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.

Latest from Cissy Zhou

As trade war rages, Chinese firms in ‘malignant’ battle for talent and territory in Vietnam

As firms seek alternatives to China to avoid increased tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump, Vietnam is feeling the pressure.

4 Jun 2019 - 1:02AM

As firms seek alternatives to China to avoid increased tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump, Vietnam is feeling the pressure.

As trade war rages, Chinese firms in ‘malignant’ battle for talent and territory in Vietnam
Inside China’s state-owned industrial park in Vietnam, Beijing’s image trumps trade war profits

The venture has attracted increasing interest since the start of the US-China trade war, but operators say the first duty is to support Xi Jinping’s trade initiative.

3 Jun 2019 - 3:38PM

The venture has attracted increasing interest since the start of the US-China trade war, but operators say the first duty is to support Xi Jinping’s trade initiative.

Inside China’s state-owned industrial park in Vietnam, Beijing’s image trumps trade war profits
QQ? Weibo? Youku? US visa applicants told to list social media profiles

Chinese visa agent warns clients to beware of using sensitive terms online.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:11PM

Chinese visa agent warns clients to beware of using sensitive terms online.

QQ? Weibo? Youku? US visa applicants told to list social media profiles
Chinese judge accused of running US$2.9 billion business empire with her husband put under investigation

Vice-president of Hainan court Zhang Jiahui earlier detained on accusations she defrauded families of convicted criminals, perverted the course of justice.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:10PM

Vice-president of Hainan court Zhang Jiahui earlier detained on accusations she defrauded families of convicted criminals, perverted the course of justice.

Chinese judge accused of running US$2.9 billion business empire with her husband put under investigation
China’s capital outflow controls have gone to the ‘extreme’, former central bank adviser says

Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the People’s Bank of China, was unable to transfer US$20,000 abroad adding to concerns China is tightening foreign exchange controls.

31 May 2019 - 11:30AM

Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the People’s Bank of China, was unable to transfer US$20,000 abroad adding to concerns China is tightening foreign exchange controls.

China’s capital outflow controls have gone to the ‘extreme’, former central bank adviser says
China’s exporters of Donald Trump wigs and American flags ‘had no idea’ they face higher trade war tariffs

A Chinese producer of socks brandishing the face and hair of US President Donald Trump is set to be hit with a new trade war tariff.

21 May 2019 - 9:54AM

A Chinese producer of socks brandishing the face and hair of US President Donald Trump is set to be hit with a new trade war tariff.

China’s exporters of Donald Trump wigs and American flags ‘had no idea’ they face higher trade war tariffs
Trump has slapped new trade war tariffs on China – what's next?

US President Donald Trump announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that Washington would raise tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. China almost instantly responded by vowing to implement “necessary countermeasures”. SCMP political economy team members Finbarr Bermingham and Cissy Zhou, who have been following the trade war and its impact, discuss what's next.

13 May 2019 - 7:49AM

US President Donald Trump announced Friday, May 10, 2019, that Washington would raise tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. China almost instantly responded by vowing to implement “necessary countermeasures”. SCMP political economy team members Finbarr Bermingham and Cissy Zhou, who have been following the trade war and its impact, discuss what's next.

Trump has slapped new trade war tariffs on China – what's next?
Chinese bank employee convicted of ‘leaking state secrets’ after sharing policy draft on WeChat

Langfang Bank employee seconded to the China Banking Regulatory Commission photographed the draft of a new wealth management product regulation.

9 May 2019 - 10:11PM

Langfang Bank employee seconded to the China Banking Regulatory Commission photographed the draft of a new wealth management product regulation.

Chinese bank employee convicted of ‘leaking state secrets’ after sharing policy draft on WeChat
Trade war pushing companies from China to Vietnam, but experts warn they may have missed the boat

Malaysia and Batam in Indonesia emerging as alternative manufacturing hubs as firms seek alternatives to China.

10 May 2019 - 3:22PM

Malaysia and Batam in Indonesia emerging as alternative manufacturing hubs as firms seek alternatives to China.

Trade war pushing companies from China to Vietnam, but experts warn they may have missed the boat
‘Is it fake news?’: China censors Trump’s US$200 billion tariff tweets

Mainstream and social media silent on US president’s unexpected reaction to trade talks between China and US moving ‘too slowly’.

6 May 2019 - 6:06PM

Mainstream and social media silent on US president’s unexpected reaction to trade talks between China and US moving ‘too slowly’.

‘Is it fake news?’: China censors Trump’s US$200 billion tariff tweets
China tempers US hints that Beijing and Washington are preparing for the ‘last round’ of trade talks

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders suggests meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is closer than ever.

4 May 2019 - 4:26AM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders suggests meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is closer than ever.

China tempers US hints that Beijing and Washington are preparing for the ‘last round’ of trade talks
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
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
As US-China trade talks continue, US slaps duties of up to 460 per cent on Chinese yarn for unfair subsidies

US slaps duties of up to 460 per cent duty on China imported yarn for unfair subsidies, as trade tensions flare even as talks to end trade war continue.

1 May 2019 - 10:04PM

US slaps duties of up to 460 per cent duty on China imported yarn for unfair subsidies, as trade tensions flare even as talks to end trade war continue.

As US-China trade talks continue, US slaps duties of up to 460 per cent on Chinese yarn for unfair subsidies
China’s army of migrant workers is becoming older and less mobile, new government data shows

Annual survey by Beijing shows China’s migrant workers are less inclined to travel long distances for work, with governments offering grants for them to stay locally.

3 May 2019 - 10:27AM

Annual survey by Beijing shows China’s migrant workers are less inclined to travel long distances for work, with governments offering grants for them to stay locally.

China’s army of migrant workers is becoming older and less mobile, new government data shows
Xi Jinping seeks to ease currency war fears as China and US near trade deal

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

29 Apr 2019 - 11:33AM

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

Xi Jinping seeks to ease currency war fears as China and 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.

8 May 2019 - 2:34AM

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