Owen Churchill

Washington

Owen Churchill

US correspondent 

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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China protests as US House passes Uygur bill demanding sanctions over human rights abuses in Xinjiang camps

Legislation urges the US government to act to counter China’s crackdown on Muslims and other minorities, and would prohibit export of certain US technologies that could be used in state-sponsored suppression.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:57PM

Legislation urges the US government to act to counter China’s crackdown on Muslims and other minorities, and would prohibit export of certain US technologies that could be used in state-sponsored suppression.

China protests as US House passes Uygur bill demanding sanctions over human rights abuses in Xinjiang camps
Donald Trump says Hong Kong law he just signed could complicate any trade deal with China

‘It doesn’t make it better,’ Trump acknowledges when asked if the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would make a prospective agreement with Beijing harder to reach.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:11PM

‘It doesn’t make it better,’ Trump acknowledges when asked if the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would make a prospective agreement with Beijing harder to reach.

Donald Trump says Hong Kong law he just signed could complicate any trade deal with China
Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, brushing off China’s warnings

Trump signs legislation that could sanction the Hong Kong government for not maintaining its autonomy from Mainland China, which has blasted the act as ‘meddling’ and vowed ‘consequences’ if the US leader signed it.

28 Nov 2019 - 11:13PM

Trump signs legislation that could sanction the Hong Kong government for not maintaining its autonomy from Mainland China, which has blasted the act as ‘meddling’ and vowed ‘consequences’ if the US leader signed it.

Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, brushing off China’s warnings
US’ Hong Kong democracy act slanders China to a level close to madness, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says

Legislation aimed at China has ‘seriously poisoned the atmosphere’ between the countries, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says, while China also summons US’ top Hong Kong envoy to warn of unspecified countermeasures, a day after calling in top US official in Beijing.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:56AM

Legislation aimed at China has ‘seriously poisoned the atmosphere’ between the countries, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says, while China also summons US’ top Hong Kong envoy to warn of unspecified countermeasures, a day after calling in top US official in Beijing.

US’ Hong Kong democracy act slanders China to a level close to madness, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says
US Senate rush to pass Hong Kong democracy bill brings growing concerns over city’s future into focus

The legislation has been described as ‘symbolic’ because most of its powers already exist in US law – but analysts warn it highlights the strength of bipartisan feeling towards China in Washington.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:07AM

The legislation has been described as ‘symbolic’ because most of its powers already exist in US law – but analysts warn it highlights the strength of bipartisan feeling towards China in Washington.

US Senate rush to pass Hong Kong democracy bill brings growing concerns over city’s future into focus
Compel Chinese companies listed in US to disclose party links, Congress urged

Influential US-China Economic and Security Review Commission wants tougher rules for Chinese companies publicly listed in the US.

16 Nov 2019 - 2:42AM

Influential US-China Economic and Security Review Commission wants tougher rules for Chinese companies publicly listed in the US.

Compel Chinese companies listed in US to disclose party links, Congress urged
China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

13 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong
Washington voices ‘grave concern’ over Hong Kong clashes, calls for restraint on all sides

Beijing should honour the Sino-British Joint Declaration, including commitments to Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms, US State Department says, as it urges the city’s government to engage with the public, and protesters to respond.

12 Nov 2019 - 3:08PM

Beijing should honour the Sino-British Joint Declaration, including commitments to Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms, US State Department says, as it urges the city’s government to engage with the public, and protesters to respond.

Washington voices ‘grave concern’ over Hong Kong clashes, calls for restraint on all sides
Trade war: deal signing still uncertain with US missing from Xi Jinping’s itinerary

The Chinese president will visit Greece and Brazil next week but there is no sign of a stop to meet US counterpart Donald Trump to ink a ‘phase one’ agreement.

7 Nov 2019 - 10:45PM

The Chinese president will visit Greece and Brazil next week but there is no sign of a stop to meet US counterpart Donald Trump to ink a ‘phase one’ agreement.

Trade war: deal signing still uncertain with US missing from Xi Jinping’s itinerary
Mike Pompeo says US ‘deeply troubled’ as China ‘harasses Uygur activists’ families’ in Xinjiang

One former detainee, who spoke at an event at US invitation, recently learned her father had died ‘under unknown circumstances’.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:20PM

One former detainee, who spoke at an event at US invitation, recently learned her father had died ‘under unknown circumstances’.

Mike Pompeo says US ‘deeply troubled’ as China ‘harasses Uygur activists’ families’ in Xinjiang
Chinese student association at McMaster University loses appeal, remains decertified after report of on-campus talk to consulate

Association had been deratified after allegations it endangered students by reporting a talk by a Uygur activist to Chinese consulate; club said it had acted out of concern that the event was resulting in ‘immense emotional distress’ of Chinese students’.

6 Nov 2019 - 10:16AM

Association had been deratified after allegations it endangered students by reporting a talk by a Uygur activist to Chinese consulate; club said it had acted out of concern that the event was resulting in ‘immense emotional distress’ of Chinese students’.

Chinese student association at McMaster University loses appeal, remains decertified after report of on-campus talk to consulate
US Senate bill calls for ending sale of crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong

The proposal mirrors bipartisan legislation that passed in the US House of Representatives last week.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:23AM

The proposal mirrors bipartisan legislation that passed in the US House of Representatives last week.

US Senate bill calls for ending sale of crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong
Mike Pence says US ‘stands with’ Hong Kong protesters and calls out Nike and NBA for hypocrisy

Despite criticising China on many fronts, Pence said the US sought neither to ‘decouple’ with the country nor contain its economic development.

25 Oct 2019 - 7:55AM

Despite criticising China on many fronts, Pence said the US sought neither to ‘decouple’ with the country nor contain its economic development.

Mike Pence says US ‘stands with’ Hong Kong protesters and calls out Nike and NBA for hypocrisy
‘Preposterous’: China’s protests over new US diplomatic rules fall on deaf ears

Chinese envoys must now give State Department five days’ advance notice of visits to state and local officials or research or educational institutions, a policy Beijing contends violates Vienna Convention.

24 Oct 2019 - 9:30PM

Chinese envoys must now give State Department five days’ advance notice of visits to state and local officials or research or educational institutions, a policy Beijing contends violates Vienna Convention.

‘Preposterous’: China’s protests over new US diplomatic rules fall on deaf ears
‘Fiction’ warning slapped on anti-China book by Trump adviser Peter Navarro, as ‘Death by China’ source revealed to be author’s pseudonym

Publisher issues alert after fake quote controversy engulfs president’s ‘China muse’.

19 Oct 2019 - 2:43AM

Publisher issues alert after fake quote controversy engulfs president’s ‘China muse’.

‘Fiction’ warning slapped on anti-China book by Trump adviser Peter Navarro, as ‘Death by China’ source revealed to be author’s pseudonym
China subsidising Xinjiang companies’ use of forced labour, US lawmakers told

The US is a major recipient of such exports, according to the report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, which found forced labour becoming an essential part of China’s effort to ‘re-educate’ Muslim minorities.

18 Oct 2019 - 10:06AM

The US is a major recipient of such exports, according to the report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, which found forced labour becoming an essential part of China’s effort to ‘re-educate’ Muslim minorities.

China subsidising Xinjiang companies’ use of forced labour, US lawmakers told
Chinese diplomats must notify Washington of meetings with state or local officials, US announces in effort to change Beijing’s own diplomatic restrictions

Notification, but not permission, is now required and also applies to meetings with US educational or research institutions.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:21AM

Notification, but not permission, is now required and also applies to meetings with US educational or research institutions.

Chinese diplomats must notify Washington of meetings with state or local officials, US announces in effort to change Beijing’s own diplomatic restrictions
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.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:10PM

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.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:56AM

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.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:37AM

‘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.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:23AM

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