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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Chinese cities reliant on land sales rushing through clean-ups at polluted sites, study finds

Researchers from Greenpeace and Nanjing University find ‘strong motive to sell land and do remediation as quickly as possible’ in some big cities.

17 Apr 2019 - 10:23PM

Researchers from Greenpeace and Nanjing University find ‘strong motive to sell land and do remediation as quickly as possible’ in some big cities.

Chinese cities reliant on land sales rushing through clean-ups at polluted sites, study finds
China set to launch 100-day crackdown on illegal firearms, deadly or otherwise

E-commerce platforms, courier companies in the cross hairs as public security ministry announces latest campaign to close distribution channels.

15 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

E-commerce platforms, courier companies in the cross hairs as public security ministry announces latest campaign to close distribution channels.

China set to launch 100-day crackdown on illegal firearms, deadly or otherwise
New Malaysia rail link deal ‘shows China is open to discussion’ on belt and road projects

After stalled East Coast Rail Link gets back on track with fresh agreement, analysts say Beijing is willing to negotiate on terms, including lowering costs.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

After stalled East Coast Rail Link gets back on track with fresh agreement, analysts say Beijing is willing to negotiate on terms, including lowering costs.

New Malaysia rail link deal ‘shows China is open to discussion’ on belt and road projects
Chinese kindergarten teacher detained for assaulting five-year-old pupil

Police intervene after school dismisses parents’ claim they found bruises on their son’s face and body.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:13PM

Police intervene after school dismisses parents’ claim they found bruises on their son’s face and body.

Chinese kindergarten teacher detained for assaulting five-year-old pupil
Corrupt Chinese official who used spy movie tricks to hide bribes jailed for 18 years

Inner Mongolian cadre accepted more than US$22 million from officials and businessmen and hid the proceeds in chicken coops and disused water tanks.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:07AM

Inner Mongolian cadre accepted more than US$22 million from officials and businessmen and hid the proceeds in chicken coops and disused water tanks.

Corrupt Chinese official who used spy movie tricks to hide bribes jailed for 18 years
Latest crackdown on Chinese social media sees dozens of high-profile Weibo accounts silenced

Microblogging platform says dozens of accounts have been suspended or closed for publishing ‘politically harmful’ material.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Microblogging platform says dozens of accounts have been suspended or closed for publishing ‘politically harmful’ material.

Latest crackdown on Chinese social media sees dozens of high-profile Weibo accounts silenced
Small factories in northern China count the cost of Beijing’s war on pollution

Hundreds of workshops in Shijiazhuang, Hebei were told to halt production in November to help curb smog over winter – but machinery still lies idle at some.

7 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

Hundreds of workshops in Shijiazhuang, Hebei were told to halt production in November to help curb smog over winter – but machinery still lies idle at some.

Small factories in northern China count the cost of Beijing’s war on pollution
Chinese human rights lawyer banned from leaving country to study in US ‘because of national security risk’

Chen Jiangang was stopped at Beijing Airport on Monday en route to take up fellowship funded by the US State Department.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:50PM

Chen Jiangang was stopped at Beijing Airport on Monday en route to take up fellowship funded by the US State Department.

Chinese human rights lawyer banned from leaving country to study in US ‘because of national security risk’
Ain’t no party like a Communist Party: Chinese cadres told how to celebrate political ‘birthdays’

Disciplinary watchdog urges members to ‘celebrate’ by retaking party oath, attending study sessions and meeting superiors to discuss their shortcomings.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:20PM

Disciplinary watchdog urges members to ‘celebrate’ by retaking party oath, attending study sessions and meeting superiors to discuss their shortcomings.

Ain’t no party like a Communist Party: Chinese cadres told how to celebrate political ‘birthdays’
Tiananmen spirit label protesters given suspended jail terms by Chinese court after three years in detention

Two activists who were arrested in 2016 were found guilty over baijiu labels urging people to remember deadly 1989 crackdown, while two others face trial this week.

3 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

Two activists who were arrested in 2016 were found guilty over baijiu labels urging people to remember deadly 1989 crackdown, while two others face trial this week.

Tiananmen spirit label protesters given suspended jail terms by Chinese court after three years in detention
China’s top science bodies may hand out honorary titles to private sector amid tech push

CAS and CAE – which give policy advice to the government – have nominated at least seven specialists from private firms for the titles since start of the year.

31 Mar 2019 - 10:00AM

CAS and CAE – which give policy advice to the government – have nominated at least seven specialists from private firms for the titles since start of the year.

China’s top science bodies may hand out honorary titles to private sector amid tech push
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:24PM

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy
Tsinghua University suspends Xu Zhangrun, Chinese law professor who criticised Xi Jinping

Xu Zhangrun has been placed under investigation by the university after he wrote several articles that were critical of political and social issues in China.

27 Mar 2019 - 12:44PM

Xu Zhangrun has been placed under investigation by the university after he wrote several articles that were critical of political and social issues in China.

Tsinghua University suspends Xu Zhangrun, Chinese law professor who criticised Xi Jinping
Chinese researchers isolate strain of African swine fever in ‘first step’ towards vaccine

Scientists in Heilongjiang province take sample from spleen of pig but don’t know when they will be able to immunise animals.

26 Mar 2019 - 9:49PM

Scientists in Heilongjiang province take sample from spleen of pig but don’t know when they will be able to immunise animals.

Chinese researchers isolate strain of African swine fever in ‘first step’ towards vaccine
China sends task force to probe blast at chemical plant where green group says ‘problems were known’

China has set up a task force to investigate the cause of a blast at a chemical plant where 13 safety issues were found in an inspection last year.

25 Mar 2019 - 3:31PM

China has set up a task force to investigate the cause of a blast at a chemical plant where 13 safety issues were found in an inspection last year.

China sends task force to probe blast at chemical plant where green group says ‘problems were known’
China declares victory over African swine fever but cover-up claims call success into question

Agriculture ministry declares tentative victory, but industry figures fear many cases are not being reported with journalists ordered not to cover the story.

28 Mar 2019 - 2:41PM

Agriculture ministry declares tentative victory, but industry figures fear many cases are not being reported with journalists ordered not to cover the story.

China declares victory over African swine fever but cover-up claims call success into question
6 dead, hundreds of firefighters battle blaze after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant

Children among injured as blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant damages nearby residential buildings, school and vehicles.

22 Mar 2019 - 12:40PM

Children among injured as blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant damages nearby residential buildings, school and vehicles.

6 dead, hundreds of firefighters battle blaze after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant
China plans to offer investment education in schools across country

Education ministry and securities regulator agree to include financial knowledge on national curriculum in the future.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Education ministry and securities regulator agree to include financial knowledge on national curriculum in the future.

China plans to offer investment education in schools across country
Chinese school principal sacked over claims mouldy food found in canteen

Company that owns private high school in Chengdu, legal representative and two local officials are also under investigation over the incident.

17 Mar 2019 - 10:06PM

Company that owns private high school in Chengdu, legal representative and two local officials are also under investigation over the incident.

Chinese school principal sacked over claims mouldy food found in canteen
China made rulings on 40 per cent more intellectual property cases in 2018 - a key area of tension in relations with US

IPR is a key area of tension in trade relations between the US and China.

13 Mar 2019 - 12:41PM

IPR is a key area of tension in trade relations between the US and China.

China made rulings on 40 per cent more intellectual property cases in 2018 - a key area of tension in relations with US
What Chinese women really want when it comes to children and reproductive rights

China has abandoned its one-child policy but the worries are not over for unmarried women and parents struggling to afford childcare.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:05AM

China has abandoned its one-child policy but the worries are not over for unmarried women and parents struggling to afford childcare.

What Chinese women really want when it comes to children and reproductive rights
Xi Jinping says revival of Chinese economy must not be bought at expense of the environment

President joins delegates from Inner Mongolia at National People’s Congress, telling them not to ‘attempt to breach the red line of ecological protection’.

7 Mar 2019 - 1:02PM

President joins delegates from Inner Mongolia at National People’s Congress, telling them not to ‘attempt to breach the red line of ecological protection’.

Xi Jinping says revival of Chinese economy must not be bought at expense of the environment
Beijing smog: which industries were among the worst offenders, according to 2,000 top Chinese scientists?
  • Rate of coal consumption was four times national average and output of several industries was found to account for 40 per cent of national total, while most bulk materials were transported by diesel trucks.
5 Mar 2019 - 5:11PM
  • Rate of coal consumption was four times national average and output of several industries was found to account for 40 per cent of national total, while most bulk materials were transported by diesel trucks.
Beijing smog: which industries were among the worst offenders, according to 2,000 top Chinese scientists?