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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China targets companies and traffic to improve air quality for Winter Olympics

Beijing and neighbouring province of Hebei given powers to close businesses and restrict vehicle use during the Games.

Beijing and neighbouring province of Hebei given powers to close businesses and restrict vehicle use during the Games.

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Hydrogen and lower emissions can push China to carbon neutrality, report says

China’s 2060 target is challenging but creates opportunities to be a global leader in low-carbon manufacturing, Shell International’s chief economist says.

China’s 2060 target is challenging but creates opportunities to be a global leader in low-carbon manufacturing, Shell International’s chief economist says.

23 Jan 2022 - 5:21PM
China-UK study ‘shines new light’ in solar-hydrogen power quest

Researchers say they have found a way to improve the efficiency of the process in the laboratory.

Researchers say they have found a way to improve the efficiency of the process in the laboratory.

22 Jan 2022 - 4:34PM
Will the Tonga volcano eruption have ripple effects on the global climate?

The eruption sent hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

The eruption sent hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

19 Jan 2022 - 3:51AM
Are China’s provinces doing their bit to help hit national climate change goals?

China has pledged to reach peak emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060 but many local governments have yet to spell out what they will do.

China has pledged to reach peak emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060 but many local governments have yet to spell out what they will do.

16 Jan 2022 - 6:00PM
China braces as Omicron variant extends its reach to Beijing and Lunar New Year looms

A woman in the Chinese capital tests positive with just weeks to go until the Winter Olympics.

A woman in the Chinese capital tests positive with just weeks to go until the Winter Olympics.

15 Jan 2022 - 9:52PM
Reporter’s Notebook: Covid-19 roadblocks turn Beijing’s sleeper town commuters into zombies

People travelling into the capital leave for work at 5am to reduce the time spent stuck in traffic at checkpoints – if a bus driver is willing to take them.

People travelling into the capital leave for work at 5am to reduce the time spent stuck in traffic at checkpoints – if a bus driver is willing to take them.

13 Jan 2022 - 4:58PM
China’s Chang’e 5 lunar probe finds first on-site evidence of water on moon’s surface

The presence of water had been confirmed by remote observation but the lander has now detected signs of the H20 molecule in rocks and soil.

The presence of water had been confirmed by remote observation but the lander has now detected signs of the H20 molecule in rocks and soil.

8 Jan 2022 - 10:00PM
China update: Xian hospital tragedy and Olympic countdown among our reporter’s picks of the week’s headlines

Two pregnant women lose babies after being reportedly refused entry to hospitals, the Winter Olympics is a month away and another Hong Kong media outlet closes.

Two pregnant women lose babies after being reportedly refused entry to hospitals, the Winter Olympics is a month away and another Hong Kong media outlet closes.

7 Jan 2022 - 10:55AM
Chinese capital makes clean air grade for first time

Results reflect two decades of efforts but more needs to be done, official says.

Results reflect two decades of efforts but more needs to be done, official says.

4 Jan 2022 - 9:30PM
China’s ‘artificial sun’ hits new high in clean energy boost

Anhui research facility expected to provide plasma physics insights crucial to setting up industrial-size reactors to generate clean energy.

Anhui research facility expected to provide plasma physics insights crucial to setting up industrial-size reactors to generate clean energy.

1 Jan 2022 - 3:47PM
Xi Jinping warns China’s road to rejuvenation will not be a ‘walk in the park’

Chinese leader’s New Year’s Eve message says the country faces a bumpy road ahead, but no obstacle is too big for the Communist Party.

Chinese leader’s New Year’s Eve message says the country faces a bumpy road ahead, but no obstacle is too big for the Communist Party.

1 Jan 2022 - 1:18AM
Chinese aircraft carrier the Liaoning back home after being shadowed by Japanese warship during drills

Chinese strike group has spent 20 days conducting combat training in the Yellow and East China seas and the western Pacific, PLA Daily says.

Chinese strike group has spent 20 days conducting combat training in the Yellow and East China seas and the western Pacific, PLA Daily says.

31 Dec 2021 - 9:54PM
Elon Musk denies SpaceX satellites are blocking space in wake of Chinese complaints about Tiangong’s near miss

Tesla boss insists there is room for ‘tens of billions’ of spacecraft to orbit the earth and ‘we’ve not blocked anyone from doing anything’

Tesla boss insists there is room for ‘tens of billions’ of spacecraft to orbit the earth and ‘we’ve not blocked anyone from doing anything’

30 Dec 2021 - 9:19PM
In wake of Wang Leehom scandal, Beijing urges Taiwanese artists to pursue excellence and integrity

The mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman did not directly refer to Taiwanese-American star Wang Leehom’s ugly public divorce but said artists should work to build a good social image.

The mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman did not directly refer to Taiwanese-American star Wang Leehom’s ugly public divorce but said artists should work to build a good social image.

29 Dec 2021 - 8:59PM
China update: Hong Kong elections and Peng Shuai denial among our reporter’s picks for top headlines this week

Hong Kong holds first polls since electoral overhaul, tennis star Peng disowns sexual assault claim and Xian’s lockdown recalls measures in Wuhan in early 2020.

Hong Kong holds first polls since electoral overhaul, tennis star Peng disowns sexual assault claim and Xian’s lockdown recalls measures in Wuhan in early 2020.

24 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
China ETS reduces carbon but needs map to cap-and-trade based system: study

Researchers find pilot trading scheme reduced emissions by companies before roll-out of national mechanism.

Researchers find pilot trading scheme reduced emissions by companies before roll-out of national mechanism.

22 Dec 2021 - 5:04PM
China powers up fourth-generation nuclear reactor in steady zero-carbon push

Commissioning of HTGR reactor on Monday shows nation ‘is a world leader in nuclear power technology’, joint developer China National Nuclear Corporation says.

Commissioning of HTGR reactor on Monday shows nation ‘is a world leader in nuclear power technology’, joint developer China National Nuclear Corporation says.

21 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
China’s power sector could hit peak carbon emissions 5 years ahead of national goal, study finds

Researchers say the sector will have to do this earlier than the 2030 target and drive the transition towards carbon neutrality.

Researchers say the sector will have to do this earlier than the 2030 target and drive the transition towards carbon neutrality.

18 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
China revives abandoned HTGR nuclear technology in safe power drive

When China’s high-temperature gas-cooled reactor connects to the grid, it will be the only one in the world in commercial operation.

When China’s high-temperature gas-cooled reactor connects to the grid, it will be the only one in the world in commercial operation.

16 Dec 2021 - 5:03PM
Caution on carbon as ‘China realises key role of coal’ in energy mix

Awareness has grown of just how difficult it will be for the country to make the shift away from the fossil fuel, analysts say.

Awareness has grown of just how difficult it will be for the country to make the shift away from the fossil fuel, analysts say.

13 Dec 2021 - 9:15AM
Chinese scientists have created a new material to extract uranium from seawater. It’s inspired by blood vessels

Researchers say their porous membrane, inspired by blood vessels, is significantly more efficient than previous approaches.

Researchers say their porous membrane, inspired by blood vessels, is significantly more efficient than previous approaches.

9 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
Explainer | What is green hydrogen and can it help China meet its carbon goals?

Most of the element used in industry is produced using fossil fuels but some steps are being taken in the west of the country.

Most of the element used in industry is produced using fossil fuels but some steps are being taken in the west of the country.

7 Dec 2021 - 9:17AM
China’s carbon neutral goal: could small steps prove smarter than great leaps?

After ambitious emissions targets put pressure on local officials, contributing to power outages, some warn that campaign-style governance is too simplistic.

After ambitious emissions targets put pressure on local officials, contributing to power outages, some warn that campaign-style governance is too simplistic.

4 Dec 2021 - 5:32PM
China’s Sinopec banks on green hydrogen with Xinjiang solar-powered plant

The country’s largest oil refiner says it has started building the world’s largest facility of its kind, with production to start in 2023.

The country’s largest oil refiner says it has started building the world’s largest facility of its kind, with production to start in 2023.

3 Dec 2021 - 8:08PM
China sets sights on coal, petroleum and waste sectors to bring down methane emissions

Beijing encourages companies to use market mechanisms to reduce methane, including a voluntary greenhouse gas emissions trading system, climate official says.

Beijing encourages companies to use market mechanisms to reduce methane, including a voluntary greenhouse gas emissions trading system, climate official says.

25 Nov 2021 - 10:04PM
How China’s clean energy push could help the developing world give up fossil fuels

As a leader on renewable energy technologies, China should think about helping other nations achieve their carbon goals, senior policymaker says.

As a leader on renewable energy technologies, China should think about helping other nations achieve their carbon goals, senior policymaker says.

21 Nov 2021 - 10:47PM
China’s Ministry of Public Security gets new party chief amid corruption drive targeting law enforcement

Wang Xiaohong, a ‘trusted’ associate of President Xi Jinping, takes over the role ahead of a major leadership shake-up next year.

Wang Xiaohong, a ‘trusted’ associate of President Xi Jinping, takes over the role ahead of a major leadership shake-up next year.

20 Nov 2021 - 11:12PM
COP26: Chinese climate adviser rates Glasgow summit a success, saying it ‘achieved good progress’

Going into the Glasgow summit, China sought a ‘powerful, balanced and inclusive result’, including on the concerns of developing countries, adviser says.

Going into the Glasgow summit, China sought a ‘powerful, balanced and inclusive result’, including on the concerns of developing countries, adviser says.

19 Nov 2021 - 8:00AM
China and the future of coal: the big burning global climate question

Beijing was among the notable absences from an agreement to phase out coal use and stop building power plants fired by the fossil fuel.

Beijing was among the notable absences from an agreement to phase out coal use and stop building power plants fired by the fossil fuel.

18 Nov 2021 - 7:40PM