Lee Jeong-ho

Hong Kong

Lee Jeong-ho

Reporter, China

Lee Jeong-ho is a former China desk reporter. He covered China's diplomacy, as well as 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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China and South Korea split over Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan in fight against coronavirus

Favipiravir emerges as a potential drug to treat Covid-19 patients but worries over risks to fetus remain.

Favipiravir emerges as a potential drug to treat Covid-19 patients but worries over risks to fetus remain.

China and South Korea split over Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan in fight against coronavirus
5 Apr 2020 - 11:04PM
Coronavirus: business group warns China’s ban on foreigners casts doubt on efforts to open up economy

EU Chamber of Commerce says denying entry to foreign nationals will have enormous impact on families and businesses in the country.

EU Chamber of Commerce says denying entry to foreign nationals will have enormous impact on families and businesses in the country.

Coronavirus: business group warns China’s ban on foreigners casts doubt on efforts to open up economy
28 Mar 2020 - 12:01AM
A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests

More than 43,000 people in China had tested positive without immediate symptoms by the end of February and were quarantined.

More than 43,000 people in China had tested positive without immediate symptoms by the end of February and were quarantined.

A third of coronavirus cases may be ‘silent carriers’, classified Chinese data suggests
23 Mar 2020 - 10:40AM
China hits back at international travel bans as concerns grow coronavirus could damage economy

President Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump that Beijing has ‘declared a people’s war’ to defeat the deadly contagion.

President Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump that Beijing has ‘declared a people’s war’ to defeat the deadly contagion.

China hits back at international travel bans as concerns grow coronavirus could damage economy
14 Feb 2020 - 5:44PM
North Korea ramps up mask output in battle for ‘national survival’ against coronavirus

Factories in Pyongyang are churning out tens of thousands of masks each day but state media does not confirm the presence of virus in North Korea.

Factories in Pyongyang are churning out tens of thousands of masks each day but state media does not confirm the presence of virus in North Korea.

North Korea ramps up mask output in battle for ‘national survival’ against coronavirus
14 Feb 2020 - 6:05PM
Coronavirus: China thanks Japan for ‘heart-warming’ support after lashing out at US

Foreign ministry spokeswoman says she was ‘deeply touched’ by the country’s sympathy, understanding and donations.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman says she was ‘deeply touched’ by the country’s sympathy, understanding and donations.

Coronavirus: China thanks Japan for ‘heart-warming’ support after lashing out at US
14 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM
Coronavirus versus Sars – a tale of two viruses

These are the similarities and differences between the latest health emergency and its predecessor, Sars, which affected more than 8,000 people in 37 countries.

These are the similarities and differences between the latest health emergency and its predecessor, Sars, which affected more than 8,000 people in 37 countries.

Coronavirus versus Sars – a tale of two viruses
15 Feb 2020 - 5:19PM
China goes global in search for protective suits, masks and goggles as coronavirus infections begin to take off

Government estimates that 100,000 pieces of gear are needed every day in virus epicentre Hubei province alone, but Chinese suppliers can only meet a third of that.

Government estimates that 100,000 pieces of gear are needed every day in virus epicentre Hubei province alone, but Chinese suppliers can only meet a third of that.

China goes global in search for protective suits, masks and goggles as coronavirus infections begin to take off
15 Feb 2020 - 5:24PM
China and Europe may see political gulf widen in 2020, survey finds

Some 59 per cent of experts polled say relations will worsen this year, according to Mercator Institute for China Studies.

Some 59 per cent of experts polled say relations will worsen this year, according to Mercator Institute for China Studies.

China and Europe may see political gulf widen in 2020, survey finds
17 Feb 2020 - 2:03PM
China tries to contain diplomatic impact of coronavirus outbreak

Observers say epidemic could affect how the country is seen abroad, and it may disrupt upcoming summits with European leaders in Beijing.

Observers say epidemic could affect how the country is seen abroad, and it may disrupt upcoming summits with European leaders in Beijing.

China tries to contain diplomatic impact of coronavirus outbreak
17 Feb 2020 - 2:08PM
WHO chief arrives in China for talks on coronavirus crisis as death toll jumps

World Health Organisation’s director general to gather information and discuss control measures as death toll jumps sharply.

World Health Organisation’s director general to gather information and discuss control measures as death toll jumps sharply.

WHO chief arrives in China for talks on coronavirus crisis as death toll jumps
17 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM
China coronavirus: cities, provinces close roads to stop spread of deadly infection

Official from Henan says anyone trying to enter from Hubei, the province at the heart of the epidemic, will be turned back.

Official from Henan says anyone trying to enter from Hubei, the province at the heart of the epidemic, will be turned back.

China coronavirus: cities, provinces close roads to stop spread of deadly infection
17 Feb 2020 - 2:14PM
China coronavirus: embassies make plans to get foreigners out of Wuhan

Japan, US, France and Russia keen to get their citizens home as death toll continues to rise.

Japan, US, France and Russia keen to get their citizens home as death toll continues to rise.

China coronavirus: embassies make plans to get foreigners out of Wuhan
17 Feb 2020 - 2:15PM
Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus death toll jumps

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus  death toll jumps
17 Feb 2020 - 2:15PM
Money and medical staff pledged for Wuhan to help tackle China’s killer coronavirus

Teams from Shanghai, Guangdong – including experts who helped tackle Sars – arrive in Wuhan to lend their support.

Teams from Shanghai, Guangdong – including experts who helped tackle Sars – arrive in Wuhan to lend their support.

Money and medical staff pledged for Wuhan to help tackle China’s killer coronavirus
17 Feb 2020 - 2:17PM
Donald Trump thanks Xi Jinping for efforts to contain deadly coronavirus

US ‘greatly appreciates [China’s] efforts and transparency’, president says in a tweet, as woman in her 60s becomes America’s second confirmed case.

US ‘greatly appreciates [China’s] efforts and transparency’, president says in a tweet, as woman in her 60s becomes America’s second confirmed case.

Donald Trump thanks Xi Jinping for efforts to contain deadly coronavirus
17 Feb 2020 - 2:22PM
Will 2020 see ‘Fire and Fury 2.0’? Options narrow for North Korea and US as year comes to a close

Pyongyang and Washington both seem likely to retreat to hardened positions more in line with 2017 as talks falter, analysts say, while China should grow into a larger role, with North Korea increasingly reliant on it as an economic ally.

Pyongyang and Washington both seem likely to retreat to hardened positions more in line with 2017 as talks falter, analysts say, while China should grow into a larger role, with North Korea increasingly reliant on it as an economic ally.

Will 2020 see ‘Fire and Fury 2.0’? Options narrow for North Korea and US as year comes to a close
25 Dec 2019 - 11:20AM
Donald Trump had ‘very good talk’ with Xi Jinping on US-China trade war deal, Hong Kong and North Korea

Formal signing of phase one agreement being arranged, US President says in tweet announcing phone call between leaders.

Formal signing of phase one agreement being arranged, US President says in tweet announcing phone call between leaders.

Donald Trump had ‘very good talk’ with Xi Jinping on US-China trade war deal, Hong Kong and North Korea
21 Dec 2019 - 11:36PM
US Secretary of State supports Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in criticism of China’s treatment of Uygurs

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Beijing can censor team’s soccer games but cannot hide rights violations.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Beijing can censor team’s soccer games but cannot hide rights violations.

US Secretary of State supports Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in criticism of China’s treatment of Uygurs
18 Dec 2019 - 10:08PM
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’.

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
14 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM
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.

‘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
13 Dec 2019 - 8:01AM
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.’

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
11 Dec 2019 - 9:24AM
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.

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
28 Nov 2019 - 11:14PM
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.

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
26 Nov 2019 - 2:52PM
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.

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
23 Nov 2019 - 9:29PM
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.

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
21 Nov 2019 - 12:28AM
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

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
15 Nov 2019 - 1:50PM
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.

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
13 Nov 2019 - 3:53PM
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.

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
8 Nov 2019 - 6:53AM
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’.

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
2 Nov 2019 - 11:57PM