Sidney Leng

Hong Kong

Sidney Leng

Reporter, China Economy

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 birth rate decline and economic growth slump present new challenges after trade war deal

China’s economy slowed to 30-year low while its birth rate hit a six-decade low, emphasising the challenges facing the nation, despite trade war deal.

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China’s economy slowed to 30-year low while its birth rate hit a six-decade low, emphasising the challenges facing the nation, despite trade war deal.

China’s birth rate decline and economic growth slump present new challenges after trade war deal
China’s birth rate falls to near 60-year low, with 2019 producing fewest babies since 1961

Chinese mothers gave birth to 14.65 million babies last year, the lowest level since 1961, the government announced on Friday.

17 Jan 2020 - 11:38AM

Chinese mothers gave birth to 14.65 million babies last year, the lowest level since 1961, the government announced on Friday.

China’s birth rate falls to near 60-year low, with 2019 producing fewest babies since 1961
China phase one deal with US will allow chance for domestic reform, despite short-term sting

China’s phase one trade deal with the US could hurt certain domestic industries in the short-term, but Vice-Premier Liu He says it will allow necessary reform.

16 Jan 2020 - 7:46PM

China’s phase one trade deal with the US could hurt certain domestic industries in the short-term, but Vice-Premier Liu He says it will allow necessary reform.

China phase one deal with US will allow chance for domestic reform, despite short-term sting
China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

16 Jan 2020 - 4:02PM

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details
China’s export powerhouse Guangdong aims for lower growth target in 2020 after trade war hit year

Trade war hit Guangdong’s growth in 2019, leading China’s richest province to lower economic target for 2020 and scrap trade target altogether.

14 Jan 2020 - 7:05PM

Trade war hit Guangdong’s growth in 2019, leading China’s richest province to lower economic target for 2020 and scrap trade target altogether.

China’s export powerhouse Guangdong aims for lower growth target in 2020 after trade war hit year
Shenzhen floats idea of selling bonds directly in Hong Kong and Macau in China first

China’s tech-hub Shenzhen is mulling over the possibility of selling local government bonds in Hong Kong and Macau to raise revenue.

10 Jan 2020 - 10:43PM

China’s tech-hub Shenzhen is mulling over the possibility of selling local government bonds in Hong Kong and Macau to raise revenue.

Shenzhen floats idea of selling bonds directly in Hong Kong and Macau in China first
China’s tech hub Shenzhen set to hit 2019 growth target after surprising fourth quarter rebound amid trade war

Shenzhen’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to reach over 2.6 trillion yuan (US$374 billion) in 2019, a growth rate of 7 per cent.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:26PM

Shenzhen’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to reach over 2.6 trillion yuan (US$374 billion) in 2019, a growth rate of 7 per cent.

China’s tech hub Shenzhen set to hit 2019 growth target after surprising fourth quarter rebound amid trade war
China’s updated Anti-monopoly Law aimed at further protecting foreign firms criticised for not doing enough

Amendments to China’s Anti-monopoly Law, which are under public review this month, include increasing penalties and obliging police to assist with investigations.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:53AM

Amendments to China’s Anti-monopoly Law, which are under public review this month, include increasing penalties and obliging police to assist with investigations.

China’s updated Anti-monopoly Law aimed at further protecting foreign firms criticised for not doing enough
Avengers can’t save China’s box office revenues hit by weak Hollywood blockbusters, tighter regulations

The growth of box office revenues in China slowed for second consecutive year in 2019 due to lacklustre performance by foreign films and tighter regulations.

7 Jan 2020 - 9:15AM

The growth of box office revenues in China slowed for second consecutive year in 2019 due to lacklustre performance by foreign films and tighter regulations.

Avengers can’t save China’s box office revenues hit by weak Hollywood blockbusters, tighter regulations
China’s new urban dwellers really still live in the countryside, study says

Increase in numbers of people ‘relocating’ to China’s urban areas due to land reclassification not migration, researchers say.

8 Jan 2020 - 5:53PM

Increase in numbers of people ‘relocating’ to China’s urban areas due to land reclassification not migration, researchers say.

China’s new urban dwellers really still live in the countryside, study says
Trade war’s ‘bigger than imagined’ shock and China’s economic slowdown weigh on small factories

China’s small factories may have reported an uptick in orders, but the risks of the trade war have not abated, despite the phase one deal with the United States.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:39PM

China’s small factories may have reported an uptick in orders, but the risks of the trade war have not abated, despite the phase one deal with the United States.

Trade war’s ‘bigger than imagined’ shock and China’s economic slowdown weigh on small factories
China’s central bank frees up US$115 billion to support growth

People’s Bank of China to cut banks’ reserve ratio by 0.5 percentage points, which is set to free up 800 billion yuan (US$115 billion) to support growth amid the slowing economy.

2 Jan 2020 - 12:08PM

People’s Bank of China to cut banks’ reserve ratio by 0.5 percentage points, which is set to free up 800 billion yuan (US$115 billion) to support growth amid the slowing economy.

China’s central bank frees up US$115 billion to support growth
Beijing unveils grand plan to protect old town, as China’s capital looks for a new landscape

As part of a wider plan for the entire city, Beijing’s government has unveiled a plan to save the historical centre from further destruction.

31 Dec 2019 - 10:51PM

As part of a wider plan for the entire city, Beijing’s government has unveiled a plan to save the historical centre from further destruction.

Beijing unveils grand plan to protect old town, as China’s capital looks for a new landscape
China’s new economy loses sparkle, as hi-tech and modern industries fail to deliver

China’s new economy was supposed to replace the old industrial one, but new research shows that the country’s modern sectors are struggling.

31 Dec 2019 - 9:57PM

China’s new economy was supposed to replace the old industrial one, but new research shows that the country’s modern sectors are struggling.

China’s new economy loses sparkle, as hi-tech and modern industries fail to deliver
Trade war helps push China’s private manufacturers to the brink, as investment hits all-time low

China’s manufacturers are investing at record low levels, with the US trade war adding to a multitude of domestic concerns, including Beijing’s crackdown on shadow banking.

25 Dec 2019 - 3:34AM

China’s manufacturers are investing at record low levels, with the US trade war adding to a multitude of domestic concerns, including Beijing’s crackdown on shadow banking.

Trade war helps push China’s private manufacturers to the brink, as investment hits all-time low
Trade war lands Asian exports in worst condition since the global financial crisis

Collateral damage of Donald Trump’s trade war shown in a UN report, which shows slump across some of the Asia’s most dynamic export hubs.

21 Dec 2019 - 7:35AM

Collateral damage of Donald Trump’s trade war shown in a UN report, which shows slump across some of the Asia’s most dynamic export hubs.

Trade war lands Asian exports in worst condition since the global financial crisis
China could struggle to keep growth above 4 per cent over next decade, warns prominent economist

Beijing must address China’s ageing population, debt levels and falling investment to sustain growth above 5 per cent over next decade, says Gao Shanwen.

29 Nov 2019 - 9:29AM

Beijing must address China’s ageing population, debt levels and falling investment to sustain growth above 5 per cent over next decade, says Gao Shanwen.

China could struggle to keep growth above 4 per cent over next decade, warns prominent economist
China’s cryptocurrency miners look to capitalise on policy shift and cheap power, despite trading ban

In a surprising policy shift in late October, China’s economic planning agency removed cryptocurrency mining from a list of activities set for elimination.

25 Nov 2019 - 10:59PM

In a surprising policy shift in late October, China’s economic planning agency removed cryptocurrency mining from a list of activities set for elimination.

China’s cryptocurrency miners look to capitalise on policy shift and cheap power, despite trading ban
Japan, Taiwan, South Korea exports raise hopes Asian tech cycle downturn has bottomed out

Latest export data from the three main semiconductor producing countries in Asia – Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – offer a glimmer of hope of recovery.

22 Nov 2019 - 8:00PM

Latest export data from the three main semiconductor producing countries in Asia – Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – offer a glimmer of hope of recovery.

Japan, Taiwan, South Korea exports raise hopes Asian tech cycle downturn has bottomed out
Shenzhen faced with affordable public housing dilemma after tech capital ditched Hong Kong property model

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has reduced its reliance on land sales for revenue, but a shortage of land appears to be both a blessing and a curse.

22 Nov 2019 - 12:38PM

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has reduced its reliance on land sales for revenue, but a shortage of land appears to be both a blessing and a curse.

Shenzhen faced with affordable public housing dilemma after tech capital ditched Hong Kong property model
China remains silent as Trump repeats threat to hike tariffs if trade war deal not reached soon

Chinese officials and state media have remained silent on US president’s threats this week to raise tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon.

20 Nov 2019 - 3:49PM

Chinese officials and state media have remained silent on US president’s threats this week to raise tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon.

China remains silent as Trump repeats threat to hike tariffs if trade war deal not reached soon
China, US push global debt towards record US$255 trillion as trade war continues to impact global economy

China and the US contributed over 60 per cent of the US$7.5 trillion increase in global debt over the first half of 2019, said the Institute of International Finance.

17 Nov 2019 - 4:57PM

China and the US contributed over 60 per cent of the US$7.5 trillion increase in global debt over the first half of 2019, said the Institute of International Finance.

China, US push global debt towards record US$255 trillion as trade war continues to impact global economy
China to unify regional economic data calculation from early 2020 to further boost acceptance of figures

Economic data quality in China has constantly been questioned, particularly at a local level where governments have strong incentives to inflate figures for political promotion.

14 Nov 2019 - 11:05PM

Economic data quality in China has constantly been questioned, particularly at a local level where governments have strong incentives to inflate figures for political promotion.

China to unify regional economic data calculation from early 2020  to further boost acceptance of figures
Economic ties between US states, China provinces touted as fix to spiralling cost of trade war

At least seven US states, including Washington, at a massive trade event in Shanghai have stressed ‘subnational’ economic ties as an antidote to the US-China trade war.

7 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

At least seven US states, including Washington, at a massive trade event in Shanghai have stressed ‘subnational’ economic ties as an antidote to the US-China trade war.

Economic ties between US states, China provinces touted as fix to spiralling cost of trade war
Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam: she reveals she could feel his support for her to end Hong Kong protest violence; analysts say it was to quash rumours of her firing

Xi Jinping also took a measured approach in giving his assessment of the political crisis roiling the city, analysts said.

6 Nov 2019 - 4:48PM

Xi Jinping also took a measured approach in giving his assessment of the political crisis roiling the city, analysts said.

Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam: she reveals she could feel his support for her to end Hong Kong protest violence; analysts say it was to quash rumours of her firing
China will open market further in push to bring down global trade barriers, Xi Jinping tells import expo

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged global leaders to bring down trade barriers and resist protectionism in a speech at the China International Import Expo.

5 Nov 2019 - 6:14PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged global leaders to bring down trade barriers and resist protectionism in a speech at the China International Import Expo.

China will open market further in push to bring down global trade barriers, Xi Jinping tells import expo
Chinese provinces count the cost of trade war, tax reforms as fiscal revenue growth slumps

Official figures show average growth rate among 28 province-level authorities in first nine months was just 3.1 per cent, compared with 7.8 per cent for the same period of 2018.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:14PM

Official figures show average growth rate among 28 province-level authorities in first nine months was just 3.1 per cent, compared with 7.8 per cent for the same period of 2018.

Chinese provinces count the cost of trade war, tax reforms as fiscal revenue growth slumps
China expects more US companies to join Facebook, Microsoft and Boeing at import expo, despite trade war

More American companies to flock to giant import fair in Shanghai in November, which is to be opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping, despite the pain of US trade war tariffs.

30 Oct 2019 - 10:16AM

More American companies to flock to giant import fair in Shanghai in November, which is to be opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping, despite the pain of US trade war tariffs.

China expects more US companies to join Facebook, Microsoft and Boeing at import expo, despite trade war
China plans to tackle fraudulent data with harsh new penalties for local leaders and the help of AI

Beijing is amending its statistics law to crack down on fraudulent data that has caused some observers to question official economic statistics.

25 Oct 2019 - 11:28PM

Beijing is amending its statistics law to crack down on fraudulent data that has caused some observers to question official economic statistics.

China plans to tackle fraudulent data with harsh new penalties for local leaders and the help of AI
China President Xi Jinping to speak at Shanghai import expo next month in bid to offset US trade war worries

Xi Jinping is expected to again give a keynote speech on the first day of the China International Import Expo, which will be held from November 5-10.

29 Oct 2019 - 6:01PM

Xi Jinping is expected to again give a keynote speech on the first day of the China International Import Expo, which will be held from November 5-10.

China President Xi Jinping to speak at Shanghai import expo next month in bid to offset US trade war worries