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The Beijing Bureau

25 Australian Correspondents Reporting China's Rise

Trevor Watson Melissa Roberts

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05 May 2021
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The Beijing Bureau is a collection of essays revealing the insights of twenty-five Australian foreign correspondents into China, from the 1970s to present day: the lives of its people, its government and its culture, and what China's rise means for Australia and the world community.

China dominates the headlines across the world as the country takes for itself a global role. As governments, businesses and individuals increasingly rely on news reports to make decisions, The Beijing Bureau brings together Australia's most acclaimed journalists to share their hard-won knowledge of China and stories of life as a correspondent: including Mike Smith, Stan Grant, Stephen McDonell, Rowan Callick and Richard McGregor, reporting for international news outlets like the ABC, The New York Times, the BBC, CNN and more.

Vital political and trading relationships are changing - China is flexing its muscles internationally, through the Belt and Road Initiative and trading relationships, through Wolf Warrior diplomacy, through the control of the diaspora and militarily. At home in China, the country is intensifying its hold and extending patriotism; at the same time, Chinese people are experiencing prosperity unrivalled in their history. With essays that cover a range of subjects and written by journalists who have worked and lived in China, The Beijing Bureau provides readers with a thoughtful perspective of this powerful nation.
Edited by:   Trevor Watson, Melissa Roberts
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Paperback
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781743797549
ISBN 10:   1743797540
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   05 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Trevor Watson is a journalist and author with more than half a century of national and international experience. He has been a regular visitor to China since 1979 and was based in Beijing as Bureau Chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 1988-1990. He was also variously based as ABC correspondent in Singapore, Papua New Guinea, India and Thailand, and covered the South Pacific. Trevor is the author of 'Tremble and Obey, An ABC Correspondent's Account of the Bloody Beijing Spring' which focuses on the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He is also the recipient for a Walkley Award and The United Nations media prize for excellence in journalism. He was Director of Media for the University of Sydney's Business School for ten years. Melissa Roberts covered China for Time Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and The Daily Mail as a freelance journalist from 1988 to 1990. She has worked as a staff correspondent for The Australian and AP DowJones, and covered Singapore and Australia for Newsweek magazine for seven years. Melissa has written five children's books. From 2010 to 2020, she was a senior public relations manager and media manager with NSW Health. Contributors: Mike Smith, Australian Financial Review 2018-2020 (left under threat) Trevor Watson, ABC Beijing 1988-1990 Angus Watson, CNN Hong Kong Stan Grant, CNN Hong Kong and Beijing Stephen McDonell, ABC: 2006-2015, BBC: 2015-continuing Chris Buckley, New York Times 1996 (expelled in 2020) Rowan Callick , AFR: Hong Kong 1990-1992, The Australian: Beijing 2006-2009 and 2016-2018 Jane Perlez, New York Times: 2016 (expelled in 2020) Richard McGregor, AFR Beijing and Shanghai: 2000-2009 Richard Thwaites, ABC Beijing: 1978-1983 Helene Chung, ABC Beijing:1983-1985 Melissa Roberts, Freelance Beijing 1988-1990 Jane Hutcheon, ABC Beijing: 1995-2001 Hamish McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald Beijing: 2002-2005 Yvonne Preston, Sydney Morning Herald Beijing: 1975-1978 Uli Schmetzer, Chicago Tribune Beijing 1988-1996 Warren Duncan, ABC: 1975-1978 Kate Wall, ABC Beijing 1990-1992 Ali Moore, ABC 1992-1994 Sue-Lin Wong, The Economist Michael Cavanagh, ABC 1997-1999 Madeleine O'Dea, AFR 1986

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