John Carter

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John Carter

Senior Editor, Political Economy

John Carter has been an economics and finance journalist for more than 40 years. Prior to joining the Post, he worked for Market News International for more than 33 years, first as Washington Bureau Chief, then as European Managing Editor in Frankfurt, Germany and finally as Asian Managing Editor working out of Beijing.

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China economy report card: what’s the post-pandemic outlook?

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the state of the Chinese economy today and peer into our looking glass to try to divine where it’s headed, in the hope of shedding some light on the subject. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the state of the Chinese economy today and peer into our looking glass to try to divine where it’s headed, in the hope of shedding some light on the subject. 

China economy report card: what’s the post-pandemic outlook?
19 Jul 2021 - 2:00PM
China gets older: 2020 Census to drive Beijing policy decisions for years to come

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the results of China's once-in-a-decade census and what it means going forward for the most populous nation. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the results of China's once-in-a-decade census and what it means going forward for the most populous nation. 

China gets older: 2020 Census to drive Beijing policy decisions for years to come
7 Jun 2021 - 4:07PM
Lack of lift: how protests and Covid hit Cathay Pacific hard

In this issue of Global Impact, we’ll look at how Cathay Pacific got into its current weak position and what the future might bring. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we’ll look at how Cathay Pacific got into its current weak position and what the future might bring. 

 Lack of lift: how protests and Covid hit Cathay Pacific hard
24 May 2021 - 2:00PM
UN members demand Xinjiang access; Covid-19 impacts China-India ties, global tech supply chain
13 May 2021 - 6:40PM
China 2020 census records slowest population growth in decades

After delays and speculation, China has released the initial results of its once-in-a-decade population census, which reported that the country’s population increased to 1.412 billion in 2020. South China Morning Post political economy editor John Carter and reporter Sidney Leng unpack the news that China has recorded its slowest population growth in decades amid a falling birth rate.

After delays and speculation, China has released the initial results of its once-in-a-decade population census, which reported that the country’s population increased to 1.412 billion in 2020. South China Morning Post political economy editor John Carter and reporter Sidney Leng unpack the news that China has recorded its slowest population growth in decades amid a falling birth rate.

China 2020 census records slowest population growth in decades
12 May 2021 - 4:11PM
China population: census confirms increase to 1.412 billion in 2020, but births fall again

Mainland China’s overall population continued to grow last year, up from 1.4 billion a year earlier, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year.

Mainland China’s overall population continued to grow last year, up from 1.4 billion a year earlier, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year.

China population: census confirms increase to 1.412 billion in 2020, but births fall again
13 May 2021 - 10:00AM
How Xinjiang human rights controversy is souring relations between China and the West

The escalating Xinjiang human rights controversy is rapidly souring relations between China and the West, as politics and commerce become increasingly linked.

The escalating Xinjiang human rights controversy is rapidly souring relations between China and the West, as politics and commerce become increasingly linked.

How Xinjiang human rights controversy is souring relations between China and the West
10 May 2021 - 5:36PM
G7 hones in on China, Beijing scraps talks with Australia, and why EU’s Hungary has Beijing’s back
12 May 2021 - 12:40PM
India snubs Covid aid from Beijing, and Biden raises China-US rivalry in first 100 days speech
30 Apr 2021 - 5:00PM
Pesky economic data: How is the Chinese economy really doing?

This week, the Global Impact newsletter takes a closer look at what’s going on with the Chinese economy at the moment.

This week, the Global Impact newsletter takes a closer look at what’s going on with the Chinese economy at the moment.

 Pesky economic data: How is the Chinese economy really doing?
30 Apr 2021 - 3:14PM
The Biden climate summit, Wen Jiabao gets censored, and will China miss Merkel?
23 Apr 2021 - 5:45PM
Taiwan tension, military stand-off and silicon chips; Europe confronts Beijing debt and influence
20 Apr 2021 - 11:55AM
Biden’s Beijing Winter Games boycott bluff and China’s role in a global corporate tax plan
11 Apr 2021 - 2:32PM
Xinjiang sanctions explained: China weaponises consumers vs the West
2 Apr 2021 - 12:25PM
Despite setbacks, ByteDance is back on track to global success

In this issue of Global Impact, we’ll dig into ByteDance and its history and future ambitions. It’s been a rocky 12 months for them, but with Donald Trump gone, TikTok can finally get back to work on expanding its franchise as the world’s most popular app.

In this issue of Global Impact, we’ll dig into ByteDance and its history and future ambitions. It’s been a rocky 12 months for them, but with Donald Trump gone, TikTok can finally get back to work on expanding its franchise as the world’s most popular app.

Despite setbacks, ByteDance is back on track to global success
29 Mar 2021 - 2:00PM
Analysing the US-China Alaska meeting; EU to unleash sanctions on China over Xinjiang
21 Mar 2021 - 5:20PM
China’s ‘two sessions’ set out broad ambitions for leading role in the world

The latest issue of the Global Impact newsletter looks back at the “two sessions” meetings and how President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party leadership unveiled more details of their blueprint to push Chinese development to the next stage. 

The latest issue of the Global Impact newsletter looks back at the “two sessions” meetings and how President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party leadership unveiled more details of their blueprint to push Chinese development to the next stage. 

China’s ‘two sessions’ set out broad ambitions for leading role in the world
16 Mar 2021 - 5:48PM
What China's NPC decided; the US-China Alaska meeting; will the Quad be Asia's NATO?
13 Mar 2021 - 12:08PM
China’s ‘two sessions’: key takeaways from the annual government work report

This is the first in a new three-part newsletter series – “Decoding China’s Two Sessions 2021”, with the first following Premier Li Keqiang delivering the annual government work report at the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Friday in Beijing.

This is the first in a new three-part newsletter series – “Decoding China’s Two Sessions 2021”, with the first following Premier Li Keqiang delivering the annual government work report at the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Friday in Beijing.

China’s ‘two sessions’: key takeaways from the annual government work report
8 Mar 2021 - 4:17PM
Analysing China's NPC; focus on Hong Kong; in-depth with Reinhard Butikofer, European Parliament
7 Mar 2021 - 2:45PM
China and the western world at loggerheads over human rights

Top Chinese officials and advisers will meet at the "two sessions" to lay out policies for the year ahead amid growing Western criticism of the nation’s human rights record. That record is already impacting its relations and threatens to get worse in the year ahead, with growing calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year. How exactly this will play out is uncertain, other than it will take up the time and attention of policymakers in Beijing and other capitals around the world. 

Top Chinese officials and advisers will meet at the "two sessions" to lay out policies for the year ahead amid growing Western criticism of the nation’s human rights record. That record is already impacting its relations and threatens to get worse in the year ahead, with growing calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year. How exactly this will play out is uncertain, other than it will take up the time and attention of policymakers in Beijing and other capitals around the world. 

 China and the western world at loggerheads over human rights
8 Mar 2021 - 2:00PM
Myanmar coup puts Southeast Asia democracies on defensive

Nearly a month has passed since Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing shocked the world by seizing power on February 1 from the democratically elected National League for Democracy and the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. In this issue of Global Impact, we explore the road ahead for Myanmar as it once again stares down the abyss of autocratic rule. 

Nearly a month has passed since Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing shocked the world by seizing power on February 1 from the democratically elected National League for Democracy and the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. In this issue of Global Impact, we explore the road ahead for Myanmar as it once again stares down the abyss of autocratic rule. 

Myanmar coup puts Southeast Asia democracies on defensive
3 Mar 2021 - 5:51PM
China's Two Sessions preview, Biden's trade policy and the EU's China strategy
26 Feb 2021 - 5:05PM
China’s economy powers ahead after rapid coronavirus recovery

The world changed dramatically in January 2020 with the realisation of the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on lives worldwide. The virus didn't recognise national boundaries and wreaked havoc on the entire global economy. But Beijing's timely and robust steps to contain the outbreak, coupled with massive government financial support, allowed the Chinese economy to lead the global recovery from the damage caused by the pandemic. Going forward, though, the outlook for the economy now remains uncertain, given the resurgence of the virus and a series of other economic challenges.

The world changed dramatically in January 2020 with the realisation of the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on lives worldwide. The virus didn't recognise national boundaries and wreaked havoc on the entire global economy. But Beijing's timely and robust steps to contain the outbreak, coupled with massive government financial support, allowed the Chinese economy to lead the global recovery from the damage caused by the pandemic. Going forward, though, the outlook for the economy now remains uncertain, given the resurgence of the virus and a series of other economic challenges.

China’s economy powers ahead after rapid coronavirus recovery
23 Feb 2021 - 2:33PM
China NEVs: Plug in and drive. The rapid advance of new energy vehicles in China

The age of the electric car has started in earnest in China amid heated competition among foreign and domestic brands. In this issue, we explore the current state of and outlook for the huge domestic market as China chases its goal of being carbon neutral by 2060.

The age of the electric car has started in earnest in China amid heated competition among foreign and domestic brands. In this issue, we explore the current state of and outlook for the huge domestic market as China chases its goal of being carbon neutral by 2060.

China NEVs: Plug in and drive. The rapid advance of new energy vehicles in China
8 Feb 2021 - 3:25PM
Analysing China's new Covid-19 outbreak; the Myanmar coup and China, ASEAN and US reactions
5 Feb 2021 - 8:45PM
China services sector growth slows sharply in January ahead of Lunar New Year as coronavirus bites

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a gauge of sentiment among smaller, private firms, fell to 52.0 in January from 56.3 in December.

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a gauge of sentiment among smaller, private firms, fell to 52.0 in January from 56.3 in December.

China services sector growth slows sharply in January ahead of Lunar New Year as coronavirus bites
4 Feb 2021 - 9:50AM
Where’d it come from? The search for the source of Covid-19 begins

Is this ground zero? That’s what an international team of scientists who arrived in the central China city of Wuhan in January is trying to determine. The team’s goal is to track down the source of the virus that causes Covid-19, first identified more than a year ago in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. This week’s newsletter looks at the challenges the team faces in an undertaking that has become heavily politicised.

Is this ground zero? That’s what an international team of scientists who arrived in the central China city of Wuhan in January is trying to determine. The team’s goal is to track down the source of the virus that causes Covid-19, first identified more than a year ago in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. This week’s newsletter looks at the challenges the team faces in an undertaking that has become heavily politicised.

 Where’d it come from? The search for the source of Covid-19 begins
2 Feb 2021 - 2:00PM
Xi Jinping at Davos and global reaction; analysing the China-EU investment deal
29 Jan 2021 - 5:36PM
China's economy grows, but at what cost? Biden's new appointees talk tough on Beijing
25 Jan 2021 - 9:17AM