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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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
Chinese court jails senior ethnic Uygur official for life on corruption charges

Former Xinjiang governor Nur Bekri was sentenced after her admitted accepting more than US$11 million in bribes over a 20-year period

3 Dec 2019 - 7:30AM

Former Xinjiang governor Nur Bekri was sentenced after her admitted accepting more than US$11 million in bribes over a 20-year period

Chinese court jails senior ethnic Uygur official for life on corruption charges
Japanese former politician, 76, gets life for smuggling 3.3kg of methamphetamine into China

Lawyer for Takuma Sakuragi describes court’s ruling as ‘unjust and unfair’ as septuagenarian hears his fate six years after being arrested.

8 Nov 2019 - 10:32PM

Lawyer for Takuma Sakuragi describes court’s ruling as ‘unjust and unfair’ as septuagenarian hears his fate six years after being arrested.

Japanese former politician, 76, gets life for smuggling 3.3kg of methamphetamine into China
Police detain Chinese #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin on public order charge

Huang arrested in Guangzhou for allegedly ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:26AM

Huang arrested in Guangzhou for allegedly ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

Police detain Chinese #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin on public order charge
Listen to the people, Taiwan’s president urges Hong Kong authorities on eve of mask ban

Tsai Ing-wen says further suppression of liberties will only bring more clashes.

4 Oct 2019 - 9:36PM

Tsai Ing-wen says further suppression of liberties will only bring more clashes.

Listen to the people, Taiwan’s president urges Hong Kong authorities on eve of mask ban
Indonesian journalist demands answers after she was shot in the face with non-lethal round by Hong Kong police officer

Veby Mega Indah, an associate editor with Suara Hong Kong News, says her right eye was injured by a non-lethal round fired by a police officer.

30 Sep 2019 - 8:28AM

Veby Mega Indah, an associate editor with Suara Hong Kong News, says her right eye was injured by a non-lethal round fired by a police officer.

Indonesian journalist demands answers after she was shot in the face with non-lethal round by Hong Kong police officer
Mission accomplished for China’s underground Catholic church, says bishop

Unofficial church fought the good fight and upheld the faith but now is a new era between Beijing and the Vatican, says Joseph Wei.

24 Sep 2019 - 11:05PM

Unofficial church fought the good fight and upheld the faith but now is a new era between Beijing and the Vatican, says Joseph Wei.

Mission accomplished for China’s underground Catholic church, says bishop
What next for Hong Kong protesters left in limbo in Taiwan?

Most of those who fled the city have returned while others staying on the island get by with a little help from local friends, sources say.

13 Sep 2019 - 12:22PM

Most of those who fled the city have returned while others staying on the island get by with a little help from local friends, sources say.

What next for Hong Kong protesters left in limbo in Taiwan?
‘I wanted to test the rule of law’: first-time anti-government protester enters the fray – unmasked and motivated

‘I just want to test the rule of law in Hong Kong,” said the 25-year-old accountant as she walked from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai.

1 Sep 2019 - 1:32AM

‘I just want to test the rule of law in Hong Kong,” said the 25-year-old accountant as she walked from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai.

‘I wanted to test the rule of law’: first-time anti-government protester enters the fray – unmasked and motivated
China claims ‘success at this stage’ of Xinjiang internment camps amid global outcry

Third white paper in five months on controversial policies in the region says there have been no terror attacks for three years as a result of programme, in latest response to international criticism.

17 Aug 2019 - 3:57PM

Third white paper in five months on controversial policies in the region says there have been no terror attacks for three years as a result of programme, in latest response to international criticism.

China claims ‘success at this stage’ of Xinjiang internment camps amid global outcry
Defend your home against radical protesters, Beijing urges Hongkongers amid ongoing extradition bill unrest

China’s top agency overseeing city affairs warns against angry youth going too far, but also appeals for peace.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:28AM

China’s top agency overseeing city affairs warns against angry youth going too far, but also appeals for peace.

Defend your home against radical protesters, Beijing urges Hongkongers amid ongoing extradition bill unrest
Beijing appeals to Hong Kong public to help restore order in the city

State media urge ‘people who love’ the city to stand with its embattled police and administration.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:15PM

State media urge ‘people who love’ the city to stand with its embattled police and administration.

Beijing appeals to Hong Kong public to help restore order in the city
Hong Kong protesters ‘went to Taiwan in June’ to explore options for asylum

Group of students travelled to the self-ruled island to find out about seeking asylum there before returning to the city, according to sources.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:13PM

Group of students travelled to the self-ruled island to find out about seeking asylum there before returning to the city, according to sources.

Hong Kong protesters ‘went to Taiwan in June’ to explore options for asylum
Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah returns to Hong Kong after knife attack in southern China

64-year-old was attending the opening of a building materials store in southern China’s Guangdong province when he was attacked by a man wielding a knife.

21 Jul 2019 - 6:45PM

64-year-old was attending the opening of a building materials store in southern China’s Guangdong province when he was attacked by a man wielding a knife.

Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah returns to Hong Kong after knife attack in southern China
Taiwan struggling to deal with influx of Hong Kong protesters seeking refuge

Anywhere between a dozen and 60 protesters have arrived on the island since July, but there is no clear legal road map for how to process their cases.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:20PM

Anywhere between a dozen and 60 protesters have arrived on the island since July, but there is no clear legal road map for how to process their cases.

Taiwan struggling to deal with influx of Hong Kong protesters seeking refuge
Detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang finally allowed to meet with family after four-year delay

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was detained during a 2015 crackdown when Chinese authorities arrested some 300 lawyers and activists. For over four years, his family was denied visitation rights. 

28 Jun 2019 - 9:48PM

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was detained during a 2015 crackdown when Chinese authorities arrested some 300 lawyers and activists. For over four years, his family was denied visitation rights. 

Detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang finally allowed to meet with family after four-year delay
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang ‘is a changed man’, says wife after first meeting in four years

Li Wenzu expresses concern about husband’s condition after she and their son were finally allowed to visit him in prison.

29 Jun 2019 - 12:18AM

Li Wenzu expresses concern about husband’s condition after she and their son were finally allowed to visit him in prison.

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang ‘is a changed man’, says wife after first meeting in four years
Generation Amnesia: why China’s youth don’t talk about Tiananmen

Censorship, silence and time have created a gulf between the young people who witnessed the crackdown 30 years ago and those who came after them.

3 Jun 2019 - 6:32PM

Censorship, silence and time have created a gulf between the young people who witnessed the crackdown 30 years ago and those who came after them.

Generation Amnesia: why China’s youth don’t talk about Tiananmen
Huawei boss defends US companies against rising Chinese nationalism

Don’t politicise consumer products with patriotism, says founder Ren Zhengfei.

23 May 2019 - 9:17AM

Don’t politicise consumer products with patriotism, says founder Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei boss defends US companies against rising Chinese nationalism
Blood red anxiety: how Tiananmen coloured the world of Chinese artist Chen Guang

Memories of June 4, 1989, still seep into Chen’s work, decades after he witnessed the crackdown as a young soldier.

20 May 2019 - 2:00AM

Memories of June 4, 1989, still seep into Chen’s work, decades after he witnessed the crackdown as a young soldier.

Blood red anxiety: how Tiananmen coloured the world of Chinese artist Chen Guang
China ‘in no rush’ for another trade war talks trip by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

There is no point in further discussions until the United States is prepared to give some ground, Chinese analysts say.

18 May 2019 - 11:30PM

There is no point in further discussions until the United States is prepared to give some ground, Chinese analysts say.

China ‘in no rush’ for another trade war talks trip by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
Freed lawyer Tang Jingling vows to continue fight for human rights, democracy in China

After spending five years in prison for inciting subversion, Tang Jingling has returned to his hometown and says the jail time confirmed his beliefs.

30 Apr 2019 - 11:17PM

After spending five years in prison for inciting subversion, Tang Jingling has returned to his hometown and says the jail time confirmed his beliefs.

Freed lawyer Tang Jingling vows to continue fight for human rights, democracy in China
‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’

Friends say formerly low-profile law professor is healthy, calm and positive despite an investigation prompted by his criticism of official policy.

28 Apr 2019 - 11:30PM

Friends say formerly low-profile law professor is healthy, calm and positive despite an investigation prompted by his criticism of official policy.

‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’
Vatican officials on goodwill mission to China to build on bishops deal with Beijing after detention of underground Catholic priest

Confirmation of visit comes after detention of third underground Catholic priest from diocese in northern China.

18 Apr 2019 - 5:14AM

Confirmation of visit comes after detention of third underground Catholic priest from diocese in northern China.

Vatican officials on goodwill mission to China to build on bishops deal with Beijing after detention of underground Catholic priest
China’s acceptance of Vatican-approved bishop candidates ‘a positive sign’

Father Anthony Yao Shun and Father Stephen Xu Hongwei have been elected in Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi province.

17 Apr 2019 - 2:20AM

Father Anthony Yao Shun and Father Stephen Xu Hongwei have been elected in Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi province.

China’s acceptance of Vatican-approved bishop candidates ‘a positive sign’
Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man liquor label’ protester sentenced to 3½ years in prison

Chen Bing, last of four defendants to face trial, found guilty of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:28AM

Chen Bing, last of four defendants to face trial, found guilty of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man liquor label’ protester sentenced to 3½ years in prison
Chinese city offers US$1,500 reward to help snare foreign religious leaders

Southern metropolis of Guangzhou introduces cash incentives as campaign to sinicise faith groups hots up.

30 Mar 2019 - 4:22PM

Southern metropolis of Guangzhou introduces cash incentives as campaign to sinicise faith groups hots up.

Chinese city offers US$1,500 reward to help snare foreign religious leaders
China’s deal with Vatican faces key test with appointment of first bishop under new arrangement

Process of selecting candidate to fill vacant see in Inner Mongolia should be agreement’s first test.

29 Mar 2019 - 1:47PM

Process of selecting candidate to fill vacant see in Inner Mongolia should be agreement’s first test.

China’s deal with Vatican faces key test with appointment of first bishop under new arrangement
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:24PM

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy