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.

People walk along a pedestrian street surrounded by shops and shopping malls in Shanghai on 24 October 2022. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Little certainty: A ‘new era’ for China’s economy

Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing notes that market confidence is still shaken after the 20th Party Congress, and there is little clarity on how the new team will realise China’s hopes of achieving high-quality development while zero-Covid measures remain in place.
Chinese flags along a street in Beijing on 12 October 2022, ahead of the 20th Communist Party Congress meeting. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Ten years of political intervention: China’s economy at a crossroads

With the 20th Party Congress just days away, Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing looks at the government’s economic policies and actions over the past decade, including its cleanup of the technology and education sectors, and pandemic lockdowns. How has the party responded, and what impact has there been on the people?
A man buys a soft drink from a vendor in the Bund promenade along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, on 23 August 2022. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Street vendors making a comeback in Shanghai to boost ailing economy?

While still reeling from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Shanghai has loosened its regulations on the street stall economy. Some believe that the move will breathe life back into the stalled city, while others think it is a stopgap that will do little to help its domestic economy bounce back. Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
Men work at a construction site of apartment buildings in Beijing, China, 15 July 2022. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Can SOEs' property buying spree save China's ailing property market?

Recent news of a large-scale housing project acquisition by a state-owned enterprise (SOE) has gained widespread attention. While some are welcoming the government’s efforts to revive the sluggish property market, others are wary of profiteering and corruption opportunities. Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing takes a look at the implications of the SOE’s move and whether China’s property market will finally look up.
People wearing face masks pass by a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping, following the Covid-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China, 31 August 2022. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China's exorbitant cost of zero-Covid

Covid-19 prevention and control has normalised in Shanghai, but the economic costs are still being felt across the country. China has continually implemented new measures to balance pandemic control efforts and stimulate the struggling economy, but is it enough? Chen Jing, Zaobao correspondent based in Shanghai, tells us more.
China is clamping down on corruptions and wrongdoings in its chip industry. (iStock)

China’s chip industry 'Big Fund' crackdown: Corruptions or failed investments?

China’s Big Fund has come under scrutiny following a series of high-profile corruption investigations involving key persons in the chip industry. The CHIPS Act was also recently signed into law in the US to counter China, which makes things even more difficult for the sector. Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing speaks to industry experts to find out how the Big Fund can come out of this crisis.
Visitors stand near the party emblem at an exhibition on the Chinese Communist Party ahead of its 101st founding anniversary, at the National Museum in Beijing, China, 30 June 2022. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

Countdown to 20th Party Congress: Xi Jinping in command as China's party leadership takes shape

With the changes to provincial party committee members complete, the run-up to China’s 20th Party Congress continues. Major questions remain: who will take over from Li Keqiang as premier? And who will make it into the Politburo? Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
​A security guard and a volunteer behind a fence surrounding a residential neighbourhood placed under lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai, China, on 6 July 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Covid discrimination in China affecting work and everyday life

Discrimination against those who have had Covid-19 doesn’t only happen among neighbours and friends, but at the workplace and between localities too, says Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing. This discrimination is based on irrational fear and stems from China’s tight zero-Covid measures.
Pedestrians cross a road in Pudong's Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, China, on 20 June 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Shanghai hit by civil servant pay cuts

With the impact of the pandemic putting pressure on local government budgets across China, the latest wave of salary reductions for civil servants has taken hold in Shanghai, with no quarterly bonuses given out in some cases. China’s financial capital has not been doing well since the two-month pandemic lockdown took a heavy toll on businesses and general operations. Can the city recover?