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-India border dispute: PLA carries out live-fire artillery drills in the Himalayas

PLA puts its vehicle-mounted howitzer and HJ-10 anti-tank missiles through their paces as Beijing and New Delhi maintain an uneasy peace.

13 Aug 2020 - 12:27AM

PLA puts its vehicle-mounted howitzer and HJ-10 anti-tank missiles through their paces as Beijing and New Delhi maintain an uneasy peace.

China-India border dispute: PLA carries out live-fire artillery drills in the Himalayas
In a first, Taiwan’s missile systems track PLA fighter jets

Tactic could be used again but is more of a warning than a threat to targeted planes, analyst says.

11 Aug 2020 - 9:30PM

Tactic could be used again but is more of a warning than a threat to targeted planes, analyst says.

In a first, Taiwan’s missile systems track PLA fighter jets
China bans flying national flag upside down, changes will apply in Hong Kong

Amendments to law banning flag desecration will also regulate its use online and require it to be disposed of ‘appropriately’.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:49AM

Amendments to law banning flag desecration will also regulate its use online and require it to be disposed of ‘appropriately’.

China bans flying national flag upside down, changes will apply in Hong Kong
US Health Secretary Alex Azar starts Taiwan visit and says he will ‘convey Donald Trump’s support for health leadership’ amid coronavirus pandemic

Azar becomes highest level US official to visit island since Washington switched diplomatic recognition in 1979.

10 Aug 2020 - 12:34AM

Azar becomes highest level US official to visit island since Washington switched diplomatic recognition in 1979.

US Health Secretary Alex Azar starts Taiwan visit and says he will ‘convey Donald Trump’s support for health leadership’ amid coronavirus pandemic
China’s growing military power may make drone and cruise missile proliferation ‘inevitable’ in Asia-Pacific

South China Sea claimants and other developing countries seeking ways to counter major powers, says report.

11 Aug 2020 - 12:46AM

South China Sea claimants and other developing countries seeking ways to counter major powers, says report.

China’s growing military power may make drone and cruise missile proliferation ‘inevitable’ in Asia-Pacific
Chinese military’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship begins sea trial

Videos and photos show the country’s first large landing helicopter dock vessel leaving its shipyard in Shanghai.

7 Aug 2020 - 3:07AM

Videos and photos show the country’s first large landing helicopter dock vessel leaving its shipyard in Shanghai.

Chinese military’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship begins sea trial
Could Donald Trump start war with China over Scarborough Shoal to win re-election?

Retired Chinese naval officer claims US president could start conflict in disputed South China Sea, although observers say it offers no military benefit.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:46PM

Retired Chinese naval officer claims US president could start conflict in disputed South China Sea, although observers say it offers no military benefit.

Could Donald Trump start war with China over Scarborough Shoal to win re-election?
China sacks senior police officer over ‘absurd’ Peace Mantra book

He Dian loses job after coming in for ridicule for his 300-plus pages of repetitive sentences.

1 Aug 2020 - 2:09AM

He Dian loses job after coming in for ridicule for his 300-plus pages of repetitive sentences.

China sacks senior police officer over ‘absurd’ Peace Mantra book
China’s BeiDou set to show the way as Xi Jinping commissions rival to America’s GPS

Completion of 30-satellite constellation marks a key milestone in country’s efforts to become a space power, vice-chairman of Central Military Commission says.

1 Aug 2020 - 11:16AM

Completion of 30-satellite constellation marks a key milestone in country’s efforts to become a space power, vice-chairman of Central Military Commission says.

China’s BeiDou set to show the way as Xi Jinping commissions rival to America’s GPS
China adds turbo generators to warships to power high-energy weapons, state media says

Its developer says the 20-megawatt units went into service ‘recently’ but does not specify which ships now have them installed.

30 Jul 2020 - 11:03PM

Its developer says the 20-megawatt units went into service ‘recently’ but does not specify which ships now have them installed.

China adds turbo generators to warships to power high-energy weapons, state media says
Chinese President Xi Jinping praises ITER nuclear fusion experiment

nation ‘willing to continue to increase scientific exchange and cooperation with all parties to jointly make key breakthroughs’, leader says as assembly of experimental facility starts in France.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:35PM

nation ‘willing to continue to increase scientific exchange and cooperation with all parties to jointly make key breakthroughs’, leader says as assembly of experimental facility starts in France.

Chinese President Xi Jinping praises ITER nuclear fusion experiment
US puts record number of eyes in the skies off China coast in July

Beijing-based think tank counts 50 sorties by American military aircraft over South China Sea in first three weeks.

25 Jul 2020 - 9:49PM

Beijing-based think tank counts 50 sorties by American military aircraft over South China Sea in first three weeks.

US puts record number of eyes in the skies off China coast in July
China’s decision to close US consulate in Chengdu likely driven by size, observers say

Beijing had to follow through on vow to retaliate for closure of its mission in Houston but also wanted to minimise the fallout, experts say.

25 Jul 2020 - 4:33PM

Beijing had to follow through on vow to retaliate for closure of its mission in Houston but also wanted to minimise the fallout, experts say.

China’s decision to close US consulate in Chengdu likely driven by size, observers say
India and US conduct joint military exercises in Indian Ocean

The USS Nimitz carrier strike group had recently finished a large-scale naval exercise in the South China Sea.

30 Jul 2020 - 4:17PM

The USS Nimitz carrier strike group had recently finished a large-scale naval exercise in the South China Sea.

India and US conduct joint military exercises in Indian Ocean
Chinese research ship launched to boost exploration activities, including in South China Sea

The US$71.5 million Shiyan-6 ‘will help safeguard sovereignty and also maritime rights and interests’, says deputy director of oceanology institute.

21 Jul 2020 - 1:55AM

The US$71.5 million Shiyan-6 ‘will help safeguard sovereignty and also maritime rights and interests’, says deputy director of oceanology institute.

Chinese research ship launched to boost exploration activities, including in South China Sea
China-India border dispute: drones prove their worth at high altitude

Both countries are using unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and logistical purposes in their high-altitude dispute.

30 Jul 2020 - 4:19PM

Both countries are using unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and logistical purposes in their high-altitude dispute.

China-India border dispute: drones prove their worth at high altitude
China successfully test-fires air-to-ground missile for military helicopters

Long range stand-off weapon is first of its kind for People’s Liberation Army.

18 Jul 2020 - 4:03PM

Long range stand-off weapon is first of its kind for People’s Liberation Army.

China successfully test-fires air-to-ground missile for military helicopters
China-India border dispute: military leaders meet again in bid to ease tensions

Commanders discuss details of second phase disengagement to pull back troops and equipment from disputed border.

16 Jul 2020 - 7:03AM

Commanders discuss details of second phase disengagement to pull back troops and equipment from disputed border.

China-India border dispute: military leaders meet again in bid to ease tensions
US South China Sea stand new but no surprise, analysts say

American position meant to drive a wedge between China and other claimants, analyst says.

15 Jul 2020 - 12:26AM

American position meant to drive a wedge between China and other claimants, analyst says.

US South China Sea stand new but no surprise, analysts say
Chinese city of Tangshan hit by magnitude 5.1 quake, stirring memories of 1976 tragedy

Tremor leaves only minor damage and no one hurt, but was linked to quake that killed 242,000 people 44 years ago, Beijing Earthquake Agency says.

12 Jul 2020 - 11:02PM

Tremor leaves only minor damage and no one hurt, but was linked to quake that killed 242,000 people 44 years ago, Beijing Earthquake Agency says.

Chinese city of Tangshan hit by magnitude 5.1 quake, stirring memories of 1976 tragedy
Russia and US jostle for arms sales to India after tensions with China over border

India is a top buyer of foreign weapons on the international market and Russia has been its primary supplier since the Soviet era.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:22PM

India is a top buyer of foreign weapons on the international market and Russia has been its primary supplier since the Soviet era.

Russia and US jostle for arms sales to India after tensions with China over border
China’s military is using spider excavators to build roads near Indian border

PLA has brought in the all-terrain machines to speed up construction work in the rugged Himalayan region, according to video footage.

9 Jul 2020 - 5:21AM

PLA has brought in the all-terrain machines to speed up construction work in the rugged Himalayan region, according to video footage.

China’s military is using spider excavators to build roads near Indian border
India set to pose growing challenge to China at sea

New Delhi is developing its strategic partnership with the US, Australia and Japan as part of efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean.

5 Jul 2020 - 9:48PM

New Delhi is developing its strategic partnership with the US, Australia and Japan as part of efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean.

India set to pose growing challenge to China at sea
Could China’s unwanted FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter finally land a role in the navy?

Plans to start testing a new fighter next year have raised speculation that the designer is trying to develop a new warplane for the country’s new aircraft carriers.

3 Jul 2020 - 6:41AM

Plans to start testing a new fighter next year have raised speculation that the designer is trying to develop a new warplane for the country’s new aircraft carriers.

Could China’s unwanted FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter finally land a role in the navy?
China and India to move troops ‘in batches’ from disputed border

Military commanders aim to prevent accidental clashes but without political settlement stand-off is expected to continue.

2 Jul 2020 - 9:52PM

Military commanders aim to prevent accidental clashes but without political settlement stand-off is expected to continue.

China and India to move troops ‘in batches’ from disputed border
Border tensions remain even as Chinese and Indian commanders continue negotiations

Latest round of talks between military leaders after skirmish in Galwan Valley left 20 dead are said to have made ‘positive progress’, but experts note that the discussions do not seem to be producing any end to the stand-off soon.

2 Jul 2020 - 11:14AM

Latest round of talks between military leaders after skirmish in Galwan Valley left 20 dead are said to have made ‘positive progress’, but experts note that the discussions do not seem to be producing any end to the stand-off soon.

Border tensions remain even as Chinese and Indian commanders continue negotiations
Indian missile system order ‘could raise border risk for China’

New Delhi has asked Moscow to bring forward delivery of a Russian S-400 defence order by about a year.

29 Jun 2020 - 11:00PM

New Delhi has asked Moscow to bring forward delivery of a Russian S-400 defence order by about a year.

Indian missile system order ‘could raise border risk for China’
The cheap, light howitzer China is rolling out in Tibet

The PCL-181 has been on show in the rugged Himalayas, close to a border conflict with India.

29 Jun 2020 - 9:46AM

The PCL-181 has been on show in the rugged Himalayas, close to a border conflict with India.

The cheap, light howitzer China is rolling out in Tibet
Explainer | Why are Indian and Chinese soldiers fighting with fists, sticks and rocks?

The answer lies in a 1996 treaty that so far has prevented the countries’ border dispute turning even more deadly – but the agreement may be a fragile one.

25 Jun 2020 - 8:52AM

The answer lies in a 1996 treaty that so far has prevented the countries’ border dispute turning even more deadly – but the agreement may be a fragile one.

Why are Indian and Chinese soldiers fighting with fists, sticks and rocks?
‘Fake news’: China dismisses Indian media reports it lost 40 soldiers in border fighting

‘I can tell you responsibly that it is false information,’ foreign ministry spokesman says.

25 Jun 2020 - 3:43PM

‘I can tell you responsibly that it is false information,’ foreign ministry spokesman says.

‘Fake news’: China dismisses Indian media reports it lost 40 soldiers in border fighting