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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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

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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
Sino File | If Xi can matchmake Trump and Korea’s Kim, why not Iran’s Rowhani too?

Xi’s Pyongyang visit could see a trade-off between the US-China trade row and denuclearisation, which both Washington and Beijing want – and the US and China can also find compatible interests in the Middle East.

23 Jun 2019 - 2:00AM

Xi’s Pyongyang visit could see a trade-off between the US-China trade row and denuclearisation, which both Washington and Beijing want – and the US and China can also find compatible interests in the Middle East.

If Xi can matchmake Trump and Korea’s Kim, why not Iran’s Rowhani too?
Hong Kong’s extradition protests may have given Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, a boost Beijing won’t appreciate
Sino File | Forget the Xi-Putin bromance, the US-UK special relationship is more special than the China-Russia one

The ‘big five’ of the UN Security Council have split into two alliances: the US, Britain and France in one, China and Russia in the other. One of the relationships has stood the test of time – is the other just a marriage of convenience?

16 Jun 2019 - 11:15AM

The ‘big five’ of the UN Security Council have split into two alliances: the US, Britain and France in one, China and Russia in the other. One of the relationships has stood the test of time – is the other just a marriage of convenience?

Forget the Xi-Putin bromance, the US-UK special relationship is more special than the China-Russia one
Sino File | US-China trade war: Trump and Xi are locked in world’s largest game of chicken, and neither can blink

Neither side can afford a trade war – and neither side can afford to back down.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:44AM

Neither side can afford a trade war – and neither side can afford to back down.

US-China trade war: Trump and Xi are locked in world’s largest game of chicken, and neither can blink
Sino File | China’s ban on rare earths didn’t work on Japan and won’t work in the trade war with the US

China is the world’s biggest producer of rare earths but doesn’t have the monopoly on them. After Beijing briefly weaponised them against Tokyo, the Japanese built their own supply chain. China should not use them again, against the US.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:58AM

China is the world’s biggest producer of rare earths but doesn’t have the monopoly on them. After Beijing briefly weaponised them against Tokyo, the Japanese built their own supply chain. China should not use them again, against the US.

China’s ban on rare earths didn’t work on Japan and won’t work in the trade war with the US
Sino File | Tiananmen Square crackdown: 30 years on, Beijing can turn tragedy into opportunity

No event in history has done so much to tarnish the Communist Party. But it is not too late to salvage something good from this stain on its history

2 Jun 2019 - 11:00AM

No event in history has done so much to tarnish the Communist Party. But it is not too late to salvage something good from this stain on its history

Tiananmen Square crackdown: 30 years on, Beijing can turn tragedy into opportunity
Sino File | Gay marriage: as Taipei shines, its brotherly love with Beijing fades

Taiwan’s embrace of same-sex marriage further establishes it as a champion of freedom, democracy and human rights and sets an example to Hong Kong. It also highlights a widening gap that makes reunification look ever less likely

26 May 2019 - 11:00AM

Taiwan’s embrace of same-sex marriage further establishes it as a champion of freedom, democracy and human rights and sets an example to Hong Kong. It also highlights a widening gap that makes reunification look ever less likely

Gay marriage: as Taipei shines, its brotherly love with Beijing fades
Sino File | Donald Trump and Xi Jinping know it’s in their own best interests to end the trade war

With the US facing other foreign policy challenges, Trump cannot afford a protracted trade war that hurts his political base. Meanwhile, Xi has built his reputation on his statesmanship and must preserve China’s most significant bilateral relationship.

22 May 2019 - 1:52AM

With the US facing other foreign policy challenges, Trump cannot afford a protracted trade war that hurts his political base. Meanwhile, Xi has built his reputation on his statesmanship and must preserve China’s most significant bilateral relationship.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping know it’s in their own best interests to end the trade war
Sino File | Chill out China and America, the Arctic is not worth a cold war

With polar ice caps melting faster than expected, a new ocean is emerging – along the prospect of new shipping lines and untapped resources. Also emerging: a new arena for conflict and an environmental disaster

20 May 2019 - 8:30AM

With polar ice caps melting faster than expected, a new ocean is emerging – along the prospect of new shipping lines and untapped resources. Also emerging: a new arena for conflict and an environmental disaster

Chill out China and America, the Arctic is not worth a cold war
Sino File | US war on Huawei shows China’s belt and road needs a rebrand – and quick

Xi Jinping’s signature project has grown far beyond its original purpose of promoting infrastructure to become both economically risky and politically explosive. It’s time for a new approach, says Cary Huang.

12 May 2019 - 11:00AM

Xi Jinping’s signature project has grown far beyond its original purpose of promoting infrastructure to become both economically risky and politically explosive. It’s time for a new approach, says Cary Huang.

US war on Huawei shows China’s belt and road needs a rebrand – and quick
Sino File | 100 years on from China’s May Fourth Movement, its message is being co-opted by the Communist Party

The anti-imperialist messages of 1919 fit well with President Xi Jinping’s agenda of ‘national rejuvenation’, but the students’ calls for democracy and pluralism have been conveniently ignored.

5 May 2019 - 11:33AM

The anti-imperialist messages of 1919 fit well with President Xi Jinping’s agenda of ‘national rejuvenation’, but the students’ calls for democracy and pluralism have been conveniently ignored.

100 years on from China’s May Fourth Movement, its message is being co-opted by the Communist Party
Sino File | China’s powerful navy has a challenge on its hands –persuading others it is to be used for peace

Under Xi Jinping’s stewardship, China has overhauled the navy and overtaken the US in the number of vessels launched yearly. But instead of focusing on the goal of building an invincible armada, China should convince the world of its peaceful intentions.

1 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Under Xi Jinping’s stewardship, China has overhauled the navy and overtaken the US in the number of vessels launched yearly. But instead of focusing on the goal of building an invincible armada, China should convince the world of its peaceful intentions.

China’s powerful navy has a challenge on its hands –persuading others it is to be used for peace
Sino File | Hang on, investors – it’s still too early to cheer the start of China’s bull run

Spurred by fiscal stimulus and a softening of its deleveraging campaign, China has seen a rebound in growth – but it is too early to conclude that the economy is back on a sustainable recovering trajectory.

29 Apr 2019 - 11:00AM

Spurred by fiscal stimulus and a softening of its deleveraging campaign, China has seen a rebound in growth – but it is too early to conclude that the economy is back on a sustainable recovering trajectory.

Hang on, investors – it’s still too early to cheer the start of China’s bull run
Sino File | If China thinks it’s overtaking the US any time soon, here’s a wake-up call

There’s no guarantee that China’s economy will surpass America’s – and even if there was, it wouldn’t mean much

23 Apr 2019 - 4:34AM

There’s no guarantee that China’s economy will surpass America’s – and even if there was, it wouldn’t mean much

If China thinks it’s overtaking the US any time soon, here’s a wake-up call
Sino File | Forty years after the US chose Beijing over Taipei as a diplomatic ally, US-Taiwan relations could not be stronger

As it turns out, the ‘unofficial’ relationship built on laws committing US support for Taiwan and a shared mistrust of Beijing is stronger than a bilateral relationship often called the world’s most important – between the US and China.

17 Apr 2019 - 3:59AM

As it turns out, the ‘unofficial’ relationship built on laws committing US support for Taiwan and a shared mistrust of Beijing is stronger than a bilateral relationship often called the world’s most important – between the US and China.

Forty years after the US chose Beijing over Taipei as a diplomatic ally, US-Taiwan relations could not be stronger
Sino File | From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed

A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era. His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests

14 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM

A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era. His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests

From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed
Sino File | This election, Taiwan must choose: Chinese cash or American freedom

As the island’s presidential campaign season begins, its troubled relationship with the Chinese mainland will be front and centre stage.

8 May 2019 - 2:35AM

As the island’s presidential campaign season begins, its troubled relationship with the Chinese mainland will be front and centre stage.

This election, Taiwan must choose: Chinese cash or American freedom
Sino File | China’s economy is hurting and a trade deal can’t come a moment too soon for Beijing

China’s official economic figures point to a bad year. Beijing has only one real way out of the slump – it needs to end the tariff war with Washington. Vice-Premier Liu He, who visits the US this week, should hammer out a trade deal soon.

3 Apr 2019 - 5:57AM

China’s official economic figures point to a bad year. Beijing has only one real way out of the slump – it needs to end the tariff war with Washington. Vice-Premier Liu He, who visits the US this week, should hammer out a trade deal soon.

China’s economy is hurting and a trade deal can’t come a moment too soon for Beijing
Sino File | What have North Korean nukes got to do with the US-China trade war? Everything

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un. They’re stuck in a three-way chess game in which the two seemingly unconnected issues are used as leverage. Here’s what the endgame looks like

31 Mar 2019 - 11:15AM

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un. They’re stuck in a three-way chess game in which the two seemingly unconnected issues are used as leverage. Here’s what the endgame looks like

What have North Korean nukes got to do with the US-China trade war? Everything
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