Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.
Sidney Leng
Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.

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China’s rising instant noodle sales revive debate over if Chinese consumers are spending less

Sharp recovery in sales renews talk of whether people are tightening their belts because of economic worries.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:39AM

Sharp recovery in sales renews talk of whether people are tightening their belts because of economic worries.

China’s rising instant noodle sales revive debate over if Chinese consumers are spending less
Chinese Basketball Association won’t work with Houston Rockets after controversial tweet

CBA halts cooperation with team over ‘improper remarks’ by its general manager in social media post supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.

7 Oct 2019 - 10:14AM

CBA halts cooperation with team over ‘improper remarks’ by its general manager in social media post supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.

Chinese Basketball Association won’t work with Houston Rockets after controversial tweet
Mainland Chinese fans angered by Houston Rockets general manager’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protests

Daryl Morey posted an image reading ‘Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong’ – a slogan used by pro-democracy protesters – before deleting it.

6 Oct 2019 - 12:41AM

Daryl Morey posted an image reading ‘Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong’ – a slogan used by pro-democracy protesters – before deleting it.

Mainland Chinese fans angered by Houston Rockets general manager’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protests
China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu gets light punishment after graft probe

Anti-corruption watchdog finds 58-year-old Liu Shiyu used his role for personal gain, broke the rules to help others work in financial system, and accepted gifts.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:19AM

Anti-corruption watchdog finds 58-year-old Liu Shiyu used his role for personal gain, broke the rules to help others work in financial system, and accepted gifts.

China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu gets light punishment after graft probe
China, US seen to have good reasons to reach interim trade deal next week, but agreement far from assured

Negotiators from China and the United States will meet for the 13th round of high-level trade negotiations next week in Washington.

8 Oct 2019 - 3:37PM

Negotiators from China and the United States will meet for the 13th round of high-level trade negotiations next week in Washington.

China, US seen to have good reasons to reach interim trade deal next week, but agreement far from assured
After 70 years of economic progress, is China on the right road to achieve Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese dream’?

China has evolved from an economic backwater into a world economic powerhouse, but now faces numerous challenges, including the trade war with the United States.

2 Oct 2019 - 8:55AM

China has evolved from an economic backwater into a world economic powerhouse, but now faces numerous challenges, including the trade war with the United States.

After 70 years of economic progress, is China on the right road to achieve Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese dream’?
Carrie Lam denies reports of talks with state firms on buying up Hong Kong

Chief executive says she met SOE representatives as part of her general responsibilities as leader.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:49PM

Chief executive says she met SOE representatives as part of her general responsibilities as leader.

Carrie Lam denies reports of talks with state firms on buying up Hong Kong
Protesters’ newest theme song, ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, echoes through city’s shopping malls as crowds gather for peaceful rallies

A local musician was said to have composed number in response to an online call for a theme song to unite protesters and boost their morale.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:18AM

A local musician was said to have composed number in response to an online call for a theme song to unite protesters and boost their morale.

Protesters’ newest theme song, ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, echoes through city’s shopping malls as crowds gather for peaceful rallies
Capital outflows amid Hong Kong’s protests could have caused record drop in forex reserves, analysts say

Foreign exchange reserves fell from a record high of US$448.4 billion in July to US$432.8 billion in August, the biggest since the data was first published in 1988.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:10PM

Foreign exchange reserves fell from a record high of US$448.4 billion in July to US$432.8 billion in August, the biggest since the data was first published in 1988.

Capital outflows amid Hong Kong’s protests could have caused record drop in forex reserves, analysts say
China manufacturing imports down sharply on weak economy, trade war impact

Bad news for Asian exporters like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan that depend on Chinese demand.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:19AM

Bad news for Asian exporters like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan that depend on Chinese demand.

China manufacturing imports down sharply on weak economy, trade war impact
China appoints new digital currency head as race with Facebook’s Libra heats up

Mu Changchun will replace Yao Qian as the head of the People’s Bank of China’s research subsidiary on digital currency.

6 Sep 2019 - 10:47PM

Mu Changchun will replace Yao Qian as the head of the People’s Bank of China’s research subsidiary on digital currency.

China appoints new digital currency head as race with Facebook’s Libra heats up
China needs to rev up stimulus measures to repair broken down car sales, analysts say

Sales have fallen for 13 straight months since July 2018, and look set to fall for a 14th in August despite three measures already introduced intended to boost purchases.

5 Sep 2019 - 10:03PM

Sales have fallen for 13 straight months since July 2018, and look set to fall for a 14th in August despite three measures already introduced intended to boost purchases.

China needs to rev up stimulus measures to repair broken down car sales, analysts say
China-US trade war talks to resume in early October as global growth outlook dims

The two sides agree to meet in Washington next month as private sector growth forecasts cut because of escalating trade war impact

6 Sep 2019 - 3:50AM

The two sides agree to meet in Washington next month as private sector growth forecasts cut because of escalating trade war impact

China-US trade war talks to resume in early October as global growth outlook dims
Is China set to beat Facebook’s Libra by launching its digital currency this autumn?

‘Forbes’ magazine reported that China’s central bank will launch its own sovereign digital currency to coincide with the Singles' Day online shopping festival.

6 Sep 2019 - 11:18AM

‘Forbes’ magazine reported that China’s central bank will launch its own sovereign digital currency to coincide with the Singles' Day online shopping festival.

Is China set to beat Facebook’s Libra by launching its digital currency this autumn?
China’s dream of making the yuan a global currency hit by Hong Kong protests, depreciation, analysts say

The yuan slipped to the sixth most-used international transaction currency, behind the Canadian dollar, in July, according to financial messaging service provider Swift.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:38PM

The yuan slipped to the sixth most-used international transaction currency, behind the Canadian dollar, in July, according to financial messaging service provider Swift.

China’s dream of making the yuan a global currency hit by Hong Kong protests, depreciation, analysts say
China’s big plan to boost domestic consumption in midst of US trade war

Beijing’s measures include improving commercial pedestrian streets and encouraging night markets and entertainment.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:13AM

Beijing’s measures include improving commercial pedestrian streets and encouraging night markets and entertainment.

China’s big plan to boost domestic consumption in midst of US trade war
US electronics manufacturer faces life after Huawei as trade war sours relations with Chinese tech giant

After Huawei pulled all its orders, Flex had to close down its Huawei-dedicated production and let tens of thousands of workers go in its Zhuhai Industrial Park.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:30PM

After Huawei pulled all its orders, Flex had to close down its Huawei-dedicated production and let tens of thousands of workers go in its Zhuhai Industrial Park.

US electronics manufacturer faces life after Huawei as trade war sours relations with Chinese tech giant
Iranian foreign minister holds talks in Beijing after surprise visit to G7 summit

Mohammad Javad Zarif meets his counterpart Wang Yi after tweeting he planned to present a 25-year road map on countries’ strategic partnership.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:40PM

Mohammad Javad Zarif meets his counterpart Wang Yi after tweeting he planned to present a 25-year road map on countries’ strategic partnership.

Iranian foreign minister holds talks in Beijing after surprise visit to G7 summit
China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containers

China Railway admits the existence of the problem in an interview with the state-run Global Times but insists it has improved recently.

21 Aug 2019 - 10:34AM

China Railway admits the existence of the problem in an interview with the state-run Global Times but insists it has improved recently.

China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containers
China plans to allow foreign investment in VPN services as part of Beijing trial in latest opening up move

Currently, China’s Great Firewall blocks access to 135 of the world’s top 1,000 websites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:40PM

Currently, China’s Great Firewall blocks access to 135 of the world’s top 1,000 websites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

China plans to allow foreign investment in VPN services as part of Beijing trial in latest opening up move
China’s banks resisting calls for more loans to firms due to rising default risks, lower demand due to trade war

Short-term lending to corporations in July fell 219.5 billion yuan (US$31 billion), while long term loans suffered a decline of 25 per cent.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:11PM

Short-term lending to corporations in July fell 219.5 billion yuan (US$31 billion), while long term loans suffered a decline of 25 per cent.

China’s banks resisting calls for more loans to firms due to rising default risks, lower demand due to trade war
China’s yuan exchange rate drop could roil already strained Hong Kong-protest hit economy

The yuan fell below the key level of 7 to the US dollar last week for the first time in 11 years, and could hit tourism and retail spending from mainland Chinese visitors.

14 Aug 2019 - 7:05AM

The yuan fell below the key level of 7 to the US dollar last week for the first time in 11 years, and could hit tourism and retail spending from mainland Chinese visitors.

China’s yuan exchange rate drop could roil already strained Hong Kong-protest hit economy
Fujianese community rally in support of Hong Kong police, call for end to violence

Wearing bright orange and white vests and holding anti-protest placards, they gathered at federation’s office in North Point to back officers and government.

11 Aug 2019 - 5:01AM

Wearing bright orange and white vests and holding anti-protest placards, they gathered at federation’s office in North Point to back officers and government.

Fujianese community rally in support of Hong Kong police, call for end to violence
China, US trade talks resume in Shanghai in shadow of Donald Trump’s angry tweets aimed at Beijing

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not comment on the talks during a photo session with Vice-Premier Liu He.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:19PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not comment on the talks during a photo session with Vice-Premier Liu He.

China, US trade talks resume in Shanghai in shadow of Donald Trump’s angry tweets aimed at Beijing
China can turn US trade war ‘crisis into an opportunity’, says top leadership, as Donald Trump tweets complaint

Quarterly meeting of the country’s top leadership chaired by President Xi Jinping concluded China must rely on its domestic demand potential.

30 Jul 2019 - 11:27PM

Quarterly meeting of the country’s top leadership chaired by President Xi Jinping concluded China must rely on its domestic demand potential.

China can turn US trade war ‘crisis into an opportunity’, says top leadership, as Donald Trump tweets complaint
US-China trade talks kick off in Shanghai with little fanfare

There were few visible signs of negotiations in Shanghai on Tuesday, as officials launched first face-to-face talks since May.

30 Jul 2019 - 6:52PM

There were few visible signs of negotiations in Shanghai on Tuesday, as officials launched first face-to-face talks since May.

US-China trade talks kick off in Shanghai with little fanfare
China’s growth being held back by restrictive resident registration system, urbanisation expert says

Weak economic growth in both Beijing and Shanghai should act as a warning of the need for further changes to the hukou system, according to professor Lu Ming.

26 Jul 2019 - 2:49AM

Weak economic growth in both Beijing and Shanghai should act as a warning of the need for further changes to the hukou system, according to professor Lu Ming.

China’s growth being held back by restrictive resident registration system, urbanisation expert says
China’s choice of Shanghai for US trade talks emphasises commercial rather than political focus, analysts say

Switching first face-to-face gathering since G20 summit from Beijing sends message that ‘trade should be trade, and politics should be politics,’ analyst says.

25 Jul 2019 - 9:16AM

Switching first face-to-face gathering since G20 summit from Beijing sends message that ‘trade should be trade, and politics should be politics,’ analyst says.

China’s choice of Shanghai for US trade talks emphasises commercial rather than political focus, analysts say
China’s job market improves in second quarter despite record low growth rate

Ratio of available jobs to jobs seekers rose to 1.89 in the second quarter, up from five-year low of 1.68 in the first three months of 2019.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:00PM

Ratio of available jobs to jobs seekers rose to 1.89 in the second quarter, up from five-year low of 1.68 in the first three months of 2019.

China’s job market improves in second quarter despite record low growth rate
Donald Trump goads China over record low GDP growth rate as US trade war tariffs hit slowing Chinese economy

Gross domestic product growth slowed to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, with tariffs of 25 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese imports remaining in place.

16 Jul 2019 - 2:59PM

Gross domestic product growth slowed to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, with tariffs of 25 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese imports remaining in place.

Donald Trump goads China over record low GDP growth rate as US trade war tariffs hit slowing Chinese economy