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 | No rocket science: for China to beat US in tech, it must boost R&D investment and cultivate world-class talent

As senior Chinese officials prepare to set new five-year economic goals, it has to expand its research sector and nurture more world-class talents.

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As senior Chinese officials prepare to set new five-year economic goals, it has to expand its research sector and nurture more world-class talents.

No rocket science: for China to beat US in tech, it must boost R&D investment and cultivate world-class talent
China Briefing | Carrie Lam’s non-speech said it all: Hong Kong and Shenzhen have swapped roles

Shenzhen once relied on Hong Kong for its rise from low-end manufacturing to hi-tech powerhouse. Now Hong Kong’s fortunes rest on Shenzhen.

17 Oct 2020 - 9:40AM

Shenzhen once relied on Hong Kong for its rise from low-end manufacturing to hi-tech powerhouse. Now Hong Kong’s fortunes rest on Shenzhen.

Carrie Lam’s non-speech said it all: Hong Kong and Shenzhen have swapped roles
China Briefing | China may win the war against coronavirus but lose the battle of the narrative

A new survey calls into question Beijing’s narrative that anti-China sentiment is the preserve of a small group of Western politicians, writes Wang Xiangwei.

10 Oct 2020 - 10:26AM

A new survey calls into question Beijing’s narrative that anti-China sentiment is the preserve of a small group of Western politicians, writes Wang Xiangwei.

China may win the war against coronavirus but lose the battle of the narrative
China Briefing | As US-China ties sour further, can Beijing wrap up EU trade talks on time?

As US-China ties continue to sour on virtually all fronts, Beijing has shown an increased interest to boost relations with the EU.

3 Oct 2020 - 9:45AM

As US-China ties continue to sour on virtually all fronts, Beijing has shown an increased interest to boost relations with the EU.

As US-China ties sour further, can Beijing wrap up EU trade talks on time?
China Briefing | Communist Party’s embrace risks hobbling China’s private companies

Blurring the line between China’s state and private sectors may mean greater controls that could prove counterproductive – as TikTok has found out already, writes Wang Xiangwei.

26 Sep 2020 - 9:30AM

Blurring the line between China’s state and private sectors may mean greater controls that could prove counterproductive – as TikTok has found out already, writes Wang Xiangwei.

Communist Party’s embrace risks hobbling China’s private companies
China Briefing | An Oracle-ByteDance deal for TikTok gives Huawei a glimmer of hope

The proposed TikTok deal shows a way forward for Chinese tech companies hoping to expand in the West, writes Wang Xiangwei.

19 Sep 2020 - 12:27PM

The proposed TikTok deal shows a way forward for Chinese tech companies hoping to expand in the West, writes Wang Xiangwei.

An Oracle-ByteDance deal for TikTok gives Huawei a glimmer of hope
China Briefing | Amid China’s coronavirus success, low marks for local ‘social credit’ apps

The mainland Chinese have made tremendous sacrifices of their individual freedom and rights for the sake of the common good.

12 Sep 2020 - 4:36PM

The mainland Chinese have made tremendous sacrifices of their individual freedom and rights for the sake of the common good.

Amid China’s coronavirus success, low marks for local ‘social credit’ apps
China Briefing | US-China tensions: Korean war was a miscalculation. It could happen again with Taiwan

As tensions are rising between China and the US and disinformation is spreading, so are the chances of miscalculations, especially over Taiwan.

5 Sep 2020 - 11:23AM

As tensions are rising between China and the US and disinformation is spreading, so are the chances of miscalculations, especially over Taiwan.

US-China tensions: Korean war was a miscalculation. It could happen again with Taiwan
China Briefing | If Beijing wants an innovative economy, it must free Chinese minds

Enterprise and technological innovation need a free flow of ideas and opinions. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening in China, writes Wang Xiangwei.

29 Aug 2020 - 9:30AM

Enterprise and technological innovation need a free flow of ideas and opinions. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening in China, writes Wang Xiangwei.

If Beijing wants an innovative economy, it must free Chinese minds
China Briefing | Under US pressure, China is planning an economy that can survive a protracted war

The prospect of all-round confrontation with America has invoked a Mao-era fighting spirit that is the driving force behind China’s 14th five-year plan.

15 Aug 2020 - 9:30AM

The prospect of all-round confrontation with America has invoked a Mao-era fighting spirit that is the driving force behind China’s 14th five-year plan.

Under US pressure, China is planning an economy that can survive a protracted war
China Briefing | Trump’s Godfather tactics with TikTok hurt values Washington has long trumpeted

The forced sale of TikTok’s American business to a US company is just the latest provocative salvo from Trump’s paranoid administration – but Beijing looks unlikely to rise to the bait.

8 Aug 2020 - 9:30AM

The forced sale of TikTok’s American business to a US company is just the latest provocative salvo from Trump’s paranoid administration – but Beijing looks unlikely to rise to the bait.

Trump’s Godfather tactics with TikTok hurt values Washington has long trumpeted
China Briefing | Close Uygur camps in Xinjiang, dial back ‘wolf warriors’: how China can win support

‘There is a growing suspicion that Washington is laying a trap.’

1 Aug 2020 - 10:07AM

‘There is a growing suspicion that Washington is laying a trap.’

Close Uygur camps in Xinjiang, dial back ‘wolf warriors’: how China can win support
China Briefing | Will US bid to split the Chinese people from the Communist Party work, or is it wishful thinking?

Ironically, since Xi came to power, this tactic has become less likely to succeed.

25 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM

Ironically, since Xi came to power, this tactic has become less likely to succeed.

Will US bid to split the Chinese people from the Communist Party work, or is it wishful thinking?
China Briefing | China’s inward shift has profound implications for the world economy

Even if full decoupling with the United States remains unlikely, Chinese leaders are obviously preparing for the worst.

18 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM

Even if full decoupling with the United States remains unlikely, Chinese leaders are obviously preparing for the worst.

China’s inward shift has profound implications for the world economy
China Briefing | Why US and China are both stalked by concerns about the Cultural Revolution

The rise of extremist groups and popular anger, fanned by conspiracy theories on social media, raise questions about whether social norms will be upended.

11 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

The rise of extremist groups and popular anger, fanned by conspiracy theories on social media, raise questions about whether social norms will be upended.

Why US and China are both stalked by concerns about the Cultural Revolution
China Briefing | National security law: does Hong Kong’s Journey to the West have a happy ending?

Like the rebellious Monkey King Sun Wukong, Hong Kong must come to terms with the limits set by its master. And like Tang Sanzang, Beijing should apply its ‘constrictive headband’ with caution.

4 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

Like the rebellious Monkey King Sun Wukong, Hong Kong must come to terms with the limits set by its master. And like Tang Sanzang, Beijing should apply its ‘constrictive headband’ with caution.

National security law: does Hong Kong’s Journey to the West have a happy ending?
China Briefing | Beijing looks to move towards trade, away from ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy

Recent summits with the heads of the EU indicate a deliberate effort to forge closer investment links with key partners, including Japan, South Korea and Asean, as China seeks counterweights against the US.

27 Jun 2020 - 9:30AM

Recent summits with the heads of the EU indicate a deliberate effort to forge closer investment links with key partners, including Japan, South Korea and Asean, as China seeks counterweights against the US.

Beijing looks to move towards trade, away from ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy
China Briefing | Are China and the US heading for a breather after months of sparring?

China-US relations have sunk to new lows, but a meeting between their top diplomats has raised the tantalising hope of a ceasefire.

20 Jun 2020 - 10:07AM

China-US relations have sunk to new lows, but a meeting between their top diplomats has raised the tantalising hope of a ceasefire.

Are China and the US heading for a breather after months of sparring?
China Briefing | Li Keqiang’s support for street vendors has hit a nerve in Beijing

The premier’s intervention is a sign of rising worries over a grim unemployment situation made worse by Covid-19.

15 Jun 2020 - 3:13PM

The premier’s intervention is a sign of rising worries over a grim unemployment situation made worse by Covid-19.

Li Keqiang’s support for street vendors has hit a nerve in Beijing
China Briefing | Why Hong Kong’s June 4 Tiananmen Square vigil should continue even after the national security law is adopted

In a way, Beijing should be more worried about those young people who decided to stay away from the vigil.

6 Jun 2020 - 3:32PM

In a way, Beijing should be more worried about those young people who decided to stay away from the vigil.

Why Hong Kong’s June 4 Tiananmen Square vigil should continue even after the national security law is adopted
China Briefing | Hong Kong national security law: all eyes on the US, but Beijing holds all the cards

Reports of Hong Kong’s demise are premature. The effect of any US sanctions is likely to be more symbolic than material.

30 May 2020 - 9:30AM

Reports of Hong Kong’s demise are premature. The effect of any US sanctions is likely to be more symbolic than material.

Hong Kong national security law: all eyes on the US, but Beijing holds all the cards
China Briefing | Coronavirus: China should rein in ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats and let its actions do the talking

Imagine the goodwill China will reap if it can develop a Covid-19 vaccine and share it with the world.

23 May 2020 - 9:45AM

Imagine the goodwill China will reap if it can develop a Covid-19 vaccine and share it with the world.

Coronavirus: China should rein in ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats and let its actions do the talking
China Briefing | Coronavirus leaves China to rule the world? Truth is, it’s neither ready nor willing

Media rhetoric aside, in this time of crisis Xi Jinping – like Mao 50 years ago – will be keen to prioritise the country’s own affairs.

16 May 2020 - 12:11PM

Media rhetoric aside, in this time of crisis Xi Jinping – like Mao 50 years ago – will be keen to prioritise the country’s own affairs.

Coronavirus leaves China to rule the world? Truth is, it’s neither ready nor willing
China Briefing | Coronavirus: China can turn the tables on the US with a science-led probe into Covid-19’s origins

A science-based investigation would shine light on many unanswered questions about the virus – including some the Trump administration would rather ignore.

9 May 2020 - 9:30AM

A science-based investigation would shine light on many unanswered questions about the virus – including some the Trump administration would rather ignore.

Coronavirus: China can turn the tables on the US with a science-led probe into Covid-19’s origins
China Briefing | Coronavirus: a contrarian view on why not all hope is lost for US-China ties

Fiery exchanges and a blame game over Covid-19 have some fretting about a full-on Cold War – or, worse, a hot one in the South China Sea.

2 May 2020 - 9:15AM

Fiery exchanges and a blame game over Covid-19 have some fretting about a full-on Cold War – or, worse, a hot one in the South China Sea.

Coronavirus: a contrarian view on why not all hope is lost for US-China ties
China Briefing | Coronavirus: why Xi should do a Trump and hand out cash to cooped-up Chinese

Beijing could boost consumption and confidence – and help meet Xi’s poverty goals – if it takes inspiration from Washington and puts serious money in the hands of the Chinese people.

28 Mar 2020 - 9:15AM

Beijing could boost consumption and confidence – and help meet Xi’s poverty goals – if it takes inspiration from Washington and puts serious money in the hands of the Chinese people.

Coronavirus: why Xi should do a Trump and hand out cash to cooped-up Chinese
China Briefing | Coronavirus: to save US lives, Trump must learn from China, not fight it

China did indeed bungle its initial response, but its experience in turning the tide against Covid-19 holds valuable lessons for other countries. Now is the time for the US to heed them.

21 Mar 2020 - 9:30AM

China did indeed bungle its initial response, but its experience in turning the tide against Covid-19 holds valuable lessons for other countries. Now is the time for the US to heed them.

Coronavirus: to save US lives, Trump must learn from China, not fight it
China Briefing | Coronavirus: Xi says the tide has turned, but people deserve the truth about China’s response

While Beijing deserves kudos for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, a full accounting of its initial blunders will go a long way towards restoring public confidence in the government.

14 Mar 2020 - 9:30AM

While Beijing deserves kudos for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, a full accounting of its initial blunders will go a long way towards restoring public confidence in the government.

Coronavirus: Xi says the tide has turned, but people deserve the truth about China’s response
China Briefing | China’s coronavirus battle may be ending but its war on eating wild animals has just begun

China’s latest ban will wipe out wet markets, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. To avoid simply driving the problem underground, a whole-of-society approach is needed, for years to come.

7 Mar 2020 - 9:30AM

China’s latest ban will wipe out wet markets, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. To avoid simply driving the problem underground, a whole-of-society approach is needed, for years to come.

China’s coronavirus battle may be ending but its war on eating wild animals has just begun
China Briefing | Coronavirus: a chance for China to boost its world standing?

China and US should join hands to lead the campaign against the looming Covid-19 pandemic.

29 Feb 2020 - 9:30AM

China and US should join hands to lead the campaign against the looming Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: a chance for China to boost its world standing?