Matt Ho

Hong Kong

Matt Ho

Senior China Correspondent

Matt Ho has covered the dynamics of China’s changes for the Post since 2010. Before joining the Post, he was deputy Beijing bureau chief for Hong Kong Commercial Radio and a Hong Kong government international trade specialist.

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Is this Chinese prototype the shape of maglev train tech to come?

Researchers at a university in southwestern China say their approach could mean superfast, cheap travel.

14 Jan 2021 - 10:37AM

Researchers at a university in southwestern China say their approach could mean superfast, cheap travel.

Is this Chinese prototype the shape of maglev train tech to come?
Hong Kong team behind Chang’e 5 moon rock sampling set sights on Chang’e 6

PolyU team who developed scoops and container for China’s lunar craft to assess whether adjustments are needed for the next mission, as samples arrive on Earth.

18 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

PolyU team who developed scoops and container for China’s lunar craft to assess whether adjustments are needed for the next mission, as samples arrive on Earth.

Hong Kong team behind Chang’e 5 moon rock sampling set sights on Chang’e 6
Analysis | China’s plan to boost innovation and what it could mean for research in Greater Bay Area

Five-year plan included overhaul of state key laboratories, while government also vowed to do more to attract domestic and foreign talent.

17 Dec 2020 - 8:39PM

Five-year plan included overhaul of state key laboratories, while government also vowed to do more to attract domestic and foreign talent.

China’s plan to boost innovation and what it could mean for research in Greater Bay Area
Analysis | China pivots to state-corporate partnerships in drive for technology self-reliance

Home-grown innovation has been identified as a ‘strategic pillar’ in the next five-year plan and companies are expected to step up.

1 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

Home-grown innovation has been identified as a ‘strategic pillar’ in the next five-year plan and companies are expected to step up.

China pivots to state-corporate partnerships in drive for technology self-reliance
How China’s Chang’e 5 could take giant leap for world’s space missions

Other countries may learn from its sampling of lunar rocks and soil for their own space programmes, including Mars exploration.

30 Nov 2020 - 8:03PM

Other countries may learn from its sampling of lunar rocks and soil for their own space programmes, including Mars exploration.

How China’s Chang’e 5 could take giant leap for world’s space missions
Technological self-reliance is at heart of China’s economic plans, says key Xi Jinping aide

Liu He, the president’s economic adviser, says innovation will play a vital role in development plans which will see a greater focus on domestic markets.

22 Nov 2020 - 11:18PM

Liu He, the president’s economic adviser, says innovation will play a vital role in development plans which will see a greater focus on domestic markets.

Technological self-reliance is at heart of China’s economic plans, says key Xi Jinping aide
Explainer | China’s hi-tech direction for the next five years

Beijing has changed strategic gears in its new blueprint for the country as it confronts roadblocks on technology, especially from the United States.

11 Nov 2020 - 10:38PM

Beijing has changed strategic gears in its new blueprint for the country as it confronts roadblocks on technology, especially from the United States.

China’s hi-tech direction for the next five years
Xi Jinping promises China will be more open to international scientific cooperation despite drive for hi-tech self-reliance

President tells World Laureates Forum that the country is willing to work with scientists around the world in areas such as climate change and vaccine research.

31 Oct 2020 - 12:39AM

President tells World Laureates Forum that the country is willing to work with scientists around the world in areas such as climate change and vaccine research.

Xi Jinping promises China will be more open to international scientific cooperation despite drive for hi-tech self-reliance
China-US rivalry is main challenge to Asian giant’s development, NDRC says

But time is on China’s side, the National Development and Reform Commission says in report.

29 Oct 2020 - 9:30AM

But time is on China’s side, the National Development and Reform Commission says in report.

China-US rivalry is main challenge to Asian giant’s development, NDRC says
Analysis | ‘A new direction’: is China shifting focus to economic opening-up in Xinjiang and Tibet?

Key meetings suggest Beijing is gaining confidence about social control in the two politically sensitive ethnic minority regions.

10 Oct 2020 - 9:00PM

Key meetings suggest Beijing is gaining confidence about social control in the two politically sensitive ethnic minority regions.

‘A new direction’: is China shifting focus to economic opening-up in Xinjiang and Tibet?
China investigates former aide of Vice-President Wang Qishan for alleged corruption

Dong Hong, who worked with the vice-president from 1998 until 2017, is being investigated over ‘suspected serious violation of laws and party rules’.

2 Oct 2020 - 9:38PM

Dong Hong, who worked with the vice-president from 1998 until 2017, is being investigated over ‘suspected serious violation of laws and party rules’.

China investigates former aide of Vice-President Wang Qishan for alleged corruption
Artificial intelligence expert Zhu Songchun to return to China from US

UCLA professor’s switch to Peking University comes as Beijing seeks to make country a global leader in the field.

29 Sep 2020 - 10:36PM

UCLA professor’s switch to Peking University comes as Beijing seeks to make country a global leader in the field.

Artificial intelligence expert Zhu Songchun to return to China from US
China-India border row: risk of tangled ties if New Delhi looks to third parties, says expert

Beijing advised to consider how to prevent border differences spilling into other aspects of bilateral relations.

23 Sep 2020 - 10:07PM

Beijing advised to consider how to prevent border differences spilling into other aspects of bilateral relations.

China-India border row: risk of tangled ties if New Delhi looks to third parties, says expert
China-India border dispute: there may be a five-point plan but is it enough to bridge differences?

Suspicion fuels border dispute and border tension fuels mistrust in long and complicated relationship.

17 Sep 2020 - 7:19PM

Suspicion fuels border dispute and border tension fuels mistrust in long and complicated relationship.

China-India border dispute: there may be a five-point plan but is it enough to bridge differences?
China-India border dispute: both sides see need for troops to quickly disengage

Foreign ministers meet in Moscow for first time since Himalayan border tensions turned deadly.

11 Sep 2020 - 11:57PM

Foreign ministers meet in Moscow for first time since Himalayan border tensions turned deadly.

China-India border dispute: both sides see need for troops to quickly disengage
China, India accuse each other of firing shots in tense border region

Both sides deny it was their soldiers who fired first shots at Line of Actual Control in Himalayas since 1996 agreement.

9 Sep 2020 - 4:58PM

Both sides deny it was their soldiers who fired first shots at Line of Actual Control in Himalayas since 1996 agreement.

China, India accuse each other of firing shots in tense border region
China-US relations: visa hold-ups for journalists a sign of tightening media control and widening rift

Beijing claims Washington has stymied Chinese news workers with an array of measures, including denying visas and expelling staff.

7 Sep 2020 - 9:49PM

Beijing claims Washington has stymied Chinese news workers with an array of measures, including denying visas and expelling staff.

China-US relations: visa hold-ups for journalists a sign of tightening media control and widening rift
China plans to clean up Yellow River and give its ‘sorrow’ a brighter future

Scarce water resources made top priority in proposal covering ecological protection as well as development in the river basin, labelled a key strategic region.

2 Sep 2020 - 12:00PM

Scarce water resources made top priority in proposal covering ecological protection as well as development in the river basin, labelled a key strategic region.

China plans to clean up Yellow River and give its ‘sorrow’ a brighter future
Beijing unveils plan to protect nerve centre, cultural heritage at heart of the capital

Central government aims to improve inner city area by 2035 through urban development and better conservation of historic sites. Number of residents will also be reduced, with more public services to be provided.

1 Sep 2020 - 10:00AM

Central government aims to improve inner city area by 2035 through urban development and better conservation of historic sites. Number of residents will also be reduced, with more public services to be provided.

Beijing unveils plan to protect nerve centre, cultural heritage at heart of the capital
China plans hi-tech supervision of police officers and judges as party tightens grip on domestic security

It comes amid a campaign to purge ‘corrupt elements’ from the ranks of law enforcement and the judiciary.

29 Aug 2020 - 11:30AM

It comes amid a campaign to purge ‘corrupt elements’ from the ranks of law enforcement and the judiciary.

China plans hi-tech supervision of police officers and judges as party tightens grip on domestic security
Chinese companies ramp up basic R&D spending as US tech decoupling looms: report

But outlays as a share of economic output still lag US, Japan and South Korea, statistics bureau says.

9 Dec 2020 - 12:26PM

But outlays as a share of economic output still lag US, Japan and South Korea, statistics bureau says.

Chinese companies ramp up basic R&D spending as US tech decoupling looms: report
Hi-tech hub Shenzhen faces headwinds as it pushes ahead with innovation ambitions

A lack of public services and a challenging business environment are undermining its goals, analyst says.

27 Aug 2020 - 2:56AM

A lack of public services and a challenging business environment are undermining its goals, analyst says.

Hi-tech hub Shenzhen faces headwinds as it pushes ahead with innovation ambitions
US has ‘modest’ lead over China in artificial intelligence but gap has narrowed, American think tank says

Beijing’s focus on AI and the advantage of having a vast population for big data sets is helping the country catch up, according to American think tank Rand.

26 Aug 2020 - 1:15AM

Beijing’s focus on AI and the advantage of having a vast population for big data sets is helping the country catch up, according to American think tank Rand.

US has ‘modest’ lead over China in artificial intelligence but gap has narrowed, American think tank says
China planning high-speed rail freight network to help e-commerce sector

The country already has an extensive high-speed passenger network and is now looking to develop new goods trains.

23 Aug 2020 - 9:10PM

The country already has an extensive high-speed passenger network and is now looking to develop new goods trains.

China planning high-speed rail freight network to help e-commerce sector
Coronavirus found on frozen seafood packaging in Chinese port city

No staff in contact with the shipment test positive but have been put under quarantine, report says.

11 Aug 2020 - 10:58PM

No staff in contact with the shipment test positive but have been put under quarantine, report says.

Coronavirus found on frozen seafood packaging in Chinese port city
China detains tycoon after media accusations of massive illegal mountain mine

Magnate accused of making billions from a coking coal operation in an area identified by the president as a conservation priority.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:38PM

Magnate accused of making billions from a coking coal operation in an area identified by the president as a conservation priority.

China detains tycoon after media accusations of massive illegal mountain mine
China’s crayfish boom is eating into food security, study warns

Appetite for crustacean is encouraging farmers to give more land over to the industry and permanently flood fields, leaving less land for winter crops, researchers say.

7 Aug 2020 - 11:04PM

Appetite for crustacean is encouraging farmers to give more land over to the industry and permanently flood fields, leaving less land for winter crops, researchers say.

China’s crayfish boom is eating into food security, study warns
Coronavirus: China’s ‘Sars hero’ Zhong Nanshan in line for country’s top honour over role in Covid-19 fight

The respiratory expert is only name put forward for the Medal of the Republic this year, while three others who helped fight Covid-19 will have also had their contributions recognised.

3 Aug 2020 - 10:57PM

The respiratory expert is only name put forward for the Medal of the Republic this year, while three others who helped fight Covid-19 will have also had their contributions recognised.

Coronavirus: China’s ‘Sars hero’ Zhong Nanshan in line for country’s top honour over role in Covid-19 fight
US-China relations: Mike Pompeo’s China adviser has name chiselled off school monument

Miles Yu has been described by the US secretary of state as an adviser on ‘how to ensure we protect Americans and secure our freedoms’ from the Chinese Communist Party.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:34PM

Miles Yu has been described by the US secretary of state as an adviser on ‘how to ensure we protect Americans and secure our freedoms’ from the Chinese Communist Party.

US-China relations: Mike Pompeo’s China adviser has name chiselled off school monument
China’s economic and social plans must factor in that coronavirus will be with us for a long time: task force

Central government task force says a shift in thinking to include disease prevention and control must occur when officials and industry make plans.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:14PM

Central government task force says a shift in thinking to include disease prevention and control must occur when officials and industry make plans.

China’s economic and social plans must factor in that coronavirus will be with us for a long time: task force