Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.
Lee Jeong-ho
Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.

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European nations ‘determined to stay relevant’ in Asia-Pacific, South China Sea

As tensions rise in the region, heavyweights like Britain, Germany and France are keen to show they are more than just passive trading partners, analysts say.

15 Sep 2019 - 11:09PM

As tensions rise in the region, heavyweights like Britain, Germany and France are keen to show they are more than just passive trading partners, analysts say.

European nations ‘determined to stay relevant’ in Asia-Pacific, South China Sea
Beijing gives Pakistan its backing amid rising Kashmir tensions

The two countries are ‘all-weather’ partners with a rock-solid relationship, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi says on his visit to Islamabad.

9 Sep 2019 - 5:36PM

The two countries are ‘all-weather’ partners with a rock-solid relationship, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi says on his visit to Islamabad.

Beijing gives Pakistan its backing amid rising Kashmir tensions
Asean steers between two powers with joint US military exercise in South China Sea

Five-day drill, involving eight warships, four aircraft and more than 1,000 personnel, follows similar manoeuvres with China last year, but Asian bloc is trying to avoid favouring either power.

7 Sep 2019 - 9:57PM

Five-day drill, involving eight warships, four aircraft and more than 1,000 personnel, follows similar manoeuvres with China last year, but Asian bloc is trying to avoid favouring either power.

Asean steers between two powers with joint US military exercise in South China Sea
Hong Kong can solve socio-economic problems, like Singapore did: ex-diplomat Kishore Mahbubani

Socio-economic inequality in Hong Kong in the last 30 years is the root cause of the protests, said the ex-Singapore diplomat, who also addressed criticism he was too soft on China.

4 Sep 2019 - 5:20PM

Socio-economic inequality in Hong Kong in the last 30 years is the root cause of the protests, said the ex-Singapore diplomat, who also addressed criticism he was too soft on China.

Hong Kong can solve socio-economic problems, like Singapore did: ex-diplomat Kishore Mahbubani
The US could be trying to ‘decouple its economy’ from China to serve geopolitical goals

Singapore’s former top diplomat at the UN says the US-China trade war has moved beyond tariffs to evolve into a geopolitical contest. Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore told the South China Morning Post on September 3, 2019, that Washington appears to be trying to prevent Beijing from overtaking the US position as the world's largest economy. 

4 Sep 2019 - 12:18PM

Singapore’s former top diplomat at the UN says the US-China trade war has moved beyond tariffs to evolve into a geopolitical contest. Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore told the South China Morning Post on September 3, 2019, that Washington appears to be trying to prevent Beijing from overtaking the US position as the world's largest economy. 

The US could be trying to ‘decouple its economy’ from China to serve geopolitical goals
US using trade war to stop China overtaking it: ex-Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani

The former Singapore diplomat says the US trade war with China has gone beyond tariffs and is now a geopolitical contest, as the world’s biggest economy tries to prevent its emerging rival from overtaking it.

4 Sep 2019 - 9:46PM

The former Singapore diplomat says the US trade war with China has gone beyond tariffs and is now a geopolitical contest, as the world’s biggest economy tries to prevent its emerging rival from overtaking it.

US using trade war to stop China overtaking it: ex-Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani
New US military bases in Asia-Pacific ‘likely to be temporary’ for troop flexibility

Former adviser to US Indo-Pacific Command chief says Pentagon wants locations that aren’t permanent to allow forces to be rotated as needed.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:54PM

Former adviser to US Indo-Pacific Command chief says Pentagon wants locations that aren’t permanent to allow forces to be rotated as needed.

New US military bases in Asia-Pacific ‘likely to be temporary’ for troop flexibility
Chinese foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of possible fifth trip to China by Kim Jong-un in October

Chinese foreign minister’s three-day trip planned for next week is ‘an important follow-up action for China and the DPRK to implement the consensus of top leaders ... and promote bilateral relations’, spokesman says.

31 Aug 2019 - 12:20PM

Chinese foreign minister’s three-day trip planned for next week is ‘an important follow-up action for China and the DPRK to implement the consensus of top leaders ... and promote bilateral relations’, spokesman says.

Chinese foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of possible fifth trip to China by Kim Jong-un in October
Chinese military figures cast doubt on US plans to build more bases in Asia-Pacific

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says Pentagon wants to expand presence in region, but PLA strategists suggest countries may not want to sacrifice relations with China.

29 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says Pentagon wants to expand presence in region, but PLA strategists suggest countries may not want to sacrifice relations with China.

Chinese military figures cast doubt on US plans to build more bases in Asia-Pacific
China, US seek to minimise fallout amid worsening South Korea-Japan trade feud

Seoul says it may reconsider move to end military intelligence pact with Tokyo if preferential trade status is reinstated – but Tokyo refuses.

27 Aug 2019 - 9:15PM

Seoul says it may reconsider move to end military intelligence pact with Tokyo if preferential trade status is reinstated – but Tokyo refuses.

China, US seek to minimise fallout amid worsening South Korea-Japan trade feud
China and Russia take aim at US in rare Security Council meeting over missile ambitions

Beijing’s envoy says Washington seeks absolute military superiority.

24 Aug 2019 - 6:00AM

Beijing’s envoy says Washington seeks absolute military superiority.

China and Russia take aim at US in rare Security Council meeting over missile ambitions
South Korea’s economy facing ‘perfect storm’ as Japan trade dispute continues and exports plunge

South Korea’s exports for the first 20 days of August fell 13 per cent from a year earlier, pointing to a ninth successive monthly decline.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:56AM

South Korea’s exports for the first 20 days of August fell 13 per cent from a year earlier, pointing to a ninth successive monthly decline.

South Korea’s economy facing ‘perfect storm’ as Japan trade dispute continues and exports plunge
Premier Li Keqiang says a China-South Korea-Japan trade deal will safeguard peace and stability in Asia

Seoul and Tokyo are urged to deal ‘appropriately’ with ‘sensitive’ possibility of new US weapons systems in Asia at foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:59AM

Seoul and Tokyo are urged to deal ‘appropriately’ with ‘sensitive’ possibility of new US weapons systems in Asia at foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing.

Premier Li Keqiang says a China-South Korea-Japan trade deal will safeguard peace and stability in Asia
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi offers to help Japan and South Korea to settle trade dispute

Wang welcomes counterparts to Beijing for annual three-way summit and says China is willing to help resolve dispute.

21 Aug 2019 - 11:17PM

Wang welcomes counterparts to Beijing for annual three-way summit and says China is willing to help resolve dispute.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi offers to help Japan and South Korea to settle trade dispute
US cruise missile test will start a new arms race, says China

Russia also on alert as test of ground-launched missile off California coast signals development of Washington’s intermediate-range capabilities, weeks after arms treaty withdrawal.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:08AM

Russia also on alert as test of ground-launched missile off California coast signals development of Washington’s intermediate-range capabilities, weeks after arms treaty withdrawal.

US cruise missile test will start a new arms race, says China
Chinese K-pop star Lay Zhang drops Samsung over website territory row

The star’s agent says singer rejects ‘all ambiguous references to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’, but boy band artist continues deal with Calvin Klein, which also draws offending distinction between China and its neighbours.

15 Aug 2019 - 1:46PM

The star’s agent says singer rejects ‘all ambiguous references to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’, but boy band artist continues deal with Calvin Klein, which also draws offending distinction between China and its neighbours.

Chinese K-pop star Lay Zhang drops Samsung over website territory row
Is a China-US cold war inevitable? Chinese analysts say it can’t be ruled out

Experts hold little hope for relations when ideology starts to define rivalry between Washington and Beijing and they say a ‘counter-China’ coalition that could last beyond the Trump years has a grip on policymaking.

14 Aug 2019 - 3:31AM

Experts hold little hope for relations when ideology starts to define rivalry between Washington and Beijing and they say a ‘counter-China’ coalition that could last beyond the Trump years has a grip on policymaking.

Is a China-US cold war inevitable? Chinese analysts say it can’t be ruled out
Planes, trains and an extra night in Chinatown as four reporters find their way back to Hong Kong amid flight disruptions at airport
Collapse of intelligence pact between US, South Korea and Japan ‘will be symbolic victory for China’

Three-year-old security treaty between US and two key allies under threat as tensions between Seoul and Tokyo continue to escalate.

10 Aug 2019 - 11:22PM

Three-year-old security treaty between US and two key allies under threat as tensions between Seoul and Tokyo continue to escalate.

Collapse of intelligence pact between US, South Korea and Japan ‘will be symbolic victory for China’
How could China hit back if Japan or South Korea sign up to US missile plan?

Beijing has promised to retaliate to missile deployment in its backyard – but it also needs to win friends in its trade war with the Washington.

13 Aug 2019 - 3:15PM

Beijing has promised to retaliate to missile deployment in its backyard – but it also needs to win friends in its trade war with the Washington.

How could China hit back if Japan or South Korea sign up to US missile plan?
US flexes military muscle in South China Sea with nuclear aircraft carrier port call in the Philippines

Washington and Manila use visit to bang drum for community and military ties, while analyst expects stopover to prompt show of military might from Beijing.

9 Aug 2019 - 5:24AM

Washington and Manila use visit to bang drum for community and military ties, while analyst expects stopover to prompt show of military might from Beijing.

US flexes military muscle in South China Sea with nuclear aircraft carrier port call in the Philippines
US missiles, jittery neighbours and South Korea’s big security dilemma

Can Seoul find a way out of its political dead end, caught between two powers and increasingly unfriendly neighbours?

7 Aug 2019 - 11:43PM

Can Seoul find a way out of its political dead end, caught between two powers and increasingly unfriendly neighbours?

US missiles, jittery neighbours and South Korea’s big security dilemma
China, Japan and South Korea ‘likely to hold summit in December’, despite trade rift

Despite escalating trade rift between Tokyo and Seoul, arrangements are being made to hold annual meeting in Beijing, Japanese news agency reports, citing diplomatic sources.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:31PM

Despite escalating trade rift between Tokyo and Seoul, arrangements are being made to hold annual meeting in Beijing, Japanese news agency reports, citing diplomatic sources.

China, Japan and South Korea ‘likely to hold summit in December’, despite trade rift
Pentagon chief takes aim at China as US and Australia reaffirm defence ties

Mark Esper says America won’t stand by as one nation tries to reshape the region through ‘destabilising’ military and economic expansion.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

Mark Esper says America won’t stand by as one nation tries to reshape the region through ‘destabilising’ military and economic expansion.

Pentagon chief takes aim at China as US and Australia reaffirm defence ties
Darwin, Australia at centre of strategic tussle between US and China

United States plans to build military facility in the Northern Territory capital once it’s approved by Congress, according to Australian defence minister.

4 Aug 2019 - 12:21AM

United States plans to build military facility in the Northern Territory capital once it’s approved by Congress, according to Australian defence minister.

Darwin, Australia at centre of strategic tussle between US and China
Beijing calls on Tokyo and Seoul to ease trade dispute through dialogue

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges neighbouring countries to deal with one another ‘with sincerity and goodwill’ as their rift deepens.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:57PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges neighbouring countries to deal with one another ‘with sincerity and goodwill’ as their rift deepens.

Beijing calls on Tokyo and Seoul to ease trade dispute through dialogue
US has no desire to contain China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok

Washington encourages people-to-people exchanges and hopes for smooth progress in trade talks with Beijing, Chinese foreign minister quotes US secretary of state as saying on sidelines of Asean forum.

2 Aug 2019 - 2:51AM

Washington encourages people-to-people exchanges and hopes for smooth progress in trade talks with Beijing, Chinese foreign minister quotes US secretary of state as saying on sidelines of Asean forum.

US has no desire to contain China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok
China and US court Asean members to strengthen Indo-Pacific ties as trade war enters second year

China’s Wang Yi and US’ Mike Pompeo at summit in Thailand to sell their visions of future for Southeast Asia, but analysts expect pragmatism from Asean as world’s two biggest economic powers play diplomatic game.

1 Aug 2019 - 12:45AM

China’s Wang Yi and US’ Mike Pompeo at summit in Thailand to sell their visions of future for Southeast Asia, but analysts expect pragmatism from Asean as world’s two biggest economic powers play diplomatic game.

China and US court Asean members to strengthen Indo-Pacific ties as trade war enters second year
China renews calls for nuclear talks with US after North Korea fires off more missiles

New weapon involved in at least one of the two launches into sea off North Korea’s east coast on Thursday, according to South Korea.

25 Jul 2019 - 10:51PM

New weapon involved in at least one of the two launches into sea off North Korea’s east coast on Thursday, according to South Korea.

China renews calls for nuclear talks with US after North Korea fires off more missiles
US backing for South Korea and Japan as China, Russia ‘seek to rebalance military might in Asia-Pacific’

Joint air patrol tests US commitment to key regional allies Japan and South Korea.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:29PM

Joint air patrol tests US commitment to key regional allies Japan and South Korea.

US backing for South Korea and Japan as China, Russia ‘seek to rebalance military might in Asia-Pacific’