John Pomfret was formerly the Beijing bureau chief of the Washington Post and recently became a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Beijing. His newest book is The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present. John has been a foreign correspondent for 15 years, covering conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Iraq, and northeastern Iran. During his career, he received several awards, including the Osborn Elliott Prize for the best coverage of Asia by the Asia Society in 2003 and the Shorenstein Prize for coverage of Asia in 2007. The experiences he had when he attended Nanjing University, and his perspective on the Chinese opening, are discussed in his 2006 book, Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China.
Gene-edited babies, CRISPR, and China’s changing ethical landscape
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Christina Larson, a science and technology reporter for the Associated Press, about a major story that her team broke: the Chinese scientist Hè Jiànkuí 贺建奎 announcement that he had edited the genes of embryos conceived in vitro, and that twin girls had been born, making them […]
A worker waters the flowers and plants in front of the local government building in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on the October 1 National Day. In the background, the Chinese propaganda characters can be translated as “[Xi Jinping] Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and “Striving for the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Dream.”