William Zheng

Hong Kong

William Zheng

Senior Correspondent, China

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 senior correspondent on the China desk at the Post.

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China’s expanded news source list ‘signals tighter media control’

Mobile apps and social media accounts under Communist Party oversight have been added to the roster of approved outlets.

Mobile apps and social media accounts under Communist Party oversight have been added to the roster of approved outlets.

China’s expanded news source list ‘signals tighter media control’
22 Oct 2021 - 10:49PM
China’s Xi Jinping targets energy, food security and environment in Shandong trip

President signals that home-grown technology is central to meeting the country’s fuel and eco needs, analyst says.

President signals that home-grown technology is central to meeting the country’s fuel and eco needs, analyst says.

China’s Xi Jinping targets energy, food security and environment in Shandong trip
22 Oct 2021 - 9:30PM
China’s top leaders set date for key meeting next month

Communist Party elite expected to adopt a resolution on ‘major achievements and historical experience’ over the past 100 years that observers say could chart the direction for the next few decades.

Communist Party elite expected to adopt a resolution on ‘major achievements and historical experience’ over the past 100 years that observers say could chart the direction for the next few decades.

China’s top leaders set date for key meeting next month
19 Oct 2021 - 5:30AM
Coronavirus: authorities across border ‘have not insisted Hong Kong adopt mainland China-style system for contact tracing’

They have so far refrained from spelling out specific preconditions of any kind out of consideration for constraints on local officials, source says.

They have so far refrained from spelling out specific preconditions of any kind out of consideration for constraints on local officials, source says.

Coronavirus: authorities across border ‘have not insisted Hong Kong adopt mainland China-style system for contact tracing’
19 Oct 2021 - 1:30AM
China’s Shenzhou 13 crew enters space station for 6-month stay

Length of mission to be one of the biggest challenges for the two men and one woman on board.

Length of mission to be one of the biggest challenges for the two men and one woman on board.

China’s Shenzhou 13 crew enters space station for 6-month stay
16 Oct 2021 - 11:05PM
China launches Shenzhou 13 astronauts on their Tiangong space station mission

Lift-off was timed to give the crew, which includes the country’s second woman in space, the shortest possible journey.

Lift-off was timed to give the crew, which includes the country’s second woman in space, the shortest possible journey.

China launches Shenzhou 13 astronauts on their Tiangong space station mission
16 Oct 2021 - 7:18AM
Why China’s latest space mission is having a midnight launch

Sources involved in the mission say the timing will help Shenzhou 13 carry out a complex vertical docking manoeuvre with the Tiangong space station.

Sources involved in the mission say the timing will help Shenzhou 13 carry out a complex vertical docking manoeuvre with the Tiangong space station.

Why China’s latest space mission is having a midnight launch
15 Oct 2021 - 9:17PM
China unveils Shenzhou 13 crew for next mission to Tiangong space station

One of the three crew members, Wang Yaping, will become both the first woman on the space station and the first Chinese woman to perform a spacewalk.

One of the three crew members, Wang Yaping, will become both the first woman on the space station and the first Chinese woman to perform a spacewalk.

China unveils Shenzhou 13 crew for next mission to Tiangong space station
15 Oct 2021 - 6:09PM
China to unveil younger team of astronauts for Shenzhou 13 space mission

The mission, which is planned to last for six months, will be piloted by Zhai Zhigang, 55, Wang Yaping, 41, and Ye Guangfu, 41, who were the backup crew of the recently completed Shenzhou 12 mission, according to a source familiar with the mission plan.

The mission, which is planned to last for six months, will be piloted by Zhai Zhigang, 55, Wang Yaping, 41, and Ye Guangfu, 41, who were the backup crew of the recently completed Shenzhou 12 mission, according to a source familiar with the mission plan.

China to unveil younger team of astronauts for Shenzhou 13 space mission
15 Oct 2021 - 6:07PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping says peaceful reunification with Taiwan is in country’s best interests

In speech marking 110th anniversary of the revolution that established the first Chinese republic, Xi urges Taiwan to ‘stand on the right side of history’.

In speech marking 110th anniversary of the revolution that established the first Chinese republic, Xi urges Taiwan to ‘stand on the right side of history’.

Chinese President Xi Jinping says peaceful reunification with Taiwan is in country’s best interests
10 Oct 2021 - 12:07AM
Former journalist detained over comments about Chinese soldiers in war movie

Luo Changping, 40, is being held in Sanya on the charge of ‘infringing the reputation and honour of national martyrs’.

Luo Changping, 40, is being held in Sanya on the charge of ‘infringing the reputation and honour of national martyrs’.

Former journalist detained over comments about Chinese soldiers in war movie
9 Oct 2021 - 8:30AM
Taiwan: airspace, troops and Oct 10; the EU shifts focus from China to Aukus
8 Oct 2021 - 5:21PM
China gets ready to send second crew to space station for longer mission

Shenzhou 13 spacecraft is expected to be launched from the Gobi Desert in the early hours of October 16, with a woman astronaut among the crew, according to sources.

Shenzhou 13 spacecraft is expected to be launched from the Gobi Desert in the early hours of October 16, with a woman astronaut among the crew, according to sources.

China gets ready to send second crew to space station for longer mission
15 Oct 2021 - 6:04PM
China delays launch of next mission to Tiangong space station

A source at the launch centre says there are no technical issues, but putting back Shenzhou 13’s lift-off time will ensure the preparations are spot on.

A source at the launch centre says there are no technical issues, but putting back Shenzhou 13’s lift-off time will ensure the preparations are spot on.

China delays launch of next mission to Tiangong space station
2 Oct 2021 - 5:00AM
Beijing names Uygur Alken Tuniaz acting chairman of Xinjiang amid provincial reshuffle

Tuniaz was deputy to previous chairman Shohrat Zakir and is now the only Uygur member of the Communist Party Committee in Xinjiang.

Tuniaz was deputy to previous chairman Shohrat Zakir and is now the only Uygur member of the Communist Party Committee in Xinjiang.

Beijing names Uygur Alken Tuniaz acting chairman of Xinjiang amid provincial reshuffle
1 Oct 2021 - 11:05PM
‘Decadent’ former Chinese police chief Sun Lijun to face trial for corruption

Sun expelled from the Communist Party, accused of having no morals and ‘forming gangs and factions’.

Sun expelled from the Communist Party, accused of having no morals and ‘forming gangs and factions’.

‘Decadent’ former Chinese police chief Sun Lijun to face trial for corruption
30 Sep 2021 - 11:22PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping leads tributes to fallen heroes of revolution in Tiananmen Square ceremony

Xi and other members of the leadership attend the Martyr’s Day ceremony in the heart of Beijing one day before the country celebrates National Day.

Xi and other members of the leadership attend the Martyr’s Day ceremony in the heart of Beijing one day before the country celebrates National Day.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leads tributes to fallen heroes of revolution in Tiananmen Square ceremony
30 Sep 2021 - 10:41PM
Communist Party mouthpiece touts ‘influence’ of China’s governance model

People’s Daily says other nations are looking to the country to learn from its success, calling its rise ‘unstoppable’ and the decline of the West ‘irreversible’.

People’s Daily says other nations are looking to the country to learn from its success, calling its rise ‘unstoppable’ and the decline of the West ‘irreversible’.

Communist Party mouthpiece touts ‘influence’ of China’s governance model
27 Sep 2021 - 9:50PM
Former chairman of luxury liquor firm Kweichow Moutai sentenced to life in prison for bribery

Yuan Renguo accepted over US$17 million in bribes and was given a ‘light’ sentence for confessing and volunteering information, court says.

Yuan Renguo accepted over US$17 million in bribes and was given a ‘light’ sentence for confessing and volunteering information, court says.

Former chairman of luxury liquor firm Kweichow Moutai sentenced to life in prison for bribery
24 Sep 2021 - 11:01PM
Chinese law enforcers told use AI, big data to improve security in unstable times

Top official Chen Yixin calls for efforts to curb ‘major social incidents’ through expanded surveillance programme and ‘city brains’.

Top official Chen Yixin calls for efforts to curb ‘major social incidents’ through expanded surveillance programme and ‘city brains’.

Chinese law enforcers told use AI, big data to improve security in unstable times
24 Sep 2021 - 7:00AM
Beijing appoints veterans to its state-level Hong Kong office to improve messaging on national security law, other city policies

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office establishes two new departments for propaganda and security matters, picks Zeng Jian and Wang Zhenmin to head them.

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office establishes two new departments for propaganda and security matters, picks Zeng Jian and Wang Zhenmin to head them.

Beijing appoints veterans to its state-level Hong Kong office to improve messaging on national security law, other city policies
23 Sep 2021 - 10:46PM
China expected to name woman for next space station crew

Tentative date of October 3 set for Shenzhou 13 lift-off, launch centre source says.

Tentative date of October 3 set for Shenzhou 13 lift-off, launch centre source says.

China expected to name woman for next space station crew
22 Sep 2021 - 9:20AM
Lift-off for Tianzhou 3, China’s space station resupply mission

The cargo ship was successfully launched from Hainan province days after the space station’s first crew returned home.

The cargo ship was successfully launched from Hainan province days after the space station’s first crew returned home.

Lift-off for Tianzhou 3, China’s space station resupply mission
20 Sep 2021 - 10:57PM
Xi affirms importance of China’s space ambitions in milestone week for programme

Space is a strategic asset that needs to be managed well, says president, as Tiangong station crew heads home after 90-day mission.

Space is a strategic asset that needs to be managed well, says president, as Tiangong station crew heads home after 90-day mission.

Xi affirms importance of China’s space ambitions in milestone week for programme
17 Sep 2021 - 10:01PM
China’s Tiangong astronauts return with vision of ‘new heights’ in space travel

Mission commander tells his crew ‘real gold fears no fire’ moments before their successful re-entry after 90 days in space.

Mission commander tells his crew ‘real gold fears no fire’ moments before their successful re-entry after 90 days in space.

China’s Tiangong astronauts return with vision of ‘new heights’ in space travel
17 Sep 2021 - 11:18PM
Chinese astronauts prepare to return to Earth after 3-month mission on Tiangong space station

Their return comes ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival and one source said they will be back home ‘in time for the mooncakes’.

Their return comes ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival and one source said they will be back home ‘in time for the mooncakes’.

Chinese astronauts prepare to return to Earth after 3-month mission on Tiangong space station
16 Sep 2021 - 11:28PM
Earthquake shakes China’s Sichuan province, killing 3 and injuring 88

Thousands of rescuers are involved in the emergency response and more than 76,000 people have been evacuated.

Thousands of rescuers are involved in the emergency response and more than 76,000 people have been evacuated.

Earthquake shakes China’s Sichuan province, killing 3 and injuring 88
16 Sep 2021 - 10:33PM
National Games 2025: Hong Kong to launch planning talks with co-hosts this month as sports chief backs city to stage opening ceremony

Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau – named last month as the co-hosts of the 15th National Games of China – are set to hold discussions this month on how to organise the event.

Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau – named last month as the co-hosts of the 15th National Games of China – are set to hold discussions this month on how to organise the event.

National Games 2025: Hong Kong to launch planning talks with co-hosts this month as sports chief backs city to stage opening ceremony
15 Sep 2021 - 11:44PM
China poised to launch Tianzhou-3 cargo ship to replenish Tiangong space station

The station’s first three astronauts will then leave in a return capsule, with three more expected to replace them in October, sources say.

The station’s first three astronauts will then leave in a return capsule, with three more expected to replace them in October, sources say.

China poised to launch Tianzhou-3 cargo ship to replenish Tiangong space station
15 Sep 2021 - 7:13AM
China’s green future and red past: the message in Xi Jinping’s trip to Shaanxi

Chinese president visits a clean-coal enterprise, an ecological park and a memorial to Communist Party pioneers in a province that remains close to his heart.

Chinese president visits a clean-coal enterprise, an ecological park and a memorial to Communist Party pioneers in a province that remains close to his heart.

China’s green future and red past: the message in Xi Jinping’s trip to Shaanxi
14 Sep 2021 - 10:14PM