Harry Pearl

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Harry Pearl

Production Editor, China Economy

Harry Pearl is a Production Editor for the China Economy desk at the Post, which he joined in 2019. He previously worked in Indonesia as a correspondent with Agence France-Presse.

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US ban on China’s Xinjiang solar products linked to alleged forced labour heaps pressure on supply chains

Moving production of crucial silicon components to other parts of China – away from its autonomous region embroiled in labour-abuse allegations – will be a lengthy and challenging process, analysts say.

Moving production of crucial silicon components to other parts of China – away from its autonomous region embroiled in labour-abuse allegations – will be a lengthy and challenging process, analysts say.

29 Jun 2021 - 7:40AM
China’s carbon neutral goal: can it really kick its coal addiction to achieve its 2060 target?

Despite China’s climate ambitions, energy security and economic stability will drive the use of coal in the world’s second largest economy for decades to come, experts say.

Despite China’s climate ambitions, energy security and economic stability will drive the use of coal in the world’s second largest economy for decades to come, experts say.

23 Apr 2021 - 9:40AM
China’s 2060 carbon neutral pledge ‘incompatible’ with expansion of oil and gas pipelines, study says

China’s expansion of its oil and gas pipeline network is ‘incompatible’ with its undertaking to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and could lead to stranded assets, a new report by the Global Energy Monitor warns.

China’s expansion of its oil and gas pipeline network is ‘incompatible’ with its undertaking to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and could lead to stranded assets, a new report by the Global Energy Monitor warns.

2 Feb 2021 - 6:24PM
China’s carbon neutral pledge: will Beijing’s 14th five-year plan offer a blueprint for zero emissions?

Xi Jinping’s pledge at the United Nations General Assembly this week for China to be carbon neutral by 2060 offers few details on how it will be achieved.

Xi Jinping’s pledge at the United Nations General Assembly this week for China to be carbon neutral by 2060 offers few details on how it will be achieved.

3 Nov 2020 - 6:31PM
China slow to curb coal financing as Japan, South Korea ‘accept new reality’ on phasing out fossil fuels

As the primary global backer of coal power, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to scale back overseas coal investment following recent steps by South Korea and Japan to reduce state support.

As the primary global backer of coal power, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to scale back overseas coal investment following recent steps by South Korea and Japan to reduce state support.

15 Aug 2020 - 12:04PM
China’s coronavirus recovery drives boom in coal plants, casting doubt over commitments to cut fossil fuels

Environmentalists say China is in the midst of a new coal boom, as provincial governments fall back on the old playbook of investing in fossil-fuel heavy energy projects in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Environmentalists say China is in the midst of a new coal boom, as provincial governments fall back on the old playbook of investing in fossil-fuel heavy energy projects in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

21 Jul 2020 - 10:36PM
US coronavirus stimulus reignites China’s criticism of dollar hegemony, but no alternative seen any time soon

China has stepped up criticism of the US dollar hegemony in the face of floods of coronavirus stimulus and potential sanctions, but analysts warn there is no alternative.

China has stepped up criticism of the US dollar hegemony in the face of floods of coronavirus stimulus and potential sanctions, but analysts warn there is no alternative.

16 Jul 2020 - 6:41PM
China’s small factory activity continued to strengthen in June, but foreign demand remained subdued

The Caixin manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 51.2 from 50.8 in May, the strongest rate of expansion recorded since December 2019.

The Caixin manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 51.2 from 50.8 in May, the strongest rate of expansion recorded since December 2019.

2 Jul 2020 - 9:43AM
China’s factory prices continued to fall in May, but consumer inflation slowed

China’s producer price index (PPI) fell 3.7 per cent year-on-year in May, highlighting the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

China’s producer price index (PPI) fell 3.7 per cent year-on-year in May, highlighting the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

11 Jun 2020 - 9:52AM
Indonesian fishermen who died on Chinese boats faced abuse, 21-hour days, interviews reveal

Four Indonesian fishermen died while working on Chinese fishing boats, with crew members saying they faced abuse, 21-hour days and were given meagre meals.

Four Indonesian fishermen died while working on Chinese fishing boats, with crew members saying they faced abuse, 21-hour days and were given meagre meals.

14 Oct 2020 - 12:03PM
Coronavirus: China’s belt and road plan hits roadblock as virus pinches supply of materials and workers

Despite tentative signs of economic recovery at home, projects under the Belt and Road Initiative remain cut off from vital Chinese materials and specialist labour.

Despite tentative signs of economic recovery at home, projects under the Belt and Road Initiative remain cut off from vital Chinese materials and specialist labour.

27 Apr 2020 - 10:33AM
Coronavirus: China’s manufacturing prices plunge further in March, with consumer inflation easing

China’s factory gate prices fell further into deflation at minus 1.5 per cent in March from a year earlier, reflecting the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

China’s factory gate prices fell further into deflation at minus 1.5 per cent in March from a year earlier, reflecting the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

12 May 2020 - 4:36PM
Coronavirus: fears mount that China’s transition to a greener economy may be shelved amid recovery

With increasing economic headwinds, fears grow that China’s transition to a greener economy will be hit by the coronavirus.

With increasing economic headwinds, fears grow that China’s transition to a greener economy will be hit by the coronavirus.

24 Mar 2020 - 6:35PM
China’s consumer inflation at eight-year high, but factory gate prices stay subdued

China’s consumer price index rose by 5.4 per cent in January, partly driven by soaring pork prices, while the producer price index rose marginally by 0.1 per cent.

China’s consumer price index rose by 5.4 per cent in January, partly driven by soaring pork prices, while the producer price index rose marginally by 0.1 per cent.

12 May 2020 - 4:41PM
China manufacturing exodus, US trade war tariffs spur investment in Malaysia’s ‘Silicon Valley’

Malaysia’s electronic industry has seen a surge in investment over the past 18 months as US and Chinese companies look to escape tariffs placed on each other’s products.

Malaysia’s electronic industry has seen a surge in investment over the past 18 months as US and Chinese companies look to escape tariffs placed on each other’s products.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:17AM
What is the Hong Kong Dollar Peg?

Ongoing anti-government protests have led to some speculation that Hong Kong could be forced to sever its peg to the US dollar, which has been in place since 1983.

Ongoing anti-government protests have led to some speculation that Hong Kong could be forced to sever its peg to the US dollar, which has been in place since 1983.

9 Dec 2019 - 4:22PM
China’s economic clout welcomed by most of the world, but Asian neighbours remain wary: Pew survey

Pew survey finds most people view China’s strong economy as positive, but Beijing’s growing economic and military might is seen as threatening in the Asia-Pacific.

Pew survey finds most people view China’s strong economy as positive, but Beijing’s growing economic and military might is seen as threatening in the Asia-Pacific.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:28AM
Trade war, Hong Kong protests forecast to hit global retail sales growth in 2020, report shows

Global sales growth by volume will decelerate to 2.2 per cent next year with the US-China trade war and increased online competition heaping pressure on the sector.

Global sales growth by volume will decelerate to 2.2 per cent next year with the US-China trade war and increased online competition heaping pressure on the sector.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:50PM