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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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.

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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
China wants to ‘deepen strategic trust’ with Iran, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says, as both sides meet for nuclear deal

Iranian delegation is visiting Beijing as part of efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from last year.

20 Feb 2019 - 2:21PM

Iranian delegation is visiting Beijing as part of efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from last year.

China wants to ‘deepen strategic trust’ with Iran, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says, as both sides meet for nuclear deal
How Donald Trump could change the course of Meng Wanzhou’s ‘years-long’ battle against extradition

Canada usually complies with extradition requests but the China-US trade war – and the US president’s apparent willingness to intervene in the case – could make the difference this time.

30 Jan 2019 - 11:23PM

Canada usually complies with extradition requests but the China-US trade war – and the US president’s apparent willingness to intervene in the case – could make the difference this time.

How Donald Trump could change the course of Meng Wanzhou’s ‘years-long’ battle against extradition
US naval chief: American and Chinese navies in talks to cut risk of South China Sea miscalculation

Admiral John Richardson said a ‘continuous dialogue’ is aimed at building understanding – signalling the countries are moving to reduce tensions in the disputed waters.

29 Jan 2019 - 1:35PM

Admiral John Richardson said a ‘continuous dialogue’ is aimed at building understanding – signalling the countries are moving to reduce tensions in the disputed waters.

US naval chief: American and Chinese navies in talks to cut risk of South China Sea miscalculation
Secret North Korean missile base Sino-ri found – and there could be 19 more, say researchers

The discovery comes as the US and North Korea are coordinating a second summit between the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

22 Jan 2019 - 7:50AM

The discovery comes as the US and North Korea are coordinating a second summit between the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Secret North Korean missile base Sino-ri found – and there could be 19 more, say researchers
Donald Trump vows US will develop space-based missile defence, as Pentagon eyes Chinese hypersonic tech with concern

The Pentagon’s new missile defence review finds that a space-based system is needed to thwart threats from North Korea, Iran, China, Russia. Trump said the US ‘will now adjust its posture’ to defend against hypersonic missiles.

18 Jan 2019 - 9:41PM

The Pentagon’s new missile defence review finds that a space-based system is needed to thwart threats from North Korea, Iran, China, Russia. Trump said the US ‘will now adjust its posture’ to defend against hypersonic missiles.

Donald Trump vows US will develop space-based missile defence, as Pentagon eyes Chinese hypersonic tech with concern
Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya, in visit to Washington, seeks US help to combat Chinese cyberattacks

Takeshi Iwaya, who is on a five-day trip to the US, met with his US counterpart, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, at the Pentagon.

17 Jan 2019 - 8:53PM

Takeshi Iwaya, who is on a five-day trip to the US, met with his US counterpart, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, at the Pentagon.

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya, in visit to Washington, seeks US help to combat Chinese cyberattacks
Donald Trump will have final say in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s case, says former US federal prosecutor

Former US federal prosecutor says US president has ‘ultimate discretion’ over Huawei CFO Meng’s fate.

9 Jan 2019 - 11:16PM

Former US federal prosecutor says US president has ‘ultimate discretion’ over Huawei CFO Meng’s fate.

Donald Trump will have final say in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s case, says former US federal prosecutor
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un takes train to Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Kim Jong-un and an entourage including wife Ri Sol-ju entered China by train late Monday, at the invitation of Xi Jinping. An analyst suggests the trip by Kim might be to win Xi’s support for easing of sanctions.

8 Jan 2019 - 11:57AM

Kim Jong-un and an entourage including wife Ri Sol-ju entered China by train late Monday, at the invitation of Xi Jinping. An analyst suggests the trip by Kim might be to win Xi’s support for easing of sanctions.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un takes train to Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping
‘China, China, China’: Trump’s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

Patrick Shanahan tells Pentagon staff to focus on the US National Defence Strategy that highlights the “Great Power competition” with Russia and China.

3 Jan 2019 - 9:46PM

Patrick Shanahan tells Pentagon staff to focus on the US National Defence Strategy that highlights the “Great Power competition” with Russia and China.

‘China, China, China’: Trump’s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities