Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney

US Bureau Chief; Columnist

Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.

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China, US defence chiefs discuss escalating risks over Taiwan, South China Sea

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper expressed concern over ‘destabilising activity in the vicinity of Taiwan and the South China Sea’ and called on Beijing to share more of its data on Covid-19, said a Pentagon spokesman.

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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper expressed concern over ‘destabilising activity in the vicinity of Taiwan and the South China Sea’ and called on Beijing to share more of its data on Covid-19, said a Pentagon spokesman.

China, US defence chiefs discuss escalating risks over Taiwan, South China Sea
More Chinese nationals searched at US customs, government data shows

US border agents carried out 1,147 searches of Chinese nationals’ electronic devices in 2019, a rise of 66 per cent from the previous year, according to US Customs and Border Protection data.

6 Aug 2020 - 4:35AM

US border agents carried out 1,147 searches of Chinese nationals’ electronic devices in 2019, a rise of 66 per cent from the previous year, according to US Customs and Border Protection data.

More Chinese nationals searched at US customs, government data shows
On Balance | Donald Trump is a bigger threat to the US than coronavirus or China

His retweeting of dubious claims about an unproven Covid-19 treatment was no miscalculation. It fits his pattern of undermining US institutions for personal gain, and his priority now is to win re-election at all costs.

4 Aug 2020 - 3:51AM

His retweeting of dubious claims about an unproven Covid-19 treatment was no miscalculation. It fits his pattern of undermining US institutions for personal gain, and his priority now is to win re-election at all costs.

Donald Trump is a bigger threat to the US than coronavirus or China
White House puts Chinese apps on notice as Trump gives TikTok ‘45 days’ to reach Microsoft deal

President Donald Trump was seemingly backing off his earlier threats to imminently ban Chinese-owned TikTok after meeting with Microsoft CEO.

3 Aug 2020 - 4:57PM

President Donald Trump was seemingly backing off his earlier threats to imminently ban Chinese-owned TikTok after meeting with Microsoft CEO.

White House puts Chinese apps on notice as Trump gives TikTok ‘45 days’ to reach Microsoft deal
Meng Wanzhou convinced HSBC that Iran dealings were ‘above board’, but she was ‘deceitful’, says Canadian filing

Acting on behalf of the US, Canadian lawyers to argue that HSBC relied on a fraudulent pledge that Huawei had severed its relationship with an Iranian supplier.

4 Aug 2020 - 1:19AM

Acting on behalf of the US, Canadian lawyers to argue that HSBC relied on a fraudulent pledge that Huawei had severed its relationship with an Iranian supplier.

Meng Wanzhou convinced HSBC that Iran dealings were ‘above board’, but she was ‘deceitful’, says Canadian filing
US sanctions Chinese entity and individuals over ‘human rights abuses’ against Uygurs in Xinjiang, using Global Magnitsky Act

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls Chinese treatment of Uygurs ‘stain of the century’ in new sanctions under Magnitsky Act.

1 Aug 2020 - 11:20PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls Chinese treatment of Uygurs ‘stain of the century’ in new sanctions under Magnitsky Act.

US sanctions Chinese entity and individuals over ‘human rights abuses’ against Uygurs in Xinjiang, using Global Magnitsky Act
US senators urge Justice Department to investigate Zoom and TikTok’s ties to Beijing

Richard Blumenthal, Democrat, and Josh Hawley, Republican, accuse the popular apps of ‘hiding vulnerable ties and dependencies on China’; representatives from both companies deny any sharing of data with Chinese authorities.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:37PM

Richard Blumenthal, Democrat, and Josh Hawley, Republican, accuse the popular apps of ‘hiding vulnerable ties and dependencies on China’; representatives from both companies deny any sharing of data with Chinese authorities.

US senators urge Justice Department to investigate Zoom and TikTok’s ties to Beijing
Donald Trump is ‘willing to accept more risk’ to counter Beijing aggression, says US official

Lisa Curtis, the US National Security Council’s senior director for South and Central Asia, ticked off a list of countries bordering or near China with which the US is strengthening ties economically and militarily.

30 Jul 2020 - 11:00AM

Lisa Curtis, the US National Security Council’s senior director for South and Central Asia, ticked off a list of countries bordering or near China with which the US is strengthening ties economically and militarily.

Donald Trump is ‘willing to accept more risk’ to counter Beijing aggression, says US official
Coronavirus: Bill Gates predicts ‘substantial’ reduction in death rate by end of year

Gates sees antivirals and various antibodies under development as the most likely drivers in reducing fatalities, which range from 15 per cent to 1 per cent in the most hard-hit countries.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:03AM

Gates sees antivirals and various antibodies under development as the most likely drivers in reducing fatalities, which range from 15 per cent to 1 per cent in the most hard-hit countries.

Coronavirus: Bill Gates predicts ‘substantial’ reduction in death rate by end of year
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien tests positive for coronavirus

News of Robert O’Brien’s condition comes amid regional surges as the US struggles to control the outbreak.

28 Jul 2020 - 11:10AM

News of Robert O’Brien’s condition comes amid regional surges as the US struggles to control the outbreak.

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien tests positive for coronavirus
US trade negotiators may ‘smell blood in the water’ if China makes concessions in EU talks

How will US President Donald Trump react if the European Union extracts major concessions from China in upcoming investment talks?

27 Jul 2020 - 6:01PM

How will US President Donald Trump react if the European Union extracts major concessions from China in upcoming investment talks?

US trade negotiators may ‘smell blood in the water’ if China makes concessions in EU talks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges China’s citizens to help ‘change the behaviour’ of their government

Top US diplomat hopes to drive a wedge between China’s people and Communist Party; speech is Trump administration’s latest salvo against Beijing, which it regards as America’s foremost national security threat.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:57AM

Top US diplomat hopes to drive a wedge between China’s people and Communist Party; speech is Trump administration’s latest salvo against Beijing, which it regards as America’s foremost national security threat.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges China’s citizens to help ‘change the behaviour’ of their government
US senators introduce legislation to counter China on multiple fronts

The Strategic Act ranges from intellectual property theft to countering Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

23 Jul 2020 - 11:19PM

The Strategic Act ranges from intellectual property theft to countering Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

US senators introduce legislation to counter China on multiple fronts
US indicts Chinese hackers on charges of targeting coronavirus vaccine data and defence secrets

Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi were charged with 11 counts of conspiracy, identity theft and fraud related to operations carried out from China since 2009, some in conjunction with China’s Ministry of State Security, according to an indictment.

22 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM

Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi were charged with 11 counts of conspiracy, identity theft and fraud related to operations carried out from China since 2009, some in conjunction with China’s Ministry of State Security, according to an indictment.

US indicts Chinese hackers on charges of targeting coronavirus vaccine data and defence secrets
US charges Chinese researcher with visa fraud, alleges active PLA duty

FBI accuses Song Chen of lying about her status while conducting medical research at Stanford University.

21 Jul 2020 - 9:13PM

FBI accuses Song Chen of lying about her status while conducting medical research at Stanford University.

US charges Chinese researcher with visa fraud, alleges active PLA duty
On Balance | Donald Trump is picking the wrong fights in his re-election campaign

As the economic devastation caused by the pandemic deepens, Americans are more concerned for their survival than the stock market gains Trump touts. They are also in no mood for the economic costs of a US-China decoupling.

21 Jul 2020 - 1:35AM

As the economic devastation caused by the pandemic deepens, Americans are more concerned for their survival than the stock market gains Trump touts. They are also in no mood for the economic costs of a US-China decoupling.

Donald Trump is picking the wrong fights in his re-election campaign
European court voids EU-US data transfer pact in Facebook privacy case

The EU-US Privacy Shield was set up in 2016 to protect the personal data of Europeans when it is transferred across the Atlantic for commercial use.

17 Jul 2020 - 6:38AM

The EU-US Privacy Shield was set up in 2016 to protect the personal data of Europeans when it is transferred across the Atlantic for commercial use.

European court voids EU-US data transfer pact in Facebook privacy case
US to restrict visas for employees of Huawei, other Chinese tech firms

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department was targeting employees of Huawei and possibly other Chinese technology companies for their role in enabling human rights abuses at home and abroad.

16 Jul 2020 - 3:46PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department was targeting employees of Huawei and possibly other Chinese technology companies for their role in enabling human rights abuses at home and abroad.

US to restrict visas for employees of Huawei, other Chinese tech firms
Trump administration drops plan to deport foreign students taking online-only classes amid coronavirus pandemic

International students will be allowed to retain their US visas even if taking college classes remotely, as a federal judge in Massachusetts announces the settlement of lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT.

15 Jul 2020 - 11:52PM

International students will be allowed to retain their US visas even if taking college classes remotely, as a federal judge in Massachusetts announces the settlement of lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT.

Trump administration drops plan to deport foreign students taking online-only classes amid coronavirus pandemic
Facebook, US states join Harvard, MIT’s fight against Trump administration directive to deport online-only foreign students

Tech firms argue the directive violates a federal law meant to protect businesses from arbitrary decisions that could adversely affect operations, while the US government says earlier guidance was flagged as ‘subject to change’.

14 Jul 2020 - 9:59PM

Tech firms argue the directive violates a federal law meant to protect businesses from arbitrary decisions that could adversely affect operations, while the US government says earlier guidance was flagged as ‘subject to change’.

Facebook, US states join Harvard, MIT’s fight against Trump administration directive to deport online-only foreign students
US court likely to rule next week on Harvard, MIT request affecting thousands of foreign students

The universities are fighting to prevent the US government stripping student visas from those who must take online-only courses amid the pandemic.

11 Jul 2020 - 7:59AM

The universities are fighting to prevent the US government stripping student visas from those who must take online-only courses amid the pandemic.

US court likely to rule next week on Harvard, MIT request affecting thousands of foreign students
US sanctions Chinese government officials over treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang

Those barred from entering the US include Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo and Xinjiang Public Security Bureau director Wang Mingshan.

10 Jul 2020 - 6:22AM

Those barred from entering the US include Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo and Xinjiang Public Security Bureau director Wang Mingshan.

US sanctions Chinese government officials over treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang
Harvard, MIT sue US for ‘dangerous’ move to banish online-only foreign students

‘The effect – and perhaps even the goal – is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible,’ the lawsuit says.

9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

‘The effect – and perhaps even the goal – is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible,’ the lawsuit says.

Harvard, MIT sue US for ‘dangerous’ move to banish online-only foreign students
US to bar foreign students whose university classes will be online only

If people with student visas want to stay, they will need to transfer to a school with in-person instruction, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says.

7 Jul 2020 - 9:31AM

If people with student visas want to stay, they will need to transfer to a school with in-person instruction, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says.

US to bar foreign students whose university classes will be online only
US and Chinese naval exercises overlap in South China Sea

Two carriers and four warships head to disputed waters as PLA Navy holds five days of drills near Paracels.

4 Jul 2020 - 10:41PM

Two carriers and four warships head to disputed waters as PLA Navy holds five days of drills near Paracels.

US and Chinese naval exercises overlap in South China Sea
US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong national security law

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does not identify any individuals who will targeted by the new sanctions.

27 Jun 2020 - 10:40AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo does not identify any individuals who will targeted by the new sanctions.

US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong national security law
US Senate passes bill that could punish China for Hong Kong national security law

Proposed congressional actions involving Hong Kong are ‘more symbolic than substantive’, an analyst says.

30 Jun 2020 - 2:08AM

Proposed congressional actions involving Hong Kong are ‘more symbolic than substantive’, an analyst says.

US Senate passes bill that could punish China for Hong Kong national security law
US ties activities of arrested Chinese military officer to those by defendant in Boston case

Indictments reflect US efforts to prevent advanced technologies developed in America from transfer to China’s military.

25 Jun 2020 - 6:23AM

Indictments reflect US efforts to prevent advanced technologies developed in America from transfer to China’s military.

US ties activities of arrested Chinese military officer to those by defendant in Boston case
On Balance | Donald Trump may lack a coherent China policy, but he got something right

The US president understood that his predecessors gave away far more to China than the US received. Post-Trump, Washington and its allies will need to play a long game, demanding from China changes that should have been made a long time ago.

23 Jun 2020 - 5:10AM

The US president understood that his predecessors gave away far more to China than the US received. Post-Trump, Washington and its allies will need to play a long game, demanding from China changes that should have been made a long time ago.

Donald Trump may lack a coherent China policy, but he got something right
US designates 4 more Chinese media organisations as ‘state propaganda outlets’

China Central Television, China News Service, People’s Daily and Global Times will be treated as foreign missions on American soil.

24 Jun 2020 - 2:16AM

China Central Television, China News Service, People’s Daily and Global Times will be treated as foreign missions on American soil.

US designates 4 more Chinese media organisations as ‘state propaganda outlets’