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 | 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
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