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.

Latest from Wang Xiangwei

China Briefing | Guiyang’s zero-Covid tragedy evokes China’s old mantra of putting politics in command

A fatal quarantine bus crash in Guiyang this month triggered an outpouring of anger and grief at the devastating impact of China’s zero-Covid policy. But stamping out the virus is now a political imperative, to be achieved whatever the cost.

A fatal quarantine bus crash in Guiyang this month triggered an outpouring of anger and grief at the devastating impact of China’s zero-Covid policy. But stamping out the virus is now a political imperative, to be achieved whatever the cost.

24 Sep 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | China’s Xi rose to power on his anti-corruption drive, but the fight’s grown more political – and it’s far from over

Nearly 5 million party members have been caught in China’s anti-corruption dragnet over the past decade. Yet a decisive victory still looks elusive, despite claims to the contrary.

Nearly 5 million party members have been caught in China’s anti-corruption dragnet over the past decade. Yet a decisive victory still looks elusive, despite claims to the contrary.

17 Sep 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Is China closing its doors? Its leaders say no, but actions speak louder than words – and more clarity is needed

Fierce debate over a recent academic article on China’s closed-door policies of the past lays bare the unease being felt – both at home and abroad – over how long its present-day zero-Covid isolation will last.

Fierce debate over a recent academic article on China’s closed-door policies of the past lays bare the unease being felt – both at home and abroad – over how long its present-day zero-Covid isolation will last.

10 Sep 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | China’s 20th Party Congress: secrecy shrouds leadership selection process, but history offers hints

China’s new leadership line-up could be finalised by the end of September, if officials follow a similar timetable to the last congress. But don’t expect any straw polls – or to find out who made the cut until the final day.

China’s new leadership line-up could be finalised by the end of September, if officials follow a similar timetable to the last congress. But don’t expect any straw polls – or to find out who made the cut until the final day.

5 Sep 2022 - 9:44AM
China Briefing | Hainan’s Covid chaos exposes the bad, ugly – and scary – of China’s virus control measures

My family’s Hainan holiday nightmare is more than a cautionary tale for travellers in zero-Covid China. It’s a story of local officials ignoring direct orders from Beijing – and an arbitrary, abusable health code system being used for social control.

My family’s Hainan holiday nightmare is more than a cautionary tale for travellers in zero-Covid China. It’s a story of local officials ignoring direct orders from Beijing – and an arbitrary, abusable health code system being used for social control.

27 Aug 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Don’t travel around zero-Covid China – my family’s Hainan holiday nightmare shows why

Despite each of us testing negative for Covid-19 more than a dozen times, my family and I remain stranded on the island province amid its current outbreak – and we could be here for weeks to come.

Despite each of us testing negative for Covid-19 more than a dozen times, my family and I remain stranded on the island province amid its current outbreak – and we could be here for weeks to come.

13 Aug 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | As Xi Jinping warns Joe Biden on Taiwan, history of ‘yao guan’ shows US cannot laugh off China’s intentions

In a phone call with US President Joe Biden on Thursday, President Xi Jinping warned against playing with fire over Taiwan. In 1950, the US ignored China’s warning of ‘yao guan’ about Beijing intervening in the Korean war, resulting in strained relations until the 1970s.

In a phone call with US President Joe Biden on Thursday, President Xi Jinping warned against playing with fire over Taiwan. In 1950, the US ignored China’s warning of ‘yao guan’ about Beijing intervening in the Korean war, resulting in strained relations until the 1970s.

30 Jul 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Corrupt officials keep forcing China to raise the bar for death penalties as it ‘scrapes poison off the bone’

Embezzling several thousand yuan was once enough to trigger capital punishment, but Lai Xiaomin’s execution last year for taking more than US$260 million seems to have set a new minimum.

Embezzling several thousand yuan was once enough to trigger capital punishment, but Lai Xiaomin’s execution last year for taking more than US$260 million seems to have set a new minimum.

23 Jul 2022 - 12:45PM
China Briefing | China needs a national Covid vaccine mandate. One bungled roll-out in Beijing doesn’t change that

The Chinese capital’s attempt to compel its residents to get vaccinated was met with such a backlash that the authorities are unlikely to try it again soon. But that would be a great shame.

The Chinese capital’s attempt to compel its residents to get vaccinated was met with such a backlash that the authorities are unlikely to try it again soon. But that would be a great shame.

16 Jul 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Upholding common law, tackling vested interests: Xi’s vision of Hong Kong strikes a chord

Xi Jinping emphasised at 25th anniversary celebrations the importance of maintaining city’s system of common law, tackling vested interests and retaining that which enhances its unique position and role.

Xi Jinping emphasised at 25th anniversary celebrations the importance of maintaining city’s system of common law, tackling vested interests and retaining that which enhances its unique position and role.

9 Jul 2022 - 12:22PM
China Briefing | Does Xi’s Hong Kong trip mean Chinese leaders are moving past Covid, returning to global scene?

China’s leaders cannot afford to wait for the virus to go away before undertaking international travel, especially as unfavourable views of China persist in many advanced economies.

China’s leaders cannot afford to wait for the virus to go away before undertaking international travel, especially as unfavourable views of China persist in many advanced economies.

2 Jul 2022 - 8:00AM
China Briefing | China’s Covid-19 health code system is ripe for abuse and must not outlast the pandemic

A recent scandal in Henan province that saw protesters issued bogus red health codes to restrict their movements shows how open the system is to misuse.

A recent scandal in Henan province that saw protesters issued bogus red health codes to restrict their movements shows how open the system is to misuse.

18 Jun 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | China’s ‘walking on two legs’ conundrum: how to balance zero-Covid and the economy?

As growth falters and unemployment rises, China’s current leadership could learn much from Mao Zedong’s theory of ‘walking on two legs’ to avert an economic crisis – and issue vouchers to boost consumer spending.

As growth falters and unemployment rises, China’s current leadership could learn much from Mao Zedong’s theory of ‘walking on two legs’ to avert an economic crisis – and issue vouchers to boost consumer spending.

11 Jun 2022 - 3:34PM
China Briefing | China must switch from mass testing to vaccinations to move on from its wasteful zero-Covid policy

Less than half of China’s over-80s are double jabbed, yet the central government seems intent on making testing a permanent feature of daily life instead of formulating a plan to get the most vulnerable in society inoculated against Covid-19.

Less than half of China’s over-80s are double jabbed, yet the central government seems intent on making testing a permanent feature of daily life instead of formulating a plan to get the most vulnerable in society inoculated against Covid-19.

4 Jun 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | Biden’s Taiwan defence ‘gaffes’ could put China-US ties on a slippery slope

It’s hard to overstate the implications of the US president’s so-called blunders. He should know better than goading China into a military confrontation neither side wants.

It’s hard to overstate the implications of the US president’s so-called blunders. He should know better than goading China into a military confrontation neither side wants.

28 May 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | What’s behind China’s crackdown on the political rumour mill?

On the surface, all seems well. But behind closed doors, rumours swirl of a split among China’s top leaders on how to deal with a flagging economy – and of a diminished role for President Xi Jinping in deciding who will run the country next.

On the surface, all seems well. But behind closed doors, rumours swirl of a split among China’s top leaders on how to deal with a flagging economy – and of a diminished role for President Xi Jinping in deciding who will run the country next.

21 May 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China’s harsh zero-Covid measures risk eroding trust in the rule of law

Forcing people into quarantine centres even if they test negative and disinfecting homes without permission both represent an overstep of officials’ authority, Chinese legal experts have warned.

Forcing people into quarantine centres even if they test negative and disinfecting homes without permission both represent an overstep of officials’ authority, Chinese legal experts have warned.

14 May 2022 - 9:00AM
China Briefing | China may never abandon zero-Covid publicly, but an easing is inevitable

Beijing eventually relented on its Big Tech crackdown and is likely to do the same with its virus suppression strategy. Just don’t expect a sudden change – too much political capital is at stake.

Beijing eventually relented on its Big Tech crackdown and is likely to do the same with its virus suppression strategy. Just don’t expect a sudden change – too much political capital is at stake.

7 May 2022 - 10:45AM
China Briefing | China’s Covid-19 lockdown dramas show Beijing must learn to trust its people

If the CCP wants to continue enjoying a high degree of faith by Chinese nationals, officials need to lock up their paranoia amid the Omicron wave of Covid-19.

If the CCP wants to continue enjoying a high degree of faith by Chinese nationals, officials need to lock up their paranoia amid the Omicron wave of Covid-19.

30 Apr 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | As China’s growth headwinds gather speed, Beijing must consider cash handouts to sustain ‘common prosperity’ drive

While the government has put on a brave face as economic storm clouds gather, retail and household income figures suggest the nation’s leaders are being too optimistic.

While the government has put on a brave face as economic storm clouds gather, retail and household income figures suggest the nation’s leaders are being too optimistic.

23 Apr 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | China’s zero-Covid policy causes widespread hardships, as Shanghai’s lockdown shows. So why keep it?

Shanghai’s lockdown woes show it’s high time China revived the wisdom of Deng Xiaoping and ‘seek truth from facts’, instead of seeing zero-Covid and living with the virus as a struggle between two opposing systems of governance.

Shanghai’s lockdown woes show it’s high time China revived the wisdom of Deng Xiaoping and ‘seek truth from facts’, instead of seeing zero-Covid and living with the virus as a struggle between two opposing systems of governance.

16 Apr 2022 - 9:35AM
China Briefing | Who are China’s real power brokers? The ‘Great Wall of Secrecy’ makes it hard to fathom

Fascinating stories have emerged in state media of the downfall of politically well-connected individuals now denounced as political grifters. But there’s more than meets the eye, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Fascinating stories have emerged in state media of the downfall of politically well-connected individuals now denounced as political grifters. But there’s more than meets the eye, writes Wang Xiangwei.

9 Apr 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Non-Chinese vaccines, foreign treatment pills, self-test kits: how China should optimise its Covid policy to tackle Omicron-fuelled outbreak

State media criticised Paul Krugman for his assessment that China’s zero-Covid policy was failing during current outbreak due to less effective mainland vaccines and government mistrust.

State media criticised Paul Krugman for his assessment that China’s zero-Covid policy was failing during current outbreak due to less effective mainland vaccines and government mistrust.

2 Apr 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Beijing has stopped the panic in China’s stock markets, but it must do more to convince investors

The intervention by Chinese policymakers to calm panic is welcome but took too long, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The intervention by Chinese policymakers to calm panic is welcome but took too long, writes Wang Xiangwei.

26 Mar 2022 - 9:54AM
China Briefing | With Hong Kong at a crossroads, city needs a strong leader and a Build Back Better plan to reboot

Hong Kong is in dire need of a reboot following mishandling of pandemic, and after protests roiled the city because status quo no longer works

Hong Kong is in dire need of a reboot following mishandling of pandemic, and after protests roiled the city because status quo no longer works

19 Mar 2022 - 6:29PM
China Briefing | Hong Kong needs a command centre fast to marshal all resources against Covid-19, or risk losing out to Singapore amid the expat exodus

As increasing numbers of international citizens and businesspeople ditch Hong Kong over its pandemic handling and head for Singapore, more needs to be done to win the virus fight and stop the exodus of talent.

As increasing numbers of international citizens and businesspeople ditch Hong Kong over its pandemic handling and head for Singapore, more needs to be done to win the virus fight and stop the exodus of talent.

14 Mar 2022 - 8:55AM
China Briefing | Why China should step forward and become a proactive peacemaker in Ukraine

With civilian casualties increasing and the international community rallying behind Ukraine, Beijing’s verbal acrobatics can’t be sustained. It needs a new playbook, writes Wang Xiangwei.

With civilian casualties increasing and the international community rallying behind Ukraine, Beijing’s verbal acrobatics can’t be sustained. It needs a new playbook, writes Wang Xiangwei.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:47PM
China Briefing | Ukraine-Russia crisis: China benefits if the US pivots back to Europe, but it won’t want full-blown war – and would rather Taiwan doesn’t get mentioned

With Putin’s moves likely to hold the West’s attention for years yet, US attempts to contain China will take the back seat and Beijing will gain room to manoeuvre.

With Putin’s moves likely to hold the West’s attention for years yet, US attempts to contain China will take the back seat and Beijing will gain room to manoeuvre.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:53PM
China Briefing | Xi’s zero-Covid message has implicit warning against Hong Kong drifting from the mainland

The irony of Hong Kong residents sneaking into the mainland to escape the virus is not lost on the Chinese internet, writes Wang Xiangwei.

The irony of Hong Kong residents sneaking into the mainland to escape the virus is not lost on the Chinese internet, writes Wang Xiangwei.

19 Feb 2022 - 9:30AM
China Briefing | Winter Olympics: Eileen Gu’s gold at Beijing 2022 Games shows China would benefit from more flexible citizenship rules

The debacle over Eileen Gu’s nationality suggests China needs to consider more flexible immigration policies if it wishes to attract talent and become a global innovation centre.

The debacle over Eileen Gu’s nationality suggests China needs to consider more flexible immigration policies if it wishes to attract talent and become a global innovation centre.

18 Apr 2022 - 5:20PM