Mark Magnier

New York

Mark Magnier

US correspondent

Mark Magnier is a US correspondent based in Washington. Before joining the Post, he worked for the Wall Street Journal in China and for the Los Angeles Times in India, China and Japan. He’s covered the Chinese economy, China and India’s explosive rise and conflicts in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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US President Joe Biden will travel to Japan for an in-person summit of Quad leaders

The summit was one topic in a virtual meeting between Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which also addressed the US-Japan military alliance and China’s growing nuclear arsenal.

The summit was one topic in a virtual meeting between Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, which also addressed the US-Japan military alliance and China’s growing nuclear arsenal.

22 Jan 2022 - 3:59PM
Joe Biden marshalls diplomatic troops to counter falling polls at one-year mark

Amid criticism, members of Biden’s administration try to make the case that there have been successes and that Donald Trump left them with multiple challenges.

Amid criticism, members of Biden’s administration try to make the case that there have been successes and that Donald Trump left them with multiple challenges.

21 Jan 2022 - 8:23AM
US drops charges against Gang Chen, MIT professor accused of lying about China ties

Department of Justice admits that it cannot prove its case, which was brought as part of its initiative to stop scientists from sharing sensitive technology with China.

Department of Justice admits that it cannot prove its case, which was brought as part of its initiative to stop scientists from sharing sensitive technology with China.

21 Jan 2022 - 3:49AM
US and China, in separate corners, wrestle with cryptomania’s excesses

Washington has moved slowly in regulating digital currency, while Beijing recently banned it outright, introducing a state-led version under direct government control.

Washington has moved slowly in regulating digital currency, while Beijing recently banned it outright, introducing a state-led version under direct government control.

17 Jan 2022 - 1:54PM
US to end case against Gang Chen, MIT scientist accused of hiding ties to China

Dropping prosecution of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor would be a high-profile setback for the Justice Department’s China Initiative.

Dropping prosecution of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor would be a high-profile setback for the Justice Department’s China Initiative.

15 Jan 2022 - 7:42AM
China’s New York envoy urges US business support to help improve relations

Senior diplomat Huang Ping tells executives that trade links have always been the cornerstone of US-China relationship.

Senior diplomat Huang Ping tells executives that trade links have always been the cornerstone of US-China relationship.

13 Jan 2022 - 2:51PM
Harvard professor Charles Lieber found guilty of concealing ties to China’s scientific talent programme

Federal jury in Boston reaches verdict in case of Professor Charles Lieber after less than three hours of deliberation.

Federal jury in Boston reaches verdict in case of Professor Charles Lieber after less than three hours of deliberation.

23 Dec 2021 - 12:16AM
Video shows Harvard professor initially denying bringing cash payments back from China

Nanotechnologist Charles Lieber is on trial for tax evasion in a case brought by the Justice Department’s China Initiative, which is meant to cut down on trade-secret theft.

Nanotechnologist Charles Lieber is on trial for tax evasion in a case brought by the Justice Department’s China Initiative, which is meant to cut down on trade-secret theft.

18 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
Federal trial opens of Harvard professor accused of hiding ties to China

Prosecution of nanotechnologist Charles Lieber stems from US Justice Department’s ‘China Initiative’, which was set up to help stop tech theft but has drawn fire for overreach.

Prosecution of nanotechnologist Charles Lieber stems from US Justice Department’s ‘China Initiative’, which was set up to help stop tech theft but has drawn fire for overreach.

16 Dec 2021 - 6:37AM
In federal ‘China Initiative’ case, Harvard might also be put on trial

His lawyer suggests that what nanotechnologist Charles Lieber is accused of doing is just normal practice for professors with overseas ties.

His lawyer suggests that what nanotechnologist Charles Lieber is accused of doing is just normal practice for professors with overseas ties.

15 Dec 2021 - 3:09PM
As trial begins for Harvard professor accused of lying about China ties, US ‘China Initiative’ faces renewed scrutiny

Asian-American groups hope the trial and resulting publicity will help put an end to the programme, which was started in 2018 to stem the loss of scientific secrets to China.

Asian-American groups hope the trial and resulting publicity will help put an end to the programme, which was started in 2018 to stem the loss of scientific secrets to China.

15 Dec 2021 - 1:01AM
US democracy summit ends with move to confront repressive nations’ ‘misuse’ of technology

The initiative aims to develop a common policy governing the export of technologies that help autocratic states spread cyber disinformation and surveil their citizens.

The initiative aims to develop a common policy governing the export of technologies that help autocratic states spread cyber disinformation and surveil their citizens.

11 Dec 2021 - 11:29AM
10 Dec 2021 - 2:50PM
US opens Summit for Democracy, with Joe Biden calling for moves to counter authoritarianism as America eyes China

‘This is an urgent matter on all our parts,’ US president tells virtual gathering of more than 100 nations.

‘This is an urgent matter on all our parts,’ US president tells virtual gathering of more than 100 nations.

10 Dec 2021 - 6:06AM
As Joe Biden’s ‘Summit for Democracy’ convenes, questions arise about how ‘democracy’ is defined

Beijing has condemned the event and expressed particular anger that Taiwan is among its 110 invitees.

Beijing has condemned the event and expressed particular anger that Taiwan is among its 110 invitees.

9 Dec 2021 - 2:18AM
US Army focuses on Indo-Pacific logistics, bases to deter China, says its top official

‘Given the distance that China has come militarily in the last 20 years, we have to be clear eyed about the challenge we now face,’ said US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth.

‘Given the distance that China has come militarily in the last 20 years, we have to be clear eyed about the challenge we now face,’ said US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth.

2 Dec 2021 - 8:33AM
China’s answer to Aukus alliance? More rhetoric, more intimidation tactics and more weapons

A core strategy, say military experts, is to raise the cost of US defence of Taiwan by consolidating the Chinese grip over contested South China Sea islands.

A core strategy, say military experts, is to raise the cost of US defence of Taiwan by consolidating the Chinese grip over contested South China Sea islands.

21 Nov 2021 - 10:00PM
Direct talks with Xi Jinping are crucial to avoid conflict, says White House adviser Kurt Campbell

Lower-level meetings that once yielded progress are less effective since Xi has consolidated power, according to Indo-Pacific affairs coordinator Kurt Campbell.

Lower-level meetings that once yielded progress are less effective since Xi has consolidated power, according to Indo-Pacific affairs coordinator Kurt Campbell.

20 Nov 2021 - 11:09PM
Former US military leaders cast doubt on ‘strategic ambiguity’ Taiwan policy

Former officers who served in the Indo-Pacific call for the US to make its defence intentions clear in hopes of deterring an attack by mainland China.

Former officers who served in the Indo-Pacific call for the US to make its defence intentions clear in hopes of deterring an attack by mainland China.

18 Nov 2021 - 9:13PM
US panel on China policy recommends several steps to deter Beijing from invading Taiwan

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission takes hard line, with chair saying ‘the Chinese government deepened its embrace of aggression … and coercion’.

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission takes hard line, with chair saying ‘the Chinese government deepened its embrace of aggression … and coercion’.

19 Nov 2021 - 7:09AM
UN Human Rights Council helps prompt dialogue despite members’ sparring, says its leader, Nazhat Shameem Khan

After an annual session decried as acrimonious, Fiji’s ambassador in Geneva rejects the charge that the council is polarised.

After an annual session decried as acrimonious, Fiji’s ambassador in Geneva rejects the charge that the council is polarised.

5 Nov 2021 - 10:19PM
China’s nuclear arsenal is expanding faster than US military officials anticipated one year ago, says Pentagon report

A report by the Pentagon highlights growing concern in Washington about Beijing’s rush to build more nuclear weapons and other cutting-edge military technologies.

A report by the Pentagon highlights growing concern in Washington about Beijing’s rush to build more nuclear weapons and other cutting-edge military technologies.

5 Nov 2021 - 4:15AM
US ‘China Initiative’ stymied scientific innovation, study says

More than 90 per cent of researchers agreed their Chinese colleagues made important contributions to research and training.

More than 90 per cent of researchers agreed their Chinese colleagues made important contributions to research and training.

30 Oct 2021 - 4:33AM
US official chides Xi Jinping for his anticipated absence from the G20 and COP26 meetings

‘President Xi has chosen not to attend these summits. He‘s chosen not to leave China at all in calendar year 2021,’ National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says; Joe Biden has yet to meet face-to-face with Xi since becoming US president and wants to by year’s end.

‘President Xi has chosen not to attend these summits. He‘s chosen not to leave China at all in calendar year 2021,’ National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says; Joe Biden has yet to meet face-to-face with Xi since becoming US president and wants to by year’s end.

31 Oct 2021 - 5:10PM
US official says Beijing’s block of Taiwan from United Nations harms international community

‘Taiwan being blocked for participation in nearly all of the UN activities creates an immense cost,’ said Rick Waters, the US State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for China, Taiwan and Mongolia.

‘Taiwan being blocked for participation in nearly all of the UN activities creates an immense cost,’ said Rick Waters, the US State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for China, Taiwan and Mongolia.

22 Oct 2021 - 10:19PM
US ambassador to China nominee takes tough line on Beijing, cites ‘genocide in Xinjiang’ and need to support Taiwan

US ambassador to China nominee Nicholas Burns says Beijing has weaknesses that Washington can use to its advantage, including the growing global pushback over its behaviour.

US ambassador to China nominee Nicholas Burns says Beijing has weaknesses that Washington can use to its advantage, including the growing global pushback over its behaviour.

21 Oct 2021 - 10:41PM
If the US and EU were divided on China, Aukus ‘betrayal’ just dug the trenches deeper

Despite ‘wearying’ US prodding to the contrary, and shared economic and military concerns, Brussels is determined to plough an independent furrow on China.

Despite ‘wearying’ US prodding to the contrary, and shared economic and military concerns, Brussels is determined to plough an independent furrow on China.

20 Oct 2021 - 4:20PM
Biden links policies targeting Uygurs in Xinjiang to the Holocaust

‘We see today the patterns, the choices, playing out around the world, even as we speak – the oppression and use of forced labour of the Uygurs in Xinjiang,’ said US President Joe Biden.

‘We see today the patterns, the choices, playing out around the world, even as we speak – the oppression and use of forced labour of the Uygurs in Xinjiang,’ said US President Joe Biden.

16 Oct 2021 - 10:00PM
15 Oct 2021 - 4:00PM
US rejoins the UN Human Rights Council, paving way for further tension with Beijing

Analysts said as China becomes increasingly assertive in the UN, and the US pushes back, issues on the Human Rights Council are likely to to fuel more trans-Pacific tensions, although some questioned how far this would go beyond words.

Analysts said as China becomes increasingly assertive in the UN, and the US pushes back, issues on the Human Rights Council are likely to to fuel more trans-Pacific tensions, although some questioned how far this would go beyond words.

15 Oct 2021 - 10:15PM