Owen Churchill

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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EU joins calls for ‘independent and verifiable proof’ of Peng Shuai’s whereabouts

Despite state media efforts to present the tennis star as safe and active, ‘the requests for reliable information are legitimate and remain,’ EU spokeswoman says.

Despite state media efforts to present the tennis star as safe and active, ‘the requests for reliable information are legitimate and remain,’ EU spokeswoman says.

EU joins calls for ‘independent and verifiable proof’ of Peng Shuai’s whereabouts
24 Nov 2021 - 5:29AM
US demands ‘verifiable proof’ of tennis player Peng Shuai’s well-being after she disappears following claim of sexual abuse against Chinese ex-official

The administration of US President Joe Biden was ‘deeply concerned’ about reports of tennis pro Peng Shuai’s disappearance, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

The administration of US President Joe Biden was ‘deeply concerned’ about reports of tennis pro Peng Shuai’s disappearance, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

US demands ‘verifiable proof’ of tennis player Peng Shuai’s well-being after she disappears following claim of sexual abuse against Chinese ex-official
20 Nov 2021 - 4:50AM
COP26’s compromise on coal is still a victory, US climate official says

President Joe Biden’s climate deputy also says too much was made of Xi Jinping’s absence from the recent UN conference in Glasgow.

President Joe Biden’s climate deputy also says too much was made of Xi Jinping’s absence from the recent UN conference in Glasgow.

COP26’s compromise on coal is still a victory, US climate official says
19 Nov 2021 - 7:28AM
Women’s Tennis Association head casts doubt on purported Peng Shuai email

‘I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her,’ said Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO.

‘I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her,’ said Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO.

Women’s Tennis Association head casts doubt on purported Peng Shuai email
18 Nov 2021 - 9:13PM
US, China will relax visa restrictions on each others’ journalists

Both countries have agreed to lengthen the validity of reporters’ visas from the current three months to a year.

Both countries have agreed to lengthen the validity of reporters’ visas from the current three months to a year.

US, China will relax visa restrictions on each others’ journalists
18 Nov 2021 - 12:08AM
China and the US ‘must find the right way to get along’, Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden

Leaders meet in first virtual summit, with ‘extended conversation’ on most contentious issue, Taiwan, according to US official.

Leaders meet in first virtual summit, with ‘extended conversation’ on most contentious issue, Taiwan, according to US official.

China and the US ‘must find the right way to get along’, Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden
17 Nov 2021 - 2:29AM
Xi Jinping urges Joe Biden to put US policy on China back on track

The two presidents hold their first face-to-face meeting, albeit virtually, since Biden entered the White House.

The two presidents hold their first face-to-face meeting, albeit virtually, since Biden entered the White House.

Xi Jinping urges Joe Biden to put US policy on China back on track
16 Nov 2021 - 8:38PM
New international student enrolments at US universities dive, but China keeps its No 1 ranking

New foreign enrolments in 2020-21 dropped by about 46 per cent compared to 2019-20; the number of Chinese students dropped for the first time but remains the largest segment.

New foreign enrolments in 2020-21 dropped by about 46 per cent compared to 2019-20; the number of Chinese students dropped for the first time but remains the largest segment.

New international student enrolments at US universities dive, but China keeps its No 1 ranking
15 Nov 2021 - 11:29PM
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping virtual summit set for Monday, White House announces

‘The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the [People’s Republic of China],’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki says.

‘The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the [People’s Republic of China],’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki says.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping virtual summit set for Monday, White House announces
13 Nov 2021 - 7:23AM
COP26: US and China issue a surprise statement pledging increased collaboration on climate

‘We need to raise ambition and we need to take action in this decisive decade,’ US envoy John Kerry says.

‘We need to raise ambition and we need to take action in this decisive decade,’ US envoy John Kerry says.

COP26: US and China issue a surprise statement pledging increased collaboration on climate
11 Nov 2021 - 10:19AM
Lawyers add to damages suit for Chinese-American scientist Sherry Chen

Sacked hydrologist is seeking US$5 million from US government after her dismissal on spying grounds was partially reversed.

Sacked hydrologist is seeking US$5 million from US government after her dismissal on spying grounds was partially reversed.

Lawyers add to damages suit for Chinese-American scientist Sherry Chen
10 Nov 2021 - 9:48PM
US urges Beijing to release jailed citizen journalist Zhang Zhan

‘The United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of [People’s Republic of China] citizen journalist Ms Zhang Zhan,’ said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

‘The United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of [People’s Republic of China] citizen journalist Ms Zhang Zhan,’ said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

US urges Beijing to release jailed citizen journalist Zhang Zhan
9 Nov 2021 - 6:33AM
US repeats call for arms control talks with China as Beijing accelerates nuclear programme

Washington remains ‘ready and willing’ for dialogue, ‘and we’ve made that known to Chinese authorities’, says a State Department spokesman.

Washington remains ‘ready and willing’ for dialogue, ‘and we’ve made that known to Chinese authorities’, says a State Department spokesman.

US repeats call for arms control talks with China as Beijing accelerates nuclear programme
5 Nov 2021 - 10:31PM
Nominee for US ambassador to China wins committee approval, heads to full Senate vote

The nomination of Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat and foreign policy adviser to Democratic and Republican administrations, draws just one vote in opposition.

The nomination of Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat and foreign policy adviser to Democratic and Republican administrations, draws just one vote in opposition.

Nominee for US ambassador to China wins committee approval, heads to full Senate vote
4 Nov 2021 - 9:17PM
Xi Jinping makes ‘big mistake’ by not showing up at COP26, says Biden

‘It just is a gigantic issue and they’ve walked away,’ said Joe Biden about China and Xi Jinping’s absence at COP26. ‘How do you do that and claim to be able to have any leadership now?’

‘It just is a gigantic issue and they’ve walked away,’ said Joe Biden about China and Xi Jinping’s absence at COP26. ‘How do you do that and claim to be able to have any leadership now?’

Xi Jinping makes ‘big mistake’ by not showing up at COP26, says Biden
3 Nov 2021 - 3:44PM
Xi Jinping calls on countries to combat climate change, but does not unveil any new commitments in written statement to COP26

In a written statement to the COP26 summit, Xi Jinping called on countries to focus on ‘concrete actions’ and harness innovations in science and technology to ‘accelerate the green transition’.

In a written statement to the COP26 summit, Xi Jinping called on countries to focus on ‘concrete actions’ and harness innovations in science and technology to ‘accelerate the green transition’.

Xi Jinping calls on countries to combat climate change, but does not unveil any new commitments in written statement to COP26
2 Nov 2021 - 3:45AM
Beijing Winter Olympics: US senators try to force Joe Biden’s hand on diplomatic boycott

An amendment to the must-pass military spending bill calls for barring federal money from being used for officials to attend the Games, which start in February.

An amendment to the must-pass military spending bill calls for barring federal money from being used for officials to attend the Games, which start in February.

Beijing Winter Olympics: US senators try to force Joe Biden’s hand on diplomatic boycott
30 Oct 2021 - 11:27PM
US has troops stationed on Taiwan, island’s leader Tsai Ing-wen confirms for first time

Interview confirms that US troops are training local forces in Taiwan.

Interview confirms that US troops are training local forces in Taiwan.

US has troops stationed on Taiwan, island’s leader Tsai Ing-wen confirms for first time
28 Oct 2021 - 10:21AM
US officials walk back Biden’s remarks on Taiwan, say ‘strategic ambiguity’ policy has not changed

After Biden tells CNN ‘we have a commitment’ to come to Taiwan’s defence, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says ‘the president was not announcing any change’ in policy.

After Biden tells CNN ‘we have a commitment’ to come to Taiwan’s defence, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says ‘the president was not announcing any change’ in policy.

US officials walk back Biden’s remarks on Taiwan, say ‘strategic ambiguity’ policy has not changed
23 Oct 2021 - 10:26PM
Biden sparks confusion with commitment to Taiwan’s defence if Beijing attacks

US president affirms that Washington would defend the island if it was attacked by mainland forces, contradicting long-standing position.

US president affirms that Washington would defend the island if it was attacked by mainland forces, contradicting long-standing position.

Biden sparks confusion with commitment to Taiwan’s defence if Beijing attacks
22 Oct 2021 - 11:26PM
US, Britain and EU voice objections to Hong Kong’s disqualification of opposition district councillors

The ‘arbitrary’ disqualifications ‘prevent people in Hong Kong from participating meaningfully in their own governance’, US State Department spokesman says.

The ‘arbitrary’ disqualifications ‘prevent people in Hong Kong from participating meaningfully in their own governance’, US State Department spokesman says.

US, Britain and EU voice objections to Hong Kong’s disqualification of opposition district councillors
22 Oct 2021 - 5:05AM
Details of ‘safe haven’ programme for Hongkongers in the US are released

Eligibility will be extended to holders of both Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and British National (Overseas) passports.

Eligibility will be extended to holders of both Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and British National (Overseas) passports.

Details of ‘safe haven’ programme for Hongkongers in the US are released
21 Oct 2021 - 7:39AM
US lawmakers seek further actions to provide safe harbour to Hongkongers and Uygurs

Members of Congressional-Executive Commission on China call on both Congress and US President Joe Biden to do more on asylum initiatives.

Members of Congressional-Executive Commission on China call on both Congress and US President Joe Biden to do more on asylum initiatives.

US lawmakers seek further actions to provide safe harbour to Hongkongers and Uygurs
20 Oct 2021 - 10:27PM
Microsoft’s LinkedIn job site says it will shut operations in China, citing ‘greater compliance requirements’

Network, criticised for censoring politically sensitive posts in China, says it is facing a ‘significantly more challenging operating environment’, and that it will start a China-only service that will ‘not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles”.

Network, criticised for censoring politically sensitive posts in China, says it is facing a ‘significantly more challenging operating environment’, and that it will start a China-only service that will ‘not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles”.

Microsoft’s LinkedIn job site says it will shut operations in China, citing ‘greater compliance requirements’
15 Oct 2021 - 6:18AM
US ‘tests’ to see if direct engagement with China helps address trade concerns

‘Candid’ exchange between Liu He and Katherine Tai also sees Beijing pushing for tariffs to be lifted, while Washington raises concerns over China’s economic model.

‘Candid’ exchange between Liu He and Katherine Tai also sees Beijing pushing for tariffs to be lifted, while Washington raises concerns over China’s economic model.

US ‘tests’ to see if direct engagement with China helps address trade concerns
10 Oct 2021 - 12:07AM
Taiwan: airspace, troops and Oct 10; the EU shifts focus from China to Aukus
8 Oct 2021 - 5:21PM
US CIA creates a new unit to focus solely on ‘key rival’ China

In announcing the unit, CIA Director William Burns calls the ‘increasingly adversarial Chinese government’ the United States’ top geopolitical threat.

In announcing the unit, CIA Director William Burns calls the ‘increasingly adversarial Chinese government’ the United States’ top geopolitical threat.

US CIA creates a new unit to focus solely on ‘key rival’ China
8 Oct 2021 - 5:44AM
US national security adviser will meet China’s top diplomat this week in Switzerland, confirms White House

Talks between Jake Sullivan and Yang Jiechi, expected on Wednesday, are to cover how to ‘responsibly manage the competition’ of the two nations, a National Security Council spokeswoman says.

Talks between Jake Sullivan and Yang Jiechi, expected on Wednesday, are to cover how to ‘responsibly manage the competition’ of the two nations, a National Security Council spokeswoman says.

US national security adviser will meet China’s top diplomat  this week in Switzerland, confirms White House
6 Oct 2021 - 6:18AM
US-China trade war: Washington set to exempt some products from tariffs

Companies expected to be able to lobby for exemptions from import duties on Chinese goods, although criteria yet to be revealed.

Companies expected to be able to lobby for exemptions from import duties on Chinese goods, although criteria yet to be revealed.

US-China trade war: Washington set to exempt some products from tariffs
5 Oct 2021 - 9:24AM
Lawmaker asks LinkedIn, Microsoft why they censored US journalists’ accounts in China

The three targeted reporters had written about the mass internment camps in Xinjiang, Tibet and deteriorating press freedoms in China, among other topics.

The three targeted reporters had written about the mass internment camps in Xinjiang, Tibet and deteriorating press freedoms in China, among other topics.

Lawmaker asks LinkedIn, Microsoft why they censored US journalists’ accounts in China
1 Oct 2021 - 9:41PM