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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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 - 11:04AM

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
China lashes out at Donald Trump’s claims it reneged on trade deal and vows to ‘safeguard’ its interests

Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng says ‘there is no winner in trade wars. This is not in line with China's interests, it is not in line with US interests’.

10 May 2019 - 9:41AM

Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng says ‘there is no winner in trade wars. This is not in line with China's interests, it is not in line with US interests’.

China lashes out at Donald Trump’s claims it reneged on trade deal and vows to ‘safeguard’ its interests
US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

9 May 2019 - 12:37PM

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks
China may expand stimulus in response to potential US trade war tariff hike, analysts say

More tax cuts, incentives for appliance and car purchases, lower borrowing rates among stimulus options for China’s government.

7 May 2019 - 9:27AM

More tax cuts, incentives for appliance and car purchases, lower borrowing rates among stimulus options for China’s government.

China may expand stimulus in response to potential US trade war tariff hike, analysts say
China’s central regions lure manufacturing from the affluent coast, with low labour and land costs

China’s six central provinces – Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Hunan and Shanxi – are all are tapping into the growing demand for low-cost production.

6 May 2019 - 10:09AM

China’s six central provinces – Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Hunan and Shanxi – are all are tapping into the growing demand for low-cost production.

China’s central regions lure manufacturing from the affluent coast, with low labour and land costs
China’s airlines jostle for position at new mega airport, in rare glimpse into Beijing’s palace intrigue

Air China gets a foothold at Daxing International Airport to escalate competition with China Eastern and China Southern.

4 May 2019 - 9:41AM

Air China gets a foothold at Daxing International Airport to escalate competition with China Eastern and China Southern.

China’s airlines jostle for position at new mega airport, in rare glimpse into Beijing’s palace intrigue
In US-China trade war, voters in rural America are suffering the most

Midwest and plains farm states hit hardest by Chinese tariffs, as China seeks to punish Trump supporters.

2 May 2019 - 8:30PM

Midwest and plains farm states hit hardest by Chinese tariffs, as China seeks to punish Trump supporters.

In US-China trade war, voters in rural America are suffering the most
As US-China deal nears, Beijing relaxes rules for foreign banks and insurers, in concession to Washington

China announced a dozen new measures on Wednesday to further open up its US$44 trillion financial sector to foreign banks and insurers.

2 May 2019 - 3:50AM

China announced a dozen new measures on Wednesday to further open up its US$44 trillion financial sector to foreign banks and insurers.

As US-China deal nears, Beijing relaxes rules for foreign banks and insurers, in concession to Washington
US investors ‘confidently’ pouring money into China despite trade war, says commerce minister

Direct foreign investment into China from the United States increased by 65.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, total foreign investment up 6.5 per cent.

29 Apr 2019 - 11:26PM

Direct foreign investment into China from the United States increased by 65.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, total foreign investment up 6.5 per cent.

US investors ‘confidently’ pouring money into China despite trade war, says commerce minister
China and US urged to take each other’s demands seriously to end trade war

China and the United States must convince each other that they are both serious about satisfying their respective demands, to reach a deal to end trade war.

29 Apr 2019 - 11:22AM

China and the United States must convince each other that they are both serious about satisfying their respective demands, to reach a deal to end trade war.

China and US urged to take each other’s demands seriously to end trade war
EU investment rules leave over 80 per cent of Chinese firms feeling discriminated against, survey says

The European Union is the largest recipient of Chinese investment, but the bloc introduced new rules on foreign investment in April.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:59PM

The European Union is the largest recipient of Chinese investment, but the bloc introduced new rules on foreign investment in April.

EU investment rules leave over 80 per cent of Chinese firms feeling discriminated against, survey says
China’s belt and road may accelerate exit of manufacturing to Vietnam and India, researchers warn

The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s plan to grow global trade, but coupled with the US-China trade war, it could add pressure to its sluggish economy and debt pile.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:36AM

The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s plan to grow global trade, but coupled with the US-China trade war, it could add pressure to its sluggish economy and debt pile.

China’s belt and road may accelerate exit of manufacturing to Vietnam and India, researchers warn
China’s credit system stops the sale of over 26 million plane and train tickets

System aims to pressure citizens to avoid bad behaviour, with 13.49 million individuals classified as untrustworthy by the of March.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

System aims to pressure citizens to avoid bad behaviour, with 13.49 million individuals classified as untrustworthy by the of March.

China’s credit system stops the sale of over 26 million plane and train tickets
China presses on with interest in UK’s high speed rail project with high level meeting in Beijing

HS2 is the largest high speed rail project in Europe, but there are growing concerns in the UK about its cost and economic benefit.

16 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

HS2 is the largest high speed rail project in Europe, but there are growing concerns in the UK about its cost and economic benefit.

China presses on with interest in UK’s high speed rail project with high level meeting in Beijing
China’s middle class still seeking protection in Hong Kong’s insurance market despite forex crackdown

Premiums collected from mainland Chinese visitors made up 30 per cent of Hong Kong’s annual total for personal insurance in 2018.

12 Apr 2019 - 12:56PM

Premiums collected from mainland Chinese visitors made up 30 per cent of Hong Kong’s annual total for personal insurance in 2018.

China’s middle class still seeking protection in Hong Kong’s insurance market despite forex crackdown
China cuts controversial tax on personal items bought overseas in move to boost consumption

The tax rate on products including computers, foodstuffs, gold and silverware, furniture and medicines will be lowered to 13 per cent from 15 per cent.

9 Apr 2019 - 9:45AM

The tax rate on products including computers, foodstuffs, gold and silverware, furniture and medicines will be lowered to 13 per cent from 15 per cent.

China cuts controversial tax on personal items bought overseas in move to boost consumption
China’s new credit rating system will even monitor people’s utility bill payments

System developed by central bank to help government better control debt likely to be introduced soon, state media says.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:50AM

System developed by central bank to help government better control debt likely to be introduced soon, state media says.

China’s new credit rating system will even monitor people’s utility bill payments
Sleeping Chinese man robbed of US$1,800 as smartphone’s facial recognition system is caught napping

Roommates unlock handset and transfer funds even though victim’s eyes are tight shut.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

Roommates unlock handset and transfer funds even though victim’s eyes are tight shut.

Sleeping Chinese man robbed of US$1,800 as smartphone’s facial recognition system is caught napping