Owen Churchill

Washington, DC

Owen Churchill

US correspondent 

Owen joined the Post in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, human rights, and China's influence overseas. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of SOAS in London and Fudan University in Shanghai.

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US sanctions bill in response to Hong Kong national security law gets final Senate approval

The Hong Kong Autonomy Act requires mandatory sanctions against foreign individuals and banks over the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

3 Jul 2020 - 5:35AM

The Hong Kong Autonomy Act requires mandatory sanctions against foreign individuals and banks over the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

US sanctions bill in response to Hong Kong national security law gets final Senate approval
National security law: Hongkongers tell US Congress it’s the end of ‘one country, two systems’

Activists tell House Foreign Affairs Committee the new measure means Hong Kong’s days of semi-autonomy are done; witnesses are thanked for testifying, ‘given the risk of Chinese retaliation’.

2 Jul 2020 - 11:55PM

Activists tell House Foreign Affairs Committee the new measure means Hong Kong’s days of semi-autonomy are done; witnesses are thanked for testifying, ‘given the risk of Chinese retaliation’.

National security law: Hongkongers tell US Congress it’s the end of ‘one country, two systems’
US Senate passes bill that could punish China for Hong Kong national security law

Proposed congressional actions involving Hong Kong are ‘more symbolic than substantive’, an analyst says.

30 Jun 2020 - 2:08AM

Proposed congressional actions involving Hong Kong are ‘more symbolic than substantive’, an analyst says.

US Senate passes bill that could punish China for Hong Kong national security law
Ex-US trade representative Charlene Barshefsky says Donald Trump has ‘no policy’ on China

Charlene Barshefsky, who served in the Clinton administration, also criticised the phase one trade deal for its tacit approval of China’s state managed economy.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:17PM

Charlene Barshefsky, who served in the Clinton administration, also criticised the phase one trade deal for its tacit approval of China’s state managed economy.

Ex-US trade representative Charlene Barshefsky says Donald Trump has ‘no policy’ on China
Donald Trump signs Uygur human rights bill into US law, authorising sanctions against Chinese officials

New law also requires a State Department report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including estimates of how many people have been detained in camps.

18 Jun 2020 - 11:18PM

New law also requires a State Department report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including estimates of how many people have been detained in camps.

Donald Trump signs Uygur human rights bill into US law, authorising sanctions against Chinese officials
EU plans dialogue with the US to deal with China’s ‘growing assertiveness’

EU foreign policy chief’s suggestion comes just days ahead of Monday’s EU-China summit, amid an ensuing lack of commitment by Beijing on widening market access.

16 Jun 2020 - 10:45PM

EU foreign policy chief’s suggestion comes just days ahead of Monday’s EU-China summit, amid an ensuing lack of commitment by Beijing on widening market access.

EU plans dialogue with the US to deal with China’s ‘growing assertiveness’
Zoom closes account of US-based Chinese dissidents after Tiananmen conference

Participants had joined Zoom meeting from China to listen to testimonies of people targeted in 1989’s bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

11 Jun 2020 - 3:45PM

Participants had joined Zoom meeting from China to listen to testimonies of people targeted in 1989’s bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Zoom closes account of US-based Chinese dissidents after Tiananmen conference
China’s ‘repression against all religions continues to intensify’, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says as report devotes section to Xinjiang’s Uygurs

The US State Department released a blistering assessment of China’s treatment of groups in a report on religious freedom.

11 Jun 2020 - 5:36AM

The US State Department released a blistering assessment of China’s treatment of groups in a report on religious freedom.

China’s ‘repression against all religions continues to intensify’, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says as report devotes section to Xinjiang’s Uygurs
US scraps plan to ban Chinese airline flights, allows just two round trips weekly

The dispute between Washington and Beijing over air travel limits is just one of many points of tension in the bilateral relationship.

8 Jun 2020 - 10:27PM

The dispute between Washington and Beijing over air travel limits is just one of many points of tension in the bilateral relationship.

US scraps plan to ban Chinese airline flights, allows just two round trips weekly
George Floyd death: US cities relax curfews as protesters welcome new charges against police

The relaxations of the curfews comes on the heels of new abetting charges against three police officers who assisted or stood by during the fatal encounter.

5 Jun 2020 - 5:26AM

The relaxations of the curfews comes on the heels of new abetting charges against three police officers who assisted or stood by during the fatal encounter.

George Floyd death: US cities relax curfews as protesters welcome new charges against police
Mike Pompeo meets with 1989 Tiananmen Square activists at US State Department

One participant said the secretary of state primarily listened but asked, ‘What can we do to help China have democracy?’

5 Jun 2020 - 12:04AM

One participant said the secretary of state primarily listened but asked, ‘What can we do to help China have democracy?’

Mike Pompeo meets with 1989 Tiananmen Square activists at US State Department
Donald Trump says US to end Hong Kong trade privileges as ‘it is no longer autonomous from China’ after new security law introduced by Beijing

‘We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,’ the US president says.

30 May 2020 - 10:25AM

‘We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,’ the US president says.

Donald Trump says US to end Hong Kong trade privileges as ‘it is no longer autonomous from China’ after new security law introduced by Beijing
US House passes Uygur Human Rights Policy Act that would target Chinese officials – but Donald Trump still needs to sign it

The legislation calls for sanctions against Chinese officials that would see their US-held assets frozen and entry to the US barred.

29 May 2020 - 1:41PM

The legislation calls for sanctions against Chinese officials that would see their US-held assets frozen and entry to the US barred.

US House passes Uygur Human Rights Policy Act that would target Chinese officials – but Donald Trump still needs to sign it
US lawmakers expected to give final approval to Uygur bill next week

If signed into law by President Trump, Washington could impose sanctions on Chinese officials over internment camps in Xinjiang.

23 May 2020 - 1:02PM

If signed into law by President Trump, Washington could impose sanctions on Chinese officials over internment camps in Xinjiang.

US lawmakers expected to give final approval to Uygur bill next week
US says Beijing’s new proposal undermines Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy, with Donald Trump vowing to respond ‘very strongly’ if it’s enacted

National security proposal would effectively bypass Hong Kong’s own legislative process. Trump says US will respond ‘very strongly’ if China enacts it; British and EU officials voice concerns.

23 May 2020 - 12:08AM

National security proposal would effectively bypass Hong Kong’s own legislative process. Trump says US will respond ‘very strongly’ if China enacts it; British and EU officials voice concerns.

US says Beijing’s new proposal undermines  Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy, with Donald Trump vowing to respond ‘very strongly’ if it’s enacted
Medical journal The Lancet says Donald Trump’s letter to World Health Organisation is ‘factually incorrect’ in key claim

Trump said the WHO ignored ‘credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from The Lancet medical journal’; the journal says they did not publish any report in December about a virus spreading in Wuhan.

20 May 2020 - 11:05PM

Trump said the WHO ignored ‘credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from The Lancet medical journal’; the journal says they did not publish any report in December about a virus spreading in Wuhan.

Medical journal The Lancet says  Donald Trump’s letter to World Health Organisation is ‘factually incorrect’ in key claim
Chinese journalists’ lives and work disrupted by the latest US visa restrictions

New rules limiting visas will affect all mainland reporters regardless of whether they work for Chinese state media.

16 May 2020 - 10:56PM

New rules limiting visas will affect all mainland reporters regardless of whether they work for Chinese state media.

Chinese journalists’ lives and work disrupted by the latest US visa restrictions
US Senate passes Uygur Human Rights Policy Act

The Senate passes legislation that would pave the way for targeted sanctions against government officials in China over alleged human rights abuses.

15 May 2020 - 7:40AM

The Senate passes legislation that would pave the way for targeted sanctions against government officials in China over alleged human rights abuses.

US Senate passes Uygur Human Rights Policy Act
Change Chinese embassy’s US address to honour coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang, Republicans say

Under new bills introduced in both the Senate and House, the official address of the Chinese embassy in Washington would be changed to 1 Li Wenliang Plaza.

8 May 2020 - 11:09PM

Under new bills introduced in both the Senate and House, the official address of the Chinese embassy in Washington would be changed to 1 Li Wenliang Plaza.

Change Chinese embassy’s US address to honour coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang, Republicans say
WeChat surveils international accounts to decide what to censor for Chinese users, study says

Research group Citizen Lab finds WeChat screens overseas users for sensitive content, which it then bars from being received by Chinese accounts; findings are likely to add fuel to concerns in Washington about data security when Chinese tech firms are involved.

8 May 2020 - 10:27PM

Research group Citizen Lab finds WeChat screens overseas users for sensitive content, which it then bars from being received by Chinese accounts; findings are likely to add fuel to concerns in Washington about data security when Chinese tech firms are involved.

WeChat surveils international accounts to decide what to censor for Chinese users, study says
Coronavirus: WHO, European Investment Bank pair up to help African countries after US funding cut

WHO-EIB pact follows a freeze in funding from WHO’s largest contributor – the US – over allegations that it is too deferential to China.

2 May 2020 - 5:53AM

WHO-EIB pact follows a freeze in funding from WHO’s largest contributor – the US – over allegations that it is too deferential to China.

Coronavirus: WHO, European Investment Bank pair up to help African countries after US funding cut
US lawmakers want Mike Pompeo to highlight democracy activists’ arrests in Hong Kong autonomy evaluation

‘Failing to address Beijing’s efforts to erode Hong Kong’s autonomy will undermine the freedom and human rights of its people,’ bipartisan lawmakers say in letter to US Secretary of State.

29 Apr 2020 - 8:25AM

‘Failing to address Beijing’s efforts to erode Hong Kong’s autonomy will undermine the freedom and human rights of its people,’ bipartisan lawmakers say in letter to US Secretary of State.

US lawmakers want Mike Pompeo to highlight democracy activists’ arrests in Hong Kong autonomy evaluation
Coronavirus: WHO forms global alliance to raise billions for Covid-19 vaccine, treatment

The initiative aims to ensure that the development, production and delivery of vaccines and treatment will reach all countries, not just rich ones.

25 Apr 2020 - 4:37AM

The initiative aims to ensure that the development, production and delivery of vaccines and treatment will reach all countries, not just rich ones.

Coronavirus: WHO forms global alliance to raise billions for Covid-19 vaccine, treatment
Coronavirus: Many US lawmakers follow new face covering guidance, but some habits are hard to break

Many US House legislators wore face coverings during the latest stimulus bill debate amid new guidelines from Capitol Hill’s attending doctor, but a handful of Republicans did not.

24 Apr 2020 - 6:35AM

Many US House legislators wore face coverings during the latest stimulus bill debate amid new guidelines from Capitol Hill’s attending doctor, but a handful of Republicans did not.

Coronavirus: Many US lawmakers follow new face covering guidance, but some habits are hard to break
Coronavirus: China’s US ambassador Cui Tiankai takes veiled swipe at Donald Trump for politicising outbreak

Ambassador Cui Tiankai also defended Beijing’s handling of the disease, which has drawn fire from US president and others.

22 Apr 2020 - 11:35PM

Ambassador Cui Tiankai also defended Beijing’s handling of the disease, which has drawn fire from US president and others.

Coronavirus: China’s US ambassador Cui Tiankai takes veiled swipe at Donald Trump for politicising outbreak
Coronavirus: website launched in US to track pandemic-inspired hate speech and abuse online

The Anti-Semitism Accountability Project’s portal, launched in conjunction with the America China Public Affairs Institute, will collect reports of online attacks on Asian-Americans, Jews and others falsely blamed for the pandemic.

18 Apr 2020 - 12:09AM

The Anti-Semitism Accountability Project’s portal, launched in conjunction with the America China Public Affairs Institute, will collect reports of online attacks on Asian-Americans, Jews and others falsely blamed for the pandemic.

Coronavirus: website launched in US to track pandemic-inspired hate speech and abuse online
No evidence pandemic coronavirus came from Wuhan lab, China says

Beijing says origin of pathogen a serious matter for science, after US president signals investigation into whether virus came from facility in Chinese city.

17 Apr 2020 - 12:35AM

Beijing says origin of pathogen a serious matter for science, after US president signals investigation into whether virus came from facility in Chinese city.

No evidence pandemic coronavirus came from Wuhan lab, China says
World Health Organisation chief dismayed at Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding after coronavirus complaints

WHO chief says the organisation is assessing how its programmes and capacity would be affected.

16 Apr 2020 - 11:10PM

WHO chief says the organisation is assessing how its programmes and capacity would be affected.

World Health Organisation chief dismayed at Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding after coronavirus complaints
Coronavirus: Donald Trump halts US contributions to World Health Organisation during ‘review’

US president says his administration will conduct an inquiry into WHO’s ‘role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread’ of the virus.

15 Apr 2020 - 10:29AM

US president says his administration will conduct an inquiry into WHO’s ‘role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread’ of the virus.

Coronavirus: Donald Trump halts US contributions to World Health Organisation during ‘review’
In coronavirus-gripped Washington, rhetoric rises but anti-China bills stall

Amid the pandemic, the fate of about 300 bills and resolutions challenging Beijing is now in limbo. But while passage of substantive non-coronavirus legislation is unlikely, many lawmakers still push resolutions decrying China’s handling of the outbreak.

13 Apr 2020 - 12:00AM

Amid the pandemic, the fate of about 300 bills and resolutions challenging Beijing is now in limbo. But while passage of substantive non-coronavirus legislation is unlikely, many lawmakers still push resolutions decrying China’s handling of the outbreak.

In coronavirus-gripped Washington, rhetoric rises but anti-China bills stall