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 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.

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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.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:09PM

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
US warplanes on Beijing’s radar in South China Sea, American air force chiefs say

US Navy missions in disputed waters may get more public attention but flyovers have important role to play, senior military officials say.

10 Dec 2019 - 6:25AM

US Navy missions in disputed waters may get more public attention but flyovers have important role to play, senior military officials say.

US warplanes on Beijing’s radar in South China Sea, American air force chiefs say
China confirms satellite launch after military rocket’s ‘dragon’s tail’ stirs online speculation

Two rockets launched from mobile vehicle that could rapidly replace Chinese satellites in orbit if they are damaged or attacked.

8 Dec 2019 - 10:37PM

Two rockets launched from mobile vehicle that could rapidly replace Chinese satellites in orbit if they are damaged or attacked.

China confirms satellite launch after military rocket’s ‘dragon’s tail’ stirs online speculation
China hits out at ‘unilateralism and bullying’ after Nato calls it a strategic challenge

Beijing says despite US efforts, some of the military alliance’s 29 members were against labelling the country as an adversary.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:38PM

Beijing says despite US efforts, some of the military alliance’s 29 members were against labelling the country as an adversary.

China hits out at ‘unilateralism and bullying’ after Nato calls it a strategic challenge
Chinese research vessel expelled by Indian warship for operating near Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Shiyan-1 caught working without permission off coast of Port Blair inside island group’s exclusive economic zone.

4 Dec 2019 - 8:33PM

Shiyan-1 caught working without permission off coast of Port Blair inside island group’s exclusive economic zone.

Chinese research vessel expelled by Indian warship for operating near Andaman and Nicobar Islands
China Coast Guard posts video of patrols off Hong Kong as Xi Jinping’s Macau visit puts onus on security

Footage shows authorities foiling smugglers and border crossings, although without stating when it took place or the origin of those involved.

3 Dec 2019 - 12:53PM

Footage shows authorities foiling smugglers and border crossings, although without stating when it took place or the origin of those involved.

China Coast Guard posts video of patrols off Hong Kong as Xi Jinping’s Macau visit puts onus on security
China deploys airship on outpost in disputed South China Sea, satellite firm says

Images point to an airship-shaped craft above Mischief Reef as the Chinese military reportedly aims to build an early warning system in the area.

30 Nov 2019 - 12:22AM

Images point to an airship-shaped craft above Mischief Reef as the Chinese military reportedly aims to build an early warning system in the area.

China deploys airship on outpost in disputed South China Sea, satellite firm says
China tests killer drones for street-to-street urban warfare, plans sales overseas

The Tianyi, built by a subsidiary of a state aerospace corporation is designed to carry out ground-level reconnaissance and precision strikes.

29 Nov 2019 - 11:29AM

The Tianyi, built by a subsidiary of a state aerospace corporation is designed to carry out ground-level reconnaissance and precision strikes.

China tests killer drones for street-to-street urban warfare, plans sales overseas
China, Russia and South Africa team up for first joint naval drill

Chinese frigate deployed as part of PLA Navy’s mission to become a blue-water force, observer says.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:44PM

Chinese frigate deployed as part of PLA Navy’s mission to become a blue-water force, observer says.

China, Russia and South Africa team up for first joint naval drill
Chinese ships and radar boost navies of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Anti-stealth radar seen at Pakistan’s airbase, while China builds ships for its navy, refurbishes others in Bangladeshi colours and gifts vessel to Sri Lanka – amid suggestions China is encircling India via relations with its neighbours.

23 Nov 2019 - 11:07PM

Anti-stealth radar seen at Pakistan’s airbase, while China builds ships for its navy, refurbishes others in Bangladeshi colours and gifts vessel to Sri Lanka – amid suggestions China is encircling India via relations with its neighbours.

Chinese ships and radar boost navies of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
US Navy sends littoral combat ships to ‘bolster attack strength in South China Sea’

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says operations have been stepped up to send a signal that China should ‘abide by international rules’.

19 Nov 2019 - 11:37PM

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says operations have been stepped up to send a signal that China should ‘abide by international rules’.

US Navy sends littoral combat ships to ‘bolster attack strength in South China Sea’
US should stop its provocation over Taiwan and South China Sea, Beijing defence minister tells Mark Esper

Wei Fenghe calls on Washington not to flex its muscles, while Esper says his country seeks a free, open Indo-Pacific – but the two defence ministers discuss how military-to-military cooperation can be a ‘stabiliser’.

18 Nov 2019 - 11:37PM

Wei Fenghe calls on Washington not to flex its muscles, while Esper says his country seeks a free, open Indo-Pacific – but the two defence ministers discuss how military-to-military cooperation can be a ‘stabiliser’.

US should stop its provocation over Taiwan and South China Sea, Beijing defence minister tells Mark Esper
Chinese embassy backs students tearing down ‘pro-Hong Kong protest’ banners in South Korea

‘Young Chinese students expressed their indignation and opposition to words and actions that harm Chinese sovereignty and distort the facts,’ mission says after clashes on South Korean campuses.

15 Nov 2019 - 2:59PM

‘Young Chinese students expressed their indignation and opposition to words and actions that harm Chinese sovereignty and distort the facts,’ mission says after clashes on South Korean campuses.

Chinese embassy backs students tearing down ‘pro-Hong Kong protest’ banners in South Korea
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper starts second Indo-Pacific tour with bid to counter Chinese power

Pentagon says Esper will discuss Beijing’s South China Sea claims on visit to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:03AM

Pentagon says Esper will discuss Beijing’s South China Sea claims on visit to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper starts second Indo-Pacific tour with bid to counter Chinese power
Reward Chinese soldiers in cryptocurrency, military mouthpiece says

PLA Daily shows enthusiasm for blockchain after President Xi Jinping called for faster adoption of it, with the newspaper saying giving tokens for good performance could energise human resource management.

14 Nov 2019 - 12:02AM

PLA Daily shows enthusiasm for blockchain after President Xi Jinping called for faster adoption of it, with the newspaper saying giving tokens for good performance could energise human resource management.

Reward Chinese soldiers in cryptocurrency, military mouthpiece says
Edward Snowden slams China censorship of his book, vows to put uncut version online, as whistle-blower calls it ‘a disgrace to the dignity of society’

References to China’s military cyber intelligence, Great Firewall and the Arab spring missing from simplified Chinese edition of his memoir Permanent Record.

13 Nov 2019 - 1:13AM

References to China’s military cyber intelligence, Great Firewall and the Arab spring missing from simplified Chinese edition of his memoir Permanent Record.

Edward Snowden slams China censorship of his book, vows to put uncut version online, as whistle-blower calls it ‘a disgrace to the dignity of society’
International Business Linkage Forum cancelled as India fails to grant visas to Chinese delegation in time

Event called off after Indian authorities fail to process paperwork for Chinese delegation, report says.

12 Nov 2019 - 9:35AM

Event called off after Indian authorities fail to process paperwork for Chinese delegation, report says.

International Business Linkage Forum cancelled as India fails to grant visas to Chinese delegation in time
Xi Jinping reiterates rallying call to Chinese military, stresses need for Communist Party’s ‘grip’

Grass-roots units are encountering new conditions and changes in mission, president says, as he emphasises that his anti-corruption drive must reach the lower ranks.

11 Nov 2019 - 9:31PM

Grass-roots units are encountering new conditions and changes in mission, president says, as he emphasises that his anti-corruption drive must reach the lower ranks.

Xi Jinping reiterates rallying call to Chinese military, stresses need for Communist Party’s ‘grip’
China’s new supersonic arsenal could give H-6N bomber force greater reach, military experts say

Air force source says supersonic cruise missiles first seen on National Day could allow PLA to hit targets 3,700 miles away.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:30PM

Air force source says supersonic cruise missiles first seen on National Day could allow PLA to hit targets 3,700 miles away.

China’s new supersonic arsenal could give H-6N bomber force greater reach, military experts say
BeiDou, China’s answer to GPS, ‘six months ahead of schedule’ after latest satellite launch

Launch of 29th satellite continues push towards greater positioning accuracy, with all 35 now set to be launched by first half of 2020 as BeiDou competes with the US Global Positioning System in civilian and military use.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:20PM

Launch of 29th satellite continues push towards greater positioning accuracy, with all 35 now set to be launched by first half of 2020 as BeiDou competes with the US Global Positioning System in civilian and military use.

BeiDou, China’s answer to GPS, ‘six months ahead of schedule’ after latest satellite launch
US still out front in tech race, China experts say in response to Pentagon claim

Chinese progress ‘exaggerated’ in range of technological advances despite claim US is lagging behind.

3 Nov 2019 - 10:33PM

Chinese progress ‘exaggerated’ in range of technological advances despite claim US is lagging behind.

US still out front in tech race, China experts say in response to Pentagon claim
China says it won’t sit back if US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia

Defence ministry urges Washington to act cautiously as US insists it is not trying to dominate Asia-Pacific.

1 Nov 2019 - 2:46AM

Defence ministry urges Washington to act cautiously as US insists it is not trying to dominate Asia-Pacific.

China says it won’t sit back if US deploys intermediate range missiles in Asia
Does US space plane X-37B mark start of new military frontier?

If the X-37B can be loaded with satellites, it can be loaded with weapons, observers warn.

30 Oct 2019 - 12:27AM

If the X-37B can be loaded with satellites, it can be loaded with weapons, observers warn.

Does US space plane X-37B mark start of new military frontier?
Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for more research, investment into blockchain technology

‘Greater effort should be made to strengthen basic research and boost innovation capacity,’ leader tells Communist Party’s elite.

31 Oct 2019 - 8:36AM

‘Greater effort should be made to strengthen basic research and boost innovation capacity,’ leader tells Communist Party’s elite.

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for more research, investment into blockchain technology
China takes step forward with plans for aerospace plane that could outdo the space shuttle

Successful wind tunnel test could pave way for two-part hypersonic vessel that will take off like a normal plane, but can deliver heavy payloads into space.

25 Oct 2019 - 5:07AM

Successful wind tunnel test could pave way for two-part hypersonic vessel that will take off like a normal plane, but can deliver heavy payloads into space.

China takes step forward with plans for aerospace plane that could outdo the space shuttle
China’s rise does not make it America’s competitor, Pentagon official says at Xiangshan Forum

‘Our approach to the Indo-Pacific is that it includes China’, Chad Sbragia, newly appointed deputy assistant secretary of defence for China, says.

23 Oct 2019 - 12:25AM

‘Our approach to the Indo-Pacific is that it includes China’, Chad Sbragia, newly appointed deputy assistant secretary of defence for China, says.

China’s rise does not make it America’s competitor, Pentagon official says at Xiangshan Forum
Lack of trust between US and China means minor incident could become a ‘nightmare’, security analysts warn

Growing tensions between two sides means clash in South China Sea could spiral out of control, Xiangshan Forum is told.

23 Oct 2019 - 3:52AM

Growing tensions between two sides means clash in South China Sea could spiral out of control, Xiangshan Forum is told.

Lack of trust between US and China means minor incident could become a ‘nightmare’, security analysts warn