James Kynge is Global China Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He is a regular speaker on the “Belt and Road Initiative” and other expressions of China’s proliferating interaction with the outside world.
He spent 18 of the past 28 years working in China, latterly as the Financial Times’ bureau chief in Beijing. In 2017, he won the prestigious Harold Wincott award for journalism for his coverage of China and its global relationships.
His prize-winning book “China Shakes the World” (2009) was an international bestseller, translated into 19 languages.
James Kynge combines a granular knowledge of China’s overseas investments with insights into the diplomatic and security context of Beijing’s outward embrace.
In addition to a 30-year career as a journalist, he has also worked in business, heading up the Pearson Group of companies in China from 2005-08. This gives him an appreciation of the differences between doing business and merely writing about it.
Outside the office, he encourages young people in the UK to engage with China as a British Council “leading light” and as President of the ChineseSpeakers Association, an NGO that assists young people who speak Chinese to find employment opportunities.
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