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.

Latest from Simone McCarthy

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
Xi sets tone for future Belt and Road development at Beijing forum

Xi Jinping set out his vision for China’s Belt and Road Initiative and looked to dispel concerns that the global development scheme was skewed for China’s benefit in his keynote speech at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26.

26 Apr 2019 - 9:25PM

Xi Jinping set out his vision for China’s Belt and Road Initiative and looked to dispel concerns that the global development scheme was skewed for China’s benefit in his keynote speech at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26.

Xi sets tone for future Belt and Road development at Beijing forum
Malaysian town inundated with imported plastic waste after China's ban

Southeast Asia has become the world's dumping ground for plastic waste after China stopped accepting imports at the start of 2018. Residents in the Malaysian town of Jenjarom say many Chinese recyclers moved their businesses there, but dozens were suspected to be operating without proper permits, prompting a government crackdown.

23 Apr 2019 - 8:59PM

Southeast Asia has become the world's dumping ground for plastic waste after China stopped accepting imports at the start of 2018. Residents in the Malaysian town of Jenjarom say many Chinese recyclers moved their businesses there, but dozens were suspected to be operating without proper permits, prompting a government crackdown.

Malaysian town inundated with imported plastic waste after China's ban
84-year-old basketball superfan meets her idol

After her husband died nine years ago, Zhang Shuqin consoled herself by watching basketball, a favourite pastime of her late husband. Her obsession with the sport continued to grow, with the 84-year-old Liaoning Province resident taking copious notes on game stats and also turning her neighbours into fans.

22 Apr 2019 - 9:59PM

After her husband died nine years ago, Zhang Shuqin consoled herself by watching basketball, a favourite pastime of her late husband. Her obsession with the sport continued to grow, with the 84-year-old Liaoning Province resident taking copious notes on game stats and also turning her neighbours into fans.

84-year-old basketball superfan meets her idol
In South Korea, babies born on December 31 are ‘two years old’ the next day

Some South Korean parents are getting fed up with their country’s centuries-old practice of describing the age of a baby as “one” at birth and another year older each New Year’s Day.

19 Apr 2019 - 10:26PM

Some South Korean parents are getting fed up with their country’s centuries-old practice of describing the age of a baby as “one” at birth and another year older each New Year’s Day.

In South Korea, babies born on December 31 are ‘two years old’ the next day
‘Mars base camp’ in China’s Gobi Desert simulates life on the red planet

A newly opened educational centre in the Gobi Desert has been set up to allow Chinese students and tourists to experience what life might be like if they had landed on Mars.

18 Apr 2019 - 8:51PM

A newly opened educational centre in the Gobi Desert has been set up to allow Chinese students and tourists to experience what life might be like if they had landed on Mars.

‘Mars base camp’ in China’s Gobi Desert simulates life on the red planet
President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan’s ‘plates came back empty’: chef on cooking for China’s power couple

Chef Charlie Collins, who has cooked for five Panamanian presidents and their foreign guests, is on a mission to introduce his country’s cuisine to the world.

18 Apr 2019 - 4:01PM

Chef Charlie Collins, who has cooked for five Panamanian presidents and their foreign guests, is on a mission to introduce his country’s cuisine to the world.

President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan’s ‘plates came back empty’: chef on cooking for China’s power couple
Myanmese teen plays through disability to become football champ

Kaung Khant Lin is a tenacious player on his local football team in Myanmar’s commercial centre, Yangon, who earned "player of the tournament" honours at an annual Independence Day football event in January 2019.But the sixteen-year-old is finding success on the field in spite of a handicap none of his opponents or teammates share – he was born with only a stump for a right leg and must make his moves with the help of a crutch.Kaung Khant Lin, a fan of Manchester United and Lionel Messi, is also inspiring others by not allowing his disability to interfere with his training or goals for pursuing higher education, in a nation where a physical handicap is a huge obstacle for most.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:46PM

Kaung Khant Lin is a tenacious player on his local football team in Myanmar’s commercial centre, Yangon, who earned "player of the tournament" honours at an annual Independence Day football event in January 2019.But the sixteen-year-old is finding success on the field in spite of a handicap none of his opponents or teammates share – he was born with only a stump for a right leg and must make his moves with the help of a crutch.Kaung Khant Lin, a fan of Manchester United and Lionel Messi, is also inspiring others by not allowing his disability to interfere with his training or goals for pursuing higher education, in a nation where a physical handicap is a huge obstacle for most.

Myanmese teen plays through disability to become football champ
Rare primate, a slow loris, rescued from roadside in southwest China

Police rescued a rare slow loris in China’s southeastern province of Yunnan after the nocturnal primate was found alongside a road on April 3, 2019.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM

Police rescued a rare slow loris in China’s southeastern province of Yunnan after the nocturnal primate was found alongside a road on April 3, 2019.

Rare primate, a slow loris, rescued from roadside in southwest China
Hanoi cafe’s egg beer draws curious tourists

Tourists to Hanoi are being drawn to Giang Café in the city’s old quarter, where they can sample egg beer. The beverage, made from whipped egg yolk, sugar and butter combined with beer, is a revamp of the classic Hanoi egg coffee beverage, which cafe owner Nguyen Tri Hoa said emerged as a cheaper, local alternative to the cappuccino during the French colonial occupation.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:10PM

Tourists to Hanoi are being drawn to Giang Café in the city’s old quarter, where they can sample egg beer. The beverage, made from whipped egg yolk, sugar and butter combined with beer, is a revamp of the classic Hanoi egg coffee beverage, which cafe owner Nguyen Tri Hoa said emerged as a cheaper, local alternative to the cappuccino during the French colonial occupation.

Hanoi cafe’s egg beer draws curious tourists
Chinese breakdancers become Olympic hopefuls as sport is considered for Paris 2024 Games

Chinese breakdancers are looking ahead to the possibility of competing in the Olympic Games, after the International Olympic Committee last month gave a provisional nod to include the street-inspired dance form among events at Paris 2024.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:38PM

Chinese breakdancers are looking ahead to the possibility of competing in the Olympic Games, after the International Olympic Committee last month gave a provisional nod to include the street-inspired dance form among events at Paris 2024.

Chinese breakdancers become Olympic hopefuls as sport is considered for Paris 2024 Games
Jiu-jitsu world champion fights Philippines’ sex abuse problem

Filipino martial artist Meggie Ochoa, who gained a jiu-jitsu world championship title and national fame in her home country last year, is turning her training towards a new opponent: the Philippines’ rampant child sexual abuse problem.

4 Apr 2019 - 10:03PM

Filipino martial artist Meggie Ochoa, who gained a jiu-jitsu world championship title and national fame in her home country last year, is turning her training towards a new opponent: the Philippines’ rampant child sexual abuse problem.

Jiu-jitsu world champion fights Philippines’ sex abuse problem
Trump stresses his good rapport with Xi, Kim at Republican dinner

Speaking at a Republican party dinner in Washington, US President Donald Trump has stressed his strong personal relationships with leaders of China and North Korea.

3 Apr 2019 - 7:12PM

Speaking at a Republican party dinner in Washington, US President Donald Trump has stressed his strong personal relationships with leaders of China and North Korea.

Trump stresses his good rapport with Xi, Kim at Republican dinner
Tokyo restaurant creates US$900 burger to honour new imperial era

A Tokyo restaurant is marking the crowning of the new Japanese emperor next month with a US$900 football-sized, luxury hamburger.

2 Apr 2019 - 10:01PM

A Tokyo restaurant is marking the crowning of the new Japanese emperor next month with a US$900 football-sized, luxury hamburger.

Tokyo restaurant creates US$900 burger to honour new imperial era
Singapore’s first urban insect farm upcycles food waste

Singapore’s first urban insect farm is breeding bugs to try and tackle food waste. The larvae are able to eat almost any organic matter and can convert six tonnes of food waste into 2,700 litres of fertiliser per month.

5 Apr 2019 - 5:08PM

Singapore’s first urban insect farm is breeding bugs to try and tackle food waste. The larvae are able to eat almost any organic matter and can convert six tonnes of food waste into 2,700 litres of fertiliser per month.

Singapore’s first urban insect farm upcycles food waste
Japan names new imperial ‘Reiwa’ era

Japan revealed the name of the new imperial era which will be called ‘Reiwa’. Unlike the previous ones that were all based on Chinese classics, the new era name is the first adaptation from a Japanese classic.

1 Apr 2019 - 10:26PM

Japan revealed the name of the new imperial era which will be called ‘Reiwa’. Unlike the previous ones that were all based on Chinese classics, the new era name is the first adaptation from a Japanese classic.

Japan names new imperial ‘Reiwa’ era
Car narrowly avoids head-on collision as truck veers out of control

An out-of-control freight truck veered into oncoming traffic, narrowly missing a car and truck in a dramatic road incident. The freight truck’s load of ginger ended up strewn across a stretch of highway in Jiangxi Province.  

1 Apr 2019 - 6:14PM

An out-of-control freight truck veered into oncoming traffic, narrowly missing a car and truck in a dramatic road incident. The freight truck’s load of ginger ended up strewn across a stretch of highway in Jiangxi Province.  

Car narrowly avoids head-on collision as truck veers out of control
British surfer hauls plastic trash out of ocean

British surfer Rebecca Gillmore shot this viral video spotlighting ocean pollution while paddling out in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month.

28 Mar 2019 - 9:21PM

British surfer Rebecca Gillmore shot this viral video spotlighting ocean pollution while paddling out in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month.

British surfer hauls plastic trash out of ocean
Twelve giant, deadly snakes caught inside Thai home

Twelve deadly snakes were captured inside a home in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province on March 26.

28 Mar 2019 - 9:18PM

Twelve deadly snakes were captured inside a home in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province on March 26.

Twelve giant, deadly snakes caught inside Thai home
Woman who sheltered Edward Snowden granted asylum in Canada

A woman who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong after his 2013 data leak exposed a massive US surveillance programme, has been granted asylum in Canada with her daughter.

26 Mar 2019 - 10:00PM

A woman who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong after his 2013 data leak exposed a massive US surveillance programme, has been granted asylum in Canada with her daughter.

Woman who sheltered Edward Snowden granted asylum in Canada
Tourist busted trying to smuggle orangutan out of Bali

A Russian tourist trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase was arrested on March 22, 2019, local authorities said.

25 Mar 2019 - 9:41PM

A Russian tourist trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase was arrested on March 22, 2019, local authorities said.

Tourist busted trying to smuggle orangutan out of Bali
New Zealand bans assault rifles in sweeping overhaul of gun control laws

New Zealand has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics, less than a week after a terrorist attack left 50 people dead in the country’s worst mass shooting.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:15PM

New Zealand has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics, less than a week after a terrorist attack left 50 people dead in the country’s worst mass shooting.

New Zealand bans assault rifles in sweeping overhaul of gun control laws
Russians fight Chinese-funded bottling plant at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

More than one million people have signed a petition against a Chinese-funded water bottling plant at Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia, amid local concerns about a surge in Chinese tourism and investment in the area.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:00PM

More than one million people have signed a petition against a Chinese-funded water bottling plant at Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia, amid local concerns about a surge in Chinese tourism and investment in the area.

Russians fight Chinese-funded bottling plant at Siberia’s Lake Baikal