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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Chinese civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong accused of plotting ‘colour revolution’ to subvert state power

Xu has been in detention for more than 20 months, but an informed source says he remains in ‘good spirits’ and has no plans to plead guilty.

Xu has been in detention for more than 20 months, but an informed source says he remains in ‘good spirits’ and has no plans to plead guilty.

Chinese civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong accused of plotting ‘colour revolution’ to subvert state power
25 Sep 2021 - 4:40AM
Chinese officials told to get Delta outbreak under control before National Day holiday

Harbin records 15 new cases in its worst day of outbreak, while an overall decrease is reported in Fujian province.

Harbin records 15 new cases in its worst day of outbreak, while an overall decrease is reported in Fujian province.

Chinese officials told to get Delta outbreak under control before National Day holiday
24 Sep 2021 - 11:13PM
Evergrande debt crisis: China’s ‘Lehman moment’ vs Xi’s ‘Common Prosperity’
23 Sep 2021 - 6:01PM
China’s Delta outbreak slows in Fujian but National Day concerns remain

The southeastern province reported 28 new cases on Wednesday, less than half of the infections seen last weekend.

The southeastern province reported 28 new cases on Wednesday, less than half of the infections seen last weekend.

China’s Delta outbreak slows in Fujian but National Day concerns remain
23 Sep 2021 - 10:26PM
Female students show grit and endurance in 11th-hour escape from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Students from the Asian University for Women endured abuse, being refused airport entry and a long-haul journey to flee Afghanistan.

Students from the Asian University for Women endured abuse, being refused airport entry and a long-haul journey to flee Afghanistan.

Female students show grit and endurance in 11th-hour escape from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
18 Sep 2021 - 6:00PM
Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’, posts watered-down version

US secretary of state initially put the post up on September 16 but took it down and issued a more muted sentiment, drawing criticism and questions.

US secretary of state initially put the post up on September 16 but took it down and issued a more muted sentiment, drawing criticism and questions.

Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’, posts watered-down version
18 Sep 2021 - 10:48AM
Fang Ran: the haunting case of the Hong Kong labour rights researcher held in China

The HKU doctoral student has long had an interest in social issues on the mainland and had attracted the attention of state security personnel.

The HKU doctoral student has long had an interest in social issues on the mainland and had attracted the attention of state security personnel.

Fang Ran: the haunting case of the Hong Kong labour rights researcher held in China
11 Sep 2021 - 4:00PM
Wuhan diocese finally gets new bishop under China-Vatican agreement

Cui Qingqi, the sixth appointment under the 2018 pact, is trusted by Beijing and heads the local Catholic Church bodies overseen by the Communist Party.

Cui Qingqi, the sixth appointment under the 2018 pact, is trusted by Beijing and heads the local Catholic Church bodies overseen by the Communist Party.

Wuhan diocese finally gets new bishop under China-Vatican agreement
9 Sep 2021 - 11:11PM
PhD student researching Chinese labour movements ‘detained for subversion of state power’

Posts appealing for the release of Fang Ran, a postgraduate at the University of Hong Kong, say he was taken away by agents in the mainland city of Nanning.

Posts appealing for the release of Fang Ran, a postgraduate at the University of Hong Kong, say he was taken away by agents in the mainland city of Nanning.

PhD student researching Chinese labour movements ‘detained for subversion of state power’
2 Sep 2021 - 6:35AM
Former Chinese finance minister Jin Renqing dies after fire at home: report

Elderly victim rushed to hospital but efforts to revive him failed, CCTV reports.

Elderly victim rushed to hospital but efforts to revive him failed, CCTV reports.

Former Chinese finance minister Jin Renqing dies after fire at home: report
28 Aug 2021 - 9:41PM
China’s anti-graft watchdog targets toxic celebrity culture and fans

CCDI takes aim at ‘unhealthy’ entertainment world, detailing misconduct among the stars and their legions of followers.

CCDI takes aim at ‘unhealthy’ entertainment world, detailing misconduct among the stars and their legions of followers.

China’s anti-graft watchdog targets toxic celebrity culture and fans
13 Sep 2021 - 2:52PM
Beyond the Wuhan lab leak theory, Beijing vs zero covid, new MRNA vaccines and a China/US partnership
31 Aug 2021 - 3:55PM
Chinese prosecutors order arrest of former government cult-buster and internet censor Peng Bo

Peng is accused of party disloyalty, receiving bribes and failing to supervise the internet in China, says CCDI.

Peng is accused of party disloyalty, receiving bribes and failing to supervise the internet in China, says CCDI.

Chinese prosecutors order arrest of former government cult-buster and internet censor Peng Bo
26 Aug 2021 - 11:15PM
Vietnam says it will not side against China, as US’ Kamala Harris visits

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh assures Beijing before meeting US vice-president – but wants to step up talks on a code of conduct for disputed South China Sea.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh assures Beijing before meeting US vice-president – but wants to step up talks on a code of conduct for disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam says it will not side against China, as US’ Kamala Harris visits
25 Aug 2021 - 11:09PM
China’s Communist Party targets Hangzhou in anti-graft drive

Top cadres in the city – including recent retirees – and their families must declare any conflicts of interest in their ties with business.

Top cadres in the city – including recent retirees – and their families must declare any conflicts of interest in their ties with business.

China’s Communist Party targets Hangzhou in anti-graft drive
24 Aug 2021 - 7:00AM
China set to pass new law to protect ‘legitimate rights’ on personal data

Lawmakers are reviewing revised version of the Personal Information Protection Law this week.

Lawmakers are reviewing revised version of the Personal Information Protection Law this week.

China set to pass new law to protect ‘legitimate rights’ on personal data
17 Aug 2021 - 11:20PM
Coronavirus lab leak ‘smoking gun unlikely to be found’ in US genetic data trove

Sequence cannot tell where virus came from and could be counterproductive, HKU molecular biologist says.

Sequence cannot tell where virus came from and could be counterproductive, HKU molecular biologist says.

Coronavirus lab leak ‘smoking gun unlikely to be found’ in US genetic data trove
7 Aug 2021 - 11:31PM
Learn to live with mutating coronavirus, top Chinese virologist says

Shi Zhengli adds her voice to vaccination calls, saying new variants will continue to emerge.

Shi Zhengli adds her voice to vaccination calls, saying new variants will continue to emerge.

Learn to live with mutating coronavirus, top Chinese virologist says
6 Aug 2021 - 1:14AM
China floods: why did death toll rise so sharply after 3 weeks?

The three-fold increase in confirmed deaths has fuelled fears of a cover-up following last month’s heavy rains in Henan province.

The three-fold increase in confirmed deaths has fuelled fears of a cover-up following last month’s heavy rains in Henan province.

China floods: why did death toll rise so sharply after 3 weeks?
4 Aug 2021 - 11:25AM
China investigates Henan flood disaster as death toll mounts

Provincial authorities revise up number killed to 302, triple the number reported last week.

Provincial authorities revise up number killed to 302, triple the number reported last week.

China investigates Henan flood disaster as death toll mounts
2 Aug 2021 - 10:44PM
Coronavirus: China pauses passport renewals to try to keep Delta variant out

Immigration administration spokesman says officers are asked to be flexible and grant applications for those who need to study or work abroad.

Immigration administration spokesman says officers are asked to be flexible and grant applications for those who need to study or work abroad.

Coronavirus: China pauses passport renewals to try to keep Delta variant out
1 Aug 2021 - 3:28PM
Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods

Years of encouragement for nationalistic sentiment is behind the intense hostility faced by reporters, observers say.

Years of encouragement for nationalistic sentiment is behind the intense hostility faced by reporters, observers say.

Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods
29 Jul 2021 - 10:14PM
Coming face to face with China’s ‘dragon man’

When Dr Ni Xijun first held this 146,000-year-old skull fossil in his hands, he said he knew something was different. The skull was first unearthed by a labourer in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province in 1933 only to be reburied for 85 years before being unearthed again. The leading paleoanthropologist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr Ni is part of a research team that concluded an exquisitely preserved Harbin cranium fossil was i a new category of its own – Homo longi, or Dragon Man – adding a new branch to humanity's ancient family tree.

When Dr Ni Xijun first held this 146,000-year-old skull fossil in his hands, he said he knew something was different. The skull was first unearthed by a labourer in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province in 1933 only to be reburied for 85 years before being unearthed again. The leading paleoanthropologist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr Ni is part of a research team that concluded an exquisitely preserved Harbin cranium fossil was i a new category of its own – Homo longi, or Dragon Man – adding a new branch to humanity's ancient family tree.

Coming face to face with China’s ‘dragon man’
29 Jul 2021 - 6:03PM
China's 'Dragon Man': does the fossil change the human evolution story?
29 Jul 2021 - 6:00PM
What message was Xi Jinping trying to send on his visit to Tibet?

The first visit by a Chinese leader to the region in three decades was designed to send a message to the US, India and the Dalai Lama, observers say.

The first visit by a Chinese leader to the region in three decades was designed to send a message to the US, India and the Dalai Lama, observers say.

What message was Xi Jinping trying to send on his visit to Tibet?
29 Jul 2021 - 11:36AM
Xi Jinping tells Tibetans they’re at ‘a new historical starting point’

The Chinese president is leading a senior delegation in Lhasa to mark 70 years since the ‘peaceful liberation’ of Tibet.

The Chinese president is leading a senior delegation in Lhasa to mark 70 years since the ‘peaceful liberation’ of Tibet.

Xi Jinping tells Tibetans they’re at ‘a new historical starting point’
29 Jul 2021 - 9:23PM
Flood crisis in China's crossroads megacity: disaster in Zhengzhou
22 Jul 2021 - 10:45AM
China flood survivors tell of rising water and last goodbyes as disaster claims at least 25 lives and displaces thousands

Passengers trapped in subway trains watched in despair as water neared head height, some trying to reach rescuers and others sending messages to loved ones.

Passengers trapped in subway trains watched in despair as water neared head height, some trying to reach rescuers and others sending messages to loved ones.

China flood survivors tell of rising water and last goodbyes as disaster claims at least 25 lives and displaces thousands
22 Jul 2021 - 1:45PM
China floods: Zhengzhou tries to get back on its feet after heavy rains displace over 1.2 million people

At least 25 people in Henan were killed by the heaviest rain in decades, including passengers trapped in a rail tunnel amid rising waters.

At least 25 people in Henan were killed by the heaviest rain in decades, including passengers trapped in a rail tunnel amid rising waters.

China floods: Zhengzhou tries to get back on its feet after heavy rains displace over 1.2 million people
22 Jul 2021 - 3:10PM
China’s athletes determined to win gold at Tokyo Olympics despite Covid-19 challenges

Many of the Chinese delegation has arrived for the Games and are in their final days of training before Friday’s opening ceremony.

Many of the Chinese delegation has arrived for the Games and are in their final days of training before Friday’s opening ceremony.

China’s athletes determined to win gold at Tokyo Olympics despite Covid-19 challenges
21 Jul 2021 - 10:49PM