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US-China Correspondent at Financial Times

Foreign correspondent in Washington who focuses on US-China relations & Asia. Former Washington Bureau Chief, US Politics correspondent, Pentagon & CIA correspondent, South China correspondent, and Asia News Editor. Here is my full bio and FT author page.

Over two decades, I have reported from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Canada, Guantanamo Bay, Russia, Finland, Germany, England, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Djibouti, Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.

During my career, I have covered a wide array of stories: Trump White House, 2016 & 2020 US presidential races, Afghanistan & Iraq wars, Guantanamo Bay, terrorism, cyber security, North Korea, South China & East China Sea, Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, Japan's 2011 tsunami, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Chinese manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta, China's anti-corruption drive, and Hurricane Katrina. I have interviewed American farmers & cowboys, Chinese factory workers & billionaires, diplomats & generals, US defense secretaries from Robert McNamara to Donald Rumsfeld, and President Donald Trump.

I have an excellent record of scoops. In 2021, I broke the news that China stunned the Pentagon by testing a hypersonic weapon that flew around the earth. In 2022, I landed the scoop that Russia asked China for military equipment to support its invasion of Ukraine. 

Check out my recent interview on the Sinica podcast where I talk about covering US-China.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland (Howth) but have lived in Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Washington, Boston, Indiana, London and Munich. I have traveled widely across the world, including visiting 48 states in America.

Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and have an MA in East Asian studies from Harvard University. I studied Japanese at Sophia University and Chinese at Peking University. I speak fluent Japanese, rusty Mandarin & basic Cantonese. In my spare time, I enjoy photography. You can find my photos here and on Instagram.

Confident public speaker who enjoys doing radio & podcasts, video & television, and moderating panels (but not manels). I have appeared on BBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX, NPR, RTE, and Japanese television in Japanese.  

To inquire about speaking engagements, please contact Chartwell

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