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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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
Top Chinese media executive in Communist Party’s corruption spotlight

Dai Zigeng, former publisher of popular daily The Beijing News, has been accused of ‘serious violations of discipline and law’.

10 Jun 2019 - 11:22PM

Dai Zigeng, former publisher of popular daily The Beijing News, has been accused of ‘serious violations of discipline and law’.

Top Chinese media executive in Communist Party’s corruption spotlight
Based on a true story: Hong Kong’s Tony Leung to star in movie based on China’s real-life hunt for corruption fugitives

The film has the support of Beijing’s Ministry of Public Security.

1 Jun 2019 - 4:22AM

The film has the support of Beijing’s Ministry of Public Security.

Based on a true story: Hong Kong’s Tony Leung to star in movie based on China’s real-life hunt for corruption fugitives
What China must do to clean up its act on waste water

Inadequate infrastructure and industry standards are holding the country back in the battle to save the environment, new study finds.

26 May 2019 - 9:52PM

Inadequate infrastructure and industry standards are holding the country back in the battle to save the environment, new study finds.

What China must do to clean up its act on waste water
Technology is true target of US attack on China, says diplomat

Chinese ambassador to Britain joins chorus of criticism of US ‘economic bullying’, accuses Washington of ulterior motive.

29 May 2019 - 10:24AM

Chinese ambassador to Britain joins chorus of criticism of US ‘economic bullying’, accuses Washington of ulterior motive.

Technology is true target of US attack on China, says diplomat
China’s anti-corruption agency questions official who approved ‘Made In China 2025’ vehicle subsidies

Li Dong, director of the industrial equipment department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is suspected of violating ‘party discipline and law’.

22 May 2019 - 9:37PM

Li Dong, director of the industrial equipment department at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is suspected of violating ‘party discipline and law’.

China’s anti-corruption agency questions official who approved ‘Made In China 2025’ vehicle subsidies
China’s SOE reform questioned after Beijing appoints inexperienced official to head assets watchdog

State-owned enterprises are an issue at the centre of the US-China trade war, with Washington demanding a level playing field for its businesses in China.

21 May 2019 - 11:00PM

State-owned enterprises are an issue at the centre of the US-China trade war, with Washington demanding a level playing field for its businesses in China.

China’s SOE reform questioned after Beijing appoints inexperienced official to head assets watchdog
Old news breaches China’s trade war media controls in fake truce hope

Xinhua story from last year is republished by online outlets and goes viral.

20 May 2019 - 10:57PM

Xinhua story from last year is republished by online outlets and goes viral.

Old news breaches China’s trade war media controls in fake truce hope
China’s green efforts hit by fake data and corruption among the grass roots

Falsified monitoring information risks directing clean-up efforts away from where they are needed most.

19 May 2019 - 10:59PM

Falsified monitoring information risks directing clean-up efforts away from where they are needed most.

China’s green efforts hit by fake data and corruption among the grass roots
China turns attention to jobs as trade war casts shadow over economy, with Li Keqiang demanding jobs for graduates, ex-military and more

Chinese premier calls on cadres to give top priority to fresh graduates, demobilised military personnel and migrant workers.

15 May 2019 - 12:58AM

Chinese premier calls on cadres to give top priority to fresh graduates, demobilised military personnel and migrant workers.

China turns attention to jobs as trade war casts shadow over economy, with Li Keqiang demanding jobs for graduates, ex-military and more
Chinese exclusion process is aimed at limiting domestic damage caused by higher tariffs on US imports

China’s process is modelled on one used by US, but only incorporated companies can apply for relief and there will be no public hearings.

14 May 2019 - 8:26PM

China’s process is modelled on one used by US, but only incorporated companies can apply for relief and there will be no public hearings.

Chinese exclusion process is aimed at limiting domestic damage caused by higher tariffs on US imports
Xi Jinping tells Chinese police they must maintain social stability ahead of politically sensitive Tiananmen anniversary

First public security conference since 2003 may be way of preparing for possible unrest amid US trade war.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:25AM

First public security conference since 2003 may be way of preparing for possible unrest amid US trade war.

Xi Jinping tells Chinese police they must maintain social stability ahead of politically sensitive Tiananmen anniversary
US tariffs threat strikes raw nerve on 20th anniversary of Nato bombing of Chinese embassy in Serbia

Internet users see trade war with Washington as challenge to a Chinese sovereignty that has grown strong and increasingly vocal in the two decades since journalists perished in US-led strike on Belgrade.

10 May 2019 - 6:05AM

Internet users see trade war with Washington as challenge to a Chinese sovereignty that has grown strong and increasingly vocal in the two decades since journalists perished in US-led strike on Belgrade.

US tariffs threat strikes raw nerve on 20th anniversary of Nato bombing of Chinese embassy in Serbia
China targets steel industry as latest front in its war on pollution

Steel plants are now biggest source of harmful emissions after strict curbs on coal plants came into force.

6 May 2019 - 8:12PM

Steel plants are now biggest source of harmful emissions after strict curbs on coal plants came into force.

China targets steel industry as latest front in its war on pollution