Liu Zhen

Beijing

Liu Zhen

Reporter, China

Liu Zhen joined the Post in 2015 as a reporter on the China desk. She previously worked with Reuters in Beijing.

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China’s PLA open to good relations with US military, if Chinese sovereignty is respected

China military threat held up by some Americans is false ‘paranoia of persecution’, defence ministry spokesman says.

China military threat held up by some Americans is false ‘paranoia of persecution’, defence ministry spokesman says.

China’s PLA open to good relations with US military, if Chinese sovereignty is respected
26 Nov 2021 - 6:50AM
Chinese foreign minister says countries should not be forced to pick sides in rivalry with US

Wang Yi tells a conference competition between nations should be ‘positive and benign’ rather than a ‘zero-sum game’.

Wang Yi tells a conference competition between nations should be ‘positive and benign’ rather than a ‘zero-sum game’.

Chinese foreign minister says countries should not be forced to pick sides in rivalry with US
22 Nov 2021 - 3:35PM
China warned Japan may intervene militarily if it invades Taiwan

A study says Tokyo’s recent activities indicate it has discussed the scenario with the US and wants to deter Beijing from any attempt to seize the island.

A study says Tokyo’s recent activities indicate it has discussed the scenario with the US and wants to deter Beijing from any attempt to seize the island.

China warned Japan may intervene militarily if it invades Taiwan
21 Nov 2021 - 11:09PM
Chinese bombers in night drills amid Taiwan, South China Sea tensions

PLA Navy aircraft take off from Hainan for exercises to improve night combat skills.

PLA Navy aircraft take off from Hainan for exercises to improve night combat skills.

Chinese bombers in night drills amid Taiwan, South China Sea tensions
15 Nov 2021 - 9:55PM
China to develop new heavy icebreaker for ‘Polar Silk Road’

Design to be finished by 2025, ministry says, while ‘significant breakthroughs’ also expected in building huge salvage ship.

Design to be finished by 2025, ministry says, while ‘significant breakthroughs’ also expected in building huge salvage ship.

China to develop new heavy icebreaker for ‘Polar Silk Road’
13 Nov 2021 - 6:00PM
China’s military holds high-altitude drills near border with India

Exercises involved some of the PLA’s most powerful howitzers and the latest long-range rocket launchers, according to state television.

Exercises involved some of the PLA’s most powerful howitzers and the latest long-range rocket launchers, according to state television.

China’s military holds high-altitude drills near border with India
9 Nov 2021 - 9:15PM
US calls space a wild west. China says policing it normalises warfare

There have been calls to establish rules governing behaviour in space, but China views that as an avoidance of the real problem: the domain’s militarisation.

There have been calls to establish rules governing behaviour in space, but China views that as an avoidance of the real problem: the domain’s militarisation.

US calls space a wild west. China says policing it normalises warfare
7 Nov 2021 - 10:08PM
China has already had its best year for space launches – and leads the US

40 launches by the end of October is one more than the country managed last year, while the United States has had 39.

40 launches by the end of October is one more than the country managed last year, while the United States has had 39.

China has already had its best year for space launches – and leads the US
3 Nov 2021 - 1:37AM
Chinese satellite hints at space warfare prowess by dodging US surveillance

Shijian 20, China’s most advanced communication satellite, was approached by US surveillance satellite but reportedly moved away at speed.

Shijian 20, China’s most advanced communication satellite, was approached by US surveillance satellite but reportedly moved away at speed.

Chinese satellite hints at space warfare prowess by dodging US surveillance
2 Nov 2021 - 1:41PM
Europe’s Mars orbiter to read the signals in ‘blind’ dates with China’s rover

Chinese probe Zhu Rong will use European orbiter to send data to Earth in communication tests – ‘blind’ because the two spacecraft use incompatible frequencies.

Chinese probe Zhu Rong will use European orbiter to send data to Earth in communication tests – ‘blind’ because the two spacecraft use incompatible frequencies.

Europe’s Mars orbiter to read the signals in ‘blind’ dates with China’s rover
29 Oct 2021 - 10:03PM
US ships and planes conducted 2,000 spying missions aimed at China this year, says military analyst

Cao Yanzhong, a researcher at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said the operations were putting China’s sovereign security at risk.

Cao Yanzhong, a researcher at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said the operations were putting China’s sovereign security at risk.

US ships and planes conducted 2,000 spying missions aimed at China this year, says military analyst
28 Oct 2021 - 6:10PM
Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron speak for first time since Aukus alliance was announced

Chinese leader tells France’s president that the EU should maintain its autonomy in foreign policy.

Chinese leader tells France’s president that the EU should maintain its autonomy in foreign policy.

Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron speak for first time since Aukus alliance was announced
27 Oct 2021 - 11:07PM
Japan’s foreign minister says ties with China remain ‘in a difficult situation’

Toshimitsu Motegi expresses hope that relations will improve, stressing need for communication and dialogue. At the same forum, his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi warns issues like Taiwan are ‘serious and sensitive’.

Toshimitsu Motegi expresses hope that relations will improve, stressing need for communication and dialogue. At the same forum, his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi warns issues like Taiwan are ‘serious and sensitive’.

Japan’s foreign minister says ties with China remain ‘in a difficult situation’
25 Oct 2021 - 11:38PM
China backs ‘no first use’ nuclear policy, calls on nations to cut warhead stockpile

Recent statement by former Chinese ambassador for disarmament suggests Beijing should rethink ‘no first use’ policy to counter US military presence in region.

Recent statement by former Chinese ambassador for disarmament suggests Beijing should rethink ‘no first use’ policy to counter US military presence in region.

China backs ‘no first use’ nuclear policy, calls on nations to cut warhead stockpile
23 Oct 2021 - 4:40AM
Pianist Li Yundi reportedly detained on suspicion of patronising prostitute

Li gained international fame in 2000 when he won the Frederic Chopin international piano competition at the age of 18.

Li gained international fame in 2000 when he won the Frederic Chopin international piano competition at the age of 18.

Pianist Li Yundi reportedly detained on suspicion of patronising prostitute
1 Nov 2021 - 9:09PM
China ‘may be drawn’ into US-Russia nuclear competition

As non-proliferation treaties have fallen by the wayside over the years, the three powers are modernising their capabilities.

As non-proliferation treaties have fallen by the wayside over the years, the three powers are modernising their capabilities.

China ‘may be drawn’ into US-Russia nuclear competition
21 Oct 2021 - 10:38PM
Chinese, French scientists to work together on lunar rock samples

It will include joint programmes and exchanges between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and French space and science agencies.

It will include joint programmes and exchanges between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and French space and science agencies.

Chinese, French scientists to work together on lunar rock samples
20 Oct 2021 - 10:27PM
China is working on a way to extract oxygen from the moon’s surface

Experiments were carried out using a small reactor during one of China’s lunar missions, and researchers have designed a solar-powered device to release oxygen from lunar soil.

Experiments were carried out using a small reactor during one of China’s lunar missions, and researchers have designed a solar-powered device to release oxygen from lunar soil.

China is working on a way to extract oxygen from the moon’s surface
20 Oct 2021 - 12:30PM
Life returns to normal for Sheffield’s Chinese students after attacks

String of assaults which left nine students injured raised fears on campus of growing racism but anxieties are easing.

String of assaults which left nine students injured raised fears on campus of growing racism but anxieties are easing.

Life returns to normal for Sheffield’s Chinese students after attacks
17 Oct 2021 - 10:08PM
China launches its first sun observation satellite to monitor solar eruptions

Xihe sent up by a Long March 2D rocket from Taiyuan launch centre to keep an eye on sun’s surface.

Xihe sent up by a Long March 2D rocket from Taiyuan launch centre to keep an eye on sun’s surface.

China launches its first sun observation satellite to monitor solar eruptions
15 Oct 2021 - 10:39PM
US raises concerns over Chinese construction at Cambodian naval base

Phnom Penh spokesman denies it is a facility for China’s military after embassy calls for transparency. It comes after CSIS report says satellite images show three new buildings have gone up and a road is being built.

Phnom Penh spokesman denies it is a facility for China’s military after embassy calls for transparency. It comes after CSIS report says satellite images show three new buildings have gone up and a road is being built.

US raises concerns over Chinese construction at Cambodian naval base
14 Oct 2021 - 11:00PM
The underwater arms race: China, Aukus and a deepening submarine rivalry

In the Indo-Pacific many countries are interested in nuclear and non-nuclear submarines and are developing, replacing or expanding their fleets.

In the Indo-Pacific many countries are interested in nuclear and non-nuclear submarines and are developing, replacing or expanding their fleets.

The underwater arms race: China, Aukus and a deepening submarine rivalry
12 Oct 2021 - 12:22AM
Chinese PLA runs tank drills on Indian border as Ladakh talks fail

Xinjiang military district troops tested high-altitude battle capabilities with a range of tank manoeuvres, state media reported.

Xinjiang military district troops tested high-altitude battle capabilities with a range of tank manoeuvres, state media reported.

Chinese PLA runs tank drills on Indian border as Ladakh talks fail
11 Oct 2021 - 10:39PM
Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island and its democratic way of life, says Tsai Ing-wen

Speech comes after PLA sent more than 150 planes to test the island’s air defences.

Speech comes after PLA sent more than 150 planes to test the island’s air defences.

Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island and its democratic way of life, says Tsai Ing-wen
8 Oct 2021 - 11:33PM
Countdown to 2028 for launch of China’s super heavy-lift CZ-9 rocket

Vehicle will be designed to take crews to the moon and explore deeper into space.

Vehicle will be designed to take crews to the moon and explore deeper into space.

Countdown to 2028 for launch of China’s super heavy-lift CZ-9 rocket
30 Sep 2021 - 10:41PM
China-US relations: Xi Jinping raised Meng Wanzhou case in talks with Joe Biden

Beijing confirms the Huawei executive was discussed during September 9 phone call between two leaders.

Beijing confirms the Huawei executive was discussed during September 9 phone call between two leaders.

China-US relations: Xi Jinping raised Meng Wanzhou case in talks with Joe Biden
28 Sep 2021 - 11:08PM
China tries to rally national pride as it paints Meng Wanzhou’s release as proof the US targeted an innocent woman for political reasons

State media glosses over a signed admission of wrongdoing – but not guilt – as it celebrates Huawei executive’s return home.

State media glosses over a signed admission of wrongdoing – but not guilt – as it celebrates Huawei executive’s return home.

China tries to rally national pride as it paints Meng Wanzhou’s release as proof the US targeted an innocent woman for political reasons
27 Sep 2021 - 5:44PM
China plans tax crackdown on richest entertainers, including online influencers

High-income stars who confess to tax evasion could get lighter penalties, or face being ‘punished seriously’ in deepening regulation of entertainment sector.

High-income stars who confess to tax evasion could get lighter penalties, or face being ‘punished seriously’ in deepening regulation of entertainment sector.

China plans tax crackdown on richest entertainers, including online influencers
21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM
China ready to step up pressure on Taiwan and US over mission office name change – up to a point

PLA tactics to bring Taiwan into the fold could include bigger drills, more frequent sorties and approaches to the island’s airspace, says former colonel.

PLA tactics to bring Taiwan into the fold could include bigger drills, more frequent sorties and approaches to the island’s airspace, says former colonel.

China ready to step up pressure on Taiwan and US over mission office name change – up to a point
18 Sep 2021 - 11:37PM
Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship

Countries outside the region warned by foreign ministry after German frigate Bayern was refused permission to visit Shanghai.

Countries outside the region warned by foreign ministry after German frigate Bayern was refused permission to visit Shanghai.

Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship
17 Sep 2021 - 6:19AM