Lee Jeong-ho

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Lee Jeong-ho

Reporter, China

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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Pentagon head says China has become top US military priority, moving past Russia

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says Beijing’s ‘brazen’ activities in the South China Sea ‘assert illegitimate maritime claims’ and ‘threaten its neighbours' sovereignty’.

14 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says Beijing’s ‘brazen’ activities in the South China Sea ‘assert illegitimate maritime claims’ and ‘threaten its neighbours' sovereignty’.

Pentagon head says China has become top US military priority, moving past Russia
Donald Trump tweets that a US-China trade deal is ‘very close’, buoying stock market

‘They want it, and so do we!’ the US president says in his Twitter post, sending the S&P 500 surging to a record high. The tweet comes with 15 per cent tariffs on US$156 billion of Chinese imports slated to go into effect on Sunday.

13 Dec 2019 - 8:01AM

‘They want it, and so do we!’ the US president says in his Twitter post, sending the S&P 500 surging to a record high. The tweet comes with 15 per cent tariffs on US$156 billion of Chinese imports slated to go into effect on Sunday.

Donald Trump tweets that a US-China trade deal is ‘very close’, buoying stock market
Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies

Susan Thornton, former Trump administration expert on Asia, discusses her recent conversations with Chinese: ‘It seemed very much that the trade-negotiation moment may have passed.’

11 Dec 2019 - 9:24AM

Susan Thornton, former Trump administration expert on Asia, discusses her recent conversations with Chinese: ‘It seemed very much that the trade-negotiation moment may have passed.’

Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies
Beijing mouthpiece releases images in apparent attempt to undercut confessed Chinese spy and defector William Wang Liqiang

Global Times publishes screenshots of a purported confession by William Wang Liqiang during a 2016 fraud trial.

28 Nov 2019 - 11:14PM

Global Times publishes screenshots of a purported confession by William Wang Liqiang during a 2016 fraud trial.

Beijing mouthpiece releases images in apparent attempt to undercut confessed Chinese spy and defector William Wang Liqiang
US lawmakers voice support for the message Hong Kong voters are sending to Beijing

But President Donald Trump and his State Department remained silent on the pro-democracy candidates’ lopsided victory on Sunday.

26 Nov 2019 - 2:52PM

But President Donald Trump and his State Department remained silent on the pro-democracy candidates’ lopsided victory on Sunday.

US lawmakers voice support for the message Hong Kong voters are sending to Beijing
South Korea’s decision to stay in intelligence pact with Japan helps US contain China, analysts say

Pact’s end would have aided Beijing by weakening Seoul-Tokyo cooperation and the US-led alliance with South Korea and Japan, says a former US Forces Korea commander.

23 Nov 2019 - 9:29PM

Pact’s end would have aided Beijing by weakening Seoul-Tokyo cooperation and the US-led alliance with South Korea and Japan, says a former US Forces Korea commander.

South Korea’s decision to stay in intelligence pact with Japan helps US contain China, analysts say
Donald Trump is threatening South Korea, but US military commitments to long-time allies are considered safe

To curb in the growing influence of China and Russia, Washington needs its strategically located old friends, analysts note.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:28AM

To curb in the growing influence of China and Russia, Washington needs its strategically located old friends, analysts note.

Donald Trump is threatening South Korea, but US military commitments to long-time allies are considered safe
US senators try to fast-track Hong Kong democracy bill as violence in city rises

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Jim Risch start a ‘hotline’ to let Senate speed up approval of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, but passage was not clinched by end of business on Thursday

15 Nov 2019 - 1:50PM

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Jim Risch start a ‘hotline’ to let Senate speed up approval of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, but passage was not clinched by end of business on Thursday

US senators try to fast-track Hong Kong democracy bill as violence in city rises
EU, alarmed by rising violence in Hong Kong, calls for ‘complete inquiry’ into protests and police behaviour

EU spokeswoman says such an investigation is ‘a critical element in de-escalation efforts’, as six months of clashes seem to reach a new level of confrontation.

13 Nov 2019 - 3:53PM

EU spokeswoman says such an investigation is ‘a critical element in de-escalation efforts’, as six months of clashes seem to reach a new level of confrontation.

EU, alarmed by rising violence in Hong Kong, calls for ‘complete inquiry’ into protests and police behaviour
Warnings, recriminations and a missile launch: how the US-North Korea nuclear talks died

After talks collapsed in June, Kim Jong-un fell back on his signature tactic: test-firing ballistic missiles. Washington and Seoul have also moved toward their traditional stance on Pyongyang and will resume joint air defence exercises next month.

8 Nov 2019 - 6:53AM

After talks collapsed in June, Kim Jong-un fell back on his signature tactic: test-firing ballistic missiles. Washington and Seoul have also moved toward their traditional stance on Pyongyang and will resume joint air defence exercises next month.

Warnings, recriminations and a missile launch: how the US-North Korea nuclear talks died
US and China cite progress in trade war negotiations during phone call

Chinese commerce ministry cites ‘consensus on principles’ after Vice-Premier Liu He speaks with USTR’s Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, while US side cites ‘progress in a variety of areas’.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:57PM

Chinese commerce ministry cites ‘consensus on principles’ after Vice-Premier Liu He speaks with USTR’s Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, while US side cites ‘progress in a variety of areas’.

US and China cite progress in trade war negotiations during phone call
Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

31 Oct 2019 - 4:18AM

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question
US Navy secretary says countering China will require ‘all of government’ response

Richard Spencer says that approach also includes a larger reliance on US allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

24 Oct 2019 - 9:28PM

Richard Spencer says that approach also includes a larger reliance on US allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

US Navy secretary says countering China will require ‘all of government’ response
U-turn: China is letting Hyundai buy out a joint carmaking venture

The rare action comes as South Korean companies have been leaving the country, with Samsung closing its last mobile phone production line in China last month.

22 Oct 2019 - 4:31AM

The rare action comes as South Korean companies have been leaving the country, with Samsung closing its last mobile phone production line in China last month.

U-turn: China is letting Hyundai buy out a joint carmaking venture
US judge sentences Chinese national for trying to illegally export ‘highly sensitive’ military technology

Tao Li, 39, is given 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to export ‘military and space-grade’ electronic components to China without a licence.

19 Oct 2019 - 11:21PM

Tao Li, 39, is given 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to export ‘military and space-grade’ electronic components to China without a licence.

US judge sentences Chinese national for trying to illegally export ‘highly sensitive’ military technology
Japanese official Tadashi Maeda dismisses China’s Belt and Road Initiative as just a ‘political show’

Tokyo hopes its China-containment project will eventually include Taiwan as a participant, says the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:04PM

Tokyo hopes its China-containment project will eventually include Taiwan as a participant, says the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Japanese official Tadashi Maeda dismisses China’s Belt and Road Initiative as just a ‘political show’
Donald Trump says ‘substantial phase-one deal’ reached in China trade talks, new tariffs delayed

US president touts ‘substantial phase-one deal’ that will delay new tariffs after talks with China’s vice-premier Liu He. The high-level negotiations were aimed at ending a trade war that is threatening global economic growth.

12 Oct 2019 - 7:16AM

US president touts ‘substantial phase-one deal’ that will delay new tariffs after talks with China’s vice-premier Liu He. The high-level negotiations were aimed at ending a trade war that is threatening global economic growth.

Donald Trump says ‘substantial phase-one deal’ reached in China trade talks, new tariffs delayed
US and China must play equal roles in removing nuclear weapons from Korean peninsula, ex-Chinese diplomat Yang Xiyu says

China and the US will manage to work together on the North Korea nuclear issue, despite their worsening bilateral ties, Yang Xiyu says.

10 Oct 2019 - 11:12PM

China and the US will manage to work together on the North Korea nuclear issue, despite their worsening bilateral ties, Yang Xiyu says.

US and China must play equal roles in removing nuclear weapons from Korean peninsula, ex-Chinese diplomat  Yang Xiyu says
Seoul fears US is delaying envoy’s approval in retaliation for scrapping of security pact, sources say

South Korea has waited two months for US government approval of its appointed ambassador to Washington. Seoul’s exit from the General Security of Military Information Agreement is seen as hurting the US-South Korea-Japan alliance while boosting China’s regional clout.

8 Oct 2019 - 12:49AM

South Korea has waited two months for US government approval of its appointed ambassador to Washington. Seoul’s exit from the General Security of Military Information Agreement is seen as hurting the US-South Korea-Japan alliance while boosting China’s regional clout.

Seoul fears US is delaying envoy’s approval in retaliation for scrapping of security pact, sources say
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.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM

Beijing’s envoy says Washington seeks absolute military superiority.

China and Russia take aim at US in rare Security Council meeting over missile ambitions