Owen Churchill

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 coronavirus: World Health Organisation again considers declaring global health emergency over outbreak

Growing evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China is forcing the WHO to re-evaluate last week’s decision not to declare a global health emergency.

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Growing evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China is forcing the WHO to re-evaluate last week’s decision not to declare a global health emergency.

China coronavirus: World Health Organisation again considers declaring global health emergency over outbreak
US House approves Tibet bill in latest human rights challenge to Beijing

The Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 paves a way for sanctions against Chinese officials who interfere in the Dalai Lama’s succession, and would block new Chinese consulates in US until Beijing lets Washington build its own diplomatic station in Tibet.

29 Jan 2020 - 6:44PM

The Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 paves a way for sanctions against Chinese officials who interfere in the Dalai Lama’s succession, and would block new Chinese consulates in US until Beijing lets Washington build its own diplomatic station in Tibet.

US House approves Tibet bill in latest human rights challenge to Beijing
China coronavirus: 110 patients under observation in US, while other countries assess plans as more ill people identified globally

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention does not believe virus has mutated, and says the risk to the US public remains low. ‘At this time in the US, this virus is not spreading in the community,’ an official says.

28 Jan 2020 - 5:57AM

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention does not believe virus has mutated, and says the risk to the US public remains low. ‘At this time in the US, this virus is not spreading in the community,’ an official says.

China coronavirus: 110 patients under observation in US, while other countries assess plans as more ill people identified globally
Top US official on Iran says China’s oil purchases are ‘funding Iran’s terrorism’

In interview a day after US sanctions several Chinese entities for making oil purchases, envoy Brian Hook says ‘the Middle East is going to be unstable’ as long as China continues to buy Iranian oil.

25 Jan 2020 - 8:21AM

In interview a day after US sanctions several Chinese entities for making oil purchases, envoy Brian Hook says ‘the Middle East is going to be unstable’ as long as China continues to buy Iranian oil.

Top US official on Iran says China’s oil purchases are ‘funding Iran’s terrorism’
China coronavirus: World Health Organisation not declaring virus’ spread a global emergency

The UN agency’s ruling came as Beijing placed eight cities in central China’s Hubei province, including its capital Wuhan, under lockdown to stop the virus’ spread.

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The UN agency’s ruling came as Beijing placed eight cities in central China’s Hubei province, including its capital Wuhan, under lockdown to stop the virus’ spread.

China coronavirus: World Health Organisation not declaring virus’ spread a global emergency
US State department report on Tibet a month overdue, congressional sources say

The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, which bars US visas to Chinese officials who have restricted diplomats’ access to Tibet, mandates a report to Congress that names those officials. It was due in December.

18 Jan 2020 - 10:33PM

The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, which bars US visas to Chinese officials who have restricted diplomats’ access to Tibet, mandates a report to Congress that names those officials. It was due in December.

US State department report on Tibet a month overdue, congressional sources say
Phase one US-China trade war deal signed by Donald Trump and Liu He, though most tariffs remain

The pact includes Beijing’s pledge to buy at least US$200 billion of American goods and services more than it did in 2017.

16 Jan 2020 - 4:53PM

The pact includes Beijing’s pledge to buy at least US$200 billion of American goods and services more than it did in 2017.

Phase one US-China trade war deal signed by Donald Trump and Liu He, though most tariffs remain
US Army aiming to counter Chinese ‘threat’ with Indo-Pacific security expansion, top official says

Task forces to be set up in the Indo-Pacific will focus on non-conventional warfare realms such as cyberspace over the next two years to counter China’s military activities in the region, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy says.

11 Jan 2020 - 6:42AM

Task forces to be set up in the Indo-Pacific will focus on non-conventional warfare realms such as cyberspace over the next two years to counter China’s military activities in the region, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy says.

US Army aiming to counter Chinese ‘threat’ with Indo-Pacific security expansion, top official says
US commission calls it ‘essential’ for Donald Trump to express support for human rights and democracy in China

In its annual report, which found a deterioration in the rule of law in 2019, Congressional-Executive Commission on China says administration must make human rights a cornerstone of all negotiations with Beijing.

9 Jan 2020 - 1:26AM

In its annual report, which found a deterioration in the rule of law in 2019, Congressional-Executive Commission on China says administration must make human rights a cornerstone of all negotiations with Beijing.

US commission calls it ‘essential’ for Donald Trump to express support for human rights and democracy in China
Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo to raise Uygur issue with Beijing’s allies on upcoming Central Asian tour

The US secretary of state will bring up China’s mass internment of Muslim ethnic minorities with his central Asian counterparts during his January trip.

31 Dec 2019 - 10:51PM

The US secretary of state will bring up China’s mass internment of Muslim ethnic minorities with his central Asian counterparts during his January trip.

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo to raise Uygur issue with Beijing’s allies on upcoming Central Asian tour
Meet the one US lawmaker to dissent on Uygur and Hong Kong democracy votes that targeted China: Representative Thomas Massie

The Republican’s holdout garners condemnation from human rights campaigners and praise from a Chinese government official.

18 Dec 2019 - 11:20PM

The Republican’s holdout garners condemnation from human rights campaigners and praise from a Chinese government official.

Meet the one US lawmaker to dissent on Uygur and Hong Kong democracy votes that targeted China: Representative Thomas Massie
Trade war: US and China said to agree on ‘phase one’ deal, with new US tariffs set aside

US President Donald Trump approves of the settlement, Bloomberg reports, with US tariffs of 15 per cent on US$160 billion of Chinese goods, scheduled for Sunday, being postponed.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:47AM

US President Donald Trump approves of the settlement, Bloomberg reports, with US tariffs of 15 per cent on US$160 billion of Chinese goods, scheduled for Sunday, being postponed.

Trade war: US and China said to agree on ‘phase one’ deal, with new US tariffs set aside
Pentagon’s top official on Asia policy, Randall Schriver, quits his post

Randall Schriver is a vocal critic of Beijing and the first US official to call the internment facilities in Xinjiang ‘concentration camps’.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:04PM

Randall Schriver is a vocal critic of Beijing and the first US official to call the internment facilities in Xinjiang ‘concentration camps’.

Pentagon’s top official on Asia policy, Randall Schriver, quits his post
US lawmakers aren’t buying what Beijing is selling about reality of Xinjiang detention camps

Senate will consider a bolstered version of legislation targeting China, called the UIGHUR Act, that the House of Representatives approved by a 407-to-1 vote.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:43PM

Senate will consider a bolstered version of legislation targeting China, called the UIGHUR Act, that the House of Representatives approved by a 407-to-1 vote.

US lawmakers aren’t buying what Beijing is selling about reality of Xinjiang detention camps
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