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VIDEO: Former CNN Correspondent Examines American Media’s China Coverage
On March 23, the OPC, ChinaFile and Strategy Risks hosted a book night to discuss “Assignment China – An Oral History of American Journalists in the People’s Republic,” a new book by former CNN correspondent Mike Chinoy, who covered the Tiananmen massacre for the network, among other major stories. His book captures the voices of dozens of American journalists who covered everything from the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) through the Covid epidemic and subsequent expulsions.
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During the program, he discussed a number of issues surrounding past and present American media coverage of China, with moderator William J. Holstein, former China correspondent and past president of the OPC. He addressed issues such as: whether the American media misjudged Xi Jinping’s rise to power 10 ye
Chinoy addressed issues such as: whether the American media misjudged Xi Jinping’s rise to power 10 years ago; if U.S.-Chinese relations continue to deteriorate, whether more American and Western journalists will be denied visas or pressured to leave the country, and audience questions including changes in access to Chinese officials over the years and the status of Chinese correspondents in the West, and the status of journalist assistants or “fixers” in China.
ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Asia Society and Strategy Risks is a consultancy founded by Isaac Stone Fish, who spent seven years in Beijing.
Holstein is co-author of the forthcoming, “Battlefield Cyber: How China and Russia Are Undermining Our Democracy and National Security.”