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.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he prepares to depart Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport en route to Beijing, on 25 April 2024. (Mark Schiefelbein/AFP)

The US’s financial sanctions weapon against China

Will the US resort to using the “financial nuclear bomb” of kicking China out of the global financial system to force China to compromise? Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong ponders the question.
US President Joe Biden heads to a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) at the White House in Washington, DC, on 11 April 2024. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)

US’s 'Typhon' missile system deployed in the Philippines: A dangerous move?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that the deployment of the US’s "Typhon" missile launcher system in the Philippines might lead to heightened tensions with China, as well as the risk of disunity within ASEAN, as alignments may shift.
A large screen shows news coverage of Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meeting former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Beijing on 10 April 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Xi-Ma meeting: Can Chinese ethnic sentiments bridge the gap between Taiwan and the mainland?

As an advocate of the 1992 Consensus, former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has always been in support of “one China, different interpretations”. However, during his recent trip to mainland China, he continually emphasised the common Chinese ethnicity, perhaps to rouse China’s sentiments.
Visitors check a Zeekr 001, a model from Geely's new premium electric vehicle (EV) brand Zeekr, at its factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, on 15 April 2021. (Yilei Sun/Reuters)

China’s overcapacity draws concern from global market

China’s production overcapacity is an issue that its officials are well aware of, and it has even drawn the criticism of the outside world, most recently US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Given the fact that high-end manufacturing is facing overcapacity pressures and risks just after it has taken off, how will China mitigate the impact of overcapacity on the geopolitical landscape and its external environment?
Shiyu or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen county, one of Taiwan's offshore islands, is pictured with China's Xiamen in the background, in Kinmen, Taiwan, on 21 February 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Kinmen capsizing incident: Mainland China closer to 'administrative reunification' with Taiwan?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong looks at the recent incident of a mainland Chinese fishing boat capsizing off Kinmen after a chase with Taiwanese coast guard, leading to the death of two fishermen. Is mainland China using the crisis to create a new baseline to Beijing’s advantage?
Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee. (SPH Media)

Chan Heng Chee: Amid chaos, our national interest is the only constant

The future world will neither be unipolar nor bipolar but multipolar; the structure will be fragmented, and the heights of the poles will be asymmetrical. Amid the tensions and pitfalls, how does Singapore cope in an increasingly complex world? Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong speaks with Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee about the challenges the world faces.
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto reacts while dancing as he claims victory after unofficial vote counts during an event to watch the results of the general election in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 14 February 2024. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

What Prabowo’s victory could mean for Indonesia-China relations

Based on current vote counts, Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto is set to clinch the Indonesian presidency after two previous losses against incumbent President Jokowi. Observers believe that Prabowo is riding on the popularity of Jokowi and could continue on the diplomatic path of non-alignment set out by the latter. Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong takes a look at what Prabowo’s victory could mean for Indonesia-China relations.
This file photo taken on 13 March 2023 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Noel Celis/AFP)

Xi's top men: Is there a power struggle between Li Qiang and Cai Qi?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that while international media and observers are suggesting a power struggle between the Chinese Communist Party’s top ranking officials Li Qiang and Cai Qi, they are both in fact in just a “sharing the workload but not the power” relationship with General Secretary Xi Jinping.
Pedestrians cross a road in Pudong's Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, China, on 9 January 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

The first economic report card for the Li Qiang government

While the latest economic results for China seem promising, one underlying factor could suggest otherwise — the lack of confidence in the authorities’ approach in stimulating the economy. How can China boost investor confidence and improve the economic climate?