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.
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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6 dead, hundreds of firefighters battle blaze after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant

Children among injured as blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant damages nearby residential buildings, school and vehicles.

22 Mar 2019 - 12:40PM

Children among injured as blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant damages nearby residential buildings, school and vehicles.

6 dead, hundreds of firefighters battle blaze after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant
China’s Communist Party introduces another loyalty test, but now cadres are asked to show some initiative too
  • Regulations governing who gets promotion will also require candidates to be given a clean bill of health by the anti-corruption watchdog.
20 Mar 2019 - 8:00AM
  • Regulations governing who gets promotion will also require candidates to be given a clean bill of health by the anti-corruption watchdog.
China’s Communist Party introduces another loyalty test, but now cadres are asked to show some initiative too
China’s corruption watchdog probes officials’ personal details

Random checks of annual declaration forms make party cadres nervous as discipline inspectors find many reasons to invite suspects in for a ‘bitter tea’ session.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:36PM

Random checks of annual declaration forms make party cadres nervous as discipline inspectors find many reasons to invite suspects in for a ‘bitter tea’ session.

China’s corruption watchdog probes officials’ personal details
Strong economic performers set to take key roles in China’s rust belt province of Liaoning

Officials with long experience in economic development tipped to take on leadership roles in country’s worst economic performer.

28 Feb 2019 - 9:27AM

Officials with long experience in economic development tipped to take on leadership roles in country’s worst economic performer.

Strong economic performers set to take key roles in China’s rust belt province of Liaoning
Rising Chinese political star Wang Junzheng confirmed in Xinjiang security role

New role will see former Changchun party chief taking responsibility for security crackdown that has seen a reported 1 million Muslims interned.

27 Feb 2019 - 8:51AM

New role will see former Changchun party chief taking responsibility for security crackdown that has seen a reported 1 million Muslims interned.

Rising Chinese political star Wang Junzheng confirmed in Xinjiang security role
China’s military build-up just starting - a lot more to come, expert warns

As tensions rise over Taiwan, Beijing is building a naval and missile force as powerful as any in the world, and military watchers can expect ‘something new’ at this year’s National Day parade, Professor Jin Canrong says.

24 Feb 2019 - 11:21PM

As tensions rise over Taiwan, Beijing is building a naval and missile force as powerful as any in the world, and military watchers can expect ‘something new’ at this year’s National Day parade, Professor Jin Canrong says.

China’s military build-up just starting - a lot more to come, expert warns
Roderick MacFarquhar: the scholar who wrote the leading history of China’s Cultural Revolution as it happened

Academic community bids farewell to British professor with a pragmatic and profound understanding of China’s past and present ties to the rest of the world.

13 Feb 2019 - 3:22PM

Academic community bids farewell to British professor with a pragmatic and profound understanding of China’s past and present ties to the rest of the world.

Roderick MacFarquhar: the scholar who wrote the leading history of China’s Cultural Revolution as it happened
Next stop Xinjiang for one of China’s rising political stars Wang Junzheng

Trusted senior cadre tipped for leadership role in implementing Beijing’s ‘stabilising measures’ in the Uygur region.

12 Feb 2019 - 9:59PM

Trusted senior cadre tipped for leadership role in implementing Beijing’s ‘stabilising measures’ in the Uygur region.

Next stop Xinjiang for one of China’s rising political stars Wang Junzheng
Chinese children miss out on winter holiday as parents send them back to class

Manager of private tuition centre in eastern city of Hangzhou says demand from parents has been ‘overwhelming’.

10 Feb 2019 - 11:05PM

Manager of private tuition centre in eastern city of Hangzhou says demand from parents has been ‘overwhelming’.

Chinese children miss out on winter holiday as parents send them back to class
How official Chinese propaganda is adapting to the social media age as disaffection spreads among millennials

Communist Party’s official outlets scouring country for new media specialists to reach 800 million web users and squeeze out ‘undesirable influences’.

11 Feb 2019 - 6:55AM

Communist Party’s official outlets scouring country for new media specialists to reach 800 million web users and squeeze out ‘undesirable influences’.

How official Chinese propaganda is adapting to the social media age as disaffection spreads among millennials
Happy Lunar New Year: how big security data is scanning the holiday crowds in China

Four years after tragedy struck in Shanghai, police throughout China are using new technology to keep track of crowds and individuals.

2 Feb 2019 - 11:03PM

Four years after tragedy struck in Shanghai, police throughout China are using new technology to keep track of crowds and individuals.

Happy Lunar New Year: how big security data is scanning the holiday crowds in China
China is rushing through overseas investment reform at unprecedented speed ‘under pressure from US’

Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China aims to address issues raised by US President Donald Trump at summit with Xi Jinping last year.

12 Mar 2019 - 11:09AM

Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China aims to address issues raised by US President Donald Trump at summit with Xi Jinping last year.

China is rushing through overseas investment reform at unprecedented speed ‘under pressure from US’
From Russia (and China) with love: comedy the first made under film deal

Movie tells the story of a Shanghai doctor who travels to Moscow to win over his girlfriend’s father, a tough Russian oligarch.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:25PM

Movie tells the story of a Shanghai doctor who travels to Moscow to win over his girlfriend’s father, a tough Russian oligarch.

From Russia (and China) with love: comedy the first made under film deal
Explosions at Chinese shopping centre blamed on terminally ill murder suspect

Bomber 57, used blasts to take his own life after earlier in the day killing a man with whom he had been in a financial dispute, police say.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:25PM

Bomber 57, used blasts to take his own life after earlier in the day killing a man with whom he had been in a financial dispute, police say.

Explosions at Chinese shopping centre blamed on terminally ill murder suspect
Huawei’s treatment by foreign countries ‘unfair and immoral’, China’s foreign minister says

Boycott of Chinese telecom giant’s products has ‘obvious political intentions’, Wang Yi says, as British firm Vodafone announces suspension on purchases.

26 Jan 2019 - 4:20PM

Boycott of Chinese telecom giant’s products has ‘obvious political intentions’, Wang Yi says, as British firm Vodafone announces suspension on purchases.

Huawei’s treatment by foreign countries ‘unfair and immoral’, China’s foreign minister says
Head of China’s securities watchdog Liu Shiyu replaced by top banker

Former chairman of ICBC Yi Huiman named as new boss of China Securities Regulatory Commission, as former watchdog chief moves to All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:27PM

Former chairman of ICBC Yi Huiman named as new boss of China Securities Regulatory Commission, as former watchdog chief moves to All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives.

Head of China’s securities watchdog Liu Shiyu replaced by top banker
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says he is confident of keeping growth in ‘appropriate range’ in 2019

Country has enough ‘resilience, potential … and 1.4 billion people’ to keep world’s second-largest economy on track, Li tells foreign academics.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:25PM

Country has enough ‘resilience, potential … and 1.4 billion people’ to keep world’s second-largest economy on track, Li tells foreign academics.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says he is confident of keeping growth in ‘appropriate range’ in 2019
China corruption watchdog’s big catch Zhao Zhengyong linked to string of scandals

Former party chief’s arrest foreshadowed by state television documentary on corruption in Shaanxi province.

18 Jan 2019 - 4:56AM

Former party chief’s arrest foreshadowed by state television documentary on corruption in Shaanxi province.

China corruption watchdog’s big catch Zhao Zhengyong linked to string of scandals
Chinese lunar lander’s cotton seeds spring to life on far side of the moon

Chang’e 4’s test load of six organisms beginning to flourish, experiment chiefs say, while cotton, rapeseed and potato chosen as foundation for human settlement.

16 Jan 2019 - 11:58AM

Chang’e 4’s test load of six organisms beginning to flourish, experiment chiefs say, while cotton, rapeseed and potato chosen as foundation for human settlement.

Chinese lunar lander’s cotton seeds spring to life on far side of the moon
Can China grow a flower on the moon? The countdown begins

Chinese space agency to broadcast experiment that ‘could pave the way for human life in outer space’

14 Jan 2019 - 10:50PM

Chinese space agency to broadcast experiment that ‘could pave the way for human life in outer space’

Can China grow a flower on the moon? The countdown begins
Beijing approves blueprint for ‘Greater Bay Area’ to rival Silicon Valley with document expected to be released on February 21

Hong Kong will be positioned as a leading finance platform due to its strengths as a global financial centre.

13 Jan 2019 - 11:14PM

Hong Kong will be positioned as a leading finance platform due to its strengths as a global financial centre.

Beijing approves blueprint for ‘Greater Bay Area’ to rival Silicon Valley with document expected to be released on February 21
China voices ‘grave concerns’ over Poland’s arrest of Huawei sales director on spying charges

Employee of Chinese tech company’s Polish operations could face up to a decade in jail if convicted, report says.

12 Jan 2019 - 8:05AM

Employee of Chinese tech company’s Polish operations could face up to a decade in jail if convicted, report says.

China voices ‘grave concerns’ over Poland’s arrest of Huawei sales director on spying charges
Chinese leaders take ‘unprecedented’ steps to clean up mystery of vanished supreme court documents

Police, prosecutors and anti-corruption investigators to work with party’s top legal body to get to bottom of scandal.

10 Jan 2019 - 10:42AM

Police, prosecutors and anti-corruption investigators to work with party’s top legal body to get to bottom of scandal.

Chinese leaders take ‘unprecedented’ steps to clean up mystery of vanished supreme court documents
No let-up for corrupt ‘tigers’ in 2018 as China’s graft-busters claim more big scalps

More high-ranking officials were detained and charged last year than in 2017.

2 Jan 2019 - 12:33PM

More high-ranking officials were detained and charged last year than in 2017.

No let-up for corrupt ‘tigers’ in 2018 as China’s graft-busters claim more big scalps
China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft to try historic landing on far side of moon ‘between January 1 and 3’

US’ Smithsonian Institution estimates time of world’s first attempt to soft-land on the moon’s lesser-known side, as ground control in Beijing adjusts probe’s orbit and tests capabilities for landing.

1 Jan 2019 - 2:56AM

US’ Smithsonian Institution estimates time of world’s first attempt to soft-land on the moon’s lesser-known side, as ground control in Beijing adjusts probe’s orbit and tests capabilities for landing.

China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft to try historic landing on far side of moon ‘between January 1 and 3’
China’s aircraft carrier troubles continue with more researchers charged with corruption

Latest arrests include senior figures in development of world’s most advanced launch system.

28 Dec 2018 - 9:51PM

Latest arrests include senior figures in development of world’s most advanced launch system.

China’s aircraft carrier troubles continue with more researchers charged with corruption
Chinese education ministry calls on universities and hospitals for ‘low-key’ review of gene-editing projects

Education ministry is beating the grass in case another ‘Frankenstein’ revelation awaits in research projects at the country’s universities and affiliated hospitals.

27 Dec 2018 - 10:25PM

Education ministry is beating the grass in case another ‘Frankenstein’ revelation awaits in research projects at the country’s universities and affiliated hospitals.

Chinese education ministry calls on universities and hospitals for ‘low-key’ review of gene-editing projects
One of China’s former top spy chiefs gets life sentence for taking US$15.8 million in bribes, insider trading

Ma Jian, former deputy head of the Ministry of State Security, also fined US$7.3 million for crimes committed over 15-year period.

27 Dec 2018 - 10:35PM

Ma Jian, former deputy head of the Ministry of State Security, also fined US$7.3 million for crimes committed over 15-year period.

One of China’s former top spy chiefs gets life sentence for taking US$15.8 million in bribes, insider trading
China’s lawmakers consider ‘strictest’ rules on vaccine industry after scandals

Draft legislation will impose toughest regulatory system to date, head of drugs agency says.

24 Dec 2018 - 4:15PM

Draft legislation will impose toughest regulatory system to date, head of drugs agency says.

China’s lawmakers consider ‘strictest’ rules on vaccine industry after scandals
China’s State Council makes big changes as heads of nine of 15 agencies are replaced in 2018

Promotions across state bureaucracies bring infusion of fresh blood to government.

23 Dec 2018 - 11:14PM

Promotions across state bureaucracies bring infusion of fresh blood to government.

China’s State Council makes big changes as heads of nine of 15 agencies are replaced in 2018