Sarah Zheng

Hong Kong

Sarah Zheng

Reporter, China

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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China-India border dispute: ministers speak for first time in 5 months, urge more talks

Wang Yi and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speak after disengagement of troops, with Jaishankar saying they discussed acting on a consensus formed last year.

26 Feb 2021 - 4:59PM

Wang Yi and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speak after disengagement of troops, with Jaishankar saying they discussed acting on a consensus formed last year.

China-India border dispute: ministers speak for first time in 5 months, urge more talks
China-US relations: ‘let’s fix our own national messes before competing with Beijing’, says former diplomat

Chas Freeman, interpreter for Richard Nixon during his trip to China in 1972, says domestic renewal is key if the US is to successfully compete.

26 Feb 2021 - 2:21AM

Chas Freeman, interpreter for Richard Nixon during his trip to China in 1972, says domestic renewal is key if the US is to successfully compete.

China-US relations: ‘let’s fix our own national messes before competing with Beijing’, says former diplomat
US-China tensions: Joe Biden signals tougher line on Beijing with key appointments

Asia experts, veteran advisers from the former Obama administration are among picks for roles across departments and reflect bipartisan consensus for a more hardline policy.

21 Feb 2021 - 10:00PM

Asia experts, veteran advisers from the former Obama administration are among picks for roles across departments and reflect bipartisan consensus for a more hardline policy.

US-China tensions: Joe Biden signals tougher line on Beijing with key appointments
China-US relations: Xi knows there will be ‘repercussions’ for human rights violations, Biden says

Secretary of state deems US in a stronger position against China when it works with allies and leads from the front rather than using Trump tactics.

18 Feb 2021 - 10:59AM

Secretary of state deems US in a stronger position against China when it works with allies and leads from the front rather than using Trump tactics.

China-US relations: Xi knows there will be ‘repercussions’ for human rights violations, Biden says
Nato to discuss multilateral stance on China, Russia at first Biden-era talks

Like-minded democracies must work more closely, including on consequences of China’s rise and a more assertive Russia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says.

18 Feb 2021 - 10:59AM

Like-minded democracies must work more closely, including on consequences of China’s rise and a more assertive Russia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says.

Nato to discuss multilateral stance on China, Russia at first Biden-era talks
Coronavirus: WHO mission notes consensus between international and Chinese experts for joint report on origins

Mission conceived as a collaborative effort not ‘investigation of supposed wrongdoing’, says WHO’s Michael Ryan.

16 Feb 2021 - 11:47PM

Mission conceived as a collaborative effort not ‘investigation of supposed wrongdoing’, says WHO’s Michael Ryan.

Coronavirus: WHO mission notes consensus between international and Chinese experts for joint report on origins
Cybersecurity: Biden expected to embrace tough-on-China policy, think tank says

New US administration will continue strategic rivalry but there is room for cooperation, according to report by Chinese government-affiliated institute.

16 Feb 2021 - 12:00PM

New US administration will continue strategic rivalry but there is room for cooperation, according to report by Chinese government-affiliated institute.

Cybersecurity: Biden expected to embrace tough-on-China policy, think tank says
China hits back at US over WHO coronavirus mission

Chinese embassy says Washington undermined the health body and yet is pointing fingers at other countries that stood by the World Health Organization.

14 Feb 2021 - 11:15PM

Chinese embassy says Washington undermined the health body and yet is pointing fingers at other countries that stood by the World Health Organization.

China hits back at US over WHO coronavirus mission
US-China relations: Xi and Biden break the ice with phone call, but can they dial down tensions?

Analysts say conversation is a first step in getting ties on the right track but Washington is expected to continue taking a tough line on Beijing.

18 Feb 2021 - 10:59AM

Analysts say conversation is a first step in getting ties on the right track but Washington is expected to continue taking a tough line on Beijing.

US-China relations: Xi and Biden break the ice with phone call, but can they dial down tensions?
US-China confrontation would be ‘disaster’, Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden in first call

White House says Biden raised trade, human rights and Indo-Pacific region in first call to Beijing since his inauguration.

18 Feb 2021 - 10:59AM

White House says Biden raised trade, human rights and Indo-Pacific region in first call to Beijing since his inauguration.

US-China confrontation would be ‘disaster’, Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden in first call
Crises allowed China and Russia to pursue Middle East power and influence, warns US general

General Kenneth McKenzie says America faced diplomatic, military and economic competition in the volatile region after perceived decrease in US engagement.

10 Feb 2021 - 11:28PM

General Kenneth McKenzie says America faced diplomatic, military and economic competition in the volatile region after perceived decrease in US engagement.

Crises allowed China and Russia to pursue Middle East power and influence, warns US general
South China Sea: challenge to Beijing as French nuclear submarine patrols contested waterway

Defence minister Florence Parly says France has exclusive economic zones in the Indo-Pacific that it intends to protect.

10 Feb 2021 - 12:38AM

Defence minister Florence Parly says France has exclusive economic zones in the Indo-Pacific that it intends to protect.

South China Sea: challenge to Beijing as French nuclear submarine patrols contested waterway
Most US opinion leaders back military defence of Taiwan if China invades, survey finds

But military intervention is opposed by the majority of the American public, though support has increased in recent years, according to think tank report.

2 Feb 2021 - 11:50PM

But military intervention is opposed by the majority of the American public, though support has increased in recent years, according to think tank report.

Most US opinion leaders back military defence of Taiwan if China invades, survey finds
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi tells US not to follow ‘misguided’ Trump policies

China’s foreign policy chief says US relationship should not be adversarial, in highest-ranking remarks since Joe Biden’s inauguration.

3 Feb 2021 - 12:16AM

China’s foreign policy chief says US relationship should not be adversarial, in highest-ranking remarks since Joe Biden’s inauguration.

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi tells US not to follow ‘misguided’ Trump policies
China-US relations: as Biden team gathers allies, it finds Asian partners more willing than Europe

The US president as well his secretaries of state and defence have sent early and consistent diplomatic signals about China and the Indo-Pacific.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:16AM

The US president as well his secretaries of state and defence have sent early and consistent diplomatic signals about China and the Indo-Pacific.

China-US relations: as Biden team gathers allies, it finds Asian partners more willing than Europe
WHO investigators meet Wuhan hospital leaders on day two of Covid-19 mission – but afternoon will be spent ‘visiting museums’

Investigators meet medics at two hospitals at the centre of the initial outbreak, then visit museums and hold discussions, according to state media.

30 Jan 2021 - 11:02PM

Investigators meet medics at two hospitals at the centre of the initial outbreak, then visit museums and hold discussions, according to state media.

WHO investigators meet Wuhan hospital leaders on day two of Covid-19 mission – but afternoon will be spent ‘visiting museums’
India has sent more troops to disputed China border, President Ram Nath Kovind says

Ram Nath Kovind tells parliament that forces have been built up ‘to protect India’s sovereignty’ over disputed territory.

29 Jan 2021 - 10:58PM

Ram Nath Kovind tells parliament that forces have been built up ‘to protect India’s sovereignty’ over disputed territory.

India has sent more troops to disputed China border, President Ram Nath Kovind says
US-China relations: nations should be competitors not rivals, Beijing’s envoy to Washington says

Regarding China as a ‘strategic rival and imaginary enemy would be a huge strategic misjudgment’, ambassador Cui Tiankai tells forum.

28 Jan 2021 - 11:04PM

Regarding China as a ‘strategic rival and imaginary enemy would be a huge strategic misjudgment’, ambassador Cui Tiankai tells forum.

US-China relations: nations should be competitors not rivals, Beijing’s envoy to Washington says
Biden extends US commitment to Nato, with both to work on security concerns for stronger Western alliance

Nato account of phone call with US president says discussion covered ‘the rise of China’ but White House readout makes no mention of China.

27 Jan 2021 - 4:51PM

Nato account of phone call with US president says discussion covered ‘the rise of China’ but White House readout makes no mention of China.

Biden extends US commitment to Nato, with both to work on security concerns for stronger Western alliance
China-US tensions: meet us halfway to build trust and ease conflict, former Chinese vice-premier urges Biden

Zeng Peiyan tells Hong Kong forum confrontation between the two global powers need not be inevitable.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:25AM

Zeng Peiyan tells Hong Kong forum confrontation between the two global powers need not be inevitable.

China-US tensions: meet us halfway to build trust and ease conflict, former Chinese vice-premier urges Biden
China-India border dispute: troops saw ‘minor’ clash amid ninth round of talks to resolve row

The Indian Army said a ‘minor face-off’ took place in Sikkim while Indian media reports claimed troops from both sides were injured. Global Times editor Hu Xijin said the reports were ‘fake news’.

26 Jan 2021 - 12:27AM

The Indian Army said a ‘minor face-off’ took place in Sikkim while Indian media reports claimed troops from both sides were injured. Global Times editor Hu Xijin said the reports were ‘fake news’.

China-India border dispute: troops saw ‘minor’ clash amid ninth round of talks to resolve row
Hit back at China, US Republicans tell Joe Biden after American officials targeted with sanctions

Beijing’s restrictions on 28 American officials a test of resolve for the new administration, senator says

24 Feb 2021 - 4:43PM

Beijing’s restrictions on 28 American officials a test of resolve for the new administration, senator says

Hit back at China, US Republicans tell Joe Biden after American officials targeted with sanctions
Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations

As new US president phones allies, his priorities will shape how he deals with Beijing, as experts say the Chinese leader will be the keener to make contact.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:34AM

As new US president phones allies, his priorities will shape how he deals with Beijing, as experts say the Chinese leader will be the keener to make contact.

Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations
How Mike Pompeo’s ‘genocide’ label for China over Xinjiang may set tone for Joe Biden

Biden has scope to escalate response but can refine it, observers say after outgoing administration finds genocide and crimes against humanity are occurring.

21 Jan 2021 - 12:36AM

Biden has scope to escalate response but can refine it, observers say after outgoing administration finds genocide and crimes against humanity are occurring.

How Mike Pompeo’s ‘genocide’ label for China over Xinjiang may set tone for Joe Biden
China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves

Beijing says it will target American personnel in response to Washington’s bans triggered by mass arrests in Hong Kong.

24 Feb 2021 - 3:01PM

Beijing says it will target American personnel in response to Washington’s bans triggered by mass arrests in Hong Kong.

China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves
After a difficult year, China faces more foreign policy challenges ahead

Coronavirus pandemic accelerated a hardening of attitudes towards Beijing across the world on a growing number of fronts.

27 Dec 2020 - 9:23PM

Coronavirus pandemic accelerated a hardening of attitudes towards Beijing across the world on a growing number of fronts.

After a difficult year, China faces more foreign policy challenges ahead
China and US ‘need a new dialogue mechanism’ post-Trump to repair broken ties

Member of Chinese advisory body urges both sides to focus on ‘no confrontation’, and offer investment opportunities, reopen closed consulates and grant visas.

24 Dec 2020 - 6:57PM

Member of Chinese advisory body urges both sides to focus on ‘no confrontation’, and offer investment opportunities, reopen closed consulates and grant visas.

China and US ‘need a new dialogue mechanism’ post-Trump to repair broken ties
China pulls plug on British flights as variant Covid-19 ‘out of control’

Beijing joins a number of countries suspending arrivals from Britain as London and southeast England go into lockdown.

24 Dec 2020 - 4:48PM

Beijing joins a number of countries suspending arrivals from Britain as London and southeast England go into lockdown.

China pulls plug on British flights as variant Covid-19 ‘out of control’
Reopening of China consulate in Houston would be up to the US, former envoy says

Closed mission’s consul general tells forum there were various reasons it was targeted, including American party politics.

23 Dec 2020 - 4:00PM

Closed mission’s consul general tells forum there were various reasons it was targeted, including American party politics.

Reopening of China consulate in Houston would be up to the US, former envoy says
China’s Antarctic expedition joins medevac operation to get ill Australian home

Two ice runways are being built to allow planes to land at Australia’s Davis station and fly the patient out.

22 Dec 2020 - 11:11PM

Two ice runways are being built to allow planes to land at Australia’s Davis station and fly the patient out.

China’s Antarctic expedition joins medevac operation to get ill Australian home