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 Chongqing halts release of monthly birth data due to ‘unfair’ foreign media coverage

Chongqing, an economic powerhouse in southwestern China which is home to some 30 million residents, suspended the release of monthly birth data earlier this year.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:34PM

Chongqing, an economic powerhouse in southwestern China which is home to some 30 million residents, suspended the release of monthly birth data earlier this year.

China’s Chongqing halts release of monthly birth data due to ‘unfair’ foreign media coverage
China power firms suspend publication of coal data, frustrating analysis of industrial production

Five of China’s largest power companies have halted the release of data on daily coal consumption, frustrating economists trying to gauge economic output.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:13PM

Five of China’s largest power companies have halted the release of data on daily coal consumption, frustrating economists trying to gauge economic output.

China power firms suspend publication of coal data, frustrating analysis of industrial production
Coronavirus: Chinese consumers less willing to splurge, casting shadow over second quarter rebound

Chinese consumers were less willing to spend money in May than March, when large parts of the country were still under coronavirus lockdown, a new survey shows.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:04AM

Chinese consumers were less willing to spend money in May than March, when large parts of the country were still under coronavirus lockdown, a new survey shows.

Coronavirus: Chinese consumers less willing to splurge, casting shadow over second quarter rebound
Coronavirus: China tweaks graduate employment rate to include students who find ‘work’ as gamers, bloggers

Chinese graduates who find ‘work’ as competitive gamers and bloggers after finishing university will now be classified as employed under new rules.

6 Jul 2020 - 10:36PM

Chinese graduates who find ‘work’ as competitive gamers and bloggers after finishing university will now be classified as employed under new rules.

Coronavirus: China tweaks graduate employment rate to include students who find ‘work’ as gamers, bloggers
China manufacturers struggling to keep up with surge in global bike demand amid coronavirus fears

China exported 4.6 million bikes in May, up 11.4 per cent from a year earlier, reversing a decline of 19 per cent in April as consumers seek alternatives to public transport.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:43PM

China exported 4.6 million bikes in May, up 11.4 per cent from a year earlier, reversing a decline of 19 per cent in April as consumers seek alternatives to public transport.

China manufacturers struggling to keep up with surge in global bike demand amid coronavirus fears
China’s coronavirus-hit Canton Fair closes first virtual edition to mixed reviews

‘The products are all just ‘Photoshopped’ pictures, you do not really see the real product’: online buyers vent frustration at first virtual Canton Fair.

24 Jun 2020 - 9:32PM

‘The products are all just ‘Photoshopped’ pictures, you do not really see the real product’: online buyers vent frustration at first virtual Canton Fair.

China’s coronavirus-hit Canton Fair closes first virtual edition to mixed reviews
Can Xi Jinping revive China’s dream of turning its poor west into an economic powerhouse?

Beijing’s new Go West blueprint is an ambitious plan to boost growth in China’s west, but experts say it will face the same challenges as previous strategies.

14 Jul 2020 - 4:36PM

Beijing’s new Go West blueprint is an ambitious plan to boost growth in China’s west, but experts say it will face the same challenges as previous strategies.

Can Xi Jinping revive China’s dream of turning its poor west into an economic powerhouse?
Coronavirus: China’s belt and road partners call for more cooperation on public health

Fair access to medical goods and services should be world’s top priority, say ministers from 25 nations linked to Beijing’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure development plan.

20 Jun 2020 - 11:55PM

Fair access to medical goods and services should be world’s top priority, say ministers from 25 nations linked to Beijing’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure development plan.

Coronavirus: China’s belt and road partners call for more cooperation on public health
Foreign M&A in China remains strong as investors remain optimistic despite coronavirus, decoupling

American and European investors are taking advantage of looser foreign ownership limits, while also betting on rising Chinese consumer demand, Rhodium Group says.

19 Jun 2020 - 9:44PM

American and European investors are taking advantage of looser foreign ownership limits, while also betting on rising Chinese consumer demand, Rhodium Group says.

Foreign M&A in China remains strong as investors remain optimistic despite coronavirus, decoupling
China confirms more than 40 per cent of population survived on just US$141 per month in 2019

Last year, the bottom 40 per cent of Chinese households ranked by income, totalling more than 600 million people, had a per capita disposable income of 11,485 yuan (US$1,621).

15 Jun 2020 - 10:16PM

Last year, the bottom 40 per cent of Chinese households ranked by income, totalling more than 600 million people, had a per capita disposable income of 11,485 yuan (US$1,621).

China confirms more than 40 per cent of population survived on just US$141 per month in 2019
China unveils plan to make Hainan a free trade hub like Hong Kong, Singapore as risks of US decoupling loom

Beijing has outlined plans to turn Hainan into a “free trade port” similar to Hong Kong, as China faces an increasingly uncertain global economic environment.

4 Jun 2020 - 10:52AM

Beijing has outlined plans to turn Hainan into a “free trade port” similar to Hong Kong, as China faces an increasingly uncertain global economic environment.

China unveils plan to make Hainan a free trade hub like Hong Kong, Singapore as risks of US decoupling loom
Coronavirus: nearly half of China’s cinemas in danger of permanently closing due to pandemic

A survey by the China Film Association suggests 40 per cent of cinemas, almost 5,000 in total, could go bust because of losses stemming from the Covid-19 lockdown.

3 Jun 2020 - 9:14AM

A survey by the China Film Association suggests 40 per cent of cinemas, almost 5,000 in total, could go bust because of losses stemming from the Covid-19 lockdown.

Coronavirus: nearly half of China’s cinemas in danger of permanently closing due to pandemic
Hong Kong security law: city’s future is in servicing Chinese firms, says top city economist

Economist Francis Lui Ting-ming says Hong Kong’s trusted financial system has made it invaluable for China and its role will gradually shift to serving mainland firms.

29 May 2020 - 10:45AM

Economist Francis Lui Ting-ming says Hong Kong’s trusted financial system has made it invaluable for China and its role will gradually shift to serving mainland firms.

Hong Kong security law: city’s future is in servicing Chinese firms, says top city economist
China debt: bond problems could still resurface in 2020 after defaults amid coronavirus lower than expected

Bond defaults in China have dropped 26 per cent from a year earlier, but a larger increase was expected due to the economic damage caused by the coronavirus.

27 May 2020 - 10:31PM

Bond defaults in China have dropped 26 per cent from a year earlier, but a larger increase was expected due to the economic damage caused by the coronavirus.

China debt: bond problems could still resurface in 2020 after defaults amid coronavirus lower than expected
Xi Jinping says China must strengthen health system after coronavirus pandemic

Chinese leader says overhaul of monitoring and warning systems are needed after the Covid-19 outbreak exposed shortcomings.

24 May 2020 - 11:18PM

Chinese leader says overhaul of monitoring and warning systems are needed after the Covid-19 outbreak exposed shortcomings.

Xi Jinping says China must strengthen health system after coronavirus pandemic
US semiconductor giant shuts China factory hailed as ‘a miracle’, in blow to Beijing’s chip plans

The winding down of GlobalFoundries’ only Chinese facility was due to poor planning, analysts said, but comes at a time of rising US-China tech tensions.

21 May 2020 - 4:32PM

The winding down of GlobalFoundries’ only Chinese facility was due to poor planning, analysts said, but comes at a time of rising US-China tech tensions.

US semiconductor giant shuts China factory hailed as ‘a miracle’, in blow to Beijing’s chip plans
Coronavirus: China vehicle sales reverse 21-month losing streak as infrastructure spending ramps up

China vehicle sales rose 4.4 per cent in April from a year earlier, largely due to a surge in demand for trucks that has been linked to increased infrastructure investment.

15 May 2020 - 6:35PM

China vehicle sales rose 4.4 per cent in April from a year earlier, largely due to a surge in demand for trucks that has been linked to increased infrastructure investment.

Coronavirus: China vehicle sales reverse 21-month losing streak as infrastructure spending ramps up
Coronavirus: China voucher scheme to revive retail hits the buffers, sparking debate about cash payments

China has distributed billions of yuan worth of shopping vouchers to help the economy recover from Covid-19, but the subsidies are not always finding their target.

14 May 2020 - 10:25PM

China has distributed billions of yuan worth of shopping vouchers to help the economy recover from Covid-19, but the subsidies are not always finding their target.

Coronavirus: China voucher scheme to revive retail hits the buffers, sparking debate about cash payments
Coronavirus: is China prepared to handle an unemployment crisis?

The coronavirus has sent unemployment soaring in China, placing pressure on its state-run benefit system, which is seen as being ill-equipped to deal with the current crisis.

13 May 2020 - 11:32AM

The coronavirus has sent unemployment soaring in China, placing pressure on its state-run benefit system, which is seen as being ill-equipped to deal with the current crisis.

Coronavirus: is China prepared to handle an unemployment crisis?
Coronavirus: China faces historic test as pandemic stokes fears of looming unemployment crisis

For the first time in decades, China’s labour market is under pressure on multiple fronts as the economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

13 May 2020 - 9:31AM

For the first time in decades, China’s labour market is under pressure on multiple fronts as the economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: China faces historic test as pandemic stokes fears of looming unemployment crisis
Coronavirus: Chinese consumer sentiment still reeling from pandemic, hitting hopes of ‘revenge shopping’

More than half of Chinese households plan to increase savings and reduce spending after the Covid-19 pandemic, with only 9 per cent willing to shop more, a new survey shows.

27 Apr 2020 - 10:29PM

More than half of Chinese households plan to increase savings and reduce spending after the Covid-19 pandemic, with only 9 per cent willing to shop more, a new survey shows.

Coronavirus: Chinese consumer sentiment still reeling from pandemic, hitting hopes of ‘revenge shopping’
Coronavirus: China faces fight to hang onto foreign manufacturers as US, Japan, EU make Covid-19 exit plans

The coronavirus has again highlighted an over-reliance on China, with the United States, Japan and the European Union drawing up separate plans to lure their companies away.

20 May 2020 - 3:13PM

The coronavirus has again highlighted an over-reliance on China, with the United States, Japan and the European Union drawing up separate plans to lure their companies away.

Coronavirus: China faces fight to hang onto foreign manufacturers as US, Japan, EU make Covid-19 exit plans
Coronavirus: China’s rust belt struggles to revive virus-hit economies as brain drain continues

The coronavirus pandemic is adding to existing economic trouble in northeast rust belt provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

24 Apr 2020 - 11:13PM

The coronavirus pandemic is adding to existing economic trouble in northeast rust belt provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

Coronavirus: China’s rust belt struggles to revive virus-hit economies as brain drain continues
Coronavirus: China job listings tumble by 27 per cent in first quarter as economic toll of pandemic mounts

The coronavirus outbreak has led to a steep decline in demand in China’s job market, with employment ads tumbling by 27 per cent in the first quarter, a new study shows.

16 Apr 2020 - 11:32PM

The coronavirus outbreak has led to a steep decline in demand in China’s job market, with employment ads tumbling by 27 per cent in the first quarter, a new study shows.

Coronavirus: China job listings tumble by 27 per cent in first quarter as economic toll of pandemic mounts
Coronavirus: could China’s lockdowns to contain Covid-19 be the best choice for every country?

China’s swift and aggressive lockdowns to control the spread of the coronavirus may have worked but studies suggest the strategy might not be the best choice for other nations.

16 Apr 2020 - 7:32AM

China’s swift and aggressive lockdowns to control the spread of the coronavirus may have worked but studies suggest the strategy might not be the best choice for other nations.

Coronavirus: could China’s lockdowns to contain Covid-19 be the best choice for every country?
Coronavirus: container traffic at China’s top eight ports plunges in early April as pandemic hits overseas orders

As the coronavirus has spread abroad, global logistics have slowed and shipping firms have reduced capacity, hitting business at China’s top eight ports.

16 Apr 2020 - 10:52AM

As the coronavirus has spread abroad, global logistics have slowed and shipping firms have reduced capacity, hitting business at China’s top eight ports.

Coronavirus: container traffic at China’s top eight ports plunges in early April as pandemic hits overseas orders
Coronavirus: China’s textile exporters brace for pain amid wave of cancelled overseas orders

Textile traders in China say orders from US and Europe may not recover until September due to the spread of the coronavrius pandemic around the world.

9 Apr 2020 - 6:47PM

Textile traders in China say orders from US and Europe may not recover until September due to the spread of the coronavrius pandemic around the world.

Coronavirus: China’s textile exporters brace for pain amid wave of cancelled overseas orders
Coronavirus: nearly half a million Chinese companies close in first quarter as pandemic batters economy

Amid mounting economic stress from the coronavirus, some 460,000 Chinese firms shut in the first quarter, while the number of new companies set up slowed from a year earlier.

6 Apr 2020 - 11:36PM

Amid mounting economic stress from the coronavirus, some 460,000 Chinese firms shut in the first quarter, while the number of new companies set up slowed from a year earlier.

Coronavirus: nearly half a million Chinese companies close in first quarter as pandemic batters economy
Coronavirus: China ramps up Covid-19 test kit exports amid global shortage, as domestic demand dries up

Chinese firms are scrambling to meet global coronavirus test kit demand, but even its manufacturing juggernaut is unable to make enough.

30 Mar 2020 - 12:27PM

Chinese firms are scrambling to meet global coronavirus test kit demand, but even its manufacturing juggernaut is unable to make enough.

Coronavirus: China ramps up Covid-19 test kit exports amid global shortage, as domestic demand dries up
Coronavirus: police, public clash as border reopens between Hubei and Jiangxi provinces

After weeks of living under lockdown, people in most parts of Hubei were told this week they could finally leave, but authorities in neighbouring regions remain cautious.

28 Mar 2020 - 11:42PM

After weeks of living under lockdown, people in most parts of Hubei were told this week they could finally leave, but authorities in neighbouring regions remain cautious.

Coronavirus: police, public clash as border reopens between Hubei and Jiangxi provinces