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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Israel rejects bid by Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison to build plant after US warns against Chinese investment

Selection of IDE Technologies for US$1.5 billion desalination project follows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s opposition to Chinese infrastructure involvement.

27 May 2020 - 10:56PM

Selection of IDE Technologies for US$1.5 billion desalination project follows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s opposition to Chinese infrastructure involvement.

Israel rejects bid by Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison to build plant after US warns against Chinese investment
Coronavirus: keep calm and get the economy going again, Chinese adviser says

International relations expert says combative diplomats reflect anger in China, but they should consider public sentiment elsewhere and base arguments on facts.

26 May 2020 - 11:18PM

International relations expert says combative diplomats reflect anger in China, but they should consider public sentiment elsewhere and base arguments on facts.

Coronavirus: keep calm and get the economy going again, Chinese adviser says
Chinese military scientists record promising results from coronavirus vaccine trial

The Covid-19 treatment triggered an immune system response in more than 100 participants in the phase one trial.

23 May 2020 - 11:49PM

The Covid-19 treatment triggered an immune system response in more than 100 participants in the phase one trial.

Chinese military scientists record promising results from coronavirus vaccine trial
Russia summits are on the cards for Xi Jinping in July

It would be the Chinese president’s first overseas trip since the coronavirus hit and could be a boost for the alliance amid the growing backlash over the pandemic.

21 May 2020 - 1:05AM

It would be the Chinese president’s first overseas trip since the coronavirus hit and could be a boost for the alliance amid the growing backlash over the pandemic.

Russia summits are on the cards for Xi Jinping in July
Chinese city threatens to prosecute people who break quarantine as coronavirus continues to spread

Shulan in the northeast of the country is at the centre of a cluster of Covid-19 cases that have fuelled fears of a second wave of infections.

19 May 2020 - 10:33PM

Shulan in the northeast of the country is at the centre of a cluster of Covid-19 cases that have fuelled fears of a second wave of infections.

Chinese city threatens to prosecute people who break quarantine as coronavirus continues to spread
Coronavirus: Shulan goes into lockdown as fears grow over China’s northeast cluster

Villages and residential compounds sealed off and only one person per household can go out every two days to buy supplies.

20 May 2020 - 8:26AM

Villages and residential compounds sealed off and only one person per household can go out every two days to buy supplies.

Coronavirus: Shulan goes into lockdown as fears grow over China’s northeast cluster
Coronavirus poses test for Russia and China’s friendship

Moscow and Beijing have become increasingly close in recent years, but border closures and imported cases have ‘cast a shadow’ over their relationship.

17 May 2020 - 11:06PM

Moscow and Beijing have become increasingly close in recent years, but border closures and imported cases have ‘cast a shadow’ over their relationship.

Coronavirus poses test for Russia and China’s friendship
Coronavirus: can India stay focused as China, US set to clash at World Health Assembly?

As the new chair of the WHO’s executive board, New Delhi must keep politics out of the debate as nations gather to discuss ways to fight Covid-19, academics say.

17 May 2020 - 11:05PM

As the new chair of the WHO’s executive board, New Delhi must keep politics out of the debate as nations gather to discuss ways to fight Covid-19, academics say.

Coronavirus: can India stay focused as China, US set to clash at World Health Assembly?
Chinese, South Korean leaders agree to increase cooperation to revitalise economies, fight Covid-19

Neighbours should ‘strengthen communication and coordination under multilateral systems … to push forward anti-pandemic cooperation’, Xi Jinping tells Moon Jae-in ahead of planned visit later this year.

14 May 2020 - 10:57PM

Neighbours should ‘strengthen communication and coordination under multilateral systems … to push forward anti-pandemic cooperation’, Xi Jinping tells Moon Jae-in ahead of planned visit later this year.

Chinese, South Korean leaders agree to increase cooperation to revitalise economies, fight Covid-19
Chinese-American professor pleads guilty to tax charges in China research saga

Former Emory University neuroscientist ordered to serve one year of probation and pay penalties in relation to under-reported income.

14 May 2020 - 12:20AM

Former Emory University neuroscientist ordered to serve one year of probation and pay penalties in relation to under-reported income.

Chinese-American professor pleads guilty to tax charges in China research saga
Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought

Drought, erratic water levels along 4,300km river are disrupting rice yields and fish catches, raising costs for farmers.

14 May 2020 - 10:52AM

Drought, erratic water levels along 4,300km river are disrupting rice yields and fish catches, raising costs for farmers.

Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought
Japan wards off Chinese coastguard vessels caught chasing fishing boat in East China Sea

Incident happened on Friday afternoon in waters close to Diaoyu Islands, which are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.

9 May 2020 - 10:17PM

Incident happened on Friday afternoon in waters close to Diaoyu Islands, which are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.

Japan wards off Chinese coastguard vessels caught chasing fishing boat in East China Sea
China and Russia must work together to defeat Covid-19, Xi Jinping tells Vladimir Putin

As victors in world war two, neighbours have ‘a special mission to contribute to the development and progress of humankind’, Chinese president says.

9 May 2020 - 11:24PM

As victors in world war two, neighbours have ‘a special mission to contribute to the development and progress of humankind’, Chinese president says.

China and Russia must work together to defeat Covid-19, Xi Jinping tells Vladimir Putin
Beijing’s South China Sea fishing ban threatens to raise tensions with rival claimants

Fishing groups in Vietnam and the Philippines have urged their governments to take firm measures to resist ban, which is intended to preserve fish stocks.

8 May 2020 - 11:05PM

Fishing groups in Vietnam and the Philippines have urged their governments to take firm measures to resist ban, which is intended to preserve fish stocks.

Beijing’s South China Sea fishing ban threatens to raise tensions with rival claimants
Delayed South China Sea talks expose China’s complex relationship with neighbours during pandemic

Nations may need help from China during virus outbreaks but remain wary of Beijing as adversary in disputed waters.

7 May 2020 - 5:20PM

Nations may need help from China during virus outbreaks but remain wary of Beijing as adversary in disputed waters.

Delayed South China Sea talks expose China’s complex relationship with neighbours during pandemic
China calls for ‘ceasefire’ in coronavirus blame game at BRICS meeting

Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, defends World Health Organisation and calls for countries to work together.

29 Apr 2020 - 10:14PM

Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, defends World Health Organisation and calls for countries to work together.

China calls for ‘ceasefire’ in coronavirus blame game at BRICS meeting
Coronavirus: Inner Mongolia tightens quarantine rules as fears of second wave of cases grows

International arrivals to the vast northern region will be forced to spend 28 days in quarantine.

26 Apr 2020 - 10:02PM

International arrivals to the vast northern region will be forced to spend 28 days in quarantine.

Coronavirus: Inner Mongolia tightens quarantine rules as fears of second wave of cases grows
Higher Covid-19 death toll in pollution hotspots points to environmental factor in pandemic, study finds

Almost 80 per cent of Europe’s deaths were in regions with highest nitrogen dioxide concentration and poor airflow.

24 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM

Almost 80 per cent of Europe’s deaths were in regions with highest nitrogen dioxide concentration and poor airflow.

Higher Covid-19 death toll in pollution hotspots points to environmental factor in pandemic, study finds
‘Don’t make pandemic political’: Xi and Putin show united front as China criticised over coronavirus handling

US and Britain say they will investigate whether Covid-19 came from wet market, as China says, or a lab.

17 Apr 2020 - 11:23PM

US and Britain say they will investigate whether Covid-19 came from wet market, as China says, or a lab.

‘Don’t make pandemic political’: Xi and Putin show united front as China criticised over coronavirus handling
China to ease coronavirus rules for African nationals after racism accusations

Ambassadors had demanded end to ‘inhuman treatment’ amid tensions such as a McDonald’s outlet displaying a sign saying ‘black people are not allowed to enter’.

14 Apr 2020 - 11:35PM

Ambassadors had demanded end to ‘inhuman treatment’ amid tensions such as a McDonald’s outlet displaying a sign saying ‘black people are not allowed to enter’.

China to ease coronavirus rules for African nationals after racism accusations
Covid-19 lockdowns brought blue skies back to China, but don’t expect them to last

Between January 20 and April 4, PM2.5 levels across the country fell by more than 18 per cent, according to the environment ministry.

12 Apr 2020 - 11:48PM

Between January 20 and April 4, PM2.5 levels across the country fell by more than 18 per cent, according to the environment ministry.

Covid-19 lockdowns brought blue skies back to China, but don’t expect them to last
China closes land border with Russia to rein in coronavirus cases

Flood of cases into China stretching Inner Mongolia border city ‘beyond capacity’.

8 Apr 2020 - 11:18PM

Flood of cases into China stretching Inner Mongolia border city ‘beyond capacity’.

China closes land border with Russia to rein in coronavirus cases
World watches China conservation battle as rare green peacock wins first round

The case has implications for numerous overseas infrastructure projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

4 Apr 2020 - 11:00PM

The case has implications for numerous overseas infrastructure projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

World watches China conservation battle as rare green peacock wins first round
Silent coronavirus carriers ‘unlikely to set off another wave of infections’

Chinese health official says research indicates that patients without symptoms appear to have low viral transmission rates but more investigation needed.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:27PM

Chinese health official says research indicates that patients without symptoms appear to have low viral transmission rates but more investigation needed.

Silent coronavirus carriers ‘unlikely to set off another wave of infections’
China rejects claims of inaccurate coronavirus death tally in Wuhan

Ambassador to France tells French television that long queues at funeral homes in pandemic’s initial epicentre follow easing of traffic restrictions in the city.

2 Apr 2020 - 11:58PM

Ambassador to France tells French television that long queues at funeral homes in pandemic’s initial epicentre follow easing of traffic restrictions in the city.

China rejects claims of inaccurate coronavirus death tally in Wuhan
Coronavirus: Chinese ventilator makers working ‘around the clock’ amid global shortage

Hospitals worldwide need ventilators to treat seriously ill Covid-19 patients, and they’re turning to China to supply them – but getting hold of key parts from Europe and the US is a challenge.

31 Mar 2020 - 2:20AM

Hospitals worldwide need ventilators to treat seriously ill Covid-19 patients, and they’re turning to China to supply them – but getting hold of key parts from Europe and the US is a challenge.

Coronavirus: Chinese ventilator makers working ‘around the clock’ amid global shortage
US military operations in South China Sea increase risk of confrontation, think tank says

American forces conducted eight freedom of navigation operations in disputed waters in 2019, three more than previous year.

30 Mar 2020 - 8:30AM

American forces conducted eight freedom of navigation operations in disputed waters in 2019, three more than previous year.

US military operations in South China Sea increase risk of confrontation, think tank says
Coronavirus: Xi Jinping’s visit to Zhejiang sends ‘clear message’ it’s time to get the economy back on its feet, state media says

Chinese president is fighting ‘two tough battles’ to reboot industry and defeat Covid-19, Xinhua says.

30 Mar 2020 - 12:16AM

Chinese president is fighting ‘two tough battles’ to reboot industry and defeat Covid-19, Xinhua says.

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping’s visit to Zhejiang sends ‘clear message’ it’s time to get the economy back on its feet, state media says
Coronavirus: why China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ is raising concern in the West

Beijing has sent medical experts and badly needed supplies to places hard hit by the pandemic in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, but analysts say there are worries about its motives.

29 Mar 2020 - 12:41PM

Beijing has sent medical experts and badly needed supplies to places hard hit by the pandemic in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, but analysts say there are worries about its motives.

Coronavirus: why China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ is raising concern in the West
Will China’s support for nations fighting Covid-19 improve its global image?

Beijing was widely criticised for mishandling the Sars outbreak, so why is it still being condemned for helping nations tackle the coronavirus pandemic?

22 Mar 2020 - 10:33PM

Beijing was widely criticised for mishandling the Sars outbreak, so why is it still being condemned for helping nations tackle the coronavirus pandemic?

Will China’s support for nations fighting Covid-19 improve its global image?