Han Yong Hong

Han Yong Hong

Associate Editor, Zaobao; Editor, Zaobao.com

Yong Hong is an associate editor of Zaobao and the editor of Zaobao.com. She joined Lianhe Zaobao as a journalist in 2000, covering theatre, music and visual arts. In 2005, she was assigned to the Beijing bureau as a correspondent, and became the chief correspondent in 2009. She received the Business China Young Achiever Award in 2011, making her the second recipient of this award, and the first journalist to receive this recognition.

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army as he arrives for a ceremony in Beijing, China, 30 September 2023. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

Beijing ramps up purge of military-industrial sector

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that due to centralised power, vast resources and opaque internal operations, the risk of corruption in the Chinese military-industrial sector is high. The recent crackdown on corruption among the high-ranking officials in the People’s Liberation Army and the leadership of the military-industrial sector shows how deep-seated this issue is.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and the China's President Xi Jinping (left) wave to the media during their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi on 13 December 2023. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

Vietnam’s firm but flexible balancing act between China and US

Evidently caught between the two major powers, Vietnam has shown adept skill at diplomacy in recent years, along with its soft handling of China and the US, allowing Vietnam to benefit from both sides even amid geopolitical conflict. Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong takes us through how Vietnam uses "bamboo diplomacy" to develop and reassure its diplomatic relations.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at New York State Supreme Court in New York, US, on 7 December 2023. (Yuki Iwamura/Bloomberg)

Trump will be more dangerous than the Taiwan Strait in 2024?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that there is a real possibility of Donald Trump getting elected for a second time as US President. If Trump takes office and the US alliance system loosens, China will gain some diplomatic respite. But having engaged with the Trump administration before, China is unlikely to have high expectations for Trump’s China policy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured standing in front of the honour guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 22 November 2023. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

President Xi's Shanghai visit: China yet to find a way out for its economy

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Shanghai, China’s largest financial centre, has sent strong signals of the leadership’s emphasis on the country’s economic development. And it is clear from the itinerary the importance the higher-ups are placing on the three areas of finance, technology and livelihood. Nonetheless, Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes more research needs to be done before the introduction of more powerful policies that can turn the tide of the sluggish economy.
Taiwan's compulsory servicemen demonstrate their combat skills to the media at a military base in Taichung, Taiwan, 23 November 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan Strait situation might worsen after 2024 Taiwanese presidential election

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that the so-called Blue-White alliance seems to have broken down, and the DPP has a good chance of winning. With DPP leader William Lai a self-proclaimed advocate for Taiwan independence, that would likely mean strained relations with Beijing, or even armed reunification.
US President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Filoli estate on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in Woodside, California, US, on 15 November 2023. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Xi-Biden meeting ends on positive note: A better tomorrow?

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden concluded on an upbeat note, with many issues discussed albeit with no real consensus at the moment. However, this opens the door to future dialogue and communication between both sides.
A soldier stands guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 18 October 2023. (Xiaoyu Yin/Reuters)

China remains without a defence minister: Who can Xi Jinping trust?

In one fell swoop, China has removed two of its five state councilors. While anti-corruption efforts in China have been ongoing for a decade, corruption within the system remains widespread. Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong highlights what to expect for the currently vacant post of defence minister and how anti-corruption efforts will come into play in appointing the next minister.
A security surveillance camera overlooking a street is pictured next to a nearby fluttering flag of China in Beijing, China, on 25 November 2021. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Mutual mistrust: People-to-people exchanges between China and the West seriously impacted

Mutual mistrust and fear between China and foreign countries is mounting, especially amid the self-imposed travel restrictions on both sides for high-level executives. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Han Yong Hong assesses that such developments are accelerating the decoupling between China and foreign countries, with little hope for reversal.
Students wave the national flag of China during an opening ceremony for undergraduates at the Wuhan University in Wuhan on 12 September 2023.  (AFP)

Is Asia ready for a stronger China?

China is exerting its growing strength and influence in various areas including trade, technology, politics and the military, which undoubtedly has an impact on other countries. Larger countries such as India, Japan, South Korea and of course the US are banding together in order to not be caught up in this wave; but how are other countries such as the ASEAN member states navigating the geopolitics in the region?