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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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
China hints at Xinjiang policy shift ahead of key summit chaired by Xi Jinping

Chinese officials and state media claim ‘interim success’ in troubled region, paving the way for possible work conference this summer.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:27PM

Chinese officials and state media claim ‘interim success’ in troubled region, paving the way for possible work conference this summer.

China hints at Xinjiang policy shift ahead of key summit chaired by Xi Jinping
1,500 Hong Kong police officers on standby to prevent unrest and conflict with mainland Chinese tourists during extradition bill protest on Sunday

Mainland officials handling Hong Kong affairs wary of clashes with tourists during protest near West Kowloon rail terminus; riot officers and rail station on alert as 2,000 protesters will start march from Tsim Sha Tsui.

6 Jul 2019 - 12:22PM

Mainland officials handling Hong Kong affairs wary of clashes with tourists during protest near West Kowloon rail terminus; riot officers and rail station on alert as 2,000 protesters will start march from Tsim Sha Tsui.

1,500 Hong Kong police officers on standby to prevent unrest and conflict with mainland Chinese tourists during  extradition bill protest on Sunday
Chinese religion official in corruption spotlight ‘in aftermath of mosque demolition protest’

Gao Zhenyu in detention less than a year after rally in Ningxia forces authorities to call off plans to destroy building.

2 Jul 2019 - 9:00PM

Gao Zhenyu in detention less than a year after rally in Ningxia forces authorities to call off plans to destroy building.

Chinese religion official in corruption spotlight ‘in aftermath of mosque demolition protest’
Former Interpol president Meng Hongwei admits taking US$2 million in bribes

The ex-chief of the global policing body faces trial in northern China after last being seen in France in September.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:43PM

The ex-chief of the global policing body faces trial in northern China after last being seen in France in September.

Former Interpol president Meng Hongwei admits taking US$2 million in bribes
Chinese Communist Party chief in Inner Mongolia’s capital becomes latest ‘tiger’ snared in corruption crackdown

Yun Guangzhong, the Hohhot party boss, is detained on suspicion of ‘violations of discipline and law’, a euphemism for corruption.

11 Jun 2019 - 9:27PM

Yun Guangzhong, the Hohhot party boss, is detained on suspicion of ‘violations of discipline and law’, a euphemism for corruption.

Chinese Communist Party chief in Inner Mongolia’s capital becomes latest ‘tiger’ snared in corruption crackdown
Chinese tech hub Shenzhen becomes key trade war battleground as US strikes at Huawei, its ‘dragon’s head’

As home to some of the country’s biggest exporters and tech firms, few other places in China are more exposed to Washington’s tariffs.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:25AM

As home to some of the country’s biggest exporters and tech firms, few other places in China are more exposed to Washington’s tariffs.

Chinese tech hub Shenzhen becomes key trade war battleground as US strikes at Huawei, its ‘dragon’s head’
Trump-Xi trade war summit at G20 in Japan still up in the air as ‘conditions not right’, China adviser says

The two last met in December, but the US has since raised tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports and threatened to impose sanctions on a further US$300 billion.

23 May 2019 - 11:37PM

The two last met in December, but the US has since raised tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports and threatened to impose sanctions on a further US$300 billion.

Trump-Xi trade war summit at G20 in Japan still up in the air as ‘conditions not right’, China adviser says
China’s anti-corruption agency questions official who approved ‘Made In China 2025’ vehicle subsidies

Li Dong, director of the industrial equipment department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is suspected of violating ‘party discipline and law’.

22 May 2019 - 9:37PM

Li Dong, director of the industrial equipment department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is suspected of violating ‘party discipline and law’.

China’s anti-corruption agency questions official who approved ‘Made In China 2025’ vehicle subsidies
China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu is probed over family members’ alleged insider trading and favouring hometown IPOs, sources say

Investigators are looking into family members of Liu Shiyu who allegedly bought bonds at below market prices. Also, his hometown banks allegedly got speedy IPOs, drawing scrutiny.

20 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Investigators are looking into family members of Liu Shiyu who allegedly bought bonds at below market prices. Also, his hometown banks allegedly got speedy IPOs, drawing scrutiny.

China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu is probed over family members’ alleged insider trading and favouring hometown IPOs, sources say
How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle

Beijing’s tightly controlled propaganda apparatus has been no match for the US president’s information leaks, observers say.

18 May 2019 - 10:50AM

Beijing’s tightly controlled propaganda apparatus has been no match for the US president’s information leaks, observers say.

How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle
China turns attention to jobs as trade war casts shadow over economy, with Li Keqiang demanding jobs for graduates, ex-military and more

Chinese premier calls on cadres to give top priority to fresh graduates, demobilised military personnel and migrant workers.

15 May 2019 - 12:58AM

Chinese premier calls on cadres to give top priority to fresh graduates, demobilised military personnel and migrant workers.

China turns attention to jobs as trade war casts shadow over economy, with Li Keqiang demanding jobs for graduates, ex-military and more
Xi Jinping tells Chinese police they must maintain social stability ahead of politically sensitive Tiananmen anniversary

First public security conference since 2003 may be way of preparing for possible unrest amid US trade war.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:25AM

First public security conference since 2003 may be way of preparing for possible unrest amid US trade war.

Xi Jinping tells Chinese police they must maintain social stability ahead of politically sensitive Tiananmen anniversary
US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

9 May 2019 - 12:37PM

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks
One of China’s most senior Uygur officials to face trial on corruption charges

Nur Bekri is accused of taking bribes and abusing his power and has already been expelled from the Communist Party

7 May 2019 - 10:58PM

Nur Bekri is accused of taking bribes and abusing his power and has already been expelled from the Communist Party

One of China’s most senior Uygur officials to face trial on corruption charges
Senior Chinese official who ‘lost faith in party and its ideals’ facing trial for corruption

Oian Yinan was placed under investigation in November after he was accused of ignoring orders from Xi Jinping to tear down illegally built villas.

30 Apr 2019 - 3:05AM

Oian Yinan was placed under investigation in November after he was accused of ignoring orders from Xi Jinping to tear down illegally built villas.

Senior Chinese official who ‘lost faith in party and its ideals’ facing trial for corruption