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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A rare form of quartz is key to Xinjiang’s solar boom, and almost all of it is in the US

The US has cracked down on the Chinese region’s solar industry over human rights concerns, but hasn’t tried to leverage its own near monopoly in high-purity quartz.

The US has cracked down on the Chinese region’s solar industry over human rights concerns, but hasn’t tried to leverage its own near monopoly in high-purity quartz.

26 Oct 2021 - 10:11AM
6 Oct 2021 - 4:19PM
US-China trade: who will ‘targeted tariff-exclusion process’ help more, Chinese factories or American buyers?

Washington’s approval process for tariff exemptions has been criticised as opaque and inefficient under both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and among the limited exemptions granted, most have expired.

Washington’s approval process for tariff exemptions has been criticised as opaque and inefficient under both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and among the limited exemptions granted, most have expired.

7 Oct 2021 - 9:25AM
How is Xinjiang’s economy holding amid US sanctions, and can China keep supporting its ‘great burden’?

The US earlier this year banned cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over alleged human rights violations, but the province remains a major agricultural base.

The US earlier this year banned cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over alleged human rights violations, but the province remains a major agricultural base.

1 Oct 2021 - 1:46PM
China’s power crisis: Beijing vows to increase coal imports and ‘strengthen adjustment of supply and demand’

China’s top economic planner vows to increase coal imports and release coal-production capacity to address the nation’s worst power crunch in years, while analysts say power companies must be allowed to charge more.

China’s top economic planner vows to increase coal imports and release coal-production capacity to address the nation’s worst power crunch in years, while analysts say power companies must be allowed to charge more.

30 Sep 2021 - 11:20AM
China power crisis: thermal coal inventory nears record low as country suffers worst outages in a decade

State media now says 20 out of 31 provincial jurisdictions have implemented electricity-rationing measures since mid-September, with far-reaching implications for consumers and industrial firms.

State media now says 20 out of 31 provincial jurisdictions have implemented electricity-rationing measures since mid-September, with far-reaching implications for consumers and industrial firms.

30 Sep 2021 - 11:28AM
What has caused China’s electricity shortages, and is Beijing’s carbon-neutral goal solely to blame?

Over half of mainland China’s 31 provincial-level jurisdictions are rationing electricity as they race to meet Beijing’s annual emissions reduction targets, but analysts are also pointing to the rising price of thermal coal.

Over half of mainland China’s 31 provincial-level jurisdictions are rationing electricity as they race to meet Beijing’s annual emissions reduction targets, but analysts are also pointing to the rising price of thermal coal.

30 Sep 2021 - 11:27AM
China must prove ‘track record of compliance’ with free, open trade if it wants to join CPTPP, Canberra says

China’s membership would have a significant impact on trade in the Asia-Pacific region at a time of rising geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing.

China’s membership would have a significant impact on trade in the Asia-Pacific region at a time of rising geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing.

20 Sep 2021 - 7:35PM
US-China decoupling: if it comes down to a US bloc vs China bloc, who stands to gain the most?

Gradual decoupling between the world’s two largest economies would have an outsized impact on China and its allies, according to a new in-depth report.

Gradual decoupling between the world’s two largest economies would have an outsized impact on China and its allies, according to a new in-depth report.

17 Sep 2021 - 7:55AM
Chinese government to crack down on underground private tutoring market

The Education Ministry published on Wednesday an announcement that it would “clean” up people and companies trying to circumvent new private tutoring rules.

The Education Ministry published on Wednesday an announcement that it would “clean” up people and companies trying to circumvent new private tutoring rules.

9 Sep 2021 - 11:11PM
Japan’s Toshiba closing Chinese facility once considered ‘pearl of the Dalian Development Area’

As the Japanese electronic giant’s sudden move puts hundreds of Chinese workers out of a job, industry experts point to a broader exodus of foreign firms looking to diversify their supply chains away from China.

As the Japanese electronic giant’s sudden move puts hundreds of Chinese workers out of a job, industry experts point to a broader exodus of foreign firms looking to diversify their supply chains away from China.

8 Sep 2021 - 10:51PM
China-Australia relations: as demand for coal surges, how long can Beijing keep banning Australian supply?

Australian treasurer says most coal exports that used to go to China have been redirected elsewhere, as Beijing may see thermal coal demand increase by 10 per cent this year.

Australian treasurer says most coal exports that used to go to China have been redirected elsewhere, as Beijing may see thermal coal demand increase by 10 per cent this year.

28 Sep 2021 - 10:41AM
31 Aug 2021 - 3:55PM
China’s coming era of ‘common prosperity’ – and what it means for the rich

For decades, a few people in China were allowed to get wealthy first to encourage economic efficiency, but now moves are afoot to get the better off to give back with the the ‘common prosperity’ goal revived.

For decades, a few people in China were allowed to get wealthy first to encourage economic efficiency, but now moves are afoot to get the better off to give back with the the ‘common prosperity’ goal revived.

26 Aug 2021 - 9:44AM
China-US ties: ‘not much room to move’ for next American ambassador

The White House plans to nominate a career diplomat as its next man in Beijing – but he will be limited in what he can do, observers say.

The White House plans to nominate a career diplomat as its next man in Beijing – but he will be limited in what he can do, observers say.

21 Aug 2021 - 11:00PM
China’s anti-corruption watchdog investigates Hangzhou Communist Party boss

Zhou Jiangyong, 54, has been accused of serious violations of discipline and law.

Zhou Jiangyong, 54, has been accused of serious violations of discipline and law.

22 Aug 2021 - 2:31PM
China’s coronavirus success could see Hong Kong-style subsidised medical care in mainland, health expert says

Professor Li Ling, from Peking University, says China’s successful handling of the pandemic is a good argument for implementing universal medical care, similar to Hong Kong.

Professor Li Ling, from Peking University, says China’s successful handling of the pandemic is a good argument for implementing universal medical care, similar to Hong Kong.

14 Aug 2021 - 3:55PM
China’s zero Covid-19 approach sparks debate about long-term impact on economy

Border closures and lockdowns have been hallmarks of China’s successful handling of the pandemic, but some are beginning to ask if its ‘zero Covid’ strategy is economically sustainable.

Border closures and lockdowns have been hallmarks of China’s successful handling of the pandemic, but some are beginning to ask if its ‘zero Covid’ strategy is economically sustainable.

13 Aug 2021 - 8:27AM
China’s education crackdown ‘only scratched the surface’ of what’s to come, former ministry spokesman says

Beijing is taking a hard line on the for-profit tutoring industry, but schools and parents are struggling to understand how and when new policies will be implemented.

Beijing is taking a hard line on the for-profit tutoring industry, but schools and parents are struggling to understand how and when new policies will be implemented.

6 Aug 2021 - 2:14PM
5 Aug 2021 - 3:51PM
Why China cracked down on education and upended a US$70 billion tutoring industry, with millions of jobs and students affected

‘Discourse and ideology need to be controlled by the central government’, and Beijing ‘aims to rectify education itself’, industry insider says.

‘Discourse and ideology need to be controlled by the central government’, and Beijing ‘aims to rectify education itself’, industry insider says.

3 Aug 2021 - 1:54PM
Chinese floods snarl supply chains for lead and aluminium amid metal market price volatility

The devastating flooding that paralysed the central province of Henan last week will also hurt China’s output of lead and aluminium, experts say.

The devastating flooding that paralysed the central province of Henan last week will also hurt China’s output of lead and aluminium, experts say.

28 Jul 2021 - 9:52PM
China pledges support for small business, but some SMEs see ‘doom and gloom’ amid regulatory crackdown

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He has promised to ‘keep the temperature right’ for small businesses, but Beijing’s recent crackdown on off-campus tutoring has some entrepreneurs worried.

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He has promised to ‘keep the temperature right’ for small businesses, but Beijing’s recent crackdown on off-campus tutoring has some entrepreneurs worried.

28 Jul 2021 - 11:40PM
China’s domestic brands boom, fuelled by nationalism, with Li-Ning, Anta standing out from the crowd

Domestic brands in China like Li-Ning and Anta have enjoyed recent surge, fuelled by rising nationalism, improvements in quality and a multimillion dollar live commerce sector.

Domestic brands in China like Li-Ning and Anta have enjoyed recent surge, fuelled by rising nationalism, improvements in quality and a multimillion dollar live commerce sector.

28 Jul 2021 - 11:03PM
China’s looming population crisis throws the spotlight on workplace age discrimination

Widespread age discrimination in China’s workforce could have potentially serious economic consequences as the population gets older and the workforce shrinks.

Widespread age discrimination in China’s workforce could have potentially serious economic consequences as the population gets older and the workforce shrinks.

3 Aug 2021 - 8:59AM
China floods: people still searching for missing relatives after official says four died in road tunnel

Work to clear the tunnel where hundreds of cars were trapped continued, but a rescue official tells the media that no more bodies have been found.

Work to clear the tunnel where hundreds of cars were trapped continued, but a rescue official tells the media that no more bodies have been found.

3 Aug 2021 - 8:57AM
Chinese manufacturers forced to halt production in Vietnam as coronavirus surge grows

Chinese manufacturers in southern Vietnam are suffering amid lockdowns and business closures, and they are not confident coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed soon.

Chinese manufacturers in southern Vietnam are suffering amid lockdowns and business closures, and they are not confident coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed soon.

23 Jul 2021 - 9:17PM
China floods: Zhengzhou tries to get back on its feet after heavy rains displace over 1.2 million people

At least 25 people in Henan were killed by the heaviest rain in decades, including passengers trapped in a rail tunnel amid rising waters.

At least 25 people in Henan were killed by the heaviest rain in decades, including passengers trapped in a rail tunnel amid rising waters.

22 Jul 2021 - 3:10PM
US-China economic talks ‘infinitely far away’ with ‘emphasis on competition over cooperation’

The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was suspended by the Trump administration, and last week US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she had no intention to resume the highest-level bilateral forum.

The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was suspended by the Trump administration, and last week US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she had no intention to resume the highest-level bilateral forum.

20 Jul 2021 - 5:30PM
US firms in China ‘confused’ by new Biden warning on Xinjiang supply chains risks

The White House update on Xinjiang supply chain risks adds pressure on American companies to cut exposure to the region, but many say compliance will be tricky.

The White House update on Xinjiang supply chain risks adds pressure on American companies to cut exposure to the region, but many say compliance will be tricky.

16 Jul 2021 - 1:11AM