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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Chinese research lab ‘badly hurt’ by man-made coronavirus rumours

Wuhan Institute of Virology says conspiracy theories have ‘seriously interrupted the emergency research we are doing’.

20 Feb 2020 - 11:52PM

Wuhan Institute of Virology says conspiracy theories have ‘seriously interrupted the emergency research we are doing’.

Chinese research lab ‘badly hurt’ by man-made coronavirus rumours
China’s first home-built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, tightens shore leave regulations to combat coronavirus

Naval command tells all hands on Chinese warship that trips ashore need permission of captain after medical exam as ‘each and every corner’ of vessel is disinfected.

19 Feb 2020 - 3:52PM

Naval command tells all hands on Chinese warship that trips ashore need permission of captain after medical exam as ‘each and every corner’ of vessel is disinfected.

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, tightens shore leave regulations to combat coronavirus
China reports 1,300 more coronavirus cases among medical workers

Another Wuhan doctor says she was silenced after raising concerns about human-to-human transmission.

18 Feb 2020 - 11:34PM

Another Wuhan doctor says she was silenced after raising concerns about human-to-human transmission.

China reports 1,300 more coronavirus cases among medical workers
Russia and China pledge to maintain special relationship despite Moscow’s slow response to coronavirus

The two countries have reaffirmed the importance of their partnership, with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping set to meet at least three times this year

18 Feb 2020 - 3:53PM

The two countries have reaffirmed the importance of their partnership, with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping set to meet at least three times this year

Russia and China pledge to maintain special relationship despite Moscow’s slow response to coronavirus
Coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan means foreign residents with no flight out must sit tight

Efforts to get overseas citizens out of Hubei epicentre vary – some are airlifted home, while others are left to make most of situation among 11 million Wuhan residents.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:30PM

Efforts to get overseas citizens out of Hubei epicentre vary – some are airlifted home, while others are left to make most of situation among 11 million Wuhan residents.

Coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan means foreign residents with no flight out must sit tight
Chinese cities keen to get back to work but coronavirus concerns grow as workers return

Authorities in major centres like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen have given the green light for businesses to resume operations, but advised them to remain flexible.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:18PM

Authorities in major centres like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen have given the green light for businesses to resume operations, but advised them to remain flexible.

Chinese cities keen to get back to work but coronavirus concerns grow as workers return
Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘confident’ coronavirus outbreak can be contained

President makes first public appearance since January 28 to say that measures taken to control outbreak are working, welcome Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to Beijing.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:02PM

President makes first public appearance since January 28 to say that measures taken to control outbreak are working, welcome Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘confident’ coronavirus outbreak can be contained
Coronavirus: infant tests positive just 30 hours after birth

Child in stable condition as case raises concern of transmission in the womb.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:03PM

Child in stable condition as case raises concern of transmission in the womb.

Coronavirus: infant tests positive just 30 hours after birth
Coronavirus suspects in Wuhan ordered to go to quarantine zones

Anyone who refuses to relocate will be forcibly moved by the police, city government says as number of new cases continues to rise sharply.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:47AM

Anyone who refuses to relocate will be forcibly moved by the police, city government says as number of new cases continues to rise sharply.

Coronavirus suspects in Wuhan ordered to go to quarantine zones
Coronavirus claims first life outside China as Wuhan enforces quarantine for all suspected patients

Number of coronavirus fatalities rises to 361, with more than 17,000 confirmed cases.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:47AM

Number of coronavirus fatalities rises to 361, with more than 17,000 confirmed cases.

Coronavirus claims first life outside China as Wuhan enforces quarantine for all suspected patients
China coronavirus outbreak could be 10 times worse than Sars, expert says

Authorities in Wuhan took too long to impose travel ban so ‘golden time’ to contain spread of disease has passed, virologist Guan Yi says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:31PM

Authorities in Wuhan took too long to impose travel ban so ‘golden time’ to contain spread of disease has passed, virologist Guan Yi says.

China coronavirus outbreak could be 10 times worse than Sars, expert says
China begins tests for launch of space station module on Long March-5B rocket

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation says the Tianhe module will become foundation of permanent manned presence above the Earth.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:40PM

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation says the Tianhe module will become foundation of permanent manned presence above the Earth.

China begins tests for launch of space station module on Long March-5B rocket
China must make more J-20 stealth jets to meet air force demand, say military analysts

People’s Liberation Army Air Force has high expectations of its ‘Powerful Dragon’ but not enough of them in combat service.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:48PM

People’s Liberation Army Air Force has high expectations of its ‘Powerful Dragon’ but not enough of them in combat service.

China must make more J-20 stealth jets to meet air force demand, say military analysts
China ‘will continue to oppose Taiwan independence’ after Tsai Ing-wen’s election victory

Senior official Wang Yang tells Taiwan Affair Office situation will be ‘more complex and grim’ following island president’s landslide election victory.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:17PM

Senior official Wang Yang tells Taiwan Affair Office situation will be ‘more complex and grim’ following island president’s landslide election victory.

China ‘will continue to oppose Taiwan independence’ after Tsai Ing-wen’s election victory
China’s new killer robot ship goes through its first sea trial

Unmanned surface vessel is said to be world’s first with multiple roles – anti-submarine, air defence and surface combat – and powerful weaponry.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:25PM

Unmanned surface vessel is said to be world’s first with multiple roles – anti-submarine, air defence and surface combat – and powerful weaponry.

China’s new killer robot ship goes through its first sea trial
China to stop building Type 056 corvettes as navy shifts focus to larger vessels

The PLA Navy has started ordering bigger warships as it starts to prepare for missions further away from its shoreline

17 Feb 2020 - 4:14PM

The PLA Navy has started ordering bigger warships as it starts to prepare for missions further away from its shoreline

China to stop building Type 056 corvettes as navy shifts focus to larger vessels
Taiwan’s victorious President Tsai Ing-wen meets US and Japanese envoys to repeat calls for closer ties

Beijing warns other countries to stick to one-China principle after election success for Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:59PM

Beijing warns other countries to stick to one-China principle after election success for Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

Taiwan’s victorious President Tsai Ing-wen meets US and Japanese envoys to repeat calls for closer ties
China’s leading nuclear submarine designer Huang Xuhua awarded top science prize

President Xi Jinping presents 93-year-old with his second major honour in just over three months.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:10PM

President Xi Jinping presents 93-year-old with his second major honour in just over three months.

China’s leading nuclear submarine designer Huang Xuhua awarded top science prize
China has powerful military drones but won’t use them like the US, analysts say

The killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike last week was clear evidence of the deadly power of modern unmanned aerial vehicles.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:13PM

The killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike last week was clear evidence of the deadly power of modern unmanned aerial vehicles.

China has powerful military drones but won’t use them like the US, analysts say
Chinese military hints at plans for airborne laser attack weapon

It could be used to take down missiles or hostile aircraft, state tabloid Global Times says, as military’s procurement website invites bids from suppliers.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:32PM

It could be used to take down missiles or hostile aircraft, state tabloid Global Times says, as military’s procurement website invites bids from suppliers.

Chinese military hints at plans for airborne laser attack weapon
Taiwan running out of time to discuss peaceful reunification, says former Chinese general

Forum told young Taiwanese are turning away from mainland but says cost of waiting too long to ‘liberate or reunite with’ island will be too high.

22 Dec 2019 - 2:56PM

Forum told young Taiwanese are turning away from mainland but says cost of waiting too long to ‘liberate or reunite with’ island will be too high.

Taiwan running out of time to discuss peaceful reunification, says former Chinese general
Hong Kong must not delay national security law, central government adviser says

Legal professor says city authorities must revive plans for Article 23 legislation – a proposal that triggered mass protests in 2003.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:51PM

Legal professor says city authorities must revive plans for Article 23 legislation – a proposal that triggered mass protests in 2003.

Hong Kong must not delay national security law, central government adviser says
Can Beijing bring the South China Sea’s ravaged coral reefs back to life?

Fishing and rival territorial claims could hamper efforts to restore damaged environment, experts say.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:33PM

Fishing and rival territorial claims could hamper efforts to restore damaged environment, experts say.

Can Beijing bring the South China Sea’s ravaged coral reefs back to life?
US military report highlights security fears behind ban on DJI drones

A navy intelligence report from 2017 warned of the danger the world’s bestselling camera drone brand could be hacked.

20 Dec 2019 - 4:54AM

A navy intelligence report from 2017 warned of the danger the world’s bestselling camera drone brand could be hacked.

US military report highlights security fears behind ban on DJI drones
The English-speaking commander of China’s newest aircraft carrier the Shandong

Lai Yijun has a major in missiles and a reputation for stepping up when it counts.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:52PM

Lai Yijun has a major in missiles and a reputation for stepping up when it counts.

The English-speaking commander of China’s newest aircraft carrier the Shandong
China urges UN Security Council to back plans to ease North Korean sanctions

Chances for breakthrough in talks with US appear to be fading after Pyongyang conducted tests at missile sites and warned Washington to choose the sort of ‘Christmas gift’ it wanted.

18 Dec 2019 - 3:55AM

Chances for breakthrough in talks with US appear to be fading after Pyongyang conducted tests at missile sites and warned Washington to choose the sort of ‘Christmas gift’ it wanted.

China urges UN Security Council to back plans to ease North Korean sanctions
China’s armed police sees leadership overhaul under reform designed to tighten Communist Party control

A restructuring of the People’s Armed Police that began two years ago may be reaching its end after a number of senior commanders were promoted last week.

15 Dec 2019 - 10:50PM

A restructuring of the People’s Armed Police that began two years ago may be reaching its end after a number of senior commanders were promoted last week.

China’s armed police sees leadership overhaul under reform designed to tighten Communist Party control
Chinese criminal gangs spreading African swine fever to force farmers to sell pigs cheaply so they can profit

Report by state media says some offenders are leaving infected feed in sties and are even using drones to spread contamination.

17 Dec 2019 - 1:33AM

Report by state media says some offenders are leaving infected feed in sties and are even using drones to spread contamination.

Chinese criminal gangs spreading African swine fever to force farmers to sell pigs cheaply so they can profit
China steps up compliance with UN sea law after ship expelled by India

Foreign ministry tells vessels to get permission seven months in advance for research in foreign waters, days after India revealed it had found a Chinese ship near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

12 Dec 2019 - 12:52AM

Foreign ministry tells vessels to get permission seven months in advance for research in foreign waters, days after India revealed it had found a Chinese ship near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

China steps up compliance with UN sea law after ship expelled by India
China hands over cases of detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig to prosecutors

Pair have been held for a year on spying charges in move widely seen as retaliation for detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:28PM

Pair have been held for a year on spying charges in move widely seen as retaliation for detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

China hands over cases of detained Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig to prosecutors