The Economist Covers China: Earthquakes, Demonstrations, and the Beijing Olympic Games
A Conversation between Orville Schell and James Miles of The Economist.
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia policy initiatives and national educational partnerships for global learning to groundbreaking art exhibitions and innovative Asian American performances. She has an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art in the US through critically acclaimed exhibitions and scholarly catalogues. Under her leadership, Asia Society has expanded the scope and scale of its activities, including opening new offices in India and Korea, the inauguration of a new center on US-China relations, and the development of new initiatives focusing on the environment, on Asian women leaders, and on partnerships among the next generation of exceptional leaders in Asia and the US.
James Miles has been China Correspondent for the Economist, based in Beijing, since 2001.
Before that, he held many positions with the BBC, including Beijing Bureau Chief for BBC News and Current Affairs, 1988 to 1994, Hong Kong Correspondent, BBC World Service, 1995 to 1997 and Senior Chinese Affairs Analyst, BBC News London, 1997 to 2000. James has been interviewed on CNN, Channel 4 evening news, BBC One Ten O'Clock News, BBC Radio 4 'Today', BBC Radio 5 Live evening news and ITV evening news, amongst others.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.
James Miles, China correspondent for The Economist and the only western journalist reporting from Lhasa at the time of the March riots, describes the Chinese government's reaction to the violent protests as surprisingly civil in light of their historic reactions to populous protests.
He also explains how the Chinese reaction was confusedly perceived by the outside world.
China correspondent for The Economist James Miles outlines what would be the best possible scenario for China during the 2008 summer Olympics and describes the intense security planned surrounding the games.