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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US farm brand John Deere at forefront of surging cotton machinery sales to Xinjiang, as human rights sanctions loom

America’s most iconic farm brand – John Deere – has established itself as a key player in Xinjiang’s immense cotton industry, even as human rights groups warn that the supply chain in the restive region is laced with the forced labour of Uygurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups.

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America’s most iconic farm brand – John Deere – has established itself as a key player in Xinjiang’s immense cotton industry, even as human rights groups warn that the supply chain in the restive region is laced with the forced labour of Uygurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups.

US farm brand John Deere at forefront of surging cotton machinery sales to Xinjiang, as human rights sanctions loom
China’s digital currency edges closer with large-scale test by four state-owned banks

Four of China’s state-owned commercial banks are working with the People’s Bank of China on a large-scale internal testing of the proposed sovereign digital currency.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM

Four of China’s state-owned commercial banks are working with the People’s Bank of China on a large-scale internal testing of the proposed sovereign digital currency.

China’s digital currency edges closer with large-scale test by four state-owned banks
China increasingly worried about ‘losing face’ as Japan bankrolls exodus of firms

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on global supply chains, and Japan is officially trying to diversify its supply chains and make them more resilient.

6 Aug 2020 - 8:44AM

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on global supply chains, and Japan is officially trying to diversify its supply chains and make them more resilient.

China increasingly worried about ‘losing face’ as Japan bankrolls exodus of firms
Samsung to halt PC production in China in latest blow to manufacturing sector

South Korean firm Samsung will no longer focus on PC assembly and manufacturing at its facility in Chinese city of Suzhou ‘due to fierce market competition’.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:35PM

South Korean firm Samsung will no longer focus on PC assembly and manufacturing at its facility in Chinese city of Suzhou ‘due to fierce market competition’.

Samsung to halt PC production in China in latest blow to manufacturing sector
India-China tensions will not influence AIIB as newly re-elected president vows to keep lender an ‘apolitical institution’

Former Chinese deputy finance minister Jin Liqun was re-elected president of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Tuesday.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:00PM

Former Chinese deputy finance minister Jin Liqun was re-elected president of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Tuesday.

India-China tensions will not influence AIIB as newly re-elected president vows to keep lender an ‘apolitical institution’
China’s sex toy makers in growth spurt, as coronavirus lockdowns fuel global appetite

Coronavirus lockdown measures in the US, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia have led to increased demand for sex toys made in China.

23 Jul 2020 - 11:35PM

Coronavirus lockdown measures in the US, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia have led to increased demand for sex toys made in China.

China’s sex toy makers in growth spurt, as coronavirus lockdowns fuel global appetite
US dollar payment system debate continues, can America cut China off from SWIFT?

Consensus among Chinese analysts is that Washington will not ‘shoot itself in the foot’ by taking such an extreme step in financial war with China like the United States did with Iran and North Korea in the past.

30 Jul 2020 - 11:26AM

Consensus among Chinese analysts is that Washington will not ‘shoot itself in the foot’ by taking such an extreme step in financial war with China like the United States did with Iran and North Korea in the past.

US dollar payment system debate continues, can America cut China off from SWIFT?
China’s Lockheed Martin sanctions reveal limited options in fighting economic war with US

Move against US firm Lockheed Martin comes more than a year after Beijing said it was forming an Unreliable Entity List of firms whose actions hurt China, but the government has not said what foreign businesses will be on the list.

22 Jul 2020 - 3:42AM

Move against US firm Lockheed Martin comes more than a year after Beijing said it was forming an Unreliable Entity List of firms whose actions hurt China, but the government has not said what foreign businesses will be on the list.

China’s Lockheed Martin sanctions reveal limited options in fighting economic war with US
China sharpens economic espionage penalties in ‘tit-for-tat provision’ against US accusations of trade secret theft

A proposed new section of China’s criminal code will target theft of trade secrets by foreign entities, setting up the possibility of harsher retaliatory action against the US.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:20PM

A proposed new section of China’s criminal code will target theft of trade secrets by foreign entities, setting up the possibility of harsher retaliatory action against the US.

China sharpens economic espionage penalties in ‘tit-for-tat provision’ against US accusations of trade secret theft
Fatal China bus crash a deliberate act of revenge by driver, police say

Driver drove vehicle off road and into reservoir after seeing his former home demolished to make way for redevelopment, public security officials say.

13 Jul 2020 - 4:20PM

Driver drove vehicle off road and into reservoir after seeing his former home demolished to make way for redevelopment, public security officials say.

Fatal China bus crash a deliberate act of revenge by driver, police say
China’s copyright law amendment criticised as an ‘abusive use of power’ that weakens IP protection

Proposal to update Article 4 of China’s copyright law includes a new clause of ‘abusive use of copyright’ that would hand regulators significant power.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:36PM

Proposal to update Article 4 of China’s copyright law includes a new clause of ‘abusive use of copyright’ that would hand regulators significant power.

China’s copyright law amendment criticised as an ‘abusive use of power’ that weakens IP protection
China’s urbanisation drive leaves some rural residents ‘heartbroken’ as local governments accused of unfair evictions

China’s urbanisation drive has left some rural residents upset, amid claims cash-strapped local governments have carried out evictions without adequate compensation.

1 Jul 2020 - 6:33PM

China’s urbanisation drive has left some rural residents upset, amid claims cash-strapped local governments have carried out evictions without adequate compensation.

China’s urbanisation drive leaves some rural residents ‘heartbroken’ as local governments accused of unfair evictions
China eases restrictions on foreign investors, but is it too little too late?

Beijing opens door to manufacturing and financial services sectors by another notch with shortened ‘negative list’, but business groups say markets are already dominated by local players.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:07PM

Beijing opens door to manufacturing and financial services sectors by another notch with shortened ‘negative list’, but business groups say markets are already dominated by local players.

China eases restrictions on foreign investors, but is it too little too late?
Is there an upside for China in the US-EU tariff row?

The United States is planning new duties on European products in a 16-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.

26 Jun 2020 - 12:23PM

The United States is planning new duties on European products in a 16-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.

Is there an upside for China in the US-EU tariff row?
China to buck global economic downturn in 2020 as coronavirus continues to drive down activity, says IMF

The IMF’s World Economic Outlook has forecast China’s economy to grow 1 per cent in 2020, one of the few bright spots amid a 4.9 per cent contraction in global output.

24 Jun 2020 - 11:50PM

The IMF’s World Economic Outlook has forecast China’s economy to grow 1 per cent in 2020, one of the few bright spots amid a 4.9 per cent contraction in global output.

China to buck global economic downturn in 2020 as coronavirus continues to drive down activity, says IMF
Coronavirus: wheels come off China’s mask-making gravy train, as low-end manufacturers count their losses

Many fly-by-night entrants to China’s mask business are left with materials and machines worth a fraction of their investment, as the gravy train has ground to a halt.

22 Jun 2020 - 9:12AM

Many fly-by-night entrants to China’s mask business are left with materials and machines worth a fraction of their investment, as the gravy train has ground to a halt.

Coronavirus: wheels come off China’s mask-making gravy train, as low-end manufacturers count their losses
‘Either way, an anti-China hawk wins’: Why Beijing does not expect Joe Biden victory to change relationship with US

Victory for Democrat candidate in November may pose different challenges to Beijing but both former VP and Donald Trump are seen as critics in China.

6 Jun 2020 - 11:59PM

Victory for Democrat candidate in November may pose different challenges to Beijing but both former VP and Donald Trump are seen as critics in China.

‘Either way, an anti-China hawk wins’: Why Beijing does not expect Joe Biden victory to change relationship with US
Coronavirus gave China the opportunity to make controversial policy moves, experts say

Health crisis has been a ‘catalyst for existing trends, accelerating … the deterioration of Hong Kong’s autonomy’, US academic says on Beijing’s plans for a national security law for the city.

6 Jun 2020 - 11:05PM

Health crisis has been a ‘catalyst for existing trends, accelerating … the deterioration of Hong Kong’s autonomy’, US academic says on Beijing’s plans for a national security law for the city.

Coronavirus gave China the opportunity to make controversial policy moves, experts say
Hong Kong security law: any US attempt to destroy city’s financial hub status would be a challenge, analysts say

Hong Kong’s financial industry is closely watching fallout from China’s imposition of a national security law, but US financial sanctions would be difficult to implement.

5 Jun 2020 - 11:22PM

Hong Kong’s financial industry is closely watching fallout from China’s imposition of a national security law, but US financial sanctions would be difficult to implement.

Hong Kong security law: any US attempt to destroy city’s financial hub status would be a challenge, analysts say
China-US financial war over Hong Kong unlikely given damage it would do to both sides, analysts say

Washington’s moves so far to restrict China’s access to US capital markets are ‘skirmishes’ rather than start of all-out financial war, analysts say.

5 Jun 2020 - 1:32AM

Washington’s moves so far to restrict China’s access to US capital markets are ‘skirmishes’ rather than start of all-out financial war, analysts say.

China-US financial war over Hong Kong unlikely given damage it would do to both sides, analysts say
China steps in to defend the yuan, as US tensions and Hong Kong uncertainty send currency tumbling

After the yuan fell to an eight-month low against the dollar earlier this week, China’s central bank has taken measures to defend the currency.

29 May 2020 - 11:27PM

After the yuan fell to an eight-month low against the dollar earlier this week, China’s central bank has taken measures to defend the currency.

China steps in to defend the yuan, as US tensions and Hong Kong uncertainty send currency tumbling
China shuts down WeChat social media account claiming ‘US making dead bodies into hamburgers’

China has closed a virulent anti-US WeChat account for spreading fake news and stoking xenophobia, as Beijing moves to rein in misinformation on social media.

26 May 2020 - 10:54PM

China has closed a virulent anti-US WeChat account for spreading fake news and stoking xenophobia, as Beijing moves to rein in misinformation on social media.

China shuts down WeChat social media account claiming ‘US making dead bodies into hamburgers’
Coronavirus has hit China’s migrant workers harder than Sars and the financial crisis, but worst yet to come

The coronavirus pandemic is having a deeper impact on employment in China than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak and the global financial crisis, experts say.

27 May 2020 - 1:09PM

The coronavirus pandemic is having a deeper impact on employment in China than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak and the global financial crisis, experts say.

Coronavirus has hit China’s migrant workers harder than Sars and the financial crisis, but worst yet to come
Coronavirus: China’s pandemic lifeline for small firms draws lukewarm response from business owners

China’s small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, but Beijing’s coronavirus support package drew mixed responses from entrepreneurs.

22 May 2020 - 10:58PM

China’s small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, but Beijing’s coronavirus support package drew mixed responses from entrepreneurs.

Coronavirus: China’s pandemic lifeline for small firms draws lukewarm response from business owners
China hits back at America’s ‘unreasonable suppression’ of Huawei

After Washington announces new restrictions on technology giant, Beijing says it will ‘firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests’.

16 May 2020 - 10:56PM

After Washington announces new restrictions on technology giant, Beijing says it will ‘firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests’.

China hits back at America’s ‘unreasonable suppression’ of Huawei
Coronavirus: Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli publishes new paper on pathogen’s evolution

Research by scientist from Wuhan laboratory accused by Donald Trump of being the source of virus that sparked Covid-19 pandemic looks at how Sars-related pathogens have adapted to suit human hosts.

16 May 2020 - 11:24PM

Research by scientist from Wuhan laboratory accused by Donald Trump of being the source of virus that sparked Covid-19 pandemic looks at how Sars-related pathogens have adapted to suit human hosts.

Coronavirus: Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli publishes new paper on pathogen’s evolution
Coronavirus: China’s economic recovery path uncertain after mixed industrial production, retail sales data

Analysts debate V-shaped, U-shaped L-shaped and W-shaped recoveries from the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak after April’s data remained mixed.

15 May 2020 - 9:30PM

Analysts debate V-shaped, U-shaped L-shaped and W-shaped recoveries from the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak after April’s data remained mixed.

Coronavirus: China’s economic recovery path uncertain after mixed industrial production, retail sales data
Coronavirus: China and US in ‘new Cold War’ as relations hit lowest point in ‘more than 40 years’, spurred on by pandemic

Optimism that the US-China trade deal could salvage bilateral ties has been killed by a dramatic break down in relations between the two superpowers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

6 May 2020 - 12:38AM

Optimism that the US-China trade deal could salvage bilateral ties has been killed by a dramatic break down in relations between the two superpowers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: China and US in ‘new Cold War’ as relations hit lowest point in ‘more than 40 years’, spurred on by pandemic
Coronavirus: China gives green light to more domestic travel by unifying its chaotic QR health codes

Provinces had been operating their own codes and sometimes refusing to recognise those from other authorities.

2 May 2020 - 4:42AM

Provinces had been operating their own codes and sometimes refusing to recognise those from other authorities.

Coronavirus: China gives green light to more domestic travel by unifying its chaotic QR health codes
China’s deputy public security minister faces corruption probe for ‘serious violations of discipline and the law’

Deputy public security minister Sun Lijun is under investigation for suspected ‘violations of discipline and the law’, according to the anti-graft watchdog.

20 Apr 2020 - 9:37AM

Deputy public security minister Sun Lijun is under investigation for suspected ‘violations of discipline and the law’, according to the anti-graft watchdog.

China’s deputy public security minister faces corruption probe for ‘serious violations of discipline and the law’