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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Donald Trump’s trade war and souring relations with North Korea hamper China’s efforts to reach out to its neighbours

Efforts to improve relations with Japan and South Korea face additional hurdles while resolving the dispute with the US is the top priority.

15 May 2019 - 12:00AM

Efforts to improve relations with Japan and South Korea face additional hurdles while resolving the dispute with the US is the top priority.

Donald Trump’s trade war and souring relations with North Korea hamper China’s efforts to reach out to its neighbours
US ‘right where we want to be’, says Donald Trump as trade deal remains elusive

President insists tariffs on Chinese goods keep onus on Beijing to agree to a deal, and vows to protect US farmers against possible countermeasures from China.

13 May 2019 - 3:20PM

President insists tariffs on Chinese goods keep onus on Beijing to agree to a deal, and vows to protect US farmers against possible countermeasures from China.

US ‘right where we want to be’, says Donald Trump as trade deal remains elusive
China vows to implement ‘necessary countermeasures’ in response to Donald Trump’s US tariff increase

Increase from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on US$200 billion of Chinese goods was threatened by the US president in a tweet on Sunday.

13 May 2019 - 11:32AM

Increase from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on US$200 billion of Chinese goods was threatened by the US president in a tweet on Sunday.

China vows to implement ‘necessary countermeasures’ in response to Donald Trump’s US tariff increase
US coastguard to play bigger role in curbing Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea

Washington hopes to reduce the burden on its navy by asking the coastguard to step up its activity in the disputed waters.

10 May 2019 - 4:44AM

Washington hopes to reduce the burden on its navy by asking the coastguard to step up its activity in the disputed waters.

US coastguard to play bigger role in curbing Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea
Chinese-made missiles and drones used in Libya conflict, UN experts find

‘Almost certain’ missiles were not directly supplied by China, which has been asked to help identify source of the weapons.

8 May 2019 - 4:21AM

‘Almost certain’ missiles were not directly supplied by China, which has been asked to help identify source of the weapons.

Chinese-made missiles and drones used in Libya conflict, UN experts find
Donald Trump’s claim China wants to join a new nuclear arms control treaty met with scepticism

Observers pour cold water over claims China wants to be part of deal and point out that Beijing is reluctant to limit its deterrent capacity.

4 May 2019 - 11:27PM

Observers pour cold water over claims China wants to be part of deal and point out that Beijing is reluctant to limit its deterrent capacity.

Donald Trump’s claim China wants to join a new nuclear arms control treaty met with scepticism
China ends sanctions on Lotte two years after South Korean retailer cedes land to US missile defences

Shenyang grants Lotte permission to complete US$2.6 billion leisure development, a project that stalled after the company angered Beijing by giving land to US for controversial missile defences.

2 May 2019 - 9:40PM

Shenyang grants Lotte permission to complete US$2.6 billion leisure development, a project that stalled after the company angered Beijing by giving land to US for controversial missile defences.

China ends sanctions on Lotte two years after South Korean retailer cedes land to US missile defences
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates Japan’s new emperor as neighbours edge closer

Xi calls for ‘peaceful development’ as Reiwa era begins in Japan, while analysts see diplomacy as latest steps towards bringing an end to rivalry coloured by territorial disputes and legacy of world war.

1 May 2019 - 11:33PM

Xi calls for ‘peaceful development’ as Reiwa era begins in Japan, while analysts see diplomacy as latest steps towards bringing an end to rivalry coloured by territorial disputes and legacy of world war.

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates Japan’s new emperor as neighbours edge closer
US urges Beijing to stick to hard line on North Korea sanctions as spotlight falls on three Chinese banks

US court demands that banks open their books on trading with Pyongyang, another of Washington’s actions in more hawkish stand on sanctions against North Korea.

1 May 2019 - 10:31PM

US court demands that banks open their books on trading with Pyongyang, another of Washington’s actions in more hawkish stand on sanctions against North Korea.

US urges Beijing to stick to hard line on North Korea sanctions as spotlight falls on three Chinese banks
How the tiny African nation of Djibouti became the linchpin in China’s belt and road plan

Ideally situated with good harbours, this remote country is helping China protect its growing interests as the vast infrastructure strategy takes hold.

28 Apr 2019 - 10:43PM

Ideally situated with good harbours, this remote country is helping China protect its growing interests as the vast infrastructure strategy takes hold.

How the tiny African nation of Djibouti became the linchpin in China’s belt and road plan
Can China do soft power? Poorly organised yet tightly controlled forum raises questions

Belt and Road Forum lacked a clear schedule and sufficient content, some attendees complain, while tight media control made it difficult for China to project openness – a theme at the event.

27 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Belt and Road Forum lacked a clear schedule and sufficient content, some attendees complain, while tight media control made it difficult for China to project openness – a theme at the event.

Can China do soft power? Poorly organised yet tightly controlled forum raises questions
China and Russia forge stronger Eurasian economic ties as Vladimir Putin gets behind Xi Jinping’s belt and road plan in face of US hostility

Vladimir Putin gets behind Beijing’s massive infrastructure initiative as rivalries grow with the United States.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:59AM

Vladimir Putin gets behind Beijing’s massive infrastructure initiative as rivalries grow with the United States.

China and Russia forge stronger Eurasian economic ties as Vladimir Putin gets behind Xi Jinping’s belt and road plan in face of US hostility
Six key takeaways from Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Forum speech to world leaders

No mention of US-China trade war, but elements of contention addressed.

26 Apr 2019 - 3:15PM

No mention of US-China trade war, but elements of contention addressed.

Six key takeaways from Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Forum speech to world leaders
Why doubts about China’s Belt and Road Initiative persist among its neighbours

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge for the second Belt and Road Forum.

25 Apr 2019 - 3:37AM

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge for the second Belt and Road Forum.

Why doubts about China’s Belt and Road Initiative persist among its neighbours
Was North Korea’s missile test a sign Pyongyang is getting impatient?

Analysts say Kim Jong-un wanted to send a message to China and the US that it will not succumb to the pressure of economic sanctions.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:29PM

Analysts say Kim Jong-un wanted to send a message to China and the US that it will not succumb to the pressure of economic sanctions.

Was North Korea’s missile test a sign Pyongyang is getting impatient?
Treat North Korean refugees as ‘humanitarian issue’, former US prisoner Kenneth Bae urges China

It is a mistake to treat North Koreans crossing the border into China as part of a political issue, says Bae, who spent two years imprisoned in a labour camp in the North before founding his NGO.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:22AM

It is a mistake to treat North Koreans crossing the border into China as part of a political issue, says Bae, who spent two years imprisoned in a labour camp in the North before founding his NGO.

Treat North Korean refugees as ‘humanitarian issue’, former US prisoner Kenneth Bae urges China
Kenneth Bae describes ‘exodus’ of North Korean refugees to China seeking ‘food and freedom’
37 Chinese firms and universities added to US ‘unverified list’ telling suppliers to handle them with care

US Commerce Department warns that it cannot verify that organisations in question are abiding by export administration regulations.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:35AM

US Commerce Department warns that it cannot verify that organisations in question are abiding by export administration regulations.

37 Chinese firms and universities added to US ‘unverified list’ telling suppliers to handle them with care
China’s bridge to North Korea opens 3 years after it was built – but why now?

Buses from the North make return trip to China on Monday, South Korean media report, using Jian-Manpo border crossing whose opening had been delayed during heightened tension over sanctions on the hermit state.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Buses from the North make return trip to China on Monday, South Korean media report, using Jian-Manpo border crossing whose opening had been delayed during heightened tension over sanctions on the hermit state.

China’s bridge to North Korea opens 3 years after it was built – but why now?
Beijing ‘crucial’ to peace on Korean peninsula, says new Seoul ambassador

South Korea-China relations can be a catalyst for peace process, according to Jang Ha-sung who promises close communication between the two countries.

8 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

South Korea-China relations can be a catalyst for peace process, according to Jang Ha-sung who promises close communication between the two countries.

Beijing ‘crucial’ to peace on Korean peninsula, says new Seoul ambassador
Chinese governor gives South Korean politician a ‘surprise gift’ – that turns out to be a portrait of his fiercest rival

Guangdong governor Ma Xingrui presented the mayor of Seoul with a portrait of a rival candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

6 Apr 2019 - 3:22AM

Guangdong governor Ma Xingrui presented the mayor of Seoul with a portrait of a rival candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

Chinese governor gives South Korean politician a ‘surprise gift’ – that turns out to be a portrait of his fiercest rival
London university says it hasn’t decided whether to change globe sculpture to make Taiwan part of China

LSE says it is ‘consulting our community and considering amendments to the work’ to make Taiwan part of China, after complaints from mainland Chinese students.

5 Apr 2019 - 10:31PM

LSE says it is ‘consulting our community and considering amendments to the work’ to make Taiwan part of China, after complaints from mainland Chinese students.

London university says it hasn’t decided whether to change globe sculpture to make Taiwan part of China
Xi Jinping urges US to work with China to preserve ‘global stability’ ahead of next round of trade war talks in Washington

China’s president says ‘we all shoulder special responsibilities’ as months-old trade war disrupts global economic security. His comments come with top negotiator Liu He set to head for Washington for the next round of talks.

2 Apr 2019 - 10:47PM

China’s president says ‘we all shoulder special responsibilities’ as months-old trade war disrupts global economic security. His comments come with top negotiator Liu He set to head for Washington for the next round of talks.

Xi Jinping urges US to work with China to preserve ‘global stability’ ahead of next round of trade war talks in Washington
US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday.

30 Mar 2019 - 1:26AM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday.

US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week
The path to resuming US-North Korean negotiations runs through Beijing

Top diplomats from both the US and North Korea are reportedly in Beijing, suggesting a new mediating role for China in the next round of denuclearisation talks, analysts say.

27 Mar 2019 - 3:33PM

Top diplomats from both the US and North Korea are reportedly in Beijing, suggesting a new mediating role for China in the next round of denuclearisation talks, analysts say.

The path to resuming US-North Korean negotiations runs through Beijing
Growing European doubts over China loom large over President Xi Jinping’s visit to France
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the ‘time of European naivety’ over Beijing is at end.
25 Mar 2019 - 11:35PM
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the ‘time of European naivety’ over Beijing is at end.
Growing European doubts over China loom large over President Xi Jinping’s visit to France
Italy’s move to join New Silk Road may see European Union tighten coordination on China

European Union wants member states to speak with one voice on China issues, analyst says

25 Mar 2019 - 12:42AM

European Union wants member states to speak with one voice on China issues, analyst says

Italy’s move to join New Silk Road may see European Union tighten coordination on China
How long can North Korea ‘muddle through’ its sanctions-related economic woes?

Dealing with a falling, China-reliant economy is said to be weighing heavily on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as collapse of Hanoi summit dashes his hopes of getting sanctions lifted.

23 Mar 2019 - 10:51PM

Dealing with a falling, China-reliant economy is said to be weighing heavily on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as collapse of Hanoi summit dashes his hopes of getting sanctions lifted.

How long can North Korea ‘muddle through’ its sanctions-related economic woes?
Chinese university puts students to WeChat test to pass social media course

Class members must add more than 1,000 new contacts to make the grade.

17 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

Class members must add more than 1,000 new contacts to make the grade.

Chinese university puts students to WeChat test to pass social media course
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi heads to Brussels in wake of EU report calling for tougher stance towards Beijing

Beijing will push European counterparts to promote multilateralism despite report from Commission that labelled China as a ‘systemic rival’.

9 Apr 2019 - 5:24PM

Beijing will push European counterparts to promote multilateralism despite report from Commission that labelled China as a ‘systemic rival’.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi heads to Brussels in wake of EU report calling for tougher stance towards Beijing