Cary Huang

Hong Kong

Cary Huang

Columnist

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.

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Sino File | Coronavirus: to Chinese democracy what Chernobyl was to glasnost?

China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:00AM

China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.

Coronavirus: to Chinese democracy what Chernobyl was to glasnost?
Sino File | Six ways the coronavirus crisis will change China’s relations with the world

The Covid-19 epidemic is disrupting the global economy, supply chains and diplomatic events. Beijing likes to say that any event within its jurisdiction is an internal affair, but that clearly doesn’t apply in this case.

19 Feb 2020 - 4:26AM

The Covid-19 epidemic is disrupting the global economy, supply chains and diplomatic events. Beijing likes to say that any event within its jurisdiction is an internal affair, but that clearly doesn’t apply in this case.

Six ways the coronavirus crisis will change China’s relations with the world
Sino File | Forget Sars, the new coronavirus threatens a meltdown in China’s economy

Economically speaking, Covid-19 is far more deadly than 2003’s Sars. This time around, a worst-case scenario threatens financial collapse, foreign exodus and large-scale bankruptcy.

16 Feb 2020 - 12:42PM

Economically speaking, Covid-19 is far more deadly than 2003’s Sars. This time around, a worst-case scenario threatens financial collapse, foreign exodus and large-scale bankruptcy.

Forget Sars, the new coronavirus threatens a meltdown in China’s economy
Sino File | The coronavirus threatens the Chinese Communist Party’s grip on power

Authoritarianism has made this outbreak worse, not better. The state’s strength in controlling information and suppressing dissent is a weakness in fighting disease.

9 Feb 2020 - 3:35PM

Authoritarianism has made this outbreak worse, not better. The state’s strength in controlling information and suppressing dissent is a weakness in fighting disease.

The coronavirus threatens the Chinese Communist Party’s grip on power
Sino File | In the Year of the Rat, the US-China trade deal will not usher in a season of goodwill

The interim accord does not address the rapid deterioration in Sino-US relations, amid their increasing divergence in geopolitics, strategic goals and ideologies.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM

The interim accord does not address the rapid deterioration in Sino-US relations, amid their increasing divergence in geopolitics, strategic goals and ideologies.

In the Year of the Rat, the US-China trade deal will not usher in a season of goodwill
Sino File | Taiwan election: Hong Kong won it, Beijing lost it

Beijing’s pressure on Taipei gave the Democratic Progressive Party a boost in the island’s polls, on its way to a landslide victory over the Kuomintang.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:23PM

Beijing’s pressure on Taipei gave the Democratic Progressive Party a boost in the island’s polls, on its way to a landslide victory over the Kuomintang.

Taiwan election: Hong Kong won it, Beijing lost it
Sino File | Can Xi Jinping plug the trust deficit in stalled US-North Korea nuclear negotiations?

High-profile summits between Kim and Trump have ended in failure, with Pyongyang lifting its moratorium on nuclear testing. China, an acknowledged partner of influence in the region, should embrace its role as peacemaker.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:15PM

High-profile summits between Kim and Trump have ended in failure, with Pyongyang lifting its moratorium on nuclear testing. China, an acknowledged partner of influence in the region, should embrace its role as peacemaker.

Can Xi Jinping plug the trust deficit in stalled US-North Korea nuclear negotiations?
Sino File | US-Iran crisis: a Middle East war risks drawing in China and Russia, too

Beijing and Moscow have stood by Tehran in the face of Washington’s belligerence. Now they must decide: how true a friend is Iran, really

17 Feb 2020 - 8:07PM

Beijing and Moscow have stood by Tehran in the face of Washington’s belligerence. Now they must decide: how true a friend is Iran, really

US-Iran crisis: a Middle East war risks drawing in China and Russia, too
Sino File | China, Japan and South Korea must choose: history or economics

The three countries have a complicated rivalry over war history and territorial claims, but economic cooperation remains their biggest bond.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM

The three countries have a complicated rivalry over war history and territorial claims, but economic cooperation remains their biggest bond.

China, Japan and South Korea must choose: history or economics
Opinion | How the US trade war brings out China’s best hopes and worst fears for its economy

China’s trade and tariff war with the US is its biggest economic threat with growth now expected to slip below the psychologically important 6 per cent figure. Yet the possibility of comprehensive US-China trade deals also underpins Beijing’s hopes of returning to sustainable growth.

1 Jan 2020 - 4:35AM

China’s trade and tariff war with the US is its biggest economic threat with growth now expected to slip below the psychologically important 6 per cent figure. Yet the possibility of comprehensive US-China trade deals also underpins Beijing’s hopes of returning to sustainable growth.

How the US trade war brings out China’s best hopes and worst fears for its economy
Sino File | Why China’s crackdown on academic freedom will backfire

Beijing’s recent decision to remove a statement about academic freedom sparked protests at Fudan University – and they had a point.

29 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

Beijing’s recent decision to remove a statement about academic freedom sparked protests at Fudan University – and they had a point.

Why China’s crackdown on academic freedom will backfire
Sino File | The US and China have a trade deal, but only Washington has what it wants

The trade talks have always been a one-way avenue – a deal between what the US wants and what China can give.

22 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

The trade talks have always been a one-way avenue – a deal between what the US wants and what China can give.

The US and China have a trade deal, but only Washington has what it wants
Sino File | US-China decoupling would spell the end of globalisation and China’s growth story

Decoupling has started but the signing of a phase-one US-China trade deal holds out hope that Washington is not ready to fully unfurl protectionism even as Beijing is unprepared for complete self-reliance.

18 Dec 2019 - 5:22AM

Decoupling has started but the signing of a phase-one US-China trade deal holds out hope that Washington is not ready to fully unfurl protectionism even as Beijing is unprepared for complete self-reliance.

US-China decoupling would spell the end of globalisation and China’s growth story
Sino File | Beijing’s nightmare is coming true. China is Nato’s new communist target

The bickering by Macron and Trump distracted from the real development at Nato’s UK summit: a focus on Beijing’s growing military clout.

15 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

The bickering by Macron and Trump distracted from the real development at Nato’s UK summit: a focus on Beijing’s growing military clout.

Beijing’s nightmare is coming true. China is Nato’s new communist target
Sino File | The US and China beware: trade war tariffs are a double-edged sword

Rhetoric over the taxes suggests they have become the main stumbling block in trade talks, but America should know a double-edged sword has ramifications.

8 Dec 2019 - 11:30AM

Rhetoric over the taxes suggests they have become the main stumbling block in trade talks, but America should know a double-edged sword has ramifications.

The US and China beware: trade war tariffs are a double-edged sword
Sino File | Hit hard by the trade war, China’s economic outlook is uncertain – except for one thing: growth is sure to decline

Already grappling with its own deleveraging campaign, rising inflation and an ageing population, China is reeling from US tariffs that strike at the heart of an economy whose explosive growth was grounded in free trade and globalisation.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:56AM

Already grappling with its own deleveraging campaign, rising inflation and an ageing population, China is reeling from US tariffs that strike at the heart of an economy whose explosive growth was grounded in free trade and globalisation.

Hit hard by the trade war, China’s economic outlook is uncertain – except for one thing: growth is sure to decline
Sino File | China’s miracle economy has a secret ingredient: cooked GDP books

Why fear not making good that pledge about doubling the size of the economy when the figures can simply be massaged into place?

1 Dec 2019 - 11:30AM

Why fear not making good that pledge about doubling the size of the economy when the figures can simply be massaged into place?

China’s miracle economy has a secret ingredient: cooked GDP books
Sino File | The China-Russia challenge to the US-led West has hit a BRICS wall

As the marriage of convenience between the emerging economies enters a second decade, money problems and diverging ambitions threaten to dissolve its relevance.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:45PM

As the marriage of convenience between the emerging economies enters a second decade, money problems and diverging ambitions threaten to dissolve its relevance.

The China-Russia challenge to the US-led West has hit a BRICS wall
Opinion | 30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, China’s digital barriers are stronger and protectionism is making a global comeback

The end of the cold war failed to reshape China, which used the free market and technology to build a prosperous surveillance state. Now, a US-led coalition of democracies are ranged against China in a new cold war.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:15PM

The end of the cold war failed to reshape China, which used the free market and technology to build a prosperous surveillance state. Now, a US-led coalition of democracies are ranged against China in a new cold war.

30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, China’s digital barriers are stronger and protectionism is making a global comeback
Sino File | Rising pork prices hide a far bigger problem for China’s economy

Rising pork prices have put the spotlight on a rise in consumer inflation. But the bigger picture is one of waning demand and slowing economic activity. 

17 Nov 2019 - 11:00AM

Rising pork prices have put the spotlight on a rise in consumer inflation. But the bigger picture is one of waning demand and slowing economic activity. 

Rising pork prices hide a far bigger problem for China’s economy
Sino File | When US hawks call China’s Communist Party a threat to world peace, it’s no longer just rhetoric

In differentiating the Communist Party from the Chinese people, Pompeo has escalated the US-China struggle. His words are not propaganda, but cold, hard policy.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:00AM

In differentiating the Communist Party from the Chinese people, Pompeo has escalated the US-China struggle. His words are not propaganda, but cold, hard policy.

When US hawks call China’s Communist Party a threat to world peace, it’s no longer just rhetoric
Sino File | Don’t be fooled. The US and China have done a deal, but it’s not the real deal

An interim trade deal may help both sides alleviate the pain of the tariff war for now, but it provides no incentive for a more comprehensive arrangement. The truth is the gap is getting ever wider – putting both peace and growth at risk 

4 Nov 2019 - 12:54PM

An interim trade deal may help both sides alleviate the pain of the tariff war for now, but it provides no incentive for a more comprehensive arrangement. The truth is the gap is getting ever wider – putting both peace and growth at risk 

Don’t be fooled. The US and China have done a deal, but it’s not the real deal
Opinion | From the US-China trade war to Trump’s impeachment inquiry and Brexit, record levels of political uncertainty are battering the global economy

Geopolitical tensions and rising protectionism are pushing global uncertainty indices to, or near to, record highs, leaving world economic growth and trade teetering on a knife edge.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:40AM

Geopolitical tensions and rising protectionism are pushing global uncertainty indices to, or near to, record highs, leaving world economic growth and trade teetering on a knife edge.

From the US-China trade war to Trump’s impeachment inquiry and Brexit, record levels of political uncertainty are battering the global economy
Sino File | China’s economy is slowing, but it has the keys to future growth

Free-market reform and opening up its economy are the two most critical and interconnected issues as Beijing looks to its future development.

27 Oct 2019 - 11:30AM

Free-market reform and opening up its economy are the two most critical and interconnected issues as Beijing looks to its future development.

China’s economy is slowing, but it has the keys to future growth
Sino File | US-China trade war: who wanted a deal the most? Just look at the concessions made by both sides

Washington offered one concession – deferring the October 15 tariff hikes – while Beijing backed down on US farm purchases, IP and tech transfers, financial market liberalisation, exchange-rate regime reform and an enforcement mechanism.

23 Oct 2019 - 4:23AM

Washington offered one concession – deferring the October 15 tariff hikes – while Beijing backed down on US farm purchases, IP and tech transfers, financial market liberalisation, exchange-rate regime reform and an enforcement mechanism.

US-China trade war: who wanted a deal the most? Just look at the concessions made by both sides
Sino File | Chinese soft power is a carrot being undermined by a stick

Beijing’s big spending on soft power will have little effect if it sticks to hard power foreign policies. 

20 Oct 2019 - 1:33PM

Beijing’s big spending on soft power will have little effect if it sticks to hard power foreign policies. 

Chinese soft power is a carrot being undermined by a stick
Sino File | China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring

The sheer amount of weaponry on display has undermined Beijing’s efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals.

13 Oct 2019 - 11:15AM

The sheer amount of weaponry on display has undermined Beijing’s efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals.

China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring
Sino File | Beijing’s pressure will only push Taiwan further out of reach

China hopes its strong-arm tactics will persuade Taiwan to spurn President Tsai Ing-wen, but the assertive approach could backfire and eventually lead to a stronger push for statehood.

6 Oct 2019 - 11:00AM

China hopes its strong-arm tactics will persuade Taiwan to spurn President Tsai Ing-wen, but the assertive approach could backfire and eventually lead to a stronger push for statehood.

Beijing’s pressure will only push Taiwan further out of reach
Sino File | A shortage of pork and oil raises the spectre of inflation, and China should be afraid

A double whammy of the African swine fever outbreak and an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a major oil supplier for China, could send prices of both vital commodities soaring at a vulnerable time for the Chinese economy.

2 Oct 2019 - 9:00AM

A double whammy of the African swine fever outbreak and an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a major oil supplier for China, could send prices of both vital commodities soaring at a vulnerable time for the Chinese economy.

A shortage of pork and oil raises the spectre of inflation, and China should be afraid
Sino File | China at 70 has much to celebrate, but its biggest challenges lie ahead

Look beyond the goose-stepping troops and nuclear missiles of China’s National Day parade, however, and it is clear the Communist Party has its work cut out for it to make the country a true superpower.

30 Sep 2019 - 9:57PM

Look beyond the goose-stepping troops and nuclear missiles of China’s National Day parade, however, and it is clear the Communist Party has its work cut out for it to make the country a true superpower.

China at 70 has much to celebrate, but its biggest challenges lie ahead