30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, China’s digital barriers are stronger and protectionism is making a global comeback
- The end of the cold war failed to reshape China, which used the free market and technology to build a prosperous surveillance state
- Now, a US-led coalition of democracies are ranged against the world’s last major communist power in a new cold war
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.