Yu Zeyuan

Beijing Correspondent and Senior Researcher, Lianhe Zaobao

Yu Zeyuan (real name Yu Haisheng) started in 1993 as a journalist and editor with Xinhua's foreign news desk, then joined the University of Hawaii as a visiting academic from 1996 to 1997. Since 2000, he has been Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing correspondent and senior researcher.

A girl (C) greets a foreigner living in Beijing at Jingshan Park. The Chinese government published draft regulations on permanent residence for foreigners in China, to seek public views. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

Looser regulations for permanent residence in China? Chinese aren't convinced

With proposed loosening of regulations on permanent residence for foreigners in China, netizens are worried that it might be easier for illegal immigrants to become legal immigrants, or for low-calibre foreigners to stay put. Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan presents the arguments.
Medical staff members at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. The city's response to the Covid-19 outbreak has been less than satisfactory so far. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

The politics behind the change of leaders in Hubei

Amid growing resentment against the leaders of Wuhan and Hubei, Chen Yixin, secretary-general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, has taken charge of efforts against the epidemic in Hubei. Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan looks at the difficulties of changing provincial-level officials in China and the likelihood of personnel changes improving the situation.
This photo taken on 7 February 2020 shows a photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital. (STR/AFP)

Dr Li Wenliang’s incident: The start of accountability investigations?

Since Dr Li Wenliang's death from the novel coronavirus on 7 February 2020, his name has become shorthand for holding the authorities to account. Beijing correspondent Yu Zeyuan weighs in on its effects on China's social stability and on accountability investigations.
medical staff attending to a patient at the Central Hospital of Wuhan. The authorities in China have been criticised for its handling of the new coronavirus originating in Wuhan. (Internet)

Can the Wuhan coronavirus lead to good governance?

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to expose China’s systemic flaws in crisis response and disease prevention and control, Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan says the authorities must come to grips with their governance issues and take in the larger learning points of the epidemic.
How long will the Wuhan coronavirus last? (Xinhua)

Wuhan coronavirus: When will it end?

With the coronavirus in Wuhan causing much public anxiety, Zaobao’s Beijing correspondent Yu Zeyuan asks the experts for projections on how long it is likely to take for this epidemic to run its course. But from various other reports and sources, there seems to be no one answer.
US President Donald Trump applauds as Liu He, China's vice premier, speaks during a signing ceremony for the US-China phase-one trade agreement in Washington on 15 January 2020. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

Phase one trade deal a humiliation to China?

Yu Zeyuan says it would be quite wrong to think that China stands on the losing end of the recently concluded phase one Economic and Trade Agreement between the US and China. The picture may be quite the opposite.
Luo Huining, newly appointed director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, speaks to media to mark his first day at office in Hong Kong on 6 January 2020. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong Luo Huining: Is he the one?

Putting a political veteran in charge of the central government’s representative office in Hong Kong heralds a new approach in China’s dealings with Hong Kong.
Medical corruption in the form of hongbaos from patients is common in China. (iStock)

Medical corruption: A tough ailment to treat

Despite China’s anti-corruption efforts, one grey area that has been very difficult to clean up is the common practice of patients giving doctors hongbaos (monetary gifts in red packets), to ensure better care and treatment. Yu Zeyuan comments on the phenomenon.
Huawei's image is badly damaged after the wrongful detention of its ex-employee, Li Hongyuan. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Public anger over Huawei subsiding

Public anger over the wrongful 251-days detention of Huawei ex-employee Li Hongyuan may be subsiding, but Huawei’s damaged reputation may not be easily salvaged in the short term. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan observes that public opinion is a double-edged sword. Companies have to be extremely sensitive when it comes to managing their public relations.