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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Top US medical adviser Fauci says Trump’s coronavirus approach ‘very likely’ cost lives

Fauci criticised lack of coordination between federal and state authorities in CNN interview.

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Fauci criticised lack of coordination between federal and state authorities in CNN interview.

Top US medical adviser Fauci says Trump’s coronavirus approach ‘very likely’ cost lives
Biden recalls telling China’s Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointees

Just hours into his term, new US leader recounts chat as part of a monologue about the importance of respect, decency and honour.

21 Jan 2021 - 1:46PM

Just hours into his term, new US leader recounts chat as part of a monologue about the importance of respect, decency and honour.

Biden recalls telling China’s Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointees
Joe Biden plans immediate executive actions as Donald Trump era ends

Joe Biden to be sworn in as the 46th US president, drawing a curtain on the most tumultuous administration of modern times.

21 Jan 2021 - 12:52AM

Joe Biden to be sworn in as the 46th US president, drawing a curtain on the most tumultuous administration of modern times.

Joe Biden plans immediate executive actions as Donald Trump era ends
US declares China has committed genocide in its treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes the determination in a blow to Beijing just one day before Joe Biden takes office.

20 Jan 2021 - 11:38PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes the determination in a blow to Beijing just one day before Joe Biden takes office.

US declares China has committed genocide in its treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang
On Balance | What a White House reporter’s demotion tells us about Mike Pompeo and the Trump years

The demotion of a Voice of America journalist after she tried to ask a question of the secretary of state invites an unflattering comparison with the Chinese government’s treatment of citizens who ‘pick quarrels and provoke trouble’.

19 Jan 2021 - 2:30AM

The demotion of a Voice of America journalist after she tried to ask a question of the secretary of state invites an unflattering comparison with the Chinese government’s treatment of citizens who ‘pick quarrels and provoke trouble’.

What a White House reporter’s demotion tells us about Mike Pompeo and the Trump years
US adds nine Chinese firms, including Xiaomi, to military blacklist

The Defence Department added nine more firms on Thursday to its list of companies that it says have ties with the Chinese military.

15 Jan 2021 - 7:14AM

The Defence Department added nine more firms on Thursday to its list of companies that it says have ties with the Chinese military.

US adds nine Chinese firms, including Xiaomi, to military blacklist
US House, with Republican support, votes to impeach Donald Trump for inciting deadly Capitol insurrection

Ten Republicans, including Liz Cheney, joined all Democrats in voting to impeach the president by a vote of 232-197.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:38PM

Ten Republicans, including Liz Cheney, joined all Democrats in voting to impeach the president by a vote of 232-197.

US House, with Republican support, votes to impeach Donald Trump for inciting deadly Capitol insurrection
John Bolton says Donald Trump might have reversed course on China trade with right moves by Xi Jinping

If Trump had won a second term, the Chinese leader could have changed his mind about the trade war, former national security adviser John Bolton believes.

13 Jan 2021 - 9:26AM

If Trump had won a second term, the Chinese leader could have changed his mind about the trade war, former national security adviser John Bolton believes.

John Bolton says Donald Trump might have reversed course on China trade with right moves by Xi Jinping
US diplomats scrap trips to Taiwan, Europe after Capitol invasion

Overseas travel plans for diplomats cancelled, including US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s planned trip to Taiwan, said the state department.

13 Jan 2021 - 1:47PM

Overseas travel plans for diplomats cancelled, including US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s planned trip to Taiwan, said the state department.

US diplomats scrap trips to Taiwan, Europe after Capitol invasion
Donald Trump’s page on US State Department website changed to show his term ending early

US media reports that the changes, which were also seen on Vice-President Mike Pence’s biography, were made by a ‘disgruntled employee’.

12 Jan 2021 - 8:06AM

US media reports that the changes, which were also seen on Vice-President Mike Pence’s biography, were made by a ‘disgruntled employee’.

Donald Trump’s page on US State Department website changed to show his term ending early
US lawmakers call for Donald Trump’s immediate removal after his ‘incitement’ of Capitol attack

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say Congress should move quickly with impeachment if Vice-President Mike Pence and cabinet members do not act – and Pence reportedly says he won’t.

8 Jan 2021 - 9:10AM

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say Congress should move quickly with impeachment if Vice-President Mike Pence and cabinet members do not act – and Pence reportedly says he won’t.

US lawmakers call for Donald Trump’s immediate removal after his ‘incitement’ of Capitol attack
On Balance | By backing Trump’s refusal to accept US election results, Pompeo dilutes his criticism of China

The US secretary of state’s indignation about the anti-democratic machinations of the Chinese government is playing out as many members of his party pledged to reject the result that has been certified by all 50 states.

5 Jan 2021 - 2:37AM

The US secretary of state’s indignation about the anti-democratic machinations of the Chinese government is playing out as many members of his party pledged to reject the result that has been certified by all 50 states.

By backing Trump’s refusal to accept US election results, Pompeo dilutes his criticism of China
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assails China for its treatment of the ‘Hong Kong 12’

Pompeo calls for release of those ‘who tried to flee this tyranny’, saying they ‘deserved a hero’s welcome abroad, not capture, a secret trial and prison sentences’.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:39PM

Pompeo calls for release of those ‘who tried to flee this tyranny’, saying they ‘deserved a hero’s welcome abroad, not capture, a secret trial and prison sentences’.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assails China for its treatment of the ‘Hong Kong 12’
China-EU investment deal: Joe Biden repeats call for ‘coordinated approach’ to handle Beijing

US State Department urges ‘strong enforcement/monitoring mechanisms to ensure Beijing lives up to their side of any deal’.

31 Dec 2020 - 11:36PM

US State Department urges ‘strong enforcement/monitoring mechanisms to ensure Beijing lives up to their side of any deal’.

China-EU investment deal: Joe Biden repeats call for ‘coordinated approach’ to handle Beijing
US President-elect Joe Biden calls for stronger trade coalitions against China, as EU seems close to a deal

Remarks underscore the degree to which Biden’s China policies may align with those of departing President Donald Trump.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:43PM

Remarks underscore the degree to which Biden’s China policies may align with those of departing President Donald Trump.

US President-elect Joe Biden calls for stronger trade coalitions against China, as EU seems close to a deal
How the self-inflicted collapse of US-China scientific ties compounded Washington’s coronavirus failure

When Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan, the few American health specialists remaining in China were relegated to the embassy in Beijing, largely unaware of the new contagion.

5 Jan 2021 - 4:36PM

When Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan, the few American health specialists remaining in China were relegated to the embassy in Beijing, largely unaware of the new contagion.

How the self-inflicted collapse of US-China scientific ties compounded Washington’s coronavirus failure
On Balance | For Ted Cruz, Hong Kong democracy protesters have only ever been a stage prop

The Trump ally’s blocking of a bill that would give refuge to Hong Kong dissidents underlines the self-serving nature of the Republican leadership under Trump’s sway.

22 Dec 2020 - 5:25AM

The Trump ally’s blocking of a bill that would give refuge to Hong Kong dissidents underlines the self-serving nature of the Republican leadership under Trump’s sway.

For Ted Cruz, Hong Kong democracy protesters have only ever been a stage prop
US targets companies with military connections, hits Chinese officials with new visa restrictions

Commerce Department’s ‘military end user’ list, including dozens of aerospace companies, will block purchases of US technology.

22 Dec 2020 - 11:24PM

Commerce Department’s ‘military end user’ list, including dozens of aerospace companies, will block purchases of US technology.

US targets companies with military connections, hits Chinese officials with new visa restrictions
Nancy Pelosi defends colleague Eric Swalwell amid report linking him to suspected Chinese spy

US Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, cut ties to Christine Fang after the FBI alerted him in 2015 about their suspicions and has not been accused of wrongdoing, Axios reported.

11 Dec 2020 - 6:22AM

US Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, cut ties to Christine Fang after the FBI alerted him in 2015 about their suspicions and has not been accused of wrongdoing, Axios reported.

Nancy Pelosi defends colleague Eric Swalwell amid report linking him to suspected Chinese spy
Pompeo shames MIT, calls Chinese authorities ‘jackbooted thugs’ in remarks about academic freedom

America’s top diplomat targets ‘left-leaning’ US schools as hotbeds of anti-Americanism, and insists that the ‘rules-based’ West must win on 5G technology.

10 Dec 2020 - 7:42AM

America’s top diplomat targets ‘left-leaning’ US schools as hotbeds of anti-Americanism, and insists that the ‘rules-based’ West must win on 5G technology.

Pompeo shames MIT, calls Chinese authorities ‘jackbooted thugs’ in remarks about academic freedom
US diplomat summoned by Beijing for formal protest against sanctions on top Chinese lawmakers

China condemns US action against state leaders as ‘hysterical bullying’ and warns there will be consequences.

9 Dec 2020 - 9:40AM

China condemns US action against state leaders as ‘hysterical bullying’ and warns there will be consequences.

US diplomat summoned by Beijing for formal protest against sanctions on top Chinese lawmakers
On Balance | Mike Pompeo and the rest of Trump’s political circus are holding America’s China diplomacy hostage

Weeks before the inauguration of a new US president, we’d normally be focusing on the incoming administration’s priorities. Instead, as Covid-19 continues its rampage and Pompeo issues edicts against China, the deranged Trump show goes on.

8 Dec 2020 - 1:58AM

Weeks before the inauguration of a new US president, we’d normally be focusing on the incoming administration’s priorities. Instead, as Covid-19 continues its rampage and Pompeo issues edicts against China, the deranged Trump show goes on.

Mike Pompeo and the rest of Trump’s political circus are holding America’s China diplomacy hostage
US sanctions Chinese legislators for national security law on Hong Kong

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cites 14 lawmakers, including Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:19AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cites 14 lawmakers, including Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

US sanctions Chinese legislators for national security law on Hong Kong
US intelligence head says China is America’s ‘greatest threat’ in rare public warning

Director of National Intelligence cites case of Harvard professor’s ties to China as example of theft that costs America US$500 billion a year.

4 Dec 2020 - 11:12PM

Director of National Intelligence cites case of Harvard professor’s ties to China as example of theft that costs America US$500 billion a year.

US intelligence head says China is America’s ‘greatest threat’ in rare public warning
China probably won’t join trade deal that has replaced TPP, says former US negotiator

Beijing has interest, but Wendy Cutler sees ‘a real divorce between China’s statement and the changes that need to be done on the ground to really join CPTPP’.

3 Dec 2020 - 7:21AM

Beijing has interest, but Wendy Cutler sees ‘a real divorce between China’s statement and the changes that need to be done on the ground to really join CPTPP’.

China probably won’t join trade deal that has replaced TPP, says former US negotiator
US-China relations: virtual conference features stellar speaker line-up

High-profile panel to address likely effects of Biden presidency with an emphasis on diplomacy, trade, technology and immigration.

1 Dec 2020 - 2:39PM

High-profile panel to address likely effects of Biden presidency with an emphasis on diplomacy, trade, technology and immigration.

US-China relations: virtual conference features stellar speaker line-up
Joe Biden presidency promises to be different but Donald Trump busy erecting obstacles

In the 14th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we review the aftermath of the (still) contentious US election more than three weeks ago.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:28AM

In the 14th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we review the aftermath of the (still) contentious US election more than three weeks ago.

Joe Biden presidency promises to be different but Donald Trump busy erecting obstacles
What will change in US-China relations under Biden and Blinken?
Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden

The Chinese leader says it’s in the interests of both countries to promote the healthy and stable development of relations.

26 Nov 2020 - 2:59PM

The Chinese leader says it’s in the interests of both countries to promote the healthy and stable development of relations.

Xi Jinping sends congratulations to US president-elect Joe Biden
Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip says Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow cases may determine if more national security legislation is needed

In debate with former US State Department official, Ip says the ‘one country, two systems’ framework is ‘a work in progress’.

25 Nov 2020 - 4:15PM

In debate with former US State Department official, Ip says the ‘one country, two systems’ framework is ‘a work in progress’.

Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip says Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow cases may determine if more national security legislation is needed