Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the Post's US bureau chief, which he joined after nearly 20 years in journalism. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg.
Robert Delaney
Robert Delaney is the Post's US bureau chief, which he joined after nearly 20 years in journalism. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg.

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On Balance | Donald Trump has no deep convictions about Hong Kong or democracy, he just wants to win an election

The US president has changed his mind about the Hong Kong protests because taking Xi Jinping’s side would hurt his re-election chances. His flip-flop on Hong Kong is also indicative of his failing trade war with China.

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The US president has changed his mind about the Hong Kong protests because taking Xi Jinping’s side would hurt his re-election chances. His flip-flop on Hong Kong is also indicative of his failing trade war with China.

Donald Trump has no deep convictions about Hong Kong or democracy, he just wants to win an election
Huawei wins 90-day reprieve on US supply ban, but affiliate blacklist expands

Commerce Department extends temporary general licence until November in reprieve announced same day previous extension due to expire.

20 Aug 2019 - 1:16AM

Commerce Department extends temporary general licence until November in reprieve announced same day previous extension due to expire.

Huawei wins 90-day reprieve on US supply ban, but affiliate blacklist expands
Donald Trump urges Xi Jinping to meet Hong Kong protesters, clarifies earlier tweet interpreted as an offer to meet Chinese president

Trump’s latest comments about Hong Kong suggest a meeting between Xi and protesters would yield an ‘enlightened ending’.

17 Aug 2019 - 1:41AM

Trump’s latest comments about Hong Kong suggest a meeting between Xi and protesters would yield an ‘enlightened ending’.

Donald Trump urges Xi Jinping to meet Hong Kong protesters, clarifies earlier tweet interpreted as an offer to meet Chinese president
Donald Trump suggests meeting with China’s Xi Jinping to reach ‘humane’ response to Hong Kong protests

Claiming China wants a deal to end the trade war badly, the US President said: ‘Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first! … Personal meeting?’

15 Aug 2019 - 9:02PM

Claiming China wants a deal to end the trade war badly, the US President said: ‘Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first! … Personal meeting?’

Donald Trump suggests meeting with China’s Xi Jinping to reach ‘humane’ response to Hong Kong protests
‘Appalling’ that pro-Beijing newspaper in Hong Kong printed US diplomat’s personal information, ex-envoy Kurt Tong says

Former US consul Kurt Tong says the Chinese-language newspaper Ta Kung Pao should apologise for publishing the names of an American diplomat’s children and a picture of her meeting with pro-democracy activists.

10 Aug 2019 - 5:33AM

Former US consul Kurt Tong says the Chinese-language newspaper Ta Kung Pao should apologise for publishing the names of an American diplomat’s children and a picture of her meeting with pro-democracy activists.

‘Appalling’ that pro-Beijing newspaper in Hong Kong printed US diplomat’s personal information, ex-envoy Kurt Tong says
Ex-US envoy Kurt Tong says ‘threshold should be high’ for US lawmakers to change Hong Kong’s special status

Recently retired consul general calls for restraint from politicians seeking to review a US law that treats the territory as separate from mainland China.

9 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

Recently retired consul general calls for restraint from politicians seeking to review a US law that treats the territory as separate from mainland China.

Ex-US envoy Kurt Tong says ‘threshold should be high’ for US lawmakers to change Hong Kong’s special status
On Balance | When Hong Kong civil servants protest too, can China still blame American ‘black hands’ for the unrest?

With 1,400 US companies in Hong Kong, Washington has little to gain from increased political risk in the city. Are those who blame the unrest on the US blind to the fact that Hong Kong public servants have joined the movement too?

6 Aug 2019 - 9:31AM

With 1,400 US companies in Hong Kong, Washington has little to gain from increased political risk in the city. Are those who blame the unrest on the US blind to the fact that Hong Kong public servants have joined the movement too?

When Hong Kong civil servants protest too, can China still blame American ‘black hands’ for the unrest?
China suspends purchases of US farm products in retaliation for ‘serious violation’ of trade deal between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump

Trump’s levying of a new 10 per cent tariff on Chinese imports was ‘a serious violation of the consensus of the heads of state’, China’s official news agency says.

6 Aug 2019 - 10:53PM

Trump’s levying of a new 10 per cent tariff on Chinese imports was ‘a serious violation of the consensus of the heads of state’, China’s official news agency says.

China suspends purchases of US farm products in retaliation for ‘serious violation’ of trade deal between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump
China’s ambassador to US blames ‘ill-intentioned’ external forces for Hong Kong protests

While not naming the US directly, ambassador Cui Tiankai says some in the West seek to use the unrest as ‘a bridgehead to attack the mainland’s system’.

3 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

While not naming the US directly, ambassador Cui Tiankai says some in the West seek to use the unrest as ‘a bridgehead to attack the mainland’s system’.

China’s ambassador to US blames ‘ill-intentioned’ external forces for Hong Kong protests
Donald Trump says US to hit US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods with 10 per cent tariff

The president’s announcement comes after the latest round of trade talks between the world’s two largest economies, marking the biggest escalation in the trade war since May.

2 Aug 2019 - 3:01PM

The president’s announcement comes after the latest round of trade talks between the world’s two largest economies, marking the biggest escalation in the trade war since May.

Donald Trump says US to hit US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods with 10 per cent tariff
JD.com founder Richard Liu is exonerated of rape claim by newly released evidence, his lawyer says

The young woman told Liu’s lawyer she preferred to settle the matter with a cash payment and an apology from the billionaire, police records reveal.

27 Jul 2019 - 5:24AM

The young woman told Liu’s lawyer she preferred to settle the matter with a cash payment and an apology from the billionaire, police records reveal.

JD.com founder Richard Liu is exonerated of rape claim by newly released evidence, his lawyer says
On Balance | America needs to realise its real fight with China lies beyond economics

Regardless of the outcome of the trade war, China will become the world’s largest economy in the not-too-distant future. But there are many metrics to rank countries: the US might lag in some but shouldn’t slip from the moral high ground.

23 Jul 2019 - 5:59AM

Regardless of the outcome of the trade war, China will become the world’s largest economy in the not-too-distant future. But there are many metrics to rank countries: the US might lag in some but shouldn’t slip from the moral high ground.

America needs to realise its real fight with China lies beyond economics
Trade war is harming American economy more than China’s, claims official sent to US to defend Beijing’s position

US tariffs not the main cause of China’s slowing growth, Bi Jiyao, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, says.

18 Jul 2019 - 2:15PM

US tariffs not the main cause of China’s slowing growth, Bi Jiyao, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, says.

Trade war is harming American economy more than China’s, claims official sent to US to defend Beijing’s position
How unwitting users of WeChat aid the Chinese messaging app’s blacklisting of sensitive images

WeChat uses censorship mechanisms to screen images sent between users in one-to-one and group chats, according to research from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:02PM

WeChat uses censorship mechanisms to screen images sent between users in one-to-one and group chats, according to research from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

How unwitting users of WeChat aid the Chinese messaging app’s blacklisting of sensitive images
US charges Chinese software engineer Xudong Yao with stealing trade secrets from former American employer

The suspect, also known as William Yao, is considered a fugitive and is believed to be back in China, US prosecutors say.

12 Jul 2019 - 6:26AM

The suspect, also known as William Yao, is considered a fugitive and is believed to be back in China, US prosecutors say.

US charges Chinese software engineer Xudong Yao with stealing trade secrets from former American employer
US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it

Washington has already turned to private capital to spur fifth-generation wireless development, federal officials tell Commerce Department’s BIS 2019 forum.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:31PM

Washington has already turned to private capital to spur fifth-generation wireless development, federal officials tell Commerce Department’s BIS 2019 forum.

US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it
On Balance | Donald Trump’s bizarre theatrics are a brilliant tactic to distract Americans from the climate crisis

The deluge of headlines about Trump’s Independence Day celebration has drowned out the fact that extreme weather forced the cancellation of fireworks in Alaska – just the latest example of the president’s strategy to keep global warming off the radar.

9 Jul 2019 - 3:34AM

The deluge of headlines about Trump’s Independence Day celebration has drowned out the fact that extreme weather forced the cancellation of fireworks in Alaska – just the latest example of the president’s strategy to keep global warming off the radar.

Donald Trump’s bizarre theatrics are a brilliant tactic to distract Americans from the climate crisis
US Department of Agriculture reports surprise soybean deal with China just a day before Donald Trump-Xi Jinping G20 meeting

Amid tense trade war, the USDA says Chinese importers bought 544,000 tonnes of American soybeans.

29 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

Amid tense trade war, the USDA says Chinese importers bought 544,000 tonnes of American soybeans.

US Department of Agriculture reports surprise soybean deal with China just a day before Donald Trump-Xi Jinping G20 meeting
MIT president criticises Washington for ‘unfounded suspicions’ about Chinese academics

L. Rafael Reif tells Massachusetts Institute of Technology community that researchers of Chinese background feel ‘stigmatised and on edge’ as US government has stepped up scrutiny of mainland Chinese.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:31PM

L. Rafael Reif tells Massachusetts Institute of Technology community that researchers of Chinese background feel ‘stigmatised and on edge’ as US government has stepped up scrutiny of mainland Chinese.

MIT president criticises Washington for ‘unfounded suspicions’ about Chinese academics
On Balance | US criticism of China rings hollow when America itself has betrayed its own ideals

The Chinese state may have turned its back on political liberalisation, but the US, too, has subverted its own proud traditions. The debate on whose culture is superior is one Trump’s America can’t win.

11 Jun 2019 - 3:19AM

The Chinese state may have turned its back on political liberalisation, but the US, too, has subverted its own proud traditions. The debate on whose culture is superior is one Trump’s America can’t win.

US criticism of China rings hollow when America itself has betrayed its own ideals
Hawkish US VP Mike Pence will speak on China – and is expected to slam it over its human rights and religious freedom record

Pence spoke last year in confrontational tones, condemning Beijing for the ‘control and oppression’ of its citizens.

7 Jun 2019 - 3:32AM

Pence spoke last year in confrontational tones, condemning Beijing for the ‘control and oppression’ of its citizens.

Hawkish US VP Mike Pence will speak on China – and is expected to slam it over its human rights and religious freedom record
Journalists with Chinese state broadcaster CGTN in US denied passes to cover Congress

Authorities deny CGTN America’s application for renewal of credentials that give reporters access to press galleries in Senate, House of Representatives.

2 Jun 2019 - 11:57AM

Authorities deny CGTN America’s application for renewal of credentials that give reporters access to press galleries in Senate, House of Representatives.

Journalists with Chinese state broadcaster CGTN in US denied passes to cover Congress
On Balance | The grave threat to US civilisation is not China, but climate change

For its own profit, the Trump administration wants to downplay the challenge of global warming, and flooding the media with dire warnings about China is one way to distract voters.

28 May 2019 - 3:58AM

For its own profit, the Trump administration wants to downplay the challenge of global warming, and flooding the media with dire warnings about China is one way to distract voters.

The grave threat to US civilisation is not China, but climate change
Chinese studying in US become ‘political cannon fodder’ as visa process tightens amid feud

Some university students have been stuck in limbo as the waiting time for visas grows longer and the US government demands more information.

24 May 2019 - 5:42AM

Some university students have been stuck in limbo as the waiting time for visas grows longer and the US government demands more information.

Chinese studying in US become ‘political cannon fodder’ as visa process tightens amid feud
US warns companies of security threats posed by Chinese-made drones

Department of Homeland Security issues alert over ‘risks’ associated with such devices, urges firms to ‘be aware’ of whether data is being stored by vendor

21 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Department of Homeland Security issues alert over ‘risks’ associated with such devices, urges firms to ‘be aware’ of whether data is being stored by vendor

US warns companies of security threats posed by Chinese-made drones
On Balance | The anti-China blaze of hostility Donald Trump started may sink trade talks

Even if he wanted to, the US president can no longer contain the anti-China hostility he unleashed in his run for the Oval Office. America’s hard line makes any trade deal unlikely.

14 May 2019 - 12:01PM

Even if he wanted to, the US president can no longer contain the anti-China hostility he unleashed in his run for the Oval Office. America’s hard line makes any trade deal unlikely.

The anti-China blaze of hostility Donald Trump started may sink trade talks
No resolution as US-China trade war talks end and Beijing delegation reportedly prepares to leave Washington

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said negotiations had ended for the day but still characterised them as constructive.

11 May 2019 - 5:51PM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said negotiations had ended for the day but still characterised them as constructive.

No resolution as US-China trade war talks end and Beijing delegation reportedly prepares to leave Washington
Chinese ‘hacker’ Wang Fujie who obtained details of 78 million people is charged in US with ‘one of the worst data breaches in history’

Wang Fujie has been charged along with another unnamed individual with hacking the computer systems of four companies including a US-based health insurer. The data stolen included the personally identifiable information of 78 million people.

10 May 2019 - 10:18PM

Wang Fujie has been charged along with another unnamed individual with hacking the computer systems of four companies including a US-based health insurer. The data stolen included the personally identifiable information of 78 million people.

Chinese ‘hacker’ Wang Fujie who obtained details of 78 million people is charged in US with ‘one of the worst data breaches in history’
Donald Trump says trade deal with China may still happen after Xi Jinping sent him a ‘beautiful letter’

The US president told reporters that the letter said ‘Let’s work together, let’s see if we can get something done’. He suggested his threats to raise tariffs on US$200 billion of imports had helped speed up the reconciliation process.

10 May 2019 - 2:03PM

The US president told reporters that the letter said ‘Let’s work together, let’s see if we can get something done’. He suggested his threats to raise tariffs on US$200 billion of imports had helped speed up the reconciliation process.

Donald Trump says trade deal with China may still happen after Xi Jinping sent him a ‘beautiful letter’
Beijing threatens to respond to US after Donald Trump repeats plan to keep trade war tariffs in place

US president accuses Beijing of trying to negotiate with his political foes to avoid having to make concessions. Beijing pledges countermeasures.

9 May 2019 - 12:47PM

US president accuses Beijing of trying to negotiate with his political foes to avoid having to make concessions. Beijing pledges countermeasures.

Beijing threatens to respond to US after Donald Trump repeats plan to keep trade war tariffs in place