Amanda Lee

Beijing

Amanda Lee

Correspondent

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’s most indebted provinces face further woes in 2020 as pressure to help slowing economy grows

Qinghai, Guizhou and Hainan top the list of China’s most indebted provinces, in terms of debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, with debts of 1.3 trillion yuan in 2018.

27 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

Qinghai, Guizhou and Hainan top the list of China’s most indebted provinces, in terms of debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, with debts of 1.3 trillion yuan in 2018.

China’s most indebted provinces face further woes in 2020 as pressure to help slowing economy grows
Explainer | Explained: The economic importance of China’s Lunar New Year as the Year of the Rat begins

Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat began on Friday with family reunions across the world’s most populous nation.

25 Jan 2020 - 8:57AM

Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat began on Friday with family reunions across the world’s most populous nation.

Explained: The economic importance of China’s Lunar New Year as the Year of the Rat begins
China’s provinces revise 2018 GDP estimates amid questions about economic data quality

All 31 of China’s provinces have revised their GDP estimates for 2018, with at least 12 publishing smaller amounts than first reported

23 Jan 2020 - 11:29PM

All 31 of China’s provinces have revised their GDP estimates for 2018, with at least 12 publishing smaller amounts than first reported

China’s provinces revise 2018 GDP estimates amid questions about economic data quality
China’s demand for gold dropped 13 per cent in 2019 as marriages, births also plunged

Gold consumption in China plunged 13 per cent in 2019 to 1,003 tonnes at same time births and marriages dropped significantly.

22 Jan 2020 - 10:36PM

Gold consumption in China plunged 13 per cent in 2019 to 1,003 tonnes at same time births and marriages dropped significantly.

China’s demand for gold dropped 13 per cent in 2019 as marriages, births also plunged
China opposes ‘politicisation’ of 5G technology as US lobbies allies to exclude Huawei

The Trump administration has been urging Britain to ban Huawei from its future 5G networks on the grounds the equipment could be used for spying.

21 Jan 2020 - 9:22AM

The Trump administration has been urging Britain to ban Huawei from its future 5G networks on the grounds the equipment could be used for spying.

China opposes ‘politicisation’ of 5G technology as US lobbies allies to exclude Huawei
China bracing for US tech war with plan to cut reliance on imports of key components to just 25 per cent

Beijing downplayed its ‘Made in China 2025’ plan under pressure from the US, but is now aiming to rely on domestic production for 75 per cent of its key components.

15 Jan 2020 - 10:03PM

Beijing downplayed its ‘Made in China 2025’ plan under pressure from the US, but is now aiming to rely on domestic production for 75 per cent of its key components.

China bracing for US tech war with plan to cut reliance on imports of key components to just 25 per cent
China aims for ‘steady’ yuan despite US trade war turbulence

Deputy central bank chief says says China will remain on a ‘normal’ monetary policy course and boost support for smaller businesses despite the US trade war.

13 Jan 2020 - 9:32AM

Deputy central bank chief says says China will remain on a ‘normal’ monetary policy course and boost support for smaller businesses despite the US trade war.

China aims for ‘steady’ yuan despite US trade war turbulence
China’s scandal-plagued P2P sector faces ‘continued pressure’ in 2020 amid tightening regulation

The internet-based lending industry faces ‘further industry contraction’ amid increased regulatory and capital requirements in 2020, analysts say.

7 Jan 2020 - 9:53PM

The internet-based lending industry faces ‘further industry contraction’ amid increased regulatory and capital requirements in 2020, analysts say.

China’s scandal-plagued P2P sector faces ‘continued pressure’ in 2020 amid tightening regulation
China’s rural banks struggling under pressure of overdue loans as slow growth, trade war take their toll

Due to slowing domestic growth and the impact of the US trade war, 29 of China’s rural banks have applied to raise capital by selling shares to replenish their balance sheets.

16 Dec 2019 - 10:55PM

Due to slowing domestic growth and the impact of the US trade war, 29 of China’s rural banks have applied to raise capital by selling shares to replenish their balance sheets.

China’s rural banks struggling under pressure of overdue loans as slow growth, trade war take their toll
Hong Kong dollar peg: could democracy act spell the end of the city’s US dollar peg?

Analysts say the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act could threaten the city’s exchange rate peg, though only in a ‘serious escalation’ of US and China tensions.

12 Dec 2019 - 5:31PM

Analysts say the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act could threaten the city’s exchange rate peg, though only in a ‘serious escalation’ of US and China tensions.

Hong Kong dollar peg: could democracy act spell the end of the city’s US dollar peg?
New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang tells top Beijing officials that ‘hard and soft’ tactics will be used to thwart protest crisis

Chris Tang stresses that toughness has nothing to do with the potential deployment of People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:13PM

Chris Tang stresses that toughness has nothing to do with the potential deployment of People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang tells top Beijing officials that ‘hard and soft’ tactics will be used to thwart protest crisis
China’s economic clout welcomed by most of the world, but Asian neighbours remain wary: Pew survey

Pew survey finds most people view China’s strong economy as positive, but Beijing’s growing economic and military might is seen as threatening in the Asia-Pacific.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:28AM

Pew survey finds most people view China’s strong economy as positive, but Beijing’s growing economic and military might is seen as threatening in the Asia-Pacific.

China’s economic clout welcomed by most of the world, but Asian neighbours remain wary: Pew survey
China’s rising household debt a ‘major concern’ as government tries to boost consumption amid trade war

China’s rising household debt has raised concerns among policymakers and analysts at the same time the government is trying to boost consumption.

4 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM

China’s rising household debt has raised concerns among policymakers and analysts at the same time the government is trying to boost consumption.

China’s rising household debt a ‘major concern’ as government tries to boost consumption amid trade war
China needs ‘class action system with Chinese characteristics’ to woo investors, securities chief says

Securities regulator chairman calls for comprehensive reform to China’s capital markets, which are ‘not meeting needs of the real economy’.

27 Nov 2019 - 10:54PM

Securities regulator chairman calls for comprehensive reform to China’s capital markets, which are ‘not meeting needs of the real economy’.

China needs ‘class action system with Chinese characteristics’ to woo investors, securities chief says
Russia’s VTB bank looks to China as Moscow’s relations remain frozen with West

Russian bank VTB hopes closer ties between Beijing and Moscow will enable the lender to expand further into China.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:41PM

Russian bank VTB hopes closer ties between Beijing and Moscow will enable the lender to expand further into China.

Russia’s VTB bank looks to China as Moscow’s relations remain frozen with West
Is globalisation doomed? Business, political leaders contemplate viability at New Economy Forum as US-China rivalry intensifies

Protectionism is on the rise and questions are increasing about whether globalisation still works, as New Economy Forum kicks off in Beijing

24 Nov 2019 - 10:39PM

Protectionism is on the rise and questions are increasing about whether globalisation still works, as New Economy Forum kicks off in Beijing

Is globalisation doomed? Business, political leaders contemplate viability at New Economy Forum as US-China rivalry intensifies
China wants a US trade deal – but will fight back if necessary, says President Xi Jinping

Chinese leader says that his country did not a trade war and is working for an agreement on the basis of ‘mutual respect and equality’.

22 Nov 2019 - 11:33PM

Chinese leader says that his country did not a trade war and is working for an agreement on the basis of ‘mutual respect and equality’.

China wants a US trade deal – but will fight back if necessary, says President Xi Jinping
China watching Donald Trump’s response to US Hong Kong bill as it threatens to become new barrier to trade deal

One source said Beijing may decide to ‘fight and talk alternatively’ and is now closely watching to see how Donald Trump responds to the vote by Congress.

22 Nov 2019 - 12:07PM

One source said Beijing may decide to ‘fight and talk alternatively’ and is now closely watching to see how Donald Trump responds to the vote by Congress.

China watching Donald Trump’s response to US Hong Kong bill as it threatens to become new barrier to trade deal
China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan hits out at ‘protectionism and populism’, as trade deal with US hangs in balance

Countries should stop ‘blaming and resenting others’, and abandon cold war mentality, he says in speech at New Economy Forum, after Donald Trump says Beijing is ‘not stepping up to the level I want’ in making concessions.

21 Nov 2019 - 5:06PM

Countries should stop ‘blaming and resenting others’, and abandon cold war mentality, he says in speech at New Economy Forum, after Donald Trump says Beijing is ‘not stepping up to the level I want’ in making concessions.

China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan hits out at ‘protectionism and populism’, as trade deal with US hangs in balance
China’s growth could run over 5.7 per cent forecast next year with US trade deal, says Fitch

Global credit ratings agency Fitch has reaffirmed its 5.7 per cent growth forecast for China, but a de-escalation of trade tensions with the US could see outlook improve.

20 Nov 2019 - 11:22PM

Global credit ratings agency Fitch has reaffirmed its 5.7 per cent growth forecast for China, but a de-escalation of trade tensions with the US could see outlook improve.

China’s growth could run over 5.7 per cent forecast next year with US trade deal, says Fitch
US-China interim trade deal hamstrung by fundamental differences, experts say

Two sides ‘not on the same page’ on issues such as the removal of tariffs, researcher says.

16 Nov 2019 - 11:59PM

Two sides ‘not on the same page’ on issues such as the removal of tariffs, researcher says.

US-China interim trade deal hamstrung by fundamental differences, experts say
China’s economic success given ample plugging in new exhibition, while glancing over problems

China’s transformation from an economic backwater to a global powerhouse is on display at a new exhibition in Beijing – minus a few problematic details.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

China’s transformation from an economic backwater to a global powerhouse is on display at a new exhibition in Beijing – minus a few problematic details.

China’s economic success given ample plugging in new exhibition, while glancing over problems
Growing ‘suspicion’ in US of doing business with China, ex-US diplomat says

Trade and tech conflict gives US groups long suspicious of China ‘perfect opportunity’ to ‘demonise’ relationship, Mark Brzezinski tells Caixin Summit.

12 Nov 2019 - 8:29PM

Trade and tech conflict gives US groups long suspicious of China ‘perfect opportunity’ to ‘demonise’ relationship, Mark Brzezinski tells Caixin Summit.

Growing ‘suspicion’ in US of doing business with China, ex-US diplomat says
China developers should consider other industries as Beijing unlikely to ease property controls, tycoon says

China’s real estate controls are unlikely to be relaxed in the near future so developers should branch out, says billionaire real estate tycoon Sun Hongbin.

8 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

China’s real estate controls are unlikely to be relaxed in the near future so developers should branch out, says billionaire real estate tycoon Sun Hongbin.

China developers should consider other industries as Beijing unlikely to ease property controls, tycoon says
China regulatory failure to contain financial excesses putting off some foreign investors

China has taken steps to crack down on shadow banking and peer-to-peer lending in recent years, but lingering structural issues continue to concern foreign investors.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:30PM

China has taken steps to crack down on shadow banking and peer-to-peer lending in recent years, but lingering structural issues continue to concern foreign investors.

China regulatory failure to contain financial excesses putting off some foreign investors
China to pursue shared platforms to upgrade manufacturing sector after shelving ‘Made in China 2025’

The ‘Made in China 2025’ plan to upgrade China’s hi-tech industries drew a barrage of criticism from the United States and European Union.

1 Nov 2019 - 5:30AM

The ‘Made in China 2025’ plan to upgrade China’s hi-tech industries drew a barrage of criticism from the United States and European Union.

China to pursue shared platforms to upgrade manufacturing sector after shelving ‘Made in China 2025’
China upgrading local government financial monitoring system to rein in ‘hidden debt’

China is strengthening a national monitoring system that keeps tabs on some 700,000 local government financing vehicles in a bid to reduce debt.

31 Oct 2019 - 1:02PM

China is strengthening a national monitoring system that keeps tabs on some 700,000 local government financing vehicles in a bid to reduce debt.

China upgrading local government financial monitoring system to rein in ‘hidden debt’
China’s capital outflows widen, but US trade war currency deal could ease pressures

Negotiators are believed to be discussing a currency provision in trade truce deal that may help ease pressure on the yuan and help limit outflows reported by analysts.

29 Oct 2019 - 2:54AM

Negotiators are believed to be discussing a currency provision in trade truce deal that may help ease pressure on the yuan and help limit outflows reported by analysts.

China’s capital outflows widen, but US trade war currency deal could ease pressures
China advances in World Bank’s ease of business rankings after sharp increase in reforms

China has jumped to 31st from 45th in the World Bank’s global ease of doing business rankings, showing ‘eagerness to reform’.

25 Oct 2019 - 9:14AM

China has jumped to 31st from 45th in the World Bank’s global ease of doing business rankings, showing ‘eagerness to reform’.

China advances in World Bank’s ease of business rankings after sharp increase in reforms
China’s new law aimed at equal market treatment draws scepticism from observers

Beijing has passed legislation aimed at levelling the playing field for overseas companies operating in China, but some observers see little practical impact.

25 Oct 2019 - 11:28AM

Beijing has passed legislation aimed at levelling the playing field for overseas companies operating in China, but some observers see little practical impact.

China’s new law aimed at equal market treatment draws scepticism from observers