Cary Huang

Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.
Cary Huang
Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.

Latest from Cary Huang

Sino File | As with Huawei, China thinks it can split the US and EU. It’s wrong

Beijing, Brussels and Washington appear stuck in an uncomfortable diplomatic love triangle. China may think it’s the new apple of the EU’s eye, but in the end Europe will stick with its old flame, America

24 Mar 2019 - 11:15AM

Beijing, Brussels and Washington appear stuck in an uncomfortable diplomatic love triangle. China may think it’s the new apple of the EU’s eye, but in the end Europe will stick with its old flame, America

As with Huawei, China thinks it can split the US and EU. It’s wrong
Sino File | For both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, the trade war is a test of political will and ideology

Though the reforms that the US demands are also to China’s benefit, both leaders, and the political and economic systems they represent, are so far apart in ideology that an agreement can only come about through compromise. But whose compromise?

20 Mar 2019 - 2:03AM

Though the reforms that the US demands are also to China’s benefit, both leaders, and the political and economic systems they represent, are so far apart in ideology that an agreement can only come about through compromise. But whose compromise?

For both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, the trade war is a test of political will and ideology
Sino File | As China chases economic growth, pollution and poverty will take a back seat

It’s bad news for those blue skies: in a year of sensitive political anniversaries, stability obsessed Beijing is likely to prioritise economic growth over its ‘three critical battles’ against financial risks, pollution and poverty

17 Mar 2019 - 11:00AM

It’s bad news for those blue skies: in a year of sensitive political anniversaries, stability obsessed Beijing is likely to prioritise economic growth over its ‘three critical battles’ against financial risks, pollution and poverty

As China chases economic growth, pollution and poverty will take a back seat
Sino File | Shenzhen’s economy is bigger than Hong Kong’s. But does size matter?

Hong Kong’s economy grew 3 per cent last year compared with Shenzhen’s 7.6 per cent growth, but for the likes of per capita income and social, cultural and educational development the former British colony is still on top.

10 Mar 2019 - 11:33AM

Hong Kong’s economy grew 3 per cent last year compared with Shenzhen’s 7.6 per cent growth, but for the likes of per capita income and social, cultural and educational development the former British colony is still on top.

Shenzhen’s economy is bigger than Hong Kong’s. But does size matter?
Opinion | Trump met Kim in Hanoi, and the biggest winner may be Vietnam

Vietnam’s role as host of the high-profile summit has consolidated its friendship with the US, further boosting its standing in Southeast Asian affairs.

5 Mar 2019 - 7:21PM

Vietnam’s role as host of the high-profile summit has consolidated its friendship with the US, further boosting its standing in Southeast Asian affairs.

Trump met Kim in Hanoi, and the biggest winner may be Vietnam
Sino File | China tries to forget, but its war with Vietnam ended with a US victory. Just look at Trump

The 40th anniversary of the Sino-Vietnamese war is passing largely unnoticed in China, where commemorative activity has been banned – but Vietnam bitterly recalls the conflict that sent it into America’s embrace.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:28AM

The 40th anniversary of the Sino-Vietnamese war is passing largely unnoticed in China, where commemorative activity has been banned – but Vietnam bitterly recalls the conflict that sent it into America’s embrace.

China tries to forget, but its war with Vietnam ended with a US victory. Just look at Trump
Sino File | China must choose: growth or lasting economic health. It can’t have both

Beijing is trying to achieve two opposing goals – reducing debt and boosting GDP. Amid economic headwinds, something must give

25 Feb 2019 - 12:29PM

Beijing is trying to achieve two opposing goals – reducing debt and boosting GDP. Amid economic headwinds, something must give

China must choose: growth or lasting economic health. It can’t have both
Obituary | Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101

As a lone dissenting voice among China’s ruling elite, Li spoke out against Xi Jinping and the cult of personality.

16 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

As a lone dissenting voice among China’s ruling elite, Li spoke out against Xi Jinping and the cult of personality.

Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101
Sino File | China’s bid to boost economic growth will do more harm than good

A slowdown in growth is to be expected given China’s economic restructuring. Overreacting and jeopardising that restructuring will bring short-term gain, but long-term pain

3 Feb 2019 - 10:46AM

A slowdown in growth is to be expected given China’s economic restructuring. Overreacting and jeopardising that restructuring will bring short-term gain, but long-term pain

China’s bid to boost economic growth will do more harm than good
Opinion | How China’s aid to Venezuela has gone from a win-win to a lose-lose

Beijing’s massive investment in the corrupt Maduro regime has been a mistake. China has failed to save Venezuela from economic collapse, and serious questions are being asked about Beijing’s sensitivity in managing geopolitical risks.

2 Feb 2019 - 6:33AM

Beijing’s massive investment in the corrupt Maduro regime has been a mistake. China has failed to save Venezuela from economic collapse, and serious questions are being asked about Beijing’s sensitivity in managing geopolitical risks.

How China’s aid to Venezuela has gone from a win-win to a lose-lose
Sino File | Flying distance for a dictator, neutral on nukes: why Vietnam is perfect for Trump-Kim summit

When you’re a communist nation with ties to both the world’s leading democracy and its most repressive regime, it’s hard even for China to oppose your credentials as host

28 Jan 2019 - 4:40PM

When you’re a communist nation with ties to both the world’s leading democracy and its most repressive regime, it’s hard even for China to oppose your credentials as host

Flying distance for a dictator, neutral on nukes: why Vietnam is perfect for Trump-Kim summit
Sino File | US-China trade war: gloomy exports give Beijing 3 reasons to worry

The latest figures confirm the worst fears of China’s policymakers as Trump’s tariffs take hold, trade with the US deteriorates and domestic sentiment weakens

20 Jan 2019 - 11:02AM

The latest figures confirm the worst fears of China’s policymakers as Trump’s tariffs take hold, trade with the US deteriorates and domestic sentiment weakens

US-China trade war: gloomy exports give Beijing 3 reasons to worry
Opinion | How North Korea could be the balm that soothes tensions between China and the US

A resolution to the problem of a nuclear North Korea would be a diplomatic win that would serve Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un well, and might soften US-China rhetoric on trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

17 Jan 2019 - 4:14AM

A resolution to the problem of a nuclear North Korea would be a diplomatic win that would serve Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un well, and might soften US-China rhetoric on trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

How North Korea could be the balm that soothes tensions between China and the US
Sino File | China’s Xi Jinping has opened the door to war with Taiwan

After 40 years of peace efforts since Beijing’s ‘Message to compatriots in Taiwan’, the president’s forceful words show threat of conflict has only grown

13 Jan 2019 - 10:32AM

After 40 years of peace efforts since Beijing’s ‘Message to compatriots in Taiwan’, the president’s forceful words show threat of conflict has only grown

China’s Xi Jinping has opened the door to war with Taiwan
Sino File | China has a lot to celebrate in 2019, but it also has old wounds to heal

Beijing has a packed calendar of commemorative events, many of which are politically charged or divisive. For a nation moving forward, it’s time to acknowledge the difficult past

5 Jan 2019 - 9:33AM

Beijing has a packed calendar of commemorative events, many of which are politically charged or divisive. For a nation moving forward, it’s time to acknowledge the difficult past

China has a lot to celebrate in 2019, but it also has old wounds to heal
Opinion | Talk about stability in China is empty, if Beijing can’t deliver on reform

Beijing’s proposal to stabilise trade and markets only betrays its lack of confidence in the economic outlook. To ensure stability, it should restore confidence by committing to market reform and political restructuring.

1 Jan 2019 - 6:57PM

Beijing’s proposal to stabilise trade and markets only betrays its lack of confidence in the economic outlook. To ensure stability, it should restore confidence by committing to market reform and political restructuring.

Talk about stability in China is empty, if Beijing can’t deliver on reform
Sino File | China returns to growth to offset US trade war risk, but is it the right move?

The annual Central Economic Work Conference, which concluded last week, declared a major shift in focus from the 2017 deleveraging campaign towards a more growth-oriented policy easing.

30 Dec 2018 - 2:19PM

The annual Central Economic Work Conference, which concluded last week, declared a major shift in focus from the 2017 deleveraging campaign towards a more growth-oriented policy easing.

China returns to growth to offset US trade war risk, but is it the right move?
Sino File | Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s arrest is just a taste of the US-China battle to come

As the Western Five Eyes intelligence services ramp up their war on China’s 5G giants Huawei and ZTE, Asian countries will be forced into unpalatable choices

23 Dec 2018 - 9:32AM

As the Western Five Eyes intelligence services ramp up their war on China’s 5G giants Huawei and ZTE, Asian countries will be forced into unpalatable choices

Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s arrest is just a taste of the US-China battle to come
Sino File | Forget Trump-Xi trade war ‘truce’, the US-China rivalry is just getting started

Washington and Beijing may have smoothed over tensions for now, but they are destined to remain the world’s chief political adversaries

10 Dec 2018 - 2:50PM

Washington and Beijing may have smoothed over tensions for now, but they are destined to remain the world’s chief political adversaries

Forget Trump-Xi trade war ‘truce’, the US-China rivalry is just getting started
Opinion | Taiwan, Asia’s leading democracy, cannot escape Beijing’s watchful gaze

Taiwan’s referendum last month makes it the undisputed champion of direct democracy in the region, with inevitable implications on its domestic politics and already tense cross-strait relations.

5 Dec 2018 - 4:03AM

Taiwan’s referendum last month makes it the undisputed champion of direct democracy in the region, with inevitable implications on its domestic politics and already tense cross-strait relations.

Taiwan, Asia’s leading democracy, cannot escape Beijing’s watchful gaze
Sino File | The KMT’s election win in Taiwan has nothing to do with Beijing

The city and county polls have seen the mainland-friendly Kuomintang resoundingly defeat the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

3 Dec 2018 - 6:50AM

The city and county polls have seen the mainland-friendly Kuomintang resoundingly defeat the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party.

The KMT’s election win in Taiwan has nothing to do with Beijing
Sino File | Stuck between a US and China heading for war, Asia’s no safe place to be

Imagine a dragon and an elephant fighting in your living room and you have an idea of how US-China friction soured the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea. And worse is yet to come

11 Jan 2019 - 6:32PM

Imagine a dragon and an elephant fighting in your living room and you have an idea of how US-China friction soured the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea. And worse is yet to come

Stuck between a US and China heading for war, Asia’s no safe place to be
Opinion | When Donald Trump and Xi Jinping both want to make their countries great again, how can the US and China get along?

The US and China have become incompatible in the Trump years. But the relationship is more complicated than that, and the two countries do not have to be on a collision course.

21 Nov 2018 - 1:33AM

The US and China have become incompatible in the Trump years. But the relationship is more complicated than that, and the two countries do not have to be on a collision course.

When Donald Trump and Xi Jinping both want to make their countries great again, how can the US and China get along?
Sino File | Trump has lost the House, not the incentive for his trade war with China

Widespread anti-China sentiment across the US political spectrum means there’s little chance of the trade war ending any time soon

18 Nov 2018 - 9:04AM

Widespread anti-China sentiment across the US political spectrum means there’s little chance of the trade war ending any time soon

Trump has lost the House, not the incentive for his trade war with China
Over 40 years of diplomatic drama, a rising China opens up to, and transforms, the world

When Deng Xiaoping launched his opening-up policy in 1978, he also declared a new era of diplomacy to match China’s domestic agenda of economic development.

14 Nov 2018 - 9:28AM

When Deng Xiaoping launched his opening-up policy in 1978, he also declared a new era of diplomacy to match China’s domestic agenda of economic development.

Over 40 years of diplomatic drama, a rising China opens up to, and transforms, the world
Sino File | China must open its markets to weather Trump’s trade war

Market liberalisation is Beijing’s only realistic option to turn around flagging growth in the world’s second-largest economy

11 Nov 2018 - 11:02AM

Market liberalisation is Beijing’s only realistic option to turn around flagging growth in the world’s second-largest economy

China must open its markets to weather Trump’s trade war
Sino File | Of Asia’s big 3, India and Japan can be friends. Why not China?

The Japanese leader Shinzo Abe’s meetings with India’s Narendra Modi and China’s Xi Jinping were just days apart, but the mood was very different

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

The Japanese leader Shinzo Abe’s meetings with India’s Narendra Modi and China’s Xi Jinping were just days apart, but the mood was very different

Of Asia’s big 3, India and Japan can be friends. Why not China?
Opinion | Why China and Japan will continue to be frenemies despite Abe’s visit signalling warmer ties

Cary Huang says the trade war has pushed China and Japan closer together but the Japanese prime minister’s trip to Beijing did not address fundamental differences between the two countries.

31 Oct 2018 - 4:00AM

Cary Huang says the trade war has pushed China and Japan closer together but the Japanese prime minister’s trip to Beijing did not address fundamental differences between the two countries.

Why China and Japan will continue to be frenemies despite Abe’s visit signalling warmer ties
Sino File | These US-China military tussles are how next world war begins

If the final stage of geopolitical rivalry is military confrontation, the starting pistol may already have been fired

29 Oct 2018 - 2:40PM

If the final stage of geopolitical rivalry is military confrontation, the starting pistol may already have been fired

These US-China military tussles are how next world war begins
Sino File | Taiwan’s cosying up to Trump could spark a China-US war

Taipei seems happy to exploit Sino-American tensions for its diplomatic struggle with Beijing. Perhaps it should cast its mind back to the 1960s – when the US openly debated nuclear war over its islands.

21 Oct 2018 - 12:12PM

Taipei seems happy to exploit Sino-American tensions for its diplomatic struggle with Beijing. Perhaps it should cast its mind back to the 1960s – when the US openly debated nuclear war over its islands.

Taiwan’s cosying up to Trump could spark a China-US war