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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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.

11 Apr 2019 - 11:06PM

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
Taiwan will forcefully expel PLA warplanes next time: Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese president takes hardline response to Chinese fighter jets crossing of ‘median line’ as cross-strait tensions threaten to draw in Washington, analysts say.

2 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

Taiwanese president takes hardline response to Chinese fighter jets crossing of ‘median line’ as cross-strait tensions threaten to draw in Washington, analysts say.

Taiwan will forcefully expel PLA warplanes next time: Tsai Ing-wen
‘Time for tougher deterrence from China’ as US steps up patrols in South China Sea

Chinese analyst says American forces should have to think twice before going ‘too far’ with their activities in the contested waters.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:00PM

Chinese analyst says American forces should have to think twice before going ‘too far’ with their activities in the contested waters.

‘Time for tougher deterrence from China’ as US steps up patrols in South China Sea
US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday.

30 Mar 2019 - 1:26AM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday.

US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talks up ‘steady’ and ‘positive’ economy, as crunch US-China trade war talks kick off in Beijing

China will reduce the number of industries in which foreign investment is banned before the end of June, Li Keqiang tells the Boao Forum for Asia.

28 Mar 2019 - 5:53PM

China will reduce the number of industries in which foreign investment is banned before the end of June, Li Keqiang tells the Boao Forum for Asia.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talks up ‘steady’ and ‘positive’ economy, as crunch US-China trade war talks kick off in Beijing
China and America can’t afford walking away without a deal from trade talks, says former US ambassador Max Baucus

Walking away without agreement will be ‘if not devastating, very detrimental’ for Donald Trump but ‘we are getting closer to a deal’.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:57PM

Walking away without agreement will be ‘if not devastating, very detrimental’ for Donald Trump but ‘we are getting closer to a deal’.

China and America can’t afford walking away without a deal from trade talks, says former US ambassador Max Baucus
Italy’s critics are jealous of its China deal, says Rome’s lead negotiator

US should worry about its own debts to China rather than warn Italy about a debt trap, suggests Michele Geraci, who predicts more European nations will soon follow it in joining belt and road plan.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:23PM

US should worry about its own debts to China rather than warn Italy about a debt trap, suggests Michele Geraci, who predicts more European nations will soon follow it in joining belt and road plan.

Italy’s critics are jealous of its China deal, says Rome’s lead negotiator
Why China missed out on hosting the Inter-American Development Bank meeting in Chengdu

Beijing is said to have refused a visa for the new Venezuelan representative, who is backed by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

24 Mar 2019 - 5:52PM

Beijing is said to have refused a visa for the new Venezuelan representative, who is backed by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Why China missed out on hosting the Inter-American Development Bank meeting in Chengdu
Could China’s ‘experimental’ ship be the world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker?

State-owned firm China General Nuclear Power Group invites bids to build vessel similar in size to Russian nuclear icebreakers, in potential stepping stone to building nuclear aircraft carriers.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

State-owned firm China General Nuclear Power Group invites bids to build vessel similar in size to Russian nuclear icebreakers, in potential stepping stone to building nuclear aircraft carriers.

Could China’s ‘experimental’ ship be the world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker?
China deflects India’s call for United Nations sanctions on leader of Pakistan-based militants

Beijing delays vote indefinitely on blacklisting of Masood Azhar, whose group killed dozens of Indian paramilitary police in an attack in Kashmir last month.

15 Mar 2019 - 7:26PM

Beijing delays vote indefinitely on blacklisting of Masood Azhar, whose group killed dozens of Indian paramilitary police in an attack in Kashmir last month.

China deflects India’s call for United Nations sanctions on leader of Pakistan-based militants
Two dead after Chinese navy plane crashes

No other injuries reported following accident on southern island of Hainan.

12 Mar 2019 - 11:31PM

No other injuries reported following accident on southern island of Hainan.

Two dead after Chinese navy plane crashes
Chinese central bank gives advice on how to win over a future mother-in-law

More people are asking for financial details before they give permission for their daughters to get married, according to PBOC vice-governor Chen Yulu.

10 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM

More people are asking for financial details before they give permission for their daughters to get married, according to PBOC vice-governor Chen Yulu.

Chinese central bank gives advice on how to win over a future mother-in-law
China plans more Beidou satellite launches as it continues to build up navigation system to rival GPS

Eight to 10 launches planned this year as network seeks to increase its capacity.

6 Mar 2019 - 6:58PM

Eight to 10 launches planned this year as network seeks to increase its capacity.

China plans more Beidou satellite launches as it continues to build up navigation system to rival GPS
Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions

Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year.

6 Mar 2019 - 1:14AM

Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year.

Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions
Chinese aircraft carriers are back home after sea trials and ship-shape for PLA Navy anniversary review, photos show

Israeli satellite images show Liaoning at Qingdao after refit, while China’s home-built Type 001A is expected to join navy’s big show in April.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Israeli satellite images show Liaoning at Qingdao after refit, while China’s home-built Type 001A is expected to join navy’s big show in April.

Chinese aircraft carriers are back home after sea trials and ship-shape for PLA Navy anniversary review, photos show
Chinese navy’s 70th birthday parade set to showcase country’s rising sea power

Next month’s nautical spectacle will allow country to show off its most advanced warships to an international audience, including the US.

2 Mar 2019 - 2:15AM

Next month’s nautical spectacle will allow country to show off its most advanced warships to an international audience, including the US.

Chinese navy’s 70th birthday parade set to showcase country’s rising sea power
Did Pakistan use its Chinese JF-17 jets to shoot down Indian planes?

Shares in JF-17 maker’s sister company surge after former Pakistani officer’s tweet claiming the jets were used in Kashmir flare-up – which, if confirmed, would be their first successful operation in real combat.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

Shares in JF-17 maker’s sister company surge after former Pakistani officer’s tweet claiming the jets were used in Kashmir flare-up – which, if confirmed, would be their first successful operation in real combat.

Did Pakistan use its Chinese JF-17 jets to shoot down Indian planes?
‘No-go zone’ in Yellow Sea for Chinese aircraft carrier sea trials after Liaoning undergoes refit and Type 001A readies for test

Liaoning has just undergone a nine-month refit, while flight system of new warship the Type 001A is expected to be put to test.

27 Feb 2019 - 12:06PM

Liaoning has just undergone a nine-month refit, while flight system of new warship the Type 001A is expected to be put to test.

‘No-go zone’ in Yellow Sea for Chinese aircraft carrier sea trials after Liaoning undergoes refit and Type 001A readies for test
China eyes bigger role in growing Middle East arms trade

State-owned shipbuilder CSIC sets up representative office in Dubai to expand sales across the Gulf region.

24 Feb 2019 - 11:20PM

State-owned shipbuilder CSIC sets up representative office in Dubai to expand sales across the Gulf region.

China eyes bigger role in growing Middle East arms trade
China ‘puts wartime command system to test’ in South China Sea drills

Exercises involved navy, air force and missile unit and were also held in western and central Pacific during 34-day mission.

21 Feb 2019 - 3:13PM

Exercises involved navy, air force and missile unit and were also held in western and central Pacific during 34-day mission.

China ‘puts wartime command system to test’ in South China Sea drills
Why China won’t sign up to save a cold war nuclear missile deal

There’s little incentive for Beijing to join the INF Treaty when it does not cover sea- or air-launched weapons, observers say.

20 Feb 2019 - 4:24PM

There’s little incentive for Beijing to join the INF Treaty when it does not cover sea- or air-launched weapons, observers say.

Why China won’t sign up to save a cold war nuclear missile deal
China rejects German appeal to join endangered cold war-era nuclear treaty

Politburo member Yang Jiechi says Chinese weapons are defensive and don’t pose a threat.

17 Feb 2019 - 11:18PM

Politburo member Yang Jiechi says Chinese weapons are defensive and don’t pose a threat.

China rejects German appeal to join endangered cold war-era nuclear treaty
Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

14 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce
China's military tackles combat readiness with new regulation

Inspectors will keep tabs on progress in battle preparedness as the People’s Liberation Army seeks to become a modern fighting force.

14 Feb 2019 - 11:31AM

Inspectors will keep tabs on progress in battle preparedness as the People’s Liberation Army seeks to become a modern fighting force.

China's military tackles combat readiness with new regulation
Britain urges the West to be ready to flex military muscle in the Pacific as US Navy steps up activities in South China Sea

Hardline message could be part of face-saving effort to regain confidence battered by Brexit, Chinese analyst says.

12 Feb 2019 - 2:02PM

Hardline message could be part of face-saving effort to regain confidence battered by Brexit, Chinese analyst says.

Britain urges the West to be ready to flex military muscle in the Pacific as US Navy steps up activities in South China Sea
Chinese boy, 3, has lucky escape after falling onto high-speed train line