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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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.

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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
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.

30 Apr 2019 - 5:49PM

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.

13 Mar 2019 - 12:12AM

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