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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US President Donald Trump is light on specifics but says trade talks with China are ‘going extremely well’

High-level negotiations are set to resume next week in Washington as clock ticks on March 1 deadline for deal.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:34PM
US President Donald Trump is light on specifics but says trade talks with China are ‘going extremely well’

High-level negotiations are set to resume next week in Washington as clock ticks on March 1 deadline for deal.

Free from Chinese repression, desperate dissidents in US cling to tradition of petitioning to air grievances

An attempt to win the attention of Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He in Washington last month puts a protester in legal jeopardy.

15 Feb 2019 - 5:58PM
Free from Chinese repression, desperate dissidents in US cling to tradition of petitioning to air grievances

An attempt to win the attention of Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He in Washington last month puts a protester in legal jeopardy.

‘Like pulling teeth’: In trade talks, China and US said to be far apart on structural changes by Beijing

China has proposed parallel talks aimed at resolving Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case, sources say.

15 Feb 2019 - 5:48PM
‘Like pulling teeth’: In trade talks, China and US said to be far apart on structural changes by Beijing

China has proposed parallel talks aimed at resolving Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case, sources say.

Donald Trump says he might let March 1 deadline for new China tariffs ‘slide’ if trade war deal is near

US has a big team in China trying to reach a trade agreement and Beijing very much wants to make a deal, US president says.

13 Feb 2019 - 4:35PM
Donald Trump says he might let March 1 deadline for new China tariffs ‘slide’ if trade war deal is near

US has a big team in China trying to reach a trade agreement and Beijing very much wants to make a deal, US president says.

David Malpass, US nominee for World Bank president and long-time China hawk, ‘will continue to take part in trade talks’

Malpass will travel to Beijing next week with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, senior administration officials say.

7 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM
David Malpass, US nominee for World Bank president and long-time China hawk, ‘will continue to take part in trade talks’

Malpass will travel to Beijing next week with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, senior administration officials say.

China says it will buy more soybeans, but American farmers see a bleak future

Although growers acknowledge ‘encouraging’ pledge from Beijing, they aren’t convinced industry can get back to where it was before trade war began.

6 Feb 2019 - 12:46AM
China says it will buy more soybeans, but American farmers see a bleak future

Although growers acknowledge ‘encouraging’ pledge from Beijing, they aren’t convinced industry can get back to where it was before trade war began.

Donald Trump hails trade talks’ progress, says meeting Xi Jinping ‘possible’ on trip to meet Kim Jong-un

Liu He delivers letter from Xi that says China hopes both sides will meet halfway; Trump calls the letter ‘beautiful’ and says it is possible he and Xi could meet more than once before March 1 deadline.

1 Feb 2019 - 3:35PM
Donald Trump hails trade talks’ progress, says meeting Xi Jinping ‘possible’ on trip to meet Kim Jong-un

Liu He delivers letter from Xi that says China hopes both sides will meet halfway; Trump calls the letter ‘beautiful’ and says it is possible he and Xi could meet more than once before March 1 deadline.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin upbeat after first day of US-China trade war talks in Washington

US treasury secretary makes brief but positive comment as other delegates remain tight-lipped at end of opening negotiations.

2 Feb 2019 - 1:29AM
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin upbeat after first day of US-China trade war talks in Washington

US treasury secretary makes brief but positive comment as other delegates remain tight-lipped at end of opening negotiations.

Protesters rush Beijing delegation as US-China trade war talks start with meeting between VP Liu He and USTR Robert Lighthizer

Protesters rushed members of the Beijing delegation as they left their hotel on Wednesday morning.

31 Jan 2019 - 1:14PM
Protesters rush Beijing delegation as US-China trade war talks start with meeting between VP Liu He and USTR Robert Lighthizer

Protesters rushed members of the Beijing delegation as they left their hotel on Wednesday morning.

US intelligence chiefs warn senators that China continues to grow as a security threat

Officials united in assessment of China as a leading cyberespionage and counter-intelligence risk, pairing their concerns with those about Russia.

30 Jan 2019 - 9:06AM
US intelligence chiefs warn senators that China continues to grow as a security threat

Officials united in assessment of China as a leading cyberespionage and counter-intelligence risk, pairing their concerns with those about Russia.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plays down expectations that this week’s talks will resolve trade war

Vice-Premier Liu He, who will lead the Chinese delegation, is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on Thursday, White House says.

29 Jan 2019 - 1:16PM
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plays down expectations that this week’s talks will resolve trade war

Vice-Premier Liu He, who will lead the Chinese delegation, is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on Thursday, White House says.

Streets of Philadelphia: Those caught in US fentanyl crisis say solutions lie at home, not in China

Trump administration has focused on Chinese production of the synthetic opioid, but users in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighbourhood say the real fight is demand, not supply.

26 Jan 2019 - 10:34PM
Streets of Philadelphia: Those caught in US fentanyl crisis say solutions lie at home, not in China

Trump administration has focused on Chinese production of the synthetic opioid, but users in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighbourhood say the real fight is demand, not supply.

Washington and Beijing ‘miles and miles’ from trade resolution, says US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

‘There are lots and lots of issues’ that need to be worked out, says the US commerce secretary, including enforcement mechanisms for failure to adhere to commitments.

25 Jan 2019 - 3:53AM
Washington and Beijing ‘miles and miles’ from trade resolution, says US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

‘There are lots and lots of issues’ that need to be worked out, says the US commerce secretary, including enforcement mechanisms for failure to adhere to commitments.

Trade deal won’t get done without action on forced tech transfers, US Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Myron Brilliant says

Myron Brilliant of the US Chamber of Commerce says China must enforce protections for US companies or ‘there isn’t going to be any final deal’.

11 Jan 2019 - 11:20PM
Trade deal won’t get done without action on forced tech transfers, US Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Myron Brilliant says

Myron Brilliant of the US Chamber of Commerce says China must enforce protections for US companies or ‘there isn’t going to be any final deal’.

US pushes ‘needed structural changes’ on forced technology transfers and IP protection during China trade talks, but no sign if any new agreements were made

The USTR said the talks also covered China’s commitment to buying ‘a substantial amount of agricultural, energy, manufactured goods, and other products and services from the United States’.

10 Jan 2019 - 10:52AM
US pushes ‘needed structural changes’ on forced technology transfers and IP protection during China trade talks, but no sign if any new agreements were made

The USTR said the talks also covered China’s commitment to buying ‘a substantial amount of agricultural, energy, manufactured goods, and other products and services from the United States’.

US-China trade talks in Beijing to continue for third day on Wednesday, US Trade Representative’s office confirms

The talks, the first of their kind since the two countries’ leaders brokered a temporary truce to the trade war in December, were initially scheduled to take place over two days, with discussions continuing late into the night on Tuesday.

9 Jan 2019 - 7:00AM
US-China trade talks in Beijing to continue for third day on Wednesday, US Trade Representative’s office confirms

The talks, the first of their kind since the two countries’ leaders brokered a temporary truce to the trade war in December, were initially scheduled to take place over two days, with discussions continuing late into the night on Tuesday.

Inside the US delegation for China trade war talks: Washington’s big guns will be absent

The US side will not have Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and top trade adviser Peter Navarro. The relatively low-ranking delegation may indicate that this meeting is about laying groundwork for future high-level talks.

5 Jan 2019 - 12:05PM
Inside the US delegation for China trade war talks: Washington’s big guns will be absent

The US side will not have Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and top trade adviser Peter Navarro. The relatively low-ranking delegation may indicate that this meeting is about laying groundwork for future high-level talks.

LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

Zhou, a student leader during the Tiananmen Square crackdown, says he thinks media attention led to the change by LinkedIn, which agreed to abide by Beijing’s requirements on expression.

4 Jan 2019 - 10:39PM
LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

Zhou, a student leader during the Tiananmen Square crackdown, says he thinks media attention led to the change by LinkedIn, which agreed to abide by Beijing’s requirements on expression.

US to help free Canadian detainees amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

As tensions among the three countries rise with the Vancouver arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou at the US’ request and China’s detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Pompeo asks ‘all nations of the world to treat other citizens properly’.

15 Dec 2018 - 11:03PM
US to help free Canadian detainees amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

As tensions among the three countries rise with the Vancouver arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou at the US’ request and China’s detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Pompeo asks ‘all nations of the world to treat other citizens properly’.

FBI counter-intelligence official warns US to unite against Chinese espionage threats
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