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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Coronavirus: US outbreak now inevitable, leading American health official warns

‘It is not so much a question of if, but when,’ says Nancy Messonnier of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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‘It is not so much a question of if, but when,’ says Nancy Messonnier of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus: US outbreak now inevitable, leading American health official warns
Coronavirus: European Commission earmarks US$124 million to WHO response plan, biggest pledge so far

‘With more than 2,600 lives lost already, there is no option but to prepare at all levels,’ says Europe’s commissioner for crisis management.

25 Feb 2020 - 7:13AM

‘With more than 2,600 lives lost already, there is no option but to prepare at all levels,’ says Europe’s commissioner for crisis management.

Coronavirus: European Commission earmarks US$124 million to WHO response plan, biggest pledge so far
Coronavirus: cases have not yet peaked, Xi Jinping tells Politburo

Battles still to be fought at the epicentre of the epidemic, president says.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:00AM

Battles still to be fought at the epicentre of the epidemic, president says.

Coronavirus: cases have not yet peaked, Xi Jinping tells Politburo
Coronavirus: WHO says response to call for US$675 million in funding to battle outbreak is falling short

The World Health Organisation said earlier this month that US$675 million is needed to battle ‘public enemy No 1’; warns that containment strategy and vaccine are needed to prepare for worst case scenario.

21 Feb 2020 - 11:58PM

The World Health Organisation said earlier this month that US$675 million is needed to battle ‘public enemy No 1’; warns that containment strategy and vaccine are needed to prepare for worst case scenario.

Coronavirus: WHO says response to call for US$675 million in funding to battle outbreak is falling short
Coronavirus data from countries outside China still not being shared with WHO

‘It hasn’t been absolutely smooth sailing with any country so far,’ Michael Ryan, head of agency’s health emergency programmes, adding that it’s less a question of transparency than it is ‘the urgency and difficulties of gathering data in these situations’.

19 Feb 2020 - 7:24AM

‘It hasn’t been absolutely smooth sailing with any country so far,’ Michael Ryan, head of agency’s health emergency programmes, adding that it’s less a question of transparency than it is ‘the urgency and difficulties of gathering data in these situations’.

Coronavirus data from countries outside China still not being shared with WHO
US designates 5 Chinese state media outlets as Beijing operatives

Xinhua, China Daily and CGTN are among the outlets deemed ‘foreign missions’ by US State Department.

19 Feb 2020 - 7:44AM

Xinhua, China Daily and CGTN are among the outlets deemed ‘foreign missions’ by US State Department.

US designates 5 Chinese state media outlets as Beijing operatives
Coronavirus: vital to stop human-to-human spread in Wuhan, says China’s top expert as death toll hits 1,868

WHO delegation of medical experts heading to other regions after meetings in Beijing – but will not visit the outbreak’s epicentre of Hubei.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:49PM

WHO delegation of medical experts heading to other regions after meetings in Beijing – but will not visit the outbreak’s epicentre of Hubei.

Coronavirus: vital to stop human-to-human spread in Wuhan, says China’s top expert as death toll hits 1,868
On Balance | By violating US judicial norms, Donald Trump might be putting himself and China in a lose-lose situation

Trump’s penchant for directing judicial outcomes is making the US legal system more like China’s. But if a president emboldened by his impeachment acquittal continues such actions, his re-election campaign might be derailed.

18 Feb 2020 - 2:17AM

Trump’s penchant for directing judicial outcomes is making the US legal system more like China’s. But if a president emboldened by his impeachment acquittal continues such actions, his re-election campaign might be derailed.

By violating US judicial norms, Donald Trump might be putting himself and China in a lose-lose situation
Science vs politics: did the US overreact to the coronavirus outbreak in China?

Beijing says Washington’s travel restrictions for China are inappropriate but public health experts say the coronavirus is special cause for concern.

18 Feb 2020 - 3:01AM

Beijing says Washington’s travel restrictions for China are inappropriate but public health experts say the coronavirus is special cause for concern.

Science vs politics: did the US overreact to the coronavirus outbreak in China?
Chinese officials’ phone apology to patients as coronavirus deaths hit 1,115

WHO scientists co-write letter saying sign of a coronavirus was not passed on for 17 days, as Chinese sign petition calling for protection of freedom of speech.

12 Feb 2020 - 9:24PM

WHO scientists co-write letter saying sign of a coronavirus was not passed on for 17 days, as Chinese sign petition calling for protection of freedom of speech.

Chinese officials’ phone apology to patients as coronavirus deaths hit 1,115
Coronavirus: Antiviral that has ‘shown promise’ among US biomedical agency’s drug tests, after patient responds to remdesivir medication

Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir was initially developed to fight the Ebola virus, and the company is working with Chinese health officials on a clinical trial.

13 Feb 2020 - 2:00PM

Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir was initially developed to fight the Ebola virus, and the company is working with Chinese health officials on a clinical trial.

Coronavirus: Antiviral that has ‘shown promise’ among US biomedical agency’s drug tests, after patient responds to remdesivir medication
Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean bans travellers with Chinese passports after 4 cruise-ship passengers are sent to New Jersey hospital to be tested for the disease

The four were among 27 passengers on the Royal Caribbean vessel, the Anthem of the Seas, who had recently been in mainland China.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:34PM

The four were among 27 passengers on the Royal Caribbean vessel, the Anthem of the Seas, who had recently been in mainland China.

Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean bans travellers with Chinese passports after 4 cruise-ship passengers are sent to New Jersey hospital to be tested for the disease
Coronavirus: US reiterates call for Beijing to allow CDC experts in; Pompeo offers US$100 million in aid

Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘expects fully’ that Xi Jinping will allow US experts in, while Pompeo says US$100 million is earmarked for China and other countries fighting contagion.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:34PM

Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘expects fully’ that Xi Jinping will allow US experts in, while Pompeo says US$100 million is earmarked for China and other countries fighting contagion.

Coronavirus: US reiterates call for Beijing to allow CDC experts in; Pompeo offers US$100 million in aid
Coronavirus: US announces 12th case; patient in Wisconsin had direct contact with infected Wuhan family members

Patient had recently met family members from Wuhan in Beijing and is now in isolation at home, officials say.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:46PM

Patient had recently met family members from Wuhan in Beijing and is now in isolation at home, officials say.

Coronavirus: US announces 12th case; patient in Wisconsin had direct contact with infected Wuhan family members
Taiwan halts visas for Hong Kong and Macau citizens as coronavirus deaths reach 565 globally

Self-governed island wary of fresh infections in the two cities, while there are 3,694 confirmed new cases in mainland China, with 73 new deaths.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM

Self-governed island wary of fresh infections in the two cities, while there are 3,694 confirmed new cases in mainland China, with 73 new deaths.

Taiwan halts visas for Hong Kong and Macau citizens as coronavirus deaths reach 565 globally
Coronavirus: Wuhan to US military base airlift underway; passengers quarantined on arrival

Four flights over two days will arrive at bases in California, Texas and Nebraska, US public health agency says.

6 Feb 2020 - 4:38AM

Four flights over two days will arrive at bases in California, Texas and Nebraska, US public health agency says.

Coronavirus: Wuhan to US military base airlift underway; passengers quarantined on arrival
Coronavirus: China predicts fall in mortality rate as mainland deaths hit 425

Confirmed cases in China rise to 20,438, while in Hubei province – the outbreak’s epicentre – they hit 13,522, and deaths nationwide rose by 64 to 414, another record high.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM

Confirmed cases in China rise to 20,438, while in Hubei province – the outbreak’s epicentre – they hit 13,522, and deaths nationwide rose by 64 to 414, another record high.

Coronavirus: China predicts fall in mortality rate as mainland deaths hit 425
On Balance | What Trump praising China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak says about US foreign policy

Trump praised China’s ‘efforts and transparency’ in tackling the coronavirus even as Mike Pompeo highlighted the threat China poses to the world. Trump will avoid rocking the boat further with China before November’s presidential election.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:24PM

Trump praised China’s ‘efforts and transparency’ in tackling the coronavirus even as Mike Pompeo highlighted the threat China poses to the world. Trump will avoid rocking the boat further with China before November’s presidential election.

What Trump praising China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak says about US foreign policy
Coronavirus: Global health emergency declared by World Health Organisation, reversing earlier decision on outbreak

The decision comes amid growing criticism of the United Nations health agency’s move last week not to declare the outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ as contagion spreads steadily overseas.

15 Feb 2020 - 6:07PM

The decision comes amid growing criticism of the United Nations health agency’s move last week not to declare the outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ as contagion spreads steadily overseas.

Coronavirus: Global health emergency declared by World Health Organisation, reversing earlier decision on outbreak
China coronavirus: Washington asks Beijing for permission to send health team to battle outbreak

US Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘hopes the Chinese government will take us up on our offer’.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:05PM

US Health and Human Services Secretary says he ‘hopes the Chinese government will take us up on our offer’.

China coronavirus: Washington asks Beijing for permission to send health team to battle outbreak
China coronavirus: first cases confirmed in Europe and South Asia, second US patient falls sick with disease

Public health officials verify the first infections in France and Nepal, and a woman who had recently travelled to Chicago from Wuhan is the second US case.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:22PM

Public health officials verify the first infections in France and Nepal, and a woman who had recently travelled to Chicago from Wuhan is the second US case.

China coronavirus: first cases confirmed in Europe and South Asia, second US patient falls sick with disease
China coronavirus: 26 dead, while eight cities on lockdown

China’s deadly coronavirus has claimed 26 lives and the illness has infected more than 800 people.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:29PM

China’s deadly coronavirus has claimed 26 lives and the illness has infected more than 800 people.

China coronavirus: 26 dead, while eight cities on lockdown
China coronavirus: World Health Organisation delays declaring virus’ spread an international emergency

WHO’s emergency committee is to reconvene on Thursday to decide whether a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ is needed to fight the deadly illness.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:35PM

WHO’s emergency committee is to reconvene on Thursday to decide whether a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ is needed to fight the deadly illness.

China coronavirus: World Health Organisation delays declaring virus’ spread an international emergency
First Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in United States as authorities say threat to public from deadly pneumonia still ‘low’

First US case of Wuhan coronavirus reported in Washington state after man in his 30s was hospitalised in Seattle on Sunday.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:43PM

First US case of Wuhan coronavirus reported in Washington state after man in his 30s was hospitalised in Seattle on Sunday.

First Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in United States as authorities say threat to public from deadly pneumonia still ‘low’
On Balance | How the phase one US-China trade deal moves the world closer to a G2 global order

As China grows stronger, it has less need for multilateral institutions. Meanwhile, the US president has made its contempt for globalism clear. In his speech, Trump was letting American CEOs know he is now in charge of dispute resolution.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:52PM

As China grows stronger, it has less need for multilateral institutions. Meanwhile, the US president has made its contempt for globalism clear. In his speech, Trump was letting American CEOs know he is now in charge of dispute resolution.

How the phase one US-China trade deal moves the world closer to a G2 global order
Unpacking the ‘phase one’ deal for the US-China trade war

The US and China have reached what’s being called a “phase one” agreement in the bitter trade war between the world’s two most powerful economies. Prior to the deal signed in Washington on January 15, 2020, China had already been removed from the US list of “currency manipulators”. The South China Morning Post’s US Bureau Chief Robert Delaney and Finbarr Bermingham from the political economy team discuss what enforceable from phase one, and what we can expect in terms of negotiations for “phase two”.

20 Jan 2020 - 9:18AM

The US and China have reached what’s being called a “phase one” agreement in the bitter trade war between the world’s two most powerful economies. Prior to the deal signed in Washington on January 15, 2020, China had already been removed from the US list of “currency manipulators”. The South China Morning Post’s US Bureau Chief Robert Delaney and Finbarr Bermingham from the political economy team discuss what enforceable from phase one, and what we can expect in terms of negotiations for “phase two”.

 Unpacking the ‘phase one’ deal for the US-China trade war
Watch as Donald Trump and Liu He sign phase one trade war deal in White House’s East Room

Previous meetings between US President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He have been held in the Oval Office.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:10PM

Previous meetings between US President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He have been held in the Oval Office.

Watch as Donald Trump and Liu He sign phase one trade war deal in White House’s East Room
China-US ties – from Hong Kong to Xinjiang – dogged by lies, ‘fake news’, ‘capitalist dogma’, Chinese ambassador says

China’s top diplomat says bilateral relations – from Hong Kong to Xinjiang – must be based on facts, warning the US ‘not to put our bottom line to the test’

17 Feb 2020 - 8:14PM

China’s top diplomat says bilateral relations – from Hong Kong to Xinjiang – must be based on facts, warning the US ‘not to put our bottom line to the test’

China-US ties – from Hong Kong to Xinjiang – dogged by lies, ‘fake news’, ‘capitalist dogma’, Chinese ambassador says
On Balance | How can the US judge China’s social credit system when American consumers are chained to big tech?

Before Washington makes an issue of Beijing’s surveillance net, it must examine how big tech has commodified Americans. If the Chinese are becoming cogs in an ideological machine, Americans have been transformed into monetisable data.

7 Jan 2020 - 3:32AM

Before Washington makes an issue of Beijing’s surveillance net, it must examine how big tech has commodified Americans. If the Chinese are becoming cogs in an ideological machine, Americans have been transformed into monetisable data.

How can the US judge China’s social credit system when American consumers are chained to big tech?
Beijing hits out at Donald Trump over defence spending bill and says it ‘interferes with China’s internal affairs’

US President signs authorisation act that includes measures to shore up Taiwan relations and make it harder to lift Huawei sanctions.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:43PM

US President signs authorisation act that includes measures to shore up Taiwan relations and make it harder to lift Huawei sanctions.

Beijing hits out at Donald Trump over defence spending bill and says it ‘interferes with China’s internal affairs’