Letter from the

Charting China's rise as a global power has emerged as one of the biggest, if not the biggest story of the 21st Century.

China is currently the world’s second largest economy, expected to overtake the United States as the largest in the next decade. China’s digital economy is booming, driven by technological innovation and an Internet user base exceeding the population of Europe. It is now home to more than one-third of the world’s unicorns -- those private companies valued at more than US$1 billion.

US President Donald Trump has focused on a US First strategy, offering China the opportunity to take a leadership position on the global stage. It already has been stepping up in supporting initiatives such as free trade and combating climate change.

In a world facing increasing tension around misinformation and miscommunication, much of the divide comes from a lack of understanding of the other side. That's why we want to tell the China story and explain its relevance and implications to our readers in a truthful, fair and balanced way.

The South China Morning Post has been the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. Our unique home base – Hong Kong – allows us to have in-depth understanding of the China story from an insider’s perspective, while enjoying a high level of freedom and independence granted by the city’s special constitutional principle of “One country, two systems”.

Today, our 114-year-old newspaper enters a new era with a new look and new identity. Our editorial principles require us to report with accuracy in a fair and balanced way, and we do not shy away from controversy. We commit to bringing you, to explaining to you, the best quality China story in the cutting edge formats that you, our readers, demand.

Tammy Tam
Editor-in-Chief, South China Morning Post

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