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.
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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How China misread the US on trade during Donald Trump's early days, according to Ronnie Chan

Hong Kong tycoon and US citizen says Beijing’s negotiators failed to pick up key points in early discussions and explains how Trump’s tweets influenced ‘old friends’ to turn hawkish.

21 Jan 2019 - 4:31PM
How China misread the US on trade during Donald Trump's early days, according to Ronnie Chan

Hong Kong tycoon and US citizen says Beijing’s negotiators failed to pick up key points in early discussions and explains how Trump’s tweets influenced ‘old friends’ to turn hawkish.

Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai among elite prisoners in China’s ‘tigers’ cage’ Qincheng growing vegetables and wearing suits

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang has a garden near his cell at the maximum security jail, while disgraced politician Bo Xilai doesn’t have to don his prison uniform, according to sources.

14 Jan 2019 - 5:44PM
Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai among elite prisoners in China’s ‘tigers’ cage’ Qincheng growing vegetables and wearing suits

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang has a garden near his cell at the maximum security jail, while disgraced politician Bo Xilai doesn’t have to don his prison uniform, according to sources.

China voices ‘grave concerns’ over Poland’s arrest of Huawei sales director on spying charges

Employee of Chinese tech company’s Polish operations could face up to a decade in jail if convicted, report says.

12 Jan 2019 - 8:05AM
China voices ‘grave concerns’ over Poland’s arrest of Huawei sales director on spying charges

Employee of Chinese tech company’s Polish operations could face up to a decade in jail if convicted, report says.

Hepatitis stole 10 years of her life. Now Chinese patient has a third chance at a kidney transplant

Sun Wenjuan has another chance after two failed kidney transplants and a court case against hospital over a hepatitis diagnosis set her health hopes back years

10 Jan 2019 - 9:59AM
Hepatitis stole 10 years of her life. Now Chinese patient has a third chance at a kidney transplant

Sun Wenjuan has another chance after two failed kidney transplants and a court case against hospital over a hepatitis diagnosis set her health hopes back years

Lessons learned on sovereign power in Hong Kong crucial as Beijing shapes ‘one country two systems’ for Taiwan, expert says

A new ‘Basic Law’ for Taiwan would have to clearly define Beijing’s sovereign rights and the island’s right to self-governance, associate professor Tian Feilong says.

4 Jan 2019 - 7:29AM
Lessons learned on sovereign power in Hong Kong crucial as Beijing shapes ‘one country two systems’ for Taiwan, expert says

A new ‘Basic Law’ for Taiwan would have to clearly define Beijing’s sovereign rights and the island’s right to self-governance, associate professor Tian Feilong says.

Xi Jinping pays tribute to his predecessors, but were any of them invited?

Previous events marking anniversary of China’s reform and opening up have been attended by a line-up of retired state leaders in show of unity – not this year.

19 Dec 2018 - 12:28AM
Xi Jinping pays tribute to his predecessors, but were any of them invited?

Previous events marking anniversary of China’s reform and opening up have been attended by a line-up of retired state leaders in show of unity – not this year.

US-China trade war ‘truce’ should be used to find long-term solution to disputes, experts say

Beijing coming up with a framework for future dealings more important than spending trillions of dollars buying US goods, Chinese former vice-commerce minister says.

6 Dec 2018 - 10:13PM
US-China trade war ‘truce’ should be used to find long-term solution to disputes, experts say

Beijing coming up with a framework for future dealings more important than spending trillions of dollars buying US goods, Chinese former vice-commerce minister says.

Meet Xi Jinping’s G20 trade talks team: a mix of long-time aides and experienced diplomats

Some less familiar faces are expected to come to the fore during China’s meetings in Buenos Aires.

2 Dec 2018 - 6:33AM
Meet Xi Jinping’s G20 trade talks team: a mix of long-time aides and experienced diplomats

Some less familiar faces are expected to come to the fore during China’s meetings in Buenos Aires.

China’s ‘truce deal’ includes offer to buy more US natural gas, improve IPR protection, source says

Beijing also reaffirms pledge to provide easier access to its markets for US firms, foreign relations expert from government think tank says.

18 Nov 2018 - 10:45AM
China’s ‘truce deal’ includes offer to buy more US natural gas, improve IPR protection, source says

Beijing also reaffirms pledge to provide easier access to its markets for US firms, foreign relations expert from government think tank says.

The inside story of the propaganda fightback for Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms in China

Member of the inner circle reveals the deft political footwork the leader performed behind the scenes.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
The inside story of the propaganda fightback for Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms in China

Member of the inner circle reveals the deft political footwork the leader performed behind the scenes.

Where to now? 40 years after the big economic experiment that changed China

Deng Xiaoping drove the introduction of market reforms that lifted the country from one of the world’s poorest to the second-biggest economy – but how far can it go without a political overhaul?

23 Nov 2018 - 12:15PM
Where to now? 40 years after the big economic experiment that changed China

Deng Xiaoping drove the introduction of market reforms that lifted the country from one of the world’s poorest to the second-biggest economy – but how far can it go without a political overhaul?

China’s top trade negotiator Liu He heads to US in bid to kick start new talks on easing tensions

Vice-Premier had cancelled plan to visit Washington in September, but planned Xi-Trump meeting has improved chances of making progress.

13 Nov 2018 - 11:31PM
China’s top trade negotiator Liu He heads to US in bid to kick start new talks on easing tensions

Vice-Premier had cancelled plan to visit Washington in September, but planned Xi-Trump meeting has improved chances of making progress.

The South China Morning Post: 115 years of unparalleled reporting on all things China and Asia

Well into its second century, a Hong Kong-based news outlet remains a trusted source of reporting and insight for China watchers of all stripes.

6 Nov 2018 - 6:14PM
The South China Morning Post: 115 years of unparalleled reporting on all things China and Asia

Well into its second century, a Hong Kong-based news outlet remains a trusted source of reporting and insight for China watchers of all stripes.

Still taboo in mainland China: the Cultural Revolution as seen through the lens of Li Zhensheng
  • Celebrated photographer still hopes that his countrymen will one day be able to see the images taken at the height of the turmoil
28 Oct 2018 - 10:59PM
Still taboo in mainland China: the Cultural Revolution as seen through the lens of Li Zhensheng
  • Celebrated photographer still hopes that his countrymen will one day be able to see the images taken at the height of the turmoil
Is this just the beginning of ‘belt and road’ disputes between China and its partners?
How two creative North Korean defectors are speaking out about lives on the other side of the wire

The creatives give accurate pictures of the people and places they left behind

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How two creative North Korean defectors are speaking out about lives on the other side of the wire

The creatives give accurate pictures of the people and places they left behind

What South Korea doesn’t want defectors from the North to say about the Kim Jong-un regime
Sold and separated: the trafficked North Korean women trying to bring their Chinese children ‘home’ to the South

Whether they stay weeks or years, China is an integral familial link between those fleeing and the life they leave behind in North Korea.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Sold and separated: the trafficked North Korean women trying to bring their Chinese children ‘home’ to the South

Whether they stay weeks or years, China is an integral familial link between those fleeing and the life they leave behind in North Korea.

North Korean defectors grab China lifeline to smuggle cash, goods to family back home – despite dangers for those left behind

China is a lifeline for North Korean defectors living in the South, allowing them to send money back to their families and get a glimpse of conditions in their homeland.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
North Korean defectors grab China lifeline to smuggle cash, goods to family back home – despite dangers for those left behind

China is a lifeline for North Korean defectors living in the South, allowing them to send money back to their families and get a glimpse of conditions in their homeland.

Chinese President Xi Jinping returns to public stage with renewed call for military loyalty to the Communist Party
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