William Langley

William Langley

William Langley is a freelance journalist based in Hong Kong. He writes about Chinese politics, history and culture. His work has appeared in Sixth Tone and SupChina. He was previously based in Guangzhou and Beijing.

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Thousands take to streets in northern Myanmar as unrest spreads to near Chinese border

Up to 10,000 people marched in Lashio on Monday the day after a smaller protest.

Up to 10,000 people marched in Lashio on Monday the day after a smaller protest.

9 Feb 2021 - 4:43PM
Coronavirus: Pfizer raises hopes vaccine can fight new strains found in Britain and South Africa

Preliminary research conducted with the University of Texas suggests it will still work against the new variants of Covid-19.

Preliminary research conducted with the University of Texas suggests it will still work against the new variants of Covid-19.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:50PM
China rejects Mike Pompeo’s challenge to its ‘near-Arctic nation’ claim

Foreign ministry hits back after US secretary of state on Monday tweeted that Beijing’s declaration was a ‘communist fiction’.

Foreign ministry hits back after US secretary of state on Monday tweeted that Beijing’s declaration was a ‘communist fiction’.

6 Jan 2021 - 10:25PM
PLA warplanes made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan’s airspace in 2020, report says

Chinese air force entered island’s ADIZ on 91 days from January to November, according to Taipei-based think tank.

Chinese air force entered island’s ADIZ on 91 days from January to November, according to Taipei-based think tank.

6 Jan 2021 - 10:31AM
Xi Jinping framed as man of the people and the party in New Year’s speech

President flanked by photographs of himself and family.

President flanked by photographs of himself and family.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:20PM
Coronavirus: British former MEP accused of hypocrisy over labelling of new variant

Roger Helmer, who was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2017, is known for his controversial views.

Roger Helmer, who was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2017, is known for his controversial views.

31 Dec 2020 - 9:30PM
Coronavirus: tributes pour in for Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first warned of a deadly disease

‘I hope in the future there will be fewer dead heroes, and more normal, great, everyday people,’ social media user says.

‘I hope in the future there will be fewer dead heroes, and more normal, great, everyday people,’ social media user says.

31 Dec 2020 - 12:58AM
China Covid-19 health app breach puts celebrity photos online for pennies

Hackers have uncovered a trove of personal information in Beijing’s digital health system used to track testing for the disease.

Hackers have uncovered a trove of personal information in Beijing’s digital health system used to track testing for the disease.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:28PM
Chinese state media denies BBC reports of forced labour in Xinjiang cotton fields

The British broadcaster said recently it had found evidence that hundreds of thousands of Uygurs were being forced to pick cotton.

The British broadcaster said recently it had found evidence that hundreds of thousands of Uygurs were being forced to pick cotton.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:50AM
China’s podcasters wary of censors as popularity grows

People cover a range of niche topics, from hi-fi sound systems to user interface design. ‘No one is making podcasts for the mainstream audience.’

People cover a range of niche topics, from hi-fi sound systems to user interface design. ‘No one is making podcasts for the mainstream audience.’

28 Dec 2020 - 1:45PM
Obesity rises in China as unhealthy lifestyles take toll

Increase linked to people eating out more often and greater consumption of sugary drinks.

Increase linked to people eating out more often and greater consumption of sugary drinks.

24 Dec 2020 - 7:00AM
China on alert for new coronavirus strain but flights from Britain continue

Health chief reassures Chinese public that so far there has been no sign of mutated virus and calls for vigilance.

Health chief reassures Chinese public that so far there has been no sign of mutated virus and calls for vigilance.

22 Dec 2020 - 10:59PM
Coronavirus: Chinese embassy in US urges citizens to only travel if necessary

Chinese nationals are told they must do the right thing ‘for ourselves, our country and the world’ as Covid-19 continues to spread.

Chinese nationals are told they must do the right thing ‘for ourselves, our country and the world’ as Covid-19 continues to spread.

21 Dec 2020 - 11:04PM
Coronavirus: Cambodia ‘not shunning’ China vaccines

Cambodian Ministry of Health says report misquoted Prime Minister Hun Sen as saying country would not buy supplies from China.

Cambodian Ministry of Health says report misquoted Prime Minister Hun Sen as saying country would not buy supplies from China.

20 Dec 2020 - 3:41PM
Coronavirus: UK ambassador to China marks bond with Wuhan amid pandemic observances and university ceremony

Manchester Metropolitan University, from Wuhan’s sister city, will launch a joint institute with Hubei University next year.

Manchester Metropolitan University, from Wuhan’s sister city, will launch a joint institute with Hubei University next year.

18 Dec 2020 - 6:36PM
Coronavirus: Chinese scientist Li Lanjuan, who pushed for Wuhan lockdown, named among Nature magazine’s 10 best of the year

Zhang Yongzhen, publisher of the genome sequence for the pathogen, also recognised as one of the people who ‘helped shape science’ in 2020

Zhang Yongzhen, publisher of the genome sequence for the pathogen, also recognised as one of the people who ‘helped shape science’ in 2020

18 Dec 2020 - 4:28PM
Report on mystery illness that hit US diplomats in China and Cuba hints at man-made source, but can’t give conclusive answers

Study commissioned by State Department rules out ‘mass hysteria’ and says ‘directed, pulse radio frequency energies’ are likely cause.

Study commissioned by State Department rules out ‘mass hysteria’ and says ‘directed, pulse radio frequency energies’ are likely cause.

15 Dec 2020 - 12:53AM
China’s Wolf Warriors are like Simba from Lion King, its foreign ministry says

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying compares diplomats to Disney’s ‘cute little lion, who, under all sorts of suspicion … grew up and matured into Simba’.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying compares diplomats to Disney’s ‘cute little lion, who, under all sorts of suspicion … grew up and matured into Simba’.

11 Dec 2020 - 11:01PM
Pope looked anti-Trump by refusing to meet Mike Pompeo, says retired Hong Kong bishop

Joseph Zen criticises Vatican’s snub of the US secretary of state, who had argued it should be tougher over its deal with China on appointing Catholic bishops.

Joseph Zen criticises Vatican’s snub of the US secretary of state, who had argued it should be tougher over its deal with China on appointing Catholic bishops.

14 Nov 2020 - 4:54PM