Amanda Lee

Beijing-based correspondent Amanda Lee covers markets and the economy for the Post, with an interest in China's economic and social landscape. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she joined the Post in 2017 and has previously worked for Thomson Reuters and Forbes.
Amanda Lee
Beijing-based correspondent Amanda Lee covers markets and the economy for the Post, with an interest in China's economic and social landscape. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she joined the Post in 2017 and has previously worked for Thomson Reuters and Forbes.

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Hong Kong protests could threaten city’s status as an international shipping hub, analysts say

Shanghai has already upgraded and expanded free-trade zone with focus on shipping, with analysts expecting further relaxation of rules throughout China.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:00PM

Shanghai has already upgraded and expanded free-trade zone with focus on shipping, with analysts expecting further relaxation of rules throughout China.

Hong Kong protests could threaten city’s status as an international shipping hub, analysts say
China ‘smoothing’ of economic data is distorting global growth and policy responses, study says

China’s growth rate varied by only 0.8 percentage points over the last 16 quarters, much lower volatility than any other economy in the world, Rhodium Group says.

15 Aug 2019 - 10:32AM

China’s growth rate varied by only 0.8 percentage points over the last 16 quarters, much lower volatility than any other economy in the world, Rhodium Group says.

China ‘smoothing’ of economic data is distorting global growth and policy responses, study says
Cathay Pacific’s majority shareholder pressed into condemning ‘violent’ Hong Kong protests

Swire Pacific expressed strong backing for the Hong Kong government and the city’s police after senior executive visited Beijing on Monday.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:27AM

Swire Pacific expressed strong backing for the Hong Kong government and the city’s police after senior executive visited Beijing on Monday.

Cathay Pacific’s majority shareholder pressed into condemning ‘violent’ Hong Kong protests
China to showcase 5G dominance in response to US tech war at flagship trade fair

Huawei, ZTE, Tencent and Baidu will showcase China’s fifth generation cellular network technology in response to the escalating technology war with the United States.

8 Aug 2019 - 11:04PM

Huawei, ZTE, Tencent and Baidu will showcase China’s fifth generation cellular network technology in response to the escalating technology war with the United States.

China to showcase 5G dominance in response to US tech war at flagship trade fair
Beijing’s controversial ‘Made in China 2025’ plan is a linchpin of Northeastern rust belt’s future

Liaoning province is pinning its hopes on the plan, a lightning rod in the US-China trade war, to turn around inefficient industries and revitalise growth.

8 Aug 2019 - 9:24AM

Liaoning province is pinning its hopes on the plan, a lightning rod in the US-China trade war, to turn around inefficient industries and revitalise growth.

Beijing’s controversial ‘Made in China 2025’ plan is a linchpin of Northeastern rust belt’s future
Can belt and road plan reverse sagging fortunes of China’s trade war-hit northeastern ports?

The rust belt region is focused on drawing more Japanese, South Korean firms to use the subsidised sea-to-rail service, a signature of the Belt and Road Initiative.

6 Aug 2019 - 3:30PM

The rust belt region is focused on drawing more Japanese, South Korean firms to use the subsidised sea-to-rail service, a signature of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Can belt and road plan reverse sagging fortunes of China’s trade war-hit northeastern ports?
China hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ criticism of its WTO developing country status

US president claims China and other countries are ‘cheating’ the United States by designating themselves with the World Trade Organisation to receive special benefits.

29 Jul 2019 - 7:15PM

US president claims China and other countries are ‘cheating’ the United States by designating themselves with the World Trade Organisation to receive special benefits.

China hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ criticism of its WTO developing country status
China expected to implement more economic stimulus despite growing debt and weak yuan

To shore up growth and meet the projected 6 to 6.5 per cent expansion target for 2019, economists and analysts expect China to lean on fiscal measures.

22 Jul 2019 - 3:40PM

To shore up growth and meet the projected 6 to 6.5 per cent expansion target for 2019, economists and analysts expect China to lean on fiscal measures.

China expected to implement more economic stimulus despite growing debt and weak yuan
China will need more than 35 years to upgrade to hi-tech manufacturing industry, study finds

Study by Renmin University of China in Beijing says it will take more than 35 years to reach the government’s goal that new industries account for 30 per cent of GDP.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:20PM

Study by Renmin University of China in Beijing says it will take more than 35 years to reach the government’s goal that new industries account for 30 per cent of GDP.

China will need more than 35 years to upgrade to hi-tech manufacturing industry, study finds
China’s total debt rises to over 300 per cent of GDP as Beijing loosens borrowing curbs to boost growth

The figure stood at over US$40 trillion, nearly 304 per cent of its gross domestic product, in the first three months of 2019, said the Institute of International Finance.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:45AM

The figure stood at over US$40 trillion, nearly 304 per cent of its gross domestic product, in the first three months of 2019, said the Institute of International Finance.

China’s total debt rises to over 300 per cent of GDP as Beijing loosens borrowing curbs to boost growth
China prepares to axe inefficient industry in manufacturing heartland, despite slowing economy

Growth in Shandong, China’s third largest provincial economy, slowed in the first quarter due to cuts in inefficient industrial capacity.

17 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

Growth in Shandong, China’s third largest provincial economy, slowed in the first quarter due to cuts in inefficient industrial capacity.

China prepares to axe inefficient industry in manufacturing heartland, despite slowing economy
China’s SOEs posted record profits in June, but second quarter profit growth slowed substantially

Net profits at central government-owned firms rose to record US$23 billion in June, but the profit growth rate slowed substantially in the second quarter of 2019.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:30PM

Net profits at central government-owned firms rose to record US$23 billion in June, but the profit growth rate slowed substantially in the second quarter of 2019.

China’s SOEs posted record profits in June, but second quarter profit growth slowed substantially
Chinese state assets watchdog discusses ways to boost cooperation with US firms ahead of next round of trade talks

Regulator discusses ways state-owned companies can work with American business in meeting with General Electric chief Larry Culp.

16 Jul 2019 - 11:31PM

Regulator discusses ways state-owned companies can work with American business in meeting with General Electric chief Larry Culp.

Chinese state assets watchdog discusses ways to boost cooperation with US firms ahead of next round of trade talks
Chinese socialite Guo Meimei is freed from jail but few report release and some stories vanish

News of the 28-year-old’s release after serving a five-year term for operating illegal casinos in Beijing appeared only in smaller outlets, while earlier stories were taken down.

13 Jul 2019 - 10:55PM

News of the 28-year-old’s release after serving a five-year term for operating illegal casinos in Beijing appeared only in smaller outlets, while earlier stories were taken down.

Chinese socialite Guo Meimei is freed from jail but few report release and some stories vanish
China must ensure transparency to boost credibility of Belt and Road projects, former US diplomat says

Xi Jinping’s strategy to connect Asia with Africa and Europe has attracted a barrage of criticism including corruption, environmental damage, legal issues and labour problems.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:13AM

Xi Jinping’s strategy to connect Asia with Africa and Europe has attracted a barrage of criticism including corruption, environmental damage, legal issues and labour problems.

China must ensure transparency to boost credibility of Belt and Road projects, former US diplomat says
China economy feels the strain as consumer prices soar and producer prices plummet to the brink of deflation

The consumer price index (CPI) stayed at 2.7 per cent in June, the same as in May, while the producer price index (PPI) fell to the brink of deflation at 0.0 per cent.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:38PM

The consumer price index (CPI) stayed at 2.7 per cent in June, the same as in May, while the producer price index (PPI) fell to the brink of deflation at 0.0 per cent.

China economy feels the strain as consumer prices soar and producer prices plummet to the brink of deflation
China’s loans to rest of the world worth US$5 trillion, 6 per cent of global economy, new study reveals

The world’s debt owed to China grew from US$500 billion to US$5 trillion between 2000 and 2017, an explosive new study of Beijing’s overseas lending reveals.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:00AM

The world’s debt owed to China grew from US$500 billion to US$5 trillion between 2000 and 2017, an explosive new study of Beijing’s overseas lending reveals.

China’s loans to rest of the world worth US$5 trillion, 6 per cent of global economy, new study reveals
Chinese banks rejected nearly US$144 billion in loans last year using credit scoring system, central bank says

People’s Bank of China highlights deleveraging campaign in bid to reduce high debt and risky lending after Chinese banks blocked 1 trillion yuan of lending in 2018.

14 Jun 2019 - 10:24PM

People’s Bank of China highlights deleveraging campaign in bid to reduce high debt and risky lending after Chinese banks blocked 1 trillion yuan of lending in 2018.

Chinese banks rejected nearly US$144 billion in loans last year using credit scoring system, central bank says
China’s consumer inflation rises to 15-month high amid pork crisis, African swine fever epidemic

The consumer price inflation (CPI) rate accelerated to 2.7 per cent in May, with pork prices jumping 18.2 per cent.

12 Jun 2019 - 4:27PM

The consumer price inflation (CPI) rate accelerated to 2.7 per cent in May, with pork prices jumping 18.2 per cent.

China’s consumer inflation rises to 15-month high amid pork crisis, African swine fever epidemic
Russia’s Vladimir Putin points to US$20 billion worth of deals as evidence of close ties with China

Relationship between two countries based on concrete policies not just words, president say.

8 Jun 2019 - 11:33PM

Relationship between two countries based on concrete policies not just words, president say.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin points to US$20 billion worth of deals as evidence of close ties with China
Russia keen to sell yuan bonds to deepen ties with China and further reduce US dollar dependence

China and Russia seek to further strengthen ties amid escalating tensions with the United States after meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin this week.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:13PM

China and Russia seek to further strengthen ties amid escalating tensions with the United States after meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin this week.

Russia keen to sell yuan bonds to deepen ties with China and further reduce US dollar dependence
China and Russia seek closer economic ties to counter US pressure as Xi Jinping prepares to meet Vladimir Putin

The two leaders are expected to meet in Moscow on Wednesday, a day before the start of the St Petersburg Economic International Forum.

5 Jun 2019 - 3:06PM

The two leaders are expected to meet in Moscow on Wednesday, a day before the start of the St Petersburg Economic International Forum.

China and Russia seek closer economic ties to counter US pressure as Xi Jinping prepares to meet Vladimir Putin
US ‘wholly responsible’ for lack of new trade war talks with China due to ‘contradictory’ statements

China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng blames ‘contradictory’ statements from officials and also questions the ‘sincerity’ of the United States.

30 May 2019 - 8:45PM

China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng blames ‘contradictory’ statements from officials and also questions the ‘sincerity’ of the United States.

US ‘wholly responsible’ for lack of new trade war talks with China due to ‘contradictory’ statements
Escalating US-China trade war forcing foreign service firms at Beijing expo to walk tightrope

Foreign entrepreneurs who want to do business in both China and US feel under pressure ‘to take sides’ in the trade war.

30 May 2019 - 11:08PM

Foreign entrepreneurs who want to do business in both China and US feel under pressure ‘to take sides’ in the trade war.

Escalating US-China trade war forcing foreign service firms at Beijing expo to walk tightrope
China needs it, the US has it, but why might a trade war energy deal not be the easy win it appears to be?

The US will soon be a net exporter of energy, while China is the world’s biggest importer, suggesting it would be an easy part of a trade war deal to achieve.

31 May 2019 - 8:44AM

The US will soon be a net exporter of energy, while China is the world’s biggest importer, suggesting it would be an easy part of a trade war deal to achieve.

China needs it, the US has it, but why might a trade war energy deal not be the easy win it appears to be?
China’s economic outlook will worsen if US puts tariffs on remaining exports, Fitch Ratings says

China’s economy could lose 0.5 per cent in growth this year, should the US carry out its plan in the latest trade war escalation under president Donald Trump.

29 May 2019 - 9:27AM

China’s economy could lose 0.5 per cent in growth this year, should the US carry out its plan in the latest trade war escalation under president Donald Trump.

China’s economic outlook will worsen if US puts tariffs on remaining exports, Fitch Ratings says
Trump-Xi trade war summit at G20 in Japan still up in the air as ‘conditions not right’, China adviser says

The two last met in December, but the US has since raised tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports and threatened to impose sanctions on a further US$300 billion.

23 May 2019 - 11:37PM

The two last met in December, but the US has since raised tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports and threatened to impose sanctions on a further US$300 billion.

Trump-Xi trade war summit at G20 in Japan still up in the air as ‘conditions not right’, China adviser says
Xi Jinping calls for self-reliance as China grapples with long-term US challenge of trade war and ban on Huawei and other technology manufacturers

Chinese president uses three-day trip to Jiangxi to drive home importance of indigenous technology and resources.

23 May 2019 - 11:05AM

Chinese president uses three-day trip to Jiangxi to drive home importance of indigenous technology and resources.

Xi Jinping calls for self-reliance as China grapples with long-term US challenge of trade war and ban on Huawei and other technology manufacturers
China economy to get more stimulus to fight trade war tariffs? Official drops hint help may come

The debate on whether China will enact new economic stimulus measures has resumed following weaker-than-expected data in April.

17 May 2019 - 7:00PM

The debate on whether China will enact new economic stimulus measures has resumed following weaker-than-expected data in April.

China economy to get more stimulus to fight trade war tariffs? Official drops hint help may come
China tightens ‘national security’ review for foreign investments, sparking fears of trade war retaliation

China quietly tightened national security reviews for foreign investments, but it is not clear what criteria it will use and whether international firms can appeal.

14 May 2019 - 8:37AM

China quietly tightened national security reviews for foreign investments, but it is not clear what criteria it will use and whether international firms can appeal.

China tightens ‘national security’ review for foreign investments, sparking fears of trade war retaliation