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.
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 | Open, friendly and rich. Modern China can learn from ancient Emperor Taizong

The Reign of Zhenguan was a golden period of peace and prosperity. China’s leaders should learn from this time, not just pay lip service with propaganda.

9 Nov 2019 - 9:15AM

The Reign of Zhenguan was a golden period of peace and prosperity. China’s leaders should learn from this time, not just pay lip service with propaganda.

Open, friendly and rich. Modern China can learn from ancient Emperor Taizong
China Briefing | Forget the trade war and Hong Kong. Beijing just showed everyone that Xi Jinping is more powerful now, not less

Rumours ahead of the Communist Party’s Central Committee meeting about a possible shake-up of China’s top leadership have proved off the mark

2 Nov 2019 - 9:15AM

Rumours ahead of the Communist Party’s Central Committee meeting about a possible shake-up of China’s top leadership have proved off the mark

Forget the trade war and Hong Kong. Beijing just showed everyone that Xi Jinping is more powerful now, not less
China Briefing | Why did China react so strongly to Daryl Morey’s tweet and the NBA?

The reasons for its extraordinary reaction are more nuanced than simple government orchestration. But while national outrage has reached fever pitch, this narrow-minded nationalism does not bode well for China’s image overseas.

26 Oct 2019 - 4:57PM

The reasons for its extraordinary reaction are more nuanced than simple government orchestration. But while national outrage has reached fever pitch, this narrow-minded nationalism does not bode well for China’s image overseas.

Why did China react so strongly to Daryl Morey’s tweet and the NBA?
China Briefing | Chinese leaders’ business affairs should be as clear as a US$15,000 crystal horse from Deutsche Bank

An exposé that revealed Deutsche Bank showered Chinese leaders with gifts, including a US$15,000 crystal horse, highlights the need for transparency in the business activities of Chinese leaders and their families

19 Oct 2019 - 9:32AM

An exposé that revealed Deutsche Bank showered Chinese leaders with gifts, including a US$15,000 crystal horse, highlights the need for transparency in the business activities of Chinese leaders and their families

Chinese leaders’ business affairs should be as clear as a US$15,000 crystal horse from Deutsche Bank
China Briefing | For Xi Jinping, the biggest danger to the Communist Party is itself

Nearly 40 years after Deng Xiaoping put China on the road to reform, it’s time for Beijing to make another monumental shift and embrace the rule of law

12 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Nearly 40 years after Deng Xiaoping put China on the road to reform, it’s time for Beijing to make another monumental shift and embrace the rule of law

For Xi Jinping, the biggest danger to the Communist Party is itself
China Briefing | With the party over, Beijing needs to see progress on Hong Kong, US trade talks

On both fronts, it might be time for Beijing to take a more flexible approach, writes Wang Xiangwei

5 Oct 2019 - 10:35AM

On both fronts, it might be time for Beijing to take a more flexible approach, writes Wang Xiangwei

With the party over, Beijing needs to see progress on Hong Kong, US trade talks
China Briefing | China’s praise for Xi Jinping on National Day will say much about his power

Xi already stands out for getting a second chance to stand atop the Tiananmen rostrum. Will he be glorified in terms once reserved for the country’s founder?

21 Sep 2019 - 9:52AM

Xi already stands out for getting a second chance to stand atop the Tiananmen rostrum. Will he be glorified in terms once reserved for the country’s founder?

China’s praise for Xi Jinping on National Day will say much about his power
China Briefing | Why soaring pork prices are a touchy problem for China’s leaders

Efforts to combat the national crisis over China’s staple food have been too little, too late. It now threatens to sour the mood for national celebrations, from the Mid-Autumn Festival to Lunar New Year.

16 Sep 2019 - 10:49AM

Efforts to combat the national crisis over China’s staple food have been too little, too late. It now threatens to sour the mood for national celebrations, from the Mid-Autumn Festival to Lunar New Year.

Why soaring pork prices are a touchy problem for China’s leaders
China Briefing | Forget Lam’s extradition U-turn, Xi’s channelling of Mao shows he’s about to get tough on Hong Kong

Any optimism that Hong Kong’s protest crisis has been defused is likely to be short-lived. Protesters may feel emboldened – and if they do, they’ve misread the mood in Beijing

7 Sep 2019 - 9:30AM

Any optimism that Hong Kong’s protest crisis has been defused is likely to be short-lived. Protesters may feel emboldened – and if they do, they’ve misread the mood in Beijing

Forget Lam’s extradition U-turn, Xi’s channelling of Mao shows he’s about to get tough on Hong Kong
China Briefing | Trump’s face-changing used to rattle China, but time is now on Beijing’s side

To Chinese observers, the US president’s rapid flip-flops on Xi Jinping and the imposition of tariffs are giving off hints of desperation – and China can afford to hunker down for a drawn-out negotiating process

31 Aug 2019 - 9:43AM

To Chinese observers, the US president’s rapid flip-flops on Xi Jinping and the imposition of tariffs are giving off hints of desperation – and China can afford to hunker down for a drawn-out negotiating process

Trump’s face-changing used to rattle China, but time is now on Beijing’s side
China Briefing | No troops, no concessions, no end in sight for Hong Kong unrest

Since Sunday’s peaceful rally of hundreds of thousands, there has been hope for a break from months of violence. But with Beijing not likely to meet the protesters’ demands or send in troops, the summer of discontent will roll on.

24 Aug 2019 - 5:10PM

Since Sunday’s peaceful rally of hundreds of thousands, there has been hope for a break from months of violence. But with Beijing not likely to meet the protesters’ demands or send in troops, the summer of discontent will roll on.

No troops, no concessions, no end in sight for Hong Kong unrest
China Briefing | Carrie Lam can defuse the Hong Kong protests by taking on the property tycoons

Political reform is slow, but there’s a swift solution to the economic inequality that has helped foment discontent. The Chief Executive can break the stranglehold of property moguls by greatly increasing land supply.

17 Aug 2019 - 5:24PM

Political reform is slow, but there’s a swift solution to the economic inequality that has helped foment discontent. The Chief Executive can break the stranglehold of property moguls by greatly increasing land supply.

Carrie Lam can defuse the Hong Kong protests by taking on the property tycoons
China Briefing | China’s solution to Trump’s trade tantrums? Treat him like a natural disaster

Last week’s decision to devalue the yuan against the dollar sent turbulence through international markets, but Washington should be aware that Beijing knows how to match Trump’s brinkmanship, writes Wang Xiangwei.

10 Aug 2019 - 11:51PM

Last week’s decision to devalue the yuan against the dollar sent turbulence through international markets, but Washington should be aware that Beijing knows how to match Trump’s brinkmanship, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China’s solution to Trump’s trade tantrums? Treat him like a natural disaster
China Briefing | Hong Kong needn’t fear the PLA, even if it is a US-China battleground

This is no Tiananmen moment – despite delusional radicals on both left and right itching for a military intervention, Beijing is likely to wait these protests out.

3 Aug 2019 - 8:05PM

This is no Tiananmen moment – despite delusional radicals on both left and right itching for a military intervention, Beijing is likely to wait these protests out.

Hong Kong needn’t fear the PLA, even if it is a US-China battleground
China Briefing | Xi Jinping’s ZTE concession to Donald Trump still haunts Chinese negotiators in US trade talks

Xi Jinping reportedly agreed to allow a compliance department chosen by the US to be embedded into the firm, but the move has only emboldened Washington.

27 Jul 2019 - 4:37PM

Xi Jinping reportedly agreed to allow a compliance department chosen by the US to be embedded into the firm, but the move has only emboldened Washington.

Xi Jinping’s ZTE concession to Donald Trump still haunts Chinese negotiators in US trade talks
China Briefing | This is not alarmist talk: Hong Kong is heading for a breakdown in law and order

Beijing has become increasingly alarmed by the way radicals have hijacked the previously peaceful demonstrations, while the city’s police have become the most hated in the eyes of many Hongkongers.

20 Jul 2019 - 6:27PM

Beijing has become increasingly alarmed by the way radicals have hijacked the previously peaceful demonstrations, while the city’s police have become the most hated in the eyes of many Hongkongers.

This is not alarmist talk: Hong Kong is heading for a breakdown in law and order
China Briefing | China’s legal system has a long way to go before it can be trusted

Examples abound of the country’s opaque and corruption-ridden law enforcement and judiciary system. Moves are being made to build public confidence, but will they be enough?

13 Jul 2019 - 7:59PM

Examples abound of the country’s opaque and corruption-ridden law enforcement and judiciary system. Moves are being made to build public confidence, but will they be enough?

China’s legal system has a long way to go before it can be trusted
China Briefing | US-China trade war: hardliners in Beijing are gaining influence

Chinese urging concessions for Washington have been attacked by the media, businesses are being forced to change foreign-sounding names, and a war film called The Eight Hundred has been cancelled.

6 Jul 2019 - 5:36PM

Chinese urging concessions for Washington have been attacked by the media, businesses are being forced to change foreign-sounding names, and a war film called The Eight Hundred has been cancelled.

US-China trade war: hardliners in Beijing are gaining influence
China Briefing | Hong Kong’s extradition protests: one country, two systems and a vicious circle of mistrust with Beijing

In Hong Kong, residents are worried about Beijing’s attempts to tighten its grip on the city, while central government officials are more concerned with losing control, says Wang Xiangwei.

22 Jun 2019 - 3:42PM

In Hong Kong, residents are worried about Beijing’s attempts to tighten its grip on the city, while central government officials are more concerned with losing control, says Wang Xiangwei.

Hong Kong’s extradition protests: one country, two systems and a vicious circle of mistrust with Beijing
China Briefing | Hong Kong’s extradition law mess: don’t blame Beijing, blame naive Carrie Lam

The chief executive could have avoided much of this quagmire had she not bypassed proper procedures and, instead, consulted the public. In underestimating the pushback, she has shown a lack of political antennae.

17 Jun 2019 - 12:14PM

The chief executive could have avoided much of this quagmire had she not bypassed proper procedures and, instead, consulted the public. In underestimating the pushback, she has shown a lack of political antennae.

Hong Kong’s extradition law mess: don’t blame Beijing, blame naive Carrie Lam
China Briefing | Will Macau casinos be targeted in US-China trade war? The odds are shortening for Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s ‘Patron-in-Chief’

American casino licences could be brought into play as trade tensions worsen – not least because bosses like Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn have influence with US President Donald Trump.

11 Jun 2019 - 9:35PM

American casino licences could be brought into play as trade tensions worsen – not least because bosses like Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn have influence with US President Donald Trump.

Will Macau casinos be targeted in US-China trade war? The odds are shortening for Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s ‘Patron-in-Chief’
China Briefing | The bold zero-tariff plan that could settle the US-China trade war in Beijing’s favour

Former Chinese official Huang Qifan argues that the elimination of tariffs, barriers and subsidies is key for any country that wants to dominate world trade. But will the powers-that-be sit up and take notice?

1 Jun 2019 - 5:36PM

Former Chinese official Huang Qifan argues that the elimination of tariffs, barriers and subsidies is key for any country that wants to dominate world trade. But will the powers-that-be sit up and take notice?

The bold zero-tariff plan that could settle the US-China trade war in Beijing’s favour
China Briefing | Why China shouldn’t retaliate against US firms after Huawei ban

Blacklisting the tech giant from buying American-made software and parts points to a sinister effort by Washington to halt China’s technological growth. But Beijing would be wise not to follow suit.

25 May 2019 - 5:28PM

Blacklisting the tech giant from buying American-made software and parts points to a sinister effort by Washington to halt China’s technological growth. But Beijing would be wise not to follow suit.

Why China shouldn’t retaliate against US firms after Huawei ban
China Briefing | Ignore the bravado, a US-China trade deal is still possible. But it’ll take a Xi-Trump one-on-one

Defiant statements by the US and China as the latest set of trade talks unravel look suspiciously like psychological negotiating tactics.

19 May 2019 - 2:39AM

Defiant statements by the US and China as the latest set of trade talks unravel look suspiciously like psychological negotiating tactics.

Ignore the bravado, a US-China trade deal is still possible. But it’ll take a Xi-Trump one-on-one
China Briefing | ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden is one of the few US politicians who’s wide awake about China

When the Obama-era vice-president said China was ‘not competition’ for the US, the backlash was enough to make him walk back his comments, but the challenges facing President Xi Jinping, from the economy to wrangling the country’s bureaucrats, are vast

11 May 2019 - 9:15AM

When the Obama-era vice-president said China was ‘not competition’ for the US, the backlash was enough to make him walk back his comments, but the challenges facing President Xi Jinping, from the economy to wrangling the country’s bureaucrats, are vast

‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden is one of the few US politicians who’s wide awake about China
China Briefing | China’s May 4 and June 4 Tiananmen protests: Communist Party only sees patriotism where it suits

China on Saturday marks 100 years since the May Fourth Movement. Love for the nation was also at the core of 1989’s student protests, but officials have been trying their best to obscure that legacy.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:27AM

China on Saturday marks 100 years since the May Fourth Movement. Love for the nation was also at the core of 1989’s student protests, but officials have been trying their best to obscure that legacy.

China’s May 4 and June 4 Tiananmen protests: Communist Party only sees patriotism where it suits
China Briefing | In the US, paranoid officials see Chinese spies around every corner

An increasingly hawkish US has been closing its doors to Chinese investors, students and academics. But such disengagement reeks of paranoia that could worsen already strained ties between the world’s two largest economies.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM

An increasingly hawkish US has been closing its doors to Chinese investors, students and academics. But such disengagement reeks of paranoia that could worsen already strained ties between the world’s two largest economies.

In the US, paranoid officials see Chinese spies around every corner
China Briefing | In China, breaking the law is about to get a whole lot costlier

In the past, inadequate punishments often meant committing crimes made more financial sense than compliance. But now the Chinese leadership looks to be getting serious about punitive damages.

20 Apr 2019 - 9:45AM

In the past, inadequate punishments often meant committing crimes made more financial sense than compliance. But now the Chinese leadership looks to be getting serious about punitive damages.

In China, breaking the law is about to get a whole lot costlier
China Briefing | US-China trade war: if Trump and Xi agree ‘grandaddy’ of trade deals, here’s what comes next

A pact could help Beijing transform its economy and take the reins on the world stage. And then? Reforming the WTO, joining the new TPP, negotiating free-trade with Japan, Korea and schmoozing Europe should be priorities

16 Apr 2019 - 8:14PM

A pact could help Beijing transform its economy and take the reins on the world stage. And then? Reforming the WTO, joining the new TPP, negotiating free-trade with Japan, Korea and schmoozing Europe should be priorities

US-China trade war: if Trump and Xi agree ‘grandaddy’ of trade deals, here’s what comes next
China Briefing | Xi Jinping’s speech shows China’s Communist Party is still haunted by the fall of the Soviet Union

The release of a six-year-old speech by the Chinese president, in which he warns of the struggle ahead between socialism and capitalism, comes as the People’s Republic reaches its 70th anniversary – a mark the USSR never passed.

6 Apr 2019 - 10:29AM

The release of a six-year-old speech by the Chinese president, in which he warns of the struggle ahead between socialism and capitalism, comes as the People’s Republic reaches its 70th anniversary – a mark the USSR never passed.

Xi Jinping’s speech shows China’s Communist Party is still haunted by the fall of the Soviet Union