Owen Churchill

United States

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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Watch: Trump-Biden final debate on coronavirus, race and climate change with mute buttons at the ready

This time microphones can be turned off, as organisers try to avoid a repeat of the first meeting, when Trump constantly interrupted Biden and the moderator.

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This time microphones can be turned off, as organisers try to avoid a repeat of the first meeting, when Trump constantly interrupted Biden and the moderator.

Watch: Trump-Biden final debate on coronavirus, race and climate change with mute buttons at the ready
US bans China sweetener products, claiming breach of forced labour law

Customs order to seize imports of stevia made by Inner Mongolian company based on ‘conclusive evidence’.

22 Oct 2020 - 4:47AM

Customs order to seize imports of stevia made by Inner Mongolian company based on ‘conclusive evidence’.

US bans China sweetener products, claiming breach of forced labour law
China, EU step up to carbon cut challenge as US exits Paris climate deal

Washington to quit the agreement one day before the US elections but other powers are already taking up the reins.

20 Oct 2020 - 4:23PM

Washington to quit the agreement one day before the US elections but other powers are already taking up the reins.

China, EU step up to carbon cut challenge as US exits Paris climate deal
US State Department appoints official to oversee policy on Tibet

Robert Destro will serve as US special coordinator for Tibetan issues and will be tasked with ‘protecting the distinct religious, cultural and linguistic identity of Tibetans’, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

15 Oct 2020 - 11:05PM

Robert Destro will serve as US special coordinator for Tibetan issues and will be tasked with ‘protecting the distinct religious, cultural and linguistic identity of Tibetans’, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US State Department appoints official to oversee policy on Tibet
Second US presidential debate between Trump and Biden officially cancelled

Donald Trump said he has stopped taking coronavirus medication and will resume campaigning, with an event at the White House and rally in Florida.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:12AM

Donald Trump said he has stopped taking coronavirus medication and will resume campaigning, with an event at the White House and rally in Florida.

Second US presidential debate between Trump and Biden officially cancelled
Chinese app called Tuber provides a still-censored look over Beijing’s ‘Great Firewall’

A person who tested the app, however, says despite offering access to some US social media sites, ‘There’s not a single sensitive thing there.’

10 Oct 2020 - 10:47PM

A person who tested the app, however, says despite offering access to some US social media sites, ‘There’s not a single sensitive thing there.’

Chinese app called Tuber provides a still-censored look over Beijing’s ‘Great Firewall’
US laws ill equipped to halt suspected Chinese state-sponsored technology transfers, says congressional group

Export controls and intellectual property laws do not cover most of the data Beijing acquires through programmes that support Chinese researchers in the US, says report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

8 Oct 2020 - 11:21PM

Export controls and intellectual property laws do not cover most of the data Beijing acquires through programmes that support Chinese researchers in the US, says report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

US laws ill equipped to halt suspected Chinese state-sponsored technology transfers, says congressional group
US House passes bill to force companies to disclose Xinjiang-sourced materials

‘We are not sympathetic to the fact that investors may lose money if in fact we stop slavery,’ says a Democratic congresswoman.

2 Oct 2020 - 12:12AM

‘We are not sympathetic to the fact that investors may lose money if in fact we stop slavery,’ says a Democratic congresswoman.

US House passes bill to force companies to disclose Xinjiang-sourced materials
US election: Trump and Biden attack each other’s record on China in appeal to voters during first debate

Presidential campaign event sees more than a dozen references to China, even though American voters do not rate it as an issue.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:11AM

Presidential campaign event sees more than a dozen references to China, even though American voters do not rate it as an issue.

US election: Trump and Biden attack each other’s record on China in appeal to voters during first debate
US delays human rights sanctions targeting Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

American companies had originally been given until September 30 to stop doing business with the XPCC; they will now have until November 30.

26 Sep 2020 - 4:49AM

American companies had originally been given until September 30 to stop doing business with the XPCC; they will now have until November 30.

US delays human rights sanctions targeting Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps
US House passes forced labour bill that would bar Xinjiang imports

The legislation, which now awaits a vote in the Senate, would require any importer of Xinjiang-sourced products to prove they were not made using forced labour.

1 Oct 2020 - 4:46AM

The legislation, which now awaits a vote in the Senate, would require any importer of Xinjiang-sourced products to prove they were not made using forced labour.

US House passes forced labour bill that would bar Xinjiang imports
To those affected by US-China relations, this election is a nail-biter

People who cannot vote but whose lives have changed because of White House policies are watching the race closely.

21 Sep 2020 - 12:37AM

People who cannot vote but whose lives have changed because of White House policies are watching the race closely.

To those affected by US-China relations, this election is a nail-biter
US democracy watchdog gives freedom award to Hong Kong protesters

Virtual ceremony honours ‘the movement’ in wake of China’s imposition of national security law.

17 Sep 2020 - 11:45PM

Virtual ceremony honours ‘the movement’ in wake of China’s imposition of national security law.

US democracy watchdog gives freedom award to Hong Kong protesters
US faces low approval rating by other countries for its handling of the coronavirus, says Pew Research Centre survey

The median percentage of people polled in 13 advanced economies in Europe, North America and Asia who said the US has done a good job dealing with the coronavirus was only 15 per cent, according to a Pew Research Centre study published Tuesday.

15 Sep 2020 - 11:06PM

The median percentage of people polled in 13 advanced economies in Europe, North America and Asia who said the US has done a good job dealing with the coronavirus was only 15 per cent, according to a Pew Research Centre study published Tuesday.

US faces low approval rating by other countries for its handling of the coronavirus, says Pew Research Centre survey
US State Department tells Americans to reconsider travel to Hong Kong

New guidance warns that Beijing’s national security law poses ‘heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion or prosecution’ for visitors to Hong Kong.

15 Sep 2020 - 9:09AM

New guidance warns that Beijing’s national security law poses ‘heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion or prosecution’ for visitors to Hong Kong.

US State Department tells Americans to reconsider travel to Hong Kong
Donald Trump reiterates threat to scale back US economic ties with China

President threatens to punish American firms that create jobs overseas and to forbid those that do business in China from winning federal contracts.

9 Sep 2020 - 1:18AM

President threatens to punish American firms that create jobs overseas and to forbid those that do business in China from winning federal contracts.

Donald Trump reiterates threat to scale back US economic ties with China
Dissident Ning Xianhua sues Verizon, claiming Yahoo’s handover of private data to China led to prison and torture

Ning Xianhua says Yahoo cut deal with Beijing to hand over emails of pro-democracy activists in exchange for access to Chinese market.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:39PM

Ning Xianhua says Yahoo cut deal with Beijing to hand over emails of pro-democracy activists in exchange for access to Chinese market.

Dissident Ning Xianhua sues Verizon, claiming Yahoo’s handover of private data to China led to prison and torture
Trump attacks opponent Biden’s China stance in acceptance speech

US president accepts Republican Party nomination before packed, mostly maskless crowd on White House lawn.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:11AM

US president accepts Republican Party nomination before packed, mostly maskless crowd on White House lawn.

Trump attacks opponent Biden’s China stance in acceptance speech
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng addresses Republican National Convention urging votes for Trump’s re-election

Chen urged those watching to ‘support, vote and fight for’ Trump, portraying him as champion of human rights taking on CCP aggression.

27 Aug 2020 - 11:32PM

Chen urged those watching to ‘support, vote and fight for’ Trump, portraying him as champion of human rights taking on CCP aggression.

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng addresses Republican National Convention urging votes for Trump’s re-election
Pompeo uses controversial platform at Republican convention to praise Trump’s hard line on China

The term ‘China virus’ and other issues relating to China-US relations have been prominent throughout the first two days of the Republican National Convention.

27 Aug 2020 - 4:17AM

The term ‘China virus’ and other issues relating to China-US relations have been prominent throughout the first two days of the Republican National Convention.

Pompeo uses controversial platform at Republican convention to praise Trump’s hard line on China
US sanctions Chinese national over suspected fentanyl trafficking

Zhang Taotao, 32, masked the origin of the goods by shipping through multiple individuals and freight-forwarding services, says the US Treasury Department.

26 Aug 2020 - 6:47AM

Zhang Taotao, 32, masked the origin of the goods by shipping through multiple individuals and freight-forwarding services, says the US Treasury Department.

US sanctions Chinese national over suspected fentanyl trafficking
Donald Trump says China will ‘own’ US if Joe Biden wins presidential election in November

US president makes unscheduled appearance at Republican National Convention during nomination roll-call vote.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:10AM

US president makes unscheduled appearance at Republican National Convention during nomination roll-call vote.

Donald Trump says China will ‘own’ US if Joe Biden wins presidential election in November
US-China relations: Joe Biden vows to end America’s reliance on Chinese medical equipment

‘We will never again be at the mercy of China and other foreign countries in order to protect our own people,’ he tells Democratic Party convention.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:10AM

‘We will never again be at the mercy of China and other foreign countries in order to protect our own people,’ he tells Democratic Party convention.

US-China relations: Joe Biden vows to end America’s reliance on Chinese medical equipment
President no more? A US bill would ban the title for China’s leader

Under the Name the Enemy Act, Xi Jinping would no longer be called China’s president in any US government document, but the legislation is not likely to come up for a vote this year.

21 Aug 2020 - 11:11PM

Under the Name the Enemy Act, Xi Jinping would no longer be called China’s president in any US government document, but the legislation is not likely to come up for a vote this year.

President no more? A US bill would ban the title for China’s leader
US charges Hong Kong-born former CIA officer with selling secrets to China

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, could face life in prison for allegedly conspiring to communicate national defence information to aid a foreign government.

19 Aug 2020 - 12:11AM

Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, could face life in prison for allegedly conspiring to communicate national defence information to aid a foreign government.

US charges Hong Kong-born former CIA officer with selling secrets to China
Yale discriminates against Asian and white applicants, US Justice Department says

Trump administration threatens civil action unless the private university agrees not to use ‘race or national origin’ in its 2020-21 admissions cycle.

14 Aug 2020 - 7:19AM

Trump administration threatens civil action unless the private university agrees not to use ‘race or national origin’ in its 2020-21 admissions cycle.

Yale discriminates against Asian and white applicants, US Justice Department says
US sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for ‘implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression’

Trump administration’s measures also target secretary-level officials in Hong Kong and several mainland officials.

8 Aug 2020 - 8:46PM

Trump administration’s measures also target secretary-level officials in Hong Kong and several mainland officials.

US sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for ‘implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression’
Twitter begins labelling ‘state-affiliated media’, including Chinese outlets

The accounts of China Daily and Global Times are among the first to get new tag, along with Russia Today.

7 Aug 2020 - 11:04PM

The accounts of China Daily and Global Times are among the first to get new tag, along with Russia Today.

Twitter begins labelling ‘state-affiliated media’, including Chinese outlets
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges US app stores to remove ‘untrusted’ Chinese-owned apps

The US secretary of state’s message, aimed at Apple and Google, to remove the apps marks a new prong in the administration’s expanded ‘clean network’ campaign.

7 Aug 2020 - 9:55PM

The US secretary of state’s message, aimed at Apple and Google, to remove the apps marks a new prong in the administration’s expanded ‘clean network’ campaign.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges US app stores to remove ‘untrusted’ Chinese-owned apps
US ‘considering’ measures to let Hongkongers settle in the country in wake of national security law, Mike Pompeo says

Donald Trump is ‘actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that’, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

31 Jul 2020 - 4:41AM

Donald Trump is ‘actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that’, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US ‘considering’ measures to let Hongkongers settle in the country in wake of national security law, Mike Pompeo says