Robert Delaney

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Robert Delaney

US Bureau Chief; Columnist

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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Do the numbers in Donald Trump’s ‘phase one’ trade deal work? US critics worry they don’t

Concerns include a lack of specifics on farm purchase commitments and enforcement mechanisms, a shortage of trust on both sides and the US president’s mercurial negotiating style.

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Concerns include a lack of specifics on farm purchase commitments and enforcement mechanisms, a shortage of trust on both sides and the US president’s mercurial negotiating style.

Do the numbers in Donald Trump’s ‘phase one’ trade deal work? US critics worry they don’t
Trade war: China using talks to prevent relations with US spinning out of control, former minister says

China is using trade talks to keep relations with US from spinning out of control after Washington passed legislation on Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Chen Deming says.

13 Dec 2019 - 9:01PM

China is using trade talks to keep relations with US from spinning out of control after Washington passed legislation on Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Chen Deming says.

Trade war: China using talks to prevent relations with US spinning out of control, former minister says
Pentagon’s top official on Asia policy, Randall Schriver, quits his post

Randall Schriver is a vocal critic of Beijing and the first US official to call the internment facilities in Xinjiang ‘concentration camps’.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:04PM

Randall Schriver is a vocal critic of Beijing and the first US official to call the internment facilities in Xinjiang ‘concentration camps’.

Pentagon’s top official on Asia policy, Randall Schriver, quits his post
Trade war: US-China deal deadline ‘likely to be missed’, former US trade negotiator Wendy Cutler says

US and China likely to miss a looming deadline to reach a trade war deal as ‘the last mile is always the most difficult’, ex-US trade official says.

12 Dec 2019 - 10:44AM

US and China likely to miss a looming deadline to reach a trade war deal as ‘the last mile is always the most difficult’, ex-US trade official says.

Trade war: US-China deal deadline ‘likely to be missed’, former US trade negotiator Wendy Cutler says
On Balance | As Xinjiang makes international news, China’s counterattacks against the US miss the mark

Beijing is right that US history is far from blameless and Washington is overzealous in labelling China a ‘threat’. That doesn’t change the fact that its Xinjiang policies are indefensible and will only make it more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

10 Dec 2019 - 4:38AM

Beijing is right that US history is far from blameless and Washington is overzealous in labelling China a ‘threat’. That doesn’t change the fact that its Xinjiang policies are indefensible and will only make it more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

As Xinjiang makes international news, China’s counterattacks against the US miss the mark
No ‘arbitrary deadline’ in US-China trade talks as new tariffs loom, says White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow

Senior official confirms December 15 still ‘important date’ for new round of US tariffs on Chinese goods.

9 Dec 2019 - 9:29AM

Senior official confirms December 15 still ‘important date’ for new round of US tariffs on Chinese goods.

No ‘arbitrary deadline’ in US-China trade talks as new tariffs loom, says White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow
China’s man in Washington says US building ‘Berlin Wall’ against Beijing

Barriers to China in economic, technological and ideological fields likened to cold war symbol.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:29PM

Barriers to China in economic, technological and ideological fields likened to cold war symbol.

China’s man in Washington says US building ‘Berlin Wall’ against Beijing
US-China trade deal might wait until after 2020 election, says US commerce chief Wilbur Ross

Commerce secretary confirms comments Donald Trump made in London about possible extended timeline for trade talks; says ‘no big meetings scheduled right now’ and no signing date

4 Dec 2019 - 7:39AM

Commerce secretary confirms comments Donald Trump made in London about possible extended timeline for trade talks; says ‘no big meetings scheduled right now’ and no signing date

US-China trade deal might wait until after 2020 election, says US commerce chief Wilbur Ross
Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, brushing off China’s warnings

Trump signs legislation that could sanction the Hong Kong government for not maintaining its autonomy from Mainland China, which has blasted the act as ‘meddling’ and vowed ‘consequences’ if the US leader signed it.

28 Nov 2019 - 11:13PM

Trump signs legislation that could sanction the Hong Kong government for not maintaining its autonomy from Mainland China, which has blasted the act as ‘meddling’ and vowed ‘consequences’ if the US leader signed it.

Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, brushing off China’s warnings
US ambassador Terry Branstad expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Hong Kong after Chinese protest over human rights act

Foreign ministry summoned envoy to lodge another protest about American ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs - the third official complaint about the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

26 Nov 2019 - 11:25PM

Foreign ministry summoned envoy to lodge another protest about American ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs - the third official complaint about the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

US ambassador Terry Branstad expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Hong Kong after Chinese protest over human rights act
US lawmakers voice support for the message Hong Kong voters are sending to Beijing

But President Donald Trump and his State Department remained silent on the pro-democracy candidates’ lopsided victory on Sunday.

26 Nov 2019 - 2:52PM

But President Donald Trump and his State Department remained silent on the pro-democracy candidates’ lopsided victory on Sunday.

US lawmakers voice support for the message Hong Kong voters are sending to Beijing
On Balance | Why Donald Trump is the weakest link on the ideological front in the US’ cold war with China

The US’ strength is derived from the way its leaders have stood up to authoritarian regimes at key junctures. The US president, who professes to admire leaders of countries who do not share America’s values, would do well to remember this.

26 Nov 2019 - 4:20AM

The US’ strength is derived from the way its leaders have stood up to authoritarian regimes at key junctures. The US president, who professes to admire leaders of countries who do not share America’s values, would do well to remember this.

Why Donald Trump is the weakest link on the ideological front in the US’ cold war with China
Donald Trump says ‘very good chance’ of reaching trade deal with China but Hong Kong unrest is ‘complicating factor’

Praising both ‘freedom’ and Xi Jinping, Trump wouldn’t say whether he will sign legislation backing Hong Kong’s protesters that passed in the US Congress this week.

26 Nov 2019 - 8:09PM

Praising both ‘freedom’ and Xi Jinping, Trump wouldn’t say whether he will sign legislation backing Hong Kong’s protesters that passed in the US Congress this week.

Donald Trump says ‘very good chance’ of reaching trade deal with China but Hong Kong unrest is ‘complicating factor’
Donald Trump likely to sign US’ Hong Kong democracy bill, sponsor Marco Rubio says

‘My understanding is that they will sign’ the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, senator tells CNBC. Pundits say the president is in no position to push back, even if signing the bill complicates his effort to end the trade war.

23 Nov 2019 - 2:40PM

‘My understanding is that they will sign’ the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, senator tells CNBC. Pundits say the president is in no position to push back, even if signing the bill complicates his effort to end the trade war.

Donald Trump likely to sign US’ Hong Kong democracy bill, sponsor Marco Rubio says
Hong Kong human rights bill clears US Congress, is sent to Donald Trump to sign into law

Vote was an overwhelming 417-1 in favour of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Trump is expected to sign the legislation, Bloomberg reports.

21 Nov 2019 - 11:06AM

Vote was an overwhelming 417-1 in favour of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Trump is expected to sign the legislation, Bloomberg reports.

Hong Kong human rights bill clears US Congress, is sent to Donald Trump to sign into law
After Hong Kong democracy act passes, US lawmakers still have 150 other China-related bills to deliberate

Among the pending congressional legislation is a measure addressing ‘security threats’ caused by Beijing’s mass internment of Uygurs; other subjects include the fentanyl trade, political influence operations, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

21 Nov 2019 - 8:01AM

Among the pending congressional legislation is a measure addressing ‘security threats’ caused by Beijing’s mass internment of Uygurs; other subjects include the fentanyl trade, political influence operations, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

After Hong Kong democracy act passes, US lawmakers still have 150 other China-related bills to deliberate
Donald Trump set to have final say on Hong Kong democracy act as Senate passes it

The number of lawmakers co-sponsoring surged ahead of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act’s passage, following violence at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University.

21 Nov 2019 - 5:22PM

The number of lawmakers co-sponsoring surged ahead of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act’s passage, following violence at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University.

Donald Trump set to have final say on Hong Kong democracy act as Senate passes it
Chinese still choosing to study in US despite hostilities – but growth of the trend slows sharply

Rate of increase in the number of Chinese students in the US has been in uninterrupted decline for a decade, while the number of newly arriving Chinese undergraduates was almost flat.

19 Nov 2019 - 2:30AM

Rate of increase in the number of Chinese students in the US has been in uninterrupted decline for a decade, while the number of newly arriving Chinese undergraduates was almost flat.

Chinese still choosing to study in US despite hostilities – but growth of the trend slows sharply
If Beijing puts troops in Hong Kong, Washington should suspend the city’s trade status, US commission says

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission also says export control measures on mainland companies should be applied to their Hong Kong units, after China calls for tougher crackdown on anti-government protests.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:18AM

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission also says export control measures on mainland companies should be applied to their Hong Kong units, after China calls for tougher crackdown on anti-government protests.

If Beijing puts troops in Hong Kong, Washington should suspend the city’s trade status, US commission says
Marco Rubio, sponsor of Hong Kong pro-democracy bill, claims ‘very significant progress’ on the pending legislation

Rubio claims progress after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Hong Kong democracy bill but offers no details

14 Nov 2019 - 10:44AM

Rubio claims progress after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Hong Kong democracy bill but offers no details

Marco Rubio, sponsor of Hong Kong pro-democracy bill, claims ‘very significant progress’ on the pending legislation
China warned of ‘substantial’ trade war tariff increases by US President Donald Trump if deal is not reached

In a speech in New York, US President Donald Trump reiterates that scheduled 15 per cent tariffs will be imposed on December 15 if a deal is not reached.

13 Nov 2019 - 11:39AM

In a speech in New York, US President Donald Trump reiterates that scheduled 15 per cent tariffs will be imposed on December 15 if a deal is not reached.

China warned of ‘substantial’ trade war tariff increases by US President Donald Trump if deal is not reached
On Balance | Why a small election in Kentucky is bad news for Donald Trump – and China

Not only could the electoral defeat of the US state’s China-friendly Republican governor Matt Bevin foreshadow the 2020 presidential election, but it also reflects the rapidly hardening attitudes towards China within the US establishment.

12 Nov 2019 - 8:27PM

Not only could the electoral defeat of the US state’s China-friendly Republican governor Matt Bevin foreshadow the 2020 presidential election, but it also reflects the rapidly hardening attitudes towards China within the US establishment.

Why a small election in Kentucky is bad news for Donald Trump – and China
Donald Trump denies agreeing to roll back trade war tariffs on China, despite earlier reports

Beijing’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that the two sides had agreed to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods if a ‘phase one’ trade deal were completed.

9 Nov 2019 - 11:21PM

Beijing’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that the two sides had agreed to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods if a ‘phase one’ trade deal were completed.

Donald Trump denies agreeing to roll back trade war tariffs on China, despite earlier reports
The latest Chinese tech threat to US security? Lawmakers take aim at TikTok

A Senate subcommittee says the personal data of the popular video app’s users is at risk of hacking by Beijing. Also drawing fire was US tech giant Apple, for accommodating China’s new cybersecurity law and storing its users’ data on local servers.

6 Nov 2019 - 8:02AM

A Senate subcommittee says the personal data of the popular video app’s users is at risk of hacking by Beijing. Also drawing fire was US tech giant Apple, for accommodating China’s new cybersecurity law and storing its users’ data on local servers.

The latest Chinese tech threat to US security? Lawmakers take aim at TikTok
China wins WTO case to sanction US$3.6 billion in US products following anti-dumping dispute

Case predates tariff war between world’s two largest economies, but adds tension as trade war talks continue.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:22PM

Case predates tariff war between world’s two largest economies, but adds tension as trade war talks continue.

China wins WTO case to sanction US$3.6 billion in US products following anti-dumping dispute
Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

31 Oct 2019 - 4:18AM

Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November.

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question
US-China trade deal at Apec would be temporary pause in ‘a growing storm’, experts say

Outstanding issues including Beijing’s likely reluctance to enforce agreements threaten to prevent the two sides from stabilising the relationship, experts say.

30 Oct 2019 - 5:32AM

Outstanding issues including Beijing’s likely reluctance to enforce agreements threaten to prevent the two sides from stabilising the relationship, experts say.

US-China trade deal at Apec would be temporary pause in ‘a growing storm’, experts say
On Balance | Mike Pence’s China speech is just a symptom of Donald Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, drowning out more rational voices

The vice-president gave two speeches in one: for those in the US who still don’t realise the trade war is hurting them, the other for the realists who know how global supply chains work.

29 Oct 2019 - 8:28AM

The vice-president gave two speeches in one: for those in the US who still don’t realise the trade war is hurting them, the other for the realists who know how global supply chains work.

Mike Pence’s China speech is just a symptom of Donald Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, drowning out more rational voices
US Senate bill calls for ending sale of crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong

The proposal mirrors bipartisan legislation that passed in the US House of Representatives last week.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:23AM

The proposal mirrors bipartisan legislation that passed in the US House of Representatives last week.

US Senate bill calls for ending sale of crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong
China says Peter Navarro’s fictional source shows that US makes ‘policies based on lies’

Chinese government connects a White House adviser’s fake expert in his 2011 book to a Mike Pompeo comment about the CIA’s lying and cheating.

23 Oct 2019 - 11:26PM

Chinese government connects a White House adviser’s fake expert in his 2011 book to a Mike Pompeo comment about the CIA’s lying and cheating.

China says Peter Navarro’s fictional source shows that US makes ‘policies based on lies’