Christian Shepherd


China correspondent

Education: Oxford University, BA in Philosophy & Psychology; University of Nottingham Ningbo, MA in Contemporary Chinese Studies; Tsinghua University, diploma in Mandarin Chinese

Christian Shepherd is China correspondent for The Washington Post. He previously covered the country for the Financial Times and Reuters from Beijing.
Latest from Christian Shepherd

The smoke will fade in the U.S. But cities across the globe aren’t so lucky.

The burning of fossil fuels, along with wildfires exacerbated by climate change, have created what some experts describe as the biggest danger to global public health.

June 8, 2023

U.S. military releases video of near-collision with Chinese destroyer

The video, taken from USS Chung-Hoon, shows China’s Luyang III cutting sharply across a U.S. destroyer’s course during an exercise in the Taiwan Strait.

June 5, 2023

China, U.S. trade barbs over Taiwan after Beijing refuses private talks

The U.S. and Chinese defense ministers, Lloyd Austin and Li Shangfu, traded accusations at the Shangri-La Dialogue, undercutting efforts for a diplomatic thaw.

June 4, 2023

Hong Kong, once home to Tiananmen vigil, now hosts pro-China carnival

Victoria Park epitomizes the broader erosions in Hong Kong: In four years it has gone from candlelight vigil to heavily policed desolation to flag-waving carnival.

June 3, 2023

China’s quandary: Bail out debt-laden cities, or risk disruptive defaults?

Across China, local governments are struggling under a $23 trillion pile of debt. Beijing doesn't want to rescue them, but it also doesn't want them failing.

June 2, 2023

China gives Elon Musk a hero’s welcome — and a message for the U.S.

The mercurial head of Tesla and Twitter, on his first visit in three years, said China and the U.S. were “conjoined twins” with inseparable interests.

June 1, 2023

How the U.S. wants to pressure China to help avert climate catastrophe

U.S.-China relations will determine the future of global warming, but it's difficult to set aside superpower rivalries in the bid to reduce emissions.

May 30, 2023

China sends three into space, says it wants astronauts on moon by 2030

Beijing also plans to expand its space station, part of an ambitious effort to boost its presence in space - and opening up a new sphere of rivalry with the U.S.

May 29, 2023

Chinese police clash with protesters over plans to demolish mosque

The Chinese Communist Party's efforts to control religion appear to be spreading, with Hui Muslims in Yunnan trying to stop the demolition of part of a mosque.

May 29, 2023

Beijing LGBT Center closes its doors, a blow for diversity in China

The move coincided with a new milestone for same-sex couples in Taiwan - they can now adopt - and underscored the lack of progress on LGBTQ issues in China.

May 16, 2023