Ma Jun

Beijing giving foreign economists the cold shoulder

The central bank and regulators are now being more cautious about what they say to foreign economists. Photo: Reuters

Chinese government officials have quietly become more sceptical about foreign banks' research reports and are avoiding senior economists at global banks, partly because of growing mutual distrust over the scale and seriousness of the country's debt problems.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 4:12am 16 comments

Global fashion firms' dirty sourcing habits exposed

Nearly 50 global fashion brands have been sourcing textiles from notorious polluters in China, according to a study by five mainland environmental groups.

It says two-thirds of the companies turned a deaf ear to the environmentalists' requests to clean up their supply chain.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

People are increasingly recognising that they may have wealth or a job, but they don't want to pay for that ... with their health

Ma Jun, environmental activist, on China's pollution controls

The two cornerstones of the partnership over the past two decades - military and energy co-operation - are crumbling

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Guangdong 'poor' on pollution information

Guangdong has done a poor job in allowing the public greater access to information about industrial polluters that are contaminating the air and waterways in the province, a mainland green campaigner said.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Buyers urged to boycott mainland's dirty 20

Consumers have been urged to boycott products made by 20 companies in a ground-breaking attempt to exert pressure on the firms to reduce their discharges of water pollutants.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Dirty work

NEWS THAT THE Yellow River failed to reach the sea for 226 days in 1997 changed the course of Ma Jun's life. The sign of a looming environmental disaster led Ma, then a young journalist, to embark on a crusade to protect China's drying-up and pollution-choked waterways.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Former Post journalist awarded 2004 Yale World Fellowship

Updated at 3.45pm: Mainland environmentalist and former South China Morning Post journalist Michael Ma Jun has been awarded a 2004 Yale World Fellowship.

Yale University President Richard Levin confirmed overnight (HK time) that Mr Ma had been awarded the fellowship.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am