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 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
China economy reports lowest GDP growth on record for second quarter as US trade war bites

China’s economic growth slowed to a record low of 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019 as the shock from the protracted trade war with the United States continued.

16 Jul 2019 - 11:07AM

China’s economic growth slowed to a record low of 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019 as the shock from the protracted trade war with the United States continued.

China economy reports lowest GDP growth on record for second quarter as US trade war bites
China’s exports and imports both fell in June, as higher US trade war tariffs blitz Chinese economy

China is struggling to contain the impact tariffs levied by US President Donald Trump, leading to declines in exports and imports.

13 Jul 2019 - 5:00AM

China is struggling to contain the impact tariffs levied by US President Donald Trump, leading to declines in exports and imports.

China’s exports and imports both fell in June, as higher US trade war tariffs blitz Chinese economy
The worst is yet to come for China’s economy, with trade war tariffs likely to escalate, Nomura economists say

Headwinds continue to mount, including lingering uncertainties over trade tensions with the US, and the possibility of further American tariffs.

10 Jul 2019 - 10:52AM

Headwinds continue to mount, including lingering uncertainties over trade tensions with the US, and the possibility of further American tariffs.

The worst is yet to come for China’s economy, with trade war tariffs likely to escalate, Nomura economists say
US keeps China in loop on North Korea with briefing on Trump-Kim talks

US envoy Stephen Biegun says US ‘willing to improve communication and coordination’.

6 Jul 2019 - 11:43PM

US envoy Stephen Biegun says US ‘willing to improve communication and coordination’.

US keeps China in loop on North Korea with briefing on Trump-Kim talks
China’s tech sector faces ‘hangover after the party’, with trade war and economic slowdown hitting employment

Baidu, Tencent and JD.com are all downsizing, as analysts point to a sector in decline after years of expanding at an unrealistic pace.

5 Jul 2019 - 10:53PM

Baidu, Tencent and JD.com are all downsizing, as analysts point to a sector in decline after years of expanding at an unrealistic pace.

China’s tech sector faces ‘hangover after the party’, with trade war and economic slowdown hitting employment
China’s textile capital Suzhou was struggling before the trade war tariffs rises, now factories are closing their gates

Over 500 companies in Suzhou exported 28 per cent less in the first four months of 2019 compared to the same time last year.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:52PM

Over 500 companies in Suzhou exported 28 per cent less in the first four months of 2019 compared to the same time last year.

China’s textile capital Suzhou was struggling before the trade war tariffs rises, now factories are closing their gates
Facebook Libra: What can China learn from the world’s first super sovereign currency?

China has voiced hope of a super sovereign currency to replace the US dollar hegemony, but could Facebook Libra steal its thunder?

11 Jul 2019 - 1:54PM

China has voiced hope of a super sovereign currency to replace the US dollar hegemony, but could Facebook Libra steal its thunder?

Facebook Libra: What can China learn from the world’s first super sovereign currency?
Facebook’s Libra global cryptocurrency - how will China react?

Expected launch of new global cryptocurrency next year raises new questions for China, analysts say.

11 Jul 2019 - 1:29PM

Expected launch of new global cryptocurrency next year raises new questions for China, analysts say.

Facebook’s Libra global cryptocurrency - how will China react?
China's North-South economic divide is growing, away from the glare of the US trade war

China’s economic centre of gravity is shifting to the South, home to hi-tech industries and coastal ports.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:30PM

China’s economic centre of gravity is shifting to the South, home to hi-tech industries and coastal ports.

China's North-South economic divide is growing, away from the glare of the US trade war
Chinese President Xi Jinping promises to play ‘positive’ role in helping North Korea denuclearise

Chinese leader tells Kim Jong-un he is ready to assist peace talks and help North meet its needs at start of two-day state visit to Pyongyang.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:31PM

Chinese leader tells Kim Jong-un he is ready to assist peace talks and help North meet its needs at start of two-day state visit to Pyongyang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promises to play ‘positive’ role in helping North Korea denuclearise
China’s economic census uncovers more fake data as officials promise ‘zero tolerance’ to data manipulation

Local officials are under pressure to meet economic growth targets for personal promotion as well as the trade war with the United States.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:14PM

Local officials are under pressure to meet economic growth targets for personal promotion as well as the trade war with the United States.

China’s economic census uncovers more fake data as officials promise ‘zero tolerance’ to data manipulation
China’s robot makers are hooked on subsidies, highlighting another red line in US-China trade war

Mentions of ‘Made in China 2025’ may have disappeared, but Beijing and local governments continue to subsidise advanced industries, sparking US outrage.

20 Jun 2019 - 10:34AM

Mentions of ‘Made in China 2025’ may have disappeared, but Beijing and local governments continue to subsidise advanced industries, sparking US outrage.

China’s robot makers are hooked on subsidies, highlighting another red line in US-China trade war
Chinese President Xi Jinping to make first official trip to North Korea this week

Visit to take place on Thursday and Friday and follows repeated invitations from Pyongyang.

18 Jun 2019 - 12:02AM

Visit to take place on Thursday and Friday and follows repeated invitations from Pyongyang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping to make first official trip to North Korea this week
Trade war with US could spark global financial ‘chaos’, warns former China central bank governor

Former People’s Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan warns that emerging markets reliant on exports may look to take advantage of openings in the markets.

14 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

Former People’s Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan warns that emerging markets reliant on exports may look to take advantage of openings in the markets.

Trade war with US could spark global financial ‘chaos’, warns former China central bank governor
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘external pressure’ can actually help China’s economy

President Xi Jinping’s chief US trade war negotiator Liu He did not specifically reference the rising tensions with the United States during a surprise speech in Shanghai.

18 Jun 2019 - 3:56PM

President Xi Jinping’s chief US trade war negotiator Liu He did not specifically reference the rising tensions with the United States during a surprise speech in Shanghai.

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘external pressure’ can actually help China’s economy
China’s fragmented health care system under increasing pressure as nation rapidly ages

Around 2,300 top tier public hospitals are at capacity, while 950,000 lower-tier hospitals, community health centres and clinics are struggling with low quality and low utilisation.

11 Jun 2019 - 9:27PM

Around 2,300 top tier public hospitals are at capacity, while 950,000 lower-tier hospitals, community health centres and clinics are struggling with low quality and low utilisation.

China’s fragmented health care system under increasing pressure as nation rapidly ages
China business outlook drops to lowest level on record amid US trade war, May’s Caixin PMI report shows

‘Subdued expectations’ among manufacturing and service-sector companies for the year ahead, according to latest Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index.

5 Jun 2019 - 1:45PM

‘Subdued expectations’ among manufacturing and service-sector companies for the year ahead, according to latest Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index.

China business outlook drops to lowest level on record amid US trade war, May’s Caixin PMI report shows
Vietnam biggest winner from first year of the US-China trade war as supply chains shift, report shows

Analysis by Japanese investment bank Nomura shows how exporters redirected goods to avoid paying duties imposed since July last year.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:24AM

Analysis by Japanese investment bank Nomura shows how exporters redirected goods to avoid paying duties imposed since July last year.

Vietnam biggest winner from first year of the US-China trade war as supply chains shift, report shows
China’s 8.34 million graduates fighting for fewer jobs as vacancies dwindle and gap years increase, survey shows

China’s economy is struggling to maintain stable growth in the midst of the trade war with the United States, with employment concerns increasing.

31 May 2019 - 10:05PM

China’s economy is struggling to maintain stable growth in the midst of the trade war with the United States, with employment concerns increasing.

China’s 8.34 million graduates fighting for fewer jobs as vacancies dwindle and gap years increase, survey shows
Trade war-hit town near Shanghai see positives from US-China tensions as it seeks two-way investment flows

Official from Tongxiang in Zhejiang province hope that its manufacturers will set up factories in the United States but keep their headquarters in China.

24 May 2019 - 10:59PM

Official from Tongxiang in Zhejiang province hope that its manufacturers will set up factories in the United States but keep their headquarters in China.

Trade war-hit town near Shanghai see positives from US-China tensions as it seeks two-way investment flows
US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

24 May 2019 - 9:31AM

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray
Trade war to hit high-end US fashion brands dependent on specialised Chinese manufacturing

US clothing brands will be hit hard by proposed new US tariffs because of their increasing dependence on China for high-end apparel production.

16 May 2019 - 6:50AM

US clothing brands will be hit hard by proposed new US tariffs because of their increasing dependence on China for high-end apparel production.

Trade war to hit high-end US fashion brands dependent on specialised Chinese manufacturing
As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

11 May 2019 - 4:23AM

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks
Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up

The continuing decline of Northeastern China’s low-tech industries is hastening a drain of talented workers, worsening the region’s outlook.

10 May 2019 - 4:43PM

The continuing decline of Northeastern China’s low-tech industries is hastening a drain of talented workers, worsening the region’s outlook.

Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up
Fidel Castro’s part in shaping China’s economic link with Venezuela revealed by former bank governor

More than US$67 billion has been loaned to the Latin American country since a 2005 agreement between Chinese president Hu Jintao and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

9 May 2019 - 11:29PM

More than US$67 billion has been loaned to the Latin American country since a 2005 agreement between Chinese president Hu Jintao and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Fidel Castro’s part in shaping China’s economic link with Venezuela revealed by former bank governor
China’s Northeastern rust belt struggling to retain population as economic slowdown speeds up exodus

Tieling and Fushun, two cities in Liaoning province, highlight the problems of shrinking cities in China’s northeastern rust belt as economic slowdown speeds up exodus.

10 May 2019 - 4:46PM

Tieling and Fushun, two cities in Liaoning province, highlight the problems of shrinking cities in China’s northeastern rust belt as economic slowdown speeds up exodus.

China’s Northeastern rust belt struggling to retain population as economic slowdown speeds up exodus
Avalanche hits China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

No one injured in rockfall at popular tourist destination.

4 May 2019 - 10:43PM

No one injured in rockfall at popular tourist destination.

Avalanche hits China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Guangzhou joins China’s race for talented overseas graduates as economic competition heats up

The capital city of China’s Guangdong province lowers its requirements to obtain a local residency permit, which is needed to access health care and education.

1 May 2019 - 10:00AM

The capital city of China’s Guangdong province lowers its requirements to obtain a local residency permit, which is needed to access health care and education.

Guangzhou joins China’s race for talented overseas graduates as economic competition heats up