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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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
China working on data privacy law but enforcement is a stumbling block

Biometric data in particular needs to be protected from abuse from the state and businesses, analysts say.

5 May 2019 - 11:01PM

Biometric data in particular needs to be protected from abuse from the state and businesses, analysts say.

China working on data privacy law but enforcement is a stumbling block
Vice-governor of China’s Sichuan province Peng Yuxing ‘taken away in corruption investigation’

Sources say Peng Yuxing was detained last week and is believed to be facing an internal party investigation over graft claims.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Sources say Peng Yuxing was detained last week and is believed to be facing an internal party investigation over graft claims.

Vice-governor of China’s Sichuan province Peng Yuxing ‘taken away in corruption investigation’
Chinese cities reliant on land sales rushing through clean-ups at polluted sites, study finds

Researchers from Greenpeace and Nanjing University find ‘strong motive to sell land and do remediation as quickly as possible’ in some big cities.

17 Apr 2019 - 10:23PM

Researchers from Greenpeace and Nanjing University find ‘strong motive to sell land and do remediation as quickly as possible’ in some big cities.

Chinese cities reliant on land sales rushing through clean-ups at polluted sites, study finds
China set to launch 100-day crackdown on illegal firearms, deadly or otherwise

E-commerce platforms, courier companies in the cross hairs as public security ministry announces latest campaign to close distribution channels.

15 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

E-commerce platforms, courier companies in the cross hairs as public security ministry announces latest campaign to close distribution channels.

China set to launch 100-day crackdown on illegal firearms, deadly or otherwise
New Malaysia rail link deal ‘shows China is open to discussion’ on belt and road projects

After stalled East Coast Rail Link gets back on track with fresh agreement, analysts say Beijing is willing to negotiate on terms, including lowering costs.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

After stalled East Coast Rail Link gets back on track with fresh agreement, analysts say Beijing is willing to negotiate on terms, including lowering costs.

New Malaysia rail link deal ‘shows China is open to discussion’ on belt and road projects
Chinese kindergarten teacher detained for assaulting five-year-old pupil

Police intervene after school dismisses parents’ claim they found bruises on their son’s face and body.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:13PM

Police intervene after school dismisses parents’ claim they found bruises on their son’s face and body.

Chinese kindergarten teacher detained for assaulting five-year-old pupil
Corrupt Chinese official who used spy movie tricks to hide bribes jailed for 18 years

Inner Mongolian cadre accepted more than US$22 million from officials and businessmen and hid the proceeds in chicken coops and disused water tanks.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:07AM

Inner Mongolian cadre accepted more than US$22 million from officials and businessmen and hid the proceeds in chicken coops and disused water tanks.

Corrupt Chinese official who used spy movie tricks to hide bribes jailed for 18 years
Latest crackdown on Chinese social media sees dozens of high-profile Weibo accounts silenced

Microblogging platform says dozens of accounts have been suspended or closed for publishing ‘politically harmful’ material.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Microblogging platform says dozens of accounts have been suspended or closed for publishing ‘politically harmful’ material.

Latest crackdown on Chinese social media sees dozens of high-profile Weibo accounts silenced
Small factories in northern China count the cost of Beijing’s war on pollution

Hundreds of workshops in Shijiazhuang, Hebei were told to halt production in November to help curb smog over winter – but machinery still lies idle at some.

7 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

Hundreds of workshops in Shijiazhuang, Hebei were told to halt production in November to help curb smog over winter – but machinery still lies idle at some.

Small factories in northern China count the cost of Beijing’s war on pollution
Chinese human rights lawyer banned from leaving country to study in US ‘because of national security risk’

Chen Jiangang was stopped at Beijing Airport on Monday en route to take up fellowship funded by the US State Department.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:50PM

Chen Jiangang was stopped at Beijing Airport on Monday en route to take up fellowship funded by the US State Department.

Chinese human rights lawyer banned from leaving country to study in US ‘because of national security risk’
Ain’t no party like a Communist Party: Chinese cadres told how to celebrate political ‘birthdays’

Disciplinary watchdog urges members to ‘celebrate’ by retaking party oath, attending study sessions and meeting superiors to discuss their shortcomings.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:20PM

Disciplinary watchdog urges members to ‘celebrate’ by retaking party oath, attending study sessions and meeting superiors to discuss their shortcomings.

Ain’t no party like a Communist Party: Chinese cadres told how to celebrate political ‘birthdays’
Tiananmen spirit label protesters given suspended jail terms by Chinese court after three years in detention

Two activists who were arrested in 2016 were found guilty over baijiu labels urging people to remember deadly 1989 crackdown, while two others face trial this week.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:28AM

Two activists who were arrested in 2016 were found guilty over baijiu labels urging people to remember deadly 1989 crackdown, while two others face trial this week.

Tiananmen spirit label protesters given suspended jail terms by Chinese court after three years in detention
China’s top science bodies may hand out honorary titles to private sector amid tech push

CAS and CAE – which give policy advice to the government – have nominated at least seven specialists from private firms for the titles since start of the year.

31 Mar 2019 - 10:00AM

CAS and CAE – which give policy advice to the government – have nominated at least seven specialists from private firms for the titles since start of the year.

China’s top science bodies may hand out honorary titles to private sector amid tech push
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:24PM

Advocate was first held as part of the ‘709’ crackdown on human rights activists in 2015; her husband says she was freed less than 24 hours after she was detained in Beijing on Wednesday.

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu released after being detained outside US embassy
Tsinghua University suspends Xu Zhangrun, Chinese law professor who criticised Xi Jinping

Xu Zhangrun has been placed under investigation by the university after he wrote several articles that were critical of political and social issues in China.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Xu Zhangrun has been placed under investigation by the university after he wrote several articles that were critical of political and social issues in China.

Tsinghua University suspends Xu Zhangrun, Chinese law professor who criticised Xi Jinping