Mimi Lau

Hong Kong

Mimi Lau

Senior Reporter, China

Mimi Lau covers human rights, religion and civil society in China. She spent seven years in southern China as the Post's Guangzhou Correspondent before returning to Hong Kong in 2017. Today, Mimi continues to pursue stories across the country, monitoring and reporting on key political and civil issues. She has won numerous awards for her work.

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Quarantine an excuse to extend detention of Chinese 709 lawyer Wang Quanzhang: wife

Concerns that Covid-19 precaution is a pretext for de facto house arrest of Chinese human rights lawyer.

6 Apr 2020 - 10:56PM

Concerns that Covid-19 precaution is a pretext for de facto house arrest of Chinese human rights lawyer.

Quarantine an excuse to extend detention of Chinese 709 lawyer Wang Quanzhang: wife
China says Vietnamese fishing boat rammed coastguard ship before sinking

Vietnam gives different account of incident and says the Chinese vessel was responsible for the sinking.

4 Apr 2020 - 6:41PM

Vietnam gives different account of incident and says the Chinese vessel was responsible for the sinking.

China says Vietnamese fishing boat rammed coastguard ship before sinking
The faint hope of freedom for the last of China’s 709 lawyers behind bars

Rights defender Wang Quanzhang is expected to be released from prison on Sunday but he is unlikely to be able to return to his family any time soon.

4 Apr 2020 - 10:44PM

Rights defender Wang Quanzhang is expected to be released from prison on Sunday but he is unlikely to be able to return to his family any time soon.

The faint hope of freedom for the last of China’s 709 lawyers behind bars
No time to relax in Wuhan’s coronavirus battle, top Chinese law enforcer says

Chen Yixin urges cadres at the city’s correctional facilities to step up containment measures to prevent further spread of disease.

8 Mar 2020 - 7:00AM

Chen Yixin urges cadres at the city’s correctional facilities to step up containment measures to prevent further spread of disease.

No time to relax in Wuhan’s coronavirus battle, top Chinese law enforcer says
‘Coronavirus quarantine hotel’ collapses in southeast China

More than two dozen people pulled from the rubble, state media report.

8 Mar 2020 - 1:39PM

More than two dozen people pulled from the rubble, state media report.

‘Coronavirus quarantine hotel’ collapses in southeast China
China coronavirus cases fall below 100 as world total climbs over 100,000

The number of new infections on the mainland was just 99 on Saturday, with all but one of the cases outside Hubei province imported from overseas.

8 Mar 2020 - 9:27AM

The number of new infections on the mainland was just 99 on Saturday, with all but one of the cases outside Hubei province imported from overseas.

China coronavirus cases fall below 100 as world total climbs over 100,000
Coronavirus: Wuhan Shincheonji member says church followed quarantine rules

Devotee from Wuhan, epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, rejects claim that spread of disease in South Korea is linked to her church.

4 Mar 2020 - 2:09PM

Devotee from Wuhan, epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, rejects claim that spread of disease in South Korea is linked to her church.

Coronavirus: Wuhan Shincheonji member says church followed quarantine rules
How a secretive church in South Korea became a coronavirus ‘super spreader’

Over the past week, the number of patients confirmed with coronavirus infections has spiked in South Korea. South Korea’s daily number of new cases was the first to outpace those found in China, the epicentre of what has become a global epidemic.
The South China Morning Post’s Mimi Lau, who specialises in reporting on human rights and religion, joins Asia Desk reporter John Power to discuss a secretive church that has been linked to outbreaks in its home nation South Korea as well as in Wuhan, China.

27 Feb 2020 - 8:33PM

Over the past week, the number of patients confirmed with coronavirus infections has spiked in South Korea. South Korea’s daily number of new cases was the first to outpace those found in China, the epicentre of what has become a global epidemic.
The South China Morning Post’s Mimi Lau, who specialises in reporting on human rights and religion, joins Asia Desk reporter John Power to discuss a secretive church that has been linked to outbreaks in its home nation South Korea as well as in Wuhan, China.

How a secretive church in South Korea became a coronavirus ‘super spreader’
China starts screening members of South Korean sect for coronavirus

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus has been linked to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in its home country and a researcher says members are now being investigated by the Chinese authorities.

28 Feb 2020 - 9:48PM

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus has been linked to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in its home country and a researcher says members are now being investigated by the Chinese authorities.

China starts screening members of South Korean sect for coronavirus
Coronavirus: secretive South Korean church linked to outbreak held meetings in Wuhan until December

About 200 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus continued to meet in the Chinese city after rumours of a mysterious new virus started to spread but ‘no one took them seriously’ at first.

1 Mar 2020 - 12:08PM

About 200 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus continued to meet in the Chinese city after rumours of a mysterious new virus started to spread but ‘no one took them seriously’ at first.

Coronavirus: secretive South Korean church linked to outbreak held meetings in Wuhan until December
China’s frog breeders silenced over opposition to wildlife trade ban

Outlawing the industry would be unscientific and irrational, breeders say before umbrella association apologises for comments.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:31PM

Outlawing the industry would be unscientific and irrational, breeders say before umbrella association apologises for comments.

China’s frog breeders silenced over opposition to wildlife trade ban
Coronavirus outbreak threatens to undermine China’s drive to end extreme poverty

Large parts of the country are under lockdown in an effort to contain Covid-19, hitting poor rural areas and bringing economic activity to a standstill.

20 Feb 2020 - 8:43AM

Large parts of the country are under lockdown in an effort to contain Covid-19, hitting poor rural areas and bringing economic activity to a standstill.

Coronavirus outbreak threatens to undermine China’s drive to end extreme poverty
Xi Jinping ‘told China’s top echelon’ to tackle coronavirus outbreak in early days

Xi makes ‘rare’ disclosure move as he comes under heavy domestic and international pressure, analyst says.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:07PM

Xi makes ‘rare’ disclosure move as he comes under heavy domestic and international pressure, analyst says.

Xi Jinping ‘told China’s top echelon’ to tackle coronavirus outbreak in early days
Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523

Scientists report positive results from treatments using plasma from patients who have recovered from the illness.

15 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

Scientists report positive results from treatments using plasma from patients who have recovered from the illness.

Coronavirus: experimental treatments give hope as China death toll hits 1,523
Coronavirus: Li Wenliang’s death prompts academics to challenge Beijing on freedom of speech

Led by academics, they also call on legislature to make February 6 – when whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang died – a national day for free speech.

13 Feb 2020 - 2:22PM

Led by academics, they also call on legislature to make February 6 – when whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang died – a national day for free speech.

Coronavirus: Li Wenliang’s death prompts academics to challenge Beijing on freedom of speech
Questions on China’s coronavirus response can wait, says former WHO official

Influenza expert who dealt with previous viral outbreaks defends World Health Organisation from criticism.

13 Feb 2020 - 6:58PM

Influenza expert who dealt with previous viral outbreaks defends World Health Organisation from criticism.

Questions on China’s coronavirus response can wait, says former WHO official
Chinese scholar blames Xi Jinping, Communist Party for not controlling coronavirus outbreak

Beijing’s crackdown on civil society, freedom of expression made it impossible for people to raise the alarm about the situation, Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun says in online article.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:02PM

Beijing’s crackdown on civil society, freedom of expression made it impossible for people to raise the alarm about the situation, Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun says in online article.

Chinese scholar blames Xi Jinping, Communist Party for not controlling coronavirus outbreak
China’s health officials say priority is to stop mild coronavirus cases from getting worse

And epidemiologist says preliminary tests have shown two drugs, Arbidol and Darunavir, could effectively inhibit replication of the new coronavirus strain.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM

And epidemiologist says preliminary tests have shown two drugs, Arbidol and Darunavir, could effectively inhibit replication of the new coronavirus strain.

China’s health officials say priority is to stop mild coronavirus cases from getting worse
Coronavirus tally in epicentre Wuhan may be ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

Medical experts say official number might not reflect true scale of the outbreak as many patients may be undiagnosed.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:21PM

Medical experts say official number might not reflect true scale of the outbreak as many patients may be undiagnosed.

Coronavirus tally in epicentre Wuhan may be ‘just the tip of the iceberg’
China coronavirus: Wuhan residents describe ‘doomsday’ scenes as patients overwhelm hospitals

Footage shows patients packed into corridors and what were described as the bodies of patients lying in the hallway.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:27PM

Footage shows patients packed into corridors and what were described as the bodies of patients lying in the hallway.

China coronavirus: Wuhan residents describe ‘doomsday’ scenes as patients overwhelm hospitals
Wuhan residents start Year of the Rat in scramble to stockpile food, medical supplies amid coronavirus lockdown

‘Government doesn’t know what it’s doing, and still they go on TV to brag when frontline medical staff don’t even have a change of protective clothing,’ says angry resident whose wife works in a local hospital.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:26PM

‘Government doesn’t know what it’s doing, and still they go on TV to brag when frontline medical staff don’t even have a change of protective clothing,’ says angry resident whose wife works in a local hospital.

Wuhan residents start Year of the Rat in scramble to stockpile food, medical supplies amid coronavirus lockdown
China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:31PM

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26
Tracking Wuhan virus a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ as China cracks down with quarantine powers

Prevention and control in hospitals is key to controlling outbreak, disease specialist says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:40PM

Prevention and control in hospitals is key to controlling outbreak, disease specialist says.

Tracking Wuhan virus a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ as China cracks down with quarantine powers
China’s credibility on the line as it tries to dispels fears it will cover up spread of Wuhan virus

World watches to see if country has learned painful lessons from Sars outbreak as one former World Health Organisation official accuses officials of ‘lying from the start’ of the outbreak.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:46PM

World watches to see if country has learned painful lessons from Sars outbreak as one former World Health Organisation official accuses officials of ‘lying from the start’ of the outbreak.

China’s credibility on the line as it tries to dispels fears it will cover up spread of Wuhan virus
China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:51PM

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus
China human rights activist Ding Jiaxi under investigation for ‘incitement of subversion’

Ding, who was rounded up with other dissidents, was part of the New Citizens’ Movement, which advocates working within the system for political change. He has been barred from contacting his family or lawyer.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:05PM

Ding, who was rounded up with other dissidents, was part of the New Citizens’ Movement, which advocates working within the system for political change. He has been barred from contacting his family or lawyer.

China human rights activist Ding Jiaxi under investigation for ‘incitement of subversion’
Crossing the line: Off-duty police officer, paramedic wade into tear gas to aid injured Hong Kong protesters

They reveal why they risk their careers to step into the tear gas out of uniform and help those caught up in the violence.

15 Feb 2020 - 12:28PM

They reveal why they risk their careers to step into the tear gas out of uniform and help those caught up in the violence.

Crossing the line: Off-duty police officer, paramedic wade into tear gas to aid injured Hong Kong protesters
China’s Fudan University students in flash mob for freedom of thought

Video clip of protest against changes to charter removing ‘free thinking’ goes viral on Chinese social media before it is censored.

19 Dec 2019 - 3:49AM

Video clip of protest against changes to charter removing ‘free thinking’ goes viral on Chinese social media before it is censored.

China’s Fudan University students in flash mob for freedom of thought
From Xinjiang to Ningxia, China’s ethnic groups face end to affirmative action in education, taxes, policing

Preferential policies – seen by Han Chinese as giving ethnic minorities unfair benefits – are changing.

5 Dec 2019 - 5:52PM

Preferential policies – seen by Han Chinese as giving ethnic minorities unfair benefits – are changing.

From Xinjiang to Ningxia, China’s ethnic groups face end to affirmative action in education, taxes, policing
Wanted: Chinese cadres to hold Beijing’s line in Xinjiang as Han Chinese head for the exits

While Muslim communities are in lockdown, the Han population is voting with its feet and leaving the region, sources say.

9 Dec 2019 - 7:18AM

While Muslim communities are in lockdown, the Han population is voting with its feet and leaving the region, sources say.

Wanted: Chinese cadres to hold Beijing’s line in Xinjiang as Han Chinese head for the exits