Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng joined the Post as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations and film and media studies. She reports on China's foreign policy.
Sarah Zheng
Sarah Zheng joined the Post as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations and film and media studies. She reports on China's foreign policy.

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Lennon Wall clean-up campaign brings scuffles and arguments but no violent clashes between pro-Beijing camp and Hong Kong anti-government protesters

Lawmaker Junius Ho and supporters tore down Post-it notes at sites across the city – but protesters mostly waited a bit and put up new messages.

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Lawmaker Junius Ho and supporters tore down Post-it notes at sites across the city – but protesters mostly waited a bit and put up new messages.

Lennon Wall clean-up campaign brings scuffles and arguments but no violent clashes between pro-Beijing camp and Hong Kong anti-government protesters
Hong Kong protests: Lennon Walls targeted in ‘clean-up operation’ by pro-government activists, MTR stations to close ahead of planned demonstrations

Chaos fears lead rail operator to announce closure of two MTR stations as Hong Kong enters 16th straight weekend of demonstrations.

21 Sep 2019 - 1:57PM

Chaos fears lead rail operator to announce closure of two MTR stations as Hong Kong enters 16th straight weekend of demonstrations.

Hong Kong protests: Lennon Walls targeted in ‘clean-up operation’ by pro-government activists, MTR stations to close ahead of planned demonstrations
US taking Hong Kong protests ‘extremely seriously’, welcomes efforts to find solution, diplomat says

Carrie Lam’s decision to open ‘Dialogue Office’ a positive signal, says David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

19 Sep 2019 - 8:30PM

Carrie Lam’s decision to open ‘Dialogue Office’ a positive signal, says David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

US taking Hong Kong protests ‘extremely seriously’, welcomes efforts to find solution, diplomat says
China rewards and bullies countries to push its Indo-Pacific agenda, top US diplomat says

Inducements and intimidation help Beijing pursue its repressive vision for the region, East Asia and Pacific chief David Stilwell tells Senate committee – but the US should not ‘demonise everything’ about China, he says.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:52PM

Inducements and intimidation help Beijing pursue its repressive vision for the region, East Asia and Pacific chief David Stilwell tells Senate committee – but the US should not ‘demonise everything’ about China, he says.

China rewards and bullies countries to push its Indo-Pacific agenda, top US diplomat says
US cancels Solomon Islands meeting after ‘disappointment’ at it switching ties from Taipei to Beijing

Vice-President Mike Pence will no longer meet the islands’ leader after it changes allegiance to Beijing, while Solomons opposition leader condemns ‘mercenary’ switch and suggests it was rushed before Beijing’s 70th anniversary on October 1.

18 Sep 2019 - 10:40PM

Vice-President Mike Pence will no longer meet the islands’ leader after it changes allegiance to Beijing, while Solomons opposition leader condemns ‘mercenary’ switch and suggests it was rushed before Beijing’s 70th anniversary on October 1.

US cancels Solomon Islands meeting after ‘disappointment’ at it switching ties from Taipei to Beijing
Re-elect President Tsai Ing-wen in 2020 and Taiwan will lose all its allies, Beijing warns

Warning comes as Solomon Islands becomes the sixth country to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei

17 Sep 2019 - 11:27PM

Warning comes as Solomon Islands becomes the sixth country to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei

Re-elect President Tsai Ing-wen in 2020 and Taiwan will lose all its allies, Beijing warns
Chinese state media hits out at Facebook for ‘suppressing voices of justice’ in Hong Kong

People’s Daily says social media giant gave ‘rioters in Hong Kong special privileges to disseminate fake news’, while Global Times calls for it to be put on Beijing’s unreliable entity list.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:06AM

People’s Daily says social media giant gave ‘rioters in Hong Kong special privileges to disseminate fake news’, while Global Times calls for it to be put on Beijing’s unreliable entity list.

Chinese state media hits out at Facebook for ‘suppressing voices of justice’ in Hong Kong
Taiwan ends relationship with Solomon Islands after it votes to cut ties

Pacific nation decides to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing, and Taipei responds by immediately ending 36 years of relations.

17 Sep 2019 - 3:52AM

Pacific nation decides to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing, and Taipei responds by immediately ending 36 years of relations.

Taiwan ends relationship with Solomon Islands after it votes to cut ties
Malaysia’s China-backed US$10.5 billion East Coast Rail Link back on track, foreign minister says

All of the problems that dogged project have been ‘fully resolved’, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says on visit to Beijing.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:00AM

All of the problems that dogged project have been ‘fully resolved’, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says on visit to Beijing.

Malaysia’s China-backed US$10.5 billion East Coast Rail Link back on track, foreign minister says
Commerce minister warns of headwinds of US-China trade war and the damage protectionism could do to Hong Kong

Edward Yau spoke of ‘hiccups’ faced by global trade liberalisation at Belt and Road Summit but avoided mention of current protests.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:34PM

Edward Yau spoke of ‘hiccups’ faced by global trade liberalisation at Belt and Road Summit but avoided mention of current protests.

Commerce minister warns of headwinds of US-China trade war and the damage protectionism could do to Hong Kong
China Daily newspaper criticised over claim Hong Kong protesters are planning 9/11 terror attack

China Daily’s Hong Kong edition faces widespread criticism for Facebook post illustrated with photograph of attack on New York in 2001.

11 Sep 2019 - 5:17AM

China Daily’s Hong Kong edition faces widespread criticism for Facebook post illustrated with photograph of attack on New York in 2001.

China Daily newspaper criticised over claim Hong Kong protesters are planning 9/11 terror attack
Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

7 Sep 2019 - 5:41PM

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order
Russia and China should be allowed to join G7, says Vladimir Putin

Russian leader also says bloc should let India and Turkey join – a suggestion that few believe will be accepted.

7 Sep 2019 - 1:35AM

Russian leader also says bloc should let India and Turkey join – a suggestion that few believe will be accepted.

Russia and China should be allowed to join G7, says Vladimir Putin
New Canada ambassador’s China ties ‘may help ease troubled relationship’

Dominic Barton’s extensive experience, including five years in Shanghai, will serve him well as Ottawa’s man in Beijing, analysts say.

6 Sep 2019 - 5:56PM

Dominic Barton’s extensive experience, including five years in Shanghai, will serve him well as Ottawa’s man in Beijing, analysts say.

New Canada ambassador’s China ties ‘may help ease troubled relationship’
Beijing targets Taiwanese writer Lung Ying-tai as bad egg for supporting Hong Kong protesters

Lung Ying-tai likens demonstrators to a small egg up against a wall of steel but Communist Party mouthpiece says her thinking is scrambled.

5 Sep 2019 - 6:53AM

Lung Ying-tai likens demonstrators to a small egg up against a wall of steel but Communist Party mouthpiece says her thinking is scrambled.

Beijing targets Taiwanese writer Lung Ying-tai as bad egg for supporting Hong Kong protesters
Xi Jinping rallies China for decades-long ‘struggle’ to rise in global order, amid escalating US trade war

Analysts view Xi’s latest public speech as a response to tougher critique of China’s rise in the West, as trade tensions with Washington continue to grow.

5 Sep 2019 - 4:56AM

Analysts view Xi’s latest public speech as a response to tougher critique of China’s rise in the West, as trade tensions with Washington continue to grow.

Xi Jinping rallies China for decades-long ‘struggle’ to rise in global order, amid escalating US trade war
Chinese embassy in US urges students to ‘tell China’s story well’ and help to build bridges

Message to mark start of academic year also tells Chinese citizens studying in America to work to promote greater understanding at time of heightened tensions.

5 Sep 2019 - 1:31AM

Message to mark start of academic year also tells Chinese citizens studying in America to work to promote greater understanding at time of heightened tensions.

Chinese embassy in US urges students to ‘tell China’s story well’ and help to build bridges
Hong Kong protests: the store that supplies protective gear to demonstrators in their face-off against police

Police close fifth pop-up storefront of National Disaster Hardware Shop in Sai Ying Pun on Monday and arrest its eight employees who are later bailed.

2 Sep 2019 - 9:56PM

Police close fifth pop-up storefront of National Disaster Hardware Shop in Sai Ying Pun on Monday and arrest its eight employees who are later bailed.

Hong Kong protests: the store that supplies protective gear to demonstrators in their face-off against police
Hong Kong police act early after protesters threaten mass disruption to MTR during morning rush hour

Officers patrol stations across the city to ensure non-cooperation campaign does not get out of hand, a day after anti-government groups smashed up Tung Chung facility.

3 Sep 2019 - 8:41AM

Officers patrol stations across the city to ensure non-cooperation campaign does not get out of hand, a day after anti-government groups smashed up Tung Chung facility.

Hong Kong police act early after protesters threaten mass disruption to MTR during morning rush hour
‘Ball is in Beijing’s court’ on South China Sea after Rodrigo Duterte puts focus on international law

Philippine president raised contentious 2016 tribunal ruling on South China Sea with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, but Xi Jinping said he would not accept it.

1 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

Philippine president raised contentious 2016 tribunal ruling on South China Sea with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, but Xi Jinping said he would not accept it.

‘Ball is in Beijing’s court’ on South China Sea after Rodrigo Duterte puts focus on international law
Beijing asked for information on missing Taiwanese man ‘feared detained for backing Hong Kong protests’

Friends and family have been unable to contact volunteer activity organiser Lee Meng-chu for 10 days after he entered Hong Kong on August 18.

31 Aug 2019 - 5:55AM

Friends and family have been unable to contact volunteer activity organiser Lee Meng-chu for 10 days after he entered Hong Kong on August 18.

Beijing asked for information on missing Taiwanese man ‘feared detained for backing Hong Kong protests’
China again blocks US Navy port visit as Qingdao request is denied

Blocking of visit by warship follows this month’s denial of requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, as the countries trade barbs about the handling of anti-government protests in the city.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

Blocking of visit by warship follows this month’s denial of requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, as the countries trade barbs about the handling of anti-government protests in the city.

China again blocks US Navy port visit as Qingdao request is denied
YouTube labels government-funded news videos in Hong Kong

City is one of five new regions to have information panels included on state and publicly funded channels.

27 Aug 2019 - 9:03PM

City is one of five new regions to have information panels included on state and publicly funded channels.

YouTube labels government-funded news videos in Hong Kong
Beijing casts doubt on state of trade talks after Donald Trump says it wanted a deal

Foreign ministry ‘not aware’ of weekend phone calls in which US president said China asked to ‘get back to the table’, as state media editor says the two sides are in contact only at a technical level.

27 Aug 2019 - 11:35PM

Foreign ministry ‘not aware’ of weekend phone calls in which US president said China asked to ‘get back to the table’, as state media editor says the two sides are in contact only at a technical level.

Beijing casts doubt on state of trade talks after Donald Trump says it wanted a deal
From a murder case to the death of ‘1992 consensus’, Taiwan’s high stakes in the Hong Kong protests

The case of Chan Tong-kai was cited as a cause for the extradition bill that spurred the demonstrations in Hong Kong, but ahead of presidential elections, Taiwan is watching them for many other reasons.

26 Aug 2019 - 1:08PM

The case of Chan Tong-kai was cited as a cause for the extradition bill that spurred the demonstrations in Hong Kong, but ahead of presidential elections, Taiwan is watching them for many other reasons.

From a murder case to the death of ‘1992 consensus’, Taiwan’s high stakes in the Hong Kong protests
Donald Trump’s latest trade row with China threatens to disrupt G7 summit by shifting focus away from Amazon fires

The US president may try to pressure other world leaders to focus on his dispute with Beijing even though they want to focus on other topics, ranging from the environment to Iran and Brexit.

25 Aug 2019 - 1:28AM

The US president may try to pressure other world leaders to focus on his dispute with Beijing even though they want to focus on other topics, ranging from the environment to Iran and Brexit.

Donald Trump’s latest trade row with China threatens to disrupt G7 summit by shifting focus away from Amazon fires
Failing to jam airport-bound traffic on Saturday, Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters vow to return with disruption plan next weekend

Protesters fail to show up in enough numbers to disrupt traffic by 7am, but announce they will come back with same plan next weekend.

24 Aug 2019 - 11:44PM

Protesters fail to show up in enough numbers to disrupt traffic by 7am, but announce they will come back with same plan next weekend.

Failing to jam airport-bound traffic on Saturday, Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters vow to return with disruption plan next weekend
China pledges to fight trade war ‘to the end’ and hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘barbaric’ tariffs

US president reacts to Beijing’s latest move by stepping up tariffs and lashing out at ‘enemy’ Xi Jinping in flurry of tweets.

27 Aug 2019 - 6:23PM

US president reacts to Beijing’s latest move by stepping up tariffs and lashing out at ‘enemy’ Xi Jinping in flurry of tweets.

China pledges to fight trade war ‘to the end’ and hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘barbaric’ tariffs
US social media giants throw ‘more fuel in the fire’ of China trade and tech rivalry

Suspending accounts that were allegedly part of state-linked disinformation campaign on Hong Kong protests has added to mistrust between Beijing and Washington, analysts say.

24 Aug 2019 - 5:17AM

Suspending accounts that were allegedly part of state-linked disinformation campaign on Hong Kong protests has added to mistrust between Beijing and Washington, analysts say.

US social media giants throw ‘more fuel in the fire’ of China trade and tech rivalry
Britain in urgent quest for contact with Hong Kong consulate employee Simon Cheng Man-kit

State-run tabloid quotes mainland police as saying Cheng detained in Shenzhen for soliciting a prostitute.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:03AM

State-run tabloid quotes mainland police as saying Cheng detained in Shenzhen for soliciting a prostitute.

Britain in urgent quest for contact with Hong Kong consulate employee Simon Cheng Man-kit