Chen Jing

Chen Jing

Shanghai Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao

Chen Jing joined Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk recently and will be posted to Shanghai this year. She has been working at Zaobao for more than eight years, covering financial news and societal stories in Singapore.

This photo taken on 21 February 2024 shows an employee working on a new energy vehicle assembly line at a BYD factory in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, China. (AFP)

More Chinese EV brands to falter as market realigns

China’s electric vehicle (EV) market has seen a slew of bad news this year, with issues coming from car owners and manufacturers. While the sector is going through a necessary rite of passage for emerging industries, this is also a crucial test of whether the EV industry can uplift itself and adapt with the changing times. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
The photo taken on 7 January 2024 shows a woman posing for photos next to a poster of Chinese television series Blossoms Shanghai. (AFP)

TV series Blossoms Shanghai fuelling city's consumption boom: Will it last?

One of Shanghai’s commercial areas has seen a boost in consumption since the New Year, partly driven by the popularity of the Blossoms Shanghai television series. Even as consumption returns to pre-pandemic levels, officials will need to do more to ensure that this recovery remains sustainable over the long term. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
A woman poses for photographs in front of publicity posters for Blossoms Shanghai in front of Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China, on 11 January 2024. (CNS)

Wong Kar-wai's Blossoms Shanghai stirs up nostalgia for Shanghai of the 1990s

As the popular TV series Blossoms Shanghai shows the thriving Shanghai of the 1990s, the Shanghai of today is a far cry from the TV series. How can Shanghai find its rhythm again?
Motorists and cyclists on the Bund in Shanghai, China, on 9 January 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

[Big read] When will the Chinese stock market thrive again?

Even with the efforts of the Chinese government to revitalise the stock market, investors and shareholders seem to be unconvinced and hesitant in putting in funding, which in turn is not helping the market to recover as fast as would be hoped. What else can be done to bring back the good days?
Apartment blocks are pictured in Beijing, China, on 16 December 2017. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities still in a slump

The real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai has recorded declining performance since the pandemic, with a full rebound still nowhere to be seen. Given the usual lag in the effectiveness of policies after implementation, will the real estate market see a silver lining ahead? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
A person rides a bike past Beijing's central business district in China, on 1 November 2023. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

China to back down from extreme measures for economic stability

The Central Economic Work Conference held earlier this week has set the tone for China's economic development next year, with the aim of establishing the new before abolishing the old, essentially ensuring stable growth across all sectors. But what remains is whether these slogans and calls can turn into practical action and change. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
Pedestrians at a crossing in the Zhujiang New Town area in Guangzhou, China, on 16 November 2023. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

[Big read] Invest or leave: Foreign firms adjusting to China's changing investment climate

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing notes that as China’s economic and business policies shift and change, foreign companies are finding it difficult to decide whether to stay in China or pull out, given the challenges in meeting new regulations and requirements. But there are others who see opportunities.
A person walks past a JD.com advertisement promoting the Singles' Day shopping festival, at a subway station in Beijing, China, on 26 October 2023. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

China's weak domestic demand drags down Singles’ Day sales

Singles’ Day is known as the sales day of the year, but this year the buzz seems to have gone out of it, as people are choosing not to spend as much as before. As the event marks its 15th year, the general vibe is no longer excitement, but fatigue. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
People walk at the venue of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China, 6 November 2023. (Casey Hall/Reuters)

China International Import Expo: A good start amid challenges and criticism

The annual China International Import Expo (CIIE) is back this year as a fully in-person event after three years of the pandemic. However, while the authorities say that the results are looking good, participants may not be saying the same thing. Despite positive attendance numbers, is the CIIE truly effective at expanding global business activities and promoting market openness in China?