Saša Petricic

Asia correspondent

Saša Petricic is the CBC's Asia correspondent, based in Beijing. He has covered China as well as reported from North and South Korea. He previously reported on the Middle East, from Jerusalem, through the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war. He has filed stories from every continent for CBC News. Instagram: @sasapetricic

Latest from Saša Petricic

Journalists barred from Morneau speech in Beijing a day after Trudeau praises free press

Just a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out in Paris in support of a free press — an institution he said needs to be "free-thinking, independent, rigorous, robust, respected" — Canada's finance minister gave a key speech in Beijing behind closed doors.

How China uses intimidation, negotiation to bring Christians under its control

China's constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago the government has tightened restrictions on churches it cannot control.
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Typhoon Mangkhut's aftermath leaves the Philippines reeling and searchers dejected

Between the water, the high winds and the landslides, the Philippines are reeling from Typhoon Mangkhut. And the searchers are still looking for the bodies, many ending each day tired and dejected, CBC's Saša Petricic reports in this photo essay.
PHOTOS

Back on track: China's rural poor regain sight and self-reliance aboard hospital train

The Lifeline Express deploys hospital trains to rural areas in China, where a poor, aging population can get on board and get free cataract operations.

Hong Kong democracy movement bides its time in face of legal onslaught from China

The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is a far cry from the one that blocked busy streets four years ago. The tone in the streets today is one of resignation, not rebellion, as the governments of China and Hong Kong make it clear they have little patience for dissent.

Gay dating app thrives in China, where LGBT rights are lagging

The Chinese gay dating app Blued boasts 40 million registered users worldwide while being based in a country where most LGBT men and women still feel locked in the closet, writes Saša Petricic.
Analysis

From scathing insults to a high-stakes summit: Can Trump and Kim make a deal in Singapore?

Singapore, the city state has become Singapore, the summit state. The tone ahead of Tuesday's talks between the U.S. president and the North Korean leader has been positive, but the outcome is far from clear.

Trump's withdrawal from North Korea summit weakens optimism in South

The idea of peace on a peninsula still technically at war has started to feel so real that there’s a boom in property sales inside the demilitarized zone, writes Saša Petricic.

Wildly conflicting messages from North Korea give Trump second thoughts about summit

As South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives in Washington today, he and U.S. President Donald Trump will almost certainly ask themselves whether Trump should even meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.
Analysis

Trump's latest tweets create another twist in U.S.-China trade talks

A high-level Chinese delegation will meet with U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday for the second round in discussions to head off a trade war, writes Saša Petricic.
Analysis

Ahead of historic Korea summit, optimism and obstacles each loom large

When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un steps across the border on Friday, setting in motion the historic inter-Korea summit, every step will have been carefully considered, choreographed and catered.
Analysis

Warnings to Taipei and Washington: China takes real and verbal shots across Taiwan Strait

This week’s Chinese maneuvering over Taiwan's independence was as much a propaganda exercise as a military one, firing off the kind of verbal shots the Chinese leadership does more and more.

China is no longer world's dumping ground, but cleaning up its own backyard is proving to be a challenge

China has a plan designed to clean up the world's biggest pile of waste, one that's been building across the country for decades
Analysis

Is Beijing spoiling for a trade war?

If U.S. officials wanted to provoke a sharp response from China after President Donald Trump proposed tariffs of up to $60 billion on Chinese goods, they got one, CBC’s Saša Petricic writes from Beijing.
Analysis

An invitation to Pyongyang: Is North Korea's overture a path to peace or simply a ploy?

At the Olympic Games, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered a verbal invitation to the South Korean president to meet him in Pyongyang. A lot hangs on that RSVP, writes Saša Petricic.