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 plan for a research station on the moon gets closer with success of each Chang’e lunar mission

China has planned further missions, building towards international collaboration for a moon base.

26 Nov 2020 - 9:05PM

China has planned further missions, building towards international collaboration for a moon base.

China’s plan for a research station on the moon gets closer with success of each Chang’e lunar mission
China’s H-20 stealth bomber will give PLA ‘truly intercontinental’ strike capacity, says report

Royal United Services Institute says the plane will allow China to extend its strike range far beyond its own shores.

26 Nov 2020 - 11:59PM

Royal United Services Institute says the plane will allow China to extend its strike range far beyond its own shores.

China’s H-20 stealth bomber will give PLA ‘truly intercontinental’ strike capacity, says report
China offers cooperation with ‘new US administration’ after Afghanistan conference

Recognition of US President-elect Joe Biden comes just before a formal congratulations by Xi Jinping; the statement by the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan says it seeks ‘to build a Sino-US relationship that is balanced, cooperative and stable’.

26 Nov 2020 - 10:31AM

Recognition of US President-elect Joe Biden comes just before a formal congratulations by Xi Jinping; the statement by the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan says it seeks ‘to build a Sino-US relationship that is balanced, cooperative and stable’.

China offers cooperation with ‘new US administration’ after Afghanistan conference
China-India border dispute: massive convoy delivers winter supplies to troops at Himalayan outposts

A week-long transport mission delivered rations to Chinese soldiers stationed along the border with India, according to state media.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:44PM

A week-long transport mission delivered rations to Chinese soldiers stationed along the border with India, according to state media.

China-India border dispute: massive convoy delivers winter supplies to troops at Himalayan outposts
China-India border dispute: PLA troops feel the heat … of a nice warm shower

Freshwater wells and solar-powered heating systems are making life a little more bearable for Chinese soldiers on a freezing front line.

20 Nov 2020 - 11:14PM

Freshwater wells and solar-powered heating systems are making life a little more bearable for Chinese soldiers on a freezing front line.

China-India border dispute: PLA troops feel the heat … of a nice warm shower
China bravery award for British diplomat’s rescue of drowning student

British consul general in Chongqing says he is honoured and will give reward money to charity.

20 Nov 2020 - 6:38PM

British consul general in Chongqing says he is honoured and will give reward money to charity.

China bravery award for British diplomat’s rescue of drowning student
US-China rivalry: Pentagon invests US$12.7 million in rare earth producers to reduce reliance on China

Bulk of funding goes to MP Materials, which owns the world’s largest rare earth mine outside China.

19 Nov 2020 - 9:08PM

Bulk of funding goes to MP Materials, which owns the world’s largest rare earth mine outside China.

US-China rivalry: Pentagon invests US$12.7 million in rare earth producers to reduce reliance on China
China now has the nuclear strength to hit back at a first strike, former PLA colonel says

The military has built an ‘underground Great Wall’ of tunnels to hide and move its arsenal of ballistic missiles, Wang Xiangsui tells Moganshan forum.

17 Nov 2020 - 2:53PM

The military has built an ‘underground Great Wall’ of tunnels to hide and move its arsenal of ballistic missiles, Wang Xiangsui tells Moganshan forum.

China now has the nuclear strength to hit back at a first strike, former PLA colonel says
Coronavirus: China reports more positive tests on imported frozen food

Pathogen detected in samples around the country, from Jinan in the east to Lanzhou in the northwest.

15 Nov 2020 - 9:59PM

Pathogen detected in samples around the country, from Jinan in the east to Lanzhou in the northwest.

Coronavirus: China reports more positive tests on imported frozen food
A harder US line? Potential Pentagon chief floated idea to sink China fleet in 72 hours

Michele Flournoy, who is reportedly in the running for the top US defence job, suggested in June that a stronger American deterrence in the South China Sea might make the Chinese military think twice.

14 Nov 2020 - 11:21PM

Michele Flournoy, who is reportedly in the running for the top US defence job, suggested in June that a stronger American deterrence in the South China Sea might make the Chinese military think twice.

A harder US line? Potential Pentagon chief floated idea to sink China fleet in 72 hours
China accuses US of double standards as it drops ETIM from terrorism list

Beijing says the move will hold back global counterterrorism efforts, while Chinese analyst believes it could encourage attacks.

7 Nov 2020 - 2:37AM

Beijing says the move will hold back global counterterrorism efforts, while Chinese analyst believes it could encourage attacks.

China accuses US of double standards as it drops ETIM from terrorism list
China drafts law to expand coastguard’s powers over islands and foreign vessels

As well as protecting Chinese maritime assets, the law would allow the coastguard to prevent terrorism, smuggling and environmental crimes.

6 Nov 2020 - 11:36PM

As well as protecting Chinese maritime assets, the law would allow the coastguard to prevent terrorism, smuggling and environmental crimes.

China drafts law to expand coastguard’s powers over islands and foreign vessels
China-US rivalry: Beijing banking on ‘disruptive technologies’ for a military edge, observers say

Speeding up the development of ‘strategic forward-looking disruptive technologies’ is a focus of the country’s latest five-year plan.

5 Nov 2020 - 7:00AM

Speeding up the development of ‘strategic forward-looking disruptive technologies’ is a focus of the country’s latest five-year plan.

China-US rivalry: Beijing banking on ‘disruptive technologies’ for a military edge, observers say
China-India border dispute: PLA looks to private innovators to give troops the edge

Chinese manufacturers invited by PLA to showcase advances in smart weapons, unmanned vehicles, drone jammers and more.

3 Nov 2020 - 10:43PM

Chinese manufacturers invited by PLA to showcase advances in smart weapons, unmanned vehicles, drone jammers and more.

China-India border dispute: PLA looks to private innovators to give troops the edge
Explainer | How could a US-India intelligence deal affect China?

Washington has agreed to give New Delhi access to some of its world-leading technology that analyses human activities such as troop movements.

31 Oct 2020 - 6:51PM

Washington has agreed to give New Delhi access to some of its world-leading technology that analyses human activities such as troop movements.

How could a US-India intelligence deal affect China?
China’s J-20 stealth fighter shown in training dogfight on state television

Warplanes seen firing dozens of decoy flares, which are used to counter heat-seeking missiles, in footage aired on CCTV as tensions escalate in the region.

29 Oct 2020 - 10:46PM

Warplanes seen firing dozens of decoy flares, which are used to counter heat-seeking missiles, in footage aired on CCTV as tensions escalate in the region.

China’s J-20 stealth fighter shown in training dogfight on state television
China ramps up pilot training to boost drone operator ranks as unmanned vehicles rise in military importance

The Chinese military has launched a professional operator course after identifying key skills needed, including task planning, flight control and maintenance.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:45PM

The Chinese military has launched a professional operator course after identifying key skills needed, including task planning, flight control and maintenance.

China ramps up pilot training to boost drone operator ranks as unmanned vehicles rise in military importance
US and EU start new forum to discuss China issues, including human rights and security
Non-military encounters in South China Sea to intensify if Philippines implements maritime militia plan, say observers

Manila’s navy chief announced last week that about 240 militiamen would be deployed to the contested waters of the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.

26 Oct 2020 - 10:46AM

Manila’s navy chief announced last week that about 240 militiamen would be deployed to the contested waters of the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.

Non-military encounters in South China Sea to intensify if Philippines implements maritime militia plan, say observers
China, US space rivalry may heat up after Nasa’s Artemis Accords signed, analysts say

Legal framework for behaviour in space allows countries or private companies to extract lunar resources and create temporary ‘safety zones’.

15 Oct 2020 - 11:56PM

Legal framework for behaviour in space allows countries or private companies to extract lunar resources and create temporary ‘safety zones’.

China, US space rivalry may heat up after Nasa’s Artemis Accords signed, analysts say
US weapons in Taiwan deal could slow mainland China attack: analyst

Advanced weapons could complicate a PLA campaign, says Hong Kong-based military commentator.

15 Oct 2020 - 6:00AM

Advanced weapons could complicate a PLA campaign, says Hong Kong-based military commentator.

US weapons in Taiwan deal could slow mainland China attack: analyst
China threatens retaliation over US deals to supply Taiwan with arms

A spokesman for the foreign ministry says Beijing reserves the right to take ‘legitimate and necessary’ steps over the plans.

14 Oct 2020 - 10:27AM

A spokesman for the foreign ministry says Beijing reserves the right to take ‘legitimate and necessary’ steps over the plans.

China threatens retaliation over US deals to supply Taiwan with arms
China is sending more of its Gaofen satellites into space. Here’s why

The launch of Gaofen-13 continues a project that so far comprises more than 20 satellites, with a busy schedule of missions coming next. But what are they for?

14 Oct 2020 - 5:09PM

The launch of Gaofen-13 continues a project that so far comprises more than 20 satellites, with a busy schedule of missions coming next. But what are they for?

China is sending more of its Gaofen satellites into space. Here’s why
Chinese military stages island invasion drill during Taiwan’s ‘Double Tenth’ holiday
Lift-off for China’s high-altitude helicopter drone prototype

Launch comes amid border stand-off in the Himalayas with India.

30 Sep 2020 - 12:11AM

Launch comes amid border stand-off in the Himalayas with India.

Lift-off for China’s high-altitude helicopter drone prototype
Xi Jinping defends ‘totally correct’ Xinjiang policies despite growing human rights concerns

Beijing has been accused of detaining an estimated million Uygurs and other Muslim minorities in re-education camps.

26 Sep 2020 - 11:07PM

Beijing has been accused of detaining an estimated million Uygurs and other Muslim minorities in re-education camps.

Xi Jinping defends ‘totally correct’ Xinjiang policies despite growing human rights concerns
Xi Jinping hopeful China’s relations with Japan are ‘getting back on track’

Chinese leader called for two sides to work together in phone call with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga but largely steered clear of contentious topics.

6 Oct 2020 - 1:35PM

Chinese leader called for two sides to work together in phone call with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga but largely steered clear of contentious topics.

Xi Jinping hopeful China’s relations with Japan are ‘getting back on track’
US-China rivalry: top US marine calls for redistribution of Pacific assets as PLA’s power grows

‘We have to spread out … to deter forces like the PLA,’ US Marine Corps Commandant David Berger tells conference.

25 Sep 2020 - 10:01PM

‘We have to spread out … to deter forces like the PLA,’ US Marine Corps Commandant David Berger tells conference.

US-China rivalry: top US marine calls for redistribution of Pacific assets as PLA’s power grows
US-China tensions: USAF spy plane disguises itself as a Philippine aircraft over Yellow Sea, monitor says

RC-135S aircraft switched its identification code during a reconnaissance mission, South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative says.

24 Sep 2020 - 11:14PM

RC-135S aircraft switched its identification code during a reconnaissance mission, South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative says.

US-China tensions: USAF spy plane disguises itself as a Philippine aircraft over Yellow Sea, monitor says
Lights. Camera. War cry: China rallies troops with video as Taiwan tensions mount

Military’s Eastern Theatre Command releases song with soldiers saying they are ready to die on the battlefield.

23 Sep 2020 - 7:53PM

Military’s Eastern Theatre Command releases song with soldiers saying they are ready to die on the battlefield.

Lights. Camera. War cry: China rallies troops with video as Taiwan tensions mount