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 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.

4 Dec 2019 - 4:01AM

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.

3 Dec 2019 - 3:22PM

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
Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

31 Oct 2019 - 3:49PM

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area
How a new generation of online storytellers is helping to spread the word about Chinese culture

The growing international popularity of romances or martial arts epics may prove more effective than state-sanctioned efforts to assert soft power.

29 Oct 2019 - 2:37PM

The growing international popularity of romances or martial arts epics may prove more effective than state-sanctioned efforts to assert soft power.

How a new generation of online storytellers is helping to spread the word about Chinese culture
Hong Kong police have ‘unwavering support’, Beijing says after remark by city’s leader Carrie Lam

People’s Daily says calls by Hong Kong residents for the force to be disbanded mean being ‘taken on the evil path of anti-China’, after the city’s chief executive said in an interview her backing of police was not ‘blind support’.

24 Oct 2019 - 9:15AM

People’s Daily says calls by Hong Kong residents for the force to be disbanded mean being ‘taken on the evil path of anti-China’, after the city’s chief executive said in an interview her backing of police was not ‘blind support’.

Hong Kong police have ‘unwavering support’, Beijing says after remark by city’s leader Carrie Lam
YouTube star PewDiePie jumps on ‘banned in China’ bandwagon

Video explaining Hong Kong protests results in censorship, Swedish social media personality claims.

22 Oct 2019 - 11:32PM

Video explaining Hong Kong protests results in censorship, Swedish social media personality claims.

YouTube star PewDiePie jumps on ‘banned in China’ bandwagon
China poised but not rushing to follow Russia plan for Middle East as Donald Trump’s administration leaves vacuum by rushing out of Syria

As US influence wanes in the region President Vladimir Putin is moving in with multilateral security plans but Beijing will be wary of signing on too quickly.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:00PM

As US influence wanes in the region President Vladimir Putin is moving in with multilateral security plans but Beijing will be wary of signing on too quickly.

China poised but not rushing to follow Russia plan for Middle East as Donald Trump’s administration leaves vacuum by rushing out of Syria
Breathing polluted air may put women at greater risk of miscarriage, Chinese study finds

Data from mothers-to-be in Beijing over eight years shows strong correlation between smog levels and ‘missed abortion’ in first trimester.

15 Oct 2019 - 11:27PM

Data from mothers-to-be in Beijing over eight years shows strong correlation between smog levels and ‘missed abortion’ in first trimester.

Breathing polluted air may put women at greater risk of miscarriage, Chinese study finds
Will China’s revised cybersecurity rules put foreign firms at risk of losing their secrets?

Beijing is putting in place new tools that make it ‘much more difficult for companies to keep their information private’, cybersecurity expert says.

14 Oct 2019 - 6:23PM

Beijing is putting in place new tools that make it ‘much more difficult for companies to keep their information private’, cybersecurity expert says.

Will China’s revised cybersecurity rules put foreign firms at risk of losing their secrets?
NBA row heightens foreign companies’ fears they could cross China’s ever-shifting red lines as fallout from Rockets GM’s Hong Kong protest tweet continues

Businesses are becoming increasingly worried that Beijing’s hardening stance means they will find themselves at the centre of a political storm.

11 Oct 2019 - 1:13AM

Businesses are becoming increasingly worried that Beijing’s hardening stance means they will find themselves at the centre of a political storm.

NBA row heightens foreign companies’ fears they could cross China’s ever-shifting red lines as fallout from Rockets GM’s Hong Kong protest tweet continues
Free speech at centre of debate as tweet furore goes beyond NBA’s status in China

Backlash over social media post by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong’s protests has broadened to divergent narratives around freedom of expression.

9 Oct 2019 - 11:51PM

Backlash over social media post by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong’s protests has broadened to divergent narratives around freedom of expression.

Free speech at centre of debate as tweet furore goes beyond NBA’s status in China
Chinese oil giant CNPC may be latest to bow to US sanctions on Iran

Iranian minister said on Sunday that the state-owned company had pulled out of US$5 billion South Pars field deal.

8 Oct 2019 - 12:32AM

Iranian minister said on Sunday that the state-owned company had pulled out of US$5 billion South Pars field deal.

Chinese oil giant CNPC may be latest to bow to US sanctions on Iran
Donald Trump’s UN speech about patriotism and sovereignty proves a hit – in China

US embassy in China’s post of a Trump quote on Weibo, the day after Beijing celebrated its National Day, finds an enthusiastic audience, with many relating it to Chinese affairs, including protests in Hong Kong.

3 Oct 2019 - 10:43PM

US embassy in China’s post of a Trump quote on Weibo, the day after Beijing celebrated its National Day, finds an enthusiastic audience, with many relating it to Chinese affairs, including protests in Hong Kong.

Donald Trump’s UN speech about patriotism and sovereignty proves a hit – in China
China’s state broadcaster urges Hong Kong’s youth to work with Beijing to make their city great

‘When you are on the right track, positive changes will occur’, overseas arm of CCTV says in YouTube video.

2 Oct 2019 - 11:02PM

‘When you are on the right track, positive changes will occur’, overseas arm of CCTV says in YouTube video.

China’s state broadcaster urges Hong Kong’s youth to work with Beijing to make their city great
Grey skies, red dancers and a rainbow of fighter jets bring colour to China’s birthday show

Multicoloured smoke brings delight for one young spectator in Beijing but crowds in Shanghai are left watching blank screens in the rain.

2 Oct 2019 - 12:16AM

Multicoloured smoke brings delight for one young spectator in Beijing but crowds in Shanghai are left watching blank screens in the rain.

Grey skies, red dancers and a rainbow of fighter jets bring colour to China’s birthday show
Could China’s strict cyber controls gain international acceptance?

It recommends right to control internet and tech for ‘social stability’, and make cyberspace a branch of sovereignty, as it aims to shape cybersecurity rules alongside countries that favour free, open cyberspace.

8 Oct 2019 - 3:04PM

It recommends right to control internet and tech for ‘social stability’, and make cyberspace a branch of sovereignty, as it aims to shape cybersecurity rules alongside countries that favour free, open cyberspace.

Could China’s strict cyber controls gain international acceptance?
Chinese diplomat slams US for ‘negative and disgraceful role’ in Hong Kong protests

Song Ruan, from foreign ministry commissioner’s office, calls US move to pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act ‘the epitome of hegemony’.

26 Sep 2019 - 6:24AM

Song Ruan, from foreign ministry commissioner’s office, calls US move to pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act ‘the epitome of hegemony’.

Chinese diplomat slams US for ‘negative and disgraceful role’ in Hong Kong protests