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.

Latest from Lee Jeong-ho

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’.

15 Mar 2019 - 6:31AM

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
The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

10 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions
Will Kim Jong-un stop by Beijing to brief Xi Jinping about failed talks with Trump in Hanoi?

The North Korean leader met top Vietnamese leaders in a visit experts say was purely symbolic. Washington and Pyongyang continue to dispute the summit, while the Chinese president could hear Kim’s side in person.

2 Mar 2019 - 2:29AM

The North Korean leader met top Vietnamese leaders in a visit experts say was purely symbolic. Washington and Pyongyang continue to dispute the summit, while the Chinese president could hear Kim’s side in person.

Will Kim Jong-un stop by Beijing to brief Xi Jinping about failed talks with Trump in Hanoi?
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president

As the Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea ends in disappointment, the US president warns trade war talks with Beijing could go a similar way, even as he acknowledges Chinese support

1 Mar 2019 - 9:50PM

As the Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea ends in disappointment, the US president warns trade war talks with Beijing could go a similar way, even as he acknowledges Chinese support

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president
Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korea stages late-night press conference to deny US president’s claims about why summit ended

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says that contrary to Trump’s claims, Pyongyang only sought partial sanctions relief but offered to dismantle reactor.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:53AM

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says that contrary to Trump’s claims, Pyongyang only sought partial sanctions relief but offered to dismantle reactor.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korea stages late-night press conference to deny US president’s claims about why summit ended
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

28 Feb 2019 - 4:59PM

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

28 Feb 2019 - 6:50AM

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:37PM

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president hails North Korea’s ‘awesome potential’ if only ‘my friend Kim Jong-un’ would denuclearise

The two leaders were scheduled to meet at 6.30pm local time at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. They will have a brief one-on-one meeting before joining top aides for dinner. The talks will continue on Thursday.

27 Feb 2019 - 6:31PM

The two leaders were scheduled to meet at 6.30pm local time at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. They will have a brief one-on-one meeting before joining top aides for dinner. The talks will continue on Thursday.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president hails North Korea’s ‘awesome potential’ if only ‘my friend Kim Jong-un’ would denuclearise
Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

27 Feb 2019 - 9:45AM

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Donald Trump lands in Hanoi, but experts say talks will likely only freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear progress, not dismantle it

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Hanoi for a second summit. But the ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation’ the US previously demanded is looking unlikely, experts say.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:54AM

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Hanoi for a second summit. But the ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation’ the US previously demanded is looking unlikely, experts say.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Donald Trump lands in Hanoi, but experts say talks will likely only freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear progress, not dismantle it
Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korean leader arrives in Hanoi before two days of meetings

The North Korean leader travelled to Hanoi by limousine after his heavily armoured train pulled into the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang just after 8am.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:56AM

The North Korean leader travelled to Hanoi by limousine after his heavily armoured train pulled into the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang just after 8am.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korean leader arrives in Hanoi before two days of meetings
Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president thanks ‘helpful’ Xi Jinping as Vietnam fine-tunes security in Hanoi

Trump tweeted that Kim ‘realises that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world’.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:54AM

Trump tweeted that Kim ‘realises that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world’.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president thanks ‘helpful’ Xi Jinping as Vietnam fine-tunes security in Hanoi
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Kim Jong-un crosses Yalu River into China on his train journey to Hanoi

A diplomat said that Kim would cross the border into Vietnam from China by train, stopping at the border town of Dong Dang.

24 Feb 2019 - 1:32PM

A diplomat said that Kim would cross the border into Vietnam from China by train, stopping at the border town of Dong Dang.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Kim Jong-un crosses Yalu River into China on his train journey to Hanoi
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Koreans in Vietnam express hope for second meeting acting as catalyst for reunification

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is the US’ goal, but could Pyongyang’s openness to negotiation spell peace as well?

22 Feb 2019 - 10:30PM

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is the US’ goal, but could Pyongyang’s openness to negotiation spell peace as well?

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Koreans in Vietnam express hope for second meeting acting as catalyst for reunification
Trump-Kim summit 2019: US and North Korea negotiating terms of joint statement from Hanoi meeting

But official sources say the sides have not yet reached a consensus on specific denuclearisation measures

21 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

But official sources say the sides have not yet reached a consensus on specific denuclearisation measures

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US and North Korea negotiating terms of joint statement from Hanoi meeting
Kim Jong-un unlikely to travel exclusively by rail to Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit 2019: sources

A South Korean government official said it was doubtful Kim would travel so far by train alone, but could use rail in combination with air travel.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

A South Korean government official said it was doubtful Kim would travel so far by train alone, but could use rail in combination with air travel.

Kim Jong-un unlikely to travel exclusively by rail to Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit 2019: sources
China, US trade barbs over Huawei and South China Sea at Munich conference

Vice-President Mike Pence urges leaders to reject the Chinese telecoms firm, saying US has been clear ‘on the threats posed’, while China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi says Beijing rejects ‘technological hegemony’.

16 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Vice-President Mike Pence urges leaders to reject the Chinese telecoms firm, saying US has been clear ‘on the threats posed’, while China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi says Beijing rejects ‘technological hegemony’.

China, US trade barbs over Huawei and South China Sea at Munich conference
Beijing backs ‘patriotic actions’ of Chinese students who reported Uygur activist in Canada

But embassy in Ottawa says the incident at McMaster University – as well as a separate case in Toronto – had nothing to do with Chinese officials.

16 Feb 2019 - 11:30PM

But embassy in Ottawa says the incident at McMaster University – as well as a separate case in Toronto – had nothing to do with Chinese officials.

Beijing backs ‘patriotic actions’ of Chinese students who reported Uygur activist in Canada
Chinese-American engineer charged with stealing US$120 million worth of trade secrets

You Xiaorong, 56, of Lansing, Michigan indicted for theft of formulations for bisphenol-A-free coatings used in food, drinks cans.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:28PM

You Xiaorong, 56, of Lansing, Michigan indicted for theft of formulations for bisphenol-A-free coatings used in food, drinks cans.

Chinese-American engineer charged with stealing US$120 million worth of trade secrets
US President Donald Trump to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam for second summit

American president formally confirms the details during his State of the Union address from the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

8 Feb 2019 - 8:29PM

American president formally confirms the details during his State of the Union address from the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam for second summit
China offers Lunar New Year olive branch to Canada, saying it wants to get relations back on track amid fallout from arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Festive messages strike conciliatory tone after two months of tensions following arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

5 Feb 2019 - 11:41PM

Festive messages strike conciliatory tone after two months of tensions following arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

China offers Lunar New Year olive branch to Canada, saying it wants to get relations back on track amid fallout from arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou
Next stop Guam? China shows off its next generation DF-41 and DF-26 ballistic missiles

Beijing announces second-strike exercise involving an ICBM capable of hitting any point on the US or Russian mainland, as CCTV releases first ever footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 intermediate-range missile in action.

2 Feb 2019 - 7:01PM

Beijing announces second-strike exercise involving an ICBM capable of hitting any point on the US or Russian mainland, as CCTV releases first ever footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 intermediate-range missile in action.

Next stop Guam? China shows off its next generation DF-41 and DF-26 ballistic missiles
China scales back Iran nuclear cooperation ‘due to fears of US sanctions’
  • Islamic Republic’s nuclear agency says China is dragging its feet on work to redesign reactor agreed as part of international nuclear deal.
1 Feb 2019 - 11:12AM
  • Islamic Republic’s nuclear agency says China is dragging its feet on work to redesign reactor agreed as part of international nuclear deal.
China scales back Iran nuclear cooperation ‘due to fears of US sanctions’
China releases footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 ballistic missile in ‘clear message to the US’

Next-generation missile with improved accuracy launched during military drill in bid ‘to reinforce the notion the PLA has the capability to sink US carriers and inflict unacceptable damage on American forces’.

29 Jan 2019 - 11:17AM

Next-generation missile with improved accuracy launched during military drill in bid ‘to reinforce the notion the PLA has the capability to sink US carriers and inflict unacceptable damage on American forces’.

China releases footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 ballistic missile in ‘clear message to the US’
What Xi Jinping attending North Korean pop concert signals to Donald Trump

Appearance at first such North Korean shows in Beijing for several years allows Chinese president to send message to Washington before the expected second Trump-Kim summit, analysts say.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM

Appearance at first such North Korean shows in Beijing for several years allows Chinese president to send message to Washington before the expected second Trump-Kim summit, analysts say.

What Xi Jinping attending North Korean pop concert signals to Donald Trump
World’s nuclear weapons club to meet in China as trade talks and Meng Wanzhou extradition deadline loom

Eyes will be on Beijing, Washington and Vancouver in week of high-stakes diplomatic meetings.

26 Jan 2019 - 9:41AM

Eyes will be on Beijing, Washington and Vancouver in week of high-stakes diplomatic meetings.

World’s nuclear weapons club to meet in China as trade talks and Meng Wanzhou extradition deadline loom
US says China’s growing military might is part of a ‘diverse’ threat to its national security

Earlier report raises concerns about Beijing’s development of two new stealth bombers, one of which may be able to carry nuclear weapons.

24 Jan 2019 - 10:08PM

Earlier report raises concerns about Beijing’s development of two new stealth bombers, one of which may be able to carry nuclear weapons.

US says China’s growing military might is part of a ‘diverse’ threat to its national security