Mark Magnier

the United States

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 could apply sanctions for ‘illegal’ South China Sea claims, senior diplomat says

Comments by a senior East Asia diplomat come a day after the US announced it will take a tougher line in the contested South China Sea region.

15 Jul 2020 - 4:58AM

Comments by a senior East Asia diplomat come a day after the US announced it will take a tougher line in the contested South China Sea region.

US could apply sanctions for ‘illegal’ South China Sea claims, senior diplomat says
Beijing’s claims in South China Sea ‘unlawful’, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The US challenge comes amid heightened tensions between the two superpowers over trade, Covid-19 and human rights.

14 Jul 2020 - 11:51AM

The US challenge comes amid heightened tensions between the two superpowers over trade, Covid-19 and human rights.

Beijing’s claims in South China Sea ‘unlawful’, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US negotiator Robert Lighthizer says ‘I don’t know what the end goal is’ in trade war with China

‘That’s a damning admission and confirms the suspicion of many that the Trump administration’s trade policy is all tactics and no strategy,’ an analyst responds.

11 Jul 2020 - 2:30PM

‘That’s a damning admission and confirms the suspicion of many that the Trump administration’s trade policy is all tactics and no strategy,’ an analyst responds.

US negotiator Robert Lighthizer says ‘I don’t know what the end goal is’ in trade war with China
Digging in on rare earth, the next front in the US supply chain war with China

US scrambling to close the gap with China, which dominates the mining and refining of these essential materials for hi-tech military and consumer products.

12 Jul 2020 - 2:00PM

US scrambling to close the gap with China, which dominates the mining and refining of these essential materials for hi-tech military and consumer products.

Digging in on rare earth, the next front in the US supply chain war with China
US imposes sanctions over Tibet and urges Beijing to release outspoken professor Xu Zhangrun

Washington will restrict visas for Chinese Communist Party officials who block outsiders from visiting the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:55PM

Washington will restrict visas for Chinese Communist Party officials who block outsiders from visiting the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

US imposes sanctions over Tibet and urges Beijing to release outspoken professor Xu Zhangrun
US warns companies with supply chain links to Xinjiang of economic, legal risks

The vaguely worded advisory comes amid mounting bipartisan US and global discontent over the new Hong Kong national security law and growing reports of human rights violations in China’s far western area.

2 Jul 2020 - 9:45AM

The vaguely worded advisory comes amid mounting bipartisan US and global discontent over the new Hong Kong national security law and growing reports of human rights violations in China’s far western area.

US warns companies with supply chain links to Xinjiang of economic, legal risks
National security law: US lawmakers condemn Beijing’s move against Hong Kong freedoms

While promising action, members of Congress also debate what effective leverage they might have over the Chinese government.

1 Jul 2020 - 11:48AM

While promising action, members of Congress also debate what effective leverage they might have over the Chinese government.

National security law: US lawmakers condemn Beijing’s move against Hong Kong freedoms
In limbo: thousands of Chinese citizens stuck in US illegally, and Beijing won’t take them back

One immigrant from China was imprisoned but instead of deportation he was later pardoned and is now a US citizen.

27 Jun 2020 - 4:34AM

One immigrant from China was imprisoned but instead of deportation he was later pardoned and is now a US citizen.

In limbo: thousands of Chinese citizens stuck in US illegally, and Beijing won’t take them back
As the US and China brawl, global businesses find themselves on the front lines

Sanctions and export controls, threats of visa and investment restrictions: ‘Companies feel buffeted by all of this negative news,’ says a business consultant.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:28AM

Sanctions and export controls, threats of visa and investment restrictions: ‘Companies feel buffeted by all of this negative news,’ says a business consultant.

As the US and China brawl, global businesses find themselves on the front lines
Government reactions to George Floyd protests, Tiananmen Square not ‘morally equivalent’, says US state department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus

Chinese officials, social media users and state media have accused the US administration of applying a double standard amid Trump’s pledge to ‘quickly solve the problem’ of recent unrest with military forces.

6 Jun 2020 - 12:09AM

Chinese officials, social media users and state media have accused the US administration of applying a double standard amid Trump’s pledge to ‘quickly solve the problem’ of recent unrest with military forces.

Government reactions to George Floyd protests, Tiananmen Square not ‘morally equivalent’, says US state department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus
Australia ‘carefully and closely’ watching US-China phase one purchases for signs of trade diversion

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that he is watching US-China trade flows for signs of export diversion.

3 Jun 2020 - 12:56PM

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that he is watching US-China trade flows for signs of export diversion.

Australia ‘carefully and closely’ watching US-China phase one purchases for signs of trade diversion
Amid US-China rancour, salvoes are fired in 280 characters

Though reluctant to play referee, Twitter has appended fact-check warnings to posts by President Donald Trump and Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

2 Jun 2020 - 9:19AM

Though reluctant to play referee, Twitter has appended fact-check warnings to posts by President Donald Trump and Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Amid US-China rancour, salvoes are fired in 280 characters
Beijing has reason to be emboldened by response to Hong Kong national security law plan, US observers say

China’s leaders are probably thinking West’s reaction was ‘a lot of bark and little bite’, analyst says.

31 May 2020 - 11:10PM

China’s leaders are probably thinking West’s reaction was ‘a lot of bark and little bite’, analyst says.

Beijing has reason to be emboldened by response to Hong Kong national security law plan, US observers say
Hong Kong national security law: US taps allies Britain, Australia and Canada to pressure China

US allies call on China to honour the Sino-British Joint Declaration in a statement.

29 May 2020 - 11:50AM

US allies call on China to honour the Sino-British Joint Declaration in a statement.

Hong Kong national security law: US taps allies Britain, Australia and Canada to pressure China
Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, US determines, as Mike Pompeo makes certification that may mean sanctions

‘It is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself,’ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces, in a move that could jeopardise Hong Kong’s special trade status with the United States.

5 Jun 2020 - 10:35AM

‘It is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself,’ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces, in a move that could jeopardise Hong Kong’s special trade status with the United States.

Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, US determines, as Mike Pompeo makes certification that may mean sanctions
US investors weigh Beijing’s power play in Hong Kong: ‘If they’re not careful, they will kill the financial golden goose’

‘It is reasonable to be deeply concerned about Hong Kong’s future,’ US analyst says.

23 May 2020 - 12:08AM

‘It is reasonable to be deeply concerned about Hong Kong’s future,’ US analyst says.

US investors weigh Beijing’s power play in Hong Kong: ‘If they’re not careful, they will kill the financial golden goose’
Mike Pompeo rips into Beijing with a litany of US grievances

China’s domestic and foreign policies ‘make it more difficult to assess that Hong Kong remains highly autonomous from mainland China’, US secretary of state says.

21 May 2020 - 12:21PM

China’s domestic and foreign policies ‘make it more difficult to assess that Hong Kong remains highly autonomous from mainland China’, US secretary of state says.

Mike Pompeo rips into Beijing with a litany of US grievances
Asians in the US least likely to get coronavirus infection despite racist assumptions of many, data suggests

Data on Covid-19 infections and mortality in New York City broken down by ethnicity suggests Asians have the lowest infection and mortality rates of any group.

19 May 2020 - 6:30AM

Data on Covid-19 infections and mortality in New York City broken down by ethnicity suggests Asians have the lowest infection and mortality rates of any group.

Asians in the US least likely to get coronavirus infection despite racist assumptions of many, data suggests
Taiwanese support closer ties with US over China, few identify as solely Chinese, Pew Research survey finds

Pew Research Centre found that support in Taiwan for closer political relations with Beijing was relatively low across the political spectrum, but support for closer economic relations with the mainland was more balanced.

13 May 2020 - 2:54AM

Pew Research Centre found that support in Taiwan for closer political relations with Beijing was relatively low across the political spectrum, but support for closer economic relations with the mainland was more balanced.

Taiwanese support closer ties with US over China, few identify as solely Chinese, Pew Research survey finds
Coronavirus reveals lingering problems in Chinese health care system despite reforms, US experts say

China has made improvements since Sars outbreak, but current pandemic exposes some of the same structural problems, witnesses tell advisory arm of US Congress.

8 May 2020 - 7:32AM

China has made improvements since Sars outbreak, but current pandemic exposes some of the same structural problems, witnesses tell advisory arm of US Congress.

Coronavirus reveals lingering problems in Chinese health care system despite reforms, US experts say
As coronavirus victims overwhelm New York funeral homes, traditions are delayed and denied

Funeral workers have become frontline responders struggling to give comfort to mourning families.

8 May 2020 - 4:55AM

Funeral workers have become frontline responders struggling to give comfort to mourning families.

As coronavirus victims overwhelm New York funeral homes, traditions are delayed and denied
Trump adviser Matthew Pottinger takes soft approach to promoting democracy in China on May Fourth Movement anniversary

Matthew Pottinger’s remarks echo an approach in China of using history to criticise leaders; Monday marks the 101st anniversary of iconic student protests on May 4, 1919.

5 May 2020 - 11:04PM

Matthew Pottinger’s remarks echo an approach in China of using history to criticise leaders; Monday marks the 101st anniversary of iconic student protests on May 4, 1919.

Trump adviser Matthew Pottinger takes soft approach to promoting democracy in China on May Fourth Movement anniversary
Mike Pompeo slams China over arrest of Hong Kong protesters and responsibility for coronavirus toll

Secretary of state says US will investigate China’s role in the loss of ‘tens of thousands of American lives and enormous amounts of wealth’ once pandemic ebbs.

30 Apr 2020 - 4:09AM

Secretary of state says US will investigate China’s role in the loss of ‘tens of thousands of American lives and enormous amounts of wealth’ once pandemic ebbs.

Mike Pompeo slams China over arrest of Hong Kong protesters and responsibility for coronavirus toll
China is overreaching in bid for greater global influence amid coronavirus pandemic, US advisers say

Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington highlights several moves that have tarnished China’s image.

28 Apr 2020 - 5:51AM

Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington highlights several moves that have tarnished China’s image.

China is overreaching in bid for greater global influence amid coronavirus pandemic, US advisers say
Pentagon and PLA size up their battle readiness in the war on coronavirus

Though the two militaries operate under vastly divergent systems and expectations, the crisis has allowed each to assess the other under real-world conditions.

28 Apr 2020 - 10:39PM

Though the two militaries operate under vastly divergent systems and expectations, the crisis has allowed each to assess the other under real-world conditions.

Pentagon and PLA size up their battle readiness in the war on coronavirus
Coronavirus: China faces fight to hang onto foreign manufacturers as US, Japan, EU make Covid-19 exit plans

The coronavirus has again highlighted an over-reliance on China, with the United States, Japan and the European Union drawing up separate plans to lure their companies away.

20 May 2020 - 3:13PM

The coronavirus has again highlighted an over-reliance on China, with the United States, Japan and the European Union drawing up separate plans to lure their companies away.

Coronavirus: China faces fight to hang onto foreign manufacturers as US, Japan, EU make Covid-19 exit plans
US public opinion of China hits new low, Pew Research survey shows

A Pew poll of 1,000 people taken in March found that 66 per cent of respondents held an unfavourable view of China.

22 Apr 2020 - 11:20PM

A Pew poll of 1,000 people taken in March found that 66 per cent of respondents held an unfavourable view of China.

US public opinion of China hits new low, Pew Research survey shows
Trump says China could face ‘consequences’ for coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump used his daily news briefing to criticise China on several fronts, and said that Beijing should face consequences if it was ‘knowingly responsible’ for the coronavirus pandemic.

19 Apr 2020 - 2:02PM

US President Donald Trump used his daily news briefing to criticise China on several fronts, and said that Beijing should face consequences if it was ‘knowingly responsible’ for the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump says China could face ‘consequences’ for coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus runs roughshod over debt-laden belt and road projects

Developing countries’ ‘hidden debts’ to China totalled US$380 billion well before the global health and economic crisis, analysts estimate.

15 Apr 2020 - 1:34AM

Developing countries’ ‘hidden debts’ to China totalled US$380 billion well before the global health and economic crisis, analysts estimate.

Coronavirus runs roughshod over debt-laden belt and road projects
Coronavirus: Donald Trump continues tirade against WHO, threatens ‘investigation’

At his daily briefing, the president focuses on how Washington gave the agency US$452 million in funding last year compared with China’s US$42 million.

9 Apr 2020 - 10:17AM

At his daily briefing, the president focuses on how Washington gave the agency US$452 million in funding last year compared with China’s US$42 million.

Coronavirus: Donald Trump continues tirade against WHO, threatens ‘investigation’