Yang Danxu

Yang Danxu

Beijing Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao

Before Yang Danxu became Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing correspondent, she was the newspaper's Shanghai correspondent. When she was based in Shanghai, she covered politics, diplomacy, political economy and social trends in the country, focusing especially on the Yangtze River Delta region.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27 July 2018. (Mike Hutchings/File Photo/Reuters)

Xi Jinping's rare absence from the G20 summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s likely absence from the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi sends a message, amid tensions with India. However, it also means that there is less of an opportunity for China to engage with the US. Does this also mean that China is less interested in talking to the US, or is it leaving that encounter for later at the upcoming APEC summit in San Francisco?
People commute on a street in Beijing, China, on 25 July 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Struggling economy now a taboo topic in China

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu notes that the public space for discussion of China’s economic situation has tightened, even for experts and analysts. Should China control the narrative surrounding its struggling economy, which its people can clearly see and feel the impact of?
Visitors stand in front of a giant screen displaying Chinese President Xi Jinping next to a flag of the Communist Party of China, at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing, China, 8 October 2022. (Florence Lo/File Photo/Reuters)

Leadership reshuffle spells trouble within China’s military governance

The sudden reshuffle of senior officers of the People’s Liberation Army has shocked the media and the public. While the reasons for the removal of two generals from the Rocket Force remains unclear, authorities seem to be signalling an anti-corruption wave in China’s military. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu tells us more.
Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee Wang Yi (L) speaks as South Korea's Foreign Minister Park Jin looks on during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on 13 July 2023. (Mast Irham/AFP)

Wang Yi reappointed as Chinese foreign minister: An authoritative figure amid the intrigue

Qin Gang’s month-long absence has drawn much attention and speculation, culminating in the authorities’ announcement that he has been removed as foreign minister, and Wang Yi reappointed to his former position. Despite the authorities’ earlier claims of Qin’s “health reasons”, there seems to be more than meets the eye.
China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum, held under the theme of "Chinese Modernization and the World", at the Grand Halls, in Shanghai, China, on 21 April 2023. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Rumours fly amid Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s absence

Last seen publicly on 25 June, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang has fuelled plenty of chatter due to his weeks-long absence from diplomatic activities. From health reasons to alien abduction, the rumour mill is in overdrive. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks into the possible explanations and their implications.
Huang Deyi and his family members were charged for building a bridge without authorisation. (Weibo)

Illegal bridge by Chinese villager sparks debate

​The case of a family of 18 being punished for illegally building a bridge in Jilin province has brought to light the public’s distrust of the courts and grassroots governance and sparked criticism of the local government’s inaction in solving people’s problems. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks into the matter.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen looks on during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on 8 July 2023. (Mark Schiefelbein/Pool via Reuters)

Yellen’s China visit: Foundations laid but little scope for cooperation

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s visit to China was generally positive, and paves the way for future exchanges. However, while Yellen described the meetings with Chinese officials as “direct, substantive and productive”, it remains to be seen how far they will go in improving relations between the US and China.
A central processing unit (CPU) semiconductor chip is displayed among flags of China and US, in this illustration picture taken 17 February 2023. (Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo/Reuters)

China’s new export controls on rare metals for chipmaking: Latest tit-for-tat in US-China tech war

The China-US tech war has heated up again as China imposes export restrictions on two rare metals widely used in strategic emerging industries. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu notes that this is a tit-for-tat move against the US for its export restriction of advanced chips and chipmaking technology to China. How will this latest move in the tech war affect the semiconductor industry and China-US relations?
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 19 June 2023. (Leah Millis/Pool/AFP)

Blinken’s China trip exceeded expectations

Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu notes that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s China visit achieved intangible but important small steps in steering the US-China relationship out of high-escalation waters and bringing it back to the improved situation after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President’s Xi Jinping’s meeting in Bali last year.