David Crawshaw


Asian politics, society and geopolitics, with a focus on China, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Koreas.

Education: University of Queensland

David is The Washington Post's Asia-Pacific Editor, based in Sydney. Before joining The Post in 2019, he spent 10 years at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, including Deputy World Coverage Chief and World News Editor. He has worked as a journalist in the U.S., Hong Kong and the U.K., as well as his native Australia, where he was previously a political reporter.
Latest from David Crawshaw

Pelosi’s Taiwan visit ushers in new phase of China’s pressure campaign

The visit lasted barely 19 hours. But the House speaker's contentious trip was a defining moment in the increasingly bitter U.S.-China rivalry.

August 3, 2022

Hong Kong tears down ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture honoring Tiananmen victims

The artwork’s removal underscored the dramatic political changes in the city, where authorities have sharply curtailed freedom of expression since China imposed a harsh security law last year.

December 22, 2021

‘Heads bashed bloody’: China’s Xi marks Communist Party centenary with strong words for adversaries

The speech comes as Beijing finds itself locked in an intensifying rivalry with the United States.

July 1, 2021

China beat back covid-19 in 2020. Then it really flexed its muscles at home and abroad.

This was the year that China showed the world it would rather be feared than loved.

December 28, 2020

Australia suffers its own ‘Pizzagate’ — with a side of coronavirus

A pizza chef's lie to contact tracers in Adelaide prompted a statewide lockdown, which was suddenly reversed after officials uncovered the deceit.

November 20, 2020

Lost in translation: The U.S. presidential debate in Japan

Thanks to some heroic simultaneous interpreters, Japanese viewers were treated to the real-time raw chaos of the dueling candidates.

September 30, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns, citing health reasons

Speculation about the conservative leader’s condition had increased after recent visits to the hospital.

August 28, 2020

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, invites migrants from city

China warned of retaliation after the U.S. ally offered refuge and a path to residency for Hong Kongers.

July 9, 2020

Beijing’s secret police get a room with a view in Hong Kong

China’s new security agency in the city will operate out of a four-star hotel that offers a vantage point over key protest zones — and a rooftop pool.

July 8, 2020

China slams ‘arrogant and dangerous’ U.S. over Hong Kong democracy bill as city’s dysfunction deepens

Lawmakers disrupted a speech by Hong Kong’s leader, while Beijing said it rejects any foreign interference and accused Washington of harboring sinister intentions.

October 16, 2019