Su-Lin Tan

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Su-Lin Tan

Su-Lin Tan joined the Post in 2020 after the Australian Financial Review where she covered housing and commercial property, Asian business and street talk and investigations. She is a qualified accountant and worked in investment banking and funds management both in London and Sydney before becoming a journalist.

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China’s interest in DEPA digital trade pact raises questions about ‘domestic reforms’ and what could be the next big multilateral deal

Analysts and trade experts weigh in on China’s bid to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA).

Analysts and trade experts weigh in on China’s bid to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA).

China’s interest in DEPA digital trade pact raises questions about ‘domestic reforms’ and what could be the next big multilateral deal
5 Nov 2021 - 9:12AM
China leaving US behind with RCEP a new chapter for Beijing after surviving trade war

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will take effect on January 1, becoming the world’s biggest trade pact, but it does not include the United States.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will take effect on January 1, becoming the world’s biggest trade pact, but it does not include the United States.

China leaving US behind with RCEP a new chapter for Beijing after surviving trade war
5 Nov 2021 - 9:06AM
CPTPP trade agreement poised to be new powerhouse partnership in beleaguered global trade system

Britain has applied and other non-Asia-Pacific countries could be looking to get in on the deal, while mainland China and Taiwan also want a piece of the pie.

Britain has applied and other non-Asia-Pacific countries could be looking to get in on the deal, while mainland China and Taiwan also want a piece of the pie.

CPTPP trade agreement poised to be new powerhouse partnership in beleaguered global trade system
1 Nov 2021 - 10:58PM
CPTPP could become game changer and supplant 'out-of-date' WTO, after mainland China, Taiwan apply

Mainland China and Taiwan filed back-to-back applications to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) in September 2021. CPTPP is one of the world's largest trade agreements initially involving Pacific Rim countries. But the net looks set to be cast wider following the UK filing an application in February 2021. Deborah Elms, executive director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore, and former New Zealand minister of trade Tim Groser talk to the SCMP's political economy correspondent Su-Lin Tan about the latest developments and what that means for the World Trade Organization.

Mainland China and Taiwan filed back-to-back applications to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) in September 2021. CPTPP is one of the world's largest trade agreements initially involving Pacific Rim countries. But the net looks set to be cast wider following the UK filing an application in February 2021. Deborah Elms, executive director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore, and former New Zealand minister of trade Tim Groser talk to the SCMP's political economy correspondent Su-Lin Tan about the latest developments and what that means for the World Trade Organization.

CPTPP could become game changer and supplant 'out-of-date' WTO, after mainland China, Taiwan apply
1 Nov 2021 - 9:59PM
China’s aluminium supply shortage keeps prices near 13-year high with little sign of easing amid power cuts, emission targets

Production of power-intensive metals has been scaled back dramatically as nation strives to conserve electricity and reduce pollution, with an aim to peak carbon emissions by 2030.

Production of power-intensive metals has been scaled back dramatically as nation strives to conserve electricity and reduce pollution, with an aim to peak carbon emissions by 2030.

China’s aluminium supply shortage keeps prices near 13-year high with little sign of easing amid power cuts, emission targets
2 Nov 2021 - 3:20PM
China’s power crisis sends magnesium prices skyward, choking supply chain and leaving Europe desperate

Magnesium production is power-intensive, emits five times more carbon pollutants than steel production, and China has nearly a complete monopoly on the industry.

Magnesium production is power-intensive, emits five times more carbon pollutants than steel production, and China has nearly a complete monopoly on the industry.

China’s power crisis sends magnesium prices skyward, choking supply chain and leaving Europe desperate
2 Nov 2021 - 3:22PM
China-Australia wine dispute: WTO agrees to investigate China’s tariffs after Beijing blocked it last month

Canberra first lodged a complaint with the WTO in June over anti-dumping duties on Australian wine, but Beijing blocked the attempt to set up a WTO panel in September.

Canberra first lodged a complaint with the WTO in June over anti-dumping duties on Australian wine, but Beijing blocked the attempt to set up a WTO panel in September.

China-Australia wine dispute: WTO agrees to investigate China’s tariffs after Beijing blocked it last month
27 Oct 2021 - 5:41AM
Australia-China ties are frayed, but Canberra’s softening relations with Southeast Asia more of a worry: former PM Rudd

Kevin Rudd says Canberra has put more emphasis on collaboration with the US amid Beijing’s rise than on engagement with its regional neighbours.

Kevin Rudd says Canberra has put more emphasis on collaboration with the US amid Beijing’s rise than on engagement with its regional neighbours.

Australia-China ties are frayed, but Canberra’s softening relations with Southeast Asia more of a worry: former PM Rudd
18 Oct 2021 - 1:47PM
Coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access, weak policy pushes IMF to downgrade global economic outlook

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its global economic growth forecast for the year due to periodic coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access and weak government policy support.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its global economic growth forecast for the year due to periodic coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access and weak government policy support.

Coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access, weak policy pushes IMF to downgrade global economic outlook
15 Oct 2021 - 12:42AM
China data-rigging allegation: IMF backs former World Bank chief after review

Kristalina Georgieva and other World Bank officials came under investigation amid claims they pressured staff to alter data affecting China’s business ranking, but IMF backs her after review.

Kristalina Georgieva and other World Bank officials came under investigation amid claims they pressured staff to alter data affecting China’s business ranking, but IMF backs her after review.

China data-rigging allegation: IMF backs former World Bank chief after review
12 Oct 2021 - 10:48PM
China’s bid to ‘weaponise trade’ crumbles as it turns to Australia for cotton, copper despite import ban

China has imported copper concentrate and cotton from Australia this year, despite imposing informal bans on the goods due to diplomatic tensions.

China has imported copper concentrate and cotton from Australia this year, despite imposing informal bans on the goods due to diplomatic tensions.

China’s bid to ‘weaponise trade’ crumbles as it turns to Australia for cotton, copper despite import ban
8 Oct 2021 - 11:55AM
China steps up coal imports from Kazakhstan, South Africa and Mozambique amid supply crunch

China has boosted coal imports from Kazakhstan and a host of smaller exporters since the start of the year, as power cuts have become more frequent and coal supplies dwindle.

China has boosted coal imports from Kazakhstan and a host of smaller exporters since the start of the year, as power cuts have become more frequent and coal supplies dwindle.

China steps up coal imports from Kazakhstan, South Africa and Mozambique amid supply crunch
5 Oct 2021 - 11:11PM
China’s economy faces multiplying risks as shrinking factory activity points to deeper slowdown

Slowing factory activity signals more trouble for China’s economy, which is grappling with crippling power cuts, high raw material prices and fresh Delta outbreaks.

Slowing factory activity signals more trouble for China’s economy, which is grappling with crippling power cuts, high raw material prices and fresh Delta outbreaks.

China’s economy faces multiplying risks as shrinking factory activity points to deeper slowdown
30 Sep 2021 - 11:23PM
China’s curbs on steel production, pollution and energy consumption send iron ore prices tumbling

Iron ore prices have plummeted since May, reflecting recent efforts by Beijing to rein in demand for steel and turn back high raw material prices that have hit Chinese producers.

Iron ore prices have plummeted since May, reflecting recent efforts by Beijing to rein in demand for steel and turn back high raw material prices that have hit Chinese producers.

China’s curbs on steel production, pollution and energy consumption send iron ore prices tumbling
22 Sep 2021 - 6:11AM
China must prove ‘track record of compliance’ with free, open trade if it wants to join CPTPP, Canberra says

China’s membership would have a significant impact on trade in the Asia-Pacific region at a time of rising geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing.

China’s membership would have a significant impact on trade in the Asia-Pacific region at a time of rising geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing.

China must prove ‘track record of compliance’ with free, open trade if it wants to join CPTPP, Canberra says
20 Sep 2021 - 7:35PM
China’s bid to join Pacific Rim trade pact heaps pressure on US to step up regional economic strategy

China’s application to join the 11-member Pacific Rim trade pact highlights ‘America’s lack of a trade strategy’ in the region and makes military conflict less likely, analysts say.

China’s application to join the 11-member Pacific Rim trade pact highlights ‘America’s lack of a trade strategy’ in the region and makes military conflict less likely, analysts say.

China’s bid to join Pacific Rim trade pact heaps pressure on US to step up regional economic strategy
21 Sep 2021 - 9:22AM
Frenemies or foes? China’s relationship with Australia has unravelled in just over two years, but does it still have a future?

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the last two years of tensions between Beijing and Canberra. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at the last two years of tensions between Beijing and Canberra. 

Frenemies or foes? China’s relationship with Australia has unravelled in just over two years, but does it still have a future?
20 Sep 2021 - 9:38AM
China-Australia relations: damage from trade bans limited as Australian exporters ‘successfully pivot’ to new markets

China’s targeted sanctions on Australian goods – from wine to beef – have had less impact on exporters than many first predicted, according to a new report.

China’s targeted sanctions on Australian goods – from wine to beef – have had less impact on exporters than many first predicted, according to a new report.

China-Australia relations: damage from trade bans limited as Australian exporters ‘successfully pivot’ to new markets
10 Sep 2021 - 1:35PM
China’s factory and consumer prices continue to diverge, ramping up concern of an economic slowdown

The divergence between factory and consumer prices points to worsening profit margins for Chinese companies and more downward pressure on the economy, analysts say.

The divergence between factory and consumer prices points to worsening profit margins for Chinese companies and more downward pressure on the economy, analysts say.

China’s factory and consumer prices continue to diverge, ramping up concern of an economic slowdown
9 Sep 2021 - 10:54PM
China trade ‘revived with full spirit’ in August, and surprised analysts are rethinking the export outlook

Economists have been suggesting China’s exports growth will come off the boil, but increasing demand for Chinese goods turned a few heads on Tuesday.

Economists have been suggesting China’s exports growth will come off the boil, but increasing demand for Chinese goods turned a few heads on Tuesday.

China trade ‘revived with full spirit’ in August, and surprised analysts are rethinking the export outlook
7 Sep 2021 - 10:59PM
China-Australia relations: as demand for coal surges, how long can Beijing keep banning Australian supply?

Australian treasurer says most coal exports that used to go to China have been redirected elsewhere, as Beijing may see thermal coal demand increase by 10 per cent this year.

Australian treasurer says most coal exports that used to go to China have been redirected elsewhere, as Beijing may see thermal coal demand increase by 10 per cent this year.

China-Australia relations: as demand for coal surges, how long can Beijing keep banning Australian supply?
28 Sep 2021 - 10:41AM
China to ‘shift into hi-tech services gear’ over next 2 decades in WTO

Digital technology heralds greatest potential for rapid growth, Chinese vice commerce minister says.

Digital technology heralds greatest potential for rapid growth, Chinese vice commerce minister says.

China to ‘shift into hi-tech services gear’ over next 2 decades in WTO
4 Sep 2021 - 8:16PM
China to set up mainland’s third stock exchange in Beijing as Xi Jinping promises more digital trade zones

Chinese President Xi Jinping tells China International Fair for Trade in Services that boosting the sector can help the post-coronavirus global recovery.

Chinese President Xi Jinping tells China International Fair for Trade in Services that boosting the sector can help the post-coronavirus global recovery.

China to set up mainland’s third stock exchange in Beijing as Xi Jinping promises  more digital trade zones
3 Sep 2021 - 12:25PM
Australia’s education industry facing US$15 billion loss as frustrated, worried students ponder futures

Australia’s international education sector was worth A$40 billion (US$29 billion) in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic, but closed borders have left the industry facing significant losses.

Australia’s international education sector was worth A$40 billion (US$29 billion) in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic, but closed borders have left the industry facing significant losses.

Australia’s education industry facing US$15 billion loss as frustrated, worried students ponder futures
2 Sep 2021 - 8:51AM
China-Australia trade: iron ore miner Fortescue set earnings, shipment records in past financial year

Australian governments and shareholders get rich from iron ore exports to China while traders in other industries struggle to find alternative markets for their banned goods.

Australian governments and shareholders get rich from iron ore exports to China while traders in other industries struggle to find alternative markets for their banned goods.

China-Australia trade: iron ore miner Fortescue set earnings, shipment records in past financial year
31 Aug 2021 - 5:25AM
US-China trade growth has Australia asking whether WTO can stop ‘economic coercion’

Critics accuse Washington of doing little to help Australia in its China dispute, as American exporters cash in on increased demand amid supply shortages.

Critics accuse Washington of doing little to help Australia in its China dispute, as American exporters cash in on increased demand amid supply shortages.

US-China trade growth has Australia asking whether WTO can stop ‘economic coercion’
10 Sep 2021 - 4:58PM
US frozen beef exports to China surge, adding to Canberra-Beijing tensions but boosting trade deal

US exported US$107 million worth of frozen beef to China in July, compared to just US$35 million from traditional export destination Australia.

US exported US$107 million worth of frozen beef to China in July, compared to just US$35 million from traditional export destination Australia.

US frozen beef exports to China surge, adding to Canberra-Beijing tensions but boosting trade deal
26 Aug 2021 - 12:49PM
China cargo freight: coronavirus cases divert flights at Shanghai airport, ‘serious backlog’ expected

Airlines are diverting flights, and warehouses are said to be overflowing at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after five workers tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.

Airlines are diverting flights, and warehouses are said to be overflowing at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after five workers tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.

China cargo freight: coronavirus cases divert flights at Shanghai airport, ‘serious backlog’ expected
25 Aug 2021 - 11:20AM
Global trade recovery from coronavirus shock may have ‘peaked’, as WTO says outlook ‘overshadowed by downside risks’

The World Trade Organization says global trade momentum may be turning from its initial post-pandemic rebound, as the outlook continues to be overshadowed by downside risks.

The World Trade Organization says global trade momentum may be turning from its initial post-pandemic rebound, as the outlook continues to be overshadowed by downside risks.

Global trade recovery from coronavirus shock may have ‘peaked’, as WTO says outlook ‘overshadowed by downside risks’
19 Aug 2021 - 9:30PM
China’s ‘common prosperity’ goal to evenly distribute wealth as Xi Jinping sets out stall for development

President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs on Tuesday.

China’s ‘common prosperity’ goal to evenly distribute wealth as Xi Jinping sets out stall for development
23 Aug 2021 - 11:58AM