Ralph Jennings

Ralph Jennings

Ralph Jennings has worked as a South China Morning Post freelancer since 2011. Ralph previously worked for Thomson Reuters in Taipei and for local newspapers in California. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.

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US-China relations may be worsening, but young Americans still welcome the chance to work in world’s No 2 economy

A new generation of young Americans are still interested in working in the world’s No 2 economy, despite deteriorating relations between China and the United States.

A new generation of young Americans are still interested in working in the world’s No 2 economy, despite deteriorating relations between China and the United States.

27 May 2022 - 9:34AM
China’s Gen Z OK to wait for wealth with record graduates to fight for jobs, US youth less patient

A record 10.76 million graduates are set to enter the job market in China this year, but the number of openings has fallen amid high unemployment in the 16- 24 age group.

A record 10.76 million graduates are set to enter the job market in China this year, but the number of openings has fallen amid high unemployment in the 16- 24 age group.

26 May 2022 - 10:40AM
Coronavirus-driven order delays, US tariffs on China raise world PC prices. Is relief on the way?

Lockdowns and shipment delays caused by China’s zero-Covid strategy are adding to cost pressures for global PC makers, who are moving to diversify production away from the world’s No 2 economy.

Lockdowns and shipment delays caused by China’s zero-Covid strategy are adding to cost pressures for global PC makers, who are moving to diversify production away from the world’s No 2 economy.

24 May 2022 - 9:00PM
China trade: imports of US soybeans rise as Ukraine war, South America drought limit sources

Food security is a paramount concern for the world’s most populous nation, and its dependence on imported soybeans likely means ‘another good year for farmers in the US heartland’.

Food security is a paramount concern for the world’s most populous nation, and its dependence on imported soybeans likely means ‘another good year for farmers in the US heartland’.

25 Apr 2022 - 5:30PM
China’s Shanghai lockdowns have California ports bracing for shipping chaos, supply-chain ‘hiccups’

If China’s disruptive lockdowns persist, they could fuel global inflation, slow the pace of exports shipped from the ‘world’s factory’, and weaken demand in the world’s largest consumer market, economists say.

If China’s disruptive lockdowns persist, they could fuel global inflation, slow the pace of exports shipped from the ‘world’s factory’, and weaken demand in the world’s largest consumer market, economists say.

18 Apr 2022 - 7:00PM
China-Australia relations: US exports ease the pain of China trade reduction, but not enough

With Australia’s reduced trade with China, exports to the US have increased, but the US$1billion a month of trade isn’t enough to offset the loss.

With Australia’s reduced trade with China, exports to the US have increased, but the US$1billion a month of trade isn’t enough to offset the loss.

9 Apr 2022 - 9:18AM
Why Florida is a hotspot for Chinese homebuyers; Miami, Orlando among the top 6 US city choices

Florida properties, especially in Miami and Orlando, are attracting a lot of interest from Chinese buyers, many of whom already own real estate in the United States.

Florida properties, especially in Miami and Orlando, are attracting a lot of interest from Chinese buyers, many of whom already own real estate in the United States.

6 Apr 2022 - 9:38AM
Fifty years later, despite US pivot, Taiwan has done well economically

The self-ruled island built itself into a powerhouse, first with cheaply manufactured products then as an indispensable player in the tech industry.

The self-ruled island built itself into a powerhouse, first with cheaply manufactured products then as an indispensable player in the tech industry.

6 Apr 2022 - 1:05AM
US firms face ‘significant impact’ on revenue as growth slows in China, but Southeast Asia could gain

US companies in China face ‘significant impact’ on revenue as growth slows in world’s No 2 economy amid new coronavirus outbreaks, but Southeast Asia could be in a position to gain.

US companies in China face ‘significant impact’ on revenue as growth slows in world’s No 2 economy amid new coronavirus outbreaks, but Southeast Asia could be in a position to gain.

23 Mar 2022 - 5:23AM
Oakland Chinatown economy slowly recovering from Covid-19 closures, anti-Asian violence

The gradual resumption of business activity and public events is a promising sign for overseas Chinese in the neighbourhood, but as many remain wary of reopening doors, kerbside sales have become more common.

The gradual resumption of business activity and public events is a promising sign for overseas Chinese in the neighbourhood, but as many remain wary of reopening doors, kerbside sales have become more common.

17 Mar 2022 - 2:46AM
US-China tech war: Silicon Valley faces ‘difficult battle’ as Beijing ramps up tech spending

China has set its sights on surpassing Silicon Valley in hi-tech development to increase self-reliance amid a heightened rivalry with the US. But its recent crackdown on the internet sector may threaten progress.

China has set its sights on surpassing Silicon Valley in hi-tech development to increase self-reliance amid a heightened rivalry with the US. But its recent crackdown on the internet sector may threaten progress.

15 Mar 2022 - 10:46PM
US to compete with China’s ‘harmful’ trade practices through domestic recovery and allies

‘We are clear-eyed about China’s doubling down on its harmful trade and economic abuses,’ the United States Trade Representative’s annual report says.

‘We are clear-eyed about China’s doubling down on its harmful trade and economic abuses,’ the United States Trade Representative’s annual report says.

2 Mar 2022 - 1:56PM
US Chinatowns running short of tea, Tsingtao, stuffed pandas as supply chain snags disrupt imports

Supply shortages caused by a global shipping container shortage and pandemic-driven factory slowdowns have hit Chinatowns across the US especially hard, with many running short on Chinese goods.

Supply shortages caused by a global shipping container shortage and pandemic-driven factory slowdowns have hit Chinatowns across the US especially hard, with many running short on Chinese goods.

26 Feb 2022 - 2:26PM
China’s trade disputes with Australia, US and Japan push Beijing to alter course and plan accordingly

Experts say geopolitical and trade rifts could persist, but China is also looking to join larger multi-country pacts while ramping up investment in home-grown hi-tech innovation.

Experts say geopolitical and trade rifts could persist, but China is also looking to join larger multi-country pacts while ramping up investment in home-grown hi-tech innovation.

22 Feb 2022 - 1:10AM
US housing market still ‘very appealing’ for Chinese buyers, with purchases tipped to surge in 2022

Chinese demand for US property is growing and expected to expand rapidly throughout 2022, especially if pandemic-related travel restrictions are eased.

Chinese demand for US property is growing and expected to expand rapidly throughout 2022, especially if pandemic-related travel restrictions are eased.

18 Feb 2022 - 9:28AM
US-China relations: why Californian wines are bubbling back from Trump’s trade war

American vineyards have recouped their losses in China by reselling domestically, expanding into other countries and capitalising on Chinese tariffs imposed on Australian wine.

American vineyards have recouped their losses in China by reselling domestically, expanding into other countries and capitalising on Chinese tariffs imposed on Australian wine.

17 Feb 2022 - 5:52AM
China’s digital yuan not a backup amid a financial crisis, and there’s ‘no incentive’ to move money

China has already launched pilot schemes for its digital currency in 11 cities plus inside venues used for the ongoing Winter Olympics, with a total of 470 million yuan (US$73.9 million) currently held in electronic wallets.

China has already launched pilot schemes for its digital currency in 11 cities plus inside venues used for the ongoing Winter Olympics, with a total of 470 million yuan (US$73.9 million) currently held in electronic wallets.

10 Feb 2022 - 2:45PM
US trade deficit hit a record in 2021 as China gap widens

Surging demand from American consumers, reined in during the pandemic shutdowns, helped drive imports from China.

Surging demand from American consumers, reined in during the pandemic shutdowns, helped drive imports from China.

9 Feb 2022 - 9:07AM
China-US trade faces new threats in 2022, with no new deal in sight

Trade ties between the world’s two largest economies are likely to remain on the back burner as China focuses on the Winter Olympics and prepares for its upcoming ‘two sessions’ legislative meetings.

Trade ties between the world’s two largest economies are likely to remain on the back burner as China focuses on the Winter Olympics and prepares for its upcoming ‘two sessions’ legislative meetings.

8 Feb 2022 - 10:40AM
Historic houses on Kinmen island, Taiwan restored as guest houses and inns – now all they need are some customers

Qing dynasty houses in Kinmen, Taiwan are being restored to their original appearance, with subsidies from the islands’ government, and owners are turning them into guest houses.

Qing dynasty houses in Kinmen, Taiwan are being restored to their original appearance, with subsidies from the islands’ government, and owners are turning them into guest houses.

5 Sep 2021 - 4:15PM
US-Taiwan trade talks set to focus on technology supply chains amid global semiconductor shortage

Trade talks between Washington and Taipei are expected to be centered around hi-tech hardware, as a global semiconductor shortage piles pressure on chip buyers to secure supplies.

Trade talks between Washington and Taipei are expected to be centered around hi-tech hardware, as a global semiconductor shortage piles pressure on chip buyers to secure supplies.

29 Jun 2021 - 7:31AM
Taiwan’s coronavirus outbreak, drought and power cuts force semiconductor makers to ramp up contingency plans

Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers have been forced to draw up contingency plans to meet the challenges of surging coronavirus infections, a drought and erratic power supply.

Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers have been forced to draw up contingency plans to meet the challenges of surging coronavirus infections, a drought and erratic power supply.

8 Jun 2021 - 9:16AM
Taiwan’s coronavirus outbreak leaves services sector reeling as new curbs bite

New restrictions on gatherings and movement in Taiwan are posing a threat to the island’s vital service sector, which makes up nearly two-thirds of gross domestic product.

New restrictions on gatherings and movement in Taiwan are posing a threat to the island’s vital service sector, which makes up nearly two-thirds of gross domestic product.

22 May 2021 - 6:30AM
Coronavirus: Taiwan economy faces ‘double whammy’ as island tightens containment measures

Following a spike in coronavirus infections, Taiwan has reintroduced strict containment measures that could potentially derail economic growth in a ‘worst-case scenario’.

Following a spike in coronavirus infections, Taiwan has reintroduced strict containment measures that could potentially derail economic growth in a ‘worst-case scenario’.

21 May 2021 - 9:05AM
Semiconductor-starved mainland China seen driving long-term surge in exports from Taiwan

Mainland tech firms said to be stockpiling for the foreseeable future in case worsening relations with the United States make it even harder to get Taiwanese tech supplies.

Mainland tech firms said to be stockpiling for the foreseeable future in case worsening relations with the United States make it even harder to get Taiwanese tech supplies.

26 Apr 2021 - 11:02AM
Taiwan leads Asia in share of ESG assets as dearth of options at home drive funds offshore in search of green energy investments

Although socially responsible investing is taking off in Taiwan, the island faces a number of hurdles, including a lack of established domestic ESG funds.

Although socially responsible investing is taking off in Taiwan, the island faces a number of hurdles, including a lack of established domestic ESG funds.

19 May 2021 - 2:25PM
Hongkongers seeking escape from ‘chaos’ benefit from ‘pull factor’ of Taiwan’s coronavirus resistant economy

Taiwan’s economy grew by 3.11 per cent in 2020, while Hong Kong’s followed the global trend amid the coronavirus and shrank by 6.1 per cent last year.

Taiwan’s economy grew by 3.11 per cent in 2020, while Hong Kong’s followed the global trend amid the coronavirus and shrank by 6.1 per cent last year.

13 Mar 2021 - 4:00PM
Something different to do in Taiwan: farm stay gives glimpse of tribal life, from planting crops to making local crafts

Roughly 1,000 guests have so far experienced a one-of-a-kind farm stay in Taiwan where tourist-labourers do everything from plant quinoa crops to make local arts and crafts.

Roughly 1,000 guests have so far experienced a one-of-a-kind farm stay in Taiwan where tourist-labourers do everything from plant quinoa crops to make local arts and crafts.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:59PM
TSMC gears up for mass production of 3-nanometre chips for high-end computers and 5G phones

Taiwan contract chip maker TSMC will begin ‘risk production’ of its 3-nanometre process this year, a technology advance that will deliver higher performance and longer battery life for 5G smartphones and other high-end electronics products.

Taiwan contract chip maker TSMC will begin ‘risk production’ of its 3-nanometre process this year, a technology advance that will deliver higher performance and longer battery life for 5G smartphones and other high-end electronics products.

19 May 2021 - 11:11AM
Taiwan’s coronavirus success, job opportunities lure foreigners to talent-thirsty island

Taiwan is becoming increasingly attractive for expats due to its successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its media freedoms and ‘gold card’ scheme for skilled workers.

Taiwan is becoming increasingly attractive for expats due to its successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its media freedoms and ‘gold card’ scheme for skilled workers.

12 Jan 2021 - 11:33PM