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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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’.

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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 - 9:21PM

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’
US calls Beijing a ‘thuggish regime’ for ‘harassing’ American diplomat over Hong Kong meeting with Joshua Wong

State Department accuses Chinese government of ‘leaking’ official’s personal details, including photograph and names of children, following her meeting with Hong Kong activists.

9 Aug 2019 - 9:19PM

State Department accuses Chinese government of ‘leaking’ official’s personal details, including photograph and names of children, following her meeting with Hong Kong activists.

US calls Beijing a ‘thuggish regime’ for ‘harassing’ American diplomat over Hong Kong meeting with Joshua Wong
Despite tensions with US, China is said to maintain offer to help in case of scholar held in Iran

On the third anniversary of Wang Xiyue’s imprisonment on espionage charges, his wife, Qu Hua, says she is grateful for Beijing’s ‘support and guidance’.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:05PM

On the third anniversary of Wang Xiyue’s imprisonment on espionage charges, his wife, Qu Hua, says she is grateful for Beijing’s ‘support and guidance’.

Despite tensions with US, China is said to maintain offer to help in case of scholar held in Iran
For US and Chinese regional officials, economic summit was a chance to heal frayed ties. For the White House, it rang alarm bells.

The meeting was co-hosted by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group thought to have ties to Beijing’s overseas propaganda wing.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:05PM

The meeting was co-hosted by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group thought to have ties to Beijing’s overseas propaganda wing.

For US and Chinese regional officials, economic summit was a chance to heal frayed ties. For the White House, it rang alarm bells.
US declaration of China as currency manipulator roils global financial markets from the Americas to Asia

The US Treasury said it would engage with the International Monetary Fund ‘to eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China’s latest actions’.

6 Aug 2019 - 5:30PM

The US Treasury said it would engage with the International Monetary Fund ‘to eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China’s latest actions’.

US declaration of China as currency manipulator roils global financial markets from the Americas to Asia
US not saying if it will ban sales of tear gas and other riot-control gear to Hong Kong police

A weekend of violent clashes between police and protesters and a citywide strike raise the question of whether US will follow Britain’s example.

6 Aug 2019 - 7:06AM

A weekend of violent clashes between police and protesters and a citywide strike raise the question of whether US will follow Britain’s example.

US not saying if it will ban sales of tear gas and other riot-control gear to Hong Kong police
US and Britain join other nations in criticising China’s jailing of ‘cyber dissident’ Huang Qi

The Chinese reporter and activist, who this week was sentenced to 12 years in prison, should be released immediately, US State Department says.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

The Chinese reporter and activist, who this week was sentenced to 12 years in prison, should be released immediately, US State Department says.

US and Britain join other nations in criticising China’s jailing of ‘cyber dissident’ Huang Qi
Former US envoy Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial back’ its Hong Kong approach amid unrest

Recently retired diplomat calls on Chinese government to ‘re-establish a little more distance between the rest of China and Hong Kong’.

31 Jul 2019 - 11:59PM

Recently retired diplomat calls on Chinese government to ‘re-establish a little more distance between the rest of China and Hong Kong’.

Former US envoy Kurt Tong says Beijing should ‘dial back’ its Hong Kong approach amid unrest
Beijing says People’s Liberation Army is a ‘pillar of stability’ for Hong Kong

Troops will continue to serve city in accordance with the law, foreign ministry spokeswoman says.

27 Jul 2019 - 8:58AM

Troops will continue to serve city in accordance with the law, foreign ministry spokeswoman says.

Beijing says People’s Liberation Army is a ‘pillar of stability’ for Hong Kong
US state department worried by Beijing’s hints it could use troops to put down Hong Kong protests

‘We urge Beijing to adhere to its commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Basic Law to allow Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of autonomy’.

26 Jul 2019 - 6:32PM

‘We urge Beijing to adhere to its commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Basic Law to allow Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of autonomy’.

US state department worried by Beijing’s hints it could use troops to put down Hong Kong protests
Donald Trump says Xi Jinping ‘acted responsibly’ in Hong Kong extradition bill protests

US leader says China could stop demonstrations over extradition bill ‘if they wanted’ after dozens of protesters were left hurt by a mob of attackers in Yuen Long.

23 Jul 2019 - 11:59PM

US leader says China could stop demonstrations over extradition bill ‘if they wanted’ after dozens of protesters were left hurt by a mob of attackers in Yuen Long.

Donald Trump says Xi Jinping ‘acted responsibly’ in Hong Kong extradition bill protests
‘Stain of the century’: top US diplomat Mike Pompeo lashes out at China over treatment of Uygurs

US secretary of state insists Beijing pressured countries into not attending a conference on religious freedom in Washington, but does not say which ones.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:19AM

US secretary of state insists Beijing pressured countries into not attending a conference on religious freedom in Washington, but does not say which ones.

‘Stain of the century’: top US diplomat Mike Pompeo lashes out at China over treatment of Uygurs
Donald Trump hears ‘tough’ details of China’s Xinjiang camps as he meets detained Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti’s daughter

US president has first public meeting with anyone from China’s Uygur community, and makes first remarks on their internment, while he also meets Falun Gong practitioner, Tibetan Buddhist and other victims of religious persecution.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:41PM

US president has first public meeting with anyone from China’s Uygur community, and makes first remarks on their internment, while he also meets Falun Gong practitioner, Tibetan Buddhist and other victims of religious persecution.

Donald Trump hears ‘tough’ details of China’s Xinjiang camps as he meets detained Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti’s daughter
How unwitting users of WeChat aid the Chinese messaging app’s blacklisting of sensitive images

WeChat uses censorship mechanisms to screen images sent between users in one-to-one and group chats, according to research from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:02PM

WeChat uses censorship mechanisms to screen images sent between users in one-to-one and group chats, according to research from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

How unwitting users of WeChat aid the Chinese messaging app’s blacklisting of sensitive images
US calls off speech by former Hong Kong envoy amid fear of derailing trade talks

Kurt Tong, who retired as Washington’s envoy to Hong Kong and Macau last week, was to deliver a keynote speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Hong Kong’s relationship with China.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:28PM

Kurt Tong, who retired as Washington’s envoy to Hong Kong and Macau last week, was to deliver a keynote speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Hong Kong’s relationship with China.

US calls off speech by former Hong Kong envoy amid fear of derailing trade talks
US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it

Washington has already turned to private capital to spur fifth-generation wireless development, federal officials tell Commerce Department’s BIS 2019 forum.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:31PM

Washington has already turned to private capital to spur fifth-generation wireless development, federal officials tell Commerce Department’s BIS 2019 forum.

US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it
US ‘will let firms sell to Huawei if no national security risk’, as trade talks resume by phone

Allowing sales where there is no national security risk would help the US government ensure ‘we don’t just transfer revenue from the US to foreign firms’, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

10 Jul 2019 - 1:22PM

Allowing sales where there is no national security risk would help the US government ensure ‘we don’t just transfer revenue from the US to foreign firms’, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

US ‘will let firms sell to Huawei if no national security risk’, as trade talks resume by phone
Donald Trump says he spoke ‘briefly’ about Hong Kong protests with Xi Jinping during G20

US president’s remarks came as the State Department called for calm in Hong Kong after demonstrators forcibly entered the city’s legislative chamber.

2 Jul 2019 - 11:31AM

US president’s remarks came as the State Department called for calm in Hong Kong after demonstrators forcibly entered the city’s legislative chamber.

Donald Trump says he spoke ‘briefly’ about Hong Kong protests with Xi Jinping during G20
US senators urge Donald Trump to end delay and proceed with sanctions over Xinjiang internment camps

Letter cites South China Morning Post report on Magnitsky Act measure that has been held up by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin so as not to disturb trade negotiations with Beijing.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:00PM

Letter cites South China Morning Post report on Magnitsky Act measure that has been held up by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin so as not to disturb trade negotiations with Beijing.

US senators urge Donald Trump to end delay and proceed with sanctions over Xinjiang internment camps
Trade war: US and China agree to tentative truce before G20 summit

Fresh tariffs threatened by the United States are expected to be delayed, with the two countries preparing separate statements.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:34AM

Fresh tariffs threatened by the United States are expected to be delayed, with the two countries preparing separate statements.

Trade war: US and China agree to tentative truce before G20 summit
US wraps up hearings on plan to hit all Chinese goods with tariffs as trade war nears first anniversary

Hundreds of companies and industry groups weigh in on impact of proposed tariffs on around US$300 billion of Chinese products, ahead of Saturday’s Trump-Xi meeting in Japan.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:49PM

Hundreds of companies and industry groups weigh in on impact of proposed tariffs on around US$300 billion of Chinese products, ahead of Saturday’s Trump-Xi meeting in Japan.

US wraps up hearings on plan to hit all Chinese goods with tariffs as trade war nears first anniversary
Xi-Trump G20 meeting in Japan boosts hopes of a trade war truce but raises anxiety over global economy

The two world leaders are expected to meet on Saturday after US duo Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin talked with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He on Monday via telephone.

27 Jun 2019 - 3:18PM

The two world leaders are expected to meet on Saturday after US duo Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin talked with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He on Monday via telephone.

Xi-Trump G20 meeting in Japan boosts  hopes of a trade war truce but raises anxiety over global economy
US VP Mike Pence’s speech, expected to be critical of China, postponed because of ‘progress’ ahead of leaders’ G20 meeting

The address, scheduled for Monday, would have been delivered just days before Trump and Xi meet in Japan and as hopes rise for progress in the trade war.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:19PM

The address, scheduled for Monday, would have been delivered just days before Trump and Xi meet in Japan and as hopes rise for progress in the trade war.

US VP Mike Pence’s speech, expected to be critical of China, postponed because of ‘progress’ ahead of leaders’ G20 meeting
US sanctions over Xinjiang’s Uygur internment camps are ‘ready to go’ except for Treasury hold-up due to trade war, sources say

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is ‘delaying action’ favoured by others in Trump administration because of concerns it will disrupt trade talks.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:21PM

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is ‘delaying action’ favoured by others in Trump administration because of concerns it will disrupt trade talks.

US sanctions over Xinjiang’s Uygur internment camps are ‘ready to go’ except for Treasury hold-up due to trade war, sources say
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping confirm G20 meeting and restarting of US-China trade war talks

Trump tweets that he and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, while Xi is quoted as saying he will meet Trump to ‘exchange opinions’ on Sino-US relations.

20 Jun 2019 - 3:56PM

Trump tweets that he and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, while Xi is quoted as saying he will meet Trump to ‘exchange opinions’ on Sino-US relations.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping confirm G20 meeting and restarting of US-China trade war talks
Donald Trump expresses confidence that despite massive protests over extradition bill, Hong Kong and Beijing can ‘work it out’

But asked whether the demonstrators were sending a message to the Chinese government, the US president said: ‘I don’t know what they’re sending.’

13 Jun 2019 - 3:40PM

But asked whether the demonstrators were sending a message to the Chinese government, the US president said: ‘I don’t know what they’re sending.’

Donald Trump expresses confidence that despite massive protests over extradition bill, Hong Kong and Beijing can ‘work it out’
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross rules out ‘definitive’ trade deal at Xi-Trump G20 parley

‘The trade deal is going to be thousands of pages,’ he tells a US business news channel. ‘The G20 is not a place where anyone makes a definitive deal.’

12 Jun 2019 - 5:15AM

‘The trade deal is going to be thousands of pages,’ he tells a US business news channel. ‘The G20 is not a place where anyone makes a definitive deal.’

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross rules out ‘definitive’ trade deal at Xi-Trump G20 parley
US State Department and UK’s Asia minister express support for Hongkongers protesting extradition bill

The US government issues its most strongly worded critique yet of proposed changes to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance as a UK minister warns of a ‘chilling effect’ on Hong Kong’s rights and freedom.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:33AM

The US government issues its most strongly worded critique yet of proposed changes to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance as a UK minister warns of a ‘chilling effect’ on Hong Kong’s rights and freedom.

US State Department and UK’s Asia minister express support for Hongkongers protesting extradition bill