Zhou Xin

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Zhou Xin

Political Economy Editor

Zhou Xin co-leads the political economy team at the Post. He mainly covers economic stories but also writes about Chinese politics and diplomacy. He has previously worked for Reuters and Bloomberg in Beijing.

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Huawei’s ties with Iran known to HSBC before Meng Wanzhou arrest, documents show

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US, accused of making a fraudulent presentation to HSBC about business dealings in Iran.

20 Jan 2020 - 10:08AM

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US, accused of making a fraudulent presentation to HSBC about business dealings in Iran.

Huawei’s ties with Iran known to HSBC before Meng Wanzhou arrest, documents show
China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

16 Jan 2020 - 4:02PM

China awoke to news of a phase one trade war deal on Thursday, but state media carried few of the details, which were subsequently published by the Chinese government.

China hails phase one trade war deal signing, with focus on strategic value over specific details
China’s imports from the US fell by a fifth in 2019, as trade war stripped away demand

Data from China’s General Administration of Customs released on Tuesday showed that China’s imports of US goods dropped to US$122.7 billion in 2019.

14 Jan 2020 - 9:30PM

Data from China’s General Administration of Customs released on Tuesday showed that China’s imports of US goods dropped to US$122.7 billion in 2019.

China’s imports from the US fell by a fifth in 2019, as trade war stripped away demand
China says ‘trade war is not over yet’ ahead of phase one deal signing that is just the ‘first round of a game’

Vice-Premier Liu He is set to sign the phase one trade war deal this week with US President Donald Trump, but an official social media account has issued a note of caution.

14 Jan 2020 - 4:00PM

Vice-Premier Liu He is set to sign the phase one trade war deal this week with US President Donald Trump, but an official social media account has issued a note of caution.

China says ‘trade war is not over yet’ ahead of phase one deal signing that is just the ‘first round of a game’
Trade war deal: How Xi Jinping rejected Donald Trump’s signing ceremony proposal during turbulent period

Before leaving for a state visit to Greece, Xi Jinping turned down proposals of a meeting with Donald Trump, sources briefed on the matter said.

13 Jan 2020 - 9:44AM

Before leaving for a state visit to Greece, Xi Jinping turned down proposals of a meeting with Donald Trump, sources briefed on the matter said.

Trade war deal: How Xi Jinping rejected Donald Trump’s signing ceremony proposal during turbulent period
China’s Vice-Premier Liu He shifts focus to domestic financial issues as trade war deal nears

Vice-Premier Liu He has convened a meeting of China’s financial stability committee an unprecedented number of times over the past 40 days.

8 Jan 2020 - 10:42PM

Vice-Premier Liu He has convened a meeting of China’s financial stability committee an unprecedented number of times over the past 40 days.

China’s Vice-Premier Liu He shifts focus to domestic financial issues as trade war deal nears
China cements Communist Party’s role at top of its SOEs, should ‘execute the will of the party’

‘Provisional’ regulation puts Chinese Communist Party committees in state-owned enterprises ahead of the board of directors.

8 Jan 2020 - 9:02AM

‘Provisional’ regulation puts Chinese Communist Party committees in state-owned enterprises ahead of the board of directors.

China cements Communist Party’s role at top of its SOEs, should ‘execute the will of the party’
Trade war: China’s refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump’s phase one import demands ‘more difficult’

China will not raise its import quotas for corn, rice and wheat to help meet Donald Trump’s demands included in the phase one trade war deal.

7 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

China will not raise its import quotas for corn, rice and wheat to help meet Donald Trump’s demands included in the phase one trade war deal.

Trade war: China’s refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump’s phase one import demands ‘more difficult’
Trade war: China to travel to US on January 13 to sign phase one deal

China delegation reschedules US trip to sign phase on deal after US President Donald Trump announced January 15 date for ‘high representatives’ from Beijing to sign.

6 Jan 2020 - 3:29PM

China delegation reschedules US trip to sign phase on deal after US President Donald Trump announced January 15 date for ‘high representatives’ from Beijing to sign.

Trade war: China to travel to US on January 13 to sign phase one deal
China’s sovereign digital currency ‘progressing well’, central bank says, but still no launch date

People’s Bank of China says work on its sovereign currency will continue in 2020, with Beijing keen to offset perceived risks posed by bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra.

6 Jan 2020 - 12:35PM

People’s Bank of China says work on its sovereign currency will continue in 2020, with Beijing keen to offset perceived risks posed by bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra.

China’s sovereign digital currency ‘progressing well’, central bank says, but still no launch date
Trade war: China’s top negotiator Liu He to visit US for phase one deal signing this week, source says

Trade war truce set to be confirmed, with China’s lead negotiator Liu He to visit Washington this week to sign phase one agreement, source says.

31 Dec 2019 - 1:26PM

Trade war truce set to be confirmed, with China’s lead negotiator Liu He to visit Washington this week to sign phase one agreement, source says.

Trade war: China’s top negotiator Liu He to visit US for phase one  deal signing this week, source says
China defends economy with rhetorical Q&A amid slowing growth rate, trade war pressures

China’s economic planning agency answered ‘no’ to the four questions it asked about the state of China’s economy as Beijing seeks to manage expectations at home and abroad.

30 Dec 2019 - 11:08PM

China’s economic planning agency answered ‘no’ to the four questions it asked about the state of China’s economy as Beijing seeks to manage expectations at home and abroad.

China defends economy with rhetorical Q&A amid slowing growth rate, trade war pressures
China’s industrial profits rebound as optimism over 2020 economic prospects grows

Profits at China’s industrial enterprises rose 5.4 per cent in November from a year earlier in latest sign of economic resilience.

30 Dec 2019 - 11:59AM

Profits at China’s industrial enterprises rose 5.4 per cent in November from a year earlier in latest sign of economic resilience.

China’s industrial profits rebound as optimism over 2020 economic prospects grows
China issues 28-point plan to ease the fears of its private entrepreneurs struggling amid the economic slowdown

China’s private sector contributes half of the tax revenue and 80 per cent of the country’s employment, but the sector is particularity struggling amid the economic slowdown.

24 Dec 2019 - 6:25PM

China’s private sector contributes half of the tax revenue and 80 per cent of the country’s employment, but the sector is particularity struggling amid the economic slowdown.

China issues 28-point plan to ease the fears of its private entrepreneurs struggling amid the economic slowdown
China’s entrepreneurs have had tough year, Alibaba founder Jack Ma says, and it is going to get worse

Alibaba founder Jack Ma urges businesspeople to be confident and embrace change, in speech to Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

23 Dec 2019 - 12:23PM

Alibaba founder Jack Ma urges businesspeople to be confident and embrace change, in speech to Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

China’s entrepreneurs have had tough year, Alibaba founder Jack Ma says, and it is going to get worse
Trade war: China lifts tariffs on six US chemical products in goodwill gesture after agreeing phase one deal

China will exempt six US chemical products from additional tariffs for a year, a week after agreeing to a phase one deal.

19 Dec 2019 - 11:36PM

China will exempt six US chemical products from additional tariffs for a year, a week after agreeing to a phase one deal.

Trade war: China lifts tariffs on six US chemical products in goodwill gesture after agreeing phase one deal
Trade war: phase one deal raises hopes China will rekindle economic reforms 18 years after joining WTO

Last week’s trade war deal with the US has prompted comparison with goals China was required to meet in order to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001.

17 Dec 2019 - 10:53PM

Last week’s trade war deal with the US has prompted comparison with goals China was required to meet in order to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001.

Trade war: phase one deal raises hopes China will rekindle economic reforms 18 years after joining WTO
Trade war: China using talks to prevent relations with US spinning out of control, former minister says

China is using trade talks to keep relations with US from spinning out of control after Washington passed legislation on Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Chen Deming says.

13 Dec 2019 - 9:01PM

China is using trade talks to keep relations with US from spinning out of control after Washington passed legislation on Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Chen Deming says.

Trade war: China using talks to prevent relations with US spinning out of control, former minister says
China, US decoupling ‘unthinkable’ says former commerce minister

Chen Deming, who headed the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, hit back at the idea the ongoing trade war could force China and the United States to decouple.

12 Dec 2019 - 10:46AM

Chen Deming, who headed the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, hit back at the idea the ongoing trade war could force China and the United States to decouple.

China, US decoupling ‘unthinkable’ says former commerce minister
Xi Jinping’s Brazil trip ‘may be too soon’ for China to sign partial US trade war deal

China has not agreed for Xi Jinping to a stopover in US on way to a summit in Brazil, source says, with details of an agreement not yet finalised and removal of US tariffs still a sticking point on the Chinese side.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:41PM

China has not agreed for Xi Jinping to a stopover in US on way to a summit in Brazil, source says, with details of an agreement not yet finalised and removal of US tariffs still a sticking point on the Chinese side.

Xi Jinping’s Brazil trip ‘may be too soon’ for China to sign partial US trade war deal
China’s US trade war charm offensive was meant to stop foreign investors from leaving, but is it working?

Xi Jinping has stepped up efforts to woo US investors spooked by trade war tariffs, but experts say China’s charm offensive is not enough to turn the tide after NBA crisis.

31 Oct 2019 - 12:28AM

Xi Jinping has stepped up efforts to woo US investors spooked by trade war tariffs, but experts say China’s charm offensive is not enough to turn the tide after NBA crisis.

China’s US trade war charm offensive was meant to stop foreign investors from leaving, but is it working?
Donald Trump, Xi Jinping set for November 17 meeting in Chile to sign interim trade war deal: source

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump are expected to sign an interim trade deal in Chile next month, according to a source.

29 Oct 2019 - 11:35PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump are expected to sign an interim trade deal in Chile next month, according to a source.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping set for November 17 meeting in Chile to sign interim trade war deal: source
China says it has done more than its share to cut steel production as global forum is scrapped

The last meeting of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity failed to produce any major agreements from the participating countries.

28 Oct 2019 - 7:44PM

The last meeting of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity failed to produce any major agreements from the participating countries.

China says it has done more than its share to cut steel production as global  forum is scrapped
China criminalises loans with annual interest rates above 36 per cent in crackdown on private lending

China’s government has introduced new rules to crackdown on the country’s shadowy underground banking sector, outlawing high interest rate loans.

22 Oct 2019 - 6:22PM

China’s government has introduced new rules to crackdown on the country’s shadowy underground banking sector, outlawing high interest rate loans.

China criminalises loans with annual interest rates above 36 per cent in crackdown on private lending
China employment steady despite Donald Trump’s claim US trade war cost country ‘3 million jobs’

China says it created 10.97 million jobs in the first nine months of this year, defying Donald Trump’s claim the US trade war has cost the country millions of jobs.

21 Oct 2019 - 9:39AM

China says it created 10.97 million jobs in the first nine months of this year, defying Donald Trump’s claim the US trade war has cost the country millions of jobs.

China employment steady despite Donald Trump’s claim US trade war cost country ‘3 million jobs’
US-China trade war update: deal or no deal, China’s record GDP slump and a return to ‘Made in Hong Kong’

US-China trade war update looks at what has really changed between the two countries since the handshakes and photos in Washington last week, and the major concerns for Beijing ahead. Also hear reports from the front line of the trade war for electronics manufacturing.

18 Oct 2019 - 5:25PM

US-China trade war update looks at what has really changed between the two countries since the handshakes and photos in Washington last week, and the major concerns for Beijing ahead. Also hear reports from the front line of the trade war for electronics manufacturing.

US-China trade war update: deal or no deal, China’s record GDP slump and a return to ‘Made in Hong Kong’
China, US praise trade war deal dispute settlement mechanism but details remain sketchy after talks

Last week’s talks in Washington appear to have made progress towards ‘phase one’ of a comprehensive trade deal, with enforcement a long-standing thorny issue.

16 Oct 2019 - 9:01PM

Last week’s talks in Washington appear to have made progress towards ‘phase one’ of a comprehensive trade deal, with enforcement a long-standing thorny issue.

China, US praise trade war deal dispute settlement mechanism but details remain sketchy after talks
China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged local authorities to do everything possible to tackle ‘downward economic pressure’ amid US-China trade war tensions.

15 Oct 2019 - 10:23PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged local authorities to do everything possible to tackle ‘downward economic pressure’ amid US-China trade war tensions.

China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth
US-China trade war update: how the NBA, Xinjiang bans and Hong Kong are affecting trade talks

We unpack a turbulent week in US-China relations, as trade negotiations commence, with the threat of increased tariffs on the horizon and a list of US companies China might retaliate against if a deal is not reached.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:46AM

We unpack a turbulent week in US-China relations, as trade negotiations commence, with the threat of increased tariffs on the horizon and a list of US companies China might retaliate against if a deal is not reached.

US-China trade war update: how the NBA, Xinjiang bans and Hong Kong are affecting trade talks
China’s lack of ‘policy pragmatism’ biggest threat to long-term growth, veteran economist says

China watcher Andy Rothman says Beijing must continue to take the serious steps the economy needs to help it grow.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:07AM

China watcher Andy Rothman says Beijing must continue to take the serious steps the economy needs to help it grow.

China’s lack of ‘policy pragmatism’  biggest threat to long-term growth, veteran economist says