What the Mainland Media Say by Cary Huang
Xi Jinping plays up football passion for political advantage at home and abroad
'The beautiful game' that president graces with his presence in Manchester helps him connect with people at home and abroad
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.