Saša Petricic

Asia correspondent

Saša Petricic is a Senior Correspondent for CBC News, specializing in international coverage. For the past four years, he has been based in China, reporting on Hong Kong, North Korea and other areas of Asia Pacific. Previously, he covered 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

A huge wetland is burning in Brazil, and the fires are far bigger than California's

The world's largest tropical wetland is not supposed to burn. And yet, Brazil's Pantanal is on fire. Some 25,000 square kilometres have already been destroyed, and experts say it's going to get worse.

Libya 'one hell of a mess' as civil war spirals into international free-for-all

Nine years after NATO helped oust strongman Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's civil war continues, with the west largely abandoning it as ceasefires are broken and embargoes ignored.

Japan's traditional work culture takes precedence over physical distancing in Tokyo

Japan's workers are encouraged to stay home and practice physical distancing by the government, and companies are asked to scale back or close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But in Tokyo, the country's traditional work culture has kept many going to the office daily.

Japan has 3 times the population of Canada but one-third the COVID-19 cases despite looser lockdown

Unlike other places in the pandemic world, Japan issues suggestions instead of commands. Violating them could get individuals a stern look, businesses a public shaming, but rarely a fine.

Detective work and a culture of cleanliness — has Japan found its own way to stop COVID-19?

If Japan seems complacent about the threat of coronavirus in a world that's been crippled by it, that's partly because the number of infections here has been relatively low. But that could change, writes Saša Petricic.

China prepares to close borders to foreigners, fearing 2nd wave of COVID-19

China announced Thursday it is closing its borders to all foreigners as of Saturday, including those with visas and residency permits. The move comes as it tries to stem the number of new coronavirus infections, most of which are now coming from abroad.

'A whole country locked inside': China struggles with coronavirus, and a new normal

The coronavirus’s epicentre may be a thousand kilometres south in the province of Hubei, but the nervousness has spread to China's capital, Beijing, and engulfed the whole country, writes Saša Petricic.

Beijing struggles to keep up with a virus  — and a nation on the move

China effectively quarantined Wuhan, cutting air and rail service to the city of 11 million people and closing down public transit within it. A government edict said citizens should not leave Wuhan unless they had "special conditions." 

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has China to thank for landslide re-election win

Saturday’s election victory for Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen was big, but the defeat for Beijing was bigger, a stark lesson the dictatorship next door — no matter how powerful or prosperous — holds little appeal for the only part of "Greater China" that gets a real vote on its own democratic future.

The man, the myth: How Xi Jinping's rise from village life explains China's ambitions

Chinese President Xi Jinping's path from a small village to the centre of power echoes China's struggle to overcome poverty and humiliation to become a global force.

Hong Kong's deep divide: Months of protests take their toll on families

Young protesters' passion for the democratic future of Hong Kong is causing deep family rifts, particularly with older generations who disagree with their tactics and don’t sympathize with their goals.

Is there a way out for Hong Kong? Not likely, as protesters become more inflamed

After more than 100 days of protest, Hong Kong is one bitter place. Anger and resentment hang in the air and explode on the streets almost daily now. And not just outside the legislature and other symbols of a deeply unpopular government.

Violence rising on both sides after 3 months of protests in Hong Kong

The scenes have become chilling, even in a Hong Kong that's now hardened from three months of clashes. With demonstrations mostly outlawed, the same streets where millions once walked peacefully now see fires on the roadway and blood on the pavement.

More time to 'pause and think': Under pressure, Hong Kong government takes a step back on 'made in China' law

The Hong Kong government's proposed extradition law, currently on hold, has set off more panic than usual because it raises the spectre of China reaching into Hong Kong using any accusation at all, and scooping up anyone it considers a threat.

From hope to despair: Remembering Tiananmen everywhere except where it happened

In the leadup to today's politically sensitive anniversary, China's security services have been detaining and interrogating former student leaders, human rights activists and anyone else who might speak out.