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.

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 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?
People dressed as topless “Batman” at the Halloween parade. (Weibo)

Shanghai youths release pent-up emotions at 'Halloween with Chinese characteristics'

Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing recaps this year’s Halloween parade in Shanghai, which saw young people expressing their thoughts on current affairs through their costumes. Will Halloween celebrations be as boisterous next year?
China's Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives for a news conference after the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 15 March 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Netizens and scholars react to Li Keqiang's sudden death

The sudden death of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang from a heart attack at the age of 68 has prompted an outpouring of shock, as well as tributes in the form of videos about his life and work, as well as quotes. Lianhe Zaobao journalists Chen Jing and Miao Zong-Han look back on Li's career and give a sense of the reactions to his passing.
Pedestrians cross a street at a business district in Beijing on 14 August 2023. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Third quarter figures up: Does China’s economy still need strong medicine?

Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing notes that despite the high likelihood of China’s economy meeting its growth target this year, there is still a chance that the government might take strong measures to stimulate the economy further. However, given that it is late in the year, would any measures implemented achieve their intended effect and which sectors should they be targeted at?
People pose during the Rock Home Town festival in Shijiazhuang, China on 4 September 2023. (Andrea Verdelli/Bloomberg)

China's red-hot concert market is driving tourism consumption

Following the pandemic, pent-up demand for live concerts is driving up ticket prices to astronomical levels. Amid a less than encouraging economy, people are generally cutting down on non-essential spending, but the hope is that concerts will encourage travel and consumption and revitalise the economy. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing takes a closer look at the situation.
Travellers check in for flights at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China, on 27 September 2023, ahead of Golden Week. (Bloomberg)

Where are the Chinese tourists?

The Golden Week holiday in China is usually the peak period for travel and tourism, and tourist revenue. But even with the lifting of travel restrictions following the pandemic, the number of Chinese travellers going overseas is far from what it was before. Where are the Chinese tourists?
Visitors on Nanjing East Road in Shanghai, China, on 30 September 2023. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

[Big read] Why China will not be the next Japan

Recent economic indicators have signalled that China’s economy is bottoming out, but many still believe that more needs to be done as the effect of government policies are still falling short of expectations. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing speaks with analysts and academics to find out what China needs to do to avoid economic stagnation or even a collapse.