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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On Balance | To hide their devotion to Putin, expect right-wing Republicans to ramp up anti-China rhetoric

Americans’ support for Ukraine and Nato’s revival have put Republican champions of Putin’s nationalist agenda on the losing side of an ideological war. As they attempt to cover their tracks, expect more misinformation and anti-China rhetoric.

Americans’ support for Ukraine and Nato’s revival have put Republican champions of Putin’s nationalist agenda on the losing side of an ideological war. As they attempt to cover their tracks, expect more misinformation and anti-China rhetoric.

24 May 2022 - 1:30AM
US lawmakers consider actions to increase support for Taiwan

‘Ukraine should serve as a wake-up call to get our act together and arm Taiwan to the teeth,’ one representative on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says.

‘Ukraine should serve as a wake-up call to get our act together and arm Taiwan to the teeth,’ one representative on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says.

20 May 2022 - 5:53AM
Southeast Asia’s reliance on China may upend US-EU plan for global tech standards

‘China is a fundamental partner to these countries in technology, trade and production’, so asking them to choose sides will be a challenge, US experts say.

‘China is a fundamental partner to these countries in technology, trade and production’, so asking them to choose sides will be a challenge, US experts say.

19 May 2022 - 6:08AM
China faces an increase in extremist threats in central Asia, US panel is told

Witnesses tell the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission that Beijing’s engagement with governments seeking infrastructure investment may be backfiring.

Witnesses tell the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission that Beijing’s engagement with governments seeking infrastructure investment may be backfiring.

13 May 2022 - 6:16AM
On Balance | Biden’s Ohio moment just a mirage of bipartisanship with Republicans

The US president’s plan to increase domestic manufacturing was a rare moment of cross-party cooperation which is likely to be fleeting. With Republicans set to reclaim control of Congress, expect less action on issues important to voters and more nihilism.

The US president’s plan to increase domestic manufacturing was a rare moment of cross-party cooperation which is likely to be fleeting. With Republicans set to reclaim control of Congress, expect less action on issues important to voters and more nihilism.

10 May 2022 - 3:30AM
Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy gets thumbs down by two Japanese legislators

Rather than introduce a new framework, US is urged to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the successor to the pact the US abandoned five years ago.

Rather than introduce a new framework, US is urged to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the successor to the pact the US abandoned five years ago.

5 May 2022 - 6:20AM
Blinken’s China policy speech unlikely to offer olive branch to Beijing

The US Secretary of State will deliver a major address in Washington on Thursday but little softening expected towards US-China relations.

The US Secretary of State will deliver a major address in Washington on Thursday but little softening expected towards US-China relations.

4 May 2022 - 3:25PM
US Secretary of State calls China the biggest violator of press freedoms, citing detention data

Antony Blinken condemns Beijing for detaining journalists and using technology to ‘increase surveillance, harassment, censorship’ both at home and abroad.

Antony Blinken condemns Beijing for detaining journalists and using technology to ‘increase surveillance, harassment, censorship’ both at home and abroad.

4 May 2022 - 6:00PM
Ukraine war: White House ties missiles used by Kyiv to its China competition bill

Press secretary Jen Psaki frames legislation to subsidise domestic chip manufacturing, originally seen as needed to stay competitive with China, as helpful to production of Javelin missiles.

Press secretary Jen Psaki frames legislation to subsidise domestic chip manufacturing, originally seen as needed to stay competitive with China, as helpful to production of Javelin missiles.

3 May 2022 - 3:04PM
Ukraine war: Data shows tighter convergence of Chinese, Russian messaging, US analysts say

Studies show alignment of Chinese and Russian official and media narratives about the Ukraine war, as well as differences.

Studies show alignment of Chinese and Russian official and media narratives about the Ukraine war, as well as differences.

28 Apr 2022 - 10:19PM
US will keep supporting Taiwan’s ‘asymmetric’ defence efforts, Antony Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces questions from US lawmakers of both parties about President Joe Biden’s resolve on Taiwan.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces questions from US lawmakers of both parties about President Joe Biden’s resolve on Taiwan.

27 Apr 2022 - 9:03AM
On Balance | As Republicans target primary schools and Disney in America’s culture wars, where’s the Democrats’ fight?

Republicans are going to new extremes to silence opponents. Democrats have largely failed muster a defence – with the exception of a viral speech that showed the kind of backbone the party needs.

Republicans are going to new extremes to silence opponents. Democrats have largely failed muster a defence – with the exception of a viral speech that showed the kind of backbone the party needs.

26 Apr 2022 - 1:30AM
Tim Cook of Apple and financier Ray Dalio should register as agents for China, US panel hears

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an advisory panel, is told that the business executives ‘kowtow’ to Beijing.

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an advisory panel, is told that the business executives ‘kowtow’ to Beijing.

15 Apr 2022 - 6:02AM
Ukraine war: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warns China over Russia ties

“The world’s attitude towards China … may well be affected by China’s reaction to our call for resolute action on Russia,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says.

“The world’s attitude towards China … may well be affected by China’s reaction to our call for resolute action on Russia,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says.

14 Apr 2022 - 5:11AM
US and India pledge to deepen military cooperation in push for ‘larger relevance’ in Indo-Pacific

US defence secretary Lloyd cites China threat in ‘2+2’ dialogue that also included his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, following President Joe Biden’s call with his counterpart Narendra Modi.

US defence secretary Lloyd cites China threat in ‘2+2’ dialogue that also included his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, following President Joe Biden’s call with his counterpart Narendra Modi.

12 Apr 2022 - 8:54AM
On Balance | West cheers for democracy in Ukraine while ignoring its slow demise at home

While the US and its allies are united in supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russian authoritarianism, cracks below the surface are spreading. Right-wing attacks on minority groups such as the passing of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill are a sobering reminder that democracy must be fought for at home too.

While the US and its allies are united in supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russian authoritarianism, cracks below the surface are spreading. Right-wing attacks on minority groups such as the passing of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill are a sobering reminder that democracy must be fought for at home too.

12 Apr 2022 - 3:29AM
US plans trade meetings with Asean leaders as it retools Indo-Pacific strategy

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will focus on infrastructure, decarbonisation and clean energy, says a US Commerce Department official.

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will focus on infrastructure, decarbonisation and clean energy, says a US Commerce Department official.

7 Apr 2022 - 5:43AM
US trade representative says efforts on a phase-two deal with China have faltered

‘We need to turn the page on the old playbook,’ Katherine Tai tells Congress, saying talks to build on the phase-one deal ‘have been unduly difficult’.

‘We need to turn the page on the old playbook,’ Katherine Tai tells Congress, saying talks to build on the phase-one deal ‘have been unduly difficult’.

31 Mar 2022 - 8:35AM
On Balance | How Putin’s Ukraine invasion is driving a wedge between Trump and the Republicans

While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bogs down, one of Vladimir Putin’s most ardent supporters is also showing signs of weakness. Recent developments suggest a waning appetite among Republicans to keep standing with Donald Trump.

While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bogs down, one of Vladimir Putin’s most ardent supporters is also showing signs of weakness. Recent developments suggest a waning appetite among Republicans to keep standing with Donald Trump.

29 Mar 2022 - 3:30AM
Intel’s apology for call to boycott Xinjiang criticised in US Senate hearing

CEO challenged after backtracking on request that partners not use workers or products from Chinese region where Uygurs were allegedly subject to forced labour.

CEO challenged after backtracking on request that partners not use workers or products from Chinese region where Uygurs were allegedly subject to forced labour.

24 Mar 2022 - 2:52PM
22 Mar 2022 - 8:00PM
Ukraine war: China’s envoy to US says Beijing is sending humanitarian aid, not weapons

Ambassador Qin Gang says China has ‘normal economic, financial [and] energy cooperation with Russia’, and says calls for condemnation of Russia are ‘naive’.

Ambassador Qin Gang says China has ‘normal economic, financial [and] energy cooperation with Russia’, and says calls for condemnation of Russia are ‘naive’.

21 Mar 2022 - 3:27AM
Ukraine war: Xi Jinping calls for cooperation, Biden warns of consequences in two-hour call

‘The Ukraine crisis is something we don’t want to see,’ Xi says, while Biden ‘made clear the implications and consequences of China providing material support’ to Russia.

‘The Ukraine crisis is something we don’t want to see,’ Xi says, while Biden ‘made clear the implications and consequences of China providing material support’ to Russia.

23 Mar 2022 - 10:57AM
Ukraine war: Biden will tell Xi any support of Russia comes with ‘costs’, top US diplomat says

The two leaders will speak on Friday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine.

The two leaders will speak on Friday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine.

18 Mar 2022 - 7:23AM
Ukraine war: US senator blames Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for starting Russia’s bio lab accusation

Senate committee told it is ‘extraordinary’ for Moscow to push the US TV host’s claims while detaining a Russian journalist who protested about misinformation.

Senate committee told it is ‘extraordinary’ for Moscow to push the US TV host’s claims while detaining a Russian journalist who protested about misinformation.

18 Mar 2022 - 12:06AM
Does Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China still carry weight?

In this issue of Global Impact, we mark the 50th anniversary of US president Richard Nixon flying to China to meet Chairman Mao. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we mark the 50th anniversary of US president Richard Nixon flying to China to meet Chairman Mao. 

7 Mar 2022 - 2:00PM
On Balance | People’s Republic of Florida? How Republicans’ rhetoric echoes that of Russia and China

The policies pushed by Florida Republicans bear strong resemblance to those embraced by Chinese and Russian conservatives and nationalists. They include greater self-reliance, mandated patriotism and keeping women, the LGBT community and ethnic minority groups in their place.

The policies pushed by Florida Republicans bear strong resemblance to those embraced by Chinese and Russian conservatives and nationalists. They include greater self-reliance, mandated patriotism and keeping women, the LGBT community and ethnic minority groups in their place.

1 Mar 2022 - 5:40AM
Ukraine invasion: Volodymyr Zelensky requests EU membership; Switzerland breaks neutral stance

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was requesting immediate EU accession under a new special procedure, and traditionally neutral Switzerland pledged to follow EU sanctions against Moscow.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was requesting immediate EU accession under a new special procedure, and traditionally neutral Switzerland pledged to follow EU sanctions against Moscow.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:14PM
US must get tough on fighting Chinese cyber espionage, congressional advisory panel is told

Private firms like Google and Microsoft will have to play an active role in government efforts, members of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hear.

Private firms like Google and Microsoft will have to play an active role in government efforts, members of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hear.

18 Feb 2022 - 9:11AM
On Balance | Criticism of human rights abuses drowned out as cancer of political violence grows in US

China’s selection of a Uygur athlete as an Olympic torch bearer drew criticism and renewed claims of human rights abuses from the West. But with Trump-era rhetoric, advocating that brute force is the way forward for America, growing louder, Beijing believes it can prevail.

China’s selection of a Uygur athlete as an Olympic torch bearer drew criticism and renewed claims of human rights abuses from the West. But with Trump-era rhetoric, advocating that brute force is the way forward for America, growing louder, Beijing believes it can prevail.

15 Feb 2022 - 2:12AM