Cissy Zhou

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Cissy Zhou

Political Economy Reporter

Cissy joined the Post 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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Bribes, fake factories and forged documents: the buccaneering consultants pervading China’s factory audits

Red packets, Rolexes and razor-thin margins: for some Chinese factories, passing a one-off audit can be the difference between life and death.

22 Jan 2021 - 10:35AM

Red packets, Rolexes and razor-thin margins: for some Chinese factories, passing a one-off audit can be the difference between life and death.

Bribes, fake factories and forged documents: the buccaneering consultants pervading China’s factory audits
As Biden takes office, US still viewed as ‘grey rhino’ risk for Chinese economy

Some Chinese economists see ‘negative energy’ and continued US pressure on the world’s second biggest economy under President Joe Biden, who was sworn in on Wednesday.

21 Jan 2021 - 10:46PM

Some Chinese economists see ‘negative energy’ and continued US pressure on the world’s second biggest economy under President Joe Biden, who was sworn in on Wednesday.

As Biden takes office, US still viewed as ‘grey rhino’ risk for Chinese economy
As coronavirus, US-China tensions add to global economic uncertainties, Asia looks to be a key growth engine

Global coronavirus recovery is expected to hit a few speed bumps before the pandemic is over, and geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington are seen having wide-reaching ‘implications’.

20 Jan 2021 - 9:22AM

Global coronavirus recovery is expected to hit a few speed bumps before the pandemic is over, and geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington are seen having wide-reaching ‘implications’.

As coronavirus, US-China tensions add to global economic uncertainties, Asia looks to be a key growth engine
US-China trade war deal reaches first anniversary as bilateral mistrust hits ‘all-time high’

One year after signing the phase one trade deal, China lags far behind in its purchases of American goods and its trade imbalance with the US has only grown.

15 Jan 2021 - 9:41AM

One year after signing the phase one trade deal, China lags far behind in its purchases of American goods and its trade imbalance with the US has only grown.

US-China trade war deal reaches first anniversary as bilateral mistrust hits ‘all-time high’
China GDP: how will economic growth be hit by Beijing’s new caps on real estate lending?

Government moves to rein in runaway growth in China’s real estate sector have raised questions about how a slowdown in the industry could affect the wider economy.

14 Jan 2021 - 9:25AM

Government moves to rein in runaway growth in China’s real estate sector have raised questions about how a slowdown in the industry could affect the wider economy.

China GDP: how will economic growth be hit by Beijing’s new caps on real estate lending?
China should stay calm if Trump makes any sudden last moves, analysts say

The US president could take further action on Taiwan to antagonise Beijing as the clock counts down to Biden’s inauguration.

9 Jan 2021 - 10:00PM

The US president could take further action on Taiwan to antagonise Beijing as the clock counts down to Biden’s inauguration.

China should stay calm if Trump makes any sudden last moves, analysts say
China hits back at foreign sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals

Order comes after the United States this week threatened new sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China.

9 Jan 2021 - 11:29PM

Order comes after the United States this week threatened new sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China.

China hits back at foreign sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals
China GDP: IMF cuts 2021 growth forecast citing US tech decoupling, domestic debt, Hong Kong risks

China’s economy is still set to lead the world in growth terms in 2021, but the influential Washington agency has trimmed back its forecast.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:53PM

China’s economy is still set to lead the world in growth terms in 2021, but the influential Washington agency has trimmed back its forecast.

China GDP: IMF cuts 2021 growth forecast citing US tech decoupling, domestic debt, Hong Kong risks
China’s home appliance manufacturers left cursing export orders as costs rise, profits vanish amid yuan rally

Coronavirus lockdowns and work from home arrangements have increased the demand for home appliances manufactured in China, but a strong yuan and soaring metal prices are causing headaches for manufacturers.

7 Jan 2021 - 7:45AM

Coronavirus lockdowns and work from home arrangements have increased the demand for home appliances manufactured in China, but a strong yuan and soaring metal prices are causing headaches for manufacturers.

China’s home appliance manufacturers left cursing export orders as costs rise, profits vanish amid yuan rally
China’s economic expectations turned on their head by the coronavirus

Around 12 months ago the debate centred on whether China would achieve 6 per cent growth, a target that was rapidly lowered as the coronavirus took hold.

4 Jan 2021 - 12:19PM

Around 12 months ago the debate centred on whether China would achieve 6 per cent growth, a target that was rapidly lowered as the coronavirus took hold.

China’s economic expectations turned on their head by the coronavirus
China’s economy may expand by 9 per cent in 2021, helping to overtake US sooner

China was the first major economy to show a recovery from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, largely due to a series of stimulus measures.

5 Jan 2021 - 3:53PM

China was the first major economy to show a recovery from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, largely due to a series of stimulus measures.

China’s economy may expand by 9 per cent in 2021, helping to overtake US sooner
China’s 2019 GDP revised down, shrinking the base for 2020 growth calculations

Driven largely by changes to data in China’s manufacturing industry, revision puts nation’s 2019 GDP growth at the lowest end of what had been Beijing’s official target range for the year.

30 Dec 2020 - 10:57PM

Driven largely by changes to data in China’s manufacturing industry, revision puts nation’s 2019 GDP growth at the lowest end of what had been Beijing’s official target range for the year.

China’s 2019 GDP revised down, shrinking the base for 2020 growth calculations
As US moves to renewable energy, wind turbines from Xinjiang may get caught in political tempest

Xinjiang-based Goldwind, China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, has supplied a US project to deliver clean power for Microsoft.

31 Dec 2020 - 9:15AM

Xinjiang-based Goldwind, China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, has supplied a US project to deliver clean power for Microsoft.

As US moves to renewable energy, wind turbines from Xinjiang may get caught in political tempest
China ramps up domestic jet development as OTT Airlines makes maiden flight with home-grown ARJ21 jet

One Two Three (OTT) Airlines maiden flight comes as China looks to push home-grown aircraft to more markets and break the Boeing-Airbus manufacturing duopoly.

30 Dec 2020 - 12:26PM

One Two Three (OTT) Airlines maiden flight comes as China looks to push home-grown aircraft to more markets and break the Boeing-Airbus manufacturing duopoly.

China ramps up domestic jet development as OTT Airlines makes maiden flight with home-grown ARJ21 jet
China suffers worst power blackouts in a decade, on post-coronavirus export boom, coal supply shortage

Provinces across China are struggling with the worst blackouts in nearly 10 years, as authorities try to curb energy use by imposing restrictions on businesses and residents.

24 Dec 2020 - 9:48AM

Provinces across China are struggling with the worst blackouts in nearly 10 years, as authorities try to curb energy use by imposing restrictions on businesses and residents.

China suffers worst power blackouts in a decade, on post-coronavirus export boom, coal supply shortage
Boeing jet sales to China ‘highly complicated’ by company’s arms sales to Taiwan, experts say

Boeing CEO says company will benefit when bilateral relations between China and the United States improve, but the question of aircraft deals and Boeing’s future in the Chinese market is still being hotly debated.

17 Dec 2020 - 8:36PM

Boeing CEO says company will benefit when bilateral relations between China and the United States improve, but the question of aircraft deals and Boeing’s future in the Chinese market is still being hotly debated.

Boeing jet sales to China ‘highly complicated’ by company’s arms sales to Taiwan, experts say
China’s yuan to continue rise against US dollar in short term, but when will Beijing say enough?

The yuan has strengthened against the US dollar since June alongside China’s rapid economic recovery from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

15 Dec 2020 - 11:34AM

The yuan has strengthened against the US dollar since June alongside China’s rapid economic recovery from the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

China’s yuan to continue rise against US dollar in short term, but when will Beijing say enough?
China’s Asean influence sets stage for new superpower battleground with US, as the ball shifts to Biden’s court

In America’s absence, China has been strengthening its economic hand in Southeast Asia, and this looks to make the region increasingly important amid broader trade disputes.

13 Dec 2020 - 8:56PM

In America’s absence, China has been strengthening its economic hand in Southeast Asia, and this looks to make the region increasingly important amid broader trade disputes.

China’s Asean influence sets stage for new superpower battleground with US, as the ball shifts to Biden’s court
China digital currency: Suzhou to hand out 20 million yuan million of virtual red packets as part of trial

Suzhou residents will have the chance to win one of 100,000 digital red packets, each containing 200 yuan (US$31), in the latest trial of China’s sovereign digital currency.

7 Dec 2020 - 9:40AM

Suzhou residents will have the chance to win one of 100,000 digital red packets, each containing 200 yuan (US$31), in the latest trial of China’s sovereign digital currency.

China digital currency: Suzhou to hand out 20 million yuan million of virtual red packets as part of trial
We’re not Wolf Warriors, we’re only standing up for China, says senior official

Foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng defends the use of what he calls ‘rhetorical tit-for-tat’ in the face of growing international criticism.

5 Dec 2020 - 11:16PM

Foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng defends the use of what he calls ‘rhetorical tit-for-tat’ in the face of growing international criticism.

We’re not Wolf Warriors, we’re only standing up for China, says senior official
China probably won’t join trade deal that has replaced TPP, says former US negotiator

Beijing has interest, but Wendy Cutler sees ‘a real divorce between China’s statement and the changes that need to be done on the ground to really join CPTPP’.

3 Dec 2020 - 7:21AM

Beijing has interest, but Wendy Cutler sees ‘a real divorce between China’s statement and the changes that need to be done on the ground to really join CPTPP’.

China probably won’t join trade deal that has replaced TPP, says former US negotiator
US-China relations: Joe Biden says trade war tariffs to remain in place for now as alliance building comes first

US President-elect Joe Biden tells The New York Times he will not make any ‘immediate moves’ to lift trade war tariffs with China, and that the best strategy is to get allies back on the same page.

4 Dec 2020 - 12:15PM

US President-elect Joe Biden tells The New York Times he will not make any ‘immediate moves’ to lift trade war tariffs with China, and that the best strategy is to get allies back on the same page.

US-China relations: Joe Biden says trade war tariffs to remain in place for now as alliance building comes first
Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say

The new US administration under Joe Biden will have much work to do to restore America’s reputation globally, one China Conference panellist says.

2 Dec 2020 - 10:48AM

The new US administration under Joe Biden will have much work to do to restore America’s reputation globally, one China Conference panellist says.

Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say
Donald Trump’s mooted China sanctions to throw spanner in the works of C919 passenger jet plans, sources say

Senior source at Comac speculates that US President Donald Trump could be targeting the firm as a way of pressuring China to let Boeing 737 MAX return to Chinese airspace.

27 Nov 2020 - 9:42PM

Senior source at Comac speculates that US President Donald Trump could be targeting the firm as a way of pressuring China to let Boeing 737 MAX return to Chinese airspace.

Donald Trump’s mooted China sanctions to throw spanner in the works of C919 passenger jet plans, sources say
China debt: Beijing may cut belt and road lending due to domestic pressure, to ensure future of project

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s commitment to his Belt and Road Initiative last week, but questions remain if such investment can be sustained amid a backdrop of rising debt at home.

26 Nov 2020 - 9:46AM

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s commitment to his Belt and Road Initiative last week, but questions remain if such investment can be sustained amid a backdrop of rising debt at home.

China debt: Beijing may cut belt and road lending due to domestic pressure, to ensure future of project
Barack Obama: ‘I could not have a trade war’ with China due to global financial crisis

Barack Obama says that a hardline approach to China on trade is ‘entirely legitimate’, amid speculation that president-elect Joe Biden will continue Donald Trump’s tough stance.

24 Nov 2020 - 10:04AM

Barack Obama says that a hardline approach to China on trade is ‘entirely legitimate’, amid speculation that president-elect Joe Biden will continue Donald Trump’s tough stance.

Barack Obama: ‘I could not have a trade war’ with China due to global financial crisis
China declares early victory in 2020 job creation goal, but questions linger over data

Official data shows China has already surpassed this year’s new urban job creation target, although experts have cast doubt on the accuracy of the figures.

17 Nov 2020 - 12:33AM

Official data shows China has already surpassed this year’s new urban job creation target, although experts have cast doubt on the accuracy of the figures.

China declares early victory in 2020 job creation goal, but questions linger over data
Roll-out of China’s home-grown passenger jet still up in the air as US tech restrictions expected to persist under Joe Biden

China’s answer to the Boeing-Airbus duopoly has hurdles to overcome before its planned roll-out next year, and though the chief designer of the C919 jet says it is on schedule, not all industry analysts agree.

15 Nov 2020 - 11:28PM

China’s answer to the Boeing-Airbus duopoly has hurdles to overcome before its planned roll-out next year, and though the chief designer of the C919 jet says it is on schedule, not all industry analysts agree.

Roll-out of China’s home-grown passenger jet still up in the air as US tech restrictions expected to persist under Joe Biden
China’s Copyright Law sees biggest amendment in two decades, and omits highly controversial clause

First major change to China’s Copyright Law since 2001 says that the exercising of rights by copyright holders ‘must not harm the public interest’ nor ‘affect normal communications of works’.

13 Nov 2020 - 10:30PM

First major change to China’s Copyright Law since 2001 says that the exercising of rights by copyright holders ‘must not harm the public interest’ nor ‘affect normal communications of works’.

China’s Copyright Law sees biggest amendment in two decades, and omits highly controversial clause
China targets trademarks violations in effort to improve IP protection, but unlikely to satisfy US demands

One of the primary demands from the United States has been for Beijing to strengthen intellectual property protection and stop forcing the transfer of technology.

11 Nov 2020 - 9:30AM

One of the primary demands from the United States has been for Beijing to strengthen intellectual property protection and stop forcing the transfer of technology.

China targets trademarks violations in effort to improve IP protection, but unlikely to satisfy US demands