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.

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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.

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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 - 12:17AM

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
China pledges not to devalue yuan exchange rate after US currency manipulator designation

Foreign exchange administration chief calls currency manipulator decision last week by US President Donald Trump ‘a ridiculous case in global finance history’.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Foreign exchange administration chief calls currency manipulator decision last week by US President Donald Trump ‘a ridiculous case in global finance history’.

China pledges not to devalue yuan exchange rate after US currency manipulator designation
Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 32 in China as storm forces parts of Great Wall to close

Heavy rain causes landslides and flooding, forcing more than a million people to leave their homes.

11 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Heavy rain causes landslides and flooding, forcing more than a million people to leave their homes.

Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 32 in China as storm forces parts of Great Wall to close
China and US mutual mistrust brought economic superpowers to brink of currency war, analysts say

Beijing and Washington have been groping around in the ‘fog of war’, with each side trying to guess the other’s true intentions and possible next steps, analysts said.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:09PM

Beijing and Washington have been groping around in the ‘fog of war’, with each side trying to guess the other’s true intentions and possible next steps, analysts said.

China and US mutual mistrust brought economic superpowers to brink of currency war, analysts say
China disputes Donald Trump’s claim over US farm product purchases

Chief economic planner says agricultural orders have been placed, but if they are down it is due to market conditions, not politics.

6 Aug 2019 - 9:32AM

Chief economic planner says agricultural orders have been placed, but if they are down it is due to market conditions, not politics.

China disputes Donald Trump’s claim over US farm product purchases
China’s ‘weaponised’ yuan, report of suspended US farm purchases create grim outlook for trade talks

The yuan was allowed to weaken beyond the rate of 7 to the US dollar on Monday morning in response to Donald Trump’s threat of increased tariffs on Chinese goods.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:51PM

The yuan was allowed to weaken beyond the rate of 7 to the US dollar on Monday morning in response to Donald Trump’s threat of increased tariffs on Chinese goods.

China’s ‘weaponised’ yuan, report of suspended US farm purchases create grim outlook for trade talks
China blames Donald Trump’s trade war tariff threat as yuan weakens below 7 to the US dollar

First time yuan has dropped below level since offshore trading started in Hong Kong in 2010, and the lowest in the onshore market since April 2008.

6 Aug 2019 - 10:56AM

First time yuan has dropped below level since offshore trading started in Hong Kong in 2010, and the lowest in the onshore market since April 2008.

China blames Donald Trump’s trade war tariff threat as yuan weakens below 7 to the US dollar
Donald Trump’s tariff threat pushing China to make final make-or-break choice, analysts say

The US president has threatened to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion in Chinese imports from September 1.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

The US president has threatened to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion in Chinese imports from September 1.

Donald Trump’s tariff threat pushing China to make final make-or-break choice, analysts say
China and US offer contrasting views on trade war talks, as Beijing confirms agricultural purchases underway

Beijing says purchases of US farm goods subject to ‘favourable conditions to be offered by the US side’, while Washington does not mention any conditions.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:25PM

Beijing says purchases of US farm goods subject to ‘favourable conditions to be offered by the US side’, while Washington does not mention any conditions.

China and US offer contrasting views on trade war talks, as Beijing confirms agricultural purchases underway
China’s ex-‘super bank’ chief faces probe as Beijing’s financial sector corruption crackdown continues

Hu Huaibang is the latest high-profile name from China’s financial sector to face investigation, with a statement implying he faces corruption probe.

31 Jul 2019 - 11:37PM

Hu Huaibang is the latest high-profile name from China’s financial sector to face investigation, with a statement implying he faces corruption probe.

China’s ex-‘super bank’ chief faces probe as Beijing’s financial sector corruption crackdown continues
China gives up two of its best-kept forex reserve secrets

Holdings of foreign currency generated an average return of 3.68 per cent from 2005 to 2014, with US dollars accounting for 58 per cent of forex reserves at the end of 2014.

29 Jul 2019 - 11:28PM

Holdings of foreign currency generated an average return of 3.68 per cent from 2005 to 2014, with US dollars accounting for 58 per cent of forex reserves at the end of 2014.

China gives up two of its best-kept forex reserve secrets
China, Donald Trump keep expectations low ahead of trade talks in Shanghai

Next round of negotiations – the first since early May – will be held at symbolic venue for bilateral relationship, the Xijiao State Guest Hotel.

29 Jul 2019 - 3:43PM

Next round of negotiations – the first since early May – will be held at symbolic venue for bilateral relationship, the Xijiao State Guest Hotel.

China, Donald Trump keep expectations low ahead of trade talks in Shanghai
China pushing for world’s largest regional trade deal without US, hailing ‘momentum’ with Asian partners

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) involves the 10 Asean nations as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India.

29 Jul 2019 - 10:32AM

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) involves the 10 Asean nations as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India.

China pushing for world’s largest regional trade deal without US, hailing ‘momentum’ with Asian partners
China should drop nationalistic approach to manage tech war risk with US, Chinese scholars say

Group suggests focus should shift away from ‘national industry’ and ‘indigenous innovation’ and towards ‘a global value chain, not a Chinese one.’

25 Jul 2019 - 12:12PM

Group suggests focus should shift away from ‘national industry’ and ‘indigenous innovation’ and towards ‘a global value chain, not a Chinese one.’

China should drop nationalistic approach to manage tech war risk with US, Chinese scholars say
China’s choice of Shanghai for US trade talks emphasises commercial rather than political focus, analysts say

Switching first face-to-face gathering since G20 summit from Beijing sends message that ‘trade should be trade, and politics should be politics,’ analyst says.

25 Jul 2019 - 9:16AM

Switching first face-to-face gathering since G20 summit from Beijing sends message that ‘trade should be trade, and politics should be politics,’ analyst says.

China’s choice of Shanghai for US trade talks emphasises commercial rather than political focus, analysts say
China unlikely to follow US Federal Reserve interest rate cut, central bank governor suggests

The US Federal Reserve is expected to cut its interest next week, but People’s Bank of China chief Yi Gang says that Beijing does not always follow its American counterpart.

23 Jul 2019 - 8:26PM

The US Federal Reserve is expected to cut its interest next week, but People’s Bank of China chief Yi Gang says that Beijing does not always follow its American counterpart.

China unlikely to follow US Federal Reserve interest rate cut, central bank governor suggests
US trade war negotiators likely to visit China next week for first face-to-face talk since G20, source says

American trade delegation led by trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to meet Vice-Premier Liu He.

23 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

American trade delegation led by trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to meet Vice-Premier Liu He.

US trade war negotiators likely to visit China next week for first face-to-face talk since G20, source says
Donald Trump pushed China to commit to buying US farm goods at G20, but Xi Jinping avoided firm pledge

China’s toughening stance on trade talks with the United States shown in Xi Jinping’s avoidance of making large-scale agricultural purchases, sources say.

10 Jul 2019 - 1:37PM

China’s toughening stance on trade talks with the United States shown in Xi Jinping’s avoidance of making large-scale agricultural purchases, sources say.

Donald Trump pushed China to commit to buying US farm goods at G20, but Xi Jinping avoided firm pledge
Ex-Tomorrow Group aide released as China speeds up downsizing of Xiao Jianhua’s empire, sources say

Wen Yingjie, a top aide to Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua, was set free without trial in June after years under investigation, according to three independent sources.

9 Jul 2019 - 5:23AM

Wen Yingjie, a top aide to Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua, was set free without trial in June after years under investigation, according to three independent sources.

Ex-Tomorrow Group aide released as China speeds up downsizing of Xiao Jianhua’s empire, sources say
China’s middle income claim causes uproar as Weibo users ask ‘why am I not that rich?’

Propaganda piece from the National Bureau of Statistics stirs up online controversy after claim China’s nominal gross national income per capita for 2018 was US$9,732.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:23PM

Propaganda piece from the National Bureau of Statistics stirs up online controversy after claim China’s nominal gross national income per capita for 2018 was US$9,732.

China’s middle income claim causes uproar as Weibo users ask ‘why am I not that rich?’
Trump’s Huawei promise met with silence from China as Beijing plays down prospects of progress

Official statement after meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at G20 summit fails to mention Chinese telecommunications manufacturer.

3 Jul 2019 - 6:07PM

Official statement after meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at G20 summit fails to mention Chinese telecommunications manufacturer.

Trump’s Huawei promise met with silence from China as Beijing plays down prospects of progress
As it happened: Donald Trump confirms US companies can continue to sell to Huawei during G20 press conference

US President Donald Trump spoke to the media on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan having earlier met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

29 Jun 2019 - 9:21PM

US President Donald Trump spoke to the media on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan having earlier met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

As it happened: Donald Trump confirms US companies can continue to sell to Huawei during G20 press conference
Donald Trump, Xi Jinping agree to trade war truce and to resume talks after G20 summit meeting

North Korea, Taiwan and students also discussed in Osaka, Japan, while Chinese leader tells US counterpart that Beijing must protect its ‘core interest’, according to Xinhua.

29 Jun 2019 - 4:53PM

North Korea, Taiwan and students also discussed in Osaka, Japan, while Chinese leader tells US counterpart that Beijing must protect its ‘core interest’, according to Xinhua.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping agree to trade war truce and to resume talks after G20 summit meeting
Tensions mount ahead of Donald Trump’s summit meeting with Xi Jinping as China hawks circle in Osaka

Presidents are known for having a good personal relationship, but there is little love lost between China’s state media and US officials.

29 Jun 2019 - 12:31PM

Presidents are known for having a good personal relationship, but there is little love lost between China’s state media and US officials.

Tensions mount ahead of Donald Trump’s summit meeting with Xi Jinping as China hawks circle in Osaka
Xi-Trump G20 meeting in Japan boosts hopes of a trade war truce but raises anxiety over global economy

The two world leaders are expected to meet on Saturday after US duo Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin talked with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He on Monday via telephone.

27 Jun 2019 - 3:18PM

The two world leaders are expected to meet on Saturday after US duo Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin talked with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He on Monday via telephone.

Xi-Trump G20 meeting in Japan boosts  hopes of a trade war truce but raises anxiety over global economy
China’s leading scientists advised to keep a low profile in their work as US steps up pressure on tech firms

Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser Liu He issues advice during visit to Chinese Academy of Sciences

25 Jun 2019 - 9:35AM

Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser Liu He issues advice during visit to Chinese Academy of Sciences

China’s leading scientists advised to keep a low profile in their work as US steps up pressure on tech firms
China and US negotiating teams scramble to make a plan for Xi Jinping and Donald Trump’s G20 Osaka summit

China, US trade teams may meet in Osaka as early as Tuesday, sources say, while top negotiators are set to speak on the phone ahead of the trip.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:29PM

China, US trade teams may meet in Osaka as early as Tuesday, sources say, while top negotiators are set to speak on the phone ahead of the trip.

China and US negotiating teams scramble to make a plan for Xi Jinping and Donald Trump’s G20 Osaka summit
Xi Jinping and Donald Trump to broaden agenda beyond US-China trade war for meeting at G20 summit in Osaka

Osaka summit intended to pull US-China ties away from brinkmanship that has dragged relations to lowest point in decades.

20 Jun 2019 - 3:52PM

Osaka summit intended to pull US-China ties away from brinkmanship that has dragged relations to lowest point in decades.

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump to broaden agenda beyond US-China trade war for meeting at G20 summit in Osaka