Jane Cai

Beijing

Jane Cai

Bureau Chief, Beijing

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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Coronavirus conspiracy leak claims ‘pure fabrication’, Wuhan lab chief says

The Chinese institute did not encounter the pandemic pathogen until December 30 when it was sent a clinical sample, director says.

24 May 2020 - 10:55PM

The Chinese institute did not encounter the pandemic pathogen until December 30 when it was sent a clinical sample, director says.

Coronavirus conspiracy leak claims ‘pure fabrication’, Wuhan lab chief says
Class and the coronavirus: as China’s wealthy cut back on life’s luxuries, the nation’s poorest are in a fight for survival

Migrant workers and the residents of rural areas are bearing the brunt of the employment crisis in China caused by Covid-19.

21 May 2020 - 12:03PM

Migrant workers and the residents of rural areas are bearing the brunt of the employment crisis in China caused by Covid-19.

Class and the coronavirus: as China’s wealthy cut back on life’s luxuries, the nation’s poorest are in a fight for survival
What will China’s Covid-19 new normal look like? Health chiefs paint a cautious picture

Authorities are easing the last of the country’s emergency restrictions but constant monitoring will be here for the longer term, they say.

14 May 2020 - 10:58PM

Authorities are easing the last of the country’s emergency restrictions but constant monitoring will be here for the longer term, they say.

What will China’s Covid-19 new normal look like? Health chiefs paint a cautious picture
China’s coronavirus blues clouds hopes for Labour Day holiday spending spree

The government has extended the annual break to give an extra shot in the arm for the economy after months of lockdowns but with still more uncertainty ahead, the country’s consumers might not be in the mood to splurge.

1 May 2020 - 3:03PM

The government has extended the annual break to give an extra shot in the arm for the economy after months of lockdowns but with still more uncertainty ahead, the country’s consumers might not be in the mood to splurge.

China’s coronavirus blues clouds hopes for Labour Day holiday spending spree
Coronavirus: China is getting back on its feet, but who forgot to tell Beijing?

Strict social distancing and quarantine measures remain in force in the nation’s capital, where fears of a second wave of imported infections remain high.

23 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM

Strict social distancing and quarantine measures remain in force in the nation’s capital, where fears of a second wave of imported infections remain high.

Coronavirus: China is getting back on its feet, but who forgot to tell Beijing?
Coronavirus: How China’s army of food delivery drivers helped keep country going during outbreak

Buying and paying for meals and supplies online was already second nature for many Chinese before the Covid-19 lockdown.

7 Apr 2020 - 10:02PM

Buying and paying for meals and supplies online was already second nature for many Chinese before the Covid-19 lockdown.

Coronavirus: How China’s army of food delivery drivers helped keep country going during outbreak
New Chinese research may point to possible role of children in coronavirus spread

Covid-19 symptoms tend to be milder in kids, according to studies in Zhejiang and Wuhan, with asymptomatic infections ‘not uncommon’. But experts say more investigation is needed.

29 Mar 2020 - 11:36PM

Covid-19 symptoms tend to be milder in kids, according to studies in Zhejiang and Wuhan, with asymptomatic infections ‘not uncommon’. But experts say more investigation is needed.

New Chinese research may point to possible role of children in coronavirus spread
At least we didn’t die: Beijing’s poorest battle Covid-19 and unemployment

China’s efforts to contain the deadly disease may have paid off but the economic impact of the travel restrictions and closed shops has pushed the nation’s most vulnerable to breaking point.

21 Mar 2020 - 11:37PM

China’s efforts to contain the deadly disease may have paid off but the economic impact of the travel restrictions and closed shops has pushed the nation’s most vulnerable to breaking point.

At least we didn’t die: Beijing’s poorest battle Covid-19 and unemployment
Chinese President Xi Jinping salutes Wuhan under shadow of coronavirus pandemic threat

Xi lauds frontline workers and residents at the outbreak’s epicentre to boost morale and support for the Communist Party.

10 Mar 2020 - 11:35PM

Xi lauds frontline workers and residents at the outbreak’s epicentre to boost morale and support for the Communist Party.

Chinese President Xi Jinping salutes Wuhan under shadow of coronavirus pandemic threat
Coronavirus: can China use the epidemic to win friends and influence people?

As the deadly disease spreads around the world, Beijing is keen to highlight its success in managing the outbreak, but analysts say it has to find the right balance.

7 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

As the deadly disease spreads around the world, Beijing is keen to highlight its success in managing the outbreak, but analysts say it has to find the right balance.

Coronavirus: can China use the epidemic to win friends and influence people?
Wuhan doctor who worked with whistle-blower Li Wenliang dies after contracting coronavirus on front line

Ophthalmologist Mei Zhongming, 57, said to have been infected after working long hours treating patients. He is the third doctor from the hospital to die from Covid-19.

4 Mar 2020 - 12:27AM

Ophthalmologist Mei Zhongming, 57, said to have been infected after working long hours treating patients. He is the third doctor from the hospital to die from Covid-19.

Wuhan doctor who worked with whistle-blower Li Wenliang dies after contracting coronavirus on front line
In the firing line: the women in China’s war on the coronavirus

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has been the face of the Politburo in Wuhan for more than a month, and she’s under mounting pressure.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:29PM

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has been the face of the Politburo in Wuhan for more than a month, and she’s under mounting pressure.

In the firing line: the women in China’s war on the coronavirus
New cases in South Korea exceed those in China as coronavirus sweeps the globe

Deadly illness has now spread to every continent except Antarctica, as China’s situation shows signs of stabilising.

28 Feb 2020 - 9:48PM

Deadly illness has now spread to every continent except Antarctica, as China’s situation shows signs of stabilising.

New cases in South Korea exceed those in China as coronavirus sweeps the globe
Lack of free speech helped spread of coronavirus in China, says leading professor

Peking University academic He Weifang says ‘people live in distress and the government in mendacity’ because of the lack of press freedom.

19 Feb 2020 - 5:33PM

Peking University academic He Weifang says ‘people live in distress and the government in mendacity’ because of the lack of press freedom.

Lack of free speech helped spread of coronavirus in China, says leading professor
China to fast-track biosecurity law in coronavirus aftermath

Epidemic has prompted authorities to speed up legislative process, lawyer says.

18 Feb 2020 - 5:02AM

Epidemic has prompted authorities to speed up legislative process, lawyer says.

China to fast-track biosecurity law in coronavirus aftermath
Li Wenliang: an ‘ordinary hero’ at the centre of the coronavirus storm

In a self-criticism to his employer, Li said he had no authority to ‘release inaccurate information’.

15 Feb 2020 - 11:19AM

In a self-criticism to his employer, Li said he had no authority to ‘release inaccurate information’.

Li Wenliang: an ‘ordinary hero’ at the centre of the coronavirus storm
Beijing pins hopes on ‘guy with the emperor’s sword’ to restore order in coronavirus-hit Hubei

Chen Yixin, a protégé of President Xi Jinping, arrived in Wuhan on Saturday to help tackle the outbreak and is expected to introduce forceful measures to maintain social stability.

13 Feb 2020 - 11:53PM

Chen Yixin, a protégé of President Xi Jinping, arrived in Wuhan on Saturday to help tackle the outbreak and is expected to introduce forceful measures to maintain social stability.

Beijing pins hopes on ‘guy with the emperor’s sword’ to restore order in coronavirus-hit Hubei
China locked down millions in coronavirus-hit Hubei. Has it done more harm than good?

Residents are struggling to get much-needed treatment and supplies in Wuhan and other closed-off cities, and the death toll from the coronavirus is rising.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:43PM

Residents are struggling to get much-needed treatment and supplies in Wuhan and other closed-off cities, and the death toll from the coronavirus is rising.

China locked down millions in coronavirus-hit Hubei. Has it done more harm than good?
Wuhan quarantine: shutting down a city five times the size of London

The city of 11 million people along the Yangtze River has long been a major transport hub, compounding the challenge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:33PM

The city of 11 million people along the Yangtze River has long been a major transport hub, compounding the challenge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Wuhan quarantine: shutting down a city five times the size of London
Why wild animals are a key ingredient in China’s coronavirus outbreak

Civets and wolf cubs were just some of the exotic items advertised for sale at the Wuhan market at the epicentre of the infections.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:43PM

Civets and wolf cubs were just some of the exotic items advertised for sale at the Wuhan market at the epicentre of the infections.

Why wild animals are a key ingredient in China’s coronavirus outbreak
China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:28PM

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’
China’s subways track commuters as security takes on a silent, hi-tech face

Authorities are turning to technology to safeguard the millions of passengers using underground networks around the country each day but critics have raised privacy concerns and questioned the need for ever more controls.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:36PM

Authorities are turning to technology to safeguard the millions of passengers using underground networks around the country each day but critics have raised privacy concerns and questioned the need for ever more controls.

China’s subways track commuters as security takes on a silent, hi-tech face
Trade war deal ‘raises hopes’ of China’s economy reaching 6 per cent growth in 2020

Economists expect the country to reach its psychologically important target next year.

27 Dec 2019 - 11:37PM

Economists expect the country to reach its psychologically important target next year.

Trade war deal ‘raises hopes’ of China’s economy reaching 6 per cent growth in 2020
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