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    Date(s) - 26/04/2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    The Bookworm


    Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China


    (010) 6586 9507



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    On May 12, 2008, the devastating Sichuan earthquake claimed the lives of over 80,000 people and left a searing impression on the foreign journalists of Beijing. Now, ten years have passed and the region is unrecognizable, and is serving as a model for rebuilding and economic development by the Chinese state. Long-standing FCCC members Lucy Hornby, now deputy bureau chief at the Financial Times, and Ben Blanchard, head of the general news team for Reuters in Beijing, both covered the quake for Reuters and will share their impressions and memories.

    Lucy Hornby is deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times in Beijing, where she covers politics, the economy and the environment as well as Mongolia. Previously, Lucy reported for Reuters for eight years, based in Shanghai and Beijing. She has covered everything from the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan to financial fraud, factional fighting and China’s rising international ambitions. In 2015 she won investment Journalist of the Year at the State Street Institutional Press awards for her coverage of Hanergy, the controversial and high-flying solar power company. A native of New Jersey, she first came to China in 1995 to teach English in Wuhan with the Princeton in Asia program. She speaks Mandarin, French and Spanish.

    Ben Blanchard is Reuters senior correspondent in charge of political and diplomatic coverage in China. Ben joined Reuters in Shanghai as a business reporter in 2003 before moving to Beijing in 2005 and became senior correspondent in 2012. Ben has covered three communist party congresses and 14 sessions of China’s parliament, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Sichuan earthquake, two Taiwanese presidential elections and visits to China by US presidents going back to George W Bush. Ben has lived in Chinese speaking Asia since 1998, including working at a Chinese language aviation trade publication in Taiwan, and first moved to China in 2001.


    Drinks from 7 pm. The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will take place on the rooftop terrace of the Bookworm.



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