Echo Xie

Beijing

Echo Xie

Reporter, China

Education: She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.

Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau.

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China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus

Fast-tracked decision to prohibit consumption of wildlife comes into effect immediately.

25 Feb 2020 - 8:31AM

Fast-tracked decision to prohibit consumption of wildlife comes into effect immediately.

China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus
Chinese medical expert warns recovered coronavirus patients may still be contagious

Head of frontline team fighting Covid-19 says some patients have been found to still carry the virus after getting better.

22 Feb 2020 - 12:10AM

Head of frontline team fighting Covid-19 says some patients have been found to still carry the virus after getting better.

Chinese medical expert warns recovered coronavirus patients may still be contagious
China seeks to fast-track ban on trade in wild animals amid coronavirus outbreak

The standing committee of the National People’s Congress is set to approve a ban on the sale and consumption of wild animals later this month.

18 Feb 2020 - 7:44AM

The standing committee of the National People’s Congress is set to approve a ban on the sale and consumption of wild animals later this month.

China seeks to fast-track ban on trade in wild animals amid coronavirus outbreak
China upgrades Hong Kong affairs with new chief

Former Zhejiang boss takes over the reins from Zhang Xiaoming, who becomes deputy director for daily affairs.

14 Feb 2020 - 10:14AM

Former Zhejiang boss takes over the reins from Zhang Xiaoming, who becomes deputy director for daily affairs.

China upgrades Hong Kong affairs with new chief
Coronavirus: Li Wenliang’s death prompts academics to challenge Beijing on freedom of speech

Led by academics, they also call on legislature to make February 6 – when whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang died – a national day for free speech.

13 Feb 2020 - 2:22PM

Led by academics, they also call on legislature to make February 6 – when whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang died – a national day for free speech.

Coronavirus: Li Wenliang’s death prompts academics to challenge Beijing on freedom of speech
Online cries for help in a Chinese city under coronavirus siege

Relatives of people infected in Wuhan are resorting to the internet to try to get hospital care for their family members.

14 Feb 2020 - 4:43PM

Relatives of people infected in Wuhan are resorting to the internet to try to get hospital care for their family members.

Online cries for help in a Chinese city under coronavirus siege
As China goes back to work after Lunar New Year, will the coronavirus spread even more rapidly?

Most provinces and regions told businesses to stay closed, but in some parts of the country they reopened on Monday after the holidays, raising fresh fears.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:23PM

Most provinces and regions told businesses to stay closed, but in some parts of the country they reopened on Monday after the holidays, raising fresh fears.

As China goes back to work after Lunar New Year, will the coronavirus spread even more rapidly?
China coronavirus: crowds and confusion on the hospital front lines of outbreak

Medical facilities in the city of Wuhan struggle to cope with the surge of people with pneumonia symptoms.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:40PM

Medical facilities in the city of Wuhan struggle to cope with the surge of people with pneumonia symptoms.

China coronavirus: crowds and confusion on the hospital front lines of outbreak
Why wild animals are a key ingredient in China’s coronavirus outbreak

Civets and wolf cubs were just some of the exotic items advertised for sale at the Wuhan market at the epicentre of the infections.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:43PM

Civets and wolf cubs were just some of the exotic items advertised for sale at the Wuhan market at the epicentre of the infections.

Why wild animals are a key ingredient in China’s coronavirus outbreak
Beijing’s Forbidden City sparks fury after allowing pair to flout car ban inside World Heritage Site

Photos of two women who were allowed to drive a luxury SUV into the Imperial Palace complex triggers social media storm about preferential treatment for the privileged.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:20PM

Photos of two women who were allowed to drive a luxury SUV into the Imperial Palace complex triggers social media storm about preferential treatment for the privileged.

Beijing’s Forbidden City sparks fury after allowing pair to flout car ban inside World Heritage Site
China coronavirus: four new cases confirmed in Wuhan, but study says 1,723 people may have symptoms

Researchers at Imperial College London say estimate based on duration of detection period, catchment population of Wuhan airport and volume of international travellers.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:19PM

Researchers at Imperial College London say estimate based on duration of detection period, catchment population of Wuhan airport and volume of international travellers.

China coronavirus: four new cases confirmed in Wuhan, but study says 1,723 people may have symptoms
First Xinjiang, now Tibet passes rules to promote ‘ethnic unity’

Autonomous region’s legislature endorses ‘dos and don’ts’ for governments, companies and institutions to take effect from May 1.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:00PM

Autonomous region’s legislature endorses ‘dos and don’ts’ for governments, companies and institutions to take effect from May 1.

First Xinjiang, now Tibet passes rules to promote ‘ethnic unity’
Mainland Chinese authorities to allow two Taiwan specialists to visit Wuhan to gather information on pneumonia outbreak

Self-ruled island is not a member of the World Health Organisation but scientists will be allowed to visit under cross-strait medical cooperation agreement.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:59PM

Self-ruled island is not a member of the World Health Organisation but scientists will be allowed to visit under cross-strait medical cooperation agreement.

Mainland Chinese authorities to allow two Taiwan specialists to visit Wuhan to gather information on pneumonia outbreak
China tech giants wake up to renewable energy, but fossil fuels still dominate as electricity source

Some of the biggest cloud-storage and independent data centre firms are increasingly powered by wind and solar energy, but many are lagging in disclosure compared to global peers, report says.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:07PM

Some of the biggest cloud-storage and independent data centre firms are increasingly powered by wind and solar energy, but many are lagging in disclosure compared to global peers, report says.

China tech giants wake up to renewable energy, but fossil fuels still dominate as electricity source
Phasing out coal power and meeting climate goals by 2050 ‘totally doable’ for China

Study suggests ‘low-hanging fruit’ be retired and operating hours of other plants gradually cut by 2050 to keep warming to within 2 degrees Celsius.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:30PM

Study suggests ‘low-hanging fruit’ be retired and operating hours of other plants gradually cut by 2050 to keep warming to within 2 degrees Celsius.

Phasing out coal power and meeting climate goals by 2050 ‘totally doable’ for China
Beijing’s air quality shows significant improvements as ‘war on pollution’ targets coal use

The Chinese capital has seen levels of the most harmful particles known as PM2.5 more than halve since the 2013 drive to tackle the problem started.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:39PM

The Chinese capital has seen levels of the most harmful particles known as PM2.5 more than halve since the 2013 drive to tackle the problem started.

Beijing’s air quality shows significant improvements as ‘war on pollution’ targets coal use
Will China’s new climate negotiator Zhao Yingmin be a breath of fresh air?

Pollution control specialist is described as a practical, can-do figure but takes the helm at a moment of critical importance

28 Dec 2019 - 11:00PM

Pollution control specialist is described as a practical, can-do figure but takes the helm at a moment of critical importance

Will China’s new climate negotiator Zhao Yingmin be a breath of fresh air?
China’s coal production on the rise, along with reports of mining accidents

Mine operators accused of putting profits ahead of worker safety after spike in accidents.

28 Dec 2019 - 11:23PM

Mine operators accused of putting profits ahead of worker safety after spike in accidents.

China’s coal production on the rise, along with reports of mining accidents
China targets tighter controls on its growing arms trade

Beijing’s weapons business is expanding but export regulations are fragmented, the country’s commerce minister says.

25 Dec 2019 - 11:21PM

Beijing’s weapons business is expanding but export regulations are fragmented, the country’s commerce minister says.

China targets tighter controls on its growing arms trade
After Xi Jinping’s Macau trip, analysts predict patriotic education and national security in Hong Kong’s future

After Xi’s trip to Macau, city is being held up as an example of successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’, and commentators say his speeches show dissatisfaction with Hong Kong.

21 Dec 2019 - 4:30AM

After Xi’s trip to Macau, city is being held up as an example of successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’, and commentators say his speeches show dissatisfaction with Hong Kong.

After Xi Jinping’s Macau trip, analysts predict patriotic education and national security in Hong Kong’s future
Why Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp may have to get used to losing

Echo Xie and Kinling Lo look at the political implications of the pro-democrats’ landslide win in the city’s recent grass-roots elections.

26 Dec 2019 - 2:18PM

Echo Xie and Kinling Lo look at the political implications of the pro-democrats’ landslide win in the city’s recent grass-roots elections.

Why Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp may have to get used to losing
Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

17 Dec 2019 - 10:42AM

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?
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