Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.
Simone McCarthy
Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.

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US agricultural sector ‘engaging with China as much as ever’ in hope of trade war breakthrough

State and regional bodies say tariffs have not stopped efforts such as taking companies to trade shows, with relationship-building seen as laying the foundation for an end to the dispute or potential purchases of US goods.

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State and regional bodies say tariffs have not stopped efforts such as taking companies to trade shows, with relationship-building seen as laying the foundation for an end to the dispute or potential purchases of US goods.

US agricultural sector ‘engaging with China as much as ever’ in hope of trade war breakthrough
Editor of nationalist Global Times writes personal blog questioning Beijing’s online censorship – then deletes it

As 70th anniversary of People’s Republic on October 1 gets closer, Hu Xijin says he wants ‘rational’ discussion about Great Firewall and suggests there should be more access to outside internet.

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As 70th anniversary of People’s Republic on October 1 gets closer, Hu Xijin says he wants ‘rational’ discussion about Great Firewall and suggests there should be more access to outside internet.

Editor of nationalist Global Times writes personal blog questioning Beijing’s online censorship – then deletes it
Drone strikes in Saudi Arabia may push China to diversify oil supply, analysts say

Country has become increasingly reliant on crude from the gulf state over past year as it reduced imports from suppliers like the US and Iran.

16 Sep 2019 - 11:37PM

Country has become increasingly reliant on crude from the gulf state over past year as it reduced imports from suppliers like the US and Iran.

Drone strikes in Saudi Arabia may push China to diversify oil supply, analysts say
Chinese state media hits out at Facebook for ‘suppressing voices of justice’ in Hong Kong

People’s Daily says social media giant gave ‘rioters in Hong Kong special privileges to disseminate fake news’, while Global Times calls for it to be put on Beijing’s unreliable entity list.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:06AM

People’s Daily says social media giant gave ‘rioters in Hong Kong special privileges to disseminate fake news’, while Global Times calls for it to be put on Beijing’s unreliable entity list.

Chinese state media hits out at Facebook for ‘suppressing voices of justice’ in Hong Kong
Should Europe share US and Australian fears about academic partnerships with China?

Reported Irish-Chinese research collaborations highlight greater openness to such connections in Europe, where governments have yet to intervene.

16 Sep 2019 - 9:34AM

Reported Irish-Chinese research collaborations highlight greater openness to such connections in Europe, where governments have yet to intervene.

Should Europe share US and Australian fears about academic partnerships with China?
Under pressure, US universities start the year seeking to curb foreign influence fears

Colleges respond to concern from lawmakers and federal agencies with measures including updated protocols for screening and welcoming foreign visitors on campuses.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:59PM

Colleges respond to concern from lawmakers and federal agencies with measures including updated protocols for screening and welcoming foreign visitors on campuses.

Under pressure, US universities start the year seeking to curb foreign influence fears
Hongkongers march on US consulate to call for human rights help

Thousands of protesters march to US consulate in the city, calling on Washington officials to back Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

8 Sep 2019 - 8:25PM

Thousands of protesters march to US consulate in the city, calling on Washington officials to back Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

Hongkongers march on US consulate to call for human rights help
Xinjiang officials must keep up the pressure in the run-up to China’s National Day, says local party chief Chen Quanguo

Security forces urged to ensure stability in region where an estimated million Muslims have been interned in re-education camps.

6 Sep 2019 - 5:56PM

Security forces urged to ensure stability in region where an estimated million Muslims have been interned in re-education camps.

Xinjiang officials must keep up the pressure in the run-up to China’s National Day, says local party chief Chen Quanguo
Before the Hong Kong protests, banned Twitter accounts ‘targeted Chinese government critics’

Tens of thousands of posts aimed at fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui and jailed publisher Gui Minhai, Australian study finds.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:24PM

Tens of thousands of posts aimed at fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui and jailed publisher Gui Minhai, Australian study finds.

Before the Hong Kong protests, banned Twitter accounts ‘targeted Chinese government critics’
Tear gas fired in Mong Kok stand-off as protesters target police station and block roads in escalating anger at force amid two-day citywide strike

Arrests made after demonstrators block a section on Nathan Road. Tensions follow earlier stand-off in Admiralty after rally at Tamar Park.

3 Sep 2019 - 9:09AM

Arrests made after demonstrators block a section on Nathan Road. Tensions follow earlier stand-off in Admiralty after rally at Tamar Park.

Tear gas fired in Mong Kok stand-off as protesters target police station and block roads in escalating anger at force amid two-day citywide strike
Hong Kong police act early after protesters threaten mass disruption to MTR during morning rush hour

Officers patrol stations across the city to ensure non-cooperation campaign does not get out of hand, a day after anti-government groups smashed up Tung Chung facility.

3 Sep 2019 - 8:41AM

Officers patrol stations across the city to ensure non-cooperation campaign does not get out of hand, a day after anti-government groups smashed up Tung Chung facility.

Hong Kong police act early after protesters threaten mass disruption to MTR during morning rush hour
Fires in Amazon rainforest are being fuelled by US-China trade war, experts say

Economic opportunities provided by tariff dispute are pushing Brazilian beef and soybean farmers to turn their backs on decades of good practice in region, researchers say.

31 Aug 2019 - 6:54PM

Economic opportunities provided by tariff dispute are pushing Brazilian beef and soybean farmers to turn their backs on decades of good practice in region, researchers say.

Fires in Amazon rainforest are being fuelled by US-China trade war, experts say
Air China plane catches fire in Beijing as crew prepares to board passengers

Smoke engulfed front of aircraft that was soon to depart for a flight to Tokyo, damaging its roof. No injuries were reported.

27 Aug 2019 - 11:35PM

Smoke engulfed front of aircraft that was soon to depart for a flight to Tokyo, damaging its roof. No injuries were reported.

Air China plane catches fire in Beijing as crew prepares to board passengers
Crackdown on Chinese accounts shows US social media giants becoming ‘more proactive’

Speed and coordination of response by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to alleged disinformation campaign on Hong Kong protests ‘not seen before’.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:59PM

Speed and coordination of response by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to alleged disinformation campaign on Hong Kong protests ‘not seen before’.

Crackdown on Chinese accounts shows US social media giants becoming ‘more proactive’
Why Facebook and Twitter cracked down on Chinese state attacks on Hong Kong protesters

Posts comparing demonstrators to ‘cockroaches’ did not violate hate speech rules but fell foul of ban on ‘coordinated’ misinformation.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:47PM

Posts comparing demonstrators to ‘cockroaches’ did not violate hate speech rules but fell foul of ban on ‘coordinated’ misinformation.

Why Facebook and Twitter cracked down on Chinese state attacks on Hong Kong protesters
US pharmaceutical chiefs and scientists back Chinese researchers living in ‘climate of fear’

‘Recent actions’ by government agencies and universities prompt open letter of support from 150 industry leaders.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

‘Recent actions’ by government agencies and universities prompt open letter of support from 150 industry leaders.

US pharmaceutical chiefs and scientists back Chinese researchers living in ‘climate of fear’
The ‘spammy network’ of Chinese Twitter accounts meant to ‘sow discord in Hong Kong’

Two of the suspended accounts promoted themselves as news sources and most had fewer than 1,000 followers.

20 Aug 2019 - 9:49PM

Two of the suspended accounts promoted themselves as news sources and most had fewer than 1,000 followers.

The ‘spammy network’ of Chinese Twitter accounts meant to ‘sow discord in Hong Kong’
Hong Kong protests become flashpoint in information war between China and US

Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts on their platforms they allege are part of state-backed disinformation campaign on events in the city.

21 Aug 2019 - 5:11AM

Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts on their platforms they allege are part of state-backed disinformation campaign on events in the city.

Hong Kong protests become flashpoint in information war between China and US
Hong Kong breathes sigh of relief as Saturday night passes with no tear gas fired as anti-government protesters cause only minor disruption and avoid clashing with police

Protesters and police appeared at times to be on the brink of a clash in Mong Kok, but in the end, nothing came of their confrontation.

18 Aug 2019 - 9:26AM

Protesters and police appeared at times to be on the brink of a clash in Mong Kok, but in the end, nothing came of their confrontation.

Hong Kong breathes sigh of relief as Saturday night passes with no tear gas fired as anti-government protesters cause only minor disruption and avoid clashing with police
More than 22,000 march in teachers’ rally supporting Hong Kong’s young protesters, organisers say

Rally-goers walk from Chater Garden to Government House in event that is among three police-approved demonstrations on Saturday. Police estimated the march peaked at 8,300.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:53PM

Rally-goers walk from Chater Garden to Government House in event that is among three police-approved demonstrations on Saturday. Police estimated the march peaked at 8,300.

More than 22,000 march in teachers’ rally supporting Hong Kong’s young protesters, organisers say
Hong Kong protests put Chinese state media’s drive to win over an international audience to the test

State media has spent billions of dollars trying to build its audience ‘for moments like these’ when it wants to counter the prevailing Western narrative – but it remains to be seen how many will listen.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:19AM

State media has spent billions of dollars trying to build its audience ‘for moments like these’ when it wants to counter the prevailing Western narrative – but it remains to be seen how many will listen.

Hong Kong protests put Chinese state media’s drive to win over an international audience to the test
White House appoints Uygur-American Elnigar Iltebir to top China policy advisory job

Appointment is a ‘poke in the eye’ to Beijing and could signal a stronger focus on human rights in Washington, analysts say.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:20PM

Appointment is a ‘poke in the eye’ to Beijing and could signal a stronger focus on human rights in Washington, analysts say.

White House appoints Uygur-American Elnigar Iltebir to top China policy advisory job
Donald Trump’s tariffs could nip South Carolina florist’s business – and his daughter’s Guangdong trip – in the bud

Smaller US businesses have greatly increased their ties with Chinese companies over the past two decades. The latest tariffs – stretching from toys to hair brushes – threaten that.

8 Jun 2019 - 1:26AM

Smaller US businesses have greatly increased their ties with Chinese companies over the past two decades. The latest tariffs – stretching from toys to hair brushes – threaten that.

Donald Trump’s tariffs could nip South Carolina florist’s business – and his daughter’s Guangdong trip – in the bud
Next phase of trade war could hit clothing prices as manufacturers leave China to dodge tariffs, warns owner of Vans, North Face

Tariffs on Chinese-made clothing and footwear would lead to inflation as manufacturing costs rise, says regional managing director of VF Corporation

5 Jun 2019 - 10:42PM

Tariffs on Chinese-made clothing and footwear would lead to inflation as manufacturing costs rise, says regional managing director of VF Corporation

Next phase of trade war could hit clothing prices as manufacturers leave China to dodge tariffs, warns owner of Vans, North Face
‘No easy fix’ for Hong Kong firms affected by tariffs as US customs tightens scrutiny, former trade official says

Former US trade official discusses strategies for Hong Kong companies caught in the US-China trade war.

30 May 2019 - 12:38PM

Former US trade official discusses strategies for Hong Kong companies caught in the US-China trade war.

‘No easy fix’ for Hong Kong firms affected by tariffs as US customs tightens scrutiny, former trade official says
China consumer market ‘too big to ignore’, to attract domestic and foreign M&A activity amid trade war

Deal making in China’s retail sector will thrive as economic uncertainty surrounding the US-China trade war and top-down stimulus to boost consumer spending push Chinese companies to focus on the domestic market, analysts have said.

29 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Deal making in China’s retail sector will thrive as economic uncertainty surrounding the US-China trade war and top-down stimulus to boost consumer spending push Chinese companies to focus on the domestic market, analysts have said.

China consumer market ‘too big to ignore’, to attract domestic and foreign M&A activity amid trade war
Extended US-China trade war may see Hong Kong employers hold back on hiring, say recruiters

Hong Kong employment outlook remains positive, but companies are cautious as threat of long-term trade war looms

20 May 2019 - 10:25PM

Hong Kong employment outlook remains positive, but companies are cautious as threat of long-term trade war looms

Extended US-China trade war may see Hong Kong employers hold back on hiring, say recruiters
HSBC first to offer dementia-friendly banking service in Hong Kong

The new account addresses the need for such services as between 20 to 30 per cent of the city’s residents over the age of 80 suffer from dementia disorders like Alzheimer’s.

16 May 2019 - 8:20PM

The new account addresses the need for such services as between 20 to 30 per cent of the city’s residents over the age of 80 suffer from dementia disorders like Alzheimer’s.

HSBC first to offer dementia-friendly banking service in Hong Kong
Miniature cardboard city rises in Manila art show

An intricately detailed miniature city constructed out of cardboard is drawing visitors to an exhibition in Manila’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

3 May 2019 - 10:36AM

An intricately detailed miniature city constructed out of cardboard is drawing visitors to an exhibition in Manila’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

Miniature cardboard city rises in Manila art show
First “white” elephant of new Thai king’s reign prepares to join royal stable after the coronation

A “white” elephant in northeast Thailand prepares to be presented to the country’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn after his coronation on May 4, 2019. Thai law states all specially classified “white” elephants belong to the king.

1 May 2019 - 9:44PM

A “white” elephant in northeast Thailand prepares to be presented to the country’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn after his coronation on May 4, 2019. Thai law states all specially classified “white” elephants belong to the king.

First “white” elephant of new Thai king’s reign prepares to join royal stable after the coronation