Teddy Ng

Teddy Ng

Deputy Editor, China

Teddy is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a China editor for the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy
China issues 11,380-word rebuttal to US coronavirus claims
China has issued a lengthy rebuttal dismissing claims it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic and denying claims that there had been safety problems at a virology lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The 11,380-word rebuttal follows an escalating war of words between China and the United States over the origin of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The statement was posted on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website on Saturday and has been published by state media outlets. Last week, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was evidence that linked the secure facility to an accidental leak of the pathogen, although Pompeo later changed his tune and said it “could be wr
China reports no new local coronavirus cases for the first time
Mainland China has reported no new domestic infections of the new coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak began. The National Health Commission on Thursday said it was also the first time Hubei province – where the Covid-19 disease first emerged – recorded no new cases either domestically or from abroad. Nationwide, there were 34 new infections, all of them from overseas. The number of new deaths was down to single digits, with just eight reported, bringing the total death toll to 3,245. The commission said 23 new suspected cases had been reported, with the total number of infections now standing at 80,928. A total of 70,420 patients have recovered. Elsewhere, infections from what
‘I am just exhausted’: Chinese doctors press on after coronavirus whistle-blower died
Liu Wen was hauled into a police station after he alerted his colleagues more than a month ago to a disease outbreak at a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. He has no regrets. Liu, a doctor at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Hannan district, sent the warning through a WeChat messaging group on December 30, he told Chinese news service Caixin. He said he sent the warning because the hospital was close to the seafood market. The next day, hospital management called him in and asked him where he got the information. And two days after that, he was questioned by police, according to the report. His treatment is similar to that meted out to Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who also c
China’s first homemade aircraft carrier aims at ‘domination’ in South China Sea
In a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, China’s first home-built aircraft carrier officially entered service on Tuesday. The commissioning of the warship, called the Shandong, is a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to build up its naval power. A commentary published by a social media account affiliated with Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said the Shandong will be deployed to the South China Sea, where “it is very likely that it will have face-to-face encounters with foreign military vessels.”   “The Shandong is aimed at achieving domination in both the air and sea,” the Wednesday commentary said. The article did not name any nation, but Beijing has repeatedly
China faces ‘huge challenge’ in living up to US trade promises
China has released fewer details about its trade deal with the US than the American side has – a sign of caution as one government adviser warned it would not be easy for Beijing to live up to its commitments. “For China, committing to and carrying out the phase one agreement is a huge challenge,” Shi Yinhong, a Chinese government adviser and international relations professor at Renmin University, said. “China will need to buy something like $300 billion worth of US products in the next two years and lots more US agricultural goods. Does China need that amount of US soybeans?”  A fact sheet released by Washington on Friday said China and the US had reached a “phase one” agreement on nine are
iPhone billionaire tells Trump he’ll go to Washington if elected Taiwan’s president
Foxconn billionaire chairman Terry Gou has met President Donald Trump at the White House, saying he would continue to seek US support for Taiwan should he become the island’s president. The fledgling politician has said he will run as a candidate of the pro-Beijing Kuomintang party in Taiwan, which Beijing doesn’t control but claims as its own territory, to be taken by force if necessary. Gou told Trump that he would be a peacemaker, but not a troublemaker, should he be elected, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, which quoted him as saying: “If I am elected, I would be seeking to go to Washington.” No Taiwanese president has met with an American president since the United States bro
Duterte touts ‘suicide mission’ after Chinese sail near disputed island
The Philippines says it will prepare for a “suicide mission” if Beijing ever touches an island claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called on Beijing to leave alone the island of Thitu, known as Pagasa in Filipino, in a strong protest against a growing Chinese presence in the disputed waters. “I will not plead or beg, but I am just telling you that lay off the Pagasa because I have soldiers there. If you touch it, that’s a different story. I will tell the soldiers ‘prepare for suicide mission’,” Duterte said in a speech, according to Reuters. Duterte made the speech after the Philippines’ foreign ministry accused China of violating its sove
Chinese pressure on Canada hasn’t changed US extradition plans
The United States has informed the Canadian government that it plans to proceed with a formal request to extradite a Chinese tech executive, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday. The US is seeking Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on allegations of banking fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. As a result of her arrest in Vancouver in December at the request of the US, China appears to have been tightening the screws on Canada, which has been caught in the middle of a dispute between the two countries. Since Meng’s arrest, Beijing has detained two Canadians and imposed a death penalty on a third Canadian convicted of drug-smuggling charges. The
South China Sea: A Chinese destroyer almost collided with a US warship
When geopolitical analysts talk about how wars start, they often speak of miscalculations and accidents. In other words, they are small things that can spiral out of control even if no one wants an all-out war. An assassination. A stray missile. A ship collision. Over the weekend, such risks of escalation were played out at sea between China and the United States. A Chinese destroyer nearly collided with an American warship in the disputed South China Sea after making what the US described as an “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuver in an attempt to warn it off the area. Beijing is facing heightened challenges to its vast territorial claims over the South China Sea, as major powers continue
China says making massive concession on US trade deal is fake news
China has dismissed as “rumors” previous news reports that Beijing had offered to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $200 billion a year. Reports by Reuters and Bloomberg citing unnamed sources saying Beijing had made such an offer were “pure fantasy and rumors,” according to the official People’s Daily. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang reiterated the statement, telling reporters, “this rumour is not true. This I can confirm to you.” Hitting the $200 billion number would entail Beijing almost doubling its annual purchases of American goods, and China trade watchers have expressed skepticism as to whether the figure is achievable. According to figures from the US, th