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 | 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
In abrupt move, Donald Trump says 10 per cent China tariffs will rise to 25 per cent on Friday

Trump announced the move on Twitter, suggesting he was not satisfied with the pace of negotiations.

7 May 2019 - 3:52AM

Trump announced the move on Twitter, suggesting he was not satisfied with the pace of negotiations.

In abrupt move, Donald Trump says 10 per cent China tariffs will rise to 25 per cent on Friday
Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, an ex-CIA officer, pleads guilty to spying for China

Jerry Chun Shing Lee admits he conspired to spy for China and unlawfully retained classified information.

2 May 2019 - 9:12PM

Jerry Chun Shing Lee admits he conspired to spy for China and unlawfully retained classified information.

Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, an ex-CIA officer, pleads guilty to spying for China
On Balance | As the US ramps up accusations, China stops appealing to ‘the feelings’ of its people and gets to work on alliances

US attacks on Beijing are reaching a crescendo, so China is moving away from its standard tactic of emotional appeals and towards reason-driven appeals to a global audience.

30 Apr 2019 - 3:40AM

US attacks on Beijing are reaching a crescendo, so China is moving away from its standard tactic of emotional appeals and towards reason-driven appeals to a global audience.

As the US ramps up accusations, China stops appealing to ‘the feelings’ of its people and gets to work on alliances
United States under Donald Trump is veering away from China’s belt and road

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge for the second Belt and Road Forum. In the last of our four-part series, Nectar Gan and Robert Delaney look at the shift in the United States’ stance on China’s mega initiative.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge for the second Belt and Road Forum. In the last of our four-part series, Nectar Gan and Robert Delaney look at the shift in the United States’ stance on China’s mega initiative.

United States under Donald Trump is veering away from China’s belt and road
JD.com describes lawsuit as ‘meritless’ after student in Minnesota accuses Richard Liu of rape

The civil suit puts Chinese billionaire Liu back in the spotlight four months after prosecutors announced that criminal charges would not be filed in the case.

18 Apr 2019 - 1:49AM

The civil suit puts Chinese billionaire Liu back in the spotlight four months after prosecutors announced that criminal charges would not be filed in the case.

JD.com describes lawsuit as ‘meritless’ after student in Minnesota accuses Richard Liu of rape
On Balance | The self-defeating logic in Steve Bannon’s rallying cry against China-friendly corporate America

Although US foreign policy hawks do have valid concerns about China’s creation of a non-rules-based world order and US businesses’ problematic embrace of China, blaming or even persecuting US companies is not the answer.

16 Apr 2019 - 8:15PM

Although US foreign policy hawks do have valid concerns about China’s creation of a non-rules-based world order and US businesses’ problematic embrace of China, blaming or even persecuting US companies is not the answer.

The self-defeating logic in Steve Bannon’s rallying cry against China-friendly corporate America
Encouraging signs for US-China business ties in cloud computing access talks

Hopeful mood at China Institute panel discussion as trade war talks near conclusion.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:54PM

Hopeful mood at China Institute panel discussion as trade war talks near conclusion.

Encouraging signs for US-China business ties in cloud computing access talks
Steve Bannon accuses US firms of selling out amid ‘enslavement of the Chinese people’

Business and cultural ties with China have helped Communist Party dismantle world built on free citizenry, former White House chief strategist says, calling stopping China’s advance ‘the defining event of our time’.

11 Apr 2019 - 10:56PM

Business and cultural ties with China have helped Communist Party dismantle world built on free citizenry, former White House chief strategist says, calling stopping China’s advance ‘the defining event of our time’.

Steve Bannon accuses US firms of selling out amid ‘enslavement of the Chinese people’
MIT cuts funding ties with Huawei and ZTE citing US investigations

No new engagements or renewals of existing ones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, explaining that partnerships with certain countries need extra scrutiny.

4 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

No new engagements or renewals of existing ones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, explaining that partnerships with certain countries need extra scrutiny.

MIT cuts funding ties with Huawei and ZTE citing US investigations
On Balance | If friends of Huawei want to hit the US where it hurts, they should tackle the legitimacy of US sanctions

Beijing’s supporters won’t have a strong case against Washington if they focus on legal rights of individuals. They need to ask different questions, like: what gives the US the right to ban foreign companies from doing business with Iran?

2 Apr 2019 - 2:44AM

Beijing’s supporters won’t have a strong case against Washington if they focus on legal rights of individuals. They need to ask different questions, like: what gives the US the right to ban foreign companies from doing business with Iran?

If friends of Huawei want to hit the US where it hurts, they should tackle the legitimacy of US sanctions
China’s island-building and ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ are part of same defence strategy, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Infrastructure deals and building in South China Sea are both about national security, he says, drawing a closer link between the two and adding that Asia is waking up to the threat of agreeing to projects on Beijing’s terms.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM

Infrastructure deals and building in South China Sea are both about national security, he says, drawing a closer link between the two and adding that Asia is waking up to the threat of agreeing to projects on Beijing’s terms.

China’s island-building and ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ are part of same defence strategy, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Shutting the gates of academia: American universities cut ties to Huawei and Confucius Institute

The University of Minnesota ends programmes with both after US government efforts to restrict the relationships, in a political climate of growing concern and suspicion about China encouraged by the Trump administration.

19 Mar 2019 - 9:29PM

The University of Minnesota ends programmes with both after US government efforts to restrict the relationships, in a political climate of growing concern and suspicion about China encouraged by the Trump administration.

Shutting the gates of academia: American universities cut ties to Huawei and Confucius Institute
On Balance | A Donald Trump who’s sceptical of tech and Boeing is a friend of China

The US president’s remarks on the Boeing crash underline his prejudice against innovation and Silicon Valley. Trump would like supporters to believe that he can bring back the 20th century and take back manufacturing jobs from China.

19 Mar 2019 - 3:03AM

The US president’s remarks on the Boeing crash underline his prejudice against innovation and Silicon Valley. Trump would like supporters to believe that he can bring back the 20th century and take back manufacturing jobs from China.

A Donald Trump who’s sceptical of tech and Boeing is a friend of China
Cindy Yang, alleged brothel spa founder pictured with Donald Trump, is dismissed by Asian-American Republican group

The National Committee of Asian American Republicans says it dismissed Yang after reports she was connected to a chain of spas that allegedly provide sexual services.

11 Apr 2019 - 11:50PM

The National Committee of Asian American Republicans says it dismissed Yang after reports she was connected to a chain of spas that allegedly provide sexual services.

Cindy Yang, alleged brothel spa founder pictured with Donald Trump, is dismissed by Asian-American Republican group
Opinion | Stumbles over Meng Wanzhou’s arrest won’t help the US case against Huawei

The US and Canada, where the mother of four is now expected to be detained for an extended period as she fights extradition to the US, have a PR headache on their hands.

5 Mar 2019 - 4:41AM

The US and Canada, where the mother of four is now expected to be detained for an extended period as she fights extradition to the US, have a PR headache on their hands.

Stumbles over Meng Wanzhou’s arrest won’t help the US case against Huawei
Bright spots seen in Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting despite lack of formal accord

What has been viewed as a failure in Hanoi could actually provide a stronger foundation for future talks, according to an expert on US-Korea policy.

2 Mar 2019 - 7:03AM

What has been viewed as a failure in Hanoi could actually provide a stronger foundation for future talks, according to an expert on US-Korea policy.

Bright spots seen in Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting despite lack of formal accord
US-China trade war was supposed to save American industry, but it is forcing companies to look overseas

Bumble Bee Seafoods, Cap America and Char-Broil among those considering their options, with manufacturers potentially needing to cut jobs to deal with tariffs.

5 Mar 2019 - 5:02PM

Bumble Bee Seafoods, Cap America and Char-Broil among those considering their options, with manufacturers potentially needing to cut jobs to deal with tariffs.

US-China trade war was supposed to save American industry, but it is forcing companies to look overseas
US Justice Department official calls China a ‘foreign adversary’ that lacks commitment to rule of law

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticises Beijing, particularly over Uygur detentions, in remarks reflecting Trump administration’s view that China is a threat on multiple fronts.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:53AM

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticises Beijing, particularly over Uygur detentions, in remarks reflecting Trump administration’s view that China is a threat on multiple fronts.

US Justice Department official calls China a ‘foreign adversary’ that lacks commitment to rule of law
Donald Trump to delay extra tariffs on Chinese imports

US President Donald Trump cites ‘substantial progress’ in announcement that he will delay tariff hike.

25 Feb 2019 - 11:01PM

US President Donald Trump cites ‘substantial progress’ in announcement that he will delay tariff hike.

Donald Trump to delay extra tariffs on Chinese imports