Owen Churchill
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.

Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the US, says Pelosi’s visit will escalate tensions both across the Taiwan Strait and between Beijing and Washington.

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Chinese leader stresses commitment to resisting ‘interference by external forces’ in self-governing island, alluding to possible Pelosi trip.

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Noted virologist wins praise for contributions, but hope is expressed for ‘reforms’ at the institution under new leadership as nation carries on zero-Covid strategy.

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The US president, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, is taking the antiviral Paxlovid and ‘I anticipate that he will respond favourably’, Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s doctor, says.

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The 79-year-old president is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and had begun taking Pfizer’s anti-Covid pill Paxlovid – he will continue carrying out his full duties while isolating at the White House.

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State Department advisory follows executive order issued by President Joe Biden aimed at punishing state actors including Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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‘We can’t afford to stand still’ amid Beijing’s military build-up and ‘force or coercion’ to advance territorial claims, No 2 Canberra official warns.

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Indictment alleges the official and a retired agent passed information from restricted federal database to other defendants seeking to surveil activists in US.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have scheduled an in-person discussion in Bali, with expected topics to include Beijing’s continued support of Moscow.

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‘We aim to remove any doubt’ about information security, says Shou Zi Chew in letter to Republican senators after report ByteDance staff have frequent access.

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Negative views of China rise in most of 19 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Centre, setting record highs in nations including the US, Canada, Germany and South Korea.

‘Around the world, journalists face harassment and violence for their work, and press freedom is being restricted online and offline,’ say media ministers from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.

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Cotton products, tomatoes and polysilicon, a material used in the solar panel industry, are among the ‘high priority’ sectors that will face scrutiny by US customs agents.

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Uzra Zeya, undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, says federal government lacks funding to meet all requests for protection; China denies targeting dissidents overseas.

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European Parliament members call for additional sanctions against Beijing officials implicated in alleged abuse and renewed push to ban goods from forced labour.

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Along with Muslims in Xinjiang, Beijing ‘continues to harass adherents of other religions that it deems out of line with Chinese Communist Party doctrine’, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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The State Department spokesman says the US will work with its allies to seek accountability after the release of thousands of photos and documents from official Chinese databases.

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The US does not expect Beijing to grant the high commissioner sufficient access to conduct a ‘complete, unmanipulated assessment’ in Xinjiang, a spokesman said.

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The indictment says the intelligence officers carried out the campaign in collaboration with US citizen Wang Shujun, who is accused of using his status within the Chinese diaspora and dissident communities.

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Musk’s long-time dealings with China, which accounts for about 25 per cent of Tesla’s global revenues, leave him susceptible to pressure from Beijing, some say.

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More than 90 per cent of respondents say Beijing’s ‘no-limits’ partnership with Moscow is a threat to the US, in a Pew Research poll that finds a continuing slide in Americans’ opinions of China.

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John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy for climate, says China and Russia are not moving quickly enough on climate goals while acknowledging roadblocks in the US.

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