Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Correspondent, China

Kristin Huang is a contributor to Inkstone and a senior China reporter at South China Morning Post. She is most interested in security topics in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.


Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Expertise
International relations, diplomacy, defence
Chinese parents are spending big bucks on their kids’ lifestyle
On a typical weekend in Beijing’s Changping district, you will find Jiang Cong spending the morning picking strawberries with her child in a rural garden and lunching together with friends in a mall.  Once they’re done, both mother and child will then usually head to an indoor playground for the afternoon. The cost of such a day is about US$155, Jiang told state media outlet Economic Daily on Sunday. It’s the price affluent Chinese parents are now paying to make sure their children are entertained while living more well-rounded and healthy lives. Parental desires to give their offspring more diverse life experiences has resulted in a children’s goods and services market – including food, dr
Adorable video shows panda cub attempting to climb rocks
Four-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji appears to be on the up and up – albeit slowly. The cub, whose Chinese name translates to “Little Miracle,” was captured on video determinedly trying to climb a small rock wall at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC.  Watching on was his mother, Mei Xiang, who gave him an affectionate hug when he eventually conquers the task.          View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Smithsonian's National Zoo (@smithsonianzoo) “He’s getting stronger, more coordinated and is still an adorable little nugget,” a zoo worker wrote on the Instagram post.   While the cub definitely won’t win any races to the to
Taiwan’s latest US weapons ‘boost its ability to fight off Chinese invasion’
Taiwan’s ability to strike back at a potential attack from mainland China has received a further boost after the US approved its second arms sale to the island in a week, to boost its coastal defenses. The Taiwanese defense minister said the deal would help the island achieve its goal of being able to destroy half of any invading force. In a statement on Monday, the US state department said it had notified Congress of its approval for the $2.4 billion package, which includes 400 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 100 launcher transporters, radar and support systems. The arms deal is the ninth approved since Donald Trump became president in 2017. According to the state department, Taiwan will be abl
US military patch draws ire in China
The United States has staged a simulated island assault exercise featuring a red silhouette of China on air personnel’s uniforms, in what Chinese state media described as a provocative gesture. The drill was being conducted in California but triggered warnings from Chinese state media that China would fight back if the US attacked it in the South China Sea. US-based Air Force magazine reported that the US veteran drone fleet’s training, which began on September 3, suggested that the US Air Force was focusing more on the Pacific region. Patches on uniforms made for the exercise featured an MQ-9 Reaper drone superimposed over a red silhouette of China, the report said. Despite the training ex
US-China tensions are getting worse in the South China Sea
China on Friday said it had warned off a US warship in the South China Sea that was deployed to the disputed waters after a Chinese missile launch in the latest of a series of escalating tensions in the region. The encounter followed China’s launch on Wednesday of its most advanced land-based anti-ship missile into the waterway, a move seen as a warning to the United States. Analysts said the launch of the missile might push the US to deploy more missiles and take a more aggressive stance toward Beijing, elevating the risk of an accidental armed conflict. According to a statement from the US Pacific Fleet, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) sailed into the vicinity of the Para
China launches its first Mars probe
China launched its first independent probe to Mars on Thursday, joining a growing number of countries aiming to lead exploration of Earth’s nearest neighbor. The probe, named Tianwen-1, was launched from the southern island of Hainan and is expected to reach Mars’ gravitational field next February, according to Chinese media. If the 5-tonne probe makes a successful landing on the fourth planet from the sun, it is expected to work for at least 90 Mars days – a little longer than three months on Earth. Tianwen-1 – the name means “questions to heaven” in Mandarin, inspired by an ancient poem by Qu Yuan – consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander and rover will attempt a soft land
US and China are talking again, but no consensus at diplomats’ meeting
China and the United States held diplomatic talks in Hawaii on Wednesday that exposed their divisions over a range of issues, even if there were some positive noises made in Beijing. No consensus was reached between China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but the two had dinner and spoke for seven hours, showing a willingness to at least prevent a further deterioration in relations, observers said. The meeting came with relations between the world’s two largest economies at their lowest point in decades and the two governments facing off on multiple fronts including technology, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea – despite signing an interim trade deal i
China to investigate ambassador’s death in Israel
China is sending a team of investigators to Israel to probe the death of Du Wei, its ambassador to the country, whose body was found at his residence in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The team, accompanied by a member of Du’s family, will handle arrangements for the remains, as well as conducting its own internal investigation, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Du, 57, died unexpectedly “of health reasons.” Du was last seen in public on Tuesday in a video conference with an official from Israel’s foreign affairs ministry, according to the embassy website. Du was assigned to serve in Israel in February, when China was in the throes of the corona
‘Like a prison drama’: Taming an epidemic the China way
Life under strict lockdown in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the first cases of the coronavirus were reported, was a reminder of the past for its elderly residents. One of them, 75-year-old Jiang Hong, said the past three months had been just like life in the Mao Zedong era. “It’s déjà vu really – a throwback to the 1960s when we lived in the people’s communes and everything was taken care of but you didn’t have much choice,” the retiree said. But in 2020, she said officials used smartphones instead of loudhailers to get their message across. And people no longer relied on the food coupons widely used in China in the ’60s to buy essentials. Like many elderly residents, Jiang had to l
What’s in a name? China hopes territory
China has named 80 geographical features in the disputed South China Sea in the latest move to assert its territorial claims in the face of increasing opposition from Vietnam. According to a notice jointly released by China’s Natural Resources Ministry and Civil Affairs Ministry, it has given names to features in both the Paracel and Spratly islands. These include 25 islands, shoals, reefs and 55 oceanic mountains and ridges. China has not named geographic features in the disputed area since 1983, when 287 features were named.  The Spratly and Paracel islands are a geopolitical flashpoint because multiple countries have competing territorial claims over the region.  It has also become anoth