Luna Sun

Beijing

Luna Sun

Reporter, Politcal Economy

Luna Sun joined the Post in 2021, covering China’s economy and social issues. She has previously covered local news and human interest stories in Indiana and New York City before returning to Beijing.

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China’s exports to keep cooling despite spike in heater sales to Europe and still-weakening yuan

The trade boom that China’s economy enjoyed early on in the pandemic appears to be waning, as not even the appeal of a depreciated yuan can offset the changing global demand dynamics.

The trade boom that China’s economy enjoyed early on in the pandemic appears to be waning, as not even the appeal of a depreciated yuan can offset the changing global demand dynamics.

29 Sep 2022 - 5:02AM
China’s wealthiest city explores why only 1 out of 8 mothers from Shanghai have a second child

Health authorities in China’s wealthiest city are trying to understand how reproductive decisions are being made, while a demographer warns that this year’s fertility rate could be even worse, due to the pandemic.

Health authorities in China’s wealthiest city are trying to understand how reproductive decisions are being made, while a demographer warns that this year’s fertility rate could be even worse, due to the pandemic.

27 Sep 2022 - 7:00AM
China launches new maternity, marital survey in bid to staunch population loss

The nationwide maternity and marital survey is one of the largest conducted by China as it tries to gain insight into why marriage and birth rates are falling in the world’s most populous country.

The nationwide maternity and marital survey is one of the largest conducted by China as it tries to gain insight into why marriage and birth rates are falling in the world’s most populous country.

22 Sep 2022 - 6:30PM
China’s rising pork prices trigger inflation concerns as state reserves fail to cool costs

China has released pork from its state reserves this month, with prices having surged by more than 50 per cent compared to a year earlier, raising inflation concerns.

China has released pork from its state reserves this month, with prices having surged by more than 50 per cent compared to a year earlier, raising inflation concerns.

22 Sep 2022 - 11:00AM
China brings cash to former Soviet republics in bid to win favour with Central Asian ‘stans’

New investments and agreements illustrate how deals between China and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia are being increasingly prioritised following President Xi Jinping’s visit.

New investments and agreements illustrate how deals between China and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia are being increasingly prioritised following President Xi Jinping’s visit.

22 Sep 2022 - 9:17AM
27 dead, 20 injured in China after bus taking people to Covid-19 quarantine crashes

City has been busing contacts of cases to centres outside Guiyang.

City has been busing contacts of cases to centres outside Guiyang.

18 Sep 2022 - 10:09PM
Ancient Chinese gold mask raises a wealth of questions about Shang dynasty culture

Discovery predates Sanxingdui mask that made headlines around the world last year.

Discovery predates Sanxingdui mask that made headlines around the world last year.

18 Sep 2022 - 4:05PM
China’s economy shows signs of recovery with upbeat retail sales and industrial production, but ‘pessimism prevails’

China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment all rose in August, but experts say the economy still faces daunting challenges from zero-Covid, a property rout and the lack of decisive policy moves.

China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment all rose in August, but experts say the economy still faces daunting challenges from zero-Covid, a property rout and the lack of decisive policy moves.

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US-China clean energy decoupling ‘nearly impossible’, risks global climate change fight, study says

Clean energy collaboration between China and the US has manageable risks, but decoupling will slow deployment of technology desperately needed for the world’s energy transition, a new study says.

Clean energy collaboration between China and the US has manageable risks, but decoupling will slow deployment of technology desperately needed for the world’s energy transition, a new study says.

16 Sep 2022 - 2:38AM
China’s fiscal woes highlighted as local authorities turn to fines, traffic tickets to boost revenues

Local authorities in China are struggling with slashed revenues resulting from the property sector slump as well as tax rebates as part of efforts to help coronavirus-hit businesses.

Local authorities in China are struggling with slashed revenues resulting from the property sector slump as well as tax rebates as part of efforts to help coronavirus-hit businesses.

15 Sep 2022 - 10:39AM
China’s Mid-Autumn Festival travel, tourism tumbles under zero-Covid, National Day holiday ‘will be even worse’

Number of domestic tourism trips taken in China during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday fell, with activity during the week-long National Day holiday in the first week of October to also be subdued.

Number of domestic tourism trips taken in China during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday fell, with activity during the week-long National Day holiday in the first week of October to also be subdued.

13 Sep 2022 - 5:45PM
China shipping: exporters lament ‘plummeting’ demand as peak season turns off-season

Exports, long an anchor of China’s economy, typically surge before seasonal holidays in the West, but some analysts expect them to keep falling in the coming months, ushering in an early ‘off-season’ for the industry.

Exports, long an anchor of China’s economy, typically surge before seasonal holidays in the West, but some analysts expect them to keep falling in the coming months, ushering in an early ‘off-season’ for the industry.

10 Sep 2022 - 12:01AM
Meet the American in China who revitalises historic villages by turning them into cultural and economic magnets

In Yunnan province, a national heritage site known as the Linden Centre serves as an unorthodox example of what can be achieved through China’s evolving rural-revitalisation scheme.

In Yunnan province, a national heritage site known as the Linden Centre serves as an unorthodox example of what can be achieved through China’s evolving rural-revitalisation scheme.

24 Aug 2022 - 9:17AM
China’s fight against extreme poverty may be over, but a stark urban-rural divide lingers

Since declaring an end to extreme poverty, Beijing has placed greater emphasis on revitalising the countryside. But success has been uneven, with many rural areas far less developed than their urban counterparts.

Since declaring an end to extreme poverty, Beijing has placed greater emphasis on revitalising the countryside. But success has been uneven, with many rural areas far less developed than their urban counterparts.

18 Aug 2022 - 4:03PM
South Korea’s delicate US-China balancing act as Chip 4, IPEF limits room for Seoul, Beijing to manoeuvre

South Korea is seen as a key part of the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and Chip 4 alliance, but Beijing has protested that both are plans to contain China and exclude it from various supply chains.

South Korea is seen as a key part of the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and Chip 4 alliance, but Beijing has protested that both are plans to contain China and exclude it from various supply chains.

13 Aug 2022 - 6:26AM
Chinese trade bans on Taiwan risk ‘deeper predicament’ as Pelosi visit leaves geopolitics ‘on the mind’ of businesses

Applying more aggressive sanctions on Taiwan could undermine China’s reputation as a stable international trading partner and alienate Taiwanese or American investors even more, business groups and experts say.

Applying more aggressive sanctions on Taiwan could undermine China’s reputation as a stable international trading partner and alienate Taiwanese or American investors even more, business groups and experts say.

8 Sep 2022 - 3:42PM
China’s economic sanctions on Taiwan over Pelosi visit ‘symbolic’, but could hit billions if tensions escalate

China moved quickly to levy various trade sanctions on Taiwan in retaliation to the visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island.

China moved quickly to levy various trade sanctions on Taiwan in retaliation to the visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island.

4 Aug 2022 - 9:14AM
Chinese solar firms ramping up investment in Southeast Asia to evade US, European trade tensions

Southeast Asia has become a major offshoring destination for Chinese solar manufacturers looking to evade trade action from Western nations, who are trying to reduce reliance on solar imports from China.

Southeast Asia has become a major offshoring destination for Chinese solar manufacturers looking to evade trade action from Western nations, who are trying to reduce reliance on solar imports from China.

8 Aug 2022 - 10:27AM
Coronavirus: China’s travel sector sees ‘revenge’ rebound, but outbreaks and lockdowns loom large

Summer travel is surging in China due to relaxed travel restrictions, but uncertainty caused by Beijing’s zero-Covid policy and potential coronavirus outbreaks still clouds the industry’s long-term outlook.

Summer travel is surging in China due to relaxed travel restrictions, but uncertainty caused by Beijing’s zero-Covid policy and potential coronavirus outbreaks still clouds the industry’s long-term outlook.

27 Jul 2022 - 9:03PM
Has China’s population peaked? Drop in newborn screening underscores birth crisis

Data on screening rates for birth defects indicates the number of newborns fell in Henan, the country’s third-most-populous province, in the first six months of the year, underlining China’s growing demographic crisis.

Data on screening rates for birth defects indicates the number of newborns fell in Henan, the country’s third-most-populous province, in the first six months of the year, underlining China’s growing demographic crisis.

26 Jul 2022 - 9:10AM
China jobs: youth unemployment hits record high in June – nearly 1 in 5 young people out of work

China’s broader urban unemployment rate eased slightly to 5.5 per cent in June, continuing trend after touching two-year-high mark in April, but youth unemployment rate soared to 19.3 per cent.

China’s broader urban unemployment rate eased slightly to 5.5 per cent in June, continuing trend after touching two-year-high mark in April, but youth unemployment rate soared to 19.3 per cent.

18 Jul 2022 - 1:19PM
China heatwave prompts energy curbs for manufacturing hub, but repeat of power crisis unlikely

China’s manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province reported record electricity consumption amid soaring temperatures, with some factories receiving power rationing notices, although a repeat of last year’s crisis is seen as unlikely.

China’s manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province reported record electricity consumption amid soaring temperatures, with some factories receiving power rationing notices, although a repeat of last year’s crisis is seen as unlikely.

14 Jul 2022 - 6:15AM
China’s cash crisis culprit named by police, said to have run powerful criminal gang since 2011

Banking scandal in Henan and Anhui provinces has left thousands of rural residents cut off from their savings for months, sparking protests and a violent response.

Banking scandal in Henan and Anhui provinces has left thousands of rural residents cut off from their savings for months, sparking protests and a violent response.

12 Jul 2022 - 1:51PM
Chinese workers ditch cramped cubicles for remote locales, freedom – and just look at that view

China’s remote-working trend is in its early stages, but it’s catching on among these pioneers who dare to ditch the office – and even local governments are looking to cash in on new opportunities.

China’s remote-working trend is in its early stages, but it’s catching on among these pioneers who dare to ditch the office – and even local governments are looking to cash in on new opportunities.

11 Jul 2022 - 6:00AM
China trade, spending rebound dulled by zero-Covid uncertainty

Outlooks for Western economies are declining, lowering forecasts for Chinese exports, while consumers in China also becoming more risk averse, analysts say.

Outlooks for Western economies are declining, lowering forecasts for Chinese exports, while consumers in China also becoming more risk averse, analysts say.

11 Jul 2022 - 10:14AM
China’s tourists are trickling back after two years of coronavirus disruptions. But will it last?

As coronavirus cases fall and travel restrictions are gradually lifted, China’s tourism sector is rejoicing at what seems like a favourable turn. However, some warn it is too early to judge whether this marks a sustainable recovery.

As coronavirus cases fall and travel restrictions are gradually lifted, China’s tourism sector is rejoicing at what seems like a favourable turn. However, some warn it is too early to judge whether this marks a sustainable recovery.

1 Jul 2022 - 7:50AM
US trade sanctions on China an attempt to ‘frighten’ firms amid soaring Russian energy imports

The addition of five Chinese firms to the US ‘entity list’ for allegedly supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is a warning shot for bigger companies trading with Russia, analysts say.

The addition of five Chinese firms to the US ‘entity list’ for allegedly supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is a warning shot for bigger companies trading with Russia, analysts say.

7 Jul 2022 - 10:53AM
G7 infrastructure plan to rival Belt and Road Initiative could force Chinese firms to ‘match global standards’

The G7’s Global Investment and Infrastructure Partnership, which is seen as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative, is likely to force Beijing to pay greater attention to the standards of its own investments, analysts say.

The G7’s Global Investment and Infrastructure Partnership, which is seen as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative, is likely to force Beijing to pay greater attention to the standards of its own investments, analysts say.

29 Jun 2022 - 11:45AM
China hits back at US over G7 ‘zero-sum’ belt and road alternative

Washington’s revived partnership is an effort to ‘smear Beijing’ and its infrastructure initiative, foreign ministry says.

Washington’s revived partnership is an effort to ‘smear Beijing’ and its infrastructure initiative, foreign ministry says.

27 Jun 2022 - 11:59PM
China jobs: facing lean times, small businesses dial back summer hiring

For years, Chinese manufacturers worried about labour shortages over summer months when production is typically at its peak, but it is a different story in 2022, industry insiders say.

For years, Chinese manufacturers worried about labour shortages over summer months when production is typically at its peak, but it is a different story in 2022, industry insiders say.

25 Jun 2022 - 6:00AM