Jane Cai

Beijing

Jane Cai

Bureau Chief, Beijing

Jane Cai, CFA, is the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Post. She has been covering China's economic, financial, business and political news since the early 2000s.

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Coronavirus: China sticks to zero-Covid policy as management failures and public misery mount

China’s botched Covid-19 controls are becoming public anger flashpoints as health duties for local governments become politicised, experts say.

China’s botched Covid-19 controls are becoming public anger flashpoints as health duties for local governments become politicised, experts say.

24 Sep 2022 - 12:17PM
Lots of buzz, no bite – authorities slap down proposal to rid China of mosquitoes

A proposal from deputies to China’s top legislature to eradicate mosquitoes in China will not fly, experts say, calling it technically impossible.

A proposal from deputies to China’s top legislature to eradicate mosquitoes in China will not fly, experts say, calling it technically impossible.

14 Sep 2022 - 8:16PM
Poverty threat unlikely to derail China’s push for common prosperity

Party congress expected to celebrate last year’s declared success in lifting lowest incomes and turn focus to 2049 goal.

Party congress expected to celebrate last year’s declared success in lifting lowest incomes and turn focus to 2049 goal.

13 Sep 2022 - 11:58PM
Pandemic travel in China is chaotic – during Mid-Autumn Festival it’s worse

A Wuhan native knew her first trip home from Denmark since the pandemic began would be a nail-biting gamble. So far, it’s much worse than she feared.

A Wuhan native knew her first trip home from Denmark since the pandemic began would be a nail-biting gamble. So far, it’s much worse than she feared.

10 Sep 2022 - 12:08PM
Why size matters when it comes to China’s new leadership line-up

The Politburo Standing Committee is the party’s top decision-making body, but there are no written rules on how many members it can have. Analysts say its size is unlikely to change since Xi has cemented his power.

The Politburo Standing Committee is the party’s top decision-making body, but there are no written rules on how many members it can have. Analysts say its size is unlikely to change since Xi has cemented his power.

9 Sep 2022 - 1:47PM
UN’s Xinjiang human rights report expected to further strain relations between China and West

The report is ‘based on presumption of guilt, uses disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces as its main sources’, says Chinese spokesman at the UN.

The report is ‘based on presumption of guilt, uses disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces as its main sources’, says Chinese spokesman at the UN.

2 Sep 2022 - 1:01PM
Young and out of a job in China: how Covid-19 is creating an unemployment crisis

Youth unemployment rate rose from 15.3 per cent in January to 19.9 per cent in July as record 10 million university graduates entered the job market.

Youth unemployment rate rose from 15.3 per cent in January to 19.9 per cent in July as record 10 million university graduates entered the job market.

31 Aug 2022 - 9:12AM
As China reels under record heatwave, is this the face of future summers?

As extreme heat also sweeps across Europe and the US, scientists see proof of how climate change is making extreme weather the norm globally.

As extreme heat also sweeps across Europe and the US, scientists see proof of how climate change is making extreme weather the norm globally.

24 Aug 2022 - 9:22AM
Snap Covid lockdowns turn summer holidays into nightmare for tens of thousands of Chinese tourists

Visitors to some of the country’s most popular destinations have found themselves stranded at short notice – often because of a small handful of cases.

Visitors to some of the country’s most popular destinations have found themselves stranded at short notice – often because of a small handful of cases.

21 Aug 2022 - 4:52PM
Japanese cabinet ministers’ Yasukuni Shrine visit adds to strained ties with China

Beijing protests against the visit by the ministers and a donation by the Japanese leader.

Beijing protests against the visit by the ministers and a donation by the Japanese leader.

15 Aug 2022 - 8:55PM
Pelosi, Taiwan and the perils of Chinese nationalism

Public expectations of tough action from Beijing rose on the mainland in the run-up to the US House speaker’s visit.

Public expectations of tough action from Beijing rose on the mainland in the run-up to the US House speaker’s visit.

5 Aug 2022 - 6:00AM
Xi Jinping allies lay out Chinese president’s global risk outlook in countdown to Communist Party congress

Top party theorist says political and ideological conflict with the West to persist.

Top party theorist says political and ideological conflict with the West to persist.

9 Jul 2022 - 12:15AM
How Communist Party membership and state-sector jobs became fashionable choices for young Chinese

Advice on dressing like a government official or Communist Party cadre attracts millions of clicks.

Advice on dressing like a government official or Communist Party cadre attracts millions of clicks.

7 Jul 2022 - 11:00AM
China to press on with ‘zero Covid’, despite economic risks, Xi Jinping says

Country must protect lives at the temporary cost of lower growth, Xi says on trip to Wuhan.

Country must protect lives at the temporary cost of lower growth, Xi says on trip to Wuhan.

29 Jun 2022 - 11:03PM
Human cost of China’s zero-Covid policy measured in stress, anxiety

Lockdowns and unpredictable restrictions have led to soaring mental health problems in numbers which may exceed global averages.

Lockdowns and unpredictable restrictions have led to soaring mental health problems in numbers which may exceed global averages.

27 Jun 2022 - 3:59PM
Greater Bay Area: can China ‘integrate’ Hong Kong into its southern economic powerhouse?

Some Hongkongers are trying their luck on the mainland and excited about the opportunities, but for others the idea of integration is ‘unconvincing’.

Some Hongkongers are trying their luck on the mainland and excited about the opportunities, but for others the idea of integration is ‘unconvincing’.

18 Jun 2022 - 3:48PM
China’s falling birth rate prompts Elon Musk to warn of looming ‘population collapse’

Demographer says the pandemic has exacerbated the population decline trend, with estimated 2 million people postponing or abandoning plans to have a baby.

Demographer says the pandemic has exacerbated the population decline trend, with estimated 2 million people postponing or abandoning plans to have a baby.

7 Jun 2022 - 7:00PM
Coronavirus in China: students left in limbo as zero-Covid hits US placement exam

Exam authority College Board cites ‘scale and uncertainty of the situation in China’.

Exam authority College Board cites ‘scale and uncertainty of the situation in China’.

12 May 2022 - 9:27AM
Beijing parks closed as city battles ‘severe’ Covid-19 outbreak

Chaoyang and Shunyi parklands are off limits until further notice as residents’ complaints mount.

Chaoyang and Shunyi parklands are off limits until further notice as residents’ complaints mount.

9 May 2022 - 7:33PM
Chinese vice-president on rare trip abroad to win over South Korean leader

Wang Qishan will attend South Korean president-elect’s inauguration, signalling Beijing’s focus on ties with Seoul.

Wang Qishan will attend South Korean president-elect’s inauguration, signalling Beijing’s focus on ties with Seoul.

8 May 2022 - 2:10PM
More mass Covid tests for Chinese capital’s worst-hit district to stop outbreak

Beijing logged 72 local infections on Friday, with around 40 per cent of cases in this outbreak detected in Chaoyang district.

Beijing logged 72 local infections on Friday, with around 40 per cent of cases in this outbreak detected in Chaoyang district.

6 May 2022 - 6:49PM
Chinese capital issues work from home orders to stem Covid-19 outbreak

Dozens of subway stations closed in Beijing to try to stop surge in Omicron numbers.

Dozens of subway stations closed in Beijing to try to stop surge in Omicron numbers.

5 May 2022 - 6:53PM
The fear and frustration at the end of Shanghai’s broken food chain

Across China’s commercial capital, residents suddenly did not know where their next meal was coming from when they were plunged into lockdown.

Across China’s commercial capital, residents suddenly did not know where their next meal was coming from when they were plunged into lockdown.

31 May 2022 - 1:18PM
Chinese passenger traffic set for heavy fall over May Day holiday as Covid controls bite

The transport ministry expects 100 million journeys over the five-day holiday – a 62 per cent fall on last year’s total.

The transport ministry expects 100 million journeys over the five-day holiday – a 62 per cent fall on last year’s total.

29 Apr 2022 - 7:00AM
First-time invite for China’s public to comment ahead of 20th Communist Party congress

Opinions sought on eight issues, from governance to Chinese-style democracy, livelihoods and ecological progress.

Opinions sought on eight issues, from governance to Chinese-style democracy, livelihoods and ecological progress.

21 Apr 2022 - 3:59PM
Shanghai needs food, not TCM Covid-19 medicine Lianhua Qingwen: medical experts

Chinese doctors raise doubts over the treatment’s effectiveness and question why millions of capsules were delivered to a city desperate for other supplies.

Chinese doctors raise doubts over the treatment’s effectiveness and question why millions of capsules were delivered to a city desperate for other supplies.

20 Apr 2022 - 7:00AM
As China’s Covid-19 lockdowns snarl supply chains and spark protests from foreign firms, will zero tolerance pass the test?

With jobs and economic data at stake months ahead of a key Communist Party congress, the impact, if any, on the stringent rules remains to be seen.

With jobs and economic data at stake months ahead of a key Communist Party congress, the impact, if any, on the stringent rules remains to be seen.

16 Apr 2022 - 10:00AM
Amid Ukraine and Covid-19, Xi Jinping puts China’s food security in focus with trip to Hainan

Chinese president also highlights maritime science and deep sea technology.

Chinese president also highlights maritime science and deep sea technology.

11 Apr 2022 - 9:00PM
Beijing city authorities tighten Covid controls in effort to stop Omicron surge reaching Chinese capital

The municipal authorities have introduced their strictest measures since early 2020, including more curbs on arrivals and wider quarantine regulations.

The municipal authorities have introduced their strictest measures since early 2020, including more curbs on arrivals and wider quarantine regulations.

8 Apr 2022 - 11:58AM
As Omicron lurks, China plans to stay home for the Ching Ming holiday

Millions are in lockdown and authorities are advising against unnecessary travel.

Millions are in lockdown and authorities are advising against unnecessary travel.

4 Apr 2022 - 8:00AM