Laurie Chen

Laurie Chen joined the Post in 2017 after completing a master's degree in journalism at City University, London. Originally from the UK, she studied English literature at University College London.
Laurie Chen
Laurie Chen joined the Post in 2017 after completing a master's degree in journalism at City University, London. Originally from the UK, she studied English literature at University College London.

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China’s two weeks of schmoozing and snoozing end not with a bang but a whimper

Reporters’ hopes they would get to pose a question on one of the burning topics of the day were quickly dashed.

15 Mar 2019 - 9:29PM

Reporters’ hopes they would get to pose a question on one of the burning topics of the day were quickly dashed.

China’s two weeks of schmoozing and snoozing end not with a bang but a whimper
China says it may eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’

Camps in far western region where more than 1 million Muslims are said to be held for political re-education have drawn international condemnation.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:29AM

Camps in far western region where more than 1 million Muslims are said to be held for political re-education have drawn international condemnation.

China says it may eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’
Chinese science minister warns scientists not to overstep ethical bounds after He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies scandal

Wang Zhigang condemns research such as He Jiankui’s manipulation of twins’ DNA and admits law is struggling to keep up with technological changes.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:58AM

Wang Zhigang condemns research such as He Jiankui’s manipulation of twins’ DNA and admits law is struggling to keep up with technological changes.

Chinese science minister warns scientists not to overstep ethical bounds after He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies scandal
Chinese universities urged to do more to fight sexual harassment in wake of #MeToo cases
  • Mainland higher education institutes urged to copy Hong Kong’s policies by setting up dedicated committee to fight the problem.
8 Mar 2019 - 11:03PM
  • Mainland higher education institutes urged to copy Hong Kong’s policies by setting up dedicated committee to fight the problem.
Chinese universities urged to do more to fight sexual harassment in wake of #MeToo cases
China’s Thousand Talents Plan fuels US suspicions about overseas students, warns leading ex-Harvard academic Wei Yingjie

Former Harvard professor says drive to lure tech specialists home is heightening concerns about Chinese government’s influence on US campuses.

8 Mar 2019 - 2:44AM

Former Harvard professor says drive to lure tech specialists home is heightening concerns about Chinese government’s influence on US campuses.

China’s Thousand Talents Plan fuels US suspicions about overseas students, warns leading ex-Harvard academic Wei Yingjie
‘Very difficult and very exhausting’ US-China trade war talks should be ‘treasured’, says Chinese minister

Zhong Shan is the first senior Chinese official to discuss the meetings that took place in Beijing and Washington.

6 Mar 2019 - 3:25PM

Zhong Shan is the first senior Chinese official to discuss the meetings that took place in Beijing and Washington.

‘Very difficult and very exhausting’ US-China trade war talks should be ‘treasured’, says Chinese minister
Jobs, jobs, jobs: China focuses on quality of life as trade war and lower growth take toll

Premier Li Keqiang says the government will create 11 million new positions in urban areas and help disadvantaged groups join the workforce.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:02PM

Premier Li Keqiang says the government will create 11 million new positions in urban areas and help disadvantaged groups join the workforce.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: China focuses on quality of life as trade war and lower growth take toll
China and US still have work to do but both ‘certain’ deal on opening financial sector can be achieved

Two sides will reach complete agreement, bank regulator says on sidelines of National People’s Congress.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:02PM

Two sides will reach complete agreement, bank regulator says on sidelines of National People’s Congress.

China and US still have work to do but both ‘certain’ deal on opening financial sector can be achieved
China defends belt and road strategy against debt trap claims

National People’s Congress spokesman positive ahead of planned April summit for participants in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure scheme but backlash suggests deep-seated anxieties over Beijing’s strategic intentions.

5 Mar 2019 - 3:42AM

National People’s Congress spokesman positive ahead of planned April summit for participants in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure scheme but backlash suggests deep-seated anxieties over Beijing’s strategic intentions.

China defends belt and road strategy against debt trap claims
China opens ‘Mars camp’ for researchers, tourists and plans to send rover to red planet

Lunar exploration team is meanwhile preparing to share scientific data from the Jade Rabbit 2 spacecraft on the moon, chief designer of programme says.

4 Mar 2019 - 11:30PM

Lunar exploration team is meanwhile preparing to share scientific data from the Jade Rabbit 2 spacecraft on the moon, chief designer of programme says.

China opens ‘Mars camp’ for researchers, tourists and plans to send rover to red planet
Media madness: Chinese vet decries ‘nonsense’ story of cat’s cosmetic surgery

Veterinary surgeon says media lacks morals after TV report whips up outrage over post-op images of cat amid claims it was operated on to make it look cuter.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

Veterinary surgeon says media lacks morals after TV report whips up outrage over post-op images of cat amid claims it was operated on to make it look cuter.

Media madness: Chinese vet decries ‘nonsense’ story of cat’s cosmetic surgery
Chinese kindergarten admissions down by 740,000 to 18.6 million in 2018

The bad news keeps coming for Beijing despite its efforts to encourage people to have more children.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:47PM

The bad news keeps coming for Beijing despite its efforts to encourage people to have more children.

Chinese kindergarten admissions down by 740,000 to 18.6 million in 2018
Hundreds of Chinese villagers end up on social credit blacklist after being ‘tricked’ into applying for US$15m worth of loans

Uneducated rural residents say they did not realise what they were signing and said they thought they were acting as guarantors for friends and relatives.

28 Feb 2019 - 5:41AM

Uneducated rural residents say they did not realise what they were signing and said they thought they were acting as guarantors for friends and relatives.

Hundreds of Chinese villagers end up on social credit blacklist after being ‘tricked’ into applying for US$15m worth of loans
Vietnamese man accused of killing Chinese student ‘insane’, defence lawyers in Germany say

23-year-old suspect is thought to have butchered 26-year-old victim’s body before dumping it in a river.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:29PM

23-year-old suspect is thought to have butchered 26-year-old victim’s body before dumping it in a river.

Vietnamese man accused of killing Chinese student ‘insane’, defence lawyers in Germany say
Chinese protesters blame fracking for earthquakes that killed two people in Sichuan

Highest concentration of shale gas is found in Sichuan’s southwest, a hilly area prone to earthquakes because of its proximity to geological fault lines.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:45PM

Highest concentration of shale gas is found in Sichuan’s southwest, a hilly area prone to earthquakes because of its proximity to geological fault lines.

Chinese protesters blame fracking for earthquakes that killed two people in Sichuan
No date? No problem: enlightened Chinese parents back their daughter’s choice to be single

Video shot over Lunar New Year holiday shows progressive attitude of mother and father of 25-year-old woman.

22 Feb 2019 - 1:32AM

Video shot over Lunar New Year holiday shows progressive attitude of mother and father of 25-year-old woman.

No date? No problem: enlightened Chinese parents back their daughter’s choice to be single
Children among 11 hurt in latest knife attack in China

Police say they have detained a 33-year-old suspect with a history of mental illness.

21 Feb 2019 - 10:46PM

Police say they have detained a 33-year-old suspect with a history of mental illness.

Children among 11 hurt in latest knife attack in China
Beijing backs jail term for Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan in Tanzania

Foreign ministry says China is ‘ready to work with the international community to protect wildlife and curb international trade’.

21 Feb 2019 - 6:16AM

Foreign ministry says China is ‘ready to work with the international community to protect wildlife and curb international trade’.

Beijing backs jail term for Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan in Tanzania
Teachers at Chinese kindergarten in Italy arrested after hidden camera shows beatings of young children

‘No one told me that in Italy it is illegal to beat children,’ says teacher, while ‘educational canes’ were used to improve children’s sense of awareness.

20 Feb 2019 - 9:57PM

‘No one told me that in Italy it is illegal to beat children,’ says teacher, while ‘educational canes’ were used to improve children’s sense of awareness.

Teachers at Chinese kindergarten in Italy arrested after hidden camera shows beatings of young children
Too tall for a children’s ticket? Chinese consumer council sues over height restrictions

Guangdong watchdog argues that determining entry fee by height alone – a common practice at tourist sites in China – is a violation of minors’ rights.

18 Feb 2019 - 10:08PM

Guangdong watchdog argues that determining entry fee by height alone – a common practice at tourist sites in China – is a violation of minors’ rights.

Too tall for a children’s ticket? Chinese consumer council sues over height restrictions
Chinese boy, 13, treated for alcohol poisoning after father forces him to drink baijiu

His father wanted to increase the boy’s tolerance to alcohol. After downing the liquor, his face was red and he could not be awakened by shouting.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:54PM

His father wanted to increase the boy’s tolerance to alcohol. After downing the liquor, his face was red and he could not be awakened by shouting.

Chinese boy, 13, treated for alcohol poisoning after father forces him to drink baijiu
Chinese tourist stirs anger after child urinates on floor at Forbidden City in Beijing

Incident upsets social media users as worker says there are 14 public toilets on the site.

16 Feb 2019 - 2:44AM

Incident upsets social media users as worker says there are 14 public toilets on the site.

Chinese tourist stirs anger after child urinates on floor at Forbidden City in Beijing
Breast size unaffected by coconut drink, Chinese maker admits after ads fall flat

Risqué slogan repurposed into message of empowerment for women and girls with new advertising showing females of all ages.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:28PM

Risqué slogan repurposed into message of empowerment for women and girls with new advertising showing females of all ages.

Breast size unaffected by coconut drink, Chinese maker admits after ads fall flat
Japanese wartime photos strike a nerve in China

Kyoto University publishes 35,000 photographs taken during Japan’s occupation of China prompting Chinese social media users to recall legacy of invasion.

15 Feb 2019 - 11:36AM

Kyoto University publishes 35,000 photographs taken during Japan’s occupation of China prompting Chinese social media users to recall legacy of invasion.

Japanese wartime photos strike a nerve in China
Police in Chinese Muslim heartland banned from drinking alcohol – even off duty

Order issued before Lunar New Year in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, where a third of the population is Muslim, as one police chief vows to develop new hobbies and eliminate ‘drinking at the table’.

15 Feb 2019 - 12:16PM

Order issued before Lunar New Year in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, where a third of the population is Muslim, as one police chief vows to develop new hobbies and eliminate ‘drinking at the table’.

Police in Chinese Muslim heartland banned from drinking alcohol – even off duty
Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth attacked by trolls in one-star wars

Citizen reviewers offered cash for bad reviews on entertainment platform Douban. Thousands of comments removed and nearly 50 users banned for violating guidelines.

13 Feb 2019 - 10:41PM

Citizen reviewers offered cash for bad reviews on entertainment platform Douban. Thousands of comments removed and nearly 50 users banned for violating guidelines.

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth attacked by trolls in one-star wars
Coconut milk gives you bigger breasts, Chinese drink ad insists

Packaging and adverts for Coconut Palm product show large-chested women frolicking in skimpy tops, in echo of its 2017 commercials, sparking fresh disbelief on Weibo.

15 Feb 2019 - 6:03PM

Packaging and adverts for Coconut Palm product show large-chested women frolicking in skimpy tops, in echo of its 2017 commercials, sparking fresh disbelief on Weibo.

Coconut milk gives you bigger breasts, Chinese drink ad insists
Perceived anti-China bias and dearth of jobs have Chinese science students in US mulling their options

Some graduate students extend their studies to boost their chances of winning jobs or US citizenship as reports suggest Chinese attendance at US schools is declining.

9 Feb 2019 - 10:40PM

Some graduate students extend their studies to boost their chances of winning jobs or US citizenship as reports suggest Chinese attendance at US schools is declining.

Perceived anti-China bias and dearth of jobs have Chinese science students in US mulling their options
12,000 Chinese blood plasma treatments contaminated with HIV

Hospitals advised to report their stocks and monitor patients after HIV was found in batch, used for immune deficiencies caused by illnesses including leukaemia, hepatitis and rabies.

12 Feb 2019 - 5:26PM

Hospitals advised to report their stocks and monitor patients after HIV was found in batch, used for immune deficiencies caused by illnesses including leukaemia, hepatitis and rabies.

12,000 Chinese blood plasma treatments contaminated with HIV
Lunar New Year puts seal on Peppa Pig’s Chinese comeback

When even filmmakers and the army are getting in on the act, there’s no doubt that the popular cartoon character is the face of the Year of the Pig.

4 Feb 2019 - 9:12PM

When even filmmakers and the army are getting in on the act, there’s no doubt that the popular cartoon character is the face of the Year of the Pig.

Lunar New Year puts seal on Peppa Pig’s Chinese comeback