William Zheng

William Zheng

William Zheng is a veteran journalist who has served and led major Hong Kong and Singapore media organizations in his 20-year career, covering greater China. He is now deputy China Editor of the South China Morning Post.

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Protesters and police clash in southern China over plans for crematorium

About 50 people were detained over two days, and elderly and children among the wounded, residents say.

1 Dec 2019 - 5:01PM

About 50 people were detained over two days, and elderly and children among the wounded, residents say.

Protesters and police clash in southern China over plans for crematorium
Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

1 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say
Hong Kong election result a ‘wake-up call’ for China but will it listen?

Beijing and its supporters in the city need to carefully review their approach, say analysts as official response remains muted.

26 Nov 2019 - 3:11PM

Beijing and its supporters in the city need to carefully review their approach, say analysts as official response remains muted.

Hong Kong election result a ‘wake-up call’ for China but will it listen?
Why Beijing wants Hong Kong’s district council elections to take place despite expected drubbing for pro-establishment camp

Analyst says central government is concerned that if polls cannot proceed, this would ‘create a bigger mess in the next few years’.

21 Nov 2019 - 4:50PM

Analyst says central government is concerned that if polls cannot proceed, this would ‘create a bigger mess in the next few years’.

Why Beijing wants Hong Kong’s district council elections to take place despite expected drubbing for pro-establishment camp
‘No other authority has right to make judgments’: China slams Hong Kong court’s ruling on anti-mask law as unconstitutional

China’s top legislative affairs body says only Beijing has right to decide on issues of constitutionality after High Court rules mask ban contravenes Basic Law.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:43PM

China’s top legislative affairs body says only Beijing has right to decide on issues of constitutionality after High Court rules mask ban contravenes Basic Law.

‘No other authority has right to make judgments’: China slams Hong Kong court’s ruling on anti-mask law as unconstitutional
Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam: she reveals she could feel his support for her to end Hong Kong protest violence; analysts say it was to quash rumours of her firing

Xi Jinping also took a measured approach in giving his assessment of the political crisis roiling the city, analysts said.

6 Nov 2019 - 4:48PM

Xi Jinping also took a measured approach in giving his assessment of the political crisis roiling the city, analysts said.

Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam: she reveals she could feel his support for her to end Hong Kong protest violence; analysts say it was to quash rumours of her firing
China’s Xi Jinping meets Hong Kong leader, backs Carrie Lam’s ‘hard work’ amid protests

Xi express support for Carrie Lam’s effort but says priority is still to curb violence and stop chaos in Hong Kong during talks in Shanghai during the first official meeting of the two leaders since unrest broke out in June.

5 Nov 2019 - 5:46PM

Xi express support for Carrie Lam’s effort but says priority is still to curb violence and stop chaos in Hong Kong during talks in Shanghai during the first official meeting of the two leaders since unrest broke out in June.

China’s Xi Jinping meets Hong Kong leader, backs Carrie Lam’s ‘hard work’ amid protests
Xinhua’s Hong Kong office ‘like a war zone’ after petrol bomb attack, worker says

Man says he and his colleagues knew the building was under attack as they could see it on television, but did not think it was serious.

4 Nov 2019 - 4:38PM

Man says he and his colleagues knew the building was under attack as they could see it on television, but did not think it was serious.

Xinhua’s Hong Kong office ‘like a war zone’ after petrol bomb attack, worker says
China’s Shenzhen is using big data to become a smart ‘socialist model city’

Beijing tells southern technology centre to use ‘best modern governance practices that promote high quality and sustainable development’.

1 Nov 2019 - 5:04PM

Beijing tells southern technology centre to use ‘best modern governance practices that promote high quality and sustainable development’.

China’s Shenzhen is using big data to become a smart ‘socialist model city’
China’s Communist Party elite wrap up meeting with pledge to safeguard national security in Hong Kong

Communique issued at end of four-day session says party will ‘establish a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security’ in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:49AM

Communique issued at end of four-day session says party will ‘establish a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security’ in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

China’s Communist Party elite wrap up meeting with pledge to safeguard national security in Hong Kong
Legal scholar takes over as Inner Mongolia chief as Chinese Communists prepare for gathering of party elite

Shi Taifeng takes reins in resource-rich autonomous region as part of reshuffle ahead of fourth plenum of the Central Committee.

26 Oct 2019 - 9:00AM

Shi Taifeng takes reins in resource-rich autonomous region as part of reshuffle ahead of fourth plenum of the Central Committee.

Legal scholar takes over as Inner Mongolia chief as Chinese Communists prepare for gathering of party elite
Hong Kong protests will have ‘unbearable and devastating consequences’, Chinese state media says

Aim of opposition lawmakers is to ‘mess up Hong Kong, overthrow [its] government and seize power’, People’s Daily says in commentary.

24 Oct 2019 - 4:49PM

Aim of opposition lawmakers is to ‘mess up Hong Kong, overthrow [its] government and seize power’, People’s Daily says in commentary.

Hong Kong protests will have ‘unbearable and devastating consequences’, Chinese state media says
Taking aim at China: why Hong Kong ‘radicals’ have turned on mainland Chinese targets

Businesses and people with ties to mainland China have been in the firing line of a nativist group of protesters, observers say.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:58PM

Businesses and people with ties to mainland China have been in the firing line of a nativist group of protesters, observers say.

Taking aim at China: why Hong Kong ‘radicals’ have turned on mainland Chinese targets
‘Extremely necessary’: Beijing backs Hong Kong’s mask ban

Central government says chaos in the city can’t go on forever and action must be taken to stop Hong Kong version of a colour revolution.

5 Oct 2019 - 12:07AM

Central government says chaos in the city can’t go on forever and action must be taken to stop Hong Kong version of a colour revolution.

‘Extremely necessary’: Beijing backs Hong Kong’s mask ban
Big data expert takes over as China’s new cybersecurity chief

One of Wang Yingwei’s priorities will be overseeing the coming roll-out of a new regulatory regime.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:15PM

One of Wang Yingwei’s priorities will be overseeing the coming roll-out of a new regulatory regime.

Big data expert takes over as China’s new cybersecurity chief
Journalists in Chinese state media to be tested on loyalty to President Xi Jinping

About 10,000 reporters and editors in Beijing are expected to take ‘pilot tests’ next month using Xuexi Qiangguo mobile app.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:52PM

About 10,000 reporters and editors in Beijing are expected to take ‘pilot tests’ next month using Xuexi Qiangguo mobile app.

Journalists in Chinese state media to be tested on loyalty to President Xi Jinping
China ramps up security from Beijing to Guangdong ahead of National Day

Public security minister has stressed the need for tough measures ‘to prevent violent and terrorist-related incidents’, making special mention of Xinjiang.

19 Sep 2019 - 7:39AM

Public security minister has stressed the need for tough measures ‘to prevent violent and terrorist-related incidents’, making special mention of Xinjiang.

China ramps up security from Beijing to Guangdong ahead of National Day
Chinese internet users call for boycott of BNP Paribas over worker’s support for Hong Kong protest

French bank apologises for ‘offence caused by a social media post that was expressed on one of our employees’ personal accounts’.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:47AM

French bank apologises for ‘offence caused by a social media post that was expressed on one of our employees’ personal accounts’.

Chinese internet users call for boycott of BNP Paribas over worker’s support for Hong Kong protest
Is China’s police chief playing a new part in Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong?

The man overseeing public security on the mainland appeared at a presidential meeting with Macau’s new leader.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:49PM

The man overseeing public security on the mainland appeared at a presidential meeting with Macau’s new leader.

Is China’s police chief playing a new part in Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong?
China expands access to public services for travellers from Hong Kong and Macau

New system to enable businesses and government agencies to verify mainland-issued travel permits

13 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

New system to enable businesses and government agencies to verify mainland-issued travel permits

China expands access to public services for travellers from Hong Kong and Macau
Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s appeal for leniency for protesters gets cool reception from Chinese media

If billionaire wants to help young people he should build more low-cost housing in the city, official says.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:34PM

If billionaire wants to help young people he should build more low-cost housing in the city, official says.

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s appeal for leniency for protesters gets cool reception from Chinese media
China’s exports fell unexpectedly in August as US trade war continues to slam industrial economy

Despite a return to growth in July, shipments lost more ground in August as US tariffs continued to wreak havoc on trade.

9 Sep 2019 - 11:30AM

Despite a return to growth in July, shipments lost more ground in August as US tariffs continued to wreak havoc on trade.

China’s exports fell unexpectedly in August as US trade war continues to slam industrial economy
Beijing talks up case for intervention in Hong Kong, labelling protests ‘colour revolution’

Xinhua moves from previous comparisons with ‘colour revolution’ to directly giving the protests that description, and quotes late leader Deng Xiaoping as having said Beijing ‘should intervene’ if there were turmoil in Hong Kong.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:58PM

Xinhua moves from previous comparisons with ‘colour revolution’ to directly giving the protests that description, and quotes late leader Deng Xiaoping as having said Beijing ‘should intervene’ if there were turmoil in Hong Kong.

Beijing talks up case for intervention in Hong Kong, labelling protests ‘colour revolution’
Beijing to hold second press briefing on Hong Kong unrest in two weeks

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office announces it will speak to the media on Tuesday, after Chief Executive Carrie Lam issues stern warning.

5 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office announces it will speak to the media on Tuesday, after Chief Executive Carrie Lam issues stern warning.

Beijing to hold second press briefing on Hong Kong unrest in two weeks
China hits back at Donald Trump’s fentanyl claim, saying US ‘only has itself to blame’ for opioid crisis

State media says Beijing ‘has made unprecedented efforts’ to address the problem and the number of trafficking cases to the US is ‘very small’.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:14PM

State media says Beijing ‘has made unprecedented efforts’ to address the problem and the number of trafficking cases to the US is ‘very small’.

China hits back at Donald Trump’s fentanyl claim, saying US ‘only has itself to blame’ for opioid crisis
Silence broken, Beijing looks for ways to take message direct to the Hong Kong public

The central government is exploring ways to make its position known to the city’s people, sources say.

2 Aug 2019 - 6:23PM

The central government is exploring ways to make its position known to the city’s people, sources say.

Silence broken, Beijing looks for ways to take message direct to the Hong Kong public
Chinese corruption watchdog targets Uygur supporter of crackdown on ‘religious extremism’

Enwaer Tursun investigated for ‘serious violations’ of Communist Party discipline and law.

30 Jul 2019 - 10:41PM

Enwaer Tursun investigated for ‘serious violations’ of Communist Party discipline and law.

Chinese corruption watchdog targets Uygur supporter of crackdown on ‘religious extremism’
Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong hits out at accusations it was behind Yuen Long attacks, calling them ‘malicious rumours’

Office says it firmly opposes all violent acts related to Hong Kong protests. It also singles out US senator Marco Rubio, saying he engaged in ‘hysterical smears and attacks on China’.

26 Jul 2019 - 8:34PM

Office says it firmly opposes all violent acts related to Hong Kong protests. It also singles out US senator Marco Rubio, saying he engaged in ‘hysterical smears and attacks on China’.

Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong hits out at accusations it was behind Yuen Long attacks, calling them ‘malicious rumours’
China’s top television news show runs week of reports slamming Hong Kong protesters

CCTV’s prime-time evening programme takes aim at all aspects of recent marches and violent clashes.

26 Jul 2019 - 9:07AM

CCTV’s prime-time evening programme takes aim at all aspects of recent marches and violent clashes.

China’s top television news show runs week of reports slamming Hong Kong protesters
China scrambles to deliver new Hong Kong strategy –but military response not an option

Sources say Hong Kong police critical to maintaining stability as short and longer term plans to be submitted to Beijing ‘soon’.

18 Jul 2019 - 12:12PM

Sources say Hong Kong police critical to maintaining stability as short and longer term plans to be submitted to Beijing ‘soon’.

China scrambles to deliver new Hong Kong strategy –but military response not an option