronger ties as Xi Jinping and Joko Widodo hold ‘kind and friendly’ talks

The two presidents believe bilateral ties ‘have great strategic significance and far-reaching global influence’, joint statement reads.

The two presidents believe bilateral ties ‘have great strategic significance and far-reaching global influence’, joint statement reads.

26 Jul 2022 - 9:12PM
China sends troops and tanks to Russia ahead of next month’s military games

Events will be held across 12 countries including China and Venezuela amid heightened tensions between Moscow and the West.

Events will be held across 12 countries including China and Venezuela amid heightened tensions between Moscow and the West.

26 Jul 2022 - 6:00AM
China turns to durian diplomacy to boost ties with Southeast Asia

The pungent fruit divides opinion like no other, but for Beijing the vast domestic market offers a way to boost ties with neighbouring countries like Vietnam.

The pungent fruit divides opinion like no other, but for Beijing the vast domestic market offers a way to boost ties with neighbouring countries like Vietnam.

24 Jul 2022 - 2:04PM
Indonesian leader Joko Widodo to meet Xi Jinping in China next week

Xi’s attendance at the G20 summit in Bali in November is likely to be high on the agenda, observer says.

Xi’s attendance at the G20 summit in Bali in November is likely to be high on the agenda, observer says.

22 Jul 2022 - 5:05PM
China-India border: Beijing’s new highway plans near disputed territory expected to spark concern in Delhi

G695 highway is planned to run north of the Line of Actual Control and near or through hotly contested areas.

G695 highway is planned to run north of the Line of Actual Control and near or through hotly contested areas.

20 Jul 2022 - 3:22PM
China’s Communist Party finds it easier to win hearts and minds at home than overseas

Authorities in Beijing have had some success in managing their domestic image, but credibility on the international stage is a different story

Authorities in Beijing have had some success in managing their domestic image, but credibility on the international stage is a different story

18 Jul 2022 - 2:20PM
Sri Lanka turmoil highlights risk for Chinese firms investing overseas

Mass protests forced the country’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee and analysts warn that other countries may face greater unrest in the coming months.

Mass protests forced the country’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee and analysts warn that other countries may face greater unrest in the coming months.

17 Jul 2022 - 12:00PM
Chinese foreign minister criticises US ‘meddling’ in Middle East as Joe Biden continues tour of region

Wang Yi told his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad that Beijing believes the people of the region should follow their own path.

Wang Yi told his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad that Beijing believes the people of the region should follow their own path.

16 Jul 2022 - 9:02PM
15 Jul 2022 - 5:26PM
Beijing protests after Taiwanese vice-president attends Shinzo Abe’s funeral

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman calls William Lai’s visit to Tokyo a ‘political scheme’ that will not succeed.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman calls William Lai’s visit to Tokyo a ‘political scheme’ that will not succeed.

12 Jul 2022 - 11:08PM
Sri Lanka crisis: political turmoil may have ‘big impact’ on China ties, observers say

Gotabaya Rajapaksa – whose family is seen as Beijing-friendly – has confirmed he will resign as president, according to the prime minister’s office.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa – whose family is seen as Beijing-friendly – has confirmed he will resign as president, according to the prime minister’s office.

12 Jul 2022 - 1:11PM
Russian FM looks to China for greater cooperation under pressure from the West

Sergey Lavrov says ‘external factors’ won’t undermine joint efforts between the two countries.

Sergey Lavrov says ‘external factors’ won’t undermine joint efforts between the two countries.

7 Jul 2022 - 8:00PM
Fears China is planning to attack Taiwan may be overblown, leading scholar says

Wang Jisi, a Peking University professor, says that while the island is a potential flashpoint, he has not heard senior officials discussing the use of force.

Wang Jisi, a Peking University professor, says that while the island is a potential flashpoint, he has not heard senior officials discussing the use of force.

6 Jul 2022 - 3:51PM
US and Russian ambassadors to China clash over Ukraine war at Beijing forum

US envoy Nicholas Burns says the ‘unprovoked’ invasion violates the UN Charter while Moscow’s representative Andrey Denisov blamed Nato expansion.

US envoy Nicholas Burns says the ‘unprovoked’ invasion violates the UN Charter while Moscow’s representative Andrey Denisov blamed Nato expansion.

5 Jul 2022 - 1:57AM
Former Russian foreign minister warns ‘self-centred’ Nato risks deeper crisis over Ukraine

Igor Ivanov tells forum in Beijing that the West was seeking to put its own interests above those of others.

Igor Ivanov tells forum in Beijing that the West was seeking to put its own interests above those of others.

3 Jul 2022 - 10:22PM
Former Japanese prime minister urges Tokyo to talk more to China and stop trying to ‘encircle’ it alongside the US

Yukio Hatoyama tells a forum hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing that the current government in Tokyo is playing up the differences between the two sides.

Yukio Hatoyama tells a forum hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing that the current government in Tokyo is playing up the differences between the two sides.

3 Jul 2022 - 7:30PM
Chinese foreign minister expected to visit Myanmar for regional talks

Wang Yi will attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group, junta spokesman tells AFP.

Wang Yi will attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group, junta spokesman tells AFP.

29 Jun 2022 - 8:00PM
China pledges quake aid for Afghanistan but also wants Taliban to take action on terrorism

During call between foreign ministers, Wang Yi describes China as a ‘true friend’ to its neighbour and promises tents and beds in US$7.4 million aid package.

During call between foreign ministers, Wang Yi describes China as a ‘true friend’ to its neighbour and promises tents and beds in US$7.4 million aid package.

28 Jun 2022 - 5:54PM