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 | Why Tsai Ing-wen’s success in containing Taiwan’s coronavirus outbreak could trigger a backlash from Beijing

Taiwan’s effective management of Covid-19 and its ‘mask diplomacy’ have raised its global profile, but it comes amid Beijing’s rising distrust of the island’s president and her party.

20 May 2020 - 6:30AM

Taiwan’s effective management of Covid-19 and its ‘mask diplomacy’ have raised its global profile, but it comes amid Beijing’s rising distrust of the island’s president and her party.

Why Tsai Ing-wen’s success in containing Taiwan’s coronavirus outbreak could trigger a backlash from Beijing
Sino File | There’s a hidden cost to coronavirus, and China is about to pay dearly

The virus itself can’t derail China’s economic miracle, but toxic geopolitics can.

17 May 2020 - 11:15AM

The virus itself can’t derail China’s economic miracle, but toxic geopolitics can.

There’s a hidden cost to coronavirus, and China is about to pay dearly
Sino File | Coronavirus: a scientific inquiry could prevent a US-China war

An investigation could clear Beijing’s name; without one, the whole world will be doomed to repeat history.

10 May 2020 - 12:54PM

An investigation could clear Beijing’s name; without one, the whole world will be doomed to repeat history.

Coronavirus: a scientific inquiry could prevent a US-China war
Sino File | A US move to seek coronavirus pandemic damages from China might well trigger war

Mounting calls in the US to demand compensation for perceived Chinese missteps over Covid-19 have the support of both political parties and public opinion. If Washington gave in, it would spell the end of 40 years of normalised diplomatic relations.

6 May 2020 - 3:39AM

Mounting calls in the US to demand compensation for perceived Chinese missteps over Covid-19 have the support of both political parties and public opinion. If Washington gave in, it would spell the end of 40 years of normalised diplomatic relations.

A US move to seek coronavirus pandemic damages from China might well trigger war
Sino File | Coronavirus: China faces an economic reckoning as Covid-19 turns world against globalisation

Trump, Brexit, trade war … the forces against globalisation have been gathering pace since 2008. Worryingly for China, the coronavirus threatens to deal the final blow.

3 May 2020 - 11:00AM

Trump, Brexit, trade war … the forces against globalisation have been gathering pace since 2008. Worryingly for China, the coronavirus threatens to deal the final blow.

Coronavirus: China faces an economic reckoning as Covid-19 turns world against globalisation
Sino File | Coronavirus: think the worst is over for China’s economy? Not so fast

Recent data has raised hopes of a slow recovery but the news might not be as good as it looks, writes Cary Huang.

26 Apr 2020 - 11:30AM

Recent data has raised hopes of a slow recovery but the news might not be as good as it looks, writes Cary Huang.

Coronavirus: think the worst is over for China’s economy? Not so fast
Sino File | The world is waking up to the risks of relying on China for its critical medical supplies

For the US and Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted China’s dominance in critical medical supplies.

22 Apr 2020 - 4:12PM

For the US and Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted China’s dominance in critical medical supplies.

The world is waking up to the risks of relying on China for its critical medical supplies
Sino File | What might affect more people than the coronavirus? Unemployment in China

Millions of people are already out of work in China, with more to come as Covid-19 hits every sector of the economy.

19 Apr 2020 - 11:00AM

Millions of people are already out of work in China, with more to come as Covid-19 hits every sector of the economy.

What might affect more people than the coronavirus? Unemployment in China
Sino File | As the coronavirus disrupts food supply chains, who will feed China?

China’s rulers have long seen the stable and sufficient supply of food as the most critical issue in maintaining political, social and economic stability.

12 Apr 2020 - 11:21AM

China’s rulers have long seen the stable and sufficient supply of food as the most critical issue in maintaining political, social and economic stability.

As the coronavirus disrupts food supply chains, who will feed China?
Sino File | Coronavirus has lit the fuse on a time bomb in China’s economy: debt

Beijing has a tough choice to make: tolerate an unprecedented slowdown or go for massive stimulus and risk explosive consequences.

5 Apr 2020 - 11:30AM

Beijing has a tough choice to make: tolerate an unprecedented slowdown or go for massive stimulus and risk explosive consequences.

Coronavirus has lit the fuse on a time bomb in China’s economy: debt
Sino File | Coronavirus: China should stop unrealistic planning and start rescuing the economy

Covid-19 has left China’s state planners scrambling to amend the delayed economic plan. Amid uncertainty about how long the pandemic will last, it makes more sense to work out a rescue plan than to set a unrealistic growth target.

1 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM

Covid-19 has left China’s state planners scrambling to amend the delayed economic plan. Amid uncertainty about how long the pandemic will last, it makes more sense to work out a rescue plan than to set a unrealistic growth target.

Coronavirus: China should stop unrealistic planning and start rescuing the economy
Sino File | Coronavirus: China can’t suppress it, US military can’t kill it. Covid-19 is the real Godzilla

The truth to emerge from the pandemic is that all human beings share a common destiny. We are embroiled in our biggest battle since World War II.

29 Mar 2020 - 11:41AM

The truth to emerge from the pandemic is that all human beings share a common destiny. We are embroiled in our biggest battle since World War II.

Coronavirus: China can’t suppress it, US military can’t kill it. Covid-19 is the real Godzilla
Sino File | Coronavirus: for China, the economic pain has only just begun

Projections for the first quarter of the year are grim enough for China’s communist leader. And they don’t even paint the full picture.

22 Mar 2020 - 4:23PM

Projections for the first quarter of the year are grim enough for China’s communist leader. And they don’t even paint the full picture.

Coronavirus: for China, the economic pain has only just begun
Sino File | Between the trade war and coronavirus, US-China relations are becoming more toxic

During the Sars outbreak and after the Sichuan earthquake, US administrations reached out to China. During the Covid-19 crisis, however, the two countries have been playing the blame game as hawks push for economic decoupling.

19 Mar 2020 - 3:42PM

During the Sars outbreak and after the Sichuan earthquake, US administrations reached out to China. During the Covid-19 crisis, however, the two countries have been playing the blame game as hawks push for economic decoupling.

Between the trade war and coronavirus, US-China relations are becoming more toxic
Sino File | Is the coronavirus fatal for economic globalisation?

The Covid-19 outbreak will foist profound changes on the world’s future development in terms of economics, society, diplomacy and geopolitics.

15 Mar 2020 - 11:04AM

The Covid-19 outbreak will foist profound changes on the world’s future development in terms of economics, society, diplomacy and geopolitics.

Is the coronavirus fatal for economic globalisation?
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