Cissy Zhou

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Cissy Zhou

Political Economy Reporter

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’s pork crisis creates bumper payday for small-time farmers willing to take a risk

China’s pork crisis has not been a disaster for everyone – small, opportunistic farmers have been taking advantage of the soaring price, but the risks are huge.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:27PM

China’s pork crisis has not been a disaster for everyone – small, opportunistic farmers have been taking advantage of the soaring price, but the risks are huge.

China’s pork crisis creates bumper payday for small-time farmers willing to take a risk
Hong Kong elections: long queues as voting kicks off in first polls since protest crisis erupted

More than 4 million due to vote in Sunday’s district council elections, which have extra significance amid unrest. People arrive early at polling stations following rumours voting could close if trouble breaks out.

24 Nov 2019 - 6:26PM

More than 4 million due to vote in Sunday’s district council elections, which have extra significance amid unrest. People arrive early at polling stations following rumours voting could close if trouble breaks out.

Hong Kong elections: long queues as voting kicks off in first polls since protest crisis erupted
China remains silent as Trump repeats threat to hike tariffs if trade war deal not reached soon

Chinese officials and state media have remained silent on US president’s threats this week to raise tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon.

20 Nov 2019 - 3:49PM

Chinese officials and state media have remained silent on US president’s threats this week to raise tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon.

China remains silent as Trump repeats threat to hike tariffs if trade war deal not reached soon
China could ‘smooth over’ census data to meet growth target, achieve goal of doubling size of economy by 2020

China is committed to doubling the size of the economy between 2010 and 2020, but this would require a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2020 compared to 2010.

13 Nov 2019 - 9:23PM

China is committed to doubling the size of the economy between 2010 and 2020, but this would require a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2020 compared to 2010.

China could ‘smooth over’ census data to meet growth target, achieve goal of doubling size of economy by 2020
Need for national security law in Hong Kong becoming urgent, Beijing official says

Steps must also be taken to prevent ‘foreign forces’ from interfering in city’s affairs, director of Chinese central government’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office says.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:04AM

Steps must also be taken to prevent ‘foreign forces’ from interfering in city’s affairs, director of Chinese central government’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office says.

Need for national security law in Hong Kong becoming urgent, Beijing official says
China consumer prices jump to near 8-year high as pork soars more than 100 per cent

Impact of African swine fever on pork prices pushes consumer price index to highest level in nearly eight years.

11 Nov 2019 - 11:41AM

Impact of African swine fever on pork prices pushes consumer price index to highest level in nearly eight years.

China consumer prices jump to near 8-year high as pork soars more than 100 per cent
Hong Kong dollar could be unpegged from US dollar if protests create economic crisis, economist warns

Hong Kong’s peg to the US dollar could be abandoned if anti-government protests worsened the city’s economic woes, Chinese economist Yu Yongding has warned.

10 Nov 2019 - 12:00AM

Hong Kong’s peg to the US dollar could be abandoned if anti-government protests worsened the city’s economic woes, Chinese economist Yu Yongding has warned.

Hong Kong dollar could be unpegged from US dollar if protests create economic crisis, economist warns
China’s tariff-free economy proposal ‘not feasible’, analysts say

A suggestion from a prominent Chinese political figure that China should move to a tariff-free economy has sparked fierce debate among officials and scholars.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:29AM

A suggestion from a prominent Chinese political figure that China should move to a tariff-free economy has sparked fierce debate among officials and scholars.

China’s tariff-free economy proposal ‘not feasible’, analysts say
China’s slowing economy offers ‘magic moment’ to accept US trade war demands, says ex-US trade chief

US-China trade war and slowing economy offers Beijing the chance to implement the reforms it needs to ensure growth, says Washington’s former trade chief Carla Hills.

30 Oct 2019 - 10:32PM

US-China trade war and slowing economy offers Beijing the chance to implement the reforms it needs to ensure growth, says Washington’s former trade chief Carla Hills.

China’s slowing economy offers ‘magic moment’ to accept US trade war demands, says ex-US trade chief
China experts back Donald Trump’s ‘phased’ trade war deal, but say US must reject unilateral approach

Donald Trump’s proposed partial deal to de-escalate the US-China trade war has won the backing of Beijing academics, but they doubt if the US President will follow through.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:02AM

Donald Trump’s proposed partial deal to de-escalate the US-China trade war has won the backing of Beijing academics, but they doubt if the US President will follow through.

China experts back Donald Trump’s ‘phased’ trade war deal, but say US must reject unilateral approach
Facebook’s Libra is ‘delusional’ project that will never succeed, says prominent Chinese political figure

Facebook’s Libra digital currency is a ‘delusional’ project that will fail because of the risk it poses to sovereign currencies, says a prominent Chinese political figure.

28 Oct 2019 - 9:45PM

Facebook’s Libra digital currency is a ‘delusional’ project that will fail because of the risk it poses to sovereign currencies, says a prominent Chinese political figure.

Facebook’s Libra is ‘delusional’ project that will never succeed, says prominent Chinese political figure
US-China trade war update: reality hits Communist Party planning, economic heavyweights candid about tariffs for Christmas, no fun at the Canton Fair

Both sides inch towards a ‘mini deal’ while the bad news data continues to arrive as China begins its anticipated fourth plenum session; field reporter Cissy Zhou reports from Shanghai’s Bund Conference, and what China’s economic heavyweights are saying about Trump’s real agenda and whether the trade war is over by Christmas

7 Nov 2019 - 4:12PM

Both sides inch towards a ‘mini deal’ while the bad news data continues to arrive as China begins its anticipated fourth plenum session; field reporter Cissy Zhou reports from Shanghai’s Bund Conference, and what China’s economic heavyweights are saying about Trump’s real agenda and whether the trade war is over by Christmas

US-China trade war update: reality hits Communist Party planning, economic heavyweights candid about tariffs for Christmas, no fun at the Canton Fair
Huawei Twitter comments defended by economist Jeffrey Sachs, says Donald Trump ‘still wrong’

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs says he has no regrets about his comments defending Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

29 Oct 2019 - 11:13AM

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs says he has no regrets about his comments defending Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Huawei Twitter comments defended by economist Jeffrey Sachs, says Donald Trump ‘still wrong’
China rushes to embrace blockchain with Facebook’s Libra just around the corner

People’s Bank of China is preparing to launch its own digital currency, with President Xi Jinping urging an aggressive approach.

28 Oct 2019 - 8:05PM

People’s Bank of China is preparing to launch its own digital currency, with President Xi Jinping urging an aggressive approach.

China rushes to embrace blockchain with Facebook’s Libra just around the corner
Shenzhen, Beijing lose out to Chengdu as China’s best performing city economy, says report

Shenzhen has lost its crown as China’s best performing economy as fast-growing Chengdu makes strong gains in investment, employment and wage growth.

23 Oct 2019 - 11:47AM

Shenzhen has lost its crown as China’s best performing economy as fast-growing Chengdu makes strong gains in investment, employment and wage growth.

Shenzhen, Beijing lose out to Chengdu as China’s best performing city economy, says report
US trade war could impact China’s ability to manufacture rival to Airbus, Boeing, designer says

State-owned manufacturer relies on US suppliers for the C919, but they could be placed on China’s unreliable entities list as part of the ongoing trade war with the US.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:50AM

State-owned manufacturer relies on US suppliers for the C919, but they could be placed on China’s unreliable entities list as part of the ongoing trade war with the US.

US trade war could impact China’s ability to manufacture rival to Airbus, Boeing, designer says
China’s youth are shaping internet culture at home and abroad amid censorship

Panellists at the World Internet Conference discussed the development of a distinctly Chinese online culture in a censored environment.

22 Oct 2019 - 9:20AM

Panellists at the World Internet Conference discussed the development of a distinctly Chinese online culture in a censored environment.

China’s youth are shaping internet culture at home and abroad amid censorship
Google and Facebook stay away but smaller US firms scout for business at China’s World Internet Conference

Some American hardware providers attend state-backed event along with Chinese entrepreneurs Jack Ma and Robin Li.

21 Oct 2019 - 12:36PM

Some American hardware providers attend state-backed event along with Chinese entrepreneurs Jack Ma and Robin Li.

Google and Facebook stay away but smaller US firms scout for business at China’s World Internet Conference
US-China trade war update: deal or no deal, China’s record GDP slump and a return to ‘Made in Hong Kong’

US-China trade war update looks at what has really changed between the two countries since the handshakes and photos in Washington last week, and the major concerns for Beijing ahead. Also hear reports from the front line of the trade war for electronics manufacturing.

18 Oct 2019 - 5:25PM

US-China trade war update looks at what has really changed between the two countries since the handshakes and photos in Washington last week, and the major concerns for Beijing ahead. Also hear reports from the front line of the trade war for electronics manufacturing.

US-China trade war update: deal or no deal, China’s record GDP slump and a return to ‘Made in Hong Kong’
China’s electronics exporters desperately look for an escape from US trade war nightmare

US-China trade war tariffs and Hong Kong protests keep American buyers away from Hong Kong electronics fair, leaving China’s exporters to count the cost.

18 Oct 2019 - 1:03PM

US-China trade war tariffs and Hong Kong protests keep American buyers away from Hong Kong electronics fair, leaving China’s exporters to count the cost.

China’s electronics exporters desperately look for an escape from US trade war nightmare
Hunter Biden’s China investment firm is small fish in China’s private equity pond

Chinese-backed firm linked to Hunter Biden is a small player in China’s private equity market, public filings show.

14 Oct 2019 - 3:05PM

Chinese-backed firm linked to Hunter Biden is a small player in China’s private equity market, public filings show.

Hunter Biden’s China investment firm is small fish in China’s private equity pond
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 - 10:18PM

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.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:50AM

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.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:39AM

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