William Zheng

William Zheng

William Zheng is a veteran journalist who has served and led major Hong Kong and Singaporean media organisations in his 20-year career, covering greater China. He is now a news editor on the China desk at the South China Morning Post.

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Coronavirus: Wuhan people facing stigma as China’s infections outnumber its Sars cases

840 new cases in the outbreak’s epicentre around Wuhan as Germany and Vietnam report patients who had contact with people linked to the Chinese city, while British Airways halts sales of flights to China.

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840 new cases in the outbreak’s epicentre around Wuhan as Germany and Vietnam report patients who had contact with people linked to the Chinese city, while British Airways halts sales of flights to China.

Coronavirus: Wuhan people facing stigma as China’s infections outnumber its Sars cases
Live from Wuhan: millions tune in to watch China build coronavirus hospitals

Streams from the construction sites of two new temporary medical facilities at the epicentre of the outbreak attract a supportive audience.

29 Jan 2020 - 12:21AM

Streams from the construction sites of two new temporary medical facilities at the epicentre of the outbreak attract a supportive audience.

Live from Wuhan: millions tune in to watch China build coronavirus hospitals
Wuhan coronavirus: China will contain ‘demon’ outbreak, Xi Jinping says as death toll mounts

Chinese president pledges transparent and timely release of information about the illness.

29 Jan 2020 - 5:18AM

Chinese president pledges transparent and timely release of information about the illness.

Wuhan coronavirus: China will contain ‘demon’ outbreak, Xi Jinping says as death toll mounts
Coronavirus contagious even in incubation stage, China’s health authority says

National Health Commission says understanding of infection remains limited, but its ability to spread is getting stronger.

27 Jan 2020 - 8:35AM

National Health Commission says understanding of infection remains limited, but its ability to spread is getting stronger.

Coronavirus contagious even in incubation stage, China’s health authority says
Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus death toll jumps

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

26 Jan 2020 - 9:25PM

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus  death toll jumps
Wuhan residents start Year of the Rat in scramble to stockpile food, medical supplies amid coronavirus lockdown

‘Government doesn’t know what it’s doing, and still they go on TV to brag when frontline medical staff don’t even have a change of protective clothing,’ says angry resident whose wife works in a local hospital.

25 Jan 2020 - 10:35AM

‘Government doesn’t know what it’s doing, and still they go on TV to brag when frontline medical staff don’t even have a change of protective clothing,’ says angry resident whose wife works in a local hospital.

Wuhan residents start Year of the Rat in scramble to stockpile food, medical supplies amid coronavirus lockdown
China sends in military doctors to help Wuhan hospitals fight coronavirus outbreak

Central military command orders PLA medical personnel based in the city to help civilian doctors and nurses.

26 Jan 2020 - 4:04PM

Central military command orders PLA medical personnel based in the city to help civilian doctors and nurses.

China sends in military doctors to help Wuhan hospitals fight coronavirus outbreak
China coronavirus: rush is on in Wuhan to build treatment centre for up to 1,000 patients

Workers paid three times their usual wage to get emergency facility built within six days.

26 Jan 2020 - 4:07PM

Workers paid three times their usual wage to get emergency facility built within six days.

China coronavirus: rush is on in Wuhan to build treatment centre for up to 1,000 patients
China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

26 Jan 2020 - 1:46PM

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26
China’s credibility on the line as it tries to dispels fears it will cover up spread of Wuhan virus

World watches to see if country has learned painful lessons from Sars outbreak as one former World Health Organisation official accuses officials of ‘lying from the start’ of the outbreak.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

World watches to see if country has learned painful lessons from Sars outbreak as one former World Health Organisation official accuses officials of ‘lying from the start’ of the outbreak.

China’s credibility on the line as it tries to dispels fears it will cover up spread of Wuhan virus
China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases has prompted questions about the process, but medical specialists say the admin involved may be the reason it takes so long.

China’s post-Sars reporting system may explain long delays in announcing new cases of Wuhan virus
Taiwan’s victorious President Tsai Ing-wen meets US and Japanese envoys to repeat calls for closer ties

Beijing warns other countries to stick to one-China principle after election success for Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

12 Jan 2020 - 11:28PM

Beijing warns other countries to stick to one-China principle after election success for Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

Taiwan’s victorious President Tsai Ing-wen meets US and Japanese envoys to repeat calls for closer ties
Beijing’s new Hong Kong envoy Luo Huining was a surprise choice. Here’s why

Sent to deal with a city in crisis when he was supposed to be easing into semi-retirement, 65-year-old Luo Huining is seen as capable but has no experience of the financial hub.

7 Jan 2020 - 3:41PM

Sent to deal with a city in crisis when he was supposed to be easing into semi-retirement, 65-year-old Luo Huining is seen as capable but has no experience of the financial hub.

Beijing’s new Hong Kong envoy Luo Huining was a surprise choice. Here’s why
China replaces top official in Hong Kong in first major reshuffle since protests erupted

Luo is surprise choice as liaison office head with no known Hong Kong links, but observers say he has record in finding ‘out-of-box solutions’.

4 Jan 2020 - 11:47PM

Luo is surprise choice as liaison office head with no known Hong Kong links, but observers say he has record in finding ‘out-of-box solutions’.

China replaces top official in Hong Kong in first major reshuffle since protests erupted
Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

17 Dec 2019 - 10:42AM

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?
All eyes on President Xi Jinping as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam heads to Beijing to collect her report card

Chief executive to meet top state officials behind closed doors, and analysts believe topics of discussion will include national security and rebuilding ties with pro-establishment camp.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:01AM

Chief executive to meet top state officials behind closed doors, and analysts believe topics of discussion will include national security and rebuilding ties with pro-establishment camp.

All eyes on President Xi Jinping as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam heads to Beijing to collect her report card
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