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

China slimming down Belt and Road Initiative as new project value plunges in last 18 months, report shows

The value of new projects across 61 countries fell 13 per cent to US$126 billion in 2018, with the figure falling further in 2019, according to Gavekal Dragonomics

10 Oct 2019 - 8:46PM

The value of new projects across 61 countries fell 13 per cent to US$126 billion in 2018, with the figure falling further in 2019, according to Gavekal Dragonomics

China slimming down Belt and Road Initiative as new project value plunges in last 18 months, report shows
Chinese business partner of Joe Biden’s son yet to decide whether to comment after Donald Trump’s call for investigation

State-backed private equity company says it is conducting an ‘internal study’ about whether and how to explain the younger Biden’s role.

8 Oct 2019 - 9:17AM

State-backed private equity company says it is conducting an ‘internal study’ about whether and how to explain the younger Biden’s role.

Chinese business partner of Joe Biden’s son yet to decide whether to comment after Donald Trump’s call for investigation
Joe Biden’s son listed as director at China-backed equity firm, government filings show

Former US vice-president Joe Biden’s son is listed as a director of a state-backed equity fund in China, official government filings show.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:41AM

Former US vice-president Joe Biden’s son is listed as a director of a state-backed equity fund in China, official government filings show.

Joe Biden’s son listed as director at China-backed equity firm, government filings show
Can China’s Greater Bay Area offer relief to Hong Kong’s housing woes?

Hong Kong is dealing with rising property prices and lack of affordable housing for over 7 million residents, but questions remain if moving to mainland China can be a viable option.

7 Oct 2019 - 12:38PM

Hong Kong is dealing with rising property prices and lack of affordable housing for over 7 million residents, but questions remain if moving to mainland China can be a viable option.

Can China’s Greater Bay Area offer relief to Hong Kong’s housing woes?
China’s ‘awkward silence’ as lack of family planning slogans from 70th anniversary parade could signal policy shift

China dropped slogans and delegates from its 70th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday in a move that could signal a change to its controversial policy.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

China dropped slogans and delegates from its 70th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday in a move that could signal a change to its controversial policy.

China’s ‘awkward silence’ as lack of family planning slogans from 70th anniversary parade could signal policy shift
Hong Kong protests turn city into ‘ghost town’ with shopping centres, restaurants shut, as MTR network crippled amid major National Day unrest

More than 25 shopping centres close for day of protests, that once again descend into violence across swathes of city, while most urban MTR lines suffer shutdowns.

1 Oct 2019 - 9:03PM

More than 25 shopping centres close for day of protests, that once again descend into violence across swathes of city, while most urban MTR lines suffer shutdowns.

Hong Kong protests turn city into ‘ghost town’ with shopping centres, restaurants shut, as MTR network crippled amid major National Day unrest
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters declare ‘We are back’ in poster campaign from Victoria Park to Admiralty on fifth anniversary of Occupy movement

Activists stick posters – on walls, escalators, footbridges and the pavement – all the way from Causeway Bay to government headquarters in Admiralty.

29 Sep 2019 - 2:12AM

Activists stick posters – on walls, escalators, footbridges and the pavement – all the way from Causeway Bay to government headquarters in Admiralty.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters declare ‘We are back’ in poster campaign from Victoria Park to Admiralty on fifth anniversary of Occupy movement
Trade war and economic slowdown leave giant Chinese industrial estate scrambling to keep foreign companies

Home to 5,000 foreign enterprises, Suzhou Industrial Park saw exports fall 10 per cent over the first seven months of 2019, while imports have fallen 15 per cent.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:00PM

Home to 5,000 foreign enterprises, Suzhou Industrial Park saw exports fall 10 per cent over the first seven months of 2019, while imports have fallen 15 per cent.

Trade war and economic slowdown leave giant Chinese industrial estate scrambling to keep foreign companies
China’s overseas investment fell 10 per cent last year, as government crackdown on capital flight continues

Decline also comes amid crackdown on capital flight from Chinese authorities and marks second ever annual decline in China’s outbound direct investment.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:00PM

Decline also comes amid crackdown on capital flight from Chinese authorities and marks second ever annual decline in China’s outbound direct investment.

China’s overseas investment fell 10 per cent last year, as government crackdown on capital flight continues
China mulls granting local governments greater autonomy to make their own laws

Chinese provinces and cities are demanding greater autonomy as nationwide rules often fail to fit local conditions.

12 Sep 2019 - 10:58PM

Chinese provinces and cities are demanding greater autonomy as nationwide rules often fail to fit local conditions.

China mulls granting local governments greater autonomy to make their own laws
Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

7 Sep 2019 - 5:41PM

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order
FedEx strongly denies wrongdoing after China accuses US firm of shipping ‘controlled knives’ to Hong Kong

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday that Chinese authorities had began a third investigation in four months into the US delivery firm.

5 Sep 2019 - 4:26PM

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday that Chinese authorities had began a third investigation in four months into the US delivery firm.

FedEx strongly denies wrongdoing after China accuses US firm of shipping ‘controlled knives’ to Hong Kong
China to offer tax and housing subsidies to lure foreign talent to Shanghai free-trade zone, sources say

Shanghai offers foreign workers tax cuts to make its free-trade zone competitive with Hong Kong in bid to lure talent to offset impact of trade war.

27 Aug 2019 - 10:40PM

Shanghai offers foreign workers tax cuts to make its free-trade zone competitive with Hong Kong in bid to lure talent to offset impact of trade war.

China to offer tax and housing subsidies to lure foreign talent to Shanghai free-trade zone, sources say
China-based firms look to obscure tariff loophole to dodge trade war, but US customs is cracking down

An arcane piece of trade law has caught the eye of exporters looking to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, but it can only be used within strict parameters.

24 Aug 2019 - 4:27AM

An arcane piece of trade law has caught the eye of exporters looking to avoid Donald Trump’s tariffs, but it can only be used within strict parameters.

China-based firms look to obscure tariff loophole to dodge trade war, but US customs is cracking down
China police investigating FedEx package containing handgun sent from US to Chinese sporting goods firm

Officers in country’s southeast confirm probe is under way, without giving further details.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:48AM

Officers in country’s southeast confirm probe is under way, without giving further details.

China police investigating FedEx package containing handgun sent from US to Chinese sporting goods firm
Hong Kong airport shutdown could give Shenzhen the edge as top air hub in Greater Bay Area

Chaos at Hong Kong International Airport comes as neighbouring centres press ahead with big plans.

14 Aug 2019 - 9:55AM

Chaos at Hong Kong International Airport comes as neighbouring centres press ahead with big plans.

Hong Kong airport shutdown could give Shenzhen the edge as top air hub in Greater Bay Area
Donald Trump’s ‘real threat’ of Vietnam tariffs sends ripples of anxiety through Southeast Asian nation

The US president is keen to narrow America’s trade deficit and stop illegal transshipments from China looking to avoid trade war tariffs.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:33AM

The US president is keen to narrow America’s trade deficit and stop illegal transshipments from China looking to avoid trade war tariffs.

Donald Trump’s ‘real threat’ of Vietnam tariffs sends ripples of anxiety through Southeast Asian nation
China and US mutual mistrust brought economic superpowers to brink of currency war, analysts say

Beijing and Washington have been groping around in the ‘fog of war’, with each side trying to guess the other’s true intentions and possible next steps, analysts said.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:09PM

Beijing and Washington have been groping around in the ‘fog of war’, with each side trying to guess the other’s true intentions and possible next steps, analysts said.

China and US mutual mistrust brought economic superpowers to brink of currency war, analysts say
US labelling China currency manipulator is ‘absurd’, threatens global recession, warns adviser

US Treasury Department made the decision after the yuan weakened below 7 to the US dollar on Monday.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:47PM

US Treasury Department made the decision after the yuan weakened below 7 to the US dollar on Monday.

US labelling China currency manipulator is ‘absurd’, threatens global recession, warns adviser
China’s mysterious ‘Bian Kong’ system that can bar anyone from entering or leaving the country

The controversial border control system is based on ‘vague’ laws and has been accused of being subject to political overreach.

5 Aug 2019 - 11:15AM

The controversial border control system is based on ‘vague’ laws and has been accused of being subject to political overreach.

China’s mysterious ‘Bian Kong’ system that can bar anyone from entering or leaving the country
China claims progress on creating world’s largest trade bloc, but ‘very difficult’ issues remain

After Beijing meeting, ministers give differing opinions on whether Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership can be achieved by end of year.

4 Aug 2019 - 12:23AM

After Beijing meeting, ministers give differing opinions on whether Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership can be achieved by end of year.

China claims progress on creating world’s largest trade bloc, but ‘very difficult’ issues remain
Donald Trump’s tariff threat pushing China to make final make-or-break choice, analysts say

The US president has threatened to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion in Chinese imports from September 1.

3 Aug 2019 - 12:53AM

The US president has threatened to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion in Chinese imports from September 1.

Donald Trump’s tariff threat pushing China to make final make-or-break choice, analysts say
China pushes RCEP regional pact amid US trade war, Japan-Korea spat

China hosts meeting of trade ministers in Beijing but prospects of 16 countries agreeing on a deal remain uncertain.

2 Aug 2019 - 9:00PM

China hosts meeting of trade ministers in Beijing but prospects of 16 countries agreeing on a deal remain uncertain.

China pushes RCEP regional pact amid US trade war, Japan-Korea spat
China’s young people fear ‘miserable retirement’ with state pension fund predicted to dry up by 2035

Government has already transferred 600 billion yuan (US$87 billion) in equity to the fund, but people are taking out private pension plans from as young as 20s.

30 Jul 2019 - 10:26PM

Government has already transferred 600 billion yuan (US$87 billion) in equity to the fund, but people are taking out private pension plans from as young as 20s.

China’s young people fear ‘miserable retirement’ with state pension fund predicted to dry up by 2035
US blacklist pushes once-powerful Chinese state oil trader deeper into the shadows

Used by Beijing to buy oil from Iran, Zhuhai Zhenrong was first penalised in 2012, and this week was placed on the US sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude.

27 Jul 2019 - 1:47AM

Used by Beijing to buy oil from Iran, Zhuhai Zhenrong was first penalised in 2012, and this week was placed on the US sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude.

US blacklist pushes once-powerful Chinese state oil trader deeper into the shadows
China to hit Indonesia, Japan, EU, South Korea stainless steel imports with anti-dumping duties

Taxes ranging from 18.1 per cent to 103.1 per cent will be imposed on all stainless steel billets and hot-rolled stainless steel plates from Tuesday.

22 Jul 2019 - 10:34PM

Taxes ranging from 18.1 per cent to 103.1 per cent will be imposed on all stainless steel billets and hot-rolled stainless steel plates from Tuesday.

China to hit Indonesia, Japan, EU, South Korea stainless steel imports with anti-dumping duties
China’s sanctions threat against US firms after Taiwan arms deal casts shadow over Gulfstream’s ‘optimism’

Last week’s arms sale by the United States to Taiwan led to suggestions sanctions could be imposed on firms for their part in the US$2.2 billion deal after opposition from Beijing.

22 Jul 2019 - 3:49PM

Last week’s arms sale by the United States to Taiwan led to suggestions sanctions could be imposed on firms for their part in the US$2.2 billion deal after opposition from Beijing.

China’s sanctions threat against US firms after Taiwan arms deal casts shadow over Gulfstream’s ‘optimism’
China and Russia vow to ‘deepen trade in soybeans’ after tariff war kills US crop exports

Soybeans and other agricultural goods are a key issue for China as it looks to fill the gap in the market left by produce from the United States due to the trade war.

19 Jul 2019 - 9:47AM

Soybeans and other agricultural goods are a key issue for China as it looks to fill the gap in the market left by produce from the United States due to the trade war.

China and Russia vow to ‘deepen trade in soybeans’ after tariff war kills US crop exports
US defence giant Honeywell distances itself from Taiwan under threat of China sanctions over arms deal

Firm sees ‘no reason why’ it would be sanctioned by Beijing after being linked to the self-ruled island arms deal by Chinese state media.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:57PM

Firm sees ‘no reason why’ it would be sanctioned by Beijing after being linked to the self-ruled island arms deal by Chinese state media.

US defence giant Honeywell distances itself from Taiwan under threat of China sanctions over arms deal
Shandong University sorry for ‘buddy programme’ to match foreign students with locals

It says it will carry out a thorough review after an online uproar over programme to pair foreigners with members of the opposite sex.

13 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

It says it will carry out a thorough review after an online uproar over programme to pair foreigners with members of the opposite sex.

Shandong University sorry for ‘buddy programme’ to match foreign students with locals