Zhenhua Lu, US correspondent

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

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China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

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

23 Feb 2019 - 4:55AM
China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

‘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
‘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.

Chang’e 4 launches China’s bid to be first on dark side of the moon

Lunar lander and rover spacecraft blasts off on Saturday in a challenging mission to explore moon’s lesser-known far side, which could significantly boost the standing of the Chinese space programme.

8 Dec 2018 - 11:05PM
Chang’e 4 launches China’s bid to be first on dark side of the moon

Lunar lander and rover spacecraft blasts off on Saturday in a challenging mission to explore moon’s lesser-known far side, which could significantly boost the standing of the Chinese space programme.

US sends guided-missile cruiser to South China Sea to challenge ‘excessive’ Chinese claims

USS Chancellorsville’s ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise on Monday highlights ongoing tensions in disputed waters in lead-up to meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit.

1 Dec 2018 - 11:07AM
US sends guided-missile cruiser to South China Sea to challenge ‘excessive’ Chinese claims

USS Chancellorsville’s ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise on Monday highlights ongoing tensions in disputed waters in lead-up to meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit.

US Navy send ships through the Taiwan Strait for the third time this year

Pentagon spokesman confirms that the passage by two vessels ‘demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific’, and comes days after Taiwan’s independence-leaning party suffered defeat in local elections.

29 Nov 2018 - 3:27AM
US Navy send ships through the Taiwan Strait for the  third time this year

Pentagon spokesman confirms that the passage by two vessels ‘demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific’, and comes days after Taiwan’s independence-leaning party suffered defeat in local elections.

‘Peking turkey’? At Thanksgiving in the United States, it’s on at least one Chinese menu

Chinese restaurants in New York and Washington decide whether to cater to American holiday traditions, or not.

23 Nov 2018 - 9:45AM
‘Peking turkey’? At Thanksgiving in the United States, it’s on at least one Chinese menu

Chinese restaurants in New York and Washington decide whether to cater to American holiday traditions, or not.

US, South Korea ‘closely coordinating’ on breaking nuclear talks stalemate, Mike Pompeo says

A meeting between Stephen Biegun, the US’s special representative for North Korea, and South Korea’s Lee Do-hoon focused on ‘sustained implementation of UN sanctions’, the US state secretary said.

21 Nov 2018 - 5:29AM
US, South Korea ‘closely coordinating’ on breaking nuclear talks stalemate, Mike Pompeo says

A meeting between Stephen Biegun, the US’s special representative for North Korea, and South Korea’s Lee Do-hoon focused on ‘sustained implementation of UN sanctions’, the US state secretary said.

US must open talks on North Korea sanctions relief to get progress on denuclearisation, former US diplomat says

Joseph Yun, a former US representative for North Korea policy, said he supported the idea of Washington saying ‘we’re willing to discuss certain [sanction] exemptions’ to move stalled negotiations forward.

17 Nov 2018 - 8:18AM
US must open talks on North Korea sanctions relief to get progress on denuclearisation, former US diplomat says

Joseph Yun, a former US representative for North Korea policy, said he supported the idea of Washington saying ‘we’re willing to discuss certain [sanction] exemptions’ to move stalled negotiations forward.

List of Chinese financial firms facing possible sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear programme demanded by US congressional panel

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission wants the US Treasury to provide a report to Congress within 180 days.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
List of Chinese financial firms facing possible sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear programme demanded by US congressional panel

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission wants the US Treasury to provide a report to Congress within 180 days.

US isn’t following cold war or containment policy towards China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists
  • Senior diplomats and defence officials spell out differences on issues such as South China Sea, Taiwan and human rights but stress need to continue cooperation
10 Nov 2018 - 6:00PM
US isn’t following cold war or containment policy towards China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists
  • Senior diplomats and defence officials spell out differences on issues such as South China Sea, Taiwan and human rights but stress need to continue cooperation
Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that ‘undermine’ Beijing’s sovereignty in South China Sea

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe described talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis as constructive ‘so that this military relationship will be a source of stability’.

10 Nov 2018 - 2:56PM
Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that ‘undermine’ Beijing’s sovereignty in South China Sea

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe described talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis as constructive ‘so that this military relationship will be a source of stability’.

Donald Trump expects another meeting with Kim Jong-un ‘early next year’

The president’s remarks came on the same day a scheduled meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart were postponed.

8 Nov 2018 - 7:31AM
Donald Trump expects another meeting with Kim Jong-un ‘early next year’

The president’s remarks came on the same day a scheduled meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart were postponed.

US, China set for high-level talks to avert South China Sea clashes

Mike Pompeo and James Mattis to host China’s Yang Jiechi and Wei Fenghe in Washington on Friday.

6 Nov 2018 - 11:33PM
US, China set for high-level talks to avert South China Sea clashes

Mike Pompeo and James Mattis to host China’s Yang Jiechi and Wei Fenghe in Washington on Friday.

US and China risking a military mishap without ‘mature communications’, America’s former top East Asian diplomat warns

Susan Thornton tells the Post that poor information exchanges could lead to an international incident such as the 2001 mid-air collision of US and Chinese navy aircraft.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:18AM
US and China risking a military mishap without ‘mature communications’, America’s former top East Asian diplomat warns

Susan Thornton tells the Post that poor information exchanges could lead to an international incident such as the 2001 mid-air collision of US and Chinese navy aircraft.

Pentagon official urges Taiwan to boost defence spending in face of possible attack by mainland

David Helvey says the self-ruled island ‘must have resources to modernise its military’ and accuses Beijing of attempting to ‘erode Taiwan’s diplomatic space’ at defence industry conference

31 Oct 2018 - 12:01PM
Pentagon official urges Taiwan to boost defence spending in face of possible attack by mainland

David Helvey says the self-ruled island ‘must have resources to modernise its military’ and accuses Beijing of attempting to ‘erode Taiwan’s diplomatic space’ at defence industry conference

US$330 million arms sale to Taiwan will go ahead, says US Congress

The sale, mainly of aircraft parts, will be the second military deal for Taipei in less than 18 months under the Trump administration.

26 Oct 2018 - 3:35AM
US$330 million arms sale to Taiwan will go ahead, says US Congress

The sale, mainly of aircraft parts, will be the second military deal for Taipei in less than 18 months under the Trump administration.

Pentagon sends two US warships through Taiwan Strait, risking fury from Beijing as tensions remain high

The Pentagon says the warships passed through international waters, in a manoeuvre ‘certainly not’ intended to raise tensions

23 Oct 2018 - 9:33AM
Pentagon sends two US warships through Taiwan Strait, risking fury from Beijing as tensions remain high

The Pentagon says the warships passed through international waters, in a manoeuvre ‘certainly not’ intended to raise tensions

Donald Trump to appoint Air Force veteran David Stilwell to senior Asian diplomatic role, vital to overseeing relations with China

His predecessor was considered to be not hawkish enough on China and therefore out of step with the rest of Trump’s Asia leadership team.

18 Oct 2018 - 9:55PM
Donald Trump to appoint Air Force veteran David Stilwell to senior Asian diplomatic role, vital to overseeing relations with China

His predecessor was considered to be not hawkish enough on China and therefore out of step with the rest of Trump’s Asia leadership team.

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump may meet next month at G20 amid rising China-US tensions

The two presidents could meet in Buenos Aires at the end of November as relations between their countries continue to be strained by multiple issues.

26 Oct 2018 - 3:54PM
Xi Jinping and Donald Trump may meet next month at G20 amid rising China-US tensions

The two presidents could meet in Buenos Aires at the end of November as relations between their countries continue to be strained by multiple issues.

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