Echo Xie

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Echo Xie

Reporter, China

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 and EU try to forge common front to lead fight against climate change

Cooperation between Brussels and Beijing will take on renewed importance at this month’s Madrid summit after the US pulled out of an agreement to limit emissions.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:27PM

Cooperation between Brussels and Beijing will take on renewed importance at this month’s Madrid summit after the US pulled out of an agreement to limit emissions.

China and EU try to forge common front to lead fight against climate change
Beijing’s signal to Hong Kong: learn from Macau, and it starts with having ‘patriots’ in charge

Hong Kong must have right leaders and introduce national security law, analysts say.

4 Dec 2019 - 7:28AM

Hong Kong must have right leaders and introduce national security law, analysts say.

Beijing’s signal to Hong Kong: learn from Macau, and it starts with having ‘patriots’ in charge
China launches facial recognition for mobile phone users

New regulation increases concerns that there are not sufficient safeguards in place to protect people’s personal information.

2 Dec 2019 - 9:25AM

New regulation increases concerns that there are not sufficient safeguards in place to protect people’s personal information.

China launches facial recognition for mobile phone users
China wrestles with international role as it vows to take lead in realising climate change accord

Financing still a sticky issue as Beijing commits to making Paris Agreement a reality.

28 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

Financing still a sticky issue as Beijing commits to making Paris Agreement a reality.

China wrestles with international role as it vows to take lead in realising climate change accord
Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

1 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say
Hong Kong election result a ‘wake-up call’ for China but will it listen?

Beijing and its supporters in the city need to carefully review their approach, say analysts as official response remains muted.

26 Nov 2019 - 3:11PM

Beijing and its supporters in the city need to carefully review their approach, say analysts as official response remains muted.

Hong Kong election result a ‘wake-up call’ for China but will it listen?
Chinese police release Simon Cheng Man-kit ‘confession’ tape amid accusations of torture

Shenzhen authorities claim Cheng ‘engaged in prostitution’ but former British consulate trade officer said earlier that he did nothing regrettable.

22 Nov 2019 - 12:15AM

Shenzhen authorities claim Cheng ‘engaged in prostitution’ but former British consulate trade officer said earlier that he did nothing regrettable.

Chinese police release Simon Cheng Man-kit ‘confession’ tape amid accusations of torture
Why Hong Kong’s protests are pushing some Chinese parents to pull their children from the city’s schools

Thousands of children make the daily journey from Shenzhen to classrooms across the border but unrest in the city has prompted some families to consider other options.

20 Nov 2019 - 8:19AM

Thousands of children make the daily journey from Shenzhen to classrooms across the border but unrest in the city has prompted some families to consider other options.

Why Hong Kong’s protests are pushing some Chinese parents to pull their children from the city’s schools
Hong Kong court sent wrong signals to radical protesters over face mask ban, say mainland Chinese analysts

The High Court’s decision to strike down the prohibition on facial coverings was criticised by mainland legal scholars.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:14AM

The High Court’s decision to strike down the prohibition on facial coverings was criticised by mainland legal scholars.

Hong Kong court sent wrong signals to radical protesters over face mask ban, say mainland Chinese analysts
Is Beijing ready to step in to stop Hong Kong protests?

Despite the escalating chaos this week, observers do not think the central government is ready for such a drastic step.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:26AM

Despite the escalating chaos this week, observers do not think the central government is ready for such a drastic step.

Is Beijing ready to step in to stop Hong Kong protests?
Pollution scandal near China nature reserve at Tengger desert’s edge

Historical dumping sites a danger to local groundwater, environmental group says.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:01PM

Historical dumping sites a danger to local groundwater, environmental group says.

Pollution scandal near China nature reserve at Tengger desert’s edge
China hopes cryptography law will provide security and profitability

Legislation paves the way for blockchain technologies but Beijing is determined national security will not be undermined.

28 Oct 2019 - 6:00AM

Legislation paves the way for blockchain technologies but Beijing is determined national security will not be undermined.

China hopes cryptography law will provide security and profitability
Senior Communist Party boss arrested after handing himself in to anti-corruption watchdog

Former Yunnan boss Qin Guangrong became one of the most senior figures to surrender to anti-graft investigators in May.

25 Oct 2019 - 11:27PM

Former Yunnan boss Qin Guangrong became one of the most senior figures to surrender to anti-graft investigators in May.

Senior Communist Party boss arrested after handing himself in to anti-corruption watchdog
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