Simone McCarthy

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Simone McCarthy

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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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China coronavirus: public health measures will hurt China’s economy in the first quarter, analysts say

Effects of disease control policies could see ‘economic growth slow by as much as four percentage points’ in the quarter, Plenum Group says, adding that lockdowns within Hubei province could depress national GDP another 1.5 percentage points.

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Effects of disease control policies could see ‘economic growth slow by as much as four percentage points’ in the quarter, Plenum Group says, adding that lockdowns within Hubei province could depress national GDP another 1.5 percentage points.

China coronavirus: public health measures will hurt China’s economy in the first quarter, analysts say
China bans wildlife trade as Wuhan coronavirus spreads, death toll climbs

Order goes into effect immediately and will be strictly enforced, government agencies warn.

27 Jan 2020 - 1:20PM

Order goes into effect immediately and will be strictly enforced, government agencies warn.

China bans wildlife trade as Wuhan coronavirus spreads, death toll climbs
‘Don’t panic’ universities advise students in China coronavirus lockdown

Hundreds of international students remain on Wuhan’s campuses as the city struggles to contain the deadly virus.

25 Jan 2020 - 10:16AM

Hundreds of international students remain on Wuhan’s campuses as the city struggles to contain the deadly virus.

‘Don’t panic’ universities advise students in China coronavirus lockdown
China confident about Russia ties amid power shift in Moscow

Relations between the two countries have grown closer on their presidents’ watch.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:06AM

Relations between the two countries have grown closer on their presidents’ watch.

China confident about Russia ties amid power shift in Moscow
Trade, tech … and now the Arctic? The next frontier in the China-US struggle for global control

Beijing has defined itself as a ‘near-Arctic state’ and is taking a growing interest in shipping and economic development of other countries in the area.

15 Jan 2020 - 2:59PM

Beijing has defined itself as a ‘near-Arctic state’ and is taking a growing interest in shipping and economic development of other countries in the area.

Trade, tech … and now the Arctic? The next frontier in the China-US struggle for global control
Belgian security services call for stricter 5G protections as Huawei concerns cast shadow over European debate

The US has already excluded the Chinese telecoms giant from its network and European countries are now debating whether to follow suit.

10 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM

The US has already excluded the Chinese telecoms giant from its network and European countries are now debating whether to follow suit.

Belgian security services call for stricter 5G protections as Huawei concerns cast shadow over European debate
Chinese state media seizes on US killing of Iranian commander to paint Beijing as a force for stability

Official outlets such as People’s Daily and Xinhua have focused on the global wave of criticism of the US following the drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani last week.

14 Jan 2020 - 10:16AM

Official outlets such as People’s Daily and Xinhua have focused on the global wave of criticism of the US following the drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani last week.

Chinese state media seizes on US killing of Iranian commander to paint Beijing as a force for stability
Chinese state media praises Xi Jinping’s ‘thrifty’ style and highlights effort to live like common people

State news agency Xinhua publishes report extolling president’s ‘pragmatic and frugal’ style in what is seen as an effort to burnish his man-of-the-people image.

7 Jan 2020 - 7:30AM

State news agency Xinhua publishes report extolling president’s ‘pragmatic and frugal’ style in what is seen as an effort to burnish his man-of-the-people image.

Chinese state media praises Xi Jinping’s ‘thrifty’ style and highlights effort to live like common people
Stay or go? Hong Kong’s protest crisis raises career doubts for expats

In a new series, the South China Morning Post looks at the risks and rewards foreign professionals see in Hong Kong after a summer of unrest.

28 Dec 2019 - 5:02AM

In a new series, the South China Morning Post looks at the risks and rewards foreign professionals see in Hong Kong after a summer of unrest.

Stay or go? Hong Kong’s protest crisis raises career doubts for expats
Nothing will stand in China’s way, foreign minister assures the nation

Wang Yi blasts foreign interference in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang in end-of-year interview with state media.

24 Dec 2019 - 8:49PM

Wang Yi blasts foreign interference in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang in end-of-year interview with state media.

Nothing will stand in China’s way, foreign minister assures the nation
Can China sustain its human rights vision with Xinjiang and Hong Kong in spotlight?

Beijing’s efforts to shift focus to economic development has found favour in the global south but resistance from the West is growing.

20 Dec 2019 - 10:16AM

Beijing’s efforts to shift focus to economic development has found favour in the global south but resistance from the West is growing.

Can China sustain its human rights vision with Xinjiang and Hong Kong in spotlight?
First Xinjiang, then Hong Kong … now US turns human rights attention to Tibet

Congressional committee endorses bill supporting right of Tibetan Buddhist community to choose the Dalai Lama.

20 Dec 2019 - 1:14AM

Congressional committee endorses bill supporting right of Tibetan Buddhist community to choose the Dalai Lama.

First Xinjiang, then Hong Kong … now US turns human rights attention to Tibet
Czech Republic becomes unlikely front line in China’s soft power war

Local news report alleging Czech-owned consumer finance giant Home Credit is behind campaign to promote Beijing is touching raw nerves.

14 Dec 2019 - 7:37PM

Local news report alleging Czech-owned consumer finance giant Home Credit is behind campaign to promote Beijing is touching raw nerves.

Czech Republic becomes unlikely front line in China’s soft power war
Chinese photo agency websites go dark over licence violations

Cyberspace regulator says suppliers did not have proper security assessment for overseas services.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:38AM

Cyberspace regulator says suppliers did not have proper security assessment for overseas services.

Chinese photo agency websites go dark over licence violations
Russian TV production echoes China’s line on Hong Kong protests

Russia Today documentary puts its weight behind Beijing’s claims of foreign interference in anti-government protests in the city.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:27PM

Russia Today documentary puts its weight behind Beijing’s claims of foreign interference in anti-government protests in the city.

Russian TV production echoes China’s line on Hong Kong protests
China and Russia forge deeper ties thanks to their common enemy: the United States

The inauguration of a new US$55 billion gas pipeline this week helps cement an increasingly close relationship between Beijing and Moscow that is moving beyond economics into security.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:34PM

The inauguration of a new US$55 billion gas pipeline this week helps cement an increasingly close relationship between Beijing and Moscow that is moving beyond economics into security.

China and Russia forge deeper ties thanks to their common enemy: the United States
Shunned in the US, Huawei looks to Russia to invent an AI future

As research relations sour with American universities, China’s tech giant finds willing partners in institutes keen to monetise their technical skills.

3 Dec 2019 - 8:16AM

As research relations sour with American universities, China’s tech giant finds willing partners in institutes keen to monetise their technical skills.

Shunned in the US, Huawei looks to Russia to invent an AI future
China hopes to cut work permit red tape for foreigners as part of plan to boost Yangtze River Delta

Pilot projects to streamline the process will be introduced across the region, which includes major economic powerhouses such as Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

3 Dec 2019 - 4:10AM

Pilot projects to streamline the process will be introduced across the region, which includes major economic powerhouses such as Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

China hopes to cut work permit red tape for foreigners as part of plan to boost Yangtze River Delta
US hi-tech goods shipped through Hong Kong to face closer scrutiny under new democracy legislation

City will be subject to tighter customs controls on ‘dual-use’ products that have both military and commercial applications.

1 Dec 2019 - 11:33PM

City will be subject to tighter customs controls on ‘dual-use’ products that have both military and commercial applications.

US hi-tech goods shipped through Hong Kong to face closer scrutiny under new democracy legislation
US-China trade deal is closer but we’re watching Hong Kong, Donald Trump says

Talks about a phase one deal ‘in the final throes’ after phone conversation between the top negotiators, according to the US president – ‘but we want to see it go well in Hong Kong’.

27 Nov 2019 - 8:16PM

Talks about a phase one deal ‘in the final throes’ after phone conversation between the top negotiators, according to the US president – ‘but we want to see it go well in Hong Kong’.

US-China trade deal is closer but we’re watching Hong Kong, Donald Trump says
China and Russia to turn on gas pipeline tap as neighbours forge stronger energy ties

Supply diversifies China’s sources of energy as it switches to cleaner fuels, analyst says.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

Supply diversifies China’s sources of energy as it switches to cleaner fuels, analyst says.

China and Russia to turn on gas pipeline tap as neighbours forge stronger energy ties
Can China outsmart the United States in the race to build smart cities in Southeast Asia?

Region is at the heart of the geopolitical rivalry between the two economic giants, experts say.

25 Nov 2019 - 5:17AM

Region is at the heart of the geopolitical rivalry between the two economic giants, experts say.

Can China outsmart the United States in the race to build smart cities in Southeast Asia?
NYU Shanghai’s Chinese students set to take compulsory ‘civic education’ course next month

Patriotic training – like visiting a martyrs’ cemetery and watching ‘socialist’ videos – is mandatory for students born in mainland China.

21 Nov 2019 - 9:30PM

Patriotic training – like visiting a martyrs’ cemetery and watching ‘socialist’ videos – is mandatory for students born in mainland China.

NYU Shanghai’s Chinese students set to take compulsory ‘civic education’ course next month
Hong Kong protests: residents turn out in force to clear roads near university campuses after five days of traffic mayhem

Heeding online calls from some pro-establishment figures, hundreds of people dismantle barricades built with metal railings, bricks and other obstacles.

17 Nov 2019 - 2:16AM

Heeding online calls from some pro-establishment figures, hundreds of people dismantle barricades built with metal railings, bricks and other obstacles.

Hong Kong protests: residents turn out in force to clear roads near university campuses after five days of traffic mayhem
Hong Kong protests: tension returns to city after peaceful Saturday with stand-off in Hung Hom

After five straight days of traffic disruption and chaos, city had enjoyed a relatively calm Saturday but familiar scenes return by night.

17 Nov 2019 - 1:24AM

After five straight days of traffic disruption and chaos, city had enjoyed a relatively calm Saturday but familiar scenes return by night.

Hong Kong protests: tension returns to city after peaceful Saturday with stand-off in Hung Hom
Why Xi Jinping drew on Greece’s ancient past to forge future ties with China

The Chinese president played up the two countries’ long history to frame a modern economic relationship, observers say.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:55PM

The Chinese president played up the two countries’ long history to frame a modern economic relationship, observers say.

Why Xi Jinping drew on Greece’s ancient past to forge future ties with China
Chinese media from 30 countries condemn attack on Xinhua offices in Hong Kong

Group led by International Daily News, which has links to Chinese state media, issues joint statement decrying ‘barbaric acts of the mob against the national news agency’.

10 Nov 2019 - 10:08PM

Group led by International Daily News, which has links to Chinese state media, issues joint statement decrying ‘barbaric acts of the mob against the national news agency’.

Chinese media from 30 countries condemn attack on Xinhua offices in Hong Kong
Chinese conservationists join project to restore Notre Dame after devastating fire

Country’s specialists have extensive experience of restoring wooden structures, which could prove valuable in repairing cathedral’s wooden beams.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:12PM

Country’s specialists have extensive experience of restoring wooden structures, which could prove valuable in repairing cathedral’s wooden beams.

Chinese conservationists join project to restore Notre Dame after devastating fire
Joint US-Chinese operations against fentanyl led to trafficking gang’s downfall

After nine people were sentenced in Hebei province, officials from both sides shed light on how they worked together to target the international supply chain.

8 Nov 2019 - 10:32PM

After nine people were sentenced in Hebei province, officials from both sides shed light on how they worked together to target the international supply chain.

Joint US-Chinese operations against fentanyl led to trafficking gang’s downfall
China’s Nobel ambitions on show as dozens of science laureates meet in Shanghai

Chinese academics and young scientists join global scientific elite to explore frontiers of research.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:22PM

Chinese academics and young scientists join global scientific elite to explore frontiers of research.

China’s Nobel ambitions on show as dozens of science laureates meet in Shanghai