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John Edwards (Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner at Department for International Trade)

John Edwards

Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner at Department for International Trade
Melinda Liu (Beijing Bureau Chief at Newsweek)

Melinda Liu

Beijing Bureau Chief at Newsweek

Award-winning foreign correspondent Melinda Liu has reported from China for three decades. She was named Newsweek's Beijing Bureau chief in 1998, returning to a city where 18 years earlier she'd opened Newsweek's first bureau in the Chinese capital since 1949.

One of Newsweek’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Liu covered China's post-Mao modernization and the Tiananmen Square bloodshed; the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the fall of the Taliban; the 1991 liberation of Kuwait; and U.S. military interventions in Somalia and Haiti. In 2003, she was one of few American journalists in Baghdad's Palestine Hotel as a firsthand witness to the U.S. “shock and awe” bombing of the Iraqi capital and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Liu won the 2006 Shorenstein Journalism Award in recognition of her reporting on Asia.

David Rennie (Beijing Bureau Chief at The Economist)

David Rennie

Beijing Bureau Chief at The Economist

David Rennie is the Beijing bureau chief of The Economist and the author of its weekly “Chaguan” column on China. He has been a columnist at The Economist since 2007, writing, successively, its “Charlemagne”, “Bagehot” and “Lexington” columns. From 2007-10 he was the EU correspondent and “Charlemagne”, based in Brussels. From July 2010 to July 2012 he was British political editor and author of “Bagehot”,in London. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Washington DC. He was “Lexington” 2012-17, and Washington bureau chief 2013-2018. In May 2018 he moved to China as Beijing bureau chief, launching “Chaguan” in September of that year. Previously, he was on the foreign staff of the Daily Telegraph, with postings in Sydney (1998), Beijing (1998-2002), Washington DC (2002-05) and Brussels (2005-07). He has covered elections on four continents, one war, several riots, earthquakes, referendums and other disasters. He worked for the Daily Telegraph in London (1996-98), and the Evening Standard (1992-96). He is a contributing panelist on "1A", NPR’s daily news talk programme, based at WAMU in Washington DC.