Cissy Zhou

Cissy joined the SCMP in 2019. Prior to that, she has been a producer at BBC News and investigative reporter at CaiXin Media. She is interested in China's politics and economy.
Cissy Zhou
Cissy joined the SCMP in 2019. Prior to that, she has been a producer at BBC News and investigative reporter at CaiXin Media. She is interested in China's politics and economy.

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Xi Jinping seeks to ease currency war fears as China, US near trade deal

Chinese president says country ‘will not engage in any beggar-thy-neighbour’ devaluation.

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Chinese president says country ‘will not engage in any beggar-thy-neighbour’ devaluation.

Xi Jinping seeks to ease currency war fears as China, US near trade deal
Beijing’s P2P owners and senior executives hit with travel ban as China cracks down on online lending

Chaoyang district posts notice on social media account banning staff from peer-to-peer lending platforms from leaving China’s capital city without approval.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Chaoyang district posts notice on social media account banning staff from peer-to-peer lending platforms from leaving China’s capital city without approval.

Beijing’s P2P owners and senior executives hit with travel ban as China cracks down on online lending
China’s state-owned enterprise reform debate rumbles on as sale of Gree Electric controlling share nears

The reform of SOEs has been regarded as a core element for China’s economic development, but private participation has been limited.

24 Apr 2019 - 3:42PM

The reform of SOEs has been regarded as a core element for China’s economic development, but private participation has been limited.

China’s state-owned enterprise reform debate rumbles on as sale of Gree Electric controlling share nears
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
Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials to ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty

China’s president urges officials to redouble efforts to meet next year’s targets for tackling poverty and pollution.

25 Apr 2019 - 6:16PM

China’s president urges officials to redouble efforts to meet next year’s targets for tackling poverty and pollution.

Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials to ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty
Gree Electric and China’s home appliance queen Dong Mingzhu seeking to lead way on SOE reform

Chairwoman Dong Mingzhu is at the centre of a deal that takes the world’s largest manufacturer of residential air conditioners into private hands.

19 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

Chairwoman Dong Mingzhu is at the centre of a deal that takes the world’s largest manufacturer of residential air conditioners into private hands.

Gree Electric and China’s home appliance queen Dong Mingzhu seeking to lead  way on SOE reform
Taiwan presidential run by Terry Gou creates ‘uncertain’ future for Foxconn, analysts say

Taiwan’s richest man will take part in the opposition Kuomintang’s primaries for the 2020 race to challenge current president Tsai Ing-wen.

19 Apr 2019 - 9:48AM

Taiwan’s richest man will take part in the opposition Kuomintang’s primaries for the 2020 race to challenge current president Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan presidential run by Terry Gou creates ‘uncertain’ future for Foxconn, analysts say
China’s vehicles sales fell for ninth straight month in March, fuelling consumption concerns

Total automotive sales fell to 2.52 million in March, 5.2 per cent down from a year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said on Friday.

12 Apr 2019 - 6:47PM

Total automotive sales fell to 2.52 million in March, 5.2 per cent down from a year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said on Friday.

China’s vehicles sales fell for ninth straight month in March, fuelling consumption concerns
Donald Trump urged by former US official to include allies in US-China trade war deal

The United States risks losing the spoils of the trade war if it does not include long-standing allies in a deal with China, according to a former senior US trade official.

11 Apr 2019 - 10:08PM

The United States risks losing the spoils of the trade war if it does not include long-standing allies in a deal with China, according to a former senior US trade official.

Donald Trump urged by former US official to include allies in US-China trade war deal
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
US says there’s still ‘significant work’ to be done in trade talks with China

Officials will continue negotiations next week via video link ‘to resolve outstanding issues’.

6 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

Officials will continue negotiations next week via video link ‘to resolve outstanding issues’.

US says there’s still ‘significant work’ to be done in trade talks with China
Has Hainan’s free-trade zone lived up to expectations in its first 12 months?

From November to March, it has attracted US$27.6 billion of investment, with contracts signed for a further 285.9 billion yuan US$42.4 billion.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM

From November to March, it has attracted US$27.6 billion of investment, with contracts signed for a further 285.9 billion yuan US$42.4 billion.

Has Hainan’s free-trade zone lived up to expectations in its first 12 months?
Has China’s answer to Davos lost its shine with high-profile absences and a TV blackout?

When Premier Li Keqiang presented the keynote speech, it was surprisingly not streamed live on mainland Chinese television by state media.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:30AM

When Premier Li Keqiang presented the keynote speech, it was surprisingly not streamed live on mainland Chinese television by state media.

Has China’s answer to Davos lost its shine with high-profile absences and a TV blackout?
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talks up ‘steady’ and ‘positive’ economy, as crunch US-China trade war talks kick off in Beijing

China will reduce the number of industries in which foreign investment is banned before the end of June, Li Keqiang tells the Boao Forum for Asia.

28 Mar 2019 - 5:53PM

China will reduce the number of industries in which foreign investment is banned before the end of June, Li Keqiang tells the Boao Forum for Asia.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talks up ‘steady’ and ‘positive’ economy, as crunch US-China trade war talks kick off in Beijing
China’s local government debt at ‘boiling point’ as Beijing seeks to boost growth, says renowned academic

Regional authorities have issued US$163.8 billion in debt since the start of 2019, four times that of year-earlier period.

27 Mar 2019 - 11:51AM

Regional authorities have issued US$163.8 billion in debt since the start of 2019, four times that of year-earlier period.

China’s local government debt at ‘boiling point’ as Beijing seeks to boost growth, says renowned academic
China risks ‘the legitimacy of the Communist Party’s regime’ without changes, says law professor

Peking University law professor He Weifang calls for China to fulfil the commitments it made when it joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

23 Mar 2019 - 4:41AM

Peking University law professor He Weifang calls for China to fulfil the commitments it made when it joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

China risks ‘the legitimacy of the Communist Party’s regime’ without changes, says law professor
Huawei’s US government lawsuit may lift the air of ‘mystery’ around the Chinese telecoms giant

Professor He Weifang says the case ‘would be fantastic’ if it helped reveal details of Huawei’s ownership structure and relationship with the Chinese government.

22 Mar 2019 - 12:48PM

Professor He Weifang says the case ‘would be fantastic’ if it helped reveal details of Huawei’s ownership structure and relationship with the Chinese government.

Huawei’s US government lawsuit may lift the air of ‘mystery’ around the Chinese telecoms giant
China will not ‘discriminate’ between state and private companies, vows Premier Li Keqiang

Premier ends National People’s Congress by promising to introduce measures to alleviate burdens felt by the private sector.

18 Mar 2019 - 12:09PM

Premier ends National People’s Congress by promising to introduce measures to alleviate burdens felt by the private sector.

China will not ‘discriminate’ between state and private companies, vows Premier Li Keqiang
China’s home appliance queen Dong Mingzhu backs ambitious Gree Electric target, plays down trade war

Outspoken Gree Electric chairwoman and National People’s Congress delegate Dong Mingzhu rules out price cuts to expand market share overseas amid US-China trade war.

15 Mar 2019 - 4:52PM

Outspoken Gree Electric chairwoman and National People’s Congress delegate Dong Mingzhu rules out price cuts to expand market share overseas amid US-China trade war.

China’s home appliance queen Dong Mingzhu backs ambitious Gree Electric target, plays down trade war
China’s new bank lending falls sharply in February from record high

Chinese banks made 885.8 billion yuan (US$131.8 billion) in net new yuan loans in February, down from the record 3.23 trillion yuan in new lending in January.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:35AM

Chinese banks made 885.8 billion yuan (US$131.8 billion) in net new yuan loans in February, down from the record 3.23 trillion yuan in new lending in January.

China’s new bank lending falls sharply in February from record high
China has made a clear effort to keep yuan exchange rate stable, says central bank

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang says Beijing will not devalue yuan to boost exports or ease trade tensions amid the US-China trade war.

11 Mar 2019 - 10:04AM

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang says Beijing will not devalue yuan to boost exports or ease trade tensions amid the US-China trade war.

China has made a clear effort to keep yuan exchange rate stable, says central bank
China to ‘strike a balance’ between good and bad shadow bankers to halt fall in growth

Lending must support real economy and not speculation, regulator says, flagging move that could ease credit crunch squeezing small private firms.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:54AM

Lending must support real economy and not speculation, regulator says, flagging move that could ease credit crunch squeezing small private firms.

China to ‘strike a balance’ between good and bad shadow bankers to halt fall in growth
China’s rushed foreign investment law gains lukewarm response from local and international businesses

Draft legislation, set to be debated at the National People’s Congress, covers items on the wish list of US President Donald Trump to end the US-China trade war.

7 Mar 2019 - 9:32PM

Draft legislation, set to be debated at the National People’s Congress, covers items on the wish list of US President Donald Trump to end the US-China trade war.

China’s rushed foreign investment law gains lukewarm response from local and international businesses
China to prevent increase in ‘generally controllable’ hidden debt for cash-strapped local governments

Finance Minister Liu Kun confirms during the National People's Congress the level of total outstanding government debt for 2018 was US$5 trillion.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:37PM

Finance Minister Liu Kun confirms during the National People's Congress the level of total outstanding government debt for 2018 was US$5 trillion.

China to prevent increase in ‘generally controllable’ hidden debt for cash-strapped local governments
China’s GDP target range gives government leeway for economic growth ahead of 2019 uncertainties

Premier Li Keqiang tells National People’s Congress on Tuesday that China will aim to achieve an economic growth this year that falls in a range of 6.0 to 6.5 per cent.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:58PM

Premier Li Keqiang tells National People’s Congress on Tuesday that China will aim to achieve an economic growth this year that falls in a range of 6.0 to 6.5 per cent.

China’s GDP target range gives government leeway for economic growth ahead of 2019 uncertainties
iPhones cost US$800, I was offered a job at Foxconn to assemble them for US$1.7 per hour, 40 hours per week

Our reporter went undercover at Foxconn’s giant Zhengzhou plant, where the scars of a small downturn in Apple’s iPhone sales are impossible to ignore.

7 Mar 2019 - 6:52PM

Our reporter went undercover at Foxconn’s giant Zhengzhou plant, where the scars of a small downturn in Apple’s iPhone sales are impossible to ignore.

iPhones cost US$800, I was offered a job at Foxconn to assemble them for US$1.7 per hour, 40 hours per week
The world's biggest iPhone factory has fallen on hard times
Foxconn, a tale of slashed salaries, disappearing benefits and mass resignations as iPhone orders dry up

Workers lining up on a daily basis to leave inside the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant in China’s Henan province as overtime opportunities decrease.

2 Mar 2019 - 2:26AM

Workers lining up on a daily basis to leave inside the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant in China’s Henan province as overtime opportunities decrease.

Foxconn, a tale of slashed salaries, disappearing benefits and mass resignations as iPhone orders dry up
China to face ‘pain’ in meeting US trade war demand on cybertheft, but will Beijing yield?

A key part of the tension between the two nations revolves around American allegations of widespread Chinese cyber intrusion and cybertheft.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:46AM

A key part of the tension between the two nations revolves around American allegations of widespread Chinese cyber intrusion and cybertheft.

China to face ‘pain’ in meeting US trade war demand on cybertheft, but will Beijing yield?
In a sleepy Louisiana town, two Chinese chemicals firms are being hit on multiple fronts by the trade war

Shandong companies Yuhuang Chemical and Wanhua Chemical are spending billions on factories but are being hit by both tariffs from China and the United States.

20 Feb 2019 - 1:04PM

Shandong companies Yuhuang Chemical and Wanhua Chemical are spending billions on factories but are being hit by both tariffs from China and the United States.

In a sleepy Louisiana town, two Chinese chemicals firms are being hit on multiple fronts by the trade war