Zhenhua Lu

Zhenhua Lu covers US-China bilateral diplomacy and defense for the Post. He was previously a Beijing and Brussels correspondent for the 21st Century Business Herald.
Zhenhua Lu
Zhenhua Lu covers US-China bilateral diplomacy and defense for the Post. He was previously a Beijing and Brussels correspondent for the 21st Century Business Herald.

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Calls made for cease fire in ‘visa war’ targeting Chinese and US academics as FBI interviews and failed applications cause frustration

While negotiators may be close to ending the trade war, an atmosphere of suspicion between the US and China remains in academic exchanges.

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While negotiators may be close to ending the trade war, an atmosphere of suspicion between the US and China remains in academic exchanges.

Calls made for cease fire in ‘visa war’ targeting Chinese and US academics as FBI interviews and failed applications cause frustration
US coastguard vessel visits Hong Kong flying a flag of friendship, but Beijing protests Taiwan Strait journey amid trade war tension

The Bertholf, which recently sailed through Taiwan Strait, makes the second port call by a US military ship in six months.

16 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

The Bertholf, which recently sailed through Taiwan Strait, makes the second port call by a US military ship in six months.

US coastguard vessel visits Hong Kong flying a flag of friendship, but Beijing protests Taiwan Strait journey amid trade war tension
Beijing tried to block Philippine military facilities on disputed island ‘over fears US could use them’

Concern that new and upgraded facilities on Thitu could be shared with the US, undermining China’s military advantage in the South China Sea, observers say.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

Concern that new and upgraded facilities on Thitu could be shared with the US, undermining China’s military advantage in the South China Sea, observers say.

Beijing tried to block Philippine military facilities on disputed island ‘over fears US could use them’
Donald Trump suggests China and Russia should join US for arms control talks

US president floats offer of talks once trade war is settled, but it is unclear whether Beijing will respond to his overtures.

6 Apr 2019 - 1:50AM

US president floats offer of talks once trade war is settled, but it is unclear whether Beijing will respond to his overtures.

Donald Trump suggests China and Russia should join US for arms control talks
What changes has China already made to meet US trade war demands?

Cutting car tariffs and punishing IP infringement are among responses from Beijing since Washington called for ‘structural changes’, with Donald Trump welcoming concessions made during the trade war truce called in December.

6 Apr 2019 - 3:14AM

Cutting car tariffs and punishing IP infringement are among responses from Beijing since Washington called for ‘structural changes’, with Donald Trump welcoming concessions made during the trade war truce called in December.

What changes has China already made to meet US trade war demands?
US and Philippines said to be in talks on rocket system to deter Beijing’s ‘militarisation’ in South China Sea

Security experts say the two sides have been unable to reach a deal because the American system could be too expensive for Manila.

8 Apr 2019 - 4:54PM

Security experts say the two sides have been unable to reach a deal because the American system could be too expensive for Manila.

US and Philippines said to be in talks on rocket system to deter Beijing’s ‘militarisation’ in South China Sea
Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana protests over South China Sea ‘encroachment’

Manila says it has filed a diplomatic complaint over the recent build up of Chinese vessels in the disputed Spratly Islands.

2 Apr 2019 - 11:18PM

Manila says it has filed a diplomatic complaint over the recent build up of Chinese vessels in the disputed Spratly Islands.

Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana protests over South China Sea ‘encroachment’
US-China tensions could ignite over Taiwan, American former officials warn

President Donald Trump has ‘no understanding’ of cross-strait sensitivities as US hardliners step up legislative and military support for self-ruled island.

2 Apr 2019 - 5:50AM

President Donald Trump has ‘no understanding’ of cross-strait sensitivities as US hardliners step up legislative and military support for self-ruled island.

US-China tensions could ignite over Taiwan, American former officials warn
Xi Jinping urges France to help build trust with China ahead of meeting with Germany and EU

Chinese president tells French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that relationship should not be based on zero-sum competition.

28 Mar 2019 - 5:12PM

Chinese president tells French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that relationship should not be based on zero-sum competition.

Xi Jinping urges France to help build trust with China ahead of meeting with Germany and EU
US coastguard cutter takes part in ‘freedom of navigation’ in Taiwan Strait for the first time

Cutter was in region as part of United Nations sanctions enforcement operation against North Korea, analyst says.

25 Mar 2019 - 5:41PM

Cutter was in region as part of United Nations sanctions enforcement operation against North Korea, analyst says.

US coastguard cutter takes part in ‘freedom of navigation’ in Taiwan Strait for the first time
US and China’s underwater rivalry fuels calls for submarine code of conduct to cut risk of accidents

Risk of accidents is increasing as navies step up their presence in strategically sensitive areas such as the South China Sea.

22 Mar 2019 - 12:20AM

Risk of accidents is increasing as navies step up their presence in strategically sensitive areas such as the South China Sea.

US and China’s underwater rivalry fuels calls for submarine code of conduct to cut risk of accidents
China invites European diplomats to visit Xinjiang as backlash grows over Muslim camps

‘Informal’ offer made as Beijing tries to defend its policies in region where it has been accused of locking up more than a million mainly Uygur detainees.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:16AM

‘Informal’ offer made as Beijing tries to defend its policies in region where it has been accused of locking up more than a million mainly Uygur detainees.

China invites European diplomats to visit Xinjiang as backlash grows over Muslim camps
Beijing plans ‘strategic service and logistics base’ on Woody Island, two islets in South China Sea

Sansha city says it held a meeting on the development, after US challenge in the region and criticism of ‘China’s illegal island-building’.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:07AM

Sansha city says it held a meeting on the development, after US challenge in the region and criticism of ‘China’s illegal island-building’.

Beijing plans ‘strategic service and logistics base’ on Woody Island, two islets in South China Sea
China’s ‘zero tolerance’ attitude means grounding troubled Boeing 737 Max 8 was not an accident

Civil Aviation Administration of China was the first to ground the model of aircraft following the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on March 10.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:17PM

Civil Aviation Administration of China was the first to ground the model of aircraft following the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on March 10.

China’s ‘zero tolerance’ attitude means grounding troubled Boeing 737 Max 8 was not an accident
The United States must go beyond ‘baby steps’ in infrastructure as China builds strong bonds in Asia, says former US ambassador

Former US ambassador to Vietnam David Shear says Washington needs to devote more resources and attention to its Indo-Pacific strategy if it’s to match Beijing’s growing influence.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:38AM

Former US ambassador to Vietnam David Shear says Washington needs to devote more resources and attention to its Indo-Pacific strategy if it’s to match Beijing’s growing influence.

The United States must go beyond ‘baby steps’ in infrastructure as China builds strong bonds in Asia, says former US ambassador
American B-52 bombers fly over disputed South China Sea for second time in 10 days

Planes conduct routine training, US Pacific Air Force says, reiterating that it does so regularly ‘in support of allies and a free, open Indo-Pacific’ – a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticises ‘China’s illegal island-building’.

14 Mar 2019 - 10:45PM

Planes conduct routine training, US Pacific Air Force says, reiterating that it does so regularly ‘in support of allies and a free, open Indo-Pacific’ – a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticises ‘China’s illegal island-building’.

American B-52 bombers fly over disputed South China Sea for second time in 10 days
Beijing hits back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ‘irresponsible’ South China Sea energy claims

Chinese foreign ministry tells non-claimants to stay out discussions about disputed waters.

13 Mar 2019 - 6:30PM

Chinese foreign ministry tells non-claimants to stay out discussions about disputed waters.

Beijing hits back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ‘irresponsible’ South China Sea energy claims
More Americans see China’s rising economic power as ‘critical threat’ to US

Gallup world affairs survey highlights increasingly negative sentiments among US public in wake of trade war.

13 Mar 2019 - 4:28AM

Gallup world affairs survey highlights increasingly negative sentiments among US public in wake of trade war.

More Americans see China’s rising economic power as ‘critical threat’ to US
China sells arms to more countries and is world’s biggest exporter of armed drones, says Swedish think tank SIPRI

But arms exports grew by just 2.7 per cent in 2014-18 from the previous five years, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report.

12 Mar 2019 - 1:45AM

But arms exports grew by just 2.7 per cent in 2014-18 from the previous five years, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report.

China sells arms to more countries and is world’s biggest exporter of armed drones, says Swedish think tank SIPRI
China tells US to mind its own business after Italy is warned not to join Belt and Road Initiative

Foreign ministry in Beijing says US stance is ‘laughable’ after White House warned Italy’s image would suffer abroad if it signed up for the programme.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:53AM

Foreign ministry in Beijing says US stance is ‘laughable’ after White House warned Italy’s image would suffer abroad if it signed up for the programme.

China tells US to mind its own business after Italy is warned not to join Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese aircraft carriers are back home after sea trials and ship-shape for PLA Navy anniversary review, photos show

Israeli satellite images show Liaoning at Qingdao after refit, while China’s home-built Type 001A is expected to join navy’s big show in April.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Israeli satellite images show Liaoning at Qingdao after refit, while China’s home-built Type 001A is expected to join navy’s big show in April.

Chinese aircraft carriers are back home after sea trials and ship-shape for PLA Navy anniversary review, photos show
Tariff war cost US companies and consumers US$4.4 billion a month in 2018, report says

Economists find those exposed to the duties overseas ‘paid none of the bill’ – which was passed on to American importers and consumers.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:51AM

Economists find those exposed to the duties overseas ‘paid none of the bill’ – which was passed on to American importers and consumers.

Tariff war cost US companies and consumers US$4.4 billion a month in 2018, report says
Next stops: Europe and United States. Chinese President Xi Jinping to head to Italy, France and Florida on trade and tech missions

There is a chance of no deal to end the China-US tariff war but a summit at Mar-a-Lago boosts the prospect of success, observer says.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM

There is a chance of no deal to end the China-US tariff war but a summit at Mar-a-Lago boosts the prospect of success, observer says.

Next stops: Europe and United States. Chinese President Xi Jinping to head to Italy, France and Florida on trade and tech missions
Trump-Xi summit: Mar-a-Lago makes good sense for both presidents, analysts say

Trump wants trade deal ‘victory’ to be announced on home soil to offset domestic problems, observers say.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:20PM

Trump wants trade deal ‘victory’ to be announced on home soil to offset domestic problems, observers say.

Trump-Xi summit: Mar-a-Lago makes good sense for both presidents, analysts say
China protests against US ‘provocation’ after two American warships pass through Taiwan Strait

Beijing says US Navy operation was not conducive to peace and stability or good relations between the two sides.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:45PM

Beijing says US Navy operation was not conducive to peace and stability or good relations between the two sides.

China protests against US ‘provocation’ after two American warships pass through Taiwan Strait
Cautious optimism in Beijing for US-China trade deal

Chinese state media welcomes the positives but warns any final agreement will not please everyone in either country.

26 Feb 2019 - 1:17AM

Chinese state media welcomes the positives but warns any final agreement will not please everyone in either country.

Cautious optimism in Beijing for US-China trade deal
China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

Agreements include plans for Aramco-Norinco joint venture for refining and petrochemical complex.

24 Feb 2019 - 2:59PM

Agreements include plans for Aramco-Norinco joint venture for refining and petrochemical complex.

China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals
What the West gets wrong about China’s big economic ideas

Business leaders assess the US-China trade war and the prospects for resolution, while Fung Group chairman says dispute has changed commerce and Chinese companies must be ready.

22 Feb 2019 - 12:07PM

Business leaders assess the US-China trade war and the prospects for resolution, while Fung Group chairman says dispute has changed commerce and Chinese companies must be ready.

What the West gets wrong about China’s big economic ideas
US military plans new war-fighting concept in response to threat from China, Russia

It involves ‘stealth and joint penetration’ on land, in the air and at sea, causing simultaneous dilemmas for adversaries to effectively fight back.

21 Feb 2019 - 4:54AM

It involves ‘stealth and joint penetration’ on land, in the air and at sea, causing simultaneous dilemmas for adversaries to effectively fight back.

US military plans new war-fighting concept in response to threat from China, Russia
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi tells US trade delegation: What’s good for China is good for you

Respect and cooperation is the ‘right choice’, Wang says as Vice-Premier Liu He is expected in Washington for two more days of talks.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Respect and cooperation is the ‘right choice’, Wang says as Vice-Premier Liu He is expected in Washington for two more days of talks.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi tells US trade delegation: What’s good for China is good for you