Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

Coronavirus: to Chinese democracy what Chernobyl was to glasnost?

  • The 2003 Sars crisis changed Beijing’s view on openness in governance and the timely release of information about health crises
  • But China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics

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Cary Huang

Cary Huang

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.