Echo Xie

Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.
Echo Xie
Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.

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China assigns officials to 100 companies in nation’s cradle of private enterprises in charm offensive to bolster confidence

The move was the result of a January dialogue in Beijing between Premier Li Keqiang and representatives of the country’s private enterprises, who gave their feedback on what ailed China’s economy.

25 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

The move was the result of a January dialogue in Beijing between Premier Li Keqiang and representatives of the country’s private enterprises, who gave their feedback on what ailed China’s economy.

China assigns officials to 100 companies in nation’s cradle of private enterprises in charm offensive to bolster confidence
China steps up environment checks amid fears National Day parade will be marred by smog

Pollution across northern region of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and surrounds this week may linger, and high humidity is likely to exacerbate the problem.

24 Sep 2019 - 7:30PM

Pollution across northern region of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and surrounds this week may linger, and high humidity is likely to exacerbate the problem.

China steps up environment checks amid fears National Day parade will be marred by smog
China looks to AI future as subways adopt facial recognition technology

Shenzhen joins a number of mainland cities using face scans at metro entrances.

22 Sep 2019 - 11:11PM

Shenzhen joins a number of mainland cities using face scans at metro entrances.

China looks to AI future as subways adopt facial recognition technology
Ye Xuanping, a Chinese economic reform warrior, dies, aged 94

The son of a founding military marshal, Ye ruled Guangdong province for two decades, forging ties with tycoons and officials throughout the region.

18 Sep 2019 - 12:59AM

The son of a founding military marshal, Ye ruled Guangdong province for two decades, forging ties with tycoons and officials throughout the region.

Ye Xuanping, a Chinese economic reform warrior, dies, aged 94
Artificial intelligence is watching China’s students but how well can it really see?

The country’s schools and universities have been keen adopters of artificial intelligence, applying the technology in classrooms and dormitories.

16 Sep 2019 - 7:15AM

The country’s schools and universities have been keen adopters of artificial intelligence, applying the technology in classrooms and dormitories.

Artificial intelligence is watching China’s students but how well can it really see?
China earmarks site to store nuclear waste deep underground

Researchers will conduct tests in Gansu to see whether the area will make a viable facility to store highly radioactive waste safely.

5 Sep 2019 - 11:04PM

Researchers will conduct tests in Gansu to see whether the area will make a viable facility to store highly radioactive waste safely.

China earmarks site to store nuclear waste deep underground
China ‘actively promoting’ nuclear fuel processing plant with French Areva

Commercial negotiations nearly complete for project which led to street protests over location in 2016.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:15AM

Commercial negotiations nearly complete for project which led to street protests over location in 2016.

China ‘actively promoting’ nuclear fuel processing plant with French Areva
China condemns US blacklisting of nuclear firms and says American companies could be hurt as a result

Nuclear safety boss suggests Chinese companies will weather the move, thanks to partnerships with other countries.

4 Sep 2019 - 9:55AM

Nuclear safety boss suggests Chinese companies will weather the move, thanks to partnerships with other countries.

China condemns US blacklisting of nuclear firms and says American companies could be hurt as a result
Heavy carbon emitters in China’s belt and road network may put Paris climate targets at risk

Study on impact of global infrastructure scheme finds that if countries don’t curb emissions, temperatures could rise by nearly 3 degrees Celsius by 2050.

2 Sep 2019 - 11:50PM

Study on impact of global infrastructure scheme finds that if countries don’t curb emissions, temperatures could rise by nearly 3 degrees Celsius by 2050.

Heavy carbon emitters in China’s belt and road network may put Paris climate targets at risk
Chinese state media warns ‘end is coming for those attempting to disrupt Hong Kong’

Xinhua commentary doesn’t threaten specific action but warns of three bottom lines ‘that must not be crossed’.

2 Sep 2019 - 3:15AM

Xinhua commentary doesn’t threaten specific action but warns of three bottom lines ‘that must not be crossed’.

Chinese state media warns ‘end is coming for those attempting to disrupt Hong Kong’
Chinese face-swapping app sparks privacy concerns soon after hugely popular release

ZAO allows users to superimpose their faces on images of famous actors.

1 Sep 2019 - 11:37PM

ZAO allows users to superimpose their faces on images of famous actors.

Chinese face-swapping app sparks privacy concerns soon after hugely popular release
Beijing talks up case for intervention in Hong Kong, labelling protests ‘colour revolution’

Xinhua moves from previous comparisons with ‘colour revolution’ to directly giving the protests that description, and quotes late leader Deng Xiaoping as having said Beijing ‘should intervene’ if there were turmoil in Hong Kong.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:58PM

Xinhua moves from previous comparisons with ‘colour revolution’ to directly giving the protests that description, and quotes late leader Deng Xiaoping as having said Beijing ‘should intervene’ if there were turmoil in Hong Kong.

Beijing talks up case for intervention in Hong Kong, labelling protests ‘colour revolution’
Hong Kong’s human chains may add to Beijing’s fears of emerging ‘colour revolution’

Protest stretching along three railway lines was a nod to the Baltic Way, when 2 million people joined hands across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania calling for independence from the former Soviet Union.

24 Aug 2019 - 11:02AM

Protest stretching along three railway lines was a nod to the Baltic Way, when 2 million people joined hands across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania calling for independence from the former Soviet Union.

Hong Kong’s human chains may add to Beijing’s fears of emerging ‘colour revolution’
Beijing unlikely to intervene in Hong Kong but police under pressure to end protests, analysts say

Central government’s warning about ‘signs of terrorism’ in escalating protest violence ‘provides cover for local authorities to continue on path they are on’.

14 Aug 2019 - 5:28AM

Central government’s warning about ‘signs of terrorism’ in escalating protest violence ‘provides cover for local authorities to continue on path they are on’.

Beijing unlikely to intervene in Hong Kong but police under pressure to end protests, analysts say
Nationalist Chinese tabloid editor blasts Hong Kong’s Harbour City mall for ‘kowtowing’ to protesters

Global Times chief Hu Xijin takes aim at shopping centre, saying it was weak for allowing ‘rioters’ to remove Chinese national flags and toss them into sea.

11 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Global Times chief Hu Xijin takes aim at shopping centre, saying it was weak for allowing ‘rioters’ to remove Chinese national flags and toss them into sea.

Nationalist Chinese tabloid editor blasts Hong Kong’s Harbour City mall for ‘kowtowing’ to protesters
Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 32 in China as storm forces parts of Great Wall to close

Heavy rain causes landslides and flooding, forcing more than a million people to leave their homes.

11 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Heavy rain causes landslides and flooding, forcing more than a million people to leave their homes.

Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 32 in China as storm forces parts of Great Wall to close
China strips rights lawyer Li Jinxing of licence over ‘improper’ social media comments

Li Jinxing says he will appeal against the decision by authorities in eastern China

7 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

Li Jinxing says he will appeal against the decision by authorities in eastern China

China strips rights lawyer Li Jinxing of licence over ‘improper’ social media comments
Chinese rights lawyer Chen Jiangang flees to US to escape ‘persecution’ in China

Chen says he was told he would ‘disappear’ if he continued to represent the daughter-in-law of a jail former Chinese leader.

5 Aug 2019 - 10:51PM

Chen says he was told he would ‘disappear’ if he continued to represent the daughter-in-law of a jail former Chinese leader.

Chinese rights lawyer Chen Jiangang flees to US to escape ‘persecution’ in China
Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:22AM

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future
Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin joins Communist Party chiefs at funeral of Tiananmen premier Li Peng

Xi Jinping and other senior leaders lead the mourning for Li, a controversial figure who was accused of playing a key role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

30 Jul 2019 - 5:16PM

Xi Jinping and other senior leaders lead the mourning for Li, a controversial figure who was accused of playing a key role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin joins Communist Party chiefs at funeral of Tiananmen premier Li Peng
Lift-off for China’s Long March grid-fin tech in space race for reusable rockets

Chinese scientists say they have developed controls to help steer spent boosters crashing back to Earth.

29 Jul 2019 - 4:36AM

Chinese scientists say they have developed controls to help steer spent boosters crashing back to Earth.

Lift-off for China’s Long March grid-fin tech in space race for reusable rockets
Rain on the way but China still in grip of withering heatwave

Three weeks of persistent hot weather has set new benchmarks for power use and maximum temperatures, authorities say.

28 Jul 2019 - 10:13PM

Three weeks of persistent hot weather has set new benchmarks for power use and maximum temperatures, authorities say.

Rain on the way but China still in grip of withering heatwave
Mainland Chinese sentiment on protests ‘may spur tougher line on Hong Kong’ following violence in wake of extradition bill controversy

Observers say Beijing could take a more hardline position to try to end the situation if it deteriorates, including declaring a state of emergency.

23 Jul 2019 - 2:47PM

Observers say Beijing could take a more hardline position to try to end the situation if it deteriorates, including declaring a state of emergency.

Mainland Chinese sentiment on protests ‘may spur tougher line on Hong Kong’ following violence in wake of extradition bill controversy
China could prevent 330,000 early deaths a year by 2050 by cutting gas emissions, study finds

Earlier research estimated that in 2015 alone, 67,000 premature deaths in China were attributed to ozone, but more recent studies suggest that figure might have been understated.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:06PM

Earlier research estimated that in 2015 alone, 67,000 premature deaths in China were attributed to ozone, but more recent studies suggest that figure might have been understated.

China could prevent 330,000 early deaths a year by 2050 by cutting gas emissions, study finds
China ‘could produce 13 per cent more solar power’ if its skies were as clean as in the 1960s

Effect of pollution that absorbs and scatters sunlight is made clearer by ‘unprecedented’ data, researchers say after study underlining the potential rewards as Beijing aims to switch from coal to solar and other clean energy.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:30PM

Effect of pollution that absorbs and scatters sunlight is made clearer by ‘unprecedented’ data, researchers say after study underlining the potential rewards as Beijing aims to switch from coal to solar and other clean energy.

China ‘could produce 13 per cent more solar power’ if its skies were as clean as in the 1960s
China taps into global expertise in climate change battle against increasing floods and drought

While much work has been done on mitigation, focus turns to adapting to changing circumstances of global warming.

9 Jul 2019 - 6:30AM

While much work has been done on mitigation, focus turns to adapting to changing circumstances of global warming.

China taps into global expertise in climate change battle against increasing floods and drought
Beijing’s sea change: main building work done on starfish-shaped mega airport

It will be world’s largest single-terminal airport – and could eventually become the busiest by passenger traffic.

2 Jul 2019 - 12:09PM

It will be world’s largest single-terminal airport – and could eventually become the busiest by passenger traffic.

Beijing’s sea change: main building work done on starfish-shaped mega airport
No joy for corrupt officials as China announces amnesty to mark nation’s 70th anniversary

Veterans of Sino-Japanese war – which ended 74 years ago – among those likely to be set free, state media says.

30 Jun 2019 - 11:54PM

Veterans of Sino-Japanese war – which ended 74 years ago – among those likely to be set free, state media says.

No joy for corrupt officials as China announces amnesty to mark nation’s 70th anniversary
Can China sort its household waste recycling problem by 2020?

After two decades of inaction, Chinese President Xi Jinping has set a deadline for the nation.

22 Jun 2019 - 11:18PM

After two decades of inaction, Chinese President Xi Jinping has set a deadline for the nation.

Can China sort its household waste recycling problem by 2020?
Climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt twice as fast, research shows

Study by US scientists based on 44 years of satellite imagery says changes to seasonal run-offs pose growing threat to water supplies for 800 million people.

20 Jun 2019 - 2:59AM

Study by US scientists based on 44 years of satellite imagery says changes to seasonal run-offs pose growing threat to water supplies for 800 million people.

Climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt twice as fast, research shows