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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Closing US consulate leaves a hole in Chengdu’s social landscape and a risk to investment in southwest China

Mission helped generate a cosmopolitan atmosphere and was a window on America for local people.

3 Aug 2020 - 6:13PM

Mission helped generate a cosmopolitan atmosphere and was a window on America for local people.

Closing US consulate leaves a hole in Chengdu’s social landscape and a risk to investment in southwest China
China takes over US consulate at Chengdu in tit-for-tat retaliation for Houston

Foreign ministry says closure is a ‘just and necessary response’ and confirms Chinese officials entered compound immediately.

27 Jul 2020 - 11:55PM

Foreign ministry says closure is a ‘just and necessary response’ and confirms Chinese officials entered compound immediately.

China takes over US consulate at Chengdu in tit-for-tat retaliation for Houston
Generations of fishers say goodbye to a way of life as China tries to revive the Yangtze River

A 10-year fishing moratorium in Asia’s longest river is one of the most ambitions bans ever seen, but it will also leave more than 300,000 people without work.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:09AM

A 10-year fishing moratorium in Asia’s longest river is one of the most ambitions bans ever seen, but it will also leave more than 300,000 people without work.

Generations of fishers say goodbye to a way of life as China tries to revive the Yangtze River
US-China relations: thousands gather to see closure of Chengdu consulate

Police say man was reprimanded on Friday night for setting off firecracker, but crowds mostly peaceful as mission staff pack up and leave.

26 Jul 2020 - 1:04AM

Police say man was reprimanded on Friday night for setting off firecracker, but crowds mostly peaceful as mission staff pack up and leave.

US-China relations: thousands gather to see closure of Chengdu consulate
Coronavirus: Chinese pharmaceutical firm says Covid-19 vaccine may be ready this year

China pledges US$1 billion loan to help Latin American and Caribbean countries access vaccine when available.

23 Jul 2020 - 9:30PM

China pledges US$1 billion loan to help Latin American and Caribbean countries access vaccine when available.

Coronavirus: Chinese pharmaceutical firm says Covid-19 vaccine may be ready this year
Explainer | Why are the floods so severe in China this year?

Climate change and developments that have reduced the size of freshwater lakes have contributed, according to experts.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:10AM

Climate change and developments that have reduced the size of freshwater lakes have contributed, according to experts.

Why are the floods so severe in China this year?
Harvard and MIT seek injunction to block ICE bar on foreign students living in the US

US District Court in Boston set to rule on universities’ challenge to order banning students taking online-only classes from living in America.

14 Jul 2020 - 8:33PM

US District Court in Boston set to rule on universities’ challenge to order banning students taking online-only classes from living in America.

Harvard and MIT seek injunction to block ICE bar on foreign students living in the US
Coronavirus: Beijing eases travel limits after five days of no new cases

People from ‘low-risk’ areas can enter and leave the city without a swab test.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:57PM

People from ‘low-risk’ areas can enter and leave the city without a swab test.

Coronavirus: Beijing eases travel limits after five days of no new cases
Chinese university students weigh options after US visa rule change amid coronavirus pandemic

International students will have to take in-person classes to stay in the US, a ruling that’s being challenged in a lawsuit by two elite universities.

12 Jul 2020 - 9:58AM

International students will have to take in-person classes to stay in the US, a ruling that’s being challenged in a lawsuit by two elite universities.

Chinese university students weigh options after US visa rule change amid coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus: new US online university rule sends Chinese students scrambling

International students will not be granted visas if they are enrolled in American college courses that are completely online.

8 Jul 2020 - 8:54AM

International students will not be granted visas if they are enrolled in American college courses that are completely online.

Coronavirus: new US online university rule sends Chinese students scrambling
China’s flood defence network put to the test as it braces for more storms

Almost 20 million people living along the Yangtze River have been affected since late May, with at least 121 killed or missing.

7 Jul 2020 - 5:44AM

Almost 20 million people living along the Yangtze River have been affected since late May, with at least 121 killed or missing.

China’s flood defence network put to the test as it braces for more storms
China on higher alert as floods hit – and climate change promises more extreme weather

Millions have been affected by heavy downpours in the last few weeks, particularly in the south of the country.

4 Jul 2020 - 10:41PM

Millions have been affected by heavy downpours in the last few weeks, particularly in the south of the country.

China on higher alert as floods hit – and climate change promises more extreme weather
China’s lawmakers review draft data security law as digital economy grows

Legal experts say it aims to protect individual privacy but also to promote the use of government data through ‘controllable open platform’.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:43PM

Legal experts say it aims to protect individual privacy but also to promote the use of government data through ‘controllable open platform’.

China’s lawmakers review draft data security law as digital economy grows
China’s National Security Commission met in secret amid coronavirus pandemic

Officials told to be on alert for political, economic and external risks at April gatherings, according to statements from local committees.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

Officials told to be on alert for political, economic and external risks at April gatherings, according to statements from local committees.

China’s National Security Commission met in secret amid coronavirus pandemic
China to put visa restrictions on US individuals over Hong Kong

Any American efforts to undermine introduction of national security law for the city will not succeed, foreign ministry says.

30 Jun 2020 - 5:27AM

Any American efforts to undermine introduction of national security law for the city will not succeed, foreign ministry says.

China to put visa restrictions on US individuals over Hong Kong
Virtual lockdown: Beijingers mark Dragon Boat Festival online amid coronavirus travel bans

Online events to mark the festival replace family gatherings for some, as measures to contain the capital’s new outbreak prevent many residents leaving town.

25 Jun 2020 - 7:45AM

Online events to mark the festival replace family gatherings for some, as measures to contain the capital’s new outbreak prevent many residents leaving town.

Virtual lockdown: Beijingers mark Dragon Boat Festival online amid coronavirus travel bans
China braces for more flooding as torrential rains forecast

More than 8.5 million people in 24 regions have been affected by torrents in past week.

25 Jun 2020 - 2:34PM

More than 8.5 million people in 24 regions have been affected by torrents in past week.

China braces for more flooding as torrential rains forecast
Coronavirus: boss of Chinese pharmacy chain gets 15 years for selling counterfeit face masks

Li Dong, chairman of Beijing Jinghai Kangbaixin Medicine Co, and two associates said to have made US$608,000 from sale of ‘3M’ products.

24 Jun 2020 - 12:05PM

Li Dong, chairman of Beijing Jinghai Kangbaixin Medicine Co, and two associates said to have made US$608,000 from sale of ‘3M’ products.

Coronavirus: boss of Chinese pharmacy chain gets 15 years for selling counterfeit face masks
Coronavirus: Beijing doubles testing capacity as Pepsi plant closes due to confirmed cases

All of the city’s 124 nucleic acid testing institutes now fully operational, with each capable of processing 230,000 samples a day.

22 Jun 2020 - 9:29AM

All of the city’s 124 nucleic acid testing institutes now fully operational, with each capable of processing 230,000 samples a day.

Coronavirus: Beijing doubles testing capacity as Pepsi plant closes due to confirmed cases
Green or black? China urged to curb coal addiction and recover from coronavirus sustainably

McKinsey report calls on China to show leadership after carbon emissions that had fallen a quarter in February returned to pre-pandemic levels by late March.

21 Jun 2020 - 10:19PM

McKinsey report calls on China to show leadership after carbon emissions that had fallen a quarter in February returned to pre-pandemic levels by late March.

Green or black? China urged to curb coal addiction and recover from coronavirus sustainably
Beijing has ‘learned from Wuhan’ in tackling market coronavirus cluster

Chinese experts say the response has been fast and effective, and the situation is controllable without a blanket lockdown.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:44PM

Chinese experts say the response has been fast and effective, and the situation is controllable without a blanket lockdown.

Beijing has ‘learned from Wuhan’ in tackling market coronavirus cluster
George Floyd: Yale student urges Asian-Americans to tackle racism in their own communities

‘We Asian-Americans have long perpetuated anti-black statements and stereotypes,’ 20-year-old Eileen Huang says in open letter.

21 Jun 2020 - 3:33PM

‘We Asian-Americans have long perpetuated anti-black statements and stereotypes,’ 20-year-old Eileen Huang says in open letter.

George Floyd: Yale student urges Asian-Americans to tackle racism in their own communities
China plans to overhaul health system, but better communication with public is off the radar

White paper highlights five areas for reform, including better warning systems, but critics say public disclosure is needed to make this work

8 Jun 2020 - 7:15AM

White paper highlights five areas for reform, including better warning systems, but critics say public disclosure is needed to make this work

China plans to overhaul health system, but better communication with public is off the radar
Coronavirus: low risk of second wave in China but stay on guard, Zhong Nanshan says

Strict community controls helped to fend off the first wave but the country must not be complacent, top Chinese respiratory disease adviser says.

1 Jun 2020 - 1:45PM

Strict community controls helped to fend off the first wave but the country must not be complacent, top Chinese respiratory disease adviser says.

Coronavirus: low risk of second wave in China but stay on guard, Zhong Nanshan says
China tries to keep steady hand on wheel of economy amid coronavirus pandemic, but fires salvo at Hong Kong

Premier Li Keqiang’s annual work report stresses need for stability, but plans for Hong Kong national security law rattle markets and prompt threat of US retaliation.

23 May 2020 - 12:38AM

Premier Li Keqiang’s annual work report stresses need for stability, but plans for Hong Kong national security law rattle markets and prompt threat of US retaliation.

China tries to keep steady hand on wheel of economy amid coronavirus pandemic, but fires salvo at Hong Kong
Coronavirus: Wuhan confirms China’s ban on trade, eating of wild animals

City at epicentre of initial Covid-19 outbreak also prohibits hunting and breeding except for selected, preapproved purposes.

21 May 2020 - 11:22PM

City at epicentre of initial Covid-19 outbreak also prohibits hunting and breeding except for selected, preapproved purposes.

Coronavirus: Wuhan confirms China’s ban on trade, eating of wild animals
Carbon emissions plunge as planet tackles coronavirus pandemic – but can the drop be sustained?

But researchers warn that effect will probably be temporary without changes to the economic system.

20 May 2020 - 11:49PM

But researchers warn that effect will probably be temporary without changes to the economic system.

Carbon emissions plunge as planet tackles coronavirus pandemic – but can the drop be sustained?
Chinese parliament likely to ignore citizens’ calls to investigate coronavirus

National People’s Congress due to meet on Friday after two-month delay due to pandemic.

21 May 2020 - 4:39PM

National People’s Congress due to meet on Friday after two-month delay due to pandemic.

Chinese parliament likely to ignore citizens’ calls to investigate coronavirus
China’s local officials under pressure amid coronavirus pandemic to address rise in unemployment

Chinese leadership prioritises keeping unemployment numbers down as soaring jobless rate threatens social stability.

21 May 2020 - 11:58AM

Chinese leadership prioritises keeping unemployment numbers down as soaring jobless rate threatens social stability.

China’s local officials under pressure amid coronavirus pandemic to address rise in unemployment
Coronavirus journal Wuhan Diary continues to upset Chinese nationalists

At least two academics have been put under investigation for supporting Fang Fang’s work, an English-language version of which is set to be published next month.

3 May 2020 - 10:38PM

At least two academics have been put under investigation for supporting Fang Fang’s work, an English-language version of which is set to be published next month.

Coronavirus journal Wuhan Diary continues to upset Chinese nationalists