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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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.

20 Apr 2019 - 11:12PM

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?
US and China escalate Huawei feud in Europe with warnings to Germany and Poland

Washington reportedly tells Berlin it will scale back its intelligence sharing if Germany uses Huawei’s technology and equipment for its 5G network.

13 Mar 2019 - 12:31PM

Washington reportedly tells Berlin it will scale back its intelligence sharing if Germany uses Huawei’s technology and equipment for its 5G network.

US and China escalate Huawei feud in Europe with warnings to Germany and Poland
Hamburger and stir-fry diplomacy: how China and the United States showed goodwill in trade war talks

Senior Chinese official says delegations from both countries are working around the clock for a deal to scrap extra duties on billions of dollars in imports.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Senior Chinese official says delegations from both countries are working around the clock for a deal to scrap extra duties on billions of dollars in imports.

Hamburger and stir-fry diplomacy: how China and the United States showed goodwill in trade war talks
Meng Wanzhou extradition a ‘serious political incident’, China tells Canada

Analysts expect Beijing to step up pressure on Ottawa and raise case in trade negotiations with Washington.

4 Mar 2019 - 11:01AM

Analysts expect Beijing to step up pressure on Ottawa and raise case in trade negotiations with Washington.

Meng Wanzhou extradition a ‘serious political incident’, China tells Canada
What the West gets wrong about China’s big economic ideas

Business leaders assess the US-China trade war and the prospects for resolution, while Fung Group chairman says dispute has changed commerce and Chinese companies must be ready.

22 Feb 2019 - 12:08PM

Business leaders assess the US-China trade war and the prospects for resolution, while Fung Group chairman says dispute has changed commerce and Chinese companies must be ready.

What the West gets wrong about China’s big economic ideas
China-US trade deal coming soon, Huawei’s Meng to be released in weeks, Communist Party insider predicts

But ties between the two countries will never be the same as the US challenges China’s rise for survival, party adviser says.

22 Feb 2019 - 10:34AM

But ties between the two countries will never be the same as the US challenges China’s rise for survival, party adviser says.

China-US trade deal coming soon, Huawei’s Meng to be released in weeks, Communist Party insider predicts
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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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