Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui

Latest from Patrick Boehler

Hong Kong diamond heist by 12-year-old girl and gang linked to jewellery raids abroad

The audacious theft of a HK$36 million diamond necklace from a high-end Tsim Sha Shui shopping centre is just one of a series of similar crimes carried out across the region.

28 Jan 2015 - 9:11AM

The audacious theft of a HK$36 million diamond necklace from a high-end Tsim Sha Shui shopping centre is just one of a series of similar crimes carried out across the region.

Hong Kong diamond heist by 12-year-old girl and gang linked to jewellery raids abroad
'It's the Gucci handbag of holidays': Maldives tops Chinese travellers' wish list

Last year, the number of Chinese tourists exceeded the Maldivian indigenous population for the first time.

22 Jan 2015 - 1:46PM

Last year, the number of Chinese tourists exceeded the Maldivian indigenous population for the first time.

'It's the Gucci handbag of holidays': Maldives tops Chinese travellers' wish list
Accused gambling kingpin Paul Phua 'assisting Malaysia on matters of national security'

Paul Phua Wei-seng, the former Macau junket operator facing illegal bookmaking charges in Las Vegas, is 'assisting the Malaysian government in matters of national security'.

31 Dec 2014 - 8:53AM

Paul Phua Wei-seng, the former Macau junket operator facing illegal bookmaking charges in Las Vegas, is 'assisting the Malaysian government in matters of national security'.

Accused gambling kingpin Paul Phua 'assisting Malaysia on matters of national security'
Angry over land seizures and pollution, Nicaraguans block roads as Chinese-led mega canal project kicks off

Groups of men blocked roads in Nicaragua to protest against a Chinese-financed interoceanic canal's ground-breaking ceremony last night.

23 Dec 2014 - 7:22AM

Groups of men blocked roads in Nicaragua to protest against a Chinese-financed interoceanic canal's ground-breaking ceremony last night.

Angry over land seizures and pollution, Nicaraguans block roads as Chinese-led mega canal project kicks off
Heat is on Macau's junket operators ahead of President Xi's visit

As Beijing's crackdown on corruption continues, top figures in Macau's casino junket sector are coming under scrutiny ahead of a visit to the city later this week by President Xi Jinping.

14 Dec 2014 - 9:56AM

As Beijing's crackdown on corruption continues, top figures in Macau's casino junket sector are coming under scrutiny ahead of a visit to the city later this week by President Xi Jinping.

Heat is on Macau's junket operators ahead of President Xi's visit
Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court
Chinese police destroy 400 tonnes of crystal meth precursors
Datong residents locked up for celebrating graft probe into Party official with fireworks
Tigers and Flies: the Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign
No new weddings, start-ups registered or milk delivered in Beijing during APEC summit
Procedural errors may kill FBI gambling case involving Asian kingpin Paul Phua

An alleged breach of procedure by the FBI could jeopardise the prosecution of alleged gambling kingpin Paul Phua Wei-seng in Las Vegas as lawyers filed a motion to suppress testimony he provided during a raid.

2 Jun 2015 - 7:57PM

An alleged breach of procedure by the FBI could jeopardise the prosecution of alleged gambling kingpin Paul Phua Wei-seng in Las Vegas as lawyers filed a motion to suppress testimony he provided during a raid.

Procedural errors may kill FBI gambling case involving Asian kingpin Paul Phua
MAP: Hong Kong - a Michelin Star-spangled foodie heaven
Q&A on segregation in China’s privatised cities
China considers regulating smartphone apps: report

Chinese internet watchdogs are looking into ways to regulate the country’s booming market in smartphone applications in an effort to rein in privacy leaks and malware.

28 Oct 2014 - 9:10AM

Chinese internet watchdogs are looking into ways to regulate the country’s booming market in smartphone applications in an effort to rein in privacy leaks and malware.

China considers regulating smartphone apps: report
Chinese iCloud user information targeted in cyberattacks amid Hong Kong protests
Arrested protesters complain of ‘police violence’ during clearing of Lung Wo Road

Two more protesters who were among the dozens of people arrested on Wednesday have told their version of events and expressed their anger over how Hong Kong police handled the clearing of Lung Wo Road.

21 Jun 2018 - 2:33PM

Two more protesters who were among the dozens of people arrested on Wednesday have told their version of events and expressed their anger over how Hong Kong police handled the clearing of Lung Wo Road.

Arrested protesters complain of ‘police violence’ during clearing of Lung Wo Road
Pregnant police officer among eight killed in Xinjiang stabbing spree: reports

Unconfirmed reports suggest that another stabbing spree in China’s western Xinjiang region last Friday has claimed up to eight lives, including a pregnant police officer.

14 Oct 2014 - 4:48PM

Unconfirmed reports suggest that another stabbing spree in China’s western Xinjiang region last Friday has claimed up to eight lives, including a pregnant police officer.

Pregnant police officer among eight killed in Xinjiang stabbing spree: reports
Deleted article on Jimmy Lai sheds light on Chinese censors' media spin
Chinese traders sell cocaine, meth and fake identities in ‘deep web’ markets

Chinese underworld traders are now making inroads into "crypto-markets", the notorious trading places of contraband goods and untraceable digital currencies, in the "deep web" where sites are not reachable by search engines.

13 Oct 2014 - 9:26AM

Chinese underworld traders are now making inroads into "crypto-markets", the notorious trading places of contraband goods and untraceable digital currencies, in the "deep web" where sites are not reachable by search engines.

Chinese traders sell cocaine, meth and fake identities in ‘deep web’ markets
Poetry reading for Hong Kong protesters prompts detentions in Beijing
'Off-the-grid' messaging application FireChat continues to ride Occupy boost

FireChat has seen explosive growth in Hong Kong since it became the app of choice last week in the city's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement.

7 Oct 2014 - 5:19PM

FireChat has seen explosive growth in Hong Kong since it became the app of choice last week in the city's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement.

'Off-the-grid' messaging application FireChat continues to ride Occupy boost
No inch of compromise over Occupy Central in Chinese state media commentaries
Q&A: Chinese activist scholar Teng Biao on how Occupy Central affects mainland activism
Mixed feelings for Occupy Central among Hong Kong’s recent mainland migrants
Infographic: How Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral became a global topic on Twitter

Twitter conversations peaked at 12 tweets per second on Sunday as the world watched Hong Kong's civil disobedience movement for genuine democracy unfold.

22 Feb 2019 - 12:40PM

Twitter conversations peaked at 12 tweets per second on Sunday as the world watched Hong Kong's civil disobedience movement for genuine democracy unfold.

Infographic: How Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral became a global topic on Twitter
Record censorship of China's social media as references to Hong Kong protests blocked
Hongkongers flock to 'off-grid' chat app FireChat amid fears of internet shutdown

A mobile messaging application that operates without internet has seen large numbers of new sign-ups from Hong Kong as demonstrators scrambled for alternative means of communication.

29 Sep 2014 - 3:48PM

A mobile messaging application that operates without internet has seen large numbers of new sign-ups from Hong Kong as demonstrators scrambled for alternative means of communication.

Hongkongers flock to 'off-grid' chat app FireChat amid fears of internet shutdown
Instagram appears blocked in China as photos of ‘occupied’ Hong Kong circulate

Access to the popular photo-sharing platform Instagram appeared to have been blocked on the mainland on Sunday after photos of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest circulated widely.

29 Sep 2014 - 12:59PM

Access to the popular photo-sharing platform Instagram appeared to have been blocked on the mainland on Sunday after photos of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest circulated widely.

Instagram appears blocked in China as photos of ‘occupied’ Hong Kong circulate
Beware the ‘chubby blue guy’: Chinese dailies warn public against Japan's ‘Doraemon’
Hunan city targets 'hometown clubs' to curb nepotism and favouritism

A city in Hunan has banned employees from setting up “townsmen associations”, clubs for residents sharing the same ancestral hometowns, as China’s corruption crackdown spreads.

26 Sep 2014 - 4:23PM

A city in Hunan has banned employees from setting up “townsmen associations”, clubs for residents sharing the same ancestral hometowns, as China’s corruption crackdown spreads.

Hunan city targets 'hometown clubs' to curb nepotism and favouritism