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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Explainer | Why China’s intellectual property protection matters to Beijing and Washington

IP is seen as strategically vital by both nations, with China’s growing stake in it, and the trade deal with the US, contributing to advances in protection.

IP is seen as strategically vital by both nations, with China’s growing stake in it, and the trade deal with the US, contributing to advances in protection.

6 May 2021 - 9:17AM
Intellectual property: China’s evolution from ‘norm taker’ to ‘norm setter’

A deeper look at IP protection in China reveals a changing landscape as the country strengthens legal provisions and new battlegrounds emerge.

A deeper look at IP protection in China reveals a changing landscape as the country strengthens legal provisions and new battlegrounds emerge.

5 May 2021 - 10:58AM
Lift-off for first Hong Kong satellites in Greater Bay network

Golden Bauhinia devices sent into orbit from Shanxi and reached near-Earth orbit, operator says.

Golden Bauhinia devices sent into orbit from Shanxi and reached near-Earth orbit, operator says.

28 Apr 2021 - 9:56PM
China on a mission to turn ‘junk’ patents into treasure

As part of its drive to achieve technological self-sufficiency, Beijing is overhauling its system of reward for patent filing.

As part of its drive to achieve technological self-sufficiency, Beijing is overhauling its system of reward for patent filing.

9 Apr 2021 - 12:40PM
Sanxingdui: researchers say newly found sites in China date back as far as 3,200 years

Archaeologists are still excavating six sacrificial pits that were recently discovered at the Sanxingdui Ruins in Sichuan province.

Archaeologists are still excavating six sacrificial pits that were recently discovered at the Sanxingdui Ruins in Sichuan province.

24 Mar 2021 - 2:54PM
China encourages its universities to take initiative in international science and tech

Ministry of Education says it aims this year to forge the country’s colleges into a national strategic innovation force.

Ministry of Education says it aims this year to forge the country’s colleges into a national strategic innovation force.

19 May 2021 - 1:56PM
Chinese scientists challenge Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ claim with new algorithm

Researchers in Beijing say they took a different approach that saw 60 graphics processors complete the job ‘in about five days’.

Researchers in Beijing say they took a different approach that saw 60 graphics processors complete the job ‘in about five days’.

16 Mar 2021 - 3:45PM
‘Two sessions’ 2021: China is ‘30 years off being a top-tier industrial powerhouse’

Former industry minister says the country needs to plug huge gaps in basic areas before it can rise to the level of the US or Germany.

Former industry minister says the country needs to plug huge gaps in basic areas before it can rise to the level of the US or Germany.

8 Mar 2021 - 7:44PM
China’s Tianwen-1 zooms in on Mars surface on cusp of new tech era

Eye in the sky snaps photos of craters and dunes below and will monitor how sandstorms form on the red planet.

Eye in the sky snaps photos of craters and dunes below and will monitor how sandstorms form on the red planet.

5 Mar 2021 - 8:34AM
Analysis | ‘Two sessions’ 2021: can China create an ecosystem for tech talent to innovate?

Details in its five-year plan may reveal its intentions regarding research funding and the business environment for tech firms.

Details in its five-year plan may reveal its intentions regarding research funding and the business environment for tech firms.

3 Mar 2021 - 3:59PM
China’s top court awards record US$24 million payout to chemical maker in trade secrets case

Wanglong Technology ordered to pay damages to Zhonghua Chemical over theft of trade secrets related to flavouring agent vanillin. It comes after Beijing has repeatedly vowed to improve protection of intellectual property.

Wanglong Technology ordered to pay damages to Zhonghua Chemical over theft of trade secrets related to flavouring agent vanillin. It comes after Beijing has repeatedly vowed to improve protection of intellectual property.

3 Mar 2021 - 2:26AM
China fails to meet research spending goal but aims to double efforts in applied research, science minister says

Wang Zhigang says country will put semiconductors among its research and development priorities.

Wang Zhigang says country will put semiconductors among its research and development priorities.

27 Feb 2021 - 1:02PM
China bans Taiwanese pineapples over biosafety fears

Mainland says it found plant pests on multiple batches of the imported crop.

Mainland says it found plant pests on multiple batches of the imported crop.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:30PM
Most people in Britain see China’s rise as a top threat to security in next decade, survey finds

It is also the second least trusted nation after Russia among people in Britain, according to annual poll by think tank.

It is also the second least trusted nation after Russia among people in Britain, according to annual poll by think tank.

18 Feb 2021 - 5:26PM
Coronavirus: train travel down but freight surges as Chinese stay home for Lunar New Year holiday

Railway passenger traffic drops nearly 70 per cent in first 15 days of the Lunar New Year travel rush, when hundreds of millions usually visit their families, amid restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Railway passenger traffic drops nearly 70 per cent in first 15 days of the Lunar New Year travel rush, when hundreds of millions usually visit their families, amid restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:34AM
Chinese company Origin develops system software for quantum computers

‘Operating system’ could improve efficiency ‘by several times’ but an expert says it is too early to contemplate.

‘Operating system’ could improve efficiency ‘by several times’ but an expert says it is too early to contemplate.

11 Feb 2021 - 12:59PM
Xi Jinping sends message on growth through innovation, big data in Guizhou

It comes as study finds 60 per cent of provincial and prefecture-level governments are not sharing any data online.

It comes as study finds 60 per cent of provincial and prefecture-level governments are not sharing any data online.

9 Feb 2021 - 7:00AM
China should promote free movement of digital data, government think tank says

Data-related trade set to become a new economic growth driver, deputy director of the Development Research Centre of the State Council says in new study.

Data-related trade set to become a new economic growth driver, deputy director of the Development Research Centre of the State Council says in new study.

5 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM
Chinese man who stabbed eye surgeon in Beijing hospital gets suspended death sentence

Cui Zhengguo was convicted over attack on ophthalmologist and three others last year, a case that prompted a public outcry about violence against health workers in China.

Cui Zhengguo was convicted over attack on ophthalmologist and three others last year, a case that prompted a public outcry about violence against health workers in China.

2 Feb 2021 - 11:50PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping says intellectual property protection is key part of country’s development plans

Pledge to strengthen protections at home and abroad comes as Beijing seeks to encourage innovation as core part of growth strategy.

Pledge to strengthen protections at home and abroad comes as Beijing seeks to encourage innovation as core part of growth strategy.

2 Feb 2021 - 9:13AM
Animal rights in China: ‘pets by post’ scheme sparks outrage among advocacy groups

Chinese consumers are being lured by online vendors offering animal ‘lucky bags’ at knockdown prices, but welfare groups say the practice should be outlawed.

Chinese consumers are being lured by online vendors offering animal ‘lucky bags’ at knockdown prices, but welfare groups say the practice should be outlawed.

2 Feb 2021 - 12:55PM
Chinese capital Beijing sets sights on building ‘trillion yuan’ hi-tech manufacturing clusters

City wants to attract more global talent by offering better work conditions, and opening up its research facilities, according to new five-year plan.

City wants to attract more global talent by offering better work conditions, and opening up its research facilities, according to new five-year plan.

21 Jan 2021 - 9:44PM
Chinese court jails former Yunnan Communist Party boss Qin Guangrong for seven years for bribery

Court says disgraced former official was given a reduced sentence for turning himself in and returning the money he took.

Court says disgraced former official was given a reduced sentence for turning himself in and returning the money he took.

19 Jan 2021 - 11:02PM
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.

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

14 Jan 2021 - 10:37AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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