He Huifeng

Guangdong

He Huifeng

Guangdong Correspondant

He Huifeng is an award-winning journalist who has reported on China since 2001. She has gained an in-depth knowledge of political, economic and social issues in mainland China through years of close observation, which has given her a love for journalism in the field.

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China faces zero-Covid lockdown brain drain with visa inquiry spike

Emigration consultants say applications for US, Canada and Australia have soared, with interest strongest among tech professionals.

Emigration consultants say applications for US, Canada and Australia have soared, with interest strongest among tech professionals.

19 May 2022 - 1:36PM
China’s provinces target wheat output as nation braces for food security challenges

World food prices will skyrocket and a food crisis is inevitable, one local government warns, as provinces order farmers not to destroy unripe wheat.

World food prices will skyrocket and a food crisis is inevitable, one local government warns, as provinces order farmers not to destroy unripe wheat.

14 May 2022 - 7:17PM
China’s yuan depreciation complicates trade outlook, leaves manufacturers ‘nervous and passive’

China’s yuan continued to weaken against the US dollar on Friday, further complicating the outlook for manufacturers amid a slowing economy, coronavirus disruptions and an aggressive US Federal Reserve interest rate policy.

China’s yuan continued to weaken against the US dollar on Friday, further complicating the outlook for manufacturers amid a slowing economy, coronavirus disruptions and an aggressive US Federal Reserve interest rate policy.

14 May 2022 - 5:40AM
China’s business woes worsen as overdue payments mount and get passed down supply chain

Chinese exports in ‘grave situation’, with dwindling cash flow weighing on their bottom line while domestic demand falls amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Chinese exports in ‘grave situation’, with dwindling cash flow weighing on their bottom line while domestic demand falls amid coronavirus lockdowns.

11 May 2022 - 10:30AM
Chinese investors cash in on Japan’s weak yen, from collectable toys to sight-unseen properties

The attractiveness of Japanese assets, particularly among Chinese investors, sees a corresponding rise with the diminishing value of the yen, which recently hit a 20-year low against the US dollar.

The attractiveness of Japanese assets, particularly among Chinese investors, sees a corresponding rise with the diminishing value of the yen, which recently hit a 20-year low against the US dollar.

5 May 2022 - 5:16AM
China’s manufacturers remain key to global supply chain, producers ‘ even more dependent’ on world’s factory

Coronavirus-related restrictions and lockdowns have disrupted global supply chains over the last two years as many of them begin in China.

Coronavirus-related restrictions and lockdowns have disrupted global supply chains over the last two years as many of them begin in China.

29 Apr 2022 - 10:30AM
China urged to give cash handouts, as its economy and most vulnerable citizens are desperate for a lifeline

The sooner the central government starts giving out Hong Kong- and US-style consumption vouchers, the better, according to economists.

The sooner the central government starts giving out Hong Kong- and US-style consumption vouchers, the better, according to economists.

28 Apr 2022 - 11:30PM
China’s manufacturers fear they ‘can’t survive another round’ of coronavirus outbreaks, lockdowns

China’s travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus are causing disruptions to logistics and supply chains, while ports are also experiencing delays.

China’s travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus are causing disruptions to logistics and supply chains, while ports are also experiencing delays.

21 Apr 2022 - 2:00PM
China’s rising household debt is shattering dreams of financial freedom, and ‘fears are spreading’

Many Chinese who borrowed millions to invest in property, or who hitched their wagon to a now-curtailed tech firm, are growing increasingly fearful of salary reductions, lay-offs, crackdowns and lockdowns.

Many Chinese who borrowed millions to invest in property, or who hitched their wagon to a now-curtailed tech firm, are growing increasingly fearful of salary reductions, lay-offs, crackdowns and lockdowns.

19 Apr 2022 - 8:05AM
Lift-off for China’s space ambitions of launching 2 crewed missions a year for a decade

Space engineering chief says two cargo spacecraft will go up annually over the next decade as well.

Space engineering chief says two cargo spacecraft will go up annually over the next decade as well.

17 Apr 2022 - 11:00PM
Hong Kong-China trade slower, less reliable and more expensive amid coronavirus restrictions

Trade between China and Hong Kong has been reduced as the various coronavirus restrictions have increased delivery times and costs.

Trade between China and Hong Kong has been reduced as the various coronavirus restrictions have increased delivery times and costs.

9 Apr 2022 - 2:13AM
China’s exporters, foreign investors fear being left in the dark as Canton Fair goes online only

As the Canton Fair goes online only this month, attendees’ hopes are dashed for an in-person event that might have helped them ascertain more information about the state of trade.

As the Canton Fair goes online only this month, attendees’ hopes are dashed for an in-person event that might have helped them ascertain more information about the state of trade.

1 Apr 2022 - 9:23PM
Coronavirus: China’s small firms bemoan lack of support as Omicron wave threatens economic recovery

Small business owners in China say government tax rebates do not compensate them enough for lost business caused by strict pandemic controls that have been rolled out amid the latest Omicron outbreak.

Small business owners in China say government tax rebates do not compensate them enough for lost business caused by strict pandemic controls that have been rolled out amid the latest Omicron outbreak.

31 Mar 2022 - 8:46PM
China’s coronavirus travel ban drives boom in luxury e-commerce, duty-free shopping

Though overall consumption remains soft in China, sales of foreign brands are strong on cross-border e-commerce platforms and in the duty-free shopping hub of Hainan as more Chinese spend locally.

Though overall consumption remains soft in China, sales of foreign brands are strong on cross-border e-commerce platforms and in the duty-free shopping hub of Hainan as more Chinese spend locally.

25 Mar 2022 - 4:38PM
No sign of black boxes from China Eastern Airlines plane crash

Aviation officials say that the investigation has just started and that it is not yet possible to say why the plane went down.

Aviation officials say that the investigation has just started and that it is not yet possible to say why the plane went down.

23 Mar 2022 - 10:32AM
Marriage on the rocks in China as women rethink their options and Covid-19 limits take toll

A range of factors at play, from coronavirus restrictions to the legacy of the one-child policy, observers say.

A range of factors at play, from coronavirus restrictions to the legacy of the one-child policy, observers say.

20 Mar 2022 - 6:59PM
Why rich, young Chinese are less likely to spend abroad than older generations

Attitudes towards consumption are changing between generations of wealthy Chinese, with many middle-class millennials and Generation Z likely to concentrate on building wealth at home than their parent’s generation.

Attitudes towards consumption are changing between generations of wealthy Chinese, with many middle-class millennials and Generation Z likely to concentrate on building wealth at home than their parent’s generation.

17 Mar 2022 - 1:59PM
China’s ‘she economy’ booms as young and financially independent women spend for themselves

Chinese women comprise the world’s third-largest consumer market – close to the combined retail markets of Germany, France and the United Kingdom – and have reshaped the nation’s economic trajectory.

Chinese women comprise the world’s third-largest consumer market – close to the combined retail markets of Germany, France and the United Kingdom – and have reshaped the nation’s economic trajectory.

17 Mar 2022 - 4:14PM
China’s ‘common prosperity’ drive hits a snag as local officials wonder how to put policy in place

Xi Jinping’s trademark plan to reduce wealth inequality is being hampered by confusion, especially at the local level, about how best to help poor citizens and drive development.

Xi Jinping’s trademark plan to reduce wealth inequality is being hampered by confusion, especially at the local level, about how best to help poor citizens and drive development.

13 Mar 2022 - 12:00PM
As China’s yuan gets stronger while Ukraine crisis drives up raw material prices, exporters shy away from US dollar

Some Chinese manufacturers fear losses could mount if the yuan further appreciates to 6.25 against the US dollar, as it would make their exports less competitive.

Some Chinese manufacturers fear losses could mount if the yuan further appreciates to 6.25 against the US dollar, as it would make their exports less competitive.

9 Mar 2022 - 4:52PM
Ukraine war: global aviation industry takes another hit as more countries ban Russian flights

Analysts say the flight bans on Russia aircraft following the invasion of Ukraine are another blow to an aviation industry that was just beginning to recover from coronavirus-inflicted damage.

Analysts say the flight bans on Russia aircraft following the invasion of Ukraine are another blow to an aviation industry that was just beginning to recover from coronavirus-inflicted damage.

9 Mar 2022 - 4:54PM
China’s manufacturers feel the pain of Ukraine crisis as customers have ‘no desire to pay’

China is the largest trading partner of both Russia and Ukraine, but sanctions from the US and its European allies have started to be felt by customers in both countries.

China is the largest trading partner of both Russia and Ukraine, but sanctions from the US and its European allies have started to be felt by customers in both countries.

9 Mar 2022 - 4:54PM
China’s urbanisation push could be at a ‘bottleneck’, with slowest migration growth rate in quarter-century

Downward trend could continue this year as the pandemic endures, experts say, while broader concerns stretch to the impact of urbanisation on China’s birth rate.

Downward trend could continue this year as the pandemic endures, experts say, while broader concerns stretch to the impact of urbanisation on China’s birth rate.

28 Feb 2022 - 6:30PM
China’s ‘common prosperity’ push, consumer nationalism stir new challenges for global brands

The campaign to reduce China’s wealth gap presents new marketing challenges for global brands, though most are focused on the benefits of an enlarged middle class.

The campaign to reduce China’s wealth gap presents new marketing challenges for global brands, though most are focused on the benefits of an enlarged middle class.

27 Feb 2022 - 2:00PM
Ukraine crisis: China walks ‘diplomatic tightrope’, but impact of sanctions on Russia seen as ‘limited’ for bilateral trade

China is likely to support Russia financially and through trade throughout the Ukraine crisis, though if the situation escalates Beijing may ‘rethink its position’, experts say.

China is likely to support Russia financially and through trade throughout the Ukraine crisis, though if the situation escalates Beijing may ‘rethink its position’, experts say.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
Russian forces enter Ukraine capital Kyiv after morning missile strikes

The first Russian military units have entered Kyiv, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Friday, on the second day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The first Russian military units have entered Kyiv, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Friday, on the second day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
China’s middle class worries about the future under Xi Jinping’s ‘common prosperity’ initiative

President Xi Jinping’s goal to reduce wealth inequality is front and centre on the government agenda, but heavy-handed regulation and a slowing economy has some middle-class Chinese worried about their future.

President Xi Jinping’s goal to reduce wealth inequality is front and centre on the government agenda, but heavy-handed regulation and a slowing economy has some middle-class Chinese worried about their future.

23 Feb 2022 - 11:00PM
China hits back at ‘irresponsible’ US report labelling it top market for fake and pirated goods

China ranked 12th on 2021 Global Innovation Index, commerce ministry points out in calling for an objective approach from the US.

China ranked 12th on 2021 Global Innovation Index, commerce ministry points out in calling for an objective approach from the US.

21 Feb 2022 - 9:16AM
Suzhou and Hohhot coronavirus hotspots in China ‘triggered by imported cases’

Health authorities say outbreaks are growing but caused by different strains of the virus.

Health authorities say outbreaks are growing but caused by different strains of the virus.

19 Feb 2022 - 7:00PM
China’s small-business owners tighten purse strings, embracing frugality as hardships and uncertainties mount

Fearing for their livelihoods with little respite from the hardships of the pandemic, those who own micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are forced to find income elsewhere as business conditions deteriorate.

Fearing for their livelihoods with little respite from the hardships of the pandemic, those who own micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are forced to find income elsewhere as business conditions deteriorate.

13 Feb 2022 - 12:00PM