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James Kynge speaker

James Kynge

London, UK

Highly experienced economics commentator on China and emerging markets

Emerging Markets Editor and an Associate Editor, Financial Times (2014-present)

Best-selling author, “China Shakes the World” (2006)

James Kynge is the Emerging Markets Editor and an associate editor for the Financial Times (FT). He is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Harold Wincott award for journalism for his coverage of China and its complex relationship with the rest of the world.

His prize-winning investigative articles have focused on China’s overseas investment push, its grand design to create a “New Silk Road” between Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, the key trends in its domestic economy and the slow but steady integration between Chinese and global financial markets.

He is a regular speaker and moderator on these and other emerging markets topics.

James has spent 18 of the past 28 years working in China, latterly as the Financial Times’ bureau chief in Beijing. He also headed up the business operations of the Peason Group of companies un China until 2008. He remains chairman of FT Confidential Research, a premium research service on China and South East Asia that he founded in 2009.

His prize-winning book “China Shakes the World” (2006), was an international best-seller, translated into 19 languages. 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.

 

 

Our Comment

"James is one of the most experienced commentators to focus on the Chinese economy and its impact on the wider world. He speaks with gentle humour and in great detail about the economic, social and political changes sweeping the country, drawing on an association with China that goes back as far as 1982, and that covers business as well as journalism."

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