ChinaFile Presents: China's Economic Rise, Through the Eyes of Financial Times Correspondents
China's economic rise takes a prominent place in the headlines, but what — and who — is behind the news that we read? What goes into reporting on some of the most important stories today? Several generations of Financial Times correspondents will share their experiences of reporting on the evolution of China's economy.
Panelists will include Financial Times correspondents Richard McGregor, Leslie Hook, Geoff Dyer, James Kynge, and David Pilling, in discussion with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.
Geoff Dyer has worked for the Financial Times for over a decade in China, Brazil, the UK, and now the U.S., where he writes about American foreign policy. He was the FT's Bureau Chief in Beijing from 2008 to 2011, following three years working for the paper in Shanghai. He has also been the paper's Brazil Bureau Chief and covered the healthcare industry. Dyer is the author of Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China, to be published in the U.S. by Knopf in February, 2014. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna and Washington, D.C., where he was supported by a Fulbright award.
Leslie Hook is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for journalism at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as a Beijing correspondent for the Financial Times, covering energy and commodities. Prior to joining the FT in 2010, she was an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong for three years. Hook holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and also studied Mandarin Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
James Kynge is Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He is also editor of beyondbrics, the FT's emerging economies blog. Previously, he was Principal and is now Chairman of FT Confidential, the Financial Times' premium research services on China, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Over the past 28 years, Kynge has been a correspondent based in Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, former Soviet Central Asia, and Hong Kong. He was China Bureau Chief from 1998 to 2005 and later headed up the Pearson Group of companies' business operations in China. He was also President of FTChinese.com, the FT's Chinese language website. Kynge is the author of China Shakes the World, an international bestseller that has been translated into 19 languages.
Richard McGregor is Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times. He was the newspaper's Beijing Bureau Chief, based in China from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2000 to 2009. He is the author of the book The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers.
David Pilling has been the Asia Editor of the Financial Times since 2008. Based in Hong Kong, he oversees coverage of the region, including China, India, and Japan. He writes an award-winning weekly column on Asian affairs and frequently interviews leading regional figures from the worlds of politics, business, and the arts. Pilling was FT Bureau Chief in Tokyo from 2002 to 2008. His book Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival is published in the U.S. by Penguin in March 2014.
Orville Schell (moderator) is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 15 books, 10 of them about China.
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