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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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.

10 May 2019 - 6:51AM

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
Vice-governor of China’s Sichuan province Peng Yuxing ‘taken away in corruption investigation’

Sources say Peng Yuxing was detained last week and is believed to be facing an internal party investigation over graft claims.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Sources say Peng Yuxing was detained last week and is believed to be facing an internal party investigation over graft claims.

Vice-governor of China’s Sichuan province Peng Yuxing ‘taken away in corruption investigation’
Former Chinese Interpol president Meng Hongwei facing prosecution on bribery charge

Meng disappeared after returning to China from France last year and later sent his wife a message suggesting he was in some kind of danger.

24 Apr 2019 - 7:09PM

Meng disappeared after returning to China from France last year and later sent his wife a message suggesting he was in some kind of danger.

Former Chinese Interpol president Meng Hongwei facing prosecution on bribery charge
Chinese ex-official who collected rare orchids and Mao-tai liquor jailed for 20 years for corruption

Wang Xiaoguang, former vice-governor of Guizhou, was also hit with a record fine of US$26 million for taking bribes, embezzlement and insider trading.

24 Apr 2019 - 1:10AM

Wang Xiaoguang, former vice-governor of Guizhou, was also hit with a record fine of US$26 million for taking bribes, embezzlement and insider trading.

Chinese ex-official who collected rare orchids and Mao-tai liquor jailed for 20 years for corruption
Chinese police smash ring of fraudsters who told victims they were helping to fight poverty

Scammers in central province of Hunan told victims they could ‘get rich through charity’ and forged government documents.

23 Apr 2019 - 10:13PM

Scammers in central province of Hunan told victims they could ‘get rich through charity’ and forged government documents.

Chinese police smash ring of fraudsters who told victims they were helping to fight poverty
‘He’s not Taiwan’s Trump’: Beijing adviser writes off Foxconn boss Terry Gou as future president

Tycoon is running ‘essentially as a spoiler’, says Central Party School adjunct professor Xie Maosong.

8 May 2019 - 2:33AM

Tycoon is running ‘essentially as a spoiler’, says Central Party School adjunct professor Xie Maosong.

‘He’s not Taiwan’s Trump’: Beijing adviser writes off Foxconn boss Terry Gou as future president
Corrupt Chinese ‘king’ who took US$10 million in bribes jailed for 12 years

Former party boss of Gansu province Wang Sanyun was known by many nicknames, including ‘Gold Watch Man’ for his luxury timepieces.

12 Apr 2019 - 8:33PM

Former party boss of Gansu province Wang Sanyun was known by many nicknames, including ‘Gold Watch Man’ for his luxury timepieces.

Corrupt Chinese ‘king’ who took US$10 million in bribes jailed for 12 years
Shenzhen official kicked out of Chinese Communist Party for ‘trading power for personal gain and sex’

Former law and order chief Li Huanan is expelled for serious violation of party discipline and accused of accepting bribes, according to mainland media.

11 Apr 2019 - 12:19AM

Former law and order chief Li Huanan is expelled for serious violation of party discipline and accused of accepting bribes, according to mainland media.

Shenzhen official kicked out of Chinese Communist Party for ‘trading power for personal gain and sex’
Who is the new boss of China’s US$941 billion sovereign wealth fund?

Peng Chun will leave Bank of Communications to become the third chairman of China Investment Corporation since the sovereign wealth fund was founded

2 Apr 2019 - 10:46PM

Peng Chun will leave Bank of Communications to become the third chairman of China Investment Corporation since the sovereign wealth fund was founded

Who is the new boss of China’s US$941 billion sovereign wealth fund?
Xi Jinping speech from six years ago resurfaces to ‘send message on trade war, leadership’

Communist Party journal publishes address from 2013 – a decision ‘that’s come directly from Xi or his office’.

2 Apr 2019 - 4:10PM

Communist Party journal publishes address from 2013 – a decision ‘that’s come directly from Xi or his office’.

Xi Jinping speech from six years ago resurfaces to ‘send message on trade war, leadership’
Firefighters battle to control forest fire in northern China in gale-force winds

Nearly 3,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in Qingyuan county, Shanxi province and gale-force winds up to 62km/h are fanning the flames.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:03PM

Nearly 3,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in Qingyuan county, Shanxi province and gale-force winds up to 62km/h are fanning the flames.

Firefighters battle to control forest fire in northern China in gale-force winds
7 killed, 5 hurt in blast at auto parts factory in eastern China

Accident happened in an outdoor area of plant in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, where 78 people died in a chemical explosion 10 days ago.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:14PM

Accident happened in an outdoor area of plant in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, where 78 people died in a chemical explosion 10 days ago.

7 killed, 5 hurt in blast at auto parts factory in eastern China
Chinese ex-Interpol president Meng Hongwei expelled from Communist Party

Former Central Committee member stripped of all titles, party watchdog says.

27 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM

Former Central Committee member stripped of all titles, party watchdog says.

Chinese ex-Interpol president Meng Hongwei expelled from Communist Party
China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei jailed for 14 years for bribery

Head of powerful online regulator pleaded guilty to corruption charges last October.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Head of powerful online regulator pleaded guilty to corruption charges last October.

China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei jailed for 14 years for bribery
Death toll from China chemical plant blast rises to 78

Cabinet orders nationwide checks on chemical plants to spot dangers.

25 Mar 2019 - 11:20PM

Cabinet orders nationwide checks on chemical plants to spot dangers.

Death toll from China chemical plant blast rises to 78
Architect of China’s Muslim camps Chen Quanguo expected to stay on in Xinjiang for now

Party boss behind clampdown in far western region believed to be in line for promotion, but source says ‘a change in leadership is unlikely’.

24 Mar 2019 - 8:00PM

Party boss behind clampdown in far western region believed to be in line for promotion, but source says ‘a change in leadership is unlikely’.

Architect of China’s Muslim camps Chen Quanguo expected to stay on in Xinjiang for now
‘Himalayan Viagra’ the focus of China’s latest anti-corruption campaign

Fungus that grows on caterpillars and sells for US$47 a gram has become a popular currency among crooked officials.

26 Mar 2019 - 5:05PM

Fungus that grows on caterpillars and sells for US$47 a gram has become a popular currency among crooked officials.

‘Himalayan Viagra’ the focus of China’s latest anti-corruption campaign
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