Echo Xie

Echo Xie

Reporter, China

Echo is a Beijing-based reporter focusing on Chinese politics and policy. She joined the Post in 2019. Previously, she worked for CSMonitor Beijing Bureau and Jiemian news. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.

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China’s ‘two sessions’: five-year plan is key to reaching Xi’s environmental and carbon neutrality goals

Plan for 2021-25 must show how China will achieve peak carbon emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, say observers.

Plan for 2021-25 must show how China will achieve peak carbon emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, say observers.

China’s ‘two sessions’: five-year plan is key to reaching Xi’s environmental and carbon neutrality goals
4 Mar 2021 - 7:00PM
Will a new law bring China’s dying Yangtze River back to life?

National legislation designed to protect the massive waterway and its tributaries has come into effect, aiming to reverse decades of exploitation.

National legislation designed to protect the massive waterway and its tributaries has come into effect, aiming to reverse decades of exploitation.

Will a new law bring China’s dying Yangtze River back to life?
2 Mar 2021 - 9:00AM
Covid-19 lockdowns give China breathing room on air quality targets

Environment ministry reports PM2.5 pollution reductions meet national standard, if effects of pandemic discounted.

Environment ministry reports PM2.5 pollution reductions meet national standard, if effects of pandemic discounted.

Covid-19 lockdowns give China breathing room on air quality targets
26 Feb 2021 - 4:12AM
China wants to be carbon neutral by 2060, but can its provinces manage it?

Some provincial authorities have taken steps towards the government’s goals, while others have been slow or vague, not least where the economy relies on coal.

Some provincial authorities have taken steps towards the government’s goals, while others have been slow or vague, not least where the economy relies on coal.

China wants to be carbon neutral by 2060, but can its provinces manage it?
17 Feb 2021 - 6:38AM
China’s Lunar New Year TV extravaganza hit again by blackface scandal

Singer Zhu Mingying says the show aimed to emulate art performances along the belt-and-road route.

Singer Zhu Mingying says the show aimed to emulate art performances along the belt-and-road route.

China’s Lunar New Year TV extravaganza hit again by blackface scandal
12 Feb 2021 - 8:04PM
China-US relations: White House denies backtracking on Confucius Institutes

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi listed shutting Confucius Institutes as among the stumbling blocks to people-to-people exchanges between the countries.

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi listed shutting Confucius Institutes as among the stumbling blocks to people-to-people exchanges between the countries.

China-US relations: White House denies backtracking on Confucius Institutes
12 Feb 2021 - 6:37PM
Climate change: China’s energy regulator proposes target of 40 per cent renewables by 2030

Analysts disagree on whether the country could meet targets in NEA policy document within a decade.

Analysts disagree on whether the country could meet targets in NEA policy document within a decade.

Climate change: China’s energy regulator proposes target of 40 per cent renewables by 2030
10 Feb 2021 - 10:45PM
Covid-19: China approves Sinovac vaccine for general public use
6 Feb 2021 - 9:02PM
China adds 517 species to protected wildlife list

Wolf, golden jackal and large-spotted civet among hundreds of animals granted special status in first major shake-up of the inventory for over 30 years.

Wolf, golden jackal and large-spotted civet among hundreds of animals granted special status in first major shake-up of the inventory for over 30 years.

China adds 517 species to protected wildlife list
6 Feb 2021 - 10:07PM
China’s top climate diplomat reappointed as special envoy in ‘tailored move towards the US’

Xie Zhenhua has been involved in climate negotiations, including the Paris Agreement, for over a decade. Analyst sees it as a ‘tailored move towards the US’.

Xie Zhenhua has been involved in climate negotiations, including the Paris Agreement, for over a decade. Analyst sees it as a ‘tailored move towards the US’.

China’s top climate diplomat reappointed as special envoy in ‘tailored move towards the US’
5 Feb 2021 - 10:08PM
How China’s coal power glut is clouding its carbon zero ambitions

By adding the equivalent of one new coal-fired plant a week, China led the world in expansion of electricity from the fossil fuel last year, researchers say.

By adding the equivalent of one new coal-fired plant a week, China led the world in expansion of electricity from the fossil fuel last year, researchers say.

How China’s coal power glut is clouding its carbon zero ambitions
4 Feb 2021 - 11:07AM
China’s energy watchdog under fire over pollution failures

Central government inspectors say the National Energy Administration did not enforce environmental standards, particularly on coal power.

Central government inspectors say the National Energy Administration did not enforce environmental standards, particularly on coal power.

China’s energy watchdog under fire over pollution failures
1 Feb 2021 - 11:40PM
Pollution in China: thallium leak in Yangtze River linked to zinc smelter

Pollution was detected at a monitoring station at the intersection of two tributaries of Asia’s longest river.

Pollution was detected at a monitoring station at the intersection of two tributaries of Asia’s longest river.

Pollution in China: thallium leak in Yangtze River linked to zinc smelter
28 Jan 2021 - 10:19AM
Chinese embassy in US denies asking for talks about Biden-Xi summit

Diplomats in Washington deny a Wall Street Journal report that they had written to the new administration proposing discussions.

Diplomats in Washington deny a Wall Street Journal report that they had written to the new administration proposing discussions.

Chinese embassy in US denies asking for talks about Biden-Xi summit
18 Feb 2021 - 11:33AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping says corruption remains biggest threat to Communist Party

Strict governance must be maintained ‘to ensure the development goals and tasks of the 14th five-year plan are fulfilled’, he says at corruption watchdog’s annual conference.

Strict governance must be maintained ‘to ensure the development goals and tasks of the 14th five-year plan are fulfilled’, he says at corruption watchdog’s annual conference.

Chinese President Xi Jinping says corruption remains biggest threat to Communist Party
23 Jan 2021 - 9:22PM
‘More painful than death’: a year on from coronavirus lockdown chaos in Wuhan

City of 11 million was sealed off for 76 days as authorities tried to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Those who were there recall overwhelmed hospitals, empty streets and resilience, and say they fear it could happen again.

City of 11 million was sealed off for 76 days as authorities tried to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Those who were there recall overwhelmed hospitals, empty streets and resilience, and say they fear it could happen again.

‘More painful than death’: a year on from coronavirus lockdown chaos in Wuhan
24 Jan 2021 - 5:49PM
Chinese city boss fired after slapping subordinate in public

Zhang Zhanwei was removed from his post in Jiyuan city after his victim’s wife complained about his conduct.

Zhang Zhanwei was removed from his post in Jiyuan city after his victim’s wife complained about his conduct.

Chinese city boss fired after slapping subordinate in public
23 Jan 2021 - 12:03AM
Outcry over revived dam plans for China’s biggest freshwater lake

Opponents say damming Poyang Lake could inflict irreversible harm on the area’s environment, threatening migratory birds and the Yangtze finless porpoise.

Opponents say damming Poyang Lake could inflict irreversible harm on the area’s environment, threatening migratory birds and the Yangtze finless porpoise.

Outcry over revived dam plans for China’s biggest freshwater lake
18 Jan 2021 - 11:01PM
Nearly 100 million Chinese people supplied drinking water with ‘unsafe’ levels of toxic chemicals

Researchers from Tsinghua University found that levels of per and polyfluoroalkyls in 16 cities exceeded contamination limits used in the US.

Researchers from Tsinghua University found that levels of per and polyfluoroalkyls in 16 cities exceeded contamination limits used in the US.

Nearly 100 million Chinese people supplied drinking water with ‘unsafe’ levels of toxic chemicals
18 Jan 2021 - 12:32PM
China ‘must power up nuclear plans’ to meet carbon neutral targets

Industry observers say Fukushima disaster and problems with third-generation design held back capacity growth.

Industry observers say Fukushima disaster and problems with third-generation design held back capacity growth.

China ‘must power up nuclear plans’ to meet carbon neutral targets
13 Jan 2021 - 12:14PM
Coronavirus in China: instant noodles a godsend for residents caught out by Shijiazhuang lockdown

Northern city has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, and many locals did not have a chance to get supplies before the restrictions began on Wednesday.

Northern city has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, and many locals did not have a chance to get supplies before the restrictions began on Wednesday.

Coronavirus in China: instant noodles a godsend for residents caught out by Shijiazhuang lockdown
8 Jan 2021 - 11:20PM
Coronavirus: China’s Hebei province reports 120 new local cases as millions tested

All but one of the new infections were found in Shijiazhuang where the country’s biggest outbreak in months has city in lockdown.

All but one of the new infections were found in Shijiazhuang where the country’s biggest outbreak in months has city in lockdown.

Coronavirus: China’s Hebei province reports 120 new local cases as millions tested
7 Jan 2021 - 11:01PM
Chinese gang of pangolin smugglers jailed over US$17.6 million haul of scales

Traffickers given sentences of up to 14 years and heavy fines in one of the biggest cases of its kind.

Traffickers given sentences of up to 14 years and heavy fines in one of the biggest cases of its kind.

Chinese gang of pangolin smugglers jailed over US$17.6 million haul of scales
6 Jan 2021 - 9:42PM
China looks to market prices to help turn Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutrality goal from a pledge into reality. Here’s how

The next key step would be for China to launch a long-awaited national carbon emissions quota trading scheme, a cornerstone policy that can turn Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutrality pledge into a deliverable reality.

The next key step would be for China to launch a long-awaited national carbon emissions quota trading scheme, a cornerstone policy that can turn Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutrality pledge into a deliverable reality.

China looks to market prices to help turn Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutrality goal from a pledge into reality. Here’s how
11 Dec 2020 - 9:00AM
Xi Jinping tells BRICS leaders ‘we’re all in the same boat’ as he takes veiled swipe at US

Chinese president calls on BRICS leaders to uphold multilateralism and ‘oppose unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction’.

Chinese president calls on BRICS leaders to uphold multilateralism and ‘oppose unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction’.

Xi Jinping tells BRICS leaders ‘we’re all in the same boat’ as he takes veiled swipe at US
18 Nov 2020 - 11:02PM
Coronavirus: China must win over global partners for post-pandemic economic recovery: analyst

Capitalism vs socialism will no longer be the issue, China expert says of international prospects in the wake of Covid-19 crisis.

Capitalism vs socialism will no longer be the issue, China expert says of international prospects in the wake of Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus: China must win over global partners for post-pandemic economic recovery: analyst
13 Nov 2020 - 10:28PM
Ex-China official accuses G20 of being ‘at a standstill’ as global emergencies converge in a severe systemic crisis

In the lead-up to virtual leaders’ summit next week, former China finance vice-minister says G20 must take a stronger lead during pandemic and recession.

In the lead-up to virtual leaders’ summit next week, former China finance vice-minister says G20 must take a stronger lead during pandemic and recession.

Ex-China official accuses G20 of being ‘at a standstill’ as global emergencies converge in a severe systemic crisis
12 Nov 2020 - 8:04PM
US-China relations: Trump divisions could haunt Biden presidency

Former Chinese diplomat says the deep social divide in the United States will continue to affect Washington’s foreign policy.

Former Chinese diplomat says the deep social divide in the United States will continue to affect Washington’s foreign policy.

US-China relations: Trump divisions could haunt Biden presidency
13 Nov 2020 - 2:19AM
Coronavirus: Xinjiang city must brave ‘wartime conditions’ to stop Covid-19

Vice-premier emphasises disease tracking and strict quarantine measures during a visit to Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous region.

Vice-premier emphasises disease tracking and strict quarantine measures during a visit to Kashgar and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous region.

Coronavirus: Xinjiang city must brave ‘wartime conditions’ to stop Covid-19
6 Nov 2020 - 10:49PM
US-China tensions will remain even if Joe Biden rejoins Paris climate deal, observers say

The two sides may cooperate on climate change if the Democratic candidate wins the presidential race, but they will still have plenty of other problems to resolve, experts say.

The two sides may cooperate on climate change if the Democratic candidate wins the presidential race, but they will still have plenty of other problems to resolve, experts say.

US-China tensions will remain even if Joe Biden rejoins Paris climate deal, observers say
6 Nov 2020 - 4:59AM