Rachel Zhang

Shanghai

Rachel Zhang

Reporter, China

Rachel Zhang focuses on diplomatic reporting. She graduated with a Master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, and previously worked at an international relations think tank at Tsinghua University.

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What will US-Canada warships transit slammed by China mean for peace in the Taiwan Strait?

First ever joint US-Canada transit, seen as a ‘breakthrough’ in Biden’s strategy for a united front against China, sparks worries about regional stability and Canada’s ties with Beijing.

First ever joint US-Canada transit, seen as a ‘breakthrough’ in Biden’s strategy for a united front against China, sparks worries about regional stability and Canada’s ties with Beijing.

19 Oct 2021 - 12:02AM
Saudi Arabia ‘at the top’ of China’s Middle Eastern diplomacy

Foreign Minister Wang Yi continues Beijing’s focus on the region with a call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi continues Beijing’s focus on the region with a call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart.

19 Oct 2021 - 12:02AM
Chinese media returns fire in info war with video of ‘captured Indians’

Global Times journalist posts undated video on Twitter, calling PLA ‘the most civilised military force in treating prisoners of its enemies’.

Global Times journalist posts undated video on Twitter, calling PLA ‘the most civilised military force in treating prisoners of its enemies’.

15 Oct 2021 - 10:39PM
Beijing accuses Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of demanding equal ‘state-to-state’ treatment

Beijing says her comments that Taiwan should not be ‘subordinate’ to the mainland had revived the doctrine first adopted by Taipei in 1999.

Beijing says her comments that Taiwan should not be ‘subordinate’ to the mainland had revived the doctrine first adopted by Taipei in 1999.

13 Oct 2021 - 11:08PM
China’s Haidou 1 reaches new depths exploring the Pacific Ocean floor

Developer says the submersible went further and stayed down longer in its quest to understand the deep sea bed.

Developer says the submersible went further and stayed down longer in its quest to understand the deep sea bed.

12 Oct 2021 - 10:25PM
First US-Taliban talks offer some stability but not much else for either side

US spokesman says discussions were candid and professional but ‘the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words’.

US spokesman says discussions were candid and professional but ‘the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words’.

11 Oct 2021 - 7:36PM
Afghanistan on agenda at China’s Xiangshan security forum

Defence ministry takes aim at Aukus and British Navy deployments in the region.

Defence ministry takes aim at Aukus and British Navy deployments in the region.

30 Sep 2021 - 10:41PM
China ‘willing to work’ with next Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, but watches cautiously to see if dove will turn hawkish

The former foreign minister, who beat Taro Kono in the ruling party’s leadership contest, will take over at a time of increasing tension with Beijing.

The former foreign minister, who beat Taro Kono in the ruling party’s leadership contest, will take over at a time of increasing tension with Beijing.

30 Sep 2021 - 8:28AM
Chinese student held over two days in US then deported, says China’s embassy in Washington

Chinese envoy in US calls for better cooperation while at home China’s foreign minister says new Aukus pact ‘might lead to the resurgence of a cold war’.

Chinese envoy in US calls for better cooperation while at home China’s foreign minister says new Aukus pact ‘might lead to the resurgence of a cold war’.

29 Sep 2021 - 5:50PM
‘A sea of flowers’: China’s foreign ministry flooded with bouquets after Meng Wanzhou’s release

Ministry thanks the public for their kindness but urges them to not send any more flowers.

Ministry thanks the public for their kindness but urges them to not send any more flowers.

25 Dec 2021 - 5:52AM
Are China and Germany poised for business as usual after Merkel?

While parties hawkish on China are certain to share power in Berlin, analysts are united in their belief that German pragmatism on the economy will win the day.

While parties hawkish on China are certain to share power in Berlin, analysts are united in their belief that German pragmatism on the economy will win the day.

28 Sep 2021 - 2:02AM
US-China relations: what comes next after release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou?

Chinese observers say case, and release of two Canadians, shows there is still room for compromise despite ongoing tensions.

Chinese observers say case, and release of two Canadians, shows there is still room for compromise despite ongoing tensions.

25 Dec 2021 - 5:52AM
China urges France to boost cooperation in wake of Aukus submarine deal

Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye says Beijing and Paris working together is ‘in the interests of the whole world’ after the new security pact enraged the French.

Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye says Beijing and Paris working together is ‘in the interests of the whole world’ after the new security pact enraged the French.

25 Sep 2021 - 7:16AM
China calls for end to sanctions on Afghanistan ‘as soon as possible’

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also tells G20 counterparts that foreign exchange reserves should ‘not be used as a bargaining chip to exert political pressure’.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also tells G20 counterparts that foreign exchange reserves should ‘not be used as a bargaining chip to exert political pressure’.

23 Sep 2021 - 10:44PM
China may not oppose Taliban’s proposed UN envoy, but concerns remain

Beijing unlikely to block Taliban’s proposed UN representative for Afghanistan, observers say, but it is expected to continue to view the new regime cautiously.

Beijing unlikely to block Taliban’s proposed UN representative for Afghanistan, observers say, but it is expected to continue to view the new regime cautiously.

22 Sep 2021 - 9:41PM
Taliban’s troubles are canaries in the mines for Chinese investors

Afghanistan’s mineral resources attract China’s state and private firms, but instability and logistical barriers also await.

Afghanistan’s mineral resources attract China’s state and private firms, but instability and logistical barriers also await.

19 Sep 2021 - 9:17PM
Is French fury at US over new UK-Australia pact a chance for Beijing to improve relations with Europe?

Chinese observers say the new pact could leave Europe questioning the US commitment to transatlantic ties, but it is not clear how far China can benefit.

Chinese observers say the new pact could leave Europe questioning the US commitment to transatlantic ties, but it is not clear how far China can benefit.

19 Sep 2021 - 1:04PM
Could turmoil in Afghanistan give Iran a chance to join the SCO?

Iran is the only neighbour of Afghanistan not in the group and its help is needed for regional stability, analyst says.

Iran is the only neighbour of Afghanistan not in the group and its help is needed for regional stability, analyst says.

16 Sep 2021 - 10:51PM
China and Cambodia gun for ‘harder than steel’ ties to fend off foreign forces

China delivers its neighbour pandemic aid and the handover of a new stadium as well as promises to buy more Cambodian agricultural goods.

China delivers its neighbour pandemic aid and the handover of a new stadium as well as promises to buy more Cambodian agricultural goods.

13 Sep 2021 - 11:23PM
US-China visa services, Xi-Biden meeting among top priorities for AmCham firms

Business group survey finds corporate desire for practical communication between the governments of the two countries.

Business group survey finds corporate desire for practical communication between the governments of the two countries.

10 Sep 2021 - 10:20PM
Taliban ‘won’t allow’ terrorists to thrive, but China’s concerns remain

The group’s spokesman reportedly says many East Turkestan Islamic Movement members have left Afghanistan, but a Chinese expert warns the claim is unverified.

The group’s spokesman reportedly says many East Turkestan Islamic Movement members have left Afghanistan, but a Chinese expert warns the claim is unverified.

10 Sep 2021 - 11:28PM
Two decades after 9/11, China is more concerned than ever about Afghanistan

The Taliban’s victory could give rise to bolder attacks by other extremist groups, threatening China’s economic interests.

The Taliban’s victory could give rise to bolder attacks by other extremist groups, threatening China’s economic interests.

13 Sep 2021 - 4:59PM
China’s Xi Jinping vows to take ‘valuable friendship’ with North Korea to new heights

Chinese president hails North Korea’s socialist achievements in congratulatory message to Kim Jong-un on the country’s 73rd National Day.

Chinese president hails North Korea’s socialist achievements in congratulatory message to Kim Jong-un on the country’s 73rd National Day.

10 Sep 2021 - 9:00AM
China, US cry crime and misdemeanour as warship tests Beijing’s new law at Mischief Reef

China says USS Benfold breached its sovereignty near disputed reef, days after revising a law to demand notification from vessels entering its claimed waters.

China says USS Benfold breached its sovereignty near disputed reef, days after revising a law to demand notification from vessels entering its claimed waters.

8 Sep 2021 - 11:28PM
Stop arms sales to ‘non-state actors’, China urges UN treaty partners, in likely rebuke of US

Chinese envoy for disarmament affairs calls out a country that ‘abuses the arms trade as a political tool’, in apparent reference to US weapons sales to Taiwan.

Chinese envoy for disarmament affairs calls out a country that ‘abuses the arms trade as a political tool’, in apparent reference to US weapons sales to Taiwan.

2 Sep 2021 - 9:00AM
How China and the US could talk to the Taliban together

The two countries make common cause in preventing Afghanistan from descending into extremism but there’s one big issue standing in the way, analysts say

The two countries make common cause in preventing Afghanistan from descending into extremism but there’s one big issue standing in the way, analysts say

31 Aug 2021 - 11:44PM
Stay or go? The tough choices for Chinese businesspeople in Afghanistan

Amid the turmoil of the American departure and the Taliban takeover, shops have shut and the ‘rules of the game have been broken’.

Amid the turmoil of the American departure and the Taliban takeover, shops have shut and the ‘rules of the game have been broken’.

30 Aug 2021 - 10:27PM
China-Russia-Iran naval drill announcement ‘shows support for Tehran’

Annual exercises in the Persian Gulf in late 2021 or early 2022 were announced to show support for Iran in international affairs, Chinese observer says.

Annual exercises in the Persian Gulf in late 2021 or early 2022 were announced to show support for Iran in international affairs, Chinese observer says.

24 Aug 2021 - 11:33PM
India denies involvement in bus blast that killed Chinese workers in Pakistan

New Delhi accuses Pakistan of trying to deflect attention from it being ‘the epicentre of regional instability and a safe haven for proscribed terrorists’.

New Delhi accuses Pakistan of trying to deflect attention from it being ‘the epicentre of regional instability and a safe haven for proscribed terrorists’.

14 Aug 2021 - 9:10PM
US stands with Lithuania against ‘coercive’ China, State Department says

Wendy Sherman reaffirms Washington’s support for Vilnius over its decision to develop relations with Taiwan.

Wendy Sherman reaffirms Washington’s support for Vilnius over its decision to develop relations with Taiwan.

14 Aug 2021 - 9:10PM