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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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
Donald Trump ‘probably planning’ for tariffs on all Chinese goods after G20

The US president’s move, if implemented, would dramatically escalate his months-long trade war with Beijing.

7 Jun 2019 - 6:10AM

The US president’s move, if implemented, would dramatically escalate his months-long trade war with Beijing.

Donald Trump ‘probably planning’ for tariffs on all Chinese goods after G20
For Pelosi, it’s personal: US House Speaker meets Tiananmen survivors, blasts China’s ‘moral injustices’

To Nancy Pelosi, whose advocacy of human rights in China is long-standing, the US must remember the protesters ‘because China still shamefully tries to hide the history of the atrocity it inflicted on its own people’.

5 Jun 2019 - 10:42PM

To Nancy Pelosi, whose advocacy of human rights in China is long-standing, the US must remember the protesters ‘because China still shamefully tries to hide the history of the atrocity it inflicted on its own people’.

For Pelosi, it’s personal: US House Speaker meets Tiananmen survivors, blasts China’s ‘moral injustices’
China hits back at ‘arrogant’ Mike Pompeo after US Secretary of State attacks at human rights record on Tiananmen anniversary

Pompeo’s criticisms of ‘dark chapter in history’ echoed by European diplomats who urge Beijing to allow its citizens to mark the occasion.

4 Jun 2019 - 10:27PM

Pompeo’s criticisms of ‘dark chapter in history’ echoed by European diplomats who urge Beijing to allow its citizens to mark the occasion.

China hits back at ‘arrogant’ Mike Pompeo after US Secretary of State attacks at human rights record on Tiananmen anniversary
Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s use of tariffs in trade war, CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds

Despite a year of escalating trade tensions, a new survey finds that most Americans don’t view China as an economic threat.

3 Jun 2019 - 4:01PM

Despite a year of escalating trade tensions, a new survey finds that most Americans don’t view China as an economic threat.

Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s use of tariffs in trade war, CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds
Donald Trump says Huawei could ‘possibly be included’ in deal to end trade war

The US placed the Chinese telecoms giant on a blacklist last week, and the company faces multiple indictments over alleged economic espionage.

25 May 2019 - 2:54PM

The US placed the Chinese telecoms giant on a blacklist last week, and the company faces multiple indictments over alleged economic espionage.

Donald Trump says Huawei could ‘possibly be included’ in deal to end trade war
US Senate bill proposes sanctions for involvement in ‘illegal’ activities in South and East China seas

The act would allow the seizure of US-based assets of those developing projects in areas contested by Asean members.

23 May 2019 - 5:54PM

The act would allow the seizure of US-based assets of those developing projects in areas contested by Asean members.

US Senate bill proposes sanctions for involvement in ‘illegal’ activities in South and East China seas
Huawei will commit to ‘no-spy agreements’ to win government contracts, chairman says amid US pressure on allies over 5G fears

The concession comes as the US presses its allies not to include Huawei as they build 5G networks: ‘We have to protect our information,’ a State Department official says.

15 May 2019 - 11:24PM

The concession comes as the US presses its allies not to include Huawei as they build 5G networks: ‘We have to protect our information,’ a State Department official says.

Huawei will commit to ‘no-spy agreements’ to win government  contracts, chairman says amid US pressure on allies over 5G fears
Donald Trump says he hasn’t made a decision on whether to subject all Chinese imports to US tariffs

The US president also confirmed that he would be meeting his counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the G20 meetings in Japan at the end of June.

7 Jun 2019 - 12:50AM

The US president also confirmed that he would be meeting his counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the G20 meetings in Japan at the end of June.

Donald Trump says he hasn’t made a decision on whether to subject all Chinese imports to US tariffs
No resolution as US-China trade war talks end and Beijing delegation reportedly prepares to leave Washington

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said negotiations had ended for the day but still characterised them as constructive.

11 May 2019 - 5:51PM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said negotiations had ended for the day but still characterised them as constructive.

No resolution as US-China trade war talks end and Beijing delegation reportedly prepares to leave Washington
Donald Trump says trade deal with China may still happen after Xi Jinping sent him a ‘beautiful letter’

The US president told reporters that the letter said ‘Let’s work together, let’s see if we can get something done’. He suggested his threats to raise tariffs on US$200 billion of imports had helped speed up the reconciliation process.

10 May 2019 - 2:03PM

The US president told reporters that the letter said ‘Let’s work together, let’s see if we can get something done’. He suggested his threats to raise tariffs on US$200 billion of imports had helped speed up the reconciliation process.

Donald Trump says trade deal with China may still happen after Xi Jinping sent him a ‘beautiful letter’
Beijing threatens to respond to US after Donald Trump repeats plan to keep trade war tariffs in place

US president accuses Beijing of trying to negotiate with his political foes to avoid having to make concessions. Beijing pledges countermeasures.

9 May 2019 - 12:47PM

US president accuses Beijing of trying to negotiate with his political foes to avoid having to make concessions. Beijing pledges countermeasures.

Beijing threatens to respond to US after Donald Trump repeats plan to keep trade war tariffs in place
US to raise tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday, Robert Lighthizer says, accusing Beijing of back-pedalling on trade commitments

A delegation from China will be in Washington from Thursday to continue talks; Vice-Premier Liu He expected to attend.

7 May 2019 - 6:53AM

A delegation from China will be in Washington from Thursday to continue talks; Vice-Premier Liu He expected to attend.

US to raise tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday, Robert Lighthizer says, accusing Beijing of back-pedalling on trade commitments
FBI director Christopher Wray making his mark as a loud and insistent China critic

Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party outlet, fires back after Wray says China tries to ‘steal its way up the economic ladder’.

4 May 2019 - 12:47AM

Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party outlet, fires back after Wray says China tries to ‘steal its way up the economic ladder’.

FBI director Christopher Wray making his mark as a loud and insistent China critic
China ‘determined to steal up economic ladder at US’ expense’, FBI chief Christopher Wray says

Head of America’s principal federal law enforcement agency calls the intelligence threat posed by China ‘broader [and] more severe’ than that of any other country.

27 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

Head of America’s principal federal law enforcement agency calls the intelligence threat posed by China ‘broader [and] more severe’ than that of any other country.

China ‘determined to steal up economic ladder at US’ expense’, FBI chief Christopher Wray says
United States ‘disappointed’ by convictions of Hong Kong’s Occupy democracy protest leaders, warns against erosion of city’s governing formula

State Department also ‘closely monitoring’ a proposed amendment to the city’s fugitive law.

26 Apr 2019 - 11:34PM

State Department also ‘closely monitoring’ a proposed amendment to the city’s fugitive law.

United States ‘disappointed’ by convictions of Hong Kong’s Occupy democracy protest leaders, warns against erosion of city’s governing formula