Zhou Xin

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.
Zhou Xin
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.

Latest from Zhou Xin

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.

19 Oct 2019 - 12:54AM

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
China court approves personal bankruptcy ruling that could pave the way for further debt cases

A court in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, says a local man only has to repay 1.5 per cent of his 2.14 million yuan (US$300,000) of debt to creditors.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:09PM

A court in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, says a local man only has to repay 1.5 per cent of his 2.14 million yuan (US$300,000) of debt to creditors.

China court approves personal bankruptcy ruling that could pave the way for further  debt cases
China tones down expectations ahead of US trade war talks as Vice-Premier Liu He leads team to Washington

Vice-Premier Liu He will lead the Chinese delegation for the 13th round of talks this week, although hopes of a deal remain low ahead of next week’s scheduled tariff increase.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:37AM

Vice-Premier Liu He will lead the Chinese delegation for the 13th round of talks this week, although hopes of a deal remain low ahead of next week’s scheduled tariff increase.

China tones down expectations ahead of US trade war talks as Vice-Premier Liu He leads team to Washington
China’s ‘golden week’ loses some of its shine as consumers show reluctance to spend amid US trade war

Retail and catering sales rose 8.5 per cent, decelerating from a 2018 growth rate of 9.5 per cent, marking the slowest growth since the comparison was published in 2001.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:54PM

Retail and catering sales rose 8.5 per cent, decelerating from a 2018 growth rate of 9.5 per cent, marking the slowest growth since the comparison was published in 2001.

China’s ‘golden week’ loses some of its shine as consumers show reluctance to spend amid US trade war
Saga of China’s Bank of Jinzhou raises questions about the health of Chinese banking sector

China’s troubled Bank of Jinzhou is seeking to raise 6.2 billion yuan (US$866 million) just two months after it secured a 3 billion yuan (US$419 million) bailout.

4 Oct 2019 - 11:53AM

China’s troubled Bank of Jinzhou is seeking to raise 6.2 billion yuan (US$866 million) just two months after it secured a 3 billion yuan (US$419 million) bailout.

Saga of China’s Bank of Jinzhou raises questions about the health of Chinese banking sector
China’s ‘awkward silence’ as lack of family planning slogans from 70th anniversary parade could signal policy shift

China dropped slogans and delegates from its 70th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday in a move that could signal a change to its controversial policy.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

China dropped slogans and delegates from its 70th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday in a move that could signal a change to its controversial policy.

China’s ‘awkward silence’ as lack of family planning slogans from 70th anniversary parade could signal policy shift
Opinion | Among China’s masses: a personal reflection on celebrations at Tiananmen on October 1, 1999

Zhou Xin, an editor at the Post, reflects on his role as one of half a million participants who took part in China’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

1 Oct 2019 - 2:50AM

Zhou Xin, an editor at the Post, reflects on his role as one of half a million participants who took part in China’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Among China’s masses: a personal reflection on celebrations at Tiananmen on October 1, 1999
China intends to boost bank dividends with proposed cap on bad loan provisions, but will this backfire?

Beijing has proposed a new rule that would cap the amount banks have to set aside for bad loans.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:11PM

Beijing has proposed a new rule that would cap the amount banks have to set aside for bad loans.

China intends to boost bank dividends with proposed cap on bad loan provisions, but will this backfire?
China to buy more US farm products in latest goodwill gesture as Donald Trump rules out ‘bad deal’

Purchases will include soybeans and pork after last week the US excluded hundreds of products from a 25 per cent duty imposed on US$250 billion worth of goods.

25 Sep 2019 - 10:55PM

Purchases will include soybeans and pork after last week the US excluded hundreds of products from a 25 per cent duty imposed on US$250 billion worth of goods.

China to buy more US farm products in latest goodwill gesture as Donald Trump rules out ‘bad deal’
China trade flow via Hong Kong declines as city set to report worst exports in a decade

Hong Kong exports this year expected to post biggest drop in a decade due to impact of China-US trade war.

24 Sep 2019 - 9:10AM

Hong Kong exports this year expected to post biggest drop in a decade due to impact of China-US trade war.

China trade flow via Hong Kong declines as city set to report worst exports in a decade
China delegation’s cancelled US farm states visit ‘nothing to do’ with trade war talks, minister says

There had been speculation last week that Han Jun’s planned visit to rural states meant a deal on Chinese purchases of agricultural goods was imminent.

23 Sep 2019 - 11:32PM

There had been speculation last week that Han Jun’s planned visit to rural states meant a deal on Chinese purchases of agricultural goods was imminent.

China delegation’s cancelled US farm states visit ‘nothing to do’ with trade war talks, minister says
Chinese property tycoon in London says Brexit making potential investors nervous

Prolonged indecisiveness and conflict making problem ‘more complicated than it should be’, says Xu Weiping, chairman of Advanced Business Park.

23 Sep 2019 - 9:29AM

Prolonged indecisiveness and conflict making problem ‘more complicated than it should be’, says Xu Weiping, chairman of Advanced Business Park.

Chinese property tycoon in London says Brexit making potential investors nervous
China’s railway spending plummets as Beijing struggles to sustain momentum

Railway spending in August plunged 27.1 per cent following a decade-long building spree which has given China two-thirds of the world’s high-speed rail tracks.

19 Sep 2019 - 9:28AM

Railway spending in August plunged 27.1 per cent following a decade-long building spree which has given China two-thirds of the world’s high-speed rail tracks.

China’s railway spending plummets as Beijing struggles to sustain momentum
Donald Trump warns China faces ‘toughest trade war deal ever’ if they wait until after US election

Vice-minister for finance, Liao Min, will lead a Chinese delegation to Washington this week ahead of talks in October involving Vice-Premier Liu He.

18 Sep 2019 - 10:40PM

Vice-minister for finance, Liao Min, will lead a Chinese delegation to Washington this week ahead of talks in October involving Vice-Premier Liu He.

Donald Trump warns China faces ‘toughest trade war deal ever’ if they wait until after US election
Hong Kong protests fail to slow city’s role as foreign investment gateway to China, government data shows

China received US$62.9 billion in foreign direct investment via Hong Kong in the first eight months of this year, accounting for 70 per cent of total inflows.

18 Sep 2019 - 3:01AM

China received US$62.9 billion in foreign direct investment via Hong Kong in the first eight months of this year, accounting for 70 per cent of total inflows.

Hong Kong protests fail to slow city’s role as foreign investment gateway to China, government data shows
GM strike is example of how US labour unions are killing manufacturing, says ‘American Factory’ boss

Cao Dewang was speaking just after the United Auto Workers (UAW) called a strike of its 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the United States.

17 Sep 2019 - 8:21PM

Cao Dewang was speaking just after the United Auto Workers (UAW) called a strike of its 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the United States.

GM strike is example of how US labour unions are killing manufacturing, says ‘American Factory’ boss
China to exempt US pork and soybeans from additional trade war duties, in response to Trump’s tariff delay

Beijing will allow Chinese businesses to purchase a ‘certain amount of farm products such as soybeans and pork’ from the United States, ahead of trade talks.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:49PM

Beijing will allow Chinese businesses to purchase a ‘certain amount of farm products such as soybeans and pork’ from the United States, ahead of trade talks.

China to exempt US pork and soybeans from additional trade war duties, in response to Trump’s tariff delay
China’s lead negotiator puts ‘trade balance’ at top of agenda as Trump flirts with idea of ‘interim deal’

Liu He’s comments suggest China will steer talks clear of more challenging issues such as structural reform and security issues, focusing instead on purchases of US farm goods.

13 Sep 2019 - 3:54PM

Liu He’s comments suggest China will steer talks clear of more challenging issues such as structural reform and security issues, focusing instead on purchases of US farm goods.

China’s lead negotiator puts ‘trade balance’ at top of agenda as Trump flirts with idea of ‘interim deal’
US must concede final 20 per cent of demands to agree trade war deal with China, leading Chinese expert says

Jin Canrong, an international relations professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing, says China had agreed to 80 per cent of a deal as far back as May.

10 Sep 2019 - 11:40AM

Jin Canrong, an international relations professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing, says China had agreed to 80 per cent of a deal as far back as May.

US must concede final 20 per cent of demands to agree trade war deal with China, leading Chinese expert says
Xi Jinping rallies China for decades-long ‘struggle’ to rise in global order, amid escalating US trade war

Analysts view Xi’s latest public speech as a response to tougher critique of China’s rise in the West, as trade tensions with Washington continue to grow.

5 Sep 2019 - 4:56AM

Analysts view Xi’s latest public speech as a response to tougher critique of China’s rise in the West, as trade tensions with Washington continue to grow.

Xi Jinping rallies China for decades-long ‘struggle’ to rise in global order, amid escalating US trade war
China seeking moral high ground against Donald Trump with WTO complaint over latest US tariffs, analysts say

Beijing has filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organisation after Washington imposed the first batch of new tariffs on US$300 billion of Chinese imports.

3 Sep 2019 - 11:03PM

Beijing has filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organisation after Washington imposed the first batch of new tariffs on US$300 billion of Chinese imports.

China seeking moral high ground against Donald Trump with WTO complaint over latest US tariffs, analysts say
FedEx again under investigation by China for shipping ‘controlled knives’ to Hong Kong

The US shipping firm is already under investigation by Chinese authorities after it was accused of allowing a gun to be shipped to China and misrouting Huawei packages.

4 Sep 2019 - 12:10AM

The US shipping firm is already under investigation by Chinese authorities after it was accused of allowing a gun to be shipped to China and misrouting Huawei packages.

FedEx again under investigation by China for shipping ‘controlled knives’ to Hong Kong
China changes the way bank loan rates are set, with HSBC left out of rate-setting club

Chinese central bank selects 18 lenders, including two foreign ones, to submit monthly rates that will be used to determine benchmark.

19 Aug 2019 - 5:35PM

Chinese central bank selects 18 lenders, including two foreign ones, to submit monthly rates that will be used to determine benchmark.

China changes the way bank loan rates are set, with HSBC left out of rate-setting club
US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay

Planned levies on many of the US$300 billion of Chinese products threatened to start in September have either been delayed or removed after a phone call between negotiators.

15 Aug 2019 - 12:18AM

Planned levies on many of the US$300 billion of Chinese products threatened to start in September have either been delayed or removed after a phone call between negotiators.

US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay
Cathay Pacific’s majority shareholder pressed into condemning ‘violent’ Hong Kong protests

Swire Pacific expressed strong backing for the Hong Kong government and the city’s police after senior executive visited Beijing on Monday.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:27AM

Swire Pacific expressed strong backing for the Hong Kong government and the city’s police after senior executive visited Beijing on Monday.

Cathay Pacific’s majority shareholder pressed into condemning ‘violent’ Hong Kong protests