Matt Ho

Hong Kong

Matt Ho

Senior China Correspondent

Matt Ho has covered the dynamics of China’s changes for the Post since 2010. Before joining the Post, he was deputy Beijing bureau chief for Hong Kong Commercial Radio and a Hong Kong government international trade specialist.

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How Hong Kong national security law compares to legislation in other countries

Some controversial features are common to codes elsewhere but other provisions are in sharp contrast to modern international practice, analysts say.

7 Jul 2020 - 7:55PM

Some controversial features are common to codes elsewhere but other provisions are in sharp contrast to modern international practice, analysts say.

How Hong Kong national security law compares to legislation in other countries
National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

1 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China
China’s National Security Commission met in secret amid coronavirus pandemic

Officials told to be on alert for political, economic and external risks at April gatherings, according to statements from local committees.

30 Jun 2020 - 1:15AM

Officials told to be on alert for political, economic and external risks at April gatherings, according to statements from local committees.

China’s National Security Commission met in secret amid coronavirus pandemic
Asean leaders ‘wary of putting all eggs into Chinese basket’ as they try to revive economies

Southeast Asian nations are now China’s biggest trading partner but it’s a balancing act, according to analysts.

27 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

Southeast Asian nations are now China’s biggest trading partner but it’s a balancing act, according to analysts.

Asean leaders ‘wary of putting all eggs into Chinese basket’ as they try to revive economies
China ignores US fears with strategy to use civilian tech for military

Beijing dialled down its mentions of the strategy to help modernise the armed forces but a new document offers some clues.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:23PM

Beijing dialled down its mentions of the strategy to help modernise the armed forces but a new document offers some clues.

China ignores US fears with strategy to use civilian tech for military
Joint declaration ‘not relevant’ to national security law for Hong Kong, says Beijing

Statement counters ‘typical falsehoods’ about the controversial legislation, and says 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration gave Britain no right to intervene.

11 Jun 2020 - 11:59PM

Statement counters ‘typical falsehoods’ about the controversial legislation, and says 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration gave Britain no right to intervene.

Joint declaration ‘not relevant’ to national security law for Hong Kong, says Beijing
Has China gone into stealth mode with its military-civil fusion plans?

There was no apparent word in this year’s government work report of the defence strategy that has raised alarm in Washington.

5 Jun 2020 - 11:00PM

There was no apparent word in this year’s government work report of the defence strategy that has raised alarm in Washington.

Has China gone into stealth mode with its military-civil fusion plans?
Focus on US as main opponent, says China military strategist

Co-author of Unrestricted Warfare wants Beijing to avoid distractions and focus on Washington’s efforts to contain Chinese advancement

30 May 2020 - 12:33AM

Co-author of Unrestricted Warfare wants Beijing to avoid distractions and focus on Washington’s efforts to contain Chinese advancement

Focus on US as main opponent, says China military strategist
China’s top court vows to help companies stay afloat amid coronavirus fallout

Delivering his annual report to the legislature, Zhou Qiang says courts must support Beijing’s efforts to revive economy and protect jobs.

26 May 2020 - 8:00AM

Delivering his annual report to the legislature, Zhou Qiang says courts must support Beijing’s efforts to revive economy and protect jobs.

China’s top court vows to help companies stay afloat amid coronavirus fallout
Jury still out on drugs touted by Donald Trump in coronavirus treatment, study finds

British team reviews more than 400 papers on the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine on Covid-19 patients.

14 May 2020 - 1:14AM

British team reviews more than 400 papers on the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine on Covid-19 patients.

Jury still out on drugs touted by Donald Trump in coronavirus treatment, study finds
Coronavirus ‘close relative’ found in bats in China

New virus has key feature in common with pandemic pathogen, suggesting that Sars-CoV-2 did not escape from lab, researcher says.

12 May 2020 - 11:30PM

New virus has key feature in common with pandemic pathogen, suggesting that Sars-CoV-2 did not escape from lab, researcher says.

Coronavirus ‘close relative’ found in bats in China
Which animals might coronavirus attack most easily? Study rates 48 species, and it’s good news for pigs

All primates except baboons share humans’ vulnerability, modelling suggests, in findings that could help identify likely reservoir hosts for future outbreaks.

12 May 2020 - 1:31PM

All primates except baboons share humans’ vulnerability, modelling suggests, in findings that could help identify likely reservoir hosts for future outbreaks.

Which animals might coronavirus attack most easily? Study rates 48 species, and it’s good news for pigs
Coronavirus response: China’s military may have filled the gap left by the US but it’s only temporary, experts say

The People’s Liberation Army has dispatched medical teams and vital supplies around the world to help fight Covid-19, but trust issues and a lack of experience are likely to curtail its ambitions to be a global leader, observers say.

9 May 2020 - 11:00PM

The People’s Liberation Army has dispatched medical teams and vital supplies around the world to help fight Covid-19, but trust issues and a lack of experience are likely to curtail its ambitions to be a global leader, observers say.

Coronavirus response: China’s military may have filled the gap left by the US but it’s only temporary, experts say
Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed as large study finds no great advantage to antimalaria drug in Covid-19 fight

New York study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, concludes drug leads to neither a higher nor lower chance of patients ending up with intubation or death.

9 May 2020 - 5:12AM

New York study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, concludes drug leads to neither a higher nor lower chance of patients ending up with intubation or death.

Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed as large study finds no great advantage to antimalaria drug in Covid-19 fight
Coronavirus can infect intestine as well as lungs, says study

Dutch scientists found that lab-grown intestinal cells became infected by both the Sars and Covid-19 viruses, which attached themselves to a receptor enzyme.

5 May 2020 - 6:23AM

Dutch scientists found that lab-grown intestinal cells became infected by both the Sars and Covid-19 viruses, which attached themselves to a receptor enzyme.

Coronavirus can infect intestine as well as lungs, says study
Belize businessman accused of fuelling Hong Kong unrest had links to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai

Media reports highlight Lee Henley Hu Xiang’s testimony in trial of former Chongqing party boss, who was jailed for life in 2013.

28 Apr 2020 - 4:38PM

Media reports highlight Lee Henley Hu Xiang’s testimony in trial of former Chongqing party boss, who was jailed for life in 2013.

Belize businessman accused of fuelling Hong Kong unrest had links to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai
Missing Chinese citizen journalist Li Zehua back online after ‘quarantine’ in coronavirus epicentre

Li posts video of moment police entered a flat where he was staying in Wuhan.

24 Apr 2020 - 11:34PM

Li posts video of moment police entered a flat where he was staying in Wuhan.

Missing Chinese citizen journalist Li Zehua back online after ‘quarantine’ in coronavirus epicentre
Coronavirus: China should avoid Singapore’s situation as schools go back, top expert says

Zhong Nanshan tells education officials not to close campuses again if there are isolated cases of Covid-19 and to ‘be vigilant’ about protecting students.

23 Apr 2020 - 7:05AM

Zhong Nanshan tells education officials not to close campuses again if there are isolated cases of Covid-19 and to ‘be vigilant’ about protecting students.

Coronavirus: China should avoid Singapore’s situation as schools go back, top expert says
How Gandalf and ancient poetry can show the world a different side to China amid coronavirus unease

Theatrical legend Sir Ian McKellen brings glamour to beloved verses as documentary puts China’s literary hero into context.

22 Apr 2020 - 11:31PM

Theatrical legend Sir Ian McKellen brings glamour to beloved verses as documentary puts China’s literary hero into context.

How Gandalf and ancient poetry can show the world a different side to China amid coronavirus unease
China’s spy agency goes public with espionage and subversion plots

Ministry of State Security gives details on a number of cases linked to top military projects.

16 Apr 2020 - 9:00PM

Ministry of State Security gives details on a number of cases linked to top military projects.

China’s spy agency goes public with espionage and subversion plots
China’s initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan spread twice as fast as we thought, new study suggests

Each carrier was infecting 5.7 people on average, according to US researchers, who say previous estimate had used incomplete data.

22 Apr 2020 - 3:37AM

Each carrier was infecting 5.7 people on average, according to US researchers, who say previous estimate had used incomplete data.

China’s initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan spread twice as fast as we thought, new study suggests
Coronavirus: China is not safe while Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, experts say

Nations ‘can’t be at peace as long as there is an outbreak in any country’, Chinese respiratory disease specialist Zhong Nanshan says.

11 Apr 2020 - 11:35PM

Nations ‘can’t be at peace as long as there is an outbreak in any country’, Chinese respiratory disease specialist Zhong Nanshan says.

Coronavirus: China is not safe while Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, experts say
Chinese Long March-3B rocket fails during launch of Indonesian satellite

Malfunction happened during third stage of launch after earlier stages were completed successfully, state media says.

10 Apr 2020 - 10:01PM

Malfunction happened during third stage of launch after earlier stages were completed successfully, state media says.

Chinese Long March-3B rocket fails during launch of Indonesian satellite
Coronavirus replicates in throat making it easy to transmit, German scientists say

Pathogen that causes Covid-19 does not have to travel to the lungs to replicate, researchers say.

10 Apr 2020 - 12:19AM

Pathogen that causes Covid-19 does not have to travel to the lungs to replicate, researchers say.

Coronavirus replicates in throat making it easy to transmit, German scientists say
Covid-19 could be under control by end of April, China’s top respiratory expert says

But it remains to be seen if the coronavirus that causes it will return next spring, says Zhong Nanshan, who heads a team that advises the government on the pandemic.

3 Apr 2020 - 12:00AM

But it remains to be seen if the coronavirus that causes it will return next spring, says Zhong Nanshan, who heads a team that advises the government on the pandemic.

Covid-19 could be under control by end of April, China’s top respiratory expert says
China to include symptom-free coronavirus carriers in national figures

The National Health Commission says it will start to include asymptomatic cases in its Covid-19 statistics in move to address public concern.

1 Apr 2020 - 5:58AM

The National Health Commission says it will start to include asymptomatic cases in its Covid-19 statistics in move to address public concern.

China to include symptom-free coronavirus carriers in national figures
Coronavirus: social distancing could save millions of lives, study says

Researchers from Imperial College in London say that without steps such as social distancing Covid-19 could have killed 40 million people this year.

31 Mar 2020 - 8:18AM

Researchers from Imperial College in London say that without steps such as social distancing Covid-19 could have killed 40 million people this year.

Coronavirus: social distancing could save millions of lives, study says
New Chinese research may point to possible role of children in coronavirus spread

Covid-19 symptoms tend to be milder in kids, according to studies in Zhejiang and Wuhan, with asymptomatic infections ‘not uncommon’. But experts say more investigation is needed.

29 Mar 2020 - 11:36PM

Covid-19 symptoms tend to be milder in kids, according to studies in Zhejiang and Wuhan, with asymptomatic infections ‘not uncommon’. But experts say more investigation is needed.

New Chinese research may point to possible role of children in coronavirus spread
Up to 10 per cent of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan study tested positive later, doctors say

Hospital staff in the city say there is no evidence that these patients became infectious after recovery.

27 Mar 2020 - 3:46PM

Hospital staff in the city say there is no evidence that these patients became infectious after recovery.

Up to 10 per cent of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan study tested positive later, doctors say
Italian professor repeats warning coronavirus may have spread outside China last year

Giuseppe Remuzzi’s comments were seized on by Chinese state media in the row with the US, but he says the key question is how far Covid-19 had spread before it was identified.

25 Mar 2020 - 8:13AM

Giuseppe Remuzzi’s comments were seized on by Chinese state media in the row with the US, but he says the key question is how far Covid-19 had spread before it was identified.

Italian professor repeats warning coronavirus may have spread outside China last year