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 | 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

15 Sep 2019 - 10:45AM

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
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