Mark Magnier

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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Former US defence official calls US arms sales to Taiwan a catalyst for cross-Strait dialogue

Randall Schriver says the sales allow the self-governed island to negotiate with Beijing ‘without a gun to their heads’. The former senior defence official was a prime architect of America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

17 Jan 2020 - 7:32AM

Randall Schriver says the sales allow the self-governed island to negotiate with Beijing ‘without a gun to their heads’. The former senior defence official was a prime architect of America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Former US defence official calls US arms sales to Taiwan a catalyst for cross-Strait dialogue
Chinese protesters angle for Liu He’s attention as his motorcade whizzes past

With bullhorns, posters, brochures and chants, numerous demonstrators aired their grievances outside the White House.

17 Jan 2020 - 2:18AM

With bullhorns, posters, brochures and chants, numerous demonstrators aired their grievances outside the White House.

Chinese protesters angle for Liu He’s attention as his motorcade whizzes past
Watch as Donald Trump and Liu He sign phase one trade war deal in White House’s East Room

Previous meetings between US President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He have been held in the Oval Office.

16 Jan 2020 - 2:28PM

Previous meetings between US President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He have been held in the Oval Office.

Watch as Donald Trump and Liu He sign phase one trade war deal in White House’s East Room
Huawei’s latest US headache: Senate bill would spend US$1 billion on developing a 5G competitor

‘We cannot allow Chinese state-directed telecommunications companies to surpass American competitors,’ says sponsor Senator Marco Rubio.

15 Jan 2020 - 10:29AM

‘We cannot allow Chinese state-directed telecommunications companies to surpass American competitors,’ says sponsor Senator Marco Rubio.

Huawei’s latest US headache: Senate bill would spend US$1 billion on developing a 5G competitor
Phase one trade deal gives Donald Trump bragging rights but phase two is likely a mirage, analysts say

The US president wants to declare victory and start racking up perceived wins voters will remember as election day approaches.

14 Jan 2020 - 11:32PM

The US president wants to declare victory and start racking up perceived wins voters will remember as election day approaches.

Phase one trade deal gives Donald Trump bragging rights but phase two is likely a mirage, analysts say
US-China phase one trade deal is ‘modest but helpful’, say business leaders

American executives briefed by White House officials say the agreement includes better intellectual property protection and progress on agriculture exports

13 Jan 2020 - 12:00AM

American executives briefed by White House officials say the agreement includes better intellectual property protection and progress on agriculture exports

US-China phase one trade deal is ‘modest but helpful’, say business leaders
West studies Beijing’s disinformation campaign in Taiwan looking for clues into its cyber playbook

‘If you want to understand what Russia is doing, you watch Ukraine. If you want to understand what China’s doing, you watch Taiwan,’ says a cybersecurity expert.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:06PM

‘If you want to understand what Russia is doing, you watch Ukraine. If you want to understand what China’s doing, you watch Taiwan,’ says a cybersecurity expert.

West studies Beijing’s disinformation campaign in Taiwan looking for clues into its cyber playbook
Donald Trump is pulling down America’s reputation around the world, Pew survey finds

People in 33 countries were asked about five world leaders, and Trump finished last behind Putin and Xi, who also weren’t popular

8 Jan 2020 - 11:52PM

People in 33 countries were asked about five world leaders, and Trump finished last behind Putin and Xi, who also weren’t popular

Donald Trump is pulling down America’s reputation around the world, Pew survey finds
Chinese-American museums in US grow in number as community gains in prominence – but how to tell those stories?

Institutions grappling with how best to tell the story of Chinese in the United States, especially amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.

9 Jan 2020 - 2:09AM

Institutions grappling with how best to tell the story of Chinese in the United States, especially amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.

Chinese-American museums in US grow in number as community gains in prominence – but how to tell those stories?
China’s Greater Bay Area dwarfs US counterpart but still looks to unlock the secret of its success

Chinese cities reach across to California in effort to replicate Silicon Valley’s mix of technology, urban development, trade logistics and innovation.

3 Jan 2020 - 5:29PM

Chinese cities reach across to California in effort to replicate Silicon Valley’s mix of technology, urban development, trade logistics and innovation.

China’s Greater Bay Area dwarfs US counterpart but still looks to unlock the secret of its success
Beijing hits out at Donald Trump over defence spending bill and says it ‘interferes with China’s internal affairs’

US President signs authorisation act that includes measures to shore up Taiwan relations and make it harder to lift Huawei sanctions.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:43PM

US President signs authorisation act that includes measures to shore up Taiwan relations and make it harder to lift Huawei sanctions.

Beijing hits out at Donald Trump over defence spending bill and says it ‘interferes with China’s internal affairs’
Do the numbers in Donald Trump’s ‘phase one’ trade deal work? US critics worry they don’t

Concerns include a lack of specifics on farm purchase commitments and enforcement mechanisms, a shortage of trust on both sides and the US president’s mercurial negotiating style.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:37PM

Concerns include a lack of specifics on farm purchase commitments and enforcement mechanisms, a shortage of trust on both sides and the US president’s mercurial negotiating style.

Do the numbers in Donald Trump’s ‘phase one’ trade deal work? US critics worry they don’t
US-China trade war fallout among crucial factors that will ripple into next decade, analysts say

Governments’ directions – whether the US tilts toward isolationism or internationalism, and if China remains authoritarian or liberalises – are seen as key.

12 Dec 2019 - 10:45AM

Governments’ directions – whether the US tilts toward isolationism or internationalism, and if China remains authoritarian or liberalises – are seen as key.

US-China trade war fallout among crucial factors that will ripple into next decade, analysts say
The US-China telecoms battle will hurt 5G roll-out and technological innovation, experts say

‘This focus on getting there first is pretty short-sighted,’ one panellist says at China Conference USA: Competition or Cooperation?

12 Dec 2019 - 10:45AM

‘This focus on getting there first is pretty short-sighted,’ one panellist says at China Conference USA: Competition or Cooperation?

The US-China telecoms battle will hurt 5G roll-out and technological innovation, experts say
In the crosshairs: Chinese drones a target for US ban as security risk

Shenzhen-based DJI, the global leader in drone technology, is confronted with several US efforts to prohibit the sale and use of its products. US lawmakers have introduced two dozen drone-related bills, many aimed at restricting Chinese drones and building up US industry.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:25AM

Shenzhen-based DJI, the global leader in drone technology, is confronted with several US efforts to prohibit the sale and use of its products. US lawmakers have introduced two dozen drone-related bills, many aimed at restricting Chinese drones and building up US industry.

In the crosshairs: Chinese drones a target for US ban as security risk
US vision for global order is vastly different to China’s, Trump administration official says

‘For Beijing, international relations is about hierarchy and ‘big makes right’,’ says David Stilwell, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:30PM

‘For Beijing, international relations is about hierarchy and ‘big makes right’,’ says David Stilwell, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

US vision for global order is vastly different to China’s, Trump administration official says
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammers China on Hong Kong and Xinjiang

Mike Pompeo congratulates Hongkongers on their pro-democracy votes while condemning ‘very significant’ human rights abuses against Uygurs.

27 Nov 2019 - 4:06PM

Mike Pompeo congratulates Hongkongers on their pro-democracy votes while condemning ‘very significant’ human rights abuses against Uygurs.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammers China on Hong Kong and Xinjiang
US launches new Mandarin network as Washington and Beijing battle for global influence

Voice of America and Radio Free Asia join forces on a new service called ‘Global Mandarin’, which will focus on softer content to reach younger Chinese.

26 Nov 2019 - 2:31AM

Voice of America and Radio Free Asia join forces on a new service called ‘Global Mandarin’, which will focus on softer content to reach younger Chinese.

US launches new Mandarin network as Washington and Beijing battle for global influence
FBI and US Senate raise alarm over China’s recruitment of US scientists

Beijing’s ‘Thousand Talents Programme’ has recruited 7,000 top US international scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs since 2008.

20 Nov 2019 - 11:04PM

Beijing’s ‘Thousand Talents Programme’ has recruited 7,000 top US international scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs since 2008.

FBI and US Senate raise alarm over China’s recruitment of US scientists
Chinese still choosing to study in US despite hostilities – but growth of the trend slows sharply

Rate of increase in the number of Chinese students in the US has been in uninterrupted decline for a decade, while the number of newly arriving Chinese undergraduates was almost flat.

19 Nov 2019 - 2:30AM

Rate of increase in the number of Chinese students in the US has been in uninterrupted decline for a decade, while the number of newly arriving Chinese undergraduates was almost flat.

Chinese still choosing to study in US despite hostilities – but growth of the trend slows sharply
US Secretary of State signals Donald Trump is taking a harder line on China, blaming Beijing’s broken promises

America’s top diplomat will not say whether the US would mount a military response if Beijing sent troops into Hong Kong. Mike Pompeo says he hopes the city’s conflict can be resolved non-violently, with ‘few injuries’.

16 Nov 2019 - 9:59AM

America’s top diplomat will not say whether the US would mount a military response if Beijing sent troops into Hong Kong. Mike Pompeo says he hopes the city’s conflict can be resolved non-violently, with ‘few injuries’.

US Secretary of State signals Donald Trump is taking a harder line on China, blaming Beijing’s broken promises
Bus, stopped? Why BYD’s electric bus operations may be cut short in the US

Federal legislation could ban funding to US operations of Shenzhen-based vehicle maker as well as state-supported train manufacturer CRRC; for BYD, it comes down to whether a single word will stay in the National Defence Authorisation Act now being consolidated in Congress.

15 Nov 2019 - 5:38AM

Federal legislation could ban funding to US operations of Shenzhen-based vehicle maker as well as state-supported train manufacturer CRRC; for BYD, it comes down to whether a single word will stay in the National Defence Authorisation Act now being consolidated in Congress.

Bus, stopped? Why BYD’s electric bus operations may be cut short in the US
Impeachment threat against Donald Trump puts grand trade deal with China at risk, US experts say

Despite US president’s vow to raise tariffs even further, his hardline stance appears to be softening amid domestic turmoil.

15 Nov 2019 - 5:39AM

Despite US president’s vow to raise tariffs even further, his hardline stance appears to be softening amid domestic turmoil.

Impeachment threat against Donald Trump puts grand trade deal with China at risk, US experts say
Donald Trump likely to keep squeezing China before 2020 election, US experts say

Strategy seems economically illogical at times because it is politically driven, and pressure on Beijing may not be eased by the potential ‘phase one’ trade deal, according to experts at US-China trade and economics seminar.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:36PM

Strategy seems economically illogical at times because it is politically driven, and pressure on Beijing may not be eased by the potential ‘phase one’ trade deal, according to experts at US-China trade and economics seminar.

Donald Trump likely to keep squeezing China before 2020 election, US experts say
Buyer beware – Chinese military weapons are low quality, says US State Department official

China is muscling in on the weapons market using cut-rate pricing, predatory financing and bribery, says a senior US State Department official.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:46PM

China is muscling in on the weapons market using cut-rate pricing, predatory financing and bribery, says a senior US State Department official.

Buyer beware – Chinese military weapons are low quality, says US State Department official
Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

31 Oct 2019 - 4:18AM

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question
The India advantage: why China’s tech workforce can’t gain traction in Silicon Valley

Chinese companies and executives are facing resistance in the US as distrust of Beijing’s objectives grows.

30 Oct 2019 - 5:02PM

Chinese companies and executives are facing resistance in the US as distrust of Beijing’s objectives grows.

The India advantage: why China’s tech workforce can’t gain traction in Silicon Valley
Mike Pence says US ‘stands with’ Hong Kong protesters and calls out Nike and NBA for hypocrisy

Despite criticising China on many fronts, Pence said the US sought neither to ‘decouple’ with the country nor contain its economic development.

25 Oct 2019 - 7:55AM

Despite criticising China on many fronts, Pence said the US sought neither to ‘decouple’ with the country nor contain its economic development.

Mike Pence says US ‘stands with’ Hong Kong protesters and calls out Nike and NBA for hypocrisy
Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan touts market resilience on US tour and says capital outflows insignificant, amid protest turmoil at home

Speaking exclusively to the SCMP in Washington on a range of issues facing the city, Paul Chan says most indicators – including the stock market and bank liquidity – have held firm, and downplays overall fund outflows.

21 Oct 2019 - 9:59AM

Speaking exclusively to the SCMP in Washington on a range of issues facing the city, Paul Chan says most indicators – including the stock market and bank liquidity – have held firm, and downplays overall fund outflows.

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan touts market resilience on US tour and says capital outflows insignificant, amid protest turmoil at home
US diplomat David Stilwell says Washington must shed its myths about China to check Beijing’s growing influence

Amid rising bilateral competition, the speech by a State Department official appears to be an effort to stake out a position in the global battle for ideas.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:04PM

Amid rising bilateral competition, the speech by a State Department official appears to be an effort to stake out a position in the global battle for ideas.

US diplomat David Stilwell says Washington must shed its myths about China to check Beijing’s growing influence