Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma is China editor-at-large. She has been covering China news for the South China Morning Post for more than 20 years, most recently as China editor. As a Beijing correspondent, she reported on everything from the Sars outbreak in 2003 to the Lhasa riot and Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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5 million left Wuhan before lockdown, 1,000 new coronavirus cases expected in city

Health commission says battling the epidemic is becoming more complicated as scientists discover virus is infectious even during its incubation period.

27 Jan 2020 - 1:12PM

Health commission says battling the epidemic is becoming more complicated as scientists discover virus is infectious even during its incubation period.

5 million left Wuhan before lockdown, 1,000 new coronavirus  cases expected in city
China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

26 Jan 2020 - 1:46PM

Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been officially reported among medical staff in the city, but doctors say there have been other instance.

China coronavirus: Wuhan medical staff being infected at much faster pace than reported as national death toll hits 26
China coronavirus: at least three suspected cases found in Shenzhen, Shanghai, sources say

Two people in quarantine at a specialist hospital in Shenzhen and a third being monitored in Shanghai, sources say, as authorities decline to comment.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Two people in quarantine at a specialist hospital in Shenzhen and a third being monitored in Shanghai, sources say, as authorities decline to comment.

China coronavirus: at least three suspected cases found in Shenzhen, Shanghai, sources say
China pneumonia outbreak raises spectre of Sars as number infected jumps to 44

A further 121 people in Wuhan are under medical observation, while experts say the virus could be a new strain.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

A further 121 people in Wuhan are under medical observation, while experts say the virus could be a new strain.

China pneumonia outbreak raises spectre of Sars as number infected jumps to 44
Dreams collide with despair in the political awakening of Hong Kong youth

In the fourth part in a series on the road ahead, the Post looks at the youths whose lives have taken a dramatic turn – some taking a radical route, others turning to politics.

1 Jan 2020 - 3:54PM

In the fourth part in a series on the road ahead, the Post looks at the youths whose lives have taken a dramatic turn – some taking a radical route, others turning to politics.

Dreams collide with despair in the political awakening of Hong Kong youth
Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

1 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM

The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say.

Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say
Hong Kong’s protest pastors: as violence escalates, churches struggle to find a place between religion and politics

Tension rises as Christians debate churches’ role in sheltering protesters.

17 Nov 2019 - 12:39AM

Tension rises as Christians debate churches’ role in sheltering protesters.

Hong Kong’s protest pastors: as violence escalates, churches struggle to find a place between religion and politics
No ‘Washington consensus’ on tough China policies says US academic Ezra Vogel

Harvard scholar detects a softening of tone since ‘China is not an Enemy’ letter to US President Donald Trump.

12 Nov 2019 - 6:23AM

Harvard scholar detects a softening of tone since ‘China is not an Enemy’ letter to US President Donald Trump.

No ‘Washington consensus’ on tough China policies says US academic Ezra Vogel
‘West can’t solve your problems,’ China’s Communist Party tells Hong Kong protesters

Those who ‘call on people to take to the streets’ have nothing to offer but ‘empty words of democracy and freedom’, Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission says in commentary published on social media.

15 Sep 2019 - 12:09PM

Those who ‘call on people to take to the streets’ have nothing to offer but ‘empty words of democracy and freedom’, Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission says in commentary published on social media.

‘West can’t solve your problems,’ China’s Communist Party tells Hong Kong protesters
China says it was ‘a mistake’ for British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to call Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Beijing describes conversation on Friday as a move to ‘exert pressure’ on Hong Kong’s chief executive and tells Britain to ‘stop intervening in China’s internal affairs’.

10 Aug 2019 - 11:31PM

Beijing describes conversation on Friday as a move to ‘exert pressure’ on Hong Kong’s chief executive and tells Britain to ‘stop intervening in China’s internal affairs’.

China says it was ‘a mistake’ for British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to call Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
China bans Cathay Pacific staff involved in Hong Kong ‘unlawful’ protests from mainland routes

Civil aviation authorities say ban comes into effect from Saturday, while the airline says it is studying the directive carefully and passenger safety is its top priority.

10 Aug 2019 - 4:04PM

Civil aviation authorities say ban comes into effect from Saturday, while the airline says it is studying the directive carefully and passenger safety is its top priority.

China bans Cathay Pacific staff involved in Hong Kong ‘unlawful’ protests from mainland routes
The Chinese medical clinic in Pakistan on the belt and road security front line

The first medical centre along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has helped build local goodwill, but also been caught in the crossfire as terrorists try to drive Chinese interests out of the province.

7 Aug 2019 - 9:32PM

The first medical centre along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has helped build local goodwill, but also been caught in the crossfire as terrorists try to drive Chinese interests out of the province.

The Chinese medical clinic in Pakistan on the belt and road security front line
Watch out Peppa Pig: Chinese censors on cartoon alert ahead of 70th anniversary of People’s Republic

Animation and documentary content must be vetted to ensure it supports president’s leadership.

1 Aug 2019 - 6:00AM

Animation and documentary content must be vetted to ensure it supports president’s leadership.

Watch out Peppa Pig: Chinese censors on cartoon alert ahead of 70th anniversary of People’s Republic
Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:22AM

The southern mainland city was a test bed for market reforms 40 years ago and now Beijing is banking on it to spearhead development in the years ahead.

Why China is looking to Shenzhen – and not Hong Kong – to reinvent its economic future
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
Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah returns to Hong Kong after knife attack in southern China

64-year-old was attending the opening of a building materials store in southern China’s Guangdong province when he was attacked by a man wielding a knife.

21 Jul 2019 - 6:45PM

64-year-old was attending the opening of a building materials store in southern China’s Guangdong province when he was attacked by a man wielding a knife.

Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah returns to Hong Kong after knife attack in southern China
Police confirm body of abducted girl, 9, found in waters off eastern China

Zhang Zixin was taken from her home on the outskirts of Hangzhou on July 4 and a search had been under way for nearly a week.

14 Jul 2019 - 8:44PM

Zhang Zixin was taken from her home on the outskirts of Hangzhou on July 4 and a search had been under way for nearly a week.

Police confirm body of abducted girl, 9, found in waters off eastern China
China won’t buy US agricultural products if Americans ‘flip-flop’ in trade talks – state media

Beijing also wants to see if Washington eases supply restrictions on Huawei before it commits to buying American soybeans, source says.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:58AM

Beijing also wants to see if Washington eases supply restrictions on Huawei before it commits to buying American soybeans, source says.

China won’t buy US agricultural products if Americans ‘flip-flop’ in trade talks – state media
Why Asia-Pacific nations don’t want to take sides in the US-China trade war at the G20

Various countries in the region are under pressure to support either Washington or Beijing but wariness of putting one offside means most will try to wait for the two giants to work through their differences.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:04PM

Various countries in the region are under pressure to support either Washington or Beijing but wariness of putting one offside means most will try to wait for the two giants to work through their differences.

Why Asia-Pacific nations don’t want to take sides in the US-China trade war at the G20
Why there is only a remote chance of a repeat of China’s Tiananmen protests

Beijing exerts a tight grip over society through police, jailing of pro-democracy advocates and controls on community groups, but the country might not be as stable as the authorities claim, a former student leader says.

2 Jun 2019 - 10:27PM

Beijing exerts a tight grip over society through police, jailing of pro-democracy advocates and controls on community groups, but the country might not be as stable as the authorities claim, a former student leader says.

Why there is only a remote chance of a repeat of China’s Tiananmen protests
The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet

For 30 years the Communist Party has refused to revisit June 4, doubling down against calls to check its power. But its long-term authoritarian survival strategy raises big risks of its own.

3 Jun 2019 - 6:31PM

For 30 years the Communist Party has refused to revisit June 4, doubling down against calls to check its power. But its long-term authoritarian survival strategy raises big risks of its own.

The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet
Passengers wait it out at Beijing airport as flights delayed, cancelled following summit

All services to Hong Kong and Macau faced long delays, and evening flights to Guangdong province were cancelled, with passengers told air traffic restrictions and bad weather were to blame.

3 May 2019 - 12:17PM

All services to Hong Kong and Macau faced long delays, and evening flights to Guangdong province were cancelled, with passengers told air traffic restrictions and bad weather were to blame.

Passengers wait it out at Beijing airport as flights delayed, cancelled following summit
Why doubts about China’s Belt and Road Initiative persist among its neighbours

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

25 Apr 2019 - 3:37AM

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

Why doubts about China’s Belt and Road Initiative persist among its neighbours
Russia, China keen to increase use of yuan, rouble in trade settlement, ambassador Andrey Denisov says

Bilateral trade rose 25 per cent last year to US$108 billion but only a fraction of it was settled in the nations’ own currencies.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:19PM

Bilateral trade rose 25 per cent last year to US$108 billion but only a fraction of it was settled in the nations’ own currencies.

Russia, China keen to increase use of yuan, rouble in trade settlement, ambassador Andrey Denisov says
Chinese expansion in Central Asia no threat to Moscow, Russian ambassador says

Andrey Denisov says the two countries should combine their resources, not compete.

20 Apr 2019 - 2:38AM

Andrey Denisov says the two countries should combine their resources, not compete.

Chinese expansion in Central Asia no threat to Moscow, Russian ambassador says
Huawei ban won’t stop spy threat when US and others are doing it too, says ex-Singapore minister George Yeo

All major powers pose an intelligence risk and small countries may not be equipped to cope, warns Yeo, arguing that the solution is not to shut out Huawei but to be protected against all providers.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:25PM

All major powers pose an intelligence risk and small countries may not be equipped to cope, warns Yeo, arguing that the solution is not to shut out Huawei but to be protected against all providers.

Huawei ban won’t stop spy threat when US and others are doing it too, says ex-Singapore minister George Yeo
Trucks aren’t using Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge because rules are unclear, says Kerry Logistics chief George Yeo

Sea crossing was touted as major part of China’s Greater Bay Area plan but commercial use remains low.

30 Mar 2019 - 11:32PM

Sea crossing was touted as major part of China’s Greater Bay Area plan but commercial use remains low.

Trucks aren’t using Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge because rules are unclear, says Kerry Logistics chief George Yeo
China could play big role in Venezuela’s ‘reconstruction’, IADB representative says

IADB representative Ricardo Hausmann makes remarks after he was refused a visa by Beijing and the lender decided to cancel a meeting in Chengdu.

1 Apr 2019 - 8:08PM

IADB representative Ricardo Hausmann makes remarks after he was refused a visa by Beijing and the lender decided to cancel a meeting in Chengdu.

China could play big role in Venezuela’s ‘reconstruction’, IADB representative says
The United States must go beyond ‘baby steps’ in infrastructure as China builds strong bonds in Asia, says former US ambassador

Former US ambassador to Vietnam David Shear says Washington needs to devote more resources and attention to its Indo-Pacific strategy if it’s to match Beijing’s growing influence.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:38AM

Former US ambassador to Vietnam David Shear says Washington needs to devote more resources and attention to its Indo-Pacific strategy if it’s to match Beijing’s growing influence.

The United States must go beyond ‘baby steps’ in infrastructure as China builds strong bonds in Asia, says former US ambassador
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s quick economic fixes pass with zero votes against – a show of approval by National People’s Congress?

The ballot of the National People’s Congress is often seen as barometer of an incumbent premier’s popularity, with hundreds having opposed some of Li’s past reports – but he is seen as face of Xi Jinping’s policies.

15 Mar 2019 - 11:16PM

The ballot of the National People’s Congress is often seen as barometer of an incumbent premier’s popularity, with hundreds having opposed some of Li’s past reports – but he is seen as face of Xi Jinping’s policies.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s quick economic fixes pass with zero votes against – a show of approval by National People’s Congress?