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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Xi Jinping ‘put China’s top echelon on notice’ in early days of coronavirus outbreak

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

16 Feb 2020 - 2:45PM

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

Xi Jinping ‘put China’s top echelon on notice’ in early days of coronavirus outbreak
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.

25 Jan 2020 - 9:02AM

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.

25 Jan 2020 - 10:35AM

‘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.

26 Jan 2020 - 1:46PM

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.

23 Jan 2020 - 7:25AM

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.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

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.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

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.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:20PM

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
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