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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‘Grey zone’ tactics are raising risk of military conflict in the South China Sea, observers say

America’s freedom of navigation operations and drills in disputed waters designed to challenge China’s rise and excessive territorial claims, analyst says.

20 Oct 2019 - 6:31PM

America’s freedom of navigation operations and drills in disputed waters designed to challenge China’s rise and excessive territorial claims, analyst says.

‘Grey zone’ tactics are raising risk of military conflict in the South China Sea, observers say
Satellite images show China is expanding shipyard ‘to build more aircraft carriers’

Washington-based think tank CSIS believes hull assembly of Type 002 warship should be finished within 12 months and vessel will then be moved to a newly built harbour and wharf for fitting.

18 Oct 2019 - 3:47AM

Washington-based think tank CSIS believes hull assembly of Type 002 warship should be finished within 12 months and vessel will then be moved to a newly built harbour and wharf for fitting.

Satellite images show China is expanding shipyard ‘to build more aircraft carriers’
China’s Z-20 Black Hawk lookalike and flying saucer concept craft star at helicopter expo

PLA’s great helicopter hope gets plenty of airtime at four-day show in Tianjin; analyst says chopper is ‘significant improvement’ on earlier models but urges China’s aero engine developers to raise their game.

16 Oct 2019 - 7:30AM

PLA’s great helicopter hope gets plenty of airtime at four-day show in Tianjin; analyst says chopper is ‘significant improvement’ on earlier models but urges China’s aero engine developers to raise their game.

China’s Z-20 Black Hawk lookalike and flying saucer concept craft star at helicopter expo
‘Demonising’ China could backfire on US in Southeast Asia, report warns

Report by Brookings Institution says White House’s approach may not work when Asean member states seek constructive relationships with both sides.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:02AM

Report by Brookings Institution says White House’s approach may not work when Asean member states seek constructive relationships with both sides.

‘Demonising’ China could backfire on US in Southeast Asia, report warns
Prospects are bright, China tells new Pacific partner Solomon Islands

Manasseh Sogavare says his country recognises the one-China principle and will stand on the ‘right side of history’.

9 Oct 2019 - 11:06PM

Manasseh Sogavare says his country recognises the one-China principle and will stand on the ‘right side of history’.

Prospects are bright, China tells new Pacific partner Solomon Islands
China stakes claim on unmanned warfare with National Day show of drone force

PLA is making pilotless aircraft and submersibles its priority, expert says.

4 Oct 2019 - 7:57AM

PLA is making pilotless aircraft and submersibles its priority, expert says.

China stakes claim on unmanned warfare with National Day show of drone force
China’s latest display of military might suggests its ‘nuclear triad’ is complete

Tuesday’s National Day parade featured the country’s latest ground, sea and air-based weapons, which allow it to conduct far-ranging attacks from any platform.

3 Oct 2019 - 1:22AM

Tuesday’s National Day parade featured the country’s latest ground, sea and air-based weapons, which allow it to conduct far-ranging attacks from any platform.

China’s latest display of military might suggests its ‘nuclear triad’ is complete
China rolls out new weapon systems, nuclear-capable missiles in military parade

For China it is a show of how its armed forces have been modernised, but one analyst calls it ‘the ultimate show of insecurity and cold war thinking’.

2 Oct 2019 - 12:15AM

For China it is a show of how its armed forces have been modernised, but one analyst calls it ‘the ultimate show of insecurity and cold war thinking’.

China rolls out new weapon systems, nuclear-capable missiles in military parade
Glimpse of underwater drone ‘signals China is ramping up anti-submarine powers’

UUV spotted in preparations for 70th anniversary celebrations may play role similar to America’s Orca.

1 Oct 2019 - 4:26AM

UUV spotted in preparations for 70th anniversary celebrations may play role similar to America’s Orca.

Glimpse of underwater drone ‘signals China is ramping up anti-submarine powers’
Pakistan gives kudos to China for building top infrastructure while US wages ‘futile war’ in Afghanistan

Imran Khan offers praise for Chinese focus on first-world facilities.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:59AM

Imran Khan offers praise for Chinese focus on first-world facilities.

Pakistan gives kudos to China for building top infrastructure while US wages ‘futile war’ in Afghanistan
Did China just accidentally show off its new supersonic cruise missile?

Mystery weapon is seen in video released by PLA Rocket Force as part of 70th anniversary celebrations only to disappear from edited version.

27 Sep 2019 - 1:44AM

Mystery weapon is seen in video released by PLA Rocket Force as part of 70th anniversary celebrations only to disappear from edited version.

Did China just accidentally show off its new supersonic cruise missile?
China warns US that Hong Kong bill to support democracy ‘will harm American interests’

It comes after Chinese delegates at UN General Assembly express ‘resolute opposition’ to Donald Trump’s speech, including remarks on the protest-hit city.

26 Sep 2019 - 6:30AM

It comes after Chinese delegates at UN General Assembly express ‘resolute opposition’ to Donald Trump’s speech, including remarks on the protest-hit city.

China warns US that Hong Kong bill to support democracy ‘will harm American interests’
Could ties with Kiribati be a boost to China’s space ambitions?

When the island nation switched recognition to Taipei in 2003, Beijing packed up its first overseas tracking station on South Tarawa.

21 Sep 2019 - 11:41PM

When the island nation switched recognition to Taipei in 2003, Beijing packed up its first overseas tracking station on South Tarawa.

Could ties with Kiribati be a boost to China’s space ambitions?
Growing rivalry between China and US plays out in military war games

While the PLA focuses on ‘countering American capabilities’, the Pentagon is increasingly using the China threat in its drills.

21 Sep 2019 - 10:37PM

While the PLA focuses on ‘countering American capabilities’, the Pentagon is increasingly using the China threat in its drills.

Growing rivalry between China and US plays out in military war games
All eyes on October as US and China wrap up trade war talks in Washington

Both sides discuss details for next month’s meeting which could determine whether the two countries work towards a solution or head towards even more tariffs.

22 Sep 2019 - 12:10AM

Both sides discuss details for next month’s meeting which could determine whether the two countries work towards a solution or head towards even more tariffs.

All eyes on October as US and China wrap up trade war talks in Washington
China unveils supersonic spy drone during National Day military parade rehearsal

Expect ‘exciting new weaponry on show’ during event marking 70th anniversary of founding of People’s Republic, analyst says.

17 Sep 2019 - 2:50AM

Expect ‘exciting new weaponry on show’ during event marking 70th anniversary of founding of People’s Republic, analyst says.

China unveils supersonic spy drone during National Day military parade rehearsal
Chinese suppliers ready to provide tear gas to Hong Kong as other sources dry up

As Britain and the US suspend sales, mainland firms can fill the gap, but how appealing is the Hong Kong market?

12 Sep 2019 - 10:47PM

As Britain and the US suspend sales, mainland firms can fill the gap, but how appealing is the Hong Kong market?

Chinese suppliers ready to provide tear gas to Hong Kong as other sources dry up
US tear gas sale ban for Hong Kong draws sarcastic response from China

Foreign ministry spokeswoman accuses Americans of ‘sheer hypocrisy and double standards’.

12 Sep 2019 - 9:30AM

Foreign ministry spokeswoman accuses Americans of ‘sheer hypocrisy and double standards’.

US tear gas sale ban for Hong Kong draws sarcastic response from China
Beijing deploys drones for South China Sea surveillance

Air and land system steps up monitoring of contested area.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:39PM

Air and land system steps up monitoring of contested area.

Beijing deploys drones for South China Sea surveillance
Solomon Islands delegation holds off declaring any switch in diplomatic ties to Taiwan

Taiwan urges ‘solid friend’ not to cut diplomatic recognition in favour of China, as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen promises to improve relations.

10 Sep 2019 - 12:19AM

Taiwan urges ‘solid friend’ not to cut diplomatic recognition in favour of China, as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen promises to improve relations.

Solomon Islands delegation holds off declaring any switch in diplomatic ties to Taiwan
PLA Air Force formation ‘a sign of stealth fighter mass production’ in China

Latest footage is part of series to mark 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, with a flight of seven J-20s a new stage in an arms race with US and its F-35 Lightning.

4 Sep 2019 - 11:20PM

Latest footage is part of series to mark 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, with a flight of seven J-20s a new stage in an arms race with US and its F-35 Lightning.

PLA Air Force formation ‘a sign of stealth fighter mass production’ in China
China tells North Korea it wants ‘closer communication and cooperation on world stage’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho during Pyongyang visit that the two countries ‘have always been in the same boat’.

3 Sep 2019 - 11:49PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho during Pyongyang visit that the two countries ‘have always been in the same boat’.

China tells North Korea it wants ‘closer communication and cooperation on world stage’
John Bolton accuses China of stealing F-35 technology to make a stealth fighter. Is this what he was talking about?

US National Security Adviser recently said an unnamed Chinese fighter ‘looks a lot like the F-35 … because it is the F-35’. The PLA’s only active stealth fighter the J-20 looks rather different to its US counterpart, but the FC-31 prototype may be closer to the mark.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:22AM

US National Security Adviser recently said an unnamed Chinese fighter ‘looks a lot like the F-35 … because it is the F-35’. The PLA’s only active stealth fighter the J-20 looks rather different to its US counterpart, but the FC-31 prototype may be closer to the mark.

John Bolton accuses China of stealing F-35 technology to make a stealth fighter. Is this what he was talking about?
US warplane flies along dividing line between mainland China and Taiwan

Taipei says ‘nothing abnormal detected’ during Thursday’s flight.

29 Aug 2019 - 9:48PM

Taipei says ‘nothing abnormal detected’ during Thursday’s flight.

US warplane flies along dividing line between mainland China and Taiwan
Beijing hits out as US sends warship past two disputed reefs in South China Sea for the first time

Guided missile destroyer sails close to Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs, where China has military installations, prompting PLA to warn ‘all necessary measures’ will be taken to defend territorial claims.

29 Aug 2019 - 9:03PM

Guided missile destroyer sails close to Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs, where China has military installations, prompting PLA to warn ‘all necessary measures’ will be taken to defend territorial claims.

Beijing hits out as US sends warship past two disputed reefs in South China Sea for the first time
Russia offers rocket engine tech as China’s Long March 5 struggles to get off the ground

Roscosmos chief says the two countries could team up on space transport services and satellite navigation.

28 Aug 2019 - 11:46PM

Roscosmos chief says the two countries could team up on space transport services and satellite navigation.

Russia offers rocket engine tech as China’s Long March 5 struggles to get off the ground
Police in southern China told to crack down on ‘violent and terrorist activities’

Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi tells officers in province that borders Hong Kong to ‘be on high alert for subversive infiltration’.

28 Aug 2019 - 6:25AM

Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi tells officers in province that borders Hong Kong to ‘be on high alert for subversive infiltration’.

Police in southern China told to crack down on ‘violent and terrorist activities’
Hong Kong police get new anti-riot gear from mainland Chinese supplier

First batch of 500 suits delivered to emergency units around the city.

28 Aug 2019 - 7:04AM

First batch of 500 suits delivered to emergency units around the city.

Hong Kong police get new anti-riot gear from mainland Chinese supplier
China set to step up tear gas production as demand for crowd control weapons booms at home and abroad

While mainland China does not currently supply the Hong Kong police force, analysts expect growing civil unrest and higher military spending to fuel domestic and export markets.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:59PM

While mainland China does not currently supply the Hong Kong police force, analysts expect growing civil unrest and higher military spending to fuel domestic and export markets.

China set to step up tear gas production as demand for crowd control weapons booms at home and abroad
Chinese military says Taiwan’s US$8 billion deal to buy US F-16 fighter jets is a waste of money because they will be ‘useless’ against the PLA

Beijing reacts with fury after Donald Trump agrees to the sale of the fighters, but military officials say the warplanes will prove to be ‘useless’ in any case.

23 Aug 2019 - 6:10AM

Beijing reacts with fury after Donald Trump agrees to the sale of the fighters, but military officials say the warplanes will prove to be ‘useless’ in any case.

Chinese military says Taiwan’s US$8 billion deal to buy US F-16 fighter jets is a waste of money because they will be ‘useless’ against the PLA