Erika Na

Hong Kong

Erika Na

Political Economy Reporter

Erika Na joined the Post in 2021. Originally from South Korea, she studied international affairs with a focus on Asia in the US, followed by studying law and journalism in Hong Kong. Before joining SCMP, she worked as a Hong Kong foreign correspondent for Arirang Radio where she regularly updated news from the city and also as an intern at NBC News covering stories from Asia.

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‘North Korea still Seoul’s top security threat’ – even in a Taiwan Strait conflict

South Korean president says his country must deal with Pyongyang first, above all else.

South Korean president says his country must deal with Pyongyang first, above all else.

26 Sep 2022 - 9:15PM
South Korea’s SK Group bracing for US-China decoupling, but admits it’s ‘not possible’ to quit mainland market

SK Group chairman Chey Tae-won says the company has made plans for a number of scenarios as US-China rivalry intensifies, including a military clash over Taiwan.

SK Group chairman Chey Tae-won says the company has made plans for a number of scenarios as US-China rivalry intensifies, including a military clash over Taiwan.

24 Sep 2022 - 11:30AM
China’s shipbuilding progress threatens South Korea’s long-held tech dominance in the industry

While China holds a commanding lead in total container vessels produced, South Korea still has an edge in making more advanced and expensive carriers for liquefied natural gas - for now.

While China holds a commanding lead in total container vessels produced, South Korea still has an edge in making more advanced and expensive carriers for liquefied natural gas - for now.

27 Sep 2022 - 2:04PM
China ‘supplementing’ South Korean industrial development model as tech sectors catch up

Trade between China and South Korea previously operated on a win-win basis as displays and semiconductors flowed across the Yellow Sea, but competition has intensified in recent years.

Trade between China and South Korea previously operated on a win-win basis as displays and semiconductors flowed across the Yellow Sea, but competition has intensified in recent years.

10 Sep 2022 - 5:56AM
South Korea vows action on falling China exports after posting record trade deficit in August

South Korea has identified slowing trade with China as a major economic risk after posting its highest ever trade deficit in August. Seoul has vowed to enhance bilateral economic and ministerial cooperation to address the issue.

South Korea has identified slowing trade with China as a major economic risk after posting its highest ever trade deficit in August. Seoul has vowed to enhance bilateral economic and ministerial cooperation to address the issue.

3 Sep 2022 - 5:00AM
South Korean firms in Hong Kong want ‘free and open’ business climate, as Seoul marks 30 years of ties with China

Hong Kong’s strength lies in its ‘free, open and competitive environment’ that allows easy exchanges with the international community, says South Korean consul general Baek Yong-chun.

Hong Kong’s strength lies in its ‘free, open and competitive environment’ that allows easy exchanges with the international community, says South Korean consul general Baek Yong-chun.

24 Aug 2022 - 5:33PM
As South Korean youth sour on China, can ‘economic common sense’ bring bilateral balance?

Negative public opinion is fuelling discourse and xenophobia between China and South Korea, and a public survey says the source is largely young adults – rather than their parents or grandparents.

Negative public opinion is fuelling discourse and xenophobia between China and South Korea, and a public survey says the source is largely young adults – rather than their parents or grandparents.

24 Aug 2022 - 12:01PM
South Korea’s delicate US-China balancing act as Chip 4, IPEF limits room for Seoul, Beijing to manoeuvre

South Korea is seen as a key part of the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and Chip 4 alliance, but Beijing has protested that both are plans to contain China and exclude it from various supply chains.

South Korea is seen as a key part of the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and Chip 4 alliance, but Beijing has protested that both are plans to contain China and exclude it from various supply chains.

13 Aug 2022 - 6:26AM
South Korea’s unprecedented 3-month long trade deficit with China not seen as ‘systematic change’

South Korea’s trade with China recorded a US$570 million deficit in July following shortfalls of over US$1 billion in both May and June due to the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy.

South Korea’s trade with China recorded a US$570 million deficit in July following shortfalls of over US$1 billion in both May and June due to the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy.

5 Aug 2022 - 9:54AM
Why China’s zero-Covid policy and US recession risks are clouding South Korea’s economic outlook

South Korea’s economy has benefited from increased household spending due to easing coronavirus restrictions, but whether it can continue on the same trajectory depends largely on factors outside its borders.

South Korea’s economy has benefited from increased household spending due to easing coronavirus restrictions, but whether it can continue on the same trajectory depends largely on factors outside its borders.

3 Aug 2022 - 8:00AM
Will South Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategy ‘imitate’ US to counter China’s regional influence?

Experts say Seoul needs to come up with its own plan as the multi-nation race into Indo-Pacific region heats up, rather than simply fall in line with what America wants, as China relationship remains important.

Experts say Seoul needs to come up with its own plan as the multi-nation race into Indo-Pacific region heats up, rather than simply fall in line with what America wants, as China relationship remains important.

22 Jul 2022 - 9:36AM
China, South Korea tech competition and US-led bloc have Seoul scrambling to prevent leaks but protect trade

South Korea’s alignment with the US-led economic bloc poses challenges for Seoul that experts say will necessitate strategy adjustments ‘in face of wider global competition’.

South Korea’s alignment with the US-led economic bloc poses challenges for Seoul that experts say will necessitate strategy adjustments ‘in face of wider global competition’.

19 Jul 2022 - 5:50AM
South Korean firms fret over China supply-chain disruptions - with ‘chaos’ to continue

South Korean firms have identified China as one of the most concerning regions when it comes to supply chain disruptions, with more than half of the nation’s biggest companies picking it as the No 1 risk.

South Korean firms have identified China as one of the most concerning regions when it comes to supply chain disruptions, with more than half of the nation’s biggest companies picking it as the No 1 risk.

9 Jul 2022 - 6:03AM
China’s Korean expats, students lament loss of jobs and opportunities as mass exodus comes into focus

China used to be seen as a land of opportunity for South Koreans, but as businesses close and livelihoods come under threat, their struggle reflects a rising dilemma facing foreigners.

China used to be seen as a land of opportunity for South Koreans, but as businesses close and livelihoods come under threat, their struggle reflects a rising dilemma facing foreigners.

8 Jul 2022 - 12:44PM
BTS: US$3.5 million Proof album purchase shows V’s fans in China are undeterred by Beijing’s K-Culture crackdown

The group purchase of more than 170,000 copies was made on the first day of the release of BTS’ new album ‘Proof’ last week despite Beijing tightening its grip over the consumption of South Korean content and fandom culture.

The group purchase of more than 170,000 copies was made on the first day of the release of BTS’ new album ‘Proof’ last week despite Beijing tightening its grip over the consumption of South Korean content and fandom culture.

20 Jun 2022 - 10:48AM
Explainer | Hongkongers are living longer than ever, but experts flag health problems ahead

Life expectancy rises to 85.4 years, but non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol a concern.

Life expectancy rises to 85.4 years, but non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol a concern.

17 Jun 2022 - 3:57PM
Hong Kong’s New World Development sells US$700 million dual-tranche green, social bond in global first

The property company is offering the world’s first US dollar-denominated bond featuring both social and green tranches, betting that a heightened appetite for sustainability and social issues will continue past the global pandemic.

The property company is offering the world’s first US dollar-denominated bond featuring both social and green tranches, betting that a heightened appetite for sustainability and social issues will continue past the global pandemic.

10 Jun 2022 - 4:43PM
US unicorn Deel wants to ‘revolutionise’ HR function in Hong Kong, help firms hire and pay remote contractors and employees

Deel, a US unicorn that helps companies hire and pay remote contractors and employees in more than 150 markets globally, is launching in Hong Kong.

Deel, a US unicorn that helps companies hire and pay remote contractors and employees in more than 150 markets globally, is launching in Hong Kong.

5 Jun 2022 - 12:15PM
Hong Kong investors stung by stock market losses seek refuge in low-risk products, brokers say

Amid increasing market volatility, investors have turned defensive in their investment choices. Some brokerages have launched new products to meet demand for low-risk products.

Amid increasing market volatility, investors have turned defensive in their investment choices. Some brokerages have launched new products to meet demand for low-risk products.

30 May 2022 - 2:51PM
Explainer | Shanghai, home to Tesla, SMIC and GM and Volkswagen’s Chinese partner, is the most important city for China’s economy. Here’s why

The mainland’s commercial and financial hub accounts for an outsize portion of national GDP and plays home to the country’s biggest companies and busiest port.

The mainland’s commercial and financial hub accounts for an outsize portion of national GDP and plays home to the country’s biggest companies and busiest port.

31 May 2022 - 1:06PM
Tesla ships first electric cars overseas since lockdown halted Shanghai production, as domestic sales dwindle to a trickle

Some 4,767 electric cars built at the Gigafactory 3 left for Slovenia on Wednesday, according to Jiefang Daily, as the US carmaker tries to make up lost ground against Chinese rivals who jumped ahead during lockdown.

Some 4,767 electric cars built at the Gigafactory 3 left for Slovenia on Wednesday, according to Jiefang Daily, as the US carmaker tries to make up lost ground against Chinese rivals who jumped ahead during lockdown.

31 May 2022 - 1:10PM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: 14 students and 1 teacher unable to return to class after testing positive as schools welcome back children after 3-month suspension

Under new arrangements, local schools or individual classes can hold full-day lessons if 90 per cent of students have received two doses of vaccine.

Under new arrangements, local schools or individual classes can hold full-day lessons if 90 per cent of students have received two doses of vaccine.

20 Apr 2022 - 12:03AM
‘Tired of the indoors and nowhere to go’: thousands throng Hong Kong’s outlying islands and nature gems on final day of Easter break

With public beaches and playgrounds closed under city’s social-distancing curbs, residents packed onto ferries to reach outlying destinations.

With public beaches and playgrounds closed under city’s social-distancing curbs, residents packed onto ferries to reach outlying destinations.

18 Apr 2022 - 11:39PM
‘Goodbye and good luck’: Hong Kong souvenirs such as Star Ferry baubles, tram magnets among hot items for those leaving city

Shops that used to cater mainly to expats say more locals are buying gifts for departing Hongkongers

Shops that used to cater mainly to expats say more locals are buying gifts for departing Hongkongers

17 Apr 2022 - 2:08PM
Hongkongers out to spend consumption vouchers but business owners note weaker boost in sales compared with last round

Crowds build up in major shopping centres on Thursday afternoon as more than 6.3 million residents receive up to HK$5,000 in digital vouchers.

Crowds build up in major shopping centres on Thursday afternoon as more than 6.3 million residents receive up to HK$5,000 in digital vouchers.

7 Apr 2022 - 7:41PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong employment agents expect thousands of Filipino domestic workers to arrive as city lifts travel ban

More than 5,000 could not travel after Hong Kong banned flights from the Philippines in January.

More than 5,000 could not travel after Hong Kong banned flights from the Philippines in January.

2 Apr 2022 - 7:12AM
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific to increase flights as lawmaker calls for aircraft suspension rules to be further relaxed

With flight suspension mechanism to be eased from Friday, Cathay says it will review its April and May flying schedules.

With flight suspension mechanism to be eased from Friday, Cathay says it will review its April and May flying schedules.

29 Mar 2022 - 12:26AM
Hong Kong vaccine expert says no serious side effects reported among children receiving coronavirus jabs

Vaccine committee co-convener Professor Ivan Hung says both ‘BioNTech and Sinovac jabs are very safe’ for children.

Vaccine committee co-convener Professor Ivan Hung says both ‘BioNTech and Sinovac jabs are very safe’ for children.

26 Mar 2022 - 9:10PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong youngsters sign up for online activities during early school holiday

Parents more willing to send children to online extracurricular classes compared with two years ago, business operators say.

Parents more willing to send children to online extracurricular classes compared with two years ago, business operators say.

28 Mar 2022 - 2:39PM
Hong Kong Covid-19 quarantine: scramble for rooms as city residents stuck abroad plan return, with some hotels ‘fully booked till August’

A check by the Post on 43 hotels shows only four of them still have rooms available in April, while at least 33 others only have vacancies after May.

A check by the Post on 43 hotels shows only four of them still have rooms available in April, while at least 33 others only have vacancies after May.

23 Mar 2022 - 12:02AM