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.

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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 - 12:21AM

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.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

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
China’s Anbang dismantling continues with new state-owned firm taking over insurance assets

Dajia Insurance Group takes over the property and casualty insurance assets in a joint venture with a total investment of 20.36 billion yuan (US$3 billion).

12 Jul 2019 - 6:00AM

Dajia Insurance Group takes over the property and casualty insurance assets in a joint venture with a total investment of 20.36 billion yuan (US$3 billion).

China’s Anbang dismantling continues with new state-owned firm taking over insurance assets
Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua formally charged with child sexual abuse

State broadcaster shows 57-year-old former chairman of Future Land Development behind bars in Shanghai detention centre.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:36AM

State broadcaster shows 57-year-old former chairman of Future Land Development behind bars in Shanghai detention centre.

Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua formally charged with child sexual abuse
One year in, US-China trade war is the ‘first sentence of the first chapter’ of a new superpower rivalry

A year after the tit-for-tat tariff war that upended the global trading system began, few experts believe China’s relationship with the United States will improve any time soon.

6 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

A year after the tit-for-tat tariff war that upended the global trading system began, few experts believe China’s relationship with the United States will improve any time soon.

One year in, US-China trade war is the ‘first sentence of the first chapter’ of a new superpower rivalry
US-China Trade War: One Year On

While meeting at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations to end the US-China trade war and that the US would not add new tariffs on Chinese imports.  The South China Morning Post political economy team members Cissy Zhou and Finbarr Bermingham discuss the implications of these developments, and who the winners and losers of the year-long trade war have been so far.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:31PM

While meeting at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations to end the US-China trade war and that the US would not add new tariffs on Chinese imports.  The South China Morning Post political economy team members Cissy Zhou and Finbarr Bermingham discuss the implications of these developments, and who the winners and losers of the year-long trade war have been so far.

US-China Trade War: One Year On
China’s trade war manufacturing exodus could be hastened by EU-Vietnam trade deal, analysts say

On top of US tariffs, Vietnam’s agreement with the European Union gives Chinese and European companies more incentive to invest in the Southeast Asian nation.

4 Jul 2019 - 3:46PM

On top of US tariffs, Vietnam’s agreement with the European Union gives Chinese and European companies more incentive to invest in the Southeast Asian nation.

China’s trade war manufacturing exodus could be hastened by EU-Vietnam trade deal, analysts say
China’s exporters welcome trade war truce, but worry about long-term outlook

Manufacturers are still concerned for their business prospects despite Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreeing to a pause on additional tariffs.

1 Jul 2019 - 9:34AM

Manufacturers are still concerned for their business prospects despite Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreeing to a pause on additional tariffs.

China’s exporters welcome trade war truce, but worry about long-term outlook
Vietnam company finding a silver lining to US-China trade war, due to Asian supply chain shift

Vinasolar, owned by Shanghai-based Yize New Energy, started production in Vietnam in 2014, after the United States and EU put tariffs on solar panels.

27 Jun 2019 - 4:58PM

Vinasolar, owned by Shanghai-based Yize New Energy, started production in Vietnam in 2014, after the United States and EU put tariffs on solar panels.

Vietnam company finding a silver lining to US-China trade war, due to Asian supply chain shift
Chinese firms dodging Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs are using this Vietnam solar factory as a loophole

Vinasolar, fully-owned by Shanghai-based Yize New Energy, was forced to start production in Vietnam in 2014 after the United States and European Union first placed tariffs on solar panels.

26 Jun 2019 - 7:23PM

Vinasolar, fully-owned by Shanghai-based Yize New Energy, was forced to start production in Vietnam in 2014 after the United States and European Union first placed tariffs on solar panels.

Chinese firms dodging Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs are using this Vietnam solar factory as a loophole
Vietnam to China and back: How one illegal factory worker embodies the trade war manufacturing exodus

He travelled over 800km to work in a lingerie factory in Dongguan six years ago, now he is back home working as a Mandarin-speaking shift supervisor for a Chinese company.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:21PM

He travelled over 800km to work in a lingerie factory in Dongguan six years ago, now he is back home working as a Mandarin-speaking shift supervisor for a Chinese company.

Vietnam to China and back: How one illegal factory worker embodies the trade war manufacturing exodus
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