Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy

Reporter

Simone is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a reporter for the South China Morning Post and she previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English
Areas of Expertise
China society and education, gender rights
Why Xi Jinping wants everyone to know he ate on the train
Chinese President Xi Jinping is the kind of president who does not mind eating his dinner on the train and who shuns luxurious accommodation, according to the latest state media reports designed to portray him as a thrifty and frugal leader. The report by state news agency Xinhua published on Monday depicted him as a man who would spend his birthday working and personally intervened to ensure that meals in honor were not too extravagant. The report was also intended to reinforce the message to officials that staying down to earth was “no trivial matter” but was key to fulfilling the party’s “original mission” in what one analyst described as a Mao Zedong-style effort to show he was on the si
Why Xi Jinping wants everyone to know he ate on the train
US considers new human rights bill for Tibet
Washington has angered Beijing in recent months with a flurry of legislation targeting China’s treatment of human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Tibet is now joining the list. The US House of Representatives’ foreign affairs committee on Wednesday approved a bill calling for stronger US support for religious and human rights in Tibet, a step along the way to it becoming law. Known as the Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019, the bill is expected to go to the House for a full vote, although a date has not been set. US lawmakers have introduced legislation in recent months to allow for sanctions on individuals involved in the mass detention of at least a million members of Muslim minoritie
US considers new human rights bill for Tibet
China hopes to attract foreign workers to its booming East
Foreign workers in China have long complained about the bureaucracy and paperwork involved in getting a working visa, but that may be about to change after the authorities unveiled plans to streamline the application process. A policy document released on Sunday outlined plans for a series of pilot programs to reduce the red tape as part of a project to boost the Yangtze River Delta region, which includes major commercial cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. The plans, rubber-stamped by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council, aims to streamline work permit applications, permanent residency and employment for overseas workers. The plan aims to attract mo
China hopes to attract foreign workers to its booming East
Sentences for China drug gang provides rare window into war on fentanyl
The sentencing of a gang of drug traffickers in a smoggy city in northern China on Thursday offers a glimpse into a key area of cooperation between US authorities and their Chinese counterparts: tackling the deadly fentanyl scourge devastating communities across the United States. After the conclusion of the case – which saw one gang member given a suspended death sentence and eight others jailed, two of them for life – a group of Chinese and American law enforcement officers gathered in Xingtai, an industrial city in Hebei province, to share details of how their joint investigation brought down an international fentanyl smuggling operation. It was the first public example of how the two cou
Sentences for China drug gang provides rare window into war on fentanyl
Chinese professor accused of spying banned from entering 26 Europe states
A Chinese professor who headed a Confucius Institute in Brussels has been barred from entering the 26 European countries that make up the Schengen zone for eight years after being accused of espionage, amid growing scrutiny of the Beijing-run cultural offices that have been established at universities around the world. Song Xinning, former director of the institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), said he had been accused by authorities in Belgium of supporting Chinese intelligence activities in the city – an accusation he denied. The Belgian newspaper De Morgen reported on Tuesday that VUB had ignored a warning from the State Security Service about the institute’s activities. The ar
Chinese professor accused of spying banned from entering 26 Europe states
Trying for a baby? Study finds pollution is linked to miscarriages
Air pollution doesn’t just damage people’s lungs. Breathing in polluted air is linked to a greater risk of miscarriages, according to a new study. The research by Chinese scientists, published on Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, examined data from more than 255,000 pregnant women living in Beijing over an eight-year period. Researchers found a significant correlation between pollution levels and “missed abortions” in the first trimester, a common form of miscarriage that can go undiagnosed for weeks.  The risk of such a miscarriage, where a fetus or embryo will stop developing, increases sharply with higher concentrations of air pollutants, they found. The findings add to a growi
Trying for a baby? Study finds pollution is linked to miscarriages
Some Chinese are citing Trump to attack Hong Kong protesters
Chinese nationalists are now citing Donald Trump in condemning Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters.  A quote from Trump, in which he advocated for patriotism and national sovereignty, has attracted thousands of likes and comments after it was translated into Chinese and posted on the Twitter-like Weibo by the US embassy in China.  “Looking around and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see,” the quote went. “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation.” The quote, taken from Trump’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, was posted on W
Some Chinese are citing Trump to attack Hong Kong protesters
China’s tower of the gods
A building outside the Chinese capital Beijing has been turning heads with its giant figures depicting the Sanxing or “three star” deities – representing the qualities of Fortune (Fu), Status (Lu), and Longevity (Shou). Rising more than 130 foot above the streets of Yanjiao in China’s northern province of Hebei, the god images were reportedly added to the design of the Tianzi Hotel building to ward off evil spirits. Watch the video above.
China’s tower of the gods
China’s waste ban has turned Southeast Asia into the world’s dumping ground
Ever since China banned the import of most types of plastic waste in 2018, countries including the United States and Germany have sought to find somewhere else to send their trash. Now, Southeast Asia has become the world’s new dumping ground for plastic waste, and countries including Malaysia have seen a huge jump in waste imports. In 2018, Indonesia saw a 141% jump in plastic waste imports from the year before, according to government statistics. Residents in the Malaysian town of Jenjarom say many Chinese recyclers moved their businesses there, but dozens were suspected to be operating without proper permits, prompting a government crackdown.  Watch the video above for more.
China’s waste ban has turned Southeast Asia into the world’s dumping ground