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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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 if Germany uses Huawei’s technology and equipment for its 5G network.

12 Mar 2019 - 8:00PM

Washington reportedly tells Berlin it will scale back its intelligence 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 - 12:07PM

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
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

The South China Morning Post: 115 years of unparalleled reporting on all things China and Asia
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
  • Celebrated photographer still hopes that his countrymen will one day be able to see the images taken at the height of the turmoil
Still taboo in mainland China: the Cultural Revolution as seen through the lens of Li Zhensheng