Andrew Huang

Andrew Huang

Fellow, ChengGuan Think Tank

Andrew Huang is a fellow at ChengGuan Think Tank and founder of the transnational law programme at Guangzhou University Law School. He is an expert in the comparative study of law, society and policies. He has received doctorate degrees from Yale Law School and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and master's degrees from Peking University, HKU and Yale. He has also done research with Academia Sinica in Taipei and Stanford University in the US. He writes about democratisation, public decision-making, environmental governance and anti-corruption.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on 18 March 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev/SPUTNIK/AFP)

Why do Chinese people sympathise with Russia?

While most of the world have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and see it as unjust and even foolish, the Chinese people have shown their support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chinese academic Andrew Huang notes that this is most likely driven by their perception that the US and the West are arrogant and have always made things difficult for China in various settings. This has led to the Chinese being willing to cheer for anyone that can stand up to the US.