Mimi Lau

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.
Mimi Lau
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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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 Apr 2019 - 1:45AM

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
Chinese labour rights activists detained as authorities try to shut down silicosis campaign

Journalists’ families and friends report two men were taken this week, months after their Xinshengdai news portal was silenced by the government.

22 Mar 2019 - 6:00AM

Journalists’ families and friends report two men were taken this week, months after their Xinshengdai news portal was silenced by the government.

Chinese labour rights activists detained as authorities try to shut down silicosis campaign
China invites European diplomats to visit Xinjiang as backlash grows over Muslim camps

‘Informal’ offer made as Beijing tries to defend its policies in region where it has been accused of locking up more than a million mainly Uygur detainees.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:16AM

‘Informal’ offer made as Beijing tries to defend its policies in region where it has been accused of locking up more than a million mainly Uygur detainees.

China invites European diplomats to visit Xinjiang as backlash grows over Muslim camps
Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘unlikely to observe leaders’ custom’ and meet pope during visit to Italy

Beijing says it is unaware of plans for Xi to visit the Vatican and such a move would run contrary to China’s religious affairs policy.

19 Mar 2019 - 12:32PM

Beijing says it is unaware of plans for Xi to visit the Vatican and such a move would run contrary to China’s religious affairs policy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘unlikely to observe leaders’ custom’ and meet pope during visit to Italy
Chinese courts pledge to increase pressure on financial crime after sharp rise in prosecutions for illegal crowdfunding, pyramid schemes and bad loans

Prosecutor says 27,000 people were charged with running scams in 2018, while cases involving illegal crowdfunding, pyramid schemes and bad peer-to-peer loans were up 11 per cent.

12 Mar 2019 - 11:33PM

Prosecutor says 27,000 people were charged with running scams in 2018, while cases involving illegal crowdfunding, pyramid schemes and bad peer-to-peer loans were up 11 per cent.

Chinese courts pledge to increase pressure on financial crime after sharp rise in prosecutions for illegal crowdfunding, pyramid schemes and bad loans
US hasn’t ruled out sanctions on China as it pushes ‘religious freedom agenda’ with Beijing, American envoy says

Sam Brownback, US ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, says he hopes to work with Beijing to develop an action plan, but notes that ‘there are tools’ to compel compliance.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:30PM

Sam Brownback, US ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, says he hopes to work with Beijing to develop an action plan, but notes that ‘there are tools’ to compel compliance.

US hasn’t ruled out sanctions on China as it pushes ‘religious freedom agenda’ with Beijing, American envoy says
‘Chinese government is at war with faith,’ US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback tells Hong Kong FCC

Trump White House ‘deeply concerned’ by events in Xinjiang and envoy warns Chinese policy is breeding terrorism, not preventing it.

8 Mar 2019 - 2:27PM

Trump White House ‘deeply concerned’ by events in Xinjiang and envoy warns Chinese policy is breeding terrorism, not preventing it.

‘Chinese government is at war with faith,’ US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback tells Hong Kong FCC
What Chinese women really want when it comes to children and reproductive rights

China has abandoned its one-child policy but the worries are not over for unmarried women and parents struggling to afford childcare.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:05AM

China has abandoned its one-child policy but the worries are not over for unmarried women and parents struggling to afford childcare.

What Chinese women really want when it comes to children and reproductive rights
Freed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ‘threatens to protest if reunion with wife and daughter is blocked’
  • High-profile campaigner has threatened ‘protests and other forms of activism’ if authorities block reunion with family he hasn’t seen in six years.
7 Mar 2019 - 10:53PM
  • High-profile campaigner has threatened ‘protests and other forms of activism’ if authorities block reunion with family he hasn’t seen in six years.
Freed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ‘threatens to protest if reunion with wife and daughter is blocked’
China’s whistle-blower blogger Cui Yongyuan appears, then disappears, a week after judge names him in missing documents scandal

Former television star has been silent on social media since he was unexpectedly implicated in disappearance of documents from a Supreme Court judge’s office.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:47PM

Former television star has been silent on social media since he was unexpectedly implicated in disappearance of documents from a Supreme Court judge’s office.

China’s whistle-blower blogger Cui Yongyuan appears, then disappears, a week after judge names him in missing documents scandal
Beijing approves blueprint for ‘Greater Bay Area’ to rival Silicon Valley with document expected to be released on February 21

Hong Kong will be positioned as a leading finance platform due to its strengths as a global financial centre.

13 Jan 2019 - 11:14PM

Hong Kong will be positioned as a leading finance platform due to its strengths as a global financial centre.

Beijing approves blueprint for ‘Greater Bay Area’ to rival Silicon Valley with document expected to be released on February 21
Inside China’s unofficial churches faith defies persecution

Millions of Protestant Christians continue to resist pressure to comply with regulations and join a registered church as local authorities are taking an increasingly aggressive approach.

7 Jan 2019 - 2:34PM

Millions of Protestant Christians continue to resist pressure to comply with regulations and join a registered church as local authorities are taking an increasingly aggressive approach.

Inside China’s unofficial churches faith defies persecution
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle

Armed forces must be ready for a ‘comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point’, leader says.

5 Jan 2019 - 1:29PM

Armed forces must be ready for a ‘comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point’, leader says.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle
Chinese police get more powers on collecting electronic data as evidence

From February 1, officers will be able to freeze personal cyber accounts for up to six months or longer and new guidelines also allow remote and online retrieval of data.

4 Jan 2019 - 3:40PM

From February 1, officers will be able to freeze personal cyber accounts for up to six months or longer and new guidelines also allow remote and online retrieval of data.

Chinese police get more powers on collecting electronic data as evidence
Peking University students clash with campus guards over control of Marxist Society

Witnesses say some protesters were injured as they were forced to go inside science building.

28 Dec 2018 - 10:18PM

Witnesses say some protesters were injured as they were forced to go inside science building.

Peking University students clash with campus guards over control of Marxist Society
Chinese ‘709’ rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang stands trial as his wife is forced to stay away

After almost 3½ years behind bars, Wang is tried for subverting state power, but supporters and journalists are prevented from attending.

27 Dec 2018 - 12:15AM

After almost 3½ years behind bars, Wang is tried for subverting state power, but supporters and journalists are prevented from attending.

Chinese ‘709’ rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang stands trial as his wife is forced to stay away
China shuts leading underground Christian church, third this winter

More than 60 police and government officials interrupt children’s Bible class in Saturday morning raid.

16 Dec 2018 - 9:51PM

More than 60 police and government officials interrupt children’s Bible class in Saturday morning raid.

China shuts leading underground Christian church, third this winter
Chinese pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong accused of inciting subversion and held in unknown location after Christian crackdown

Jiang Rong is implicated along with her outspoken husband, who has been placed under criminal detention along with at least seven others.

14 Dec 2018 - 10:23AM

Jiang Rong is implicated along with her outspoken husband, who has been placed under criminal detention along with at least seven others.

Chinese pastor Wang Yi’s wife Jiang Rong accused of inciting subversion and held in unknown location after Christian crackdown
Christian pastor Wang Yi faces subversion charges in China after raid on church

‘My son has been placed under criminal detention for allegedly inciting subversion of state power,’ Wang’s mother said, following a government crackdown that saw more than 100 other Christians rounded up and allegedly abused in custody.

13 Dec 2018 - 4:02PM

‘My son has been placed under criminal detention for allegedly inciting subversion of state power,’ Wang’s mother said, following a government crackdown that saw more than 100 other Christians rounded up and allegedly abused in custody.

Christian pastor Wang Yi faces subversion charges in China after raid on church
Members of unofficial Chinese church vow to defy crackdown and keep meeting

Detainee says congregants were abused by police after being taken into custody.

12 Dec 2018 - 5:51AM

Detainee says congregants were abused by police after being taken into custody.

Members of unofficial Chinese church vow to defy crackdown and keep meeting
100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church

Worshippers were taken from their homes and off the streets in coordinated raids across Chengdu in Sichuan province. A pastor was among those arrested.

13 Dec 2018 - 4:26PM

Worshippers were taken from their homes and off the streets in coordinated raids across Chengdu in Sichuan province. A pastor was among those arrested.

100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church
Chinese Arabic school to close as areas with Muslim populations are urged to study the Xinjiang way

Gansu language school closure is symptom of Chinese policy towards Muslims.

9 Dec 2018 - 11:15PM

Gansu language school closure is symptom of Chinese policy towards Muslims.

Chinese Arabic school to close as areas with Muslim populations are urged to study the Xinjiang way
Heavy smog expected to blanket 79 cities across north, northwest and east of China

Pollution is forecast to peak on Sunday evening and Monday morning and could take four days to clear.

1 Dec 2018 - 10:42PM

Pollution is forecast to peak on Sunday evening and Monday morning and could take four days to clear.

Heavy smog expected to blanket 79 cities across north, northwest and east of China
Xi Jinping tells China’s trade union to put workers first, but will it take any notice?

New leaders of All-China Federation of Trade Unions should focus on employees’ most pressing concerns, president says.

25 Nov 2018 - 2:35PM

New leaders of All-China Federation of Trade Unions should focus on employees’ most pressing concerns, president says.

Xi Jinping tells China’s trade union to put workers first, but will it take any notice?
Chinese campus crackdown on young Marxist activists expands in major cities

Students summoned by university and warned to ignore weekend purge as most of the 22 activists remain missing after being violently rounded up

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

Students summoned by university and warned to ignore weekend purge as most of the 22 activists remain missing after being violently rounded up

Chinese campus crackdown on young Marxist activists expands in major cities