Liu Zhen

Liu Zhen joined the Post in 2015 as a reporter on the China desk. She previously worked with Reuters in Beijing.
Liu Zhen
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 new aircraft carrier to pack more jet power than the Liaoning

Shipbuilding chief says Type 001A is big departure from its sister, while military commentator thinks new vessel shows how lessons were learned from Liaoning.

16 Aug 2019 - 6:38AM

Shipbuilding chief says Type 001A is big departure from its sister, while military commentator thinks new vessel shows how lessons were learned from Liaoning.

China’s new aircraft carrier to pack more jet power than the Liaoning
Chinese survey ship returns to scene of stand-off with Vietnamese coastguard

Vessel returns to disputed waters in the South China Sea where it has been involved in a month-long confrontation.

15 Aug 2019 - 9:00AM

Vessel returns to disputed waters in the South China Sea where it has been involved in a month-long confrontation.

Chinese survey ship returns to scene of stand-off with Vietnamese coastguard
Beijing unlikely to intervene in Hong Kong but police under pressure to end protests, analysts say

Central government’s warning about ‘signs of terrorism’ in escalating protest violence ‘provides cover for local authorities to continue on path they are on’.

14 Aug 2019 - 5:28AM

Central government’s warning about ‘signs of terrorism’ in escalating protest violence ‘provides cover for local authorities to continue on path they are on’.

Beijing unlikely to intervene in Hong Kong but police under pressure to end protests, analysts say
China’s air force spreads its wings in 70th anniversary video

Footage of recent operations, including a joint exercise with Russian fighter planes, features in Armed Forces Day release.

3 Aug 2019 - 4:07AM

Footage of recent operations, including a joint exercise with Russian fighter planes, features in Armed Forces Day release.

China’s air force spreads its wings in 70th anniversary video
Navy Day parade the latest sign of stronger military ties between China and Russia

Chinese destroyer joins annual naval display held near St Petersburg amid a series of operations between the two countries.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:51AM

Chinese destroyer joins annual naval display held near St Petersburg amid a series of operations between the two countries.

Navy Day parade the latest sign of stronger military ties between China and Russia
Chinese shipbuilder touts warships amid push to expand arms sales in Southeast Asia

Executive from state-owned CSIC meets defence officials from the Philippines and Indonesia in a week-long tour.

27 Jul 2019 - 2:20AM

Executive from state-owned CSIC meets defence officials from the Philippines and Indonesia in a week-long tour.

Chinese shipbuilder touts warships amid push to expand arms sales in Southeast Asia
China ‘still a long way off’ closing software gap in military technology

Modern warfare is fought and won with communication and information, areas in which the PLA trails the world’s best, observers say.

26 Jul 2019 - 3:46AM

Modern warfare is fought and won with communication and information, areas in which the PLA trails the world’s best, observers say.

China ‘still a long way off’ closing software gap in military technology
Beijing’s military ‘lags behind’ other countries, but ‘still good enough to defeat separatists’

People’s Liberation Army faces major challenges in Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, and needs more money to achieve its modernisation goals, white paper says.

25 Jul 2019 - 4:32AM

People’s Liberation Army faces major challenges in Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, and needs more money to achieve its modernisation goals, white paper says.

Beijing’s military ‘lags behind’ other countries, but ‘still good enough to defeat separatists’
Why has China yet to start its military exercise off Taiwan?

The ‘routine drill’ was seen as a response to American support for Taiwan when it was announced on July 14, but there has been no sign of it taking place.

24 Jul 2019 - 12:37AM

The ‘routine drill’ was seen as a response to American support for Taiwan when it was announced on July 14, but there has been no sign of it taking place.

Why has China yet to start its military exercise off Taiwan?
Beijing’s upgraded Su-35 fighter jets put through paces over South China Sea as ‘Sword of the South’ air brigade takes flight

State media says great effort was made to speed up modifications and training. The ‘intense’ exercises took crews closer to real combat conditions, a pilot says.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:27AM

State media says great effort was made to speed up modifications and training. The ‘intense’ exercises took crews closer to real combat conditions, a pilot says.

Beijing’s  upgraded Su-35 fighter jets put through paces over South China Sea as ‘Sword of the South’ air brigade takes flight
China maintains pressure on Vietnam at Vanguard Bank

Beijing keen to establish its rights to sea’s rich resources before completion of a code of conduct for the disputed waters, observer says.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:41PM

Beijing keen to establish its rights to sea’s rich resources before completion of a code of conduct for the disputed waters, observer says.

China maintains pressure on Vietnam at Vanguard Bank
China and Vietnam tread softly in South China Sea over latest dispute

Both sides appear to have learned from their deadly confrontation in 2014 as Beijing and Hanoi maintain a low profile over the issue.

17 Jul 2019 - 10:46PM

Both sides appear to have learned from their deadly confrontation in 2014 as Beijing and Hanoi maintain a low profile over the issue.

China and Vietnam tread softly in South China Sea over latest dispute
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen dismisses ‘irresponsible remarks’ on US arms sale

Speaking during a stopover in New York, she says island is buying the weapons to ‘enhance national defence in order to protect our democracy’.

13 Jul 2019 - 11:21PM

Speaking during a stopover in New York, she says island is buying the weapons to ‘enhance national defence in order to protect our democracy’.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen dismisses ‘irresponsible remarks’ on US arms sale
China and Vietnam in stand-off over Chinese survey ship mission to disputed reef in South China Sea

Coastguard vessels eye each other across Vanguard Bank after Haiyang Dizhi entered waters near reef to carry out seismic survey operation.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:27PM

Coastguard vessels eye each other across Vanguard Bank after Haiyang Dizhi entered waters near reef to carry out seismic survey operation.

China and Vietnam in stand-off over Chinese survey ship mission to disputed reef in South China Sea
Chinese troops in first joint medical drill with major Nato power in Europe

About 100 PLA medics are taking part in the two-week exercise, along with 120 medics and 120 support personnel from German military.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:57PM

About 100 PLA medics are taking part in the two-week exercise, along with 120 medics and 120 support personnel from German military.

Chinese troops in first joint medical drill with major Nato power in Europe
South China Sea missile tests aimed at boosting Beijing’s bargaining power, analysts say

Beijing wanted to flex its military muscle as tensions continue to rise in disputed region, observers say.

4 Jul 2019 - 12:28AM

Beijing wanted to flex its military muscle as tensions continue to rise in disputed region, observers say.

South China Sea missile tests aimed at boosting Beijing’s bargaining power, analysts say
Chinese navy tests new Z-20 helicopter for use on its warships

Photos carried by news website show modified model of the aircraft on what is believed to be the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer.

3 Jul 2019 - 12:35AM

Photos carried by news website show modified model of the aircraft on what is believed to be the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer.

Chinese navy tests new Z-20 helicopter for use on its warships
G20 split as US refuses to sign joint statement on climate change

But there was no mention of unilateralism in the leaders’ declaration, despite Beijing’s focus on opposing it.

29 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

But there was no mention of unilateralism in the leaders’ declaration, despite Beijing’s focus on opposing it.

G20 split as US refuses to sign joint statement on climate change
Victims of intellectual property theft will be compensated, Xi Jinping tells world leaders

Chinese leader also says a channel will be set up for foreign firms to make complaints and Beijing will take ‘major steps’ to further liberalise economy.

29 Jun 2019 - 8:27AM

Chinese leader also says a channel will be set up for foreign firms to make complaints and Beijing will take ‘major steps’ to further liberalise economy.

Victims of intellectual property theft will be compensated, Xi Jinping tells world leaders
China and Japan seek to take relationship to ‘next level’ as Xi Jinping state visit confirmed for spring

Chinese president meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, saying he hopes to strengthen ties further.

28 Jun 2019 - 2:03PM

Chinese president meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, saying he hopes to strengthen ties further.

China and Japan seek to take relationship to ‘next level’ as Xi Jinping state visit confirmed for spring
China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan Strait

Strike group sails through sensitive waters, with self-ruled island’s military keeping a close watch on ships’ movements.

25 Jun 2019 - 11:25PM

Strike group sails through sensitive waters, with self-ruled island’s military keeping a close watch on ships’ movements.

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan Strait
Gun-tracking chip created by China tech firm to keep nation’s weapons under surveillance

Beijing-based hi-tech firm says its technology keeps real-time tabs on firearms and is already in use in the military.

23 Jun 2019 - 12:03AM

Beijing-based hi-tech firm says its technology keeps real-time tabs on firearms and is already in use in the military.

Gun-tracking chip created by China tech firm to keep nation’s weapons under surveillance
New acting US defence chief Mark Esper ‘may be tougher on China’

Along with two decades of military service, Esper is a former chief of staff at conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation; in an April interview he said ‘we are late – coming to the recognition that we are in a strategic competition with China’.

20 Jun 2019 - 2:58AM

Along with two decades of military service, Esper is a former chief of staff at conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation; in an April interview he said ‘we are late – coming to the recognition that we are in a strategic competition with China’.

New acting US defence chief Mark Esper ‘may be tougher on China’
Are China and US racing towards inevitable military confrontation in outer space?

Beijing is still behind in terms of its space-based military capabilities, but the gap is closing fast, experts say.

17 Jun 2019 - 6:08PM

Beijing is still behind in terms of its space-based military capabilities, but the gap is closing fast, experts say.

Are China and US racing towards inevitable military confrontation in outer space?
Hong Kong extradition bill complicates an already tense US-China relationship

But analysts say that with trade at the top of the agenda, neither side is likely to push too hard on the issue.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:39PM

But analysts say that with trade at the top of the agenda, neither side is likely to push too hard on the issue.

Hong Kong extradition bill complicates an already tense US-China relationship
China-Russia ties turn icy in a sweet way as Vladimir Putin gifts Xi Jinping his favourite treat

‘Best friends’ celebrate Chinese president’s 66th birthday with Russian ice cream and champagne on sidelines of conference in Tajikistan.

15 Jun 2019 - 10:07PM

‘Best friends’ celebrate Chinese president’s 66th birthday with Russian ice cream and champagne on sidelines of conference in Tajikistan.

China-Russia ties turn icy in a sweet way as Vladimir Putin gifts Xi Jinping his favourite treat
Hong Kong protest row could give Donald Trump another card to play against China – but will he use it?

While US president says he ‘understood the reason for the demonstration’ many observers are sceptical about whether he will take concrete action.

14 Jun 2019 - 2:02AM

While US president says he ‘understood the reason for the demonstration’ many observers are sceptical about whether he will take concrete action.

Hong Kong protest row could give Donald Trump another card to play against China – but will he use it?
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning has no role to play in territorial disputes, Beijing says

Ship was en route to Pacific for routine exercise when spotted in East China Sea on Tuesday, state media says.

13 Jun 2019 - 4:18AM

Ship was en route to Pacific for routine exercise when spotted in East China Sea on Tuesday, state media says.

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning has no role to play in territorial disputes, Beijing says
China’s new high-frequency radar system could spot stealth aircraft from a long distance, creator says

Radar expert Liu Yongtan says surface wave system could track ships and planes from hundreds of kilometres away.

12 Jun 2019 - 2:59AM

Radar expert Liu Yongtan says surface wave system could track ships and planes from hundreds of kilometres away.

China’s new high-frequency radar system could spot stealth aircraft from a long distance, creator says
Donald Trump called former US president Jimmy Carter to discuss fear China is ‘getting way ahead’ of US

Former president discusses conversation with his successor at first public appearance since hip surgery last month.

11 Jun 2019 - 2:53AM

Former president discusses conversation with his successor at first public appearance since hip surgery last month.

Donald Trump called former US president Jimmy Carter to discuss fear China is ‘getting way ahead’ of US