Zhenhua Lu

Hong Kong

Zhenhua Lu

Reporter, China

Zhenhua Lu worked at the Post from 2017 until 2019 as US correspondent covering US-China relations on diplomacy, security and trade. After six years' working overseas in Brussels and Washington DC, he is now based in Hong Kong and writes about China foreign policy. He has master's in international journalism.

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Russia and China defy US with delivery of anti-aircraft missile systems to Chinese military

Second regiment set of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems is en route to China, Russian government source says – despite Chinese military being placed under US sanctions.

Second regiment set of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems is en route to China, Russian government source says – despite Chinese military being placed under US sanctions.

Russia and China defy US with delivery of anti-aircraft missile systems to Chinese military
10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM
US backing for South Korea and Japan as China, Russia ‘seek to rebalance military might in Asia-Pacific’

Joint air patrol tests US commitment to key regional allies Japan and South Korea.

Joint air patrol tests US commitment to key regional allies Japan and South Korea.

US backing for South Korea and Japan as China, Russia ‘seek to rebalance military might in Asia-Pacific’
10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM
‘Pro-China’ Boris Johnson ‘enthusiastic’ about belt and road plan

Britain’s next prime minister welcomes Chinese investment and students to ‘most open economy in Europe’.

Britain’s next prime minister welcomes Chinese investment and students to ‘most open economy in Europe’.

‘Pro-China’ Boris Johnson ‘enthusiastic’ about belt and road plan
24 Jul 2019 - 11:54PM
China and Philippines need a fishing deal for the South China Sea, but can they find one?

President Rodrigo Duterte set to make a key announcement on fishing rights during State of the Nation Address on Monday.

President Rodrigo Duterte set to make a key announcement on fishing rights during State of the Nation Address on Monday.

China and Philippines need a fishing deal for the South China Sea, but can they find one?
20 Jul 2019 - 10:23PM
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang to take over US and Canada affairs office

Official who made headlines when he said the Hong Kong handover deal with Britain was now void will take over as head of North America and Oceania office.

Official who made headlines when he said the Hong Kong handover deal with Britain was now void will take over as head of North America and Oceania office.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang to take over US and Canada affairs office
18 Jul 2019 - 10:45PM
Iran to woo Chinese tourists with visa-free entry ‘within weeks’

Tehran sees economic promise in moving from oil to tourism industry and expects to attract ‘one million Chinese’ in near future.

Tehran sees economic promise in moving from oil to tourism industry and expects to attract ‘one million Chinese’ in near future.

Iran to woo Chinese tourists with visa-free entry ‘within weeks’
15 Jul 2019 - 10:56PM
Chinese arms control chief urges world to keep calm after Iran breaches nuclear deal

Beijing’s arms control chief appeals for calm and says there is no need to overreact over Tehran’s decision to violate limits on uranium enrichment

Beijing’s arms control chief appeals for calm and says there is no need to overreact over Tehran’s decision to violate limits on uranium enrichment

Chinese arms control chief urges world to keep calm after Iran breaches nuclear deal
11 Jul 2019 - 10:30PM
Trade war tariffs are new normal and may be difficult to remove, says former US ambassador to China

Deadlock makes status quo likely for the rest of the year, Max Baucus says – but Beijing and Washington have incentive to strike a deal because they ‘probably need each other’.

Deadlock makes status quo likely for the rest of the year, Max Baucus says – but Beijing and Washington have incentive to strike a deal because they ‘probably need each other’.

Trade war tariffs are new normal and may be difficult to remove, says former US ambassador to China
19 Jul 2019 - 3:27PM
Senior Chinese diplomat warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ if US treats China as ‘enemy’

Foreign Vice-Minister Le Yucheng also hits out at Washington over reports some Chinese-American scientists ‘have been treated unfairly’ in the US.

Foreign Vice-Minister Le Yucheng also hits out at Washington over reports some Chinese-American scientists ‘have been treated unfairly’ in the US.

Senior Chinese diplomat warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ if US treats China as ‘enemy’
10 Jul 2019 - 1:30PM
Chinese scientists develop gene-edited soybean that can grow in warmer climates

Team has created mutants that ‘may have enormous yield potential for the tropics’, in effort to increase production in the country’s south.

Team has created mutants that ‘may have enormous yield potential for the tropics’, in effort to increase production in the country’s south.

Chinese scientists develop gene-edited soybean that can grow in warmer climates
6 Jul 2019 - 2:59AM
Don’t be a safe haven for criminals, China urges Sweden in call to extradite fugitive Qiao Jianjun

Chinese ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou appeals for former grain official to be handed over to Beijing despite court ruling against extradition.

Chinese ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou appeals for former grain official to be handed over to Beijing despite court ruling against extradition.

Don’t be a safe haven for criminals, China urges Sweden in call to extradite fugitive Qiao Jianjun
1 May 2020 - 5:36AM
Beijing announces drill in South China Sea as US official reports missile sighting

The Chinese maritime safety agency says it has closed an area of the South China Sea for a five-day military exercise, while US official tells NBC that ‘concerning’ missile testing is taking place during the same period.

The Chinese maritime safety agency says it has closed an area of the South China Sea for a five-day military exercise, while US official tells NBC that ‘concerning’ missile testing is taking place during the same period.

Beijing announces drill in South China Sea as US official reports missile sighting
2 Jul 2019 - 9:36PM
China accused of entering ‘grey zone’ between war and peace to assert control in disputed waters

Report says lines between civilian and military are being blurred, citing use of ‘navy reservists’ to crew fishing vessels used to assert control over territory.

Report says lines between civilian and military are being blurred, citing use of ‘navy reservists’ to crew fishing vessels used to assert control over territory.

China accused of entering ‘grey zone’ between war and peace to assert control in disputed waters
28 Jun 2019 - 10:55PM
China tries to bridge gap in knowledge about the US following criticism that misreading of Donald Trump helped trigger trade war

Research covering American studies and trade gets major funding boost after complaints China was caught napping by US President Donald Trump.

Research covering American studies and trade gets major funding boost after complaints China was caught napping by US President Donald Trump.

China tries to bridge gap in knowledge about the US following criticism that misreading of Donald Trump helped trigger trade war
28 Jun 2019 - 10:29AM
Is Donald Trump’s threat to quit Japan defence pact just a negotiating tactic?

Security analysts sceptical that US president would really pull plug on long-standing alliance and suggest it may be a ploy to extract concessions from Tokyo.

Security analysts sceptical that US president would really pull plug on long-standing alliance and suggest it may be a ploy to extract concessions from Tokyo.

Is Donald Trump’s threat to quit Japan defence pact just a negotiating tactic?
27 Jun 2019 - 5:17AM
Top Chinese academic hits back at plagiarism claims over US-China trade war research

Accuser says he was shocked to see his material referred to without proper attribution.

Accuser says he was shocked to see his material referred to without proper attribution.

Top Chinese academic hits back at plagiarism claims over US-China trade war research
12 Jun 2019 - 7:06AM
Russia and China sign deals worth US$20 billion as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin’s growing friendship bears fruit

Agreements to boost cooperation in spheres such as energy and technology highlight closer partnership in face of tensions with US.

Agreements to boost cooperation in spheres such as energy and technology highlight closer partnership in face of tensions with US.

Russia and China sign deals worth US$20 billion as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin’s growing friendship bears fruit
10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM
US moves to reduce reliance on Chinese rare earths exports after Beijing threatens to cut supplies

Commerce Department outlines series of measures to boost domestic supply and end dependence on Chinese imports.

Commerce Department outlines series of measures to boost domestic supply and end dependence on Chinese imports.

US moves to reduce reliance on Chinese rare earths exports after Beijing threatens to cut supplies
7 Jun 2019 - 4:56PM
China, Germany ‘agree to uphold global multilateral order’ in Berlin talks

They also ‘oppose behaviour that will damage the current order with abusive sanctions’, according to foreign ministry.

They also ‘oppose behaviour that will damage the current order with abusive sanctions’, according to foreign ministry.

China, Germany ‘agree to uphold global multilateral order’ in Berlin talks
4 Jun 2019 - 1:05AM
China sides with Palestinians by snubbing showcase for Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan

China and Russia will both shun the event after Palestinian Authority complains US president’s pro-Israel policies are undermining a two-state solution.

China and Russia will both shun the event after Palestinian Authority complains US president’s pro-Israel policies are undermining a two-state solution.

China sides with Palestinians by snubbing showcase for Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan
31 May 2019 - 1:54AM
Japan’s deal to buy F-35 Lightning jets from US ‘may fuel arms race with China in region’

Deal to buy 105 of the advanced fighters will greatly expand Japan’s capabilities, but is likely to trigger response from China.

Deal to buy 105 of the advanced fighters will greatly expand Japan’s capabilities, but is likely to trigger response from China.

Japan’s deal to buy F-35 Lightning jets from US ‘may fuel arms race with China in region’
29 May 2019 - 1:41PM
Scientist hits back at US university over ‘unusual and abrupt’ sacking in China funding ties case

Chinese-American biologist questioned by US agency says he has disclosed his research activity to Emory University every year since 2012.

Chinese-American biologist questioned by US agency says he has disclosed his research activity to Emory University every year since 2012.

Scientist hits back at US university over ‘unusual and abrupt’ sacking in China funding ties case
28 May 2019 - 2:29PM
Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei dismisses Donald Trump’s suggestion tech giant could play role in China trade deal

Company’s founder tells interviewer that ‘even if the US wants to buy our products I may not sell to them’.

Company’s founder tells interviewer that ‘even if the US wants to buy our products I may not sell to them’.

Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei dismisses Donald Trump’s suggestion tech giant could play role in China trade deal
28 May 2019 - 6:48AM
Emory University in US fires scientists over undisclosed funding ties to China

Sackings come after investigation into researchers at dozens of colleges financed by the National Institutes of Health.

Sackings come after investigation into researchers at dozens of colleges financed by the National Institutes of Health.

Emory University in US fires scientists over undisclosed funding ties to China
25 May 2019 - 2:27AM
Beijing hits back at US Senate proposal for South China Sea sanctions saying it ‘violates norms of international law’

China says it is ‘within its sovereign rights’ to build on disputed territory after bipartisan group moves to sanction those involved.

China says it is ‘within its sovereign rights’ to build on disputed territory after bipartisan group moves to sanction those involved.

Beijing hits back at US Senate proposal for South China Sea sanctions saying it ‘violates norms of international law’
24 May 2019 - 6:41PM
Washington and Beijing in ‘contest of wills’ in South China Sea

Latest US mission in disputed waters may prompt China to step up its countermeasures.

Latest US mission in disputed waters may prompt China to step up its countermeasures.

Washington and Beijing in ‘contest of wills’ in South China Sea
22 May 2019 - 2:24AM
China, Japan must work together to defend global trade, party official says on trip to Tokyo

Politburo member Yang Jiechi tells Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he hopes for ‘healthy, stable’ relations between the two nations.

Politburo member Yang Jiechi tells Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he hopes for ‘healthy, stable’ relations between the two nations.

China, Japan must work together to defend global trade, party official says on trip to Tokyo
17 May 2019 - 11:23PM
China-Russia relations are unrivalled, Beijing warns before US’ Mike Pompeo meets Vladimir Putin

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says relations with Russia are ‘not vulnerable to interference’ as he meets counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the Russian president a day before the US’ talks in Sochi.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says relations with Russia are ‘not vulnerable to interference’ as he meets counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the Russian president a day before the US’ talks in Sochi.

China-Russia relations are unrivalled, Beijing warns before US’ Mike Pompeo meets Vladimir Putin
10 Dec 2019 - 11:19PM
US accuses China of enabling corruption and undermining national sovereignty in Latin America

Assistant secretary of state Kimberly Breier says China’s growing influence in region is ‘eroding good governance and challenging state security’

Assistant secretary of state Kimberly Breier says China’s growing influence in region is ‘eroding good governance and challenging state security’

US accuses China of enabling corruption and undermining national sovereignty in Latin America
30 Apr 2019 - 11:07PM
Cherish the love: China and France should avoid causing unnecessary upset, Beijing says

Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian the two sides should ensure ties ‘continue to develop in a healthy way’.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian the two sides should ensure ties ‘continue to develop in a healthy way’.

Cherish the love: China and France should avoid causing unnecessary upset, Beijing says
27 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM