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 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
China, Iran to forge closer ties due to common threat from United States, analysts say

Beijing remains keen to resolve its trade war with Washington but stronger economic relations with Tehran seem inevitable, observers say.

24 May 2019 - 2:27AM

Beijing remains keen to resolve its trade war with Washington but stronger economic relations with Tehran seem inevitable, observers say.

China, Iran to forge closer ties due to common threat from United States, analysts say
Iran presses China and Russia to save nuclear deal

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing for talks on ‘dangerous issues’ in the region.

17 May 2019 - 11:12PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing for talks on ‘dangerous issues’ in the region.

Iran presses China and Russia to save nuclear deal
China charges Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with spying

Pair accused of gathering state secrets and providing them to foreign forces, foreign ministry says.

16 May 2019 - 11:03PM

Pair accused of gathering state secrets and providing them to foreign forces, foreign ministry says.

China charges Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with spying
China slams Donald Trump’s ‘false and fake’ assessment of its economic performance amid trade war tensions

Beijing has ‘full confidence’ in its economy, which has continued to expand despite Washington’s protectionist measures, foreign ministry says.

16 May 2019 - 8:53AM

Beijing has ‘full confidence’ in its economy, which has continued to expand despite Washington’s protectionist measures, foreign ministry says.

China slams Donald Trump’s ‘false and fake’ assessment of its economic performance amid trade war tensions
Chinese President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if one civilisation imposes its will on another

Chinese President urges more openness and cooperation in speech days after US State Department’s Kiron Skinner caused furore by calling competition with China ‘a fight with a really different civilisation’.

16 May 2019 - 10:07AM

Chinese President urges more openness and cooperation in speech days after US State Department’s Kiron Skinner caused furore by calling competition with China ‘a fight with a really different civilisation’.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if one civilisation imposes its will on another
China to put soft power on show as ‘clash of civilisations’ debate comes back to life

Beijing to champion ‘charms of Asian’ societies as tensions rise with Washington.

15 May 2019 - 2:03PM

Beijing to champion ‘charms of Asian’ societies as tensions rise with Washington.

China to put soft power on show as ‘clash of civilisations’ debate comes back to life
Chinese media told to toe party line on trade war coverage, insiders say

Companies allowed to publish only comments made by commerce and foreign ministry spokespeople, news editor says.

11 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Companies allowed to publish only comments made by commerce and foreign ministry spokespeople, news editor says.

Chinese media told to toe party line on trade war coverage, insiders say
Satellite images show how work on China’s new Type 002 aircraft carrier is coming along

Photos released by US think tank give hints as to how country’s first domestically designed carrier will take shape.

8 May 2019 - 12:54AM

Photos released by US think tank give hints as to how country’s first domestically designed carrier will take shape.

Satellite images show how work on China’s new Type 002 aircraft carrier is coming along
North Korea weapons tests ‘a warning to Donald Trump’ to restart nuclear talks

North Korea weapons tests, supervised by leader Kim, a clear signal to US president to resume negotiations or risk renewed ICBM tests, analysts say.

5 May 2019 - 11:04PM

North Korea weapons tests, supervised by leader Kim, a clear signal to US president to resume negotiations or risk renewed ICBM tests, analysts say.

North Korea weapons tests ‘a warning to Donald Trump’ to restart nuclear talks
Chinese navy vessels on goodwill mission to Hong Kong

Haikou and Huangshan to make port call after 70th anniversary fleet review and both warships will be open to the public next week.

30 Apr 2019 - 12:47PM

Haikou and Huangshan to make port call after 70th anniversary fleet review and both warships will be open to the public next week.

Chinese navy vessels on goodwill mission to Hong Kong
China withdraws PLA Navy anniversary invitation to French warship after Taiwan Strait trip

Source says Beijing feels US egged France into making contentious passage and China had expected its guests to understand sensitivities over the waterway.

26 Apr 2019 - 1:27PM

Source says Beijing feels US egged France into making contentious passage and China had expected its guests to understand sensitivities over the waterway.

China withdraws PLA Navy anniversary invitation to French warship after Taiwan Strait trip
China’s navy expands marine corps into own unit ‘to defend maritime interests’

Military observers say it’s a response to the growing need for amphibious operations amid rising tensions over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

23 Apr 2019 - 2:06AM

Military observers say it’s a response to the growing need for amphibious operations amid rising tensions over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

China’s navy expands marine corps into own unit ‘to defend maritime interests’
Xi Jinping tells American high school students his job is ‘tiring but pleasant’ in goodwill letter

President replies to group who wrote to him in Chinese, asking if he liked music and whether he liked his work. He says ‘the younger generation is the future of Sino-US friendship’.

22 Apr 2019 - 1:00AM

President replies to group who wrote to him in Chinese, asking if he liked music and whether he liked his work. He says ‘the younger generation is the future of Sino-US friendship’.

Xi Jinping tells American high school students his job is ‘tiring but pleasant’ in goodwill letter
Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage aired on state TV

Report shows operators standing on the bridge, technicians at control panels and the ski-jump flight deck without any aircraft on board.

23 Apr 2019 - 4:40AM

Report shows operators standing on the bridge, technicians at control panels and the ski-jump flight deck without any aircraft on board.

Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage aired on state TV
China adds new satellite to its Beidou network that aims to rival US global positioning system

There are now 20 satellites in orbit for the navigation system, which is expected to be completed next year.

21 Apr 2019 - 11:20PM

There are now 20 satellites in orbit for the navigation system, which is expected to be completed next year.

China adds new satellite to its Beidou network that aims to rival US global positioning system
Will China’s new stealth amphibious drone boats guard its South China Sea outposts?

Developer delivers batch of what it claims is the first weapon of its kind in the world.

16 Apr 2019 - 8:31PM

Developer delivers batch of what it claims is the first weapon of its kind in the world.

Will China’s new stealth amphibious drone boats guard its South China Sea outposts?
‘Mr Pompeo, you can stop’: China hits back at criticism over Latin America

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang accuses US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of spreading lies about China.

16 Apr 2019 - 6:30AM

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang accuses US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of spreading lies about China.

‘Mr Pompeo, you can stop’: China hits back at criticism over Latin America
Greece set to join China-led 16+1 group with Central and Eastern European nations

Source says Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed his desire to join cooperation platform, whose annual summit gets under way in Dubrovnik on Friday.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:39AM

Source says Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed his desire to join cooperation platform, whose annual summit gets under way in Dubrovnik on Friday.

Greece set to join China-led 16+1 group with Central and Eastern European nations
Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

11 Apr 2019 - 2:18PM

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words
US, China ‘at greater risk of military incidents’ in South China Sea, Chinese think tank warns

Chinese researchers say US military, including Indo-Pacific Command, has been given more decision-making authority by Trump administration.

10 Apr 2019 - 8:17AM

Chinese researchers say US military, including Indo-Pacific Command, has been given more decision-making authority by Trump administration.

US, China ‘at greater risk of military incidents’ in South China Sea, Chinese think tank warns