Wang Xiangwei

Wang Xiangwei

Wang Xiangwei was the Post's editor-in-chief from 2012-2015. He started his 20-year career at the China Daily, before moving to the UK, where he worked at a number of news organisations, including the BBC Chinese Service. He moved to Hong Kong in 1993 and worked at the Eastern Express before joining the Post in 1996 as China business reporter. He became China editor in 2000 and deputy editor in 2007, a position he held for four years prior to being promoted to Editor-in-Chief. He has a master's degree in journalism, and a bachelor's degree in English.

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China Briefing | Can China afford to stay isolated as world abandons ‘zero Covid’?

Strict border controls helped China bring the coronavirus under control – but they are also preventing in-person diplomacy and dissuading foreign professionals from moving to the country, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Strict border controls helped China bring the coronavirus under control – but they are also preventing in-person diplomacy and dissuading foreign professionals from moving to the country, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Can China afford to stay isolated as world abandons ‘zero Covid’?
16 Oct 2021 - 9:48AM
China Briefing | No discord, no concord: Xi-Biden meeting is a sign China-US relations may enter a period of de-risking

The leaders have agreed in principle to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year – the first formal talks since Biden took office

The leaders have agreed in principle to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year – the first formal talks since Biden took office

No discord, no concord: Xi-Biden meeting is a sign China-US relations may enter a period of de-risking
9 Oct 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China’s power crunch is being fuelled by a ‘simple and brutal’ approach to climate change targets

Having ignored emission targets for months, China’s bureaucrats are scrambling to catch up and employing the time-honoured, but destructive method of ‘Jiandan Cubao’, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Having ignored emission targets for months, China’s bureaucrats are scrambling to catch up and employing the time-honoured, but destructive method of ‘Jiandan Cubao’, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China’s power crunch is being fuelled by a ‘simple and brutal’ approach to climate change targets
2 Oct 2021 - 10:05AM
China Briefing | The Evergrande saga marks the end of China’s long property boom

The writing is on the wall for debt-fuelled growth, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The writing is on the wall for debt-fuelled growth, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The Evergrande saga marks the end of China’s long property boom
4 Oct 2021 - 7:31PM
China Briefing | Is conflict between the US and China inevitable? Not if they talk to each other

The bombshell revelation that a top US general held secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart reveals the risks inherent amid rising tensions – but Biden and Xi’s conversation this month is a promising sign that fraught ties can be reset when there are open lines of communication.

The bombshell revelation that a top US general held secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart reveals the risks inherent amid rising tensions – but Biden and Xi’s conversation this month is a promising sign that fraught ties can be reset when there are open lines of communication.

Is conflict between the US and China inevitable? Not if they talk to each other
18 Sep 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | George Soros, not BlackRock, is the one making a China blunder

The billionaire investor misunderstands the political dynamics of the country, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The billionaire investor misunderstands the political dynamics of the country, writes Wang Xiangwei.

George Soros, not BlackRock, is the one making a China blunder
11 Sep 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Hyping China’s regulatory crackdown as a profound ‘revolution’ risks a vicious circle

Scaling back capitalist excesses and reining in tech companies are sensible moves, long overdue and in line with the West’s shift in approach, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Scaling back capitalist excesses and reining in tech companies are sensible moves, long overdue and in line with the West’s shift in approach, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Hyping China’s regulatory crackdown as a profound ‘revolution’ risks a vicious circle
4 Sep 2021 - 10:41AM
China Briefing | As China urges the rich to give more for ‘common prosperity’, it can no longer afford restrictions on charity

A clampdown on high earners and efforts to expand the middle class are the cornerstones of Beijing’s bid to fight inequality, but a lack of details has led to rampant speculation – while strict state control over charities has also hampered China’s philanthropic sector.

A clampdown on high earners and efforts to expand the middle class are the cornerstones of Beijing’s bid to fight inequality, but a lack of details has led to rampant speculation – while strict state control over charities has also hampered China’s philanthropic sector.

As China urges the rich to give more for ‘common prosperity’, it can no longer afford restrictions on charity
28 Aug 2021 - 9:47AM
China Briefing | For China, America’s messy Afghanistan exit is more than a laughing matter

The catastrophic failure of American might against a ragtag opponent relying on Mao Zedong-style tactics has given Beijing a propaganda coup – and much to think about, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The catastrophic failure of American might against a ragtag opponent relying on Mao Zedong-style tactics has given Beijing a propaganda coup – and much to think about, writes Wang Xiangwei.

For China, America’s messy Afghanistan exit is more than a laughing matter
21 Aug 2021 - 9:34AM
China Briefing | Will China learn its US$1 trillion lesson from the stock rout and be more transparent? The signs are still unclear

A spate of unexplained regulatory moves against tech and education firms has not only put off top global investors like SoftBank, it has led to speculation that China has had a change of heart on opening up, writes Wang Xiangwei.

A spate of unexplained regulatory moves against tech and education firms has not only put off top global investors like SoftBank, it has led to speculation that China has had a change of heart on opening up, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Will China learn its US$1 trillion lesson from the stock rout and be more transparent? The signs are still unclear
14 Aug 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | From Ant to Didi and private education firms, China stock rout is a mess of its own making

Chinese leaders should learn to publicly communicate their rationale, pay attention to market sentiment and give professionals more latitude to get ahead of issues of global impact.

Chinese leaders should learn to publicly communicate their rationale, pay attention to market sentiment and give professionals more latitude to get ahead of issues of global impact.

From Ant to Didi and private education firms, China stock rout is a mess of its own making
7 Aug 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | As China floods, lack of public debate holds back preparation for future extreme weather events

Public discussions are crucial for ordinary people and officials alike to target vulnerabilities in urban infrastructure and the environment.

Public discussions are crucial for ordinary people and officials alike to target vulnerabilities in urban infrastructure and the environment.

As China floods, lack of public debate holds back preparation for future extreme weather events
31 Jul 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | When will China open its borders? Non-Chinese vaccines might speed up the answer

China’s ‘zero-Covid’ approach has been successful, but it risks leaving the country increasingly isolated as others open up – so approving inoculations such as Pfizer-BioNTech will help the country re-engage with the world.

China’s ‘zero-Covid’ approach has been successful, but it risks leaving the country increasingly isolated as others open up – so approving inoculations such as Pfizer-BioNTech will help the country re-engage with the world.

When will China open its borders? Non-Chinese vaccines might speed up the answer
24 Jul 2021 - 12:08PM
China Briefing | From Mao and Xi to the Snows, does their legacy in Yan’an continue to define China’s future?

As the Chinese Communist Party gears up for its centenary on July 1, the city of Yan’an – where two of the country’s leaders lived – has become a sacred site. But it is also where Americans Edgar and Helen Foster Snow interviewed Mao and brought his story to the West, a prospect that would be much more difficult today.

As the Chinese Communist Party gears up for its centenary on July 1, the city of Yan’an – where two of the country’s leaders lived – has become a sacred site. But it is also where Americans Edgar and Helen Foster Snow interviewed Mao and brought his story to the West, a prospect that would be much more difficult today.

From Mao and Xi to the Snows, does their legacy in Yan’an continue to define China’s future?
26 Jun 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Hainan, China’s Hawaii, faces an uphill struggle to catch Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai

The island’s transformation into global trade hub is far from assured, not least because of its chequered past as a base for exiles and smugglers. It is not known for efficiency or being business friendly. Nor for its nightlife, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The island’s transformation into global trade hub is far from assured, not least because of its chequered past as a base for exiles and smugglers. It is not known for efficiency or being business friendly. Nor for its nightlife, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Hainan, China’s Hawaii, faces an uphill struggle to catch Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai
19 Jun 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | If China’s leaders want to engage the international media, learn from Mao, Deng and Jiang

Mao’s relationship with Snow, Strong and Smedley was a media masterclass; as was Deng’s two-day interview with Oriana Fallaci; and Jiang’s tough 60 minutes with Mike Wallace, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Mao’s relationship with Snow, Strong and Smedley was a media masterclass; as was Deng’s two-day interview with Oriana Fallaci; and Jiang’s tough 60 minutes with Mike Wallace, writes Wang Xiangwei.

If China’s leaders want to engage the international media, learn from Mao, Deng and Jiang
12 Jun 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China should allow a Covid-19 leak theory probe at Wuhan lab – if US does the same at Fort Detrick

It is natural for the world to demand a definitive answer as to the origins of the coronavirus. For that, a hard look at not only China, but the US and the rest of the world, is needed, writes Wang Xiangwei.

It is natural for the world to demand a definitive answer as to the origins of the coronavirus. For that, a hard look at not only China, but the US and the rest of the world, is needed, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China should allow a Covid-19 leak theory probe at Wuhan lab – if US does the same at Fort Detrick
5 Jun 2021 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Why China should slash taxes just as the US seeks a global minimum rate for corporations

Doing so could help China retain multinationals spooked by the trade war and rising business costs, attract more FDI, and bolster the country’s competitive edge in global supply chains, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Doing so could help China retain multinationals spooked by the trade war and rising business costs, attract more FDI, and bolster the country’s competitive edge in global supply chains, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Why China should slash taxes just as the US seeks a global minimum rate for corporations
29 May 2021 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Ye Fei stocks scandal shows why China must encourage whistle-blowers

Chinese regulators should learn from their US counterparts and offer substantial financial rewards to those who, in exposing corruption, risk their jobs – and in some cases much more, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Chinese regulators should learn from their US counterparts and offer substantial financial rewards to those who, in exposing corruption, risk their jobs – and in some cases much more, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Ye Fei stocks scandal shows why China must encourage whistle-blowers
22 May 2021 - 11:55AM
Opinion | Ahead of COP15 summit, China cracks whip on environmental corruption in Kunming

China’s leadership has exposed a scandal involving local officials and developers to build projects in conservation areas in Kunming.

China’s leadership has exposed a scandal involving local officials and developers to build projects in conservation areas in Kunming.

Ahead of COP15 summit, China cracks whip on environmental corruption in Kunming
15 May 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China sees a world in chaos as an opportunity in its struggle with the West

Mao’s old mottos about mayhem still resonate with Chinese leaders, and with the coronavirus pandemic still raging Xi Jinping sees a situation to be fully exploited to China’s advantages, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Mao’s old mottos about mayhem still resonate with Chinese leaders, and with the coronavirus pandemic still raging Xi Jinping sees a situation to be fully exploited to China’s advantages, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China sees a world in chaos as an opportunity in its struggle with the West
8 May 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China’s treatment of Oscar winner Chloé Zhao shows how to lose friends and not influence people

Nomadland is a great illustration of Beijing’s propaganda narrative of a declining America, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Nomadland is a great illustration of Beijing’s propaganda narrative of a declining America, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China’s treatment of Oscar winner Chloé Zhao shows how to lose friends and not influence people
1 May 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Scepticism of China’s climate change promises is misplaced

China has a spotty record, but transitioning to a low-carbon economy offers it immense geopolitical, economic and business opportunities, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China has a spotty record, but transitioning to a low-carbon economy offers it immense geopolitical, economic and business opportunities, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Scepticism of China’s climate change promises is misplaced
24 Apr 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | The US risks forcing China’s hand on Taiwan

The US has in recent weeks increased its official contact with Taipei and ramped up activities in the Taiwan Strait.

The US has in recent weeks increased its official contact with Taipei and ramped up activities in the Taiwan Strait.

The US risks forcing China’s hand on Taiwan
17 Apr 2021 - 9:39AM
China Briefing | China has a privacy problem. New data laws could help curb the worst abuses – but not all of them

The draft Personal Information Protection Law will be a welcome tool in the fight against China’s rampant privacy breaches, but a cavalier attitude towards data protection persists among companies and officials, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The draft Personal Information Protection Law will be a welcome tool in the fight against China’s rampant privacy breaches, but a cavalier attitude towards data protection persists among companies and officials, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China has a privacy problem. New data laws could help curb the worst abuses – but not all of them
10 Apr 2021 - 10:16AM
China Briefing | Britain has criticised Beijing’s changes to the Hong Kong electoral system – but it also inspired them

The model of a strong executive-led government of appointed officials, free from political constraints, was seen as vital in the city’s transformation.

The model of a strong executive-led government of appointed officials, free from political constraints, was seen as vital in the city’s transformation.

Britain has criticised Beijing’s changes to the Hong Kong electoral system – but it also inspired them
3 Apr 2021 - 9:45AM
China Briefing | Tough rhetoric at the US-China talks sets the tone for future ties: clashing as a rival, and working as a partner

While acrimony and accusations dominated the media coverage, Beijing and Washington were able to lay down markers and understand each other’s bottom lines.

While acrimony and accusations dominated the media coverage, Beijing and Washington were able to lay down markers and understand each other’s bottom lines.

Tough rhetoric at the US-China talks sets the tone for future ties: clashing as a rival, and working as a partner
27 Mar 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | In Hong Kong, can you be a patriot and criticise the Communist Party? Definitely

As long as Hongkongers don’t cross certain red lines, they should be allowed to express their diverse opinions without fear of being labelled as unpatriotic or even worse.

As long as Hongkongers don’t cross certain red lines, they should be allowed to express their diverse opinions without fear of being labelled as unpatriotic or even worse.

In Hong Kong, can you be a patriot and criticise the Communist Party? Definitely
20 Mar 2021 - 4:07PM
China Briefing | China walks fine line between stoking nationalism and seeking global engagement

As Beijing embarks on a strategy to boost its domestic market and tech exports, it must be careful not to let nationalist sentiment get in the way of its plans.

As Beijing embarks on a strategy to boost its domestic market and tech exports, it must be careful not to let nationalist sentiment get in the way of its plans.

China walks fine line between stoking nationalism and seeking global engagement
13 Mar 2021 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Why it’s time for China to cut its 45 per cent income tax rate

Shenzhen, Hainan and Beijing have realised the top bracket makes it hard to attract talent. It’s time the central government did too, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Shenzhen, Hainan and Beijing have realised the top bracket makes it hard to attract talent. It’s time the central government did too, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Why it’s time for China to cut its 45 per cent income tax rate
6 Mar 2021 - 9:30AM