William Zheng

Hong Kong

William Zheng

News Editor, 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 news editor on the China desk at the South China Morning Post.

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China’s home security chief attends Hong Kong national security office opening

Chen Siyuan’s presence shows Beijing regards the city as a serious threat to stability on the mainland, experts say.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:48PM

Chen Siyuan’s presence shows Beijing regards the city as a serious threat to stability on the mainland, experts say.

China’s home security chief attends Hong Kong national security office opening
Hong Kong national security law: new head of Beijing office in city vows agents will not trample on people’s rights

Zheng Yanxiong says law was enacted for well-being of city’s residents and office would operate in ‘accordance with the law’.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:56PM

Zheng Yanxiong says law was enacted for well-being of city’s residents and office would operate in ‘accordance with the law’.

Hong Kong national security law: new head of Beijing office in city vows agents will not trample on people’s rights
China’s anti-corruption watchdog sets out details of ‘decadent’ and ‘corrupt’ lifestyle of fallen Interpol chief Meng Hongwei

A document circulated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accuses the former Interpol president of using military officers as his personal servants.

7 Jul 2020 - 10:58PM

A document circulated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accuses the former Interpol president of using military officers as his personal servants.

China’s anti-corruption watchdog sets out details of ‘decadent’ and ‘corrupt’ lifestyle of fallen Interpol chief Meng Hongwei
Beijing’s new national security office for Hong Kong to be located at Metropark Hotel in Causeway Bay, sources say

Zheng Yanxiong, the new office’s chief, was already working from the hotel on Tuesday, sources told the Post, with a formal opening expected Wednesday.

7 Jul 2020 - 11:55PM

Zheng Yanxiong, the new office’s chief, was already working from the hotel on Tuesday, sources told the Post, with a formal opening expected Wednesday.

Beijing’s new national security office for Hong Kong to be located at Metropark Hotel in Causeway Bay, sources say
Outspoken Chinese law professor Xu Zhangrun taken away by police, friends say

Xu has been closely watched by authorities since writing articles criticising Communist Party leaders about presidential term limits and coronavirus.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:35PM

Xu has been closely watched by authorities since writing articles criticising Communist Party leaders about presidential term limits and coronavirus.

Outspoken Chinese law professor Xu Zhangrun taken away by police, friends say
Beijing’s surprise choice to spearhead the national security law in Hong Kong

Guangdong-born Cantonese speaker Zheng Yanxiong will be the public face of the agency overseeing implementation of the law in the city.

4 Jul 2020 - 1:40PM

Guangdong-born Cantonese speaker Zheng Yanxiong will be the public face of the agency overseeing implementation of the law in the city.

Beijing’s surprise choice to spearhead the national security law in Hong Kong
Chinese Communist Party celebrates 99th anniversary by praising coronavirus success

Official mouthpiece People’s Daily says fight against Covid-19 proves superiority of the country’s political system.

2 Jul 2020 - 9:26AM

Official mouthpiece People’s Daily says fight against Covid-19 proves superiority of the country’s political system.

Chinese Communist Party celebrates 99th anniversary by praising coronavirus success
Drills put Chinese border police and soldiers to counterterrorism test

From Xinjiang to Shanghai, officers take part in exercises simulating various unconventional security threats.

1 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

From Xinjiang to Shanghai, officers take part in exercises simulating various unconventional security threats.

Drills put Chinese border police and soldiers to counterterrorism test
Beijing ‘likely to send senior police official to head national security office in Hong Kong’

It is being set up under controversial new legislation that is expected to be passed on Tuesday.

30 Jun 2020 - 2:57PM

It is being set up under controversial new legislation that is expected to be passed on Tuesday.

Beijing ‘likely to send senior police official to head national security office in Hong Kong’
China’s socialism beats capitalism, Communist Party ideology veteran says in ‘bid to shore up support’

Nation is enjoying ‘the most wonderful chapter of world socialism in 500 years’, article says in propaganda drive to project confidence and Xi’s grip on power.

17 Jun 2020 - 1:46PM

Nation is enjoying ‘the most wonderful chapter of world socialism in 500 years’, article says in propaganda drive to project confidence and Xi’s grip on power.

China’s socialism beats capitalism, Communist Party ideology veteran says in ‘bid to shore up support’
Chinese President Xi Jinping tries to reassure ethnic minorities they won’t be ‘left behind’

Chinese president talks about poverty alleviation, the environment and clean government on trip to Ningxia – home to the Hui Muslim minority and one of the country’s poorest regions.

11 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

Chinese president talks about poverty alleviation, the environment and clean government on trip to Ningxia – home to the Hui Muslim minority and one of the country’s poorest regions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping tries to reassure ethnic minorities they won’t be ‘left behind’
Xinjiang official on corruption charges after ‘lavish wedding for son’

Former mayor of Kashgar in China’s far west to be handed over to prosecutors for series of alleged offences going back a decade.

8 Jun 2020 - 9:45PM

Former mayor of Kashgar in China’s far west to be handed over to prosecutors for series of alleged offences going back a decade.

Xinjiang official on corruption charges after ‘lavish wedding for son’
39 children, staff hurt in knife attack at south China primary school

50-year-old suspect, believed to be a security guard at the school in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, held for questioning.

4 Jun 2020 - 11:15PM

50-year-old suspect, believed to be a security guard at the school in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, held for questioning.

39 children, staff hurt in knife attack at south China primary school
Xinjiang propaganda official Ren Hua under corruption cloud in China

Communist Party anti-graft watchdog says Ren suspected of ‘discipline and law violations’.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:56PM

Communist Party anti-graft watchdog says Ren suspected of ‘discipline and law violations’.

Xinjiang propaganda official Ren Hua under corruption cloud in China
China unveils plan to make Hainan a free trade hub like Hong Kong, Singapore as risks of US decoupling loom

Beijing has outlined plans to turn Hainan into a “free trade port” similar to Hong Kong, as China faces an increasingly uncertain global economic environment.

4 Jun 2020 - 10:52AM

Beijing has outlined plans to turn Hainan into a “free trade port” similar to Hong Kong, as China faces an increasingly uncertain global economic environment.

China unveils plan to make Hainan a free trade hub like Hong Kong, Singapore as risks of US decoupling loom
National security law: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to visit Beijing, opposition lawmaker banned from questioning legislation

In the city, Lam’s deputy sparked further controversy by getting the head of the legislature to ban an opposition politician from asking about the law.

3 Jun 2020 - 2:21AM

In the city, Lam’s deputy sparked further controversy by getting the head of the legislature to ban an opposition politician from asking about the law.

National security law: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to visit Beijing, opposition lawmaker banned from questioning legislation
Border skirmish becomes battle of spin as Indian and Chinese soldiers turn to social media

WeChat and YouTube become new fighting arenas for soldiers but their governments are playing down Himalayan clashes.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:46PM

WeChat and YouTube become new fighting arenas for soldiers but their governments are playing down Himalayan clashes.

Border skirmish becomes battle of spin as Indian and Chinese soldiers turn to social media
Hong Kong activists deny that Global Times photos show protests had foreign funding

Former student activist recalls ‘random short conversation’ in 2014, after tabloid reveals photos with man later charged with intervening in Hong Kong affairs.

26 May 2020 - 11:18PM

Former student activist recalls ‘random short conversation’ in 2014, after tabloid reveals photos with man later charged with intervening in Hong Kong affairs.

Hong Kong activists deny that Global Times photos show protests had foreign funding
After six decades, countdown to vote on China’s draft civil code

Legislation expected to bring together a range of laws under one umbrella and go to a vote on Thursday.

26 May 2020 - 7:00AM

Legislation expected to bring together a range of laws under one umbrella and go to a vote on Thursday.

After six decades, countdown to vote on China’s draft civil code
Trump threatens World Health Organisation with permanent freeze over coronavirus response

Ultimatum to UN agency chief coincides with virtual gathering of world health assembly to discuss pandemic.

20 May 2020 - 11:24AM

Ultimatum to UN agency chief coincides with virtual gathering of world health assembly to discuss pandemic.

Trump threatens World Health Organisation with permanent freeze over coronavirus response
Deadly building site collapse in China stops work at Country Garden sites

Six workers killed in Guangxi construction lift crash, prompting orders for inspections across the region.

18 May 2020 - 7:45PM

Six workers killed in Guangxi construction lift crash, prompting orders for inspections across the region.

Deadly building site collapse in China stops work at Country Garden sites
Chinese President Xi Jinping shifts focus to ‘affluent society’ goal, but warns Covid-19 threat remains

Communist Party chief has been on the road to promote the message that time is ripe to get the economy back up and running, as deadline on first ‘centenary goal’ looms.

16 May 2020 - 11:24PM

Communist Party chief has been on the road to promote the message that time is ripe to get the economy back up and running, as deadline on first ‘centenary goal’ looms.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shifts focus to ‘affluent society’ goal, but warns Covid-19 threat remains
China reveals mountain of bribes seized from fallen Communist Party boss Zhao Zhengyong

Anti-graft watchdog says millions in cash, property and stocks were recovered from Zhao, the former party chief of Shaanxi.

15 May 2020 - 12:30PM

Anti-graft watchdog says millions in cash, property and stocks were recovered from Zhao, the former party chief of Shaanxi.

China reveals mountain of bribes seized from fallen Communist Party boss Zhao Zhengyong
Chinese scholar Zhang Xuezhong returns home after questioning over call for political reform

Friends say Zhang, who was removed by police on Sunday night, was released late on Monday.

12 May 2020 - 11:03PM

Friends say Zhang, who was removed by police on Sunday night, was released late on Monday.

Chinese scholar Zhang Xuezhong returns home after questioning over call for political reform
Chinese scholar calls for political reform, criticising ‘tight control’ over Covid-19. A day later, police come for him

Widely shared open letter posted on WeChat urges legislature to draft a new constitution, release political prisoners and remove Communist Party’s status.

11 May 2020 - 11:42PM

Widely shared open letter posted on WeChat urges legislature to draft a new constitution, release political prisoners and remove Communist Party’s status.

Chinese scholar calls for political reform, criticising ‘tight control’ over Covid-19. A day later, police come for him
Coronavirus: Chinese students share the love and the PPE around the world

Social media group FightforWuhan was set up to provide vital supplies to hospitals in the central China city at the heart of the initial outbreak, but its volunteers are now spreading their message far and wide.

10 May 2020 - 11:06PM

Social media group FightforWuhan was set up to provide vital supplies to hospitals in the central China city at the heart of the initial outbreak, but its volunteers are now spreading their message far and wide.

Coronavirus: Chinese students share the love and the PPE around the world
Look into enacting national security law and ensure fair Legco elections, head of Hong Kong affairs office tells Carrie Lam

Source says meeting between HKMAO director Xia Baolong and city leader took place in Shenzhen last month, against backdrop of Beijing’s agencies asserting their right to comment on local affairs.

22 May 2020 - 6:13PM

Source says meeting between HKMAO director Xia Baolong and city leader took place in Shenzhen last month, against backdrop of Beijing’s agencies asserting their right to comment on local affairs.

Look into enacting national security law and ensure fair Legco elections, head of Hong Kong affairs office tells Carrie Lam
China names new justice and environment ministers

Liaoning governor appointed to justice post while deputy chief promoted to take lead on environment.

29 Apr 2020 - 9:30PM

Liaoning governor appointed to justice post while deputy chief promoted to take lead on environment.

China names new justice and environment ministers
Belize businessman accused of fuelling Hong Kong unrest had links to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai

Media reports highlight Lee Henley Hu Xiang’s testimony in trial of former Chongqing party boss, who was jailed for life in 2013.

28 Apr 2020 - 4:38PM

Media reports highlight Lee Henley Hu Xiang’s testimony in trial of former Chongqing party boss, who was jailed for life in 2013.

Belize businessman accused of fuelling Hong Kong unrest had links to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai
China prosecutes first overseas national for Hong Kong interference

Belizean businessman arrested in November prosecuted for interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and endangering Chinese national security.

28 Apr 2020 - 1:29PM

Belizean businessman arrested in November prosecuted for interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and endangering Chinese national security.

China prosecutes first overseas national for Hong Kong interference