Jane Cai

Jane Cai

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

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Will the China of tomorrow run on the technology behind bitcoin?

President Xi Jinping told the Communist Party elite in October he wanted the country to be a ‘rule maker’ on blockchain technology and ever since state media has been bombarding the public with articles on the subject.

2 Dec 2019 - 12:35PM

President Xi Jinping told the Communist Party elite in October he wanted the country to be a ‘rule maker’ on blockchain technology and ever since state media has been bombarding the public with articles on the subject.

Will the China of tomorrow run on the technology behind bitcoin?
China fears trade conflicts, climate change could pose threat to food security

Last month the country’s leadership produced its first report on the issue in 23 years as the trade war with the US and other issues prompted a fresh look at how it can continue to feed its population.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:31PM

Last month the country’s leadership produced its first report on the issue in 23 years as the trade war with the US and other issues prompted a fresh look at how it can continue to feed its population.

China fears trade conflicts, climate change could pose threat to food security
Chinese internet users hail ‘Comrade Donald Trump’ for driving reforms

Academics say US president’s policies have been a catalyst for innovation.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:01PM

Academics say US president’s policies have been a catalyst for innovation.

Chinese internet users hail ‘Comrade Donald Trump’ for driving reforms
China’s state-owned enterprises help protect economy from foreign pressure and risks, says Communist Party economist

US and EU have frequently complained that state firms enjoy an unfair competitive advantage but Wang Xiaoguang defends their role as a ‘buffer’ against international pressure.

21 Nov 2019 - 11:10PM

US and EU have frequently complained that state firms enjoy an unfair competitive advantage but Wang Xiaoguang defends their role as a ‘buffer’ against international pressure.

China’s state-owned enterprises help protect economy from foreign pressure and risks, says Communist Party economist
Let them eat chicken? Why all options are on the table to solve China’s pork crisis

Swine fever has swept through the country, destroying pig herds and raising the price of the staple meat, raising concern among the leadership.

9 Nov 2019 - 7:40AM

Swine fever has swept through the country, destroying pig herds and raising the price of the staple meat, raising concern among the leadership.

Let them eat chicken? Why all options are on the table to solve China’s pork crisis
China companies pour resources into research as global economy cracks

As the trade war widens into a technology conflict, supply chains are breaking up. But a full decoupling is still ‘a long way off’.

26 Jul 2019 - 12:54PM

As the trade war widens into a technology conflict, supply chains are breaking up. But a full decoupling is still ‘a long way off’.

China companies pour resources into research as global economy cracks
China’s academics join calls for reform and opening up as US trade war pressure looks set to continue

Prescriptions for change are being publicly suggested by Chinese experts as trade conflicts with the West appear set to continue.

5 Jul 2019 - 10:50AM

Prescriptions for change are being publicly suggested by Chinese experts as trade conflicts with the West appear set to continue.

China’s academics join calls for reform and opening up as US trade war pressure looks set to continue
China tempers public expectations of a Xi-Trump summit trade war breakthrough

Beijing mobilises its media outlets to talk up the Chinese economy’s prospects – whatever happens between the two leaders.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:01PM

Beijing mobilises its media outlets to talk up the Chinese economy’s prospects – whatever happens between the two leaders.

China tempers public expectations of a Xi-Trump summit trade war breakthrough
Is the G20 destined to fade into irrelevance in a leaderless world – courtesy of Donald Trump?

Trade war is expected to again overshadow the summit as the US president aims to ‘hijack and divert it towards a confrontation with China’.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:12PM

Trade war is expected to again overshadow the summit as the US president aims to ‘hijack and divert it towards a confrontation with China’.

Is the G20 destined to fade into irrelevance in a leaderless world – courtesy of Donald Trump?
Why Beijing isn’t playing blame game with its white paper on trade war

Economist says ‘unreliable entities’ list and restrictions on rare earth minerals exports were about strengthening Beijing’s hand.

4 Jun 2019 - 8:17PM

Economist says ‘unreliable entities’ list and restrictions on rare earth minerals exports were about strengthening Beijing’s hand.

Why Beijing isn’t playing blame game with its white paper on trade war
China’s push for self-reliance meets reality of global trade networks

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s push for home-grown innovation underlines the urgency of core technology development.

4 Jun 2019 - 2:57AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s push for home-grown innovation underlines the urgency of core technology development.

China’s push for self-reliance meets reality of global trade networks
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
Beyond the China-US trade war: what next for the world’s two giants?

Even with a tariffs ceasefire, Beijing and Washington appear destined for decades of rivalry.

12 May 2019 - 10:10PM

Even with a tariffs ceasefire, Beijing and Washington appear destined for decades of rivalry.

Beyond the China-US trade war: what next for the world’s two giants?
US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

9 May 2019 - 12:37PM

Washington refuses to accept verbal assurances but China is reluctant to make further structural reforms.

US demand that China commits to reforms in writing threatens to scupper trade talks
Can China really take the high road with its big, bold infrastructure plan?

Amid growing criticism of his belt and road plan, Chinese president says he wants it to be ‘anchored by international standards and norms’, but Beijing’s big promises are nothing new, analysts say.

5 May 2019 - 8:36PM

Amid growing criticism of his belt and road plan, Chinese president says he wants it to be ‘anchored by international standards and norms’, but Beijing’s big promises are nothing new, analysts say.

Can China really take the high road with its big, bold infrastructure plan?
China seeks to prove critics wrong with star belt and road projects

Report highlights ports and railways that Beijing hopes will yield fast, positive results for local communities and investors.

1 May 2019 - 10:59AM

Report highlights ports and railways that Beijing hopes will yield fast, positive results for local communities and investors.

China seeks to prove critics wrong with star belt and road projects
Xi Jinping makes plenty of promises on belt and road plan, but can China deliver?

Chinese president vows to stick to international rules and standards, as joint statement emphasises financial sustainability, pollution control and anti-corruption efforts.

28 Apr 2019 - 4:20PM

Chinese president vows to stick to international rules and standards, as joint statement emphasises financial sustainability, pollution control and anti-corruption efforts.

Xi Jinping makes plenty of promises on belt and road plan, but can China deliver?
Xi Jinping sends message to US and West that ‘China is committed to opening up’ at Belt and Road Forum

While he did not mention the US or trade war, president puts emphasis on key issues that have been raised by Washington during speech to world leaders.

27 Apr 2019 - 1:59PM

While he did not mention the US or trade war, president puts emphasis on key issues that have been raised by Washington during speech to world leaders.

Xi Jinping sends message to US and West that ‘China is committed to opening up’ at Belt and Road Forum
Belt and road reflects reality that China is now a world power, Spanish foreign minister says

But the scheme should stick to key principles including environmental sustainability and a level playing field, according to Spain’s foreign minister.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:05AM

But the scheme should stick to key principles including environmental sustainability and a level playing field, according to Spain’s foreign minister.

Belt and road reflects reality that China is now a world power, Spanish foreign minister says
China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

24 Apr 2019 - 2:23PM

Beijing’s global infrastructure drive will be in the spotlight this week when dozens of heads of state converge on the Chinese capital for the second Belt and Road Forum.

China’s flexible belt and road approach leads to ambiguity
Li Keqiang says it is time China to ‘turn the blade inward’ to boost jobs growth

Premier promises 11 million new jobs as China tries to ensure social stability, with tax cuts and reduced red tape to help private companies.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:35AM

Premier promises 11 million new jobs as China tries to ensure social stability, with tax cuts and reduced red tape to help private companies.

Li Keqiang says it is time China to ‘turn the blade inward’ to boost jobs growth
Chinese private firms ‘being held back by prejudice as a result of government support for state-owned enterprises’

Negative stereotypes mean private companies are finding it hard to get the credit they need, warns pharmaceutical boss.

12 Mar 2019 - 10:19AM

Negative stereotypes mean private companies are finding it hard to get the credit they need, warns pharmaceutical boss.

Chinese private firms ‘being held back by prejudice as a result of government support for state-owned enterprises’
China calls on private sector to beef up investment in basic science as it seeks to become tech powerhouse

Beijing wants to break the country’s reliance on foreign technology in sectors such as robotics, aerospace and new-energy vehicles.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM

Beijing wants to break the country’s reliance on foreign technology in sectors such as robotics, aerospace and new-energy vehicles.

China calls on private sector to beef up investment in basic science as it seeks to become tech powerhouse
China’s funding for science and research to reach 2.5 per cent of GDP in 2019

Country will hit its target a year ahead of schedule, but scientists say they still don’t get enough funds for basic research.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:53AM

Country will hit its target a year ahead of schedule, but scientists say they still don’t get enough funds for basic research.

China’s funding for science and research to reach 2.5 per cent of GDP in 2019
China has made a clear effort to keep yuan exchange rate stable, says central bank

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang says Beijing will not devalue yuan to boost exports or ease trade tensions amid the US-China trade war.

11 Mar 2019 - 10:04AM

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang says Beijing will not devalue yuan to boost exports or ease trade tensions amid the US-China trade war.

China has made a clear effort to keep yuan exchange rate stable, says central bank
China set to vote on new law aimed at levelling playing field for foreign investors

Members of the foreign business community say the legislation is being pushed through in response to the trade war with the United States, while Chinese analysts say it reflects China’s desire to improve its economy and legal system.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:54AM

Members of the foreign business community say the legislation is being pushed through in response to the trade war with the United States, while Chinese analysts say it reflects China’s desire to improve its economy and legal system.

China set to vote on new law aimed at levelling playing field for foreign investors
China counts on tax cuts to buoy business in tough economic times ahead

As growth slows and the trade war bites, Beijing aims to reduce levies on key sectors such as manufacturing to keep people employed and ensure social stability.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:21PM

As growth slows and the trade war bites, Beijing aims to reduce levies on key sectors such as manufacturing to keep people employed and ensure social stability.

China counts on tax cuts to buoy business in tough economic times ahead
China cuts taxes and defence budget growth, demands more profits from state firms

Value-added taxes cut more than expected and state firms have to hand in more profits to bridge fiscal shortfall, while defence budget growth slashed from 8.1 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

5 Mar 2019 - 1:04PM

Value-added taxes cut more than expected and state firms have to hand in more profits to bridge fiscal shortfall, while defence budget growth slashed from 8.1 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

China cuts taxes and defence budget growth, demands more profits from state firms
Trade war with US the elephant in the room as China’s political advisers meet in Beijing

While it wasn’t directly mentioned in official work report, its potential impact on the nation’s development could be found reading between the lines, and on the sidelines, of the annual gathering in Beijing.

3 Mar 2019 - 11:37PM

While it wasn’t directly mentioned in official work report, its potential impact on the nation’s development could be found reading between the lines, and on the sidelines, of the annual gathering in Beijing.

Trade war with US the elephant in the room as China’s political advisers meet in Beijing
Why China’s subsidised state-owned enterprises anger US, Europe – and its own private companies

Electric car sector typifies hostility to Chinese support for state-owned enterprises, which revamping the WTO agreement could address – but could China give up its attachment to SOEs?

22 Feb 2019 - 12:35PM

Electric car sector typifies hostility to Chinese support for state-owned enterprises, which revamping the WTO agreement could address – but could China give up its attachment to SOEs?

Why China’s subsidised state-owned enterprises anger US, Europe – and its own private companies