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.

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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.

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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
Sino File | Hong Kong protesters, Chinese hawks and US allies: the key players in Taiwan’s election

The island’s internal politics is heating up, with the pan-green and pan-blue parties scrabbling to present a united front – all while the trade war, Hong Kong’s protests and Beijing’s increasingly hawkish attitude have an effect.

22 Sep 2019 - 12:07PM

The island’s internal politics is heating up, with the pan-green and pan-blue parties scrabbling to present a united front – all while the trade war, Hong Kong’s protests and Beijing’s increasingly hawkish attitude have an effect.

Hong Kong protesters, Chinese hawks and US allies: the key players in Taiwan’s election
Sino File | Hong Kong still has the edge over Shenzhen and other Chinese cities, despite the protests

Any plan to sideline the defiant former British colony ignores the central role the financial hub plays for China’s economy. Its rule of law and various freedoms have become even more valuable now amid the US-China trade war.

18 Sep 2019 - 9:30AM

Any plan to sideline the defiant former British colony ignores the central role the financial hub plays for China’s economy. Its rule of law and various freedoms have become even more valuable now amid the US-China trade war.

Hong Kong still has the edge over Shenzhen and other Chinese cities, despite the protests
Sino File | Xi Jinping’s biggest headache isn’t Hong Kong. It’s the price of pork in China

Rocketing food prices make a mockery of Xi’s ‘Chinese dream’, threatening widespread discontent as a staple of the nation’s diet becomes out of reach to many

16 Sep 2019 - 10:47AM

Rocketing food prices make a mockery of Xi’s ‘Chinese dream’, threatening widespread discontent as a staple of the nation’s diet becomes out of reach to many

Xi Jinping’s biggest headache isn’t Hong Kong. It’s the price of pork in China
Sino File | Under Trump, US arms sales to Taiwan could be the new normal

American officials now talk of making the process a routine business, showing Washington’s willingness to confront Beijing even when relations are at their lowest ebb.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:15AM

American officials now talk of making the process a routine business, showing Washington’s willingness to confront Beijing even when relations are at their lowest ebb.

Under Trump, US arms sales to Taiwan could be the new normal
Sino File | The US breaks free of its nuclear treaty with Russia to focus on its main target: China

Washington is now free to test and deploy the intermediate-range missiles it believes it needs to compete with its most serious challenger. China’s growing arsenal sets the scene for the resurgence of nuclear geopolitics.

21 Aug 2019 - 4:46AM

Washington is now free to test and deploy the intermediate-range missiles it believes it needs to compete with its most serious challenger. China’s growing arsenal sets the scene for the resurgence of nuclear geopolitics.

The US breaks free of its nuclear treaty with Russia to focus on its main target: China
Sino File | What Trump really gains by calling China a currency manipulator

China fails to meet two of the three criteria set by the US Treasury to identify currency manipulators. So who is manipulating who?

19 Aug 2019 - 10:42AM

China fails to meet two of the three criteria set by the US Treasury to identify currency manipulators. So who is manipulating who?

What Trump really gains by calling China a currency manipulator
Sino File | Watch out free world, the China-Russia threat just went over your head

When warplanes from four countries faced off over the Sea of Japan, it was as much cold war thriller as it was Top Gun

11 Aug 2019 - 9:52AM

When warplanes from four countries faced off over the Sea of Japan, it was as much cold war thriller as it was Top Gun

Watch out free world, the China-Russia threat just went over your head
Opinion | China takes aim at the US for the first time in its defence white paper

Beijing acknowledges the competition with the US military, attacks its presence in the Asia-Pacific as destabilising and provocative, and clearly outlines China’s long-term aim to challenge US dominance.

7 Aug 2019 - 2:40AM

Beijing acknowledges the competition with the US military, attacks its presence in the Asia-Pacific as destabilising and provocative, and clearly outlines China’s long-term aim to challenge US dominance.

China takes aim at the US for the first time in its defence white paper
Sino File | Golden era with China, or special relationship with Trump? Brexit Boris must choose for Britain

Managing relations with the warring world powers will be a delicate balancing act for Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson. Will it be economic interest or the weight of history that tips the scales?

4 Aug 2019 - 11:00AM

Managing relations with the warring world powers will be a delicate balancing act for Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson. Will it be economic interest or the weight of history that tips the scales?

Golden era with China, or special relationship with Trump? Brexit Boris must choose for Britain
Seaside break no summer camp for China leadership at Beidaihe resort

US-China relations, unrest in Hong Kong, Taiwan elections and the economy are all expected to be discussed by past and present leaders.

30 Jul 2019 - 12:52PM

US-China relations, unrest in Hong Kong, Taiwan elections and the economy are all expected to be discussed by past and present leaders.

Seaside break no summer camp for China leadership at Beidaihe resort
Sino File | Taiwan’s 2020 election candidates? It’s the US vs China

Never has the question of whether to align with Washington or Beijing been more important for voters in the island’s presidential race.

28 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

Never has the question of whether to align with Washington or Beijing been more important for voters in the island’s presidential race.

Taiwan’s 2020 election candidates? It’s the US vs China
Obituary: Li Peng, China’s technocrat ‘communist warrior’ who rose to the top in chaotic times

Li became premier as conservatives and reformists fought over country’s direction in 1980s and 90s, and oversaw Tiananmen Square crackdown.

24 Jul 2019 - 6:14AM

Li became premier as conservatives and reformists fought over country’s direction in 1980s and 90s, and oversaw Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Obituary: Li Peng, China’s technocrat ‘communist warrior’ who rose to the top in chaotic times
Sino File | China must redirect its state-led capitalism to reverse its downward economic trend

Although June saw a spike in key sectors, many economists warn that this will almost certainly not translate into the beginning of a new upward trend as the gains are not sustainable, writes Cary Huang

21 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

Although June saw a spike in key sectors, many economists warn that this will almost certainly not translate into the beginning of a new upward trend as the gains are not sustainable, writes Cary Huang

China must redirect its state-led capitalism to reverse its downward economic trend
Sino File | Wary of China, the US is normalising Taiwan ties with bigger and more frequent arms sales

Donald Trump is approving more frequent arms sales to Taiwan as part of a deliberate policy to deepen the strategic partnership between the two democratic allies in the face of the challenge from communist China.

17 Jul 2019 - 4:09PM

Donald Trump is approving more frequent arms sales to Taiwan as part of a deliberate policy to deepen the strategic partnership between the two democratic allies in the face of the challenge from communist China.

Wary of China, the US is normalising Taiwan ties with bigger and more frequent arms sales
Sino File | Erdogan abandoned the Uygurs to court China. Will he do same to the US?

The Turkish leader once described Beijing’s treatment of the Muslim community as ‘genocide’ – now he calls it ‘deradicalisation’. How far is he willing to go in seeking Beijing’s favour?

14 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

The Turkish leader once described Beijing’s treatment of the Muslim community as ‘genocide’ – now he calls it ‘deradicalisation’. How far is he willing to go in seeking Beijing’s favour?

Erdogan abandoned the Uygurs to court China. Will he do same to the US?
Sino File | US-China trade war: ignore the hype, Trump and Xi are no closer to a deal, even if they are ‘friends’

Neither leader has agreed to anything more than they had previously. And the lack of a deadline to negotiate the final ‘10 per cent’ of sticking points betrays a lack of confidence that doing so is even possible.

7 Jul 2019 - 11:15AM

Neither leader has agreed to anything more than they had previously. And the lack of a deadline to negotiate the final ‘10 per cent’ of sticking points betrays a lack of confidence that doing so is even possible.

US-China trade war: ignore the hype, Trump and Xi are no closer to a deal, even if they are ‘friends’
Sino File | Despite the pomp, China and North Korea are now more business partners than brothers in arms

The show of friendship when Kim Jong-un hosted Xi Jinping last month in a Chinese leader’s first-ever state visit cannot cover up the cracks in the traditionally ‘teeth and lips’ relationship between the two communist allies.

2 Jul 2019 - 7:09PM

The show of friendship when Kim Jong-un hosted Xi Jinping last month in a Chinese leader’s first-ever state visit cannot cover up the cracks in the traditionally ‘teeth and lips’ relationship between the two communist allies.

Despite the pomp, China and North Korea are now more business partners than brothers in arms
Sino File | What’s to stop Hong Kong’s ‘well water’ mixing with Beijing’s ‘river water’? Nothing, the extradition law mess proves it

When Hongkongers protested against the Tiananmen crackdown, Jiang Zemin said the “well water should not mix with the river water”. Thirty years on, it’s apparent there’s no filter to stop that happening

30 Jun 2019 - 11:00AM

When Hongkongers protested against the Tiananmen crackdown, Jiang Zemin said the “well water should not mix with the river water”. Thirty years on, it’s apparent there’s no filter to stop that happening

What’s to stop Hong Kong’s ‘well water’ mixing with Beijing’s ‘river water’? Nothing, the extradition law mess proves it