William Zheng

William Zheng

William is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a veteran journalist who has served and led major Hong Kong and Singapore media organizations in his 20-year career, covering greater China. He is now deput

y China Editor of the South China Morning Post.

Chinese journalists to be tested on loyalty to Xi Jinping
Thousands of reporters and editors working in Chinese state media across the country will have to take an exam to test their loyalty to President Xi Jinping. Some will be asked to take part in “pilot tests” in early October, before the exams are held nationwide, according to a notice late last month from the media oversight office of the Communist Party’s propaganda department.  It did not say when the nationwide exams would be held. About 10,000 reporters and editors from 14 state-run online media outlets in Beijing are expected to sit the pilot tests using the Xuexi Qiangguo mobile app, a media source who requested anonymity said on Wednesday. Often compared to Chairman Mao’s quotation col
Chinese journalists to be tested on loyalty to Xi Jinping
What Hong Kong protests look like from mainland China (Hint: not pretty)
Anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which started out as demonstrations against a now-suspended extradition bill, have been taking place for two months. The news has dominated headlines in the city, a semi-autonomous part of China, and around the world for weeks. But how have the demonstrations been covered in mainland China itself? This week, the country’s most-watched daily TV news program has aired a series of damning reports about protesters in Hong Kong and blamed “external forces” for helping to disrupt order in the city. State broadcaster CCTV’s prime-time evening news program Xinwen Lianbo began the run on Saturday with a report promoting the “Protect Hong Kong” rally organized by
What Hong Kong protests look like from mainland China (Hint: not pretty)
Dozens dead after explosion near Chinese chemical plant
At least 23 people have been killed and 22 more injured in an explosion near a chemical factory in northern China. The blast occurred in the industrial city of Zhangjiakou in Hebei province just after midnight on Wednesday, according to authorities. The fire has been contained, and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Industrial accidents have been prevalent in China during the past four decades of unbridled economic development. Although the Chinese government has pledged to step up enforcing safety rules, deadly accidents still occur at mines, factories and construction sites, sparking public anger.   Zhangjiakou, about 100 miles northwest of Beijing, is one of the cities that will ho
Dozens dead after explosion near Chinese chemical plant