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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China renews pledge to open markets, level playing field for foreign firms after US trade war deal progress

China has increased its efforts in recent months to boost foreign investment amid weaker investor confidence caused largely by the trade war with the United States.

17 Oct 2019 - 10:51PM

China has increased its efforts in recent months to boost foreign investment amid weaker investor confidence caused largely by the trade war with the United States.

China renews pledge to open markets, level playing field for foreign firms after US trade war deal progress
China’s 2019 growth rate again cut by IMF as US trade war, Brexit leaves world economy in ‘precarious’ position

Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) predict in their latest report that China’s growth will be 6.1 per cent in 2019 and 5.8 per cent in 2020.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:46AM

Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) predict in their latest report that China’s growth will be 6.1 per cent in 2019 and 5.8 per cent in 2020.

China’s 2019 growth rate again cut by IMF as US trade war, Brexit leaves world economy in ‘precarious’ position
Can Kazakhstan’s China-backed financial hub boost belt and road funding?

New stock exchange in Kazakh capital backed by Shanghai and Nasdaq exchanges and Goldman Sachs – but analysts unconvinced it can tap international investor money.

8 Oct 2019 - 9:55AM

New stock exchange in Kazakh capital backed by Shanghai and Nasdaq exchanges and Goldman Sachs – but analysts unconvinced it can tap international investor money.

Can Kazakhstan’s China-backed financial hub boost belt and road funding?
Joe Biden’s son listed as director at China-backed equity firm, government filings show

Former US vice-president Joe Biden’s son is listed as a director of a state-backed equity fund in China, official government filings show.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:41AM

Former US vice-president Joe Biden’s son is listed as a director of a state-backed equity fund in China, official government filings show.

Joe Biden’s son listed as director at China-backed equity firm, government filings show
China consumers cut back on travel during ‘golden week’ holiday due slowing growth, weaker yuan

Many Chinese consumers are forgoing expensive trips abroad amid a slowdown in the economy and decline in the value of the yuan.

4 Oct 2019 - 10:19AM

Many Chinese consumers are forgoing expensive trips abroad amid a slowdown in the economy and decline in the value of the yuan.

China consumers cut back on travel during ‘golden week’ holiday due slowing growth, weaker yuan
Restricting US capital flows into China could impact global markets, analysts warn

Proposals to restrict US capital flows into China amid an ongoing trade war could impact Chinese firms listed on global stock exchanges, analysts say.

3 Oct 2019 - 9:18AM

Proposals to restrict US capital flows into China amid an ongoing trade war could impact Chinese firms listed on global stock exchanges, analysts say.

Restricting US capital flows into China could impact global markets, analysts warn
China’s industrial profits contract in August as economy battles slow growth amid trade war with US

Profits at China’s large industrial firms fell 2 per cent in August, with a year-to-date decline of 1.7 per cent.

27 Sep 2019 - 8:52PM

Profits at China’s large industrial firms fell 2 per cent in August, with a year-to-date decline of 1.7 per cent.

China’s industrial profits contract in August as economy battles slow growth amid trade war with US
China confirms ‘considerable’ purchases of US soybeans and pork ahead of October’s trade war talks

Resumption in large scale purchases of pork and soybeans aimed at paving the way for talks in October, but China has yet to confirm date for Washington trip.

27 Sep 2019 - 2:24PM

Resumption in large scale purchases of pork and soybeans aimed at paving the way for talks in October, but China has yet to confirm date for Washington trip.

China confirms ‘considerable’ purchases of US soybeans and pork ahead of October’s trade war talks
US global postal rate deal will have limited impact on Chinese exporters, observers say

The United States will be allowed to set its own rates for international letters and small packages from abroad starting in June 2020.

27 Sep 2019 - 3:18PM

The United States will be allowed to set its own rates for international letters and small packages from abroad starting in June 2020.

US global postal rate deal will have limited impact on Chinese exporters, observers say
China’s troubled banks ‘engaged in blind expansion’ but financial stability remains solid, says central bank chief

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang addressed plans for bailing out regional banks after Baoshang Bank, Jinzhou Bank and Hengfeng Bank all ran into difficulties.

25 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang addressed plans for bailing out regional banks after Baoshang Bank, Jinzhou Bank and Hengfeng Bank all ran into difficulties.

China’s troubled banks ‘engaged in blind expansion’ but financial stability remains solid, says central bank chief
US exit from global post union could signal the end of cheap Chinese goods for American online shoppers

Last year, the US said it would leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and set its own postal rates, claiming that the system is unfairly advantageous to China.

25 Sep 2019 - 12:06PM

Last year, the US said it would leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and set its own postal rates, claiming that the system is unfairly advantageous to China.

US exit from global post union could signal the end of cheap Chinese goods for American online shoppers
China in no rush to follow global interest rate cuts, central bank governor says

People’s Bank of China (PBOC) chief Yi Gang says Chinese economic conditions are in a ‘reasonable range’ meaning there is no need for major interest rate cuts.

24 Sep 2019 - 10:39PM

People’s Bank of China (PBOC) chief Yi Gang says Chinese economic conditions are in a ‘reasonable range’ meaning there is no need for major interest rate cuts.

China in no rush to follow global interest rate cuts, central bank governor says
US seeking to ‘colonise’ China’s economy with trade deal, says veteran economic policymaker Li Deshui

Veteran policymaker says US demanded China amend domestic laws and proposed establishment of bilateral office to debate Beijing’s economic policies.

23 Sep 2019 - 9:42AM

Veteran policymaker says US demanded China amend domestic laws and proposed establishment of bilateral office to debate Beijing’s economic policies.

US seeking to ‘colonise’ China’s economy with trade deal, says veteran economic policymaker Li Deshui
China government spending flat in August as tax cuts drain revenue, delay projects

Total government spending fell 0.2 per cent in August compared to a year earlier, the first month this year that spending did not increase.

20 Sep 2019 - 1:30PM

Total government spending fell 0.2 per cent in August compared to a year earlier, the first month this year that spending did not increase.

China government spending flat in August as tax cuts drain revenue, delay projects
China releases Hong Kong-based FedEx pilot on bail after finding airgun pellets in luggage

Ex-US Air Force colonel Todd Hohn is reported to have been detained a week ago at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport before boarding a Cathay Dragon flight.

21 Sep 2019 - 2:23PM

Ex-US Air Force colonel Todd Hohn is reported to have been detained a week ago at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport before boarding a Cathay Dragon flight.

China releases Hong Kong-based FedEx pilot on bail after finding airgun pellets in luggage
China under increasing pressure to maintain ‘stable employment’ environment amid US trade war

China’s official urban jobless rate was 5.2 per cent at the end of August, 0.1 percentage point lower than July, and well below the target of 5.5 per cent.

18 Sep 2019 - 10:40PM

China’s official urban jobless rate was 5.2 per cent at the end of August, 0.1 percentage point lower than July, and well below the target of 5.5 per cent.

China under increasing pressure to maintain ‘stable employment’ environment amid US trade war
London Stock Exchange rejection ‘shows Hong Kong can’t make it alone’

City must align with China’s national interests to make the most of the country’s opportunities, Communist Party mouthpiece says.

17 Sep 2019 - 10:24AM

City must align with China’s national interests to make the most of the country’s opportunities, Communist Party mouthpiece says.

London Stock Exchange rejection ‘shows Hong Kong can’t make it alone’
HSBC chairman Mark Tucker condemns violent protests in Hong Kong

Tucker says the bank remains confident about the city’s future but solution to crisis must be within ‘one country, two systems’.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:41AM

Tucker says the bank remains confident about the city’s future but solution to crisis must be within ‘one country, two systems’.

HSBC chairman Mark Tucker condemns violent protests in Hong Kong
China no longer ‘workshop of the world’ with US trade war accelerating manufacturing exodus, lobby group says

China encouraged to continue opening up to foreign investment if it is to graduate from being low-end manufacturing powerhouse to hi-tech production hub.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:03PM

China encouraged to continue opening up to foreign investment if it is to graduate from being low-end manufacturing powerhouse to hi-tech production hub.

China no longer ‘workshop of the world’ with US trade war accelerating manufacturing exodus, lobby group says
China still not doing enough to woo foreign investment, with local governments accused of harming progress

Executives at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade in Xiamen this week raise concerns over capital controls and lack of transparency.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:53AM

Executives at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade in Xiamen this week raise concerns over capital controls and lack of transparency.

China still not doing enough to woo foreign investment, with local governments accused of harming progress
China aims to become self-sufficient in pork production despite African swine fever

Agriculture ministry says long-term goal is achievable despite the loss of a third of domestic livestock owing to impact of disease.

12 Sep 2019 - 10:41AM

Agriculture ministry says long-term goal is achievable despite the loss of a third of domestic livestock owing to impact of disease.

China aims to become self-sufficient in pork production despite African swine fever
China and Russia to edge closer to reducing US dollar reliance with Moscow set to launch first yuan bond

Beijing and Moscow have been keen to cut their dependence for some time as Washington can uses it to punish nations and individuals for breaking its laws.

6 Sep 2019 - 10:47PM

Beijing and Moscow have been keen to cut their dependence for some time as Washington can uses it to punish nations and individuals for breaking its laws.

China and Russia to edge closer to reducing US dollar reliance with Moscow set to launch first yuan bond
China Premier invokes Isaac Newton in calling for revamp of ‘rigid’ Chinese research to fight US tech war

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang noted that China’s approach to fundamental research is ‘rigid’ compared to developed countries.

4 Sep 2019 - 8:30PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang noted that China’s approach to fundamental research is ‘rigid’ compared to developed countries.

China Premier invokes Isaac Newton in calling for revamp of ‘rigid’ Chinese research to fight US tech war
Zara denies supporting Hong Kong protests after claim by Chinese state media over citywide Monday’s strike

Spanish fashion retail chain accused by ‘Global Times’ after it closed some of its stores in the city during Monday’s strike.

3 Sep 2019 - 10:38PM

Spanish fashion retail chain accused by ‘Global Times’ after it closed some of its stores in the city during Monday’s strike.

Zara denies supporting Hong Kong protests after claim by Chinese state media over citywide Monday’s strike
China’s manufacturing rebounded in August but outlook across Asia still remains weak

Caixin/Markit factory Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved to 50.4 in August from 49.9 in July, rising into expansion for the first time in three month.

2 Sep 2019 - 10:32PM

Caixin/Markit factory Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved to 50.4 in August from 49.9 in July, rising into expansion for the first time in three month.

China’s manufacturing rebounded in August but outlook across Asia still remains weak
Is China set to beat Facebook’s Libra by launching its digital currency this autumn?

‘Forbes’ magazine reported that China’s central bank will launch its own sovereign digital currency to coincide with the Singles' Day online shopping festival.

6 Sep 2019 - 11:18AM

‘Forbes’ magazine reported that China’s central bank will launch its own sovereign digital currency to coincide with the Singles' Day online shopping festival.

Is China set to beat Facebook’s Libra by launching its digital currency this autumn?
Shenzhen to use US$21 million fund to attract Hong Kong and Macau graduates

Commitment from the Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone is part of effort to develop China’s Greater Bay Area into a regional economic bloc.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:57PM

Commitment from the Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone is part of effort to develop China’s Greater Bay Area into a regional economic bloc.

Shenzhen to use US$21 million fund to attract Hong Kong and Macau graduates
China’s social credit system ‘could be used against companies in international trade disputes’

EU Chamber of Commerce urges business to ‘knock the blinkers off’ and wake up to implications of far-reaching system of rewards and punishments, with firms at risk of being blacklisted for non-compliance.

28 Aug 2019 - 11:41PM

EU Chamber of Commerce urges business to ‘knock the blinkers off’ and wake up to implications of far-reaching system of rewards and punishments, with firms at risk of being blacklisted for non-compliance.

China’s social credit system ‘could be used against companies in international trade disputes’
Hong Kong protests threaten China’s plan to turn Shenzhen into model city, says ex-vice minister

Long Yongtu, China’s former chief trade negotiator, says ‘if there is a problem in Hong Kong, Shenzhen will inevitably be dragged down’.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:51PM

Long Yongtu, China’s former chief trade negotiator, says ‘if there is a problem in Hong Kong, Shenzhen will inevitably be dragged down’.

Hong Kong protests threaten China’s plan to turn Shenzhen into model city, says ex-vice minister
China ‘resolutely opposes escalation of the US trade war’, prefers ‘calm negotiations’, vice-premier says

Last week US President Donald Trump announced plans to wide-ranging tariff increases in response to news of retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.

26 Aug 2019 - 4:01PM

Last week US President Donald Trump announced plans to wide-ranging tariff increases in response to news of retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.

China ‘resolutely opposes escalation of the US trade war’, prefers ‘calm negotiations’, vice-premier says