Thirty five years after China’s opening to the world, some of the key assumptions that have guided coverage are being tested by the presidency of Xi Jinping.
Bill chaired an organizing committee that managed a reunion of 70 current and former China Hands on behalf of the Overseas Press Club, the Asia Society’s ChinaFile and the Foreign Correspondents Club of China. The reunion held four panel discussions about coverage of China’s economy, its domestic political situation, the government’s crackdown on the Western media, and the country’s social media scene. The sessions were videotaped. Highlights are available at the OPC website.
Those discussions have been transcribed and edited into an e-book that is now available on Amazon.com. Bill offers his own personal conclusions in an introduction. Appendices include a list of attendees, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China report on the Chinese government crackdown against the Western media, and a protest statement issued by the OPC. It is the sixth book that Bill has either written or edited.