Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.
Owen Churchill
Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.

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US House okays Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as Beijing strongly condemns move

Officials accuse US lawmakers of ‘political plot’ to hold China back, Hong Kong administration expresses regret over passage of act.

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Officials accuse US lawmakers of ‘political plot’ to hold China back, Hong Kong administration expresses regret over passage of act.

US House okays Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as Beijing strongly condemns move
Donald Trump says ‘substantial phase-one deal’ reached in China trade talks, new tariffs delayed

US president touts ‘substantial phase-one deal’ that will delay new tariffs after talks with China’s vice-premier Liu He. The high-level negotiations were aimed at ending a trade war that is threatening global economic growth.

12 Oct 2019 - 7:16AM

US president touts ‘substantial phase-one deal’ that will delay new tariffs after talks with China’s vice-premier Liu He. The high-level negotiations were aimed at ending a trade war that is threatening global economic growth.

Donald Trump says ‘substantial phase-one deal’ reached in China trade talks, new tariffs delayed
US-China trade war update: how the NBA, Xinjiang bans and Hong Kong are affecting trade talks

We unpack a turbulent week in US-China relations, as trade negotiations commence, with the threat of increased tariffs on the horizon and a list of US companies China might retaliate against if a deal is not reached.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:46AM

We unpack a turbulent week in US-China relations, as trade negotiations commence, with the threat of increased tariffs on the horizon and a list of US companies China might retaliate against if a deal is not reached.

US-China trade war update: how the NBA, Xinjiang bans and Hong Kong are affecting trade talks
Donald Trump’s China adviser Michael Pillsbury gathered information from Beijing on Hunter Biden, report says

Michael Pillsbury told Financial Times he received ‘quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese’ during a trip to Beijing. But on C-Span later, he denied making the comments.

11 Oct 2019 - 11:02PM

Michael Pillsbury told Financial Times he received ‘quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese’ during a trip to Beijing. But on C-Span later, he denied making the comments.

Donald Trump’s China adviser Michael Pillsbury gathered information from Beijing on Hunter Biden, report says
US and China make no progress on key trade issues in two days of deputy-level talks, sources say

The Chinese delegation refuses to talk about forced technology transfers, a core US grievance in the negotiations, a person with knowledge of the meetings says.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:23AM

The Chinese delegation refuses to talk about forced technology transfers, a core US grievance in the negotiations, a person with knowledge of the meetings says.

US and China make no progress on key trade issues in two days of deputy-level talks, sources say
Apple under fire from China over HKmap.live app that tracks police activity amid Hong Kong protests

People’s Daily column accuses the tech giant of ‘allowing its platform to clear the way for an app that incites illegal behaviour’.

9 Oct 2019 - 10:36PM

People’s Daily column accuses the tech giant of ‘allowing its platform to clear the way for an app that incites illegal behaviour’.

Apple under fire from China over HKmap.live app that  tracks police activity amid Hong Kong protests
US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over ‘brutal suppression’ of Uygurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, citing ‘internment camps’

Sanctions target those ‘believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uygurs, Kazakhs or other members of Muslim minority groups’.

9 Oct 2019 - 9:21AM

Sanctions target those ‘believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uygurs, Kazakhs or other members of Muslim minority groups’.

US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over ‘brutal suppression’ of Uygurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, citing ‘internment camps’
Donald Trump says ‘bad’ developments in Hong Kong could affect trade negotiations

US leader issues warning days ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington, calling on Beijing to deal with the protests in a ‘peaceful’ and ‘humane’ manner.

8 Oct 2019 - 11:09PM

US leader issues warning days ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington, calling on Beijing to deal with the protests in a ‘peaceful’ and ‘humane’ manner.

Donald Trump says ‘bad’ developments in Hong Kong could affect trade negotiations
Donald Trump denies quid pro quo with China on trade deal and inquiry into Joe Biden and son

‘No, it has nothing to do with it,’ he said when asked if he would be more likely to strike a deal if Beijing investigated Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:31PM

‘No, it has nothing to do with it,’ he said when asked if he would be more likely to strike a deal if Beijing investigated Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

Donald Trump denies quid pro quo with China on trade deal and inquiry into Joe Biden and son
Donald Trump calls for China to investigate US political foe Joe Biden amid impeachment storm

US president claims without evidence that China had ‘sweetheart deal’ on trade with US because of the Bidens.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:54AM

US president claims without evidence that China had ‘sweetheart deal’ on trade with US because of the Bidens.

Donald Trump calls for China to investigate US political foe Joe Biden amid impeachment storm
US court says Harvard admissions process does not discriminate against Asian-Americans

Lawsuit alleged that admissions policies hold Asian-Americans to higher standard by using a subjective “personal rating” while judge says process passes constitutional muster even though it’s not perfect

2 Oct 2019 - 9:22PM

Lawsuit alleged that admissions policies hold Asian-Americans to higher standard by using a subjective “personal rating” while judge says process passes constitutional muster even though it’s not perfect

US court says Harvard admissions process does not discriminate against Asian-Americans
EU and Britain urge restraint and de-escalation after Hong Kong police officer shoots protester during National Day clashes

‘The use of live ammunition is disproportionate, and only risks inflaming the situation,’ British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says. The teenaged protester was hit in the chest by a police round in Tsuen Wan as celebrations in Beijing marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

2 Oct 2019 - 11:24AM

‘The use of live ammunition is disproportionate, and only risks inflaming the situation,’ British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says. The teenaged protester was hit in the chest by a police round in Tsuen Wan as celebrations in Beijing marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

EU and Britain urge restraint and de-escalation after Hong Kong police officer shoots protester during National Day clashes
Donald Trump’s anniversary wish for China: congratulations on your milestone, but we will beat you in trade war

US president’s tweet comes as Beijing’s negotiators prepare to travel to Washington for high-level talks aimed at ending the 15-month-old tariff battle.

1 Oct 2019 - 4:17AM

US president’s tweet comes as Beijing’s negotiators prepare to travel to Washington for high-level talks aimed at ending the 15-month-old tariff battle.

Donald Trump’s anniversary wish for China: congratulations on your milestone, but we will beat you in trade war
Chinese students’ association loses status at Canadian university after protest of Uygur activist’s talk was allegedly coordinated with Chinese consulate

Student agency at McMaster University in Ontario took action after the chapter spearheaded a campaign against a talk given on campus by activist Rukiye Turdush.

26 Sep 2019 - 9:45PM

Student agency at McMaster University in Ontario took action after the chapter spearheaded a campaign against a talk given on campus by activist Rukiye Turdush.

Chinese students’ association loses status at Canadian university after protest of Uygur activist’s talk was allegedly coordinated with Chinese consulate
Donald Trump says trade deal with China could happen ‘sooner than you think’

US president’s comments come a day after he delivered a stinging attack on China’s trade practices at the UN General Assembly. High-level talks are expected to resume in about two weeks as the trade war stretches into its 15th month.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:26AM

US president’s comments come a day after he delivered a stinging attack on China’s trade practices at the UN General Assembly. High-level talks are expected to resume in about two weeks as the trade war stretches into its 15th month.

Donald Trump says trade deal with China could happen ‘sooner than you think’
US calls for UN to demand unfettered access to China’s Xinjiang region

US State Department official urges ‘immediate, unhindered and unmonitored access’ for UN inquiry into plight of Uygurs during panel discussion on human rights in Xinjiang on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

25 Sep 2019 - 10:46PM

US State Department official urges ‘immediate, unhindered and unmonitored access’ for UN inquiry into plight of Uygurs during panel discussion on human rights in Xinjiang on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

US calls for UN to demand unfettered access to China’s Xinjiang region
Donald Trump attacks China on trade and urges restraint on Hong Kong protests in speech to UN General Assembly

The theory that China joining the World Trade Organisation would lead to a wider economic opening has been proven ‘completely wrong’, the US president says. He added ‘the world fully expects’ Beijing to honour its treaty with Britain related to Hong Kong’s handover.

25 Sep 2019 - 4:03PM

The theory that China joining the World Trade Organisation would lead to a wider economic opening has been proven ‘completely wrong’, the US president says. He added ‘the world fully expects’ Beijing to honour its treaty with Britain related to Hong Kong’s handover.

Donald Trump attacks China on trade and urges restraint on Hong Kong protests in speech to UN General Assembly
Donald Trump’s UN call for an end to religious persecution omits the Uygurs of China’s Xinjiang

The US president spoke at an event that featured testimony about an imprisoned Uygur scholar, yet made no mention of China’s mass internment of Muslims. To some, the absence was glaring; to others, the invitation to a Uygur individual to speak was significant in itself.

24 Sep 2019 - 2:40PM

The US president spoke at an event that featured testimony about an imprisoned Uygur scholar, yet made no mention of China’s mass internment of Muslims. To some, the absence was glaring; to others, the invitation to a Uygur individual to speak was significant in itself.

Donald Trump’s UN call for an end to religious persecution omits the Uygurs of China’s Xinjiang
China confirms detention and release of American FedEx pilot after airgun pellets allegedly found in luggage

Foreign ministry says the US pilot was released on bail pending further investigation.

21 Sep 2019 - 5:38AM

Foreign ministry says the US pilot was released on bail pending further investigation.

China confirms detention and release of American FedEx pilot after airgun pellets allegedly found in luggage
New US bill demands China grant consulate in Tibet and stay away from Dalai Lama succession

Lawmakers would prohibit Beijing from opening new consulates on American soil until the US is permitted to put its own diplomatic office in Lhasa. The bill also lays out a path for punishing Chinese officials who interfere with the Dalai Lama’s succession plans.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:52PM

Lawmakers would prohibit Beijing from opening new consulates on American soil until the US is permitted to put its own diplomatic office in Lhasa. The bill also lays out a path for punishing Chinese officials who interfere with the Dalai Lama’s succession plans.

New US bill demands China grant consulate in Tibet and stay away from Dalai Lama succession
China warns against efforts to ‘disrupt Hong Kong with foreign support’ after activists testify before US Congress

Joshua Wong and Denise Ho address the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, with Wong saying he hoped Congress would be celebrated ‘for having stood on the side of Hongkongers’.

18 Sep 2019 - 11:39PM

Joshua Wong and Denise Ho address the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, with Wong saying he hoped Congress would be celebrated ‘for having stood on the side of Hongkongers’.

China warns against efforts to ‘disrupt Hong Kong with foreign support’ after activists testify before US Congress
US lawmakers introduce bill to stop tear gas sales to Hong Kong

Bill would prohibit US companies from exporting non-lethal crowd control and defence items to Hong Kong.

11 Sep 2019 - 11:49AM

Bill would prohibit US companies from exporting non-lethal crowd control and defence items to Hong Kong.

US lawmakers introduce bill to stop tear gas sales to Hong Kong
Naive tourist? Bumbling spy? Months after her arrest at Mar-a-Lago, Zhang Yujing remains a cipher

Zhang, representing herself in US court on charges that carry up to six years in prison, may have been an ‘unwitting asset’ of Chinese intelligence, a former FBI agent says.

6 Sep 2019 - 10:05PM

Zhang, representing herself in US court on charges that carry up to six years in prison, may have been an ‘unwitting asset’ of Chinese intelligence, a former FBI agent says.

Naive tourist? Bumbling spy? Months after her arrest at Mar-a-Lago, Zhang Yujing remains a cipher
Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian, known for his Twitter outbursts, is given senior foreign ministry post

Zhao Lijian became known for heated online confrontations with China’s critics, once being branded a ‘racist disgrace’ by a former Obama administration official.

24 Aug 2019 - 10:38PM

Zhao Lijian became known for heated online confrontations with China’s critics, once being branded a ‘racist disgrace’ by a former Obama administration official.

Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian, known for his Twitter outbursts, is given senior foreign ministry post
Donald Trump calls Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’ after China announces fresh tariffs on US$75 billion of US products

Beijing will raise tariffs on items originating in the US from 5 per cent to 10 per cent in two batches.

24 Aug 2019 - 3:29PM

Beijing will raise tariffs on items originating in the US from 5 per cent to 10 per cent in two batches.

Donald Trump calls Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’ after China announces fresh tariffs on US$75 billion of US products
Mike Pompeo says US is pressing China to release detained Canadians, but rejects linkage to Huawei case

US Secretary of State, meeting with Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, calls the two cases ‘fundamentally different’.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:47PM

US Secretary of State, meeting with Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, calls the two cases ‘fundamentally different’.

Mike Pompeo says US is pressing China to release detained Canadians, but rejects linkage to Huawei case
US imposes sanctions on suspected Chinese fentanyl producers

Three individuals and two companies are added to list of entities whose US assets may be frozen, after President Donald Trump recently accused Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of reneging on commitment to crack down on exports of the synthetic opioid.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:08PM

Three individuals and two companies are added to list of entities whose US assets may be frozen, after President Donald Trump recently accused Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of reneging on commitment to crack down on exports of the synthetic opioid.

US imposes sanctions on suspected Chinese fentanyl producers
Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts for being part of China-backed campaign to disrupt Hong Kong protests

The social platform Twitter says it has suspended 936 accounts; Facebook says it removed five. Twitter also says it will no longer accept advertising from ‘state-controlled news media entities’.

20 Aug 2019 - 11:09PM

The social platform Twitter says it has suspended 936 accounts; Facebook says it removed five. Twitter also says it will no longer accept advertising from ‘state-controlled news media entities’.

Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts for being part of China-backed campaign to disrupt Hong Kong protests
Senator wants inquiry into whether ‘conflict of interest’ led to US approval of deal involving Chinese state company and Joe Biden’s son

US lawmaker Chuck Grassley calls on Treasury Department to investigate CFIUS’ consent to 2015 purchase of American tech business.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:31PM

US lawmaker Chuck Grassley calls on Treasury Department to investigate CFIUS’ consent to 2015 purchase of American tech business.

Senator wants inquiry into whether ‘conflict of interest’ led to US approval of deal involving Chinese state company and Joe Biden’s son
China says US is using ‘gangster logic’ after Washington calls Beijing a ‘thuggish regime’

Foreign ministry commissioner’s office in Hong Kong also calls comments by a US State Department spokeswoman ‘blatant slander against China’.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:05PM

Foreign ministry commissioner’s office in Hong Kong also calls comments by a US State Department spokeswoman ‘blatant slander against China’.

China says US is using ‘gangster logic’ after Washington calls Beijing a ‘thuggish regime’