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Club Online Zoom Event: The View from Beijing

Date: 17 Feb 2022 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM | Venue:

The View from Beijing
Journalist and Columnist, South China Morning Post
Thursday, February 17, 2022
8pm HKT on Zoom
This year is shaping up to be a pivotal one for China, domestically and on the international front. In addition to currently hosting the Winter Olympics in the midst of a global pandemic, the leadership also has to quickly prepare for the annual spring meeting of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Farther down the line, the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover will be commemorated on July 1, and in autumn the 20th Party Congress is expected to anoint President Xi Jinping for an unprecedented third term in power. Meanwhile, China is facing a growth slowdown, a potential debt crisis, worsening demographic challenges, and questions about how long it can maintain its “dynamic zero Covid” policy that has kept the country largely isolated from the world. Internationally, Beijing and Washington continue to clash over trade restrictions, new American export controls targeting more Chinese entities, and $100 million in planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Our guest, veteran journalist Wang Xiangwei, a columnist for the South China Morning Post, will give us the view from Beijing and help us understand how China will address all these challenges and more. Moderated by FCC President Keith Richburg.
In 2012, veteran journalist Wang Xiangwei became the first China-born editor of the South China Morning Post, a position he held until 2015. He started his 30-year career at the China Daily, then moved to the UK, where he worked at the BBC Chinese Service, among other media outlets. Moving to Hong Kong in 1993, he worked at the Eastern Express before joining the SCMP in 1996 as China business reporter, and he became China editor in 2000. Wang was the newspaper’s deputy editor for four years prior to being promoted to Editor-in-Chief. He has a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English, and he now lives in Beijing.


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