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’s Belt and Road Initiative: smooth as Silk Road or endless controversy?

What's the outlook for the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s grand scheme to create a New Silk Road of trading routes and political influence throughout the world? This week, we’ll look at Chinese Xi Jinping’s pet foreign policy plan and see how it’s faring amid controversy and the coronavirus. 

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What's the outlook for the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s grand scheme to create a New Silk Road of trading routes and political influence throughout the world? This week, we’ll look at Chinese Xi Jinping’s pet foreign policy plan and see how it’s faring amid controversy and the coronavirus. 

 China’s Belt and Road Initiative: smooth as Silk Road or endless controversy?
Could cooperation on climate change ease China-US tensions?

In this edition of the South China Morning Post – Global Impact newsletter, we raise the question of whether the United States and China could cooperate on efforts to curb climate change and look at what China must do to meet its very ambitious goal to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2060.

11 Jan 2021 - 2:00PM

In this edition of the South China Morning Post – Global Impact newsletter, we raise the question of whether the United States and China could cooperate on efforts to curb climate change and look at what China must do to meet its very ambitious goal to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2060.

Could cooperation on climate change ease China-US tensions?
China gloats as Trump sows Capitol chaos; Beijing telco giants kicked off NYSE
China’s digital currency: the beginning of the end of paper money?

In the 18th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we focused on what the relentless march of new technology means for the money in your pocket, specifically the outlook for China’s sovereign digital currency and what it hopes to accomplish.

4 Jan 2021 - 2:00PM

In the 18th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we focused on what the relentless march of new technology means for the money in your pocket, specifically the outlook for China’s sovereign digital currency and what it hopes to accomplish.

 China’s digital currency: the beginning of the end of paper money?
China’s economic activity slowed modestly in December, new data shows

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 51.9 in December from 52.1 in November, while the official non-manufacturing PMI fell to 55.7 from 56.4.

31 Dec 2020 - 11:25PM

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 51.9 in December from 52.1 in November, while the official non-manufacturing PMI fell to 55.7 from 56.4.

China’s economic activity slowed modestly in December, new data shows
The year 2020: controversy everywhere and then the coronavirus

In the 17th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we wanted to focus on a few key stories that dominated our coverage this year.

21 Dec 2020 - 3:08PM

In the 17th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we wanted to focus on a few key stories that dominated our coverage this year.

The year 2020: controversy everywhere and then the coronavirus
The US 'audit war' on Chinese companies begins; in-depth with Long Yongtu, China's trade and WTO veteran
Coronavirus vaccines near approval, but now comes the hard part

In the 15th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we look at the rapid development of vaccines to combat Covid-19 and the additional challenges to manufacture and distribute the inoculations worldwide.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:28AM

In the 15th edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we look at the rapid development of vaccines to combat Covid-19 and the additional challenges to manufacture and distribute the inoculations worldwide.

Coronavirus vaccines near approval, but now comes the hard part
China unlikely to ease up on stimulus just yet even as economic recovery gathers pace in November

China’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ indices, which measure economic sentiment, rose in November for the ninth month in a row.

30 Nov 2020 - 11:57PM

China’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ indices, which measure economic sentiment, rose in November for the ninth month in a row.

China unlikely to ease up on stimulus just yet even as economic recovery gathers pace in November
What's behind Xi Jinping's CPTPP surprise - can he outflank Biden before January?
Is RCEP a big deal? Analysing Asia's response and revealing Obama's China regrets
China-EU relations: can the EU have its cake and eat it too?

In the 12th edition of the Global Impact newsletter we look at the European Union’s attempt to preserve its relationship with China, with many of its member states growing frustrated with China’s human rights record and business practices, while others welcome Chinese investment as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.  

17 Nov 2020 - 12:24PM

In the 12th edition of the Global Impact newsletter we look at the European Union’s attempt to preserve its relationship with China, with many of its member states growing frustrated with China’s human rights record and business practices, while others welcome Chinese investment as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.  

China-EU relations: can the EU have its cake and eat it too?
China digests US election chaos; how a Biden White House would change the US-China dynamic
2020 US presidential election: protests grow as ballot count drags on in battleground states

Protests have broken out in several cities around the US as states continue to count up ballots from Election Day. The South China Morning Post's Political Economy team senior editor John Carter spoke with North America Bureau Chief Robert Delaney for an update on poll results, including the still-undecided race for president as of November 5, 2020. 

5 Nov 2020 - 5:19PM

Protests have broken out in several cities around the US as states continue to count up ballots from Election Day. The South China Morning Post's Political Economy team senior editor John Carter spoke with North America Bureau Chief Robert Delaney for an update on poll results, including the still-undecided race for president as of November 5, 2020. 

2020 US presidential election: protests grow as ballot count drags on in battleground states
US presidential elections 2020: Still too close to call

US President Donald Trump has told supporters at the White House that he has won the 2020 presidential election, even though vote counting was still under way in a handful of states and after his Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden said he was “on track to win” at the polls. John Carter, the Post's Political Economy team senior editor, spoke with North America Bureau Chief Robert Delaney for an update on the state of the race for the White House.

4 Nov 2020 - 7:55PM

US President Donald Trump has told supporters at the White House that he has won the 2020 presidential election, even though vote counting was still under way in a handful of states and after his Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden said he was “on track to win” at the polls. John Carter, the Post's Political Economy team senior editor, spoke with North America Bureau Chief Robert Delaney for an update on the state of the race for the White House.

US presidential elections 2020: Still too close to call
US presidential elections 2020: The state of the race

The US presidential election is turning into a nail-biter contest between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden. The South China Morning Post's Political Economy team senior editor John Carter spoke with US correspondent Owen Churchill for an update on the current situation several hours after polls closed on November 3, 2020.

4 Nov 2020 - 3:57PM

The US presidential election is turning into a nail-biter contest between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden. The South China Morning Post's Political Economy team senior editor John Carter spoke with US correspondent Owen Churchill for an update on the current situation several hours after polls closed on November 3, 2020.

US presidential elections 2020: The state of the race
The decline in the once-promising Sino-British relationship

In the 11th edition of the Global Impact newsletter we look at the recent rapid deterioration in the historically complex China-UK relationship and what it portends for the future. 

6 Nov 2020 - 4:31PM

In the 11th edition of the Global Impact newsletter we look at the recent rapid deterioration in the historically complex China-UK relationship and what it portends for the future. 

The decline in the once-promising Sino-British relationship
America goes to the polls, China unveils its five-year plan: analysing Beijing versus Biden & Trump
The Biden Trump trade tussle; Xi Jinping's 'Korea' speech; WTO nominee Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Global Impact newsletter: US election result crucial to US-China relations ahead

Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:05PM

Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world.

Global Impact newsletter: US election result crucial to US-China relations ahead
US election result crucial to US-China relations ahead

In the 10th edition we will be looking at the role the complex US-China relationship is playing in the ongoing US election.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:29PM

In the 10th edition we will be looking at the role the complex US-China relationship is playing in the ongoing US election.

US election result crucial to US-China relations ahead
Global Impact newsletter: TikTok’s clock is ticking in the US

In the ninth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will be looking at the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on Chinese-controlled apps on national security grounds.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:04PM

In the ninth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will be looking at the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on Chinese-controlled apps on national security grounds.

Global Impact newsletter: TikTok’s clock is ticking in the US
The clock is ticking for TikTok in the US

In the ninth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will be looking at the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on Chinese-controlled apps on national security grounds.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:29PM

In the ninth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will be looking at the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on Chinese-controlled apps on national security grounds.

The clock is ticking for TikTok in the US
Is China's economic recovery overrated? The 'unreliable entity' list appears, China's food supply challenges escalate
Global Impact newsletter: escalating conflict in the South China Sea

In the eighth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at rising tensions in the South China Sea and how this has increased the chances for armed conflict between China and the US.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:04PM

In the eighth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at rising tensions in the South China Sea and how this has increased the chances for armed conflict between China and the US.

Global Impact newsletter: escalating conflict in the South China Sea
Escalating conflict in the South China Sea

In the eighth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at rising tensions in the South China Sea and how this has increased the chances for armed conflict between China and the US.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:29PM

In the eighth edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at rising tensions in the South China Sea and how this has increased the chances for armed conflict between China and the US.

Escalating conflict in the South China Sea
Trouble with Xinjiang cotton bans, China's 'hollow' WTO victory, US decoupling reality revealed
Trump & Biden push decoupling; Xinjiang cotton bans risk blowback
Global Impact newsletter: Hong Kong becomes punching bag in US-China brawl

In the seventh edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at the impact of the Hong Kong national security law and how US sanctions in response to it are affecting the city and its people.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:03PM

In the seventh edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at the impact of the Hong Kong national security law and how US sanctions in response to it are affecting the city and its people.

Global Impact newsletter: Hong Kong becomes punching bag in US-China brawl
Hong Kong becomes punching bag in US-China brawl

In the seventh edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at the impact of the Hong Kong national security law and how US sanctions in response to it are affecting the city and its people.

6 Nov 2020 - 4:28PM

In the seventh edition of the Global Impact newsletter we will look at the impact of the Hong Kong national security law and how US sanctions in response to it are affecting the city and its people.

Hong Kong becomes punching bag in US-China brawl