Zhou Xin

Hong Kong

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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Opinion | China’s economic boom is a great story, but for many it still reads like Les Misérables

As China’s economic boom continues to favour the rich and powerful over the underprivileged, there are questions about why life for many must be so hard in a period of growth and prosperity.

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As China’s economic boom continues to favour the rich and powerful over the underprivileged, there are questions about why life for many must be so hard in a period of growth and prosperity.

China’s economic boom is a great story, but for many it still reads like Les Misérables
Opinion | China’s food security is again on Beijing’s agenda, with the nation’s bitter history of hunger and famine in mind

The issue of grain-supply security has returned to prominence a quarter century after central government leaders imposed rules to hold provincial governors responsible for securing adequate output.

12 Jan 2021 - 7:15AM

The issue of grain-supply security has returned to prominence a quarter century after central government leaders imposed rules to hold provincial governors responsible for securing adequate output.

China’s food security is again on Beijing’s agenda, with the nation’s bitter history of hunger and famine in mind
ByteDance’s Douyin ‘won’t be the last’ to be punished in China’s Big Tech crackdown, state media says

A fine on short video app Douyin for spreading ‘obscene, pornographic and vulgar information’ is a signal to China’s internet companies that tighter regulations are coming, state news agency Xinhua says.

9 Jan 2021 - 12:31AM

A fine on short video app Douyin for spreading ‘obscene, pornographic and vulgar information’ is a signal to China’s internet companies that tighter regulations are coming, state news agency Xinhua says.

ByteDance’s Douyin ‘won’t be the last’ to be punished in China’s Big Tech crackdown, state media says
China gloats as Trump sows Capitol chaos; Beijing telco giants kicked off NYSE
TikTok’s Chinese version Douyin fined for vulgar content as Beijing continues cyberspace crackdown

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, was fined the maximum penalty for spreading ‘obscene, pornographic and vulgar information’ in the latest crackdown on cyberspace.

8 Jan 2021 - 3:33PM

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, was fined the maximum penalty for spreading ‘obscene, pornographic and vulgar information’ in the latest crackdown on cyberspace.

TikTok’s Chinese version Douyin fined for vulgar content as Beijing continues cyberspace crackdown
Opinion | Revitalising China’s rural regions is Xi Jinping’s next priority

For President Xi Jinping, a yawning urban-rural divide is not helping the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, nor the nation’s newly adopted strategy of dual circulation.

4 Jan 2021 - 10:24PM

For President Xi Jinping, a yawning urban-rural divide is not helping the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, nor the nation’s newly adopted strategy of dual circulation.

Revitalising China’s rural regions is Xi Jinping’s next priority
Alibaba antitrust probe: home province vows to bring platform economy into ‘new stage’

The Zhejiang Communist Party pledged on Monday to bring progress to the platform economy, answering a call from Beijing to tame capital expansion after launching recent investigations into Alibaba and Ant Group.

29 Dec 2020 - 9:52AM

The Zhejiang Communist Party pledged on Monday to bring progress to the platform economy, answering a call from Beijing to tame capital expansion after launching recent investigations into Alibaba and Ant Group.

Alibaba antitrust probe: home province vows to bring platform economy into ‘new stage’
Opinion | China’s coronavirus success boosts confidence that its system is the best answer to the country’s challenges

China’s leading Politburo said last week that it had achieved ‘an extremely extraordinary glory in this extremely unusual year’ that has been dominated by the impact of the coronavirus.

28 Dec 2020 - 10:43PM

China’s leading Politburo said last week that it had achieved ‘an extremely extraordinary glory in this extremely unusual year’ that has been dominated by the impact of the coronavirus.

China’s coronavirus success boosts confidence that its system is the best answer to the country’s challenges
Opinion | Punishing Australia through trade also comes at a price for China

If being met with hostility is a potential side effect of closer ties with China, it could impede Beijing’s ability to cultivate relationships with regional trade partners.

22 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM

If being met with hostility is a potential side effect of closer ties with China, it could impede Beijing’s ability to cultivate relationships with regional trade partners.

Punishing Australia through trade also comes at a price for China
Opinion | What is behind China’s clamp down on Big Tech, and how far will it go?

Only a few years ago, Beijing was happy to encourage a new class of Chinese business titans that successfully married internet technology and private capital. What’s changed?

21 Dec 2020 - 6:30AM

Only a few years ago, Beijing was happy to encourage a new class of Chinese business titans that successfully married internet technology and private capital. What’s changed?

What is behind China’s clamp down on Big Tech, and how far will it go?
Opinion | Xi Jinping’s new economic focus on China’s demand reform borrows ideas from Marx more than Keynes

While it is too early to guess which specific policies Beijing is considering on the ‘demand side’, it is clear that China needs to enrich its people, narrow the wealth gap and improve social welfare.

14 Dec 2020 - 10:27PM

While it is too early to guess which specific policies Beijing is considering on the ‘demand side’, it is clear that China needs to enrich its people, narrow the wealth gap and improve social welfare.

Xi Jinping’s new economic focus on China’s demand reform borrows ideas from Marx more than Keynes
China targets monopolies in warning to keep big capital in check in 2021

The Politburo says the country needs to prevent ‘disordered expansion of capital’ as the Communist Party counts down to its centenary.

11 Dec 2020 - 11:39PM

The Politburo says the country needs to prevent ‘disordered expansion of capital’ as the Communist Party counts down to its centenary.

China targets monopolies in warning to keep big capital in check in 2021
China reports consumer deflation for first time since 2009, raising questions about spending power

China’s consumer spending turned negative for the first time in 11 years in November, raising the risk of further mild deflation in the world’s No 2 economy.

14 Dec 2020 - 11:26AM

China’s consumer spending turned negative for the first time in 11 years in November, raising the risk of further mild deflation in the world’s No 2 economy.

China reports consumer deflation for first time since 2009, raising questions about spending power
Opinion | China’s handling of Australia row highlights what may be an increasingly hard line in diplomatic affairs

As tensions with Australia worsen, a speech by China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs suggests that in future diplomatic dealings there will be consequences for offending Beijing.

7 Dec 2020 - 10:33PM

As tensions with Australia worsen, a speech by China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs suggests that in future diplomatic dealings there will be consequences for offending Beijing.

China’s handling of Australia row highlights what may be an increasingly hard line in diplomatic affairs
The US 'audit war' on Chinese companies begins; in-depth with Long Yongtu, China's trade and WTO veteran
China reveals new generation of top-level government appointees, including an ex-copy machine salesman and fighter jet designer

A rural policy expert, a former copy machine salesman and a fighter jet designer are among China’s new generation of officials who have been appointed to key government posts.

7 Dec 2020 - 9:26AM

A rural policy expert, a former copy machine salesman and a fighter jet designer are among China’s new generation of officials who have been appointed to key government posts.

China reveals new generation of top-level government appointees, including an ex-copy machine salesman and fighter jet designer
China’s grass-roots party members must fall in line to maintain economic stability, President Xi’s top aide says

Some Communist Party authorities across the country are quick to applaud Beijing’s decisions, but they may not implement top-level directives when there is a conflict with local interests.

4 Dec 2020 - 12:18PM

Some Communist Party authorities across the country are quick to applaud Beijing’s decisions, but they may not implement top-level directives when there is a conflict with local interests.

China’s grass-roots party members must fall in line to maintain economic stability, President Xi’s top aide says
Opinion | China’s bond defaults may lead to poor places becoming poorer and rich places richer

As China’s private investors are already shunning certain regions, local governments in underdeveloped parts of the country may find it increasingly difficult, or at least more expensive, to borrow money.

30 Nov 2020 - 10:33PM

As China’s private investors are already shunning certain regions, local governments in underdeveloped parts of the country may find it increasingly difficult, or at least more expensive, to borrow money.

China’s bond defaults may lead to poor places becoming poorer and rich places richer
China’s former central bank chief urges revamp of modern central banking

Zhou Xiaochuan, who was the head of People’s Bank of China (PBOC) for over 15 years, supports reform of the way inflation is defined and measured.

27 Nov 2020 - 11:57PM

Zhou Xiaochuan, who was the head of People’s Bank of China (PBOC) for over 15 years, supports reform of the way inflation is defined and measured.

China’s former central bank chief urges revamp of modern central banking
What's behind Xi Jinping's CPTPP surprise - can he outflank Biden before January?
China’s Liu He vows Beijing will not give up economic opening with ‘dual circulation’ strategy

Vice-Premier Liu He says China’s ‘dual circulation’ strategy does not mean reducing interaction with the outside world and the nation will continue economic opening.

26 Nov 2020 - 9:35AM

Vice-Premier Liu He says China’s ‘dual circulation’ strategy does not mean reducing interaction with the outside world and the nation will continue economic opening.

China’s Liu He vows Beijing will not give up economic opening with ‘dual circulation’ strategy
Opinion | China looks to deepen regional integration via CPTPP as US rivalry grows

China says it is considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, in a move that could help offset economic decoupling with the US.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:26PM

China says it is considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, in a move that could help offset economic decoupling with the US.

China looks to deepen regional integration via CPTPP as US rivalry grows
Is RCEP a big deal? Analysing Asia's response and revealing Obama's China regrets
Opinion | RCEP offers China a fresh start to counter US influence in Asia-Pacific

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will allow China to enhance its sphere of influence in the region in the face of US economic pressure.

16 Nov 2020 - 10:48PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will allow China to enhance its sphere of influence in the region in the face of US economic pressure.

RCEP offers China a fresh start to counter US influence in Asia-Pacific
Opinion | China finally waves goodbye to family planning as country gets old, but is the damage already done?

China’s ‘Jihua Shengyu’, or family planning, policy was not included in the latest national plan released by the ruling Communist Party after being in place for four decades.

9 Nov 2020 - 10:22PM

China’s ‘Jihua Shengyu’, or family planning, policy was not included in the latest national plan released by the ruling Communist Party after being in place for four decades.

China finally waves goodbye to family planning as country gets old, but is the damage already done?
China GDP: Xi Jinping says ‘completely possible’ to double size of economy by 2035, despite foreign hostility

President Xi Jinping says China can become a high-income country by 2025 and double the size of its economy by 2035, despite an increasingly hostile foreign environment.

10 Nov 2020 - 3:58PM

President Xi Jinping says China can become a high-income country by 2025 and double the size of its economy by 2035, despite an increasingly hostile foreign environment.

China GDP: Xi Jinping says ‘completely possible’ to double size of economy by 2035, despite foreign hostility
China digests US election chaos; how a Biden White House would change the US-China dynamic
Opinion | Beyond propaganda: China’s 2035 vision assumes that it will overtake US as the world’s No 1 economy

Pointing to its handling of the coronavirus, relative to that seen among many Western nations, Beijing is now viewing the trend of continuous economic growth with absolute certainty.

2 Nov 2020 - 10:19PM

Pointing to its handling of the coronavirus, relative to that seen among many Western nations, Beijing is now viewing the trend of continuous economic growth with absolute certainty.

Beyond propaganda: China’s 2035 vision assumes that it will overtake US as the world’s No 1 economy
Opinion | An emboldened Beijing emerging from the coronavirus could be good news for investors

China’s relatively rapid recovery from the coronavirus has instilled the central government with fresh confidence that will have significant implications for the nation’s foreign and domestic policies.

26 Oct 2020 - 10:14PM

China’s relatively rapid recovery from the coronavirus has instilled the central government with fresh confidence that will have significant implications for the nation’s foreign and domestic policies.

An emboldened Beijing emerging from the coronavirus could be good news for investors
The Biden Trump trade tussle; Xi Jinping's 'Korea' speech; WTO nominee Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala