Global News Bureau Chiefs Forecast China’s Agenda

By Jared Mazzanti

One of the most closely guarded secrets of journalists in China is how they locate sources in an environment where information is tightly controlled. At an event held at the AmCham China’s conference room on Wednesday, April 15, Dexter “Tiff” Roberts from Bloomberg Businessweek, Jason Subler from Reuters and Charles Hutzler from The Wall Street Journal continued to guard this secret, but these three China bureau chiefs revealed many of their other experiences serving as journalists in China and outlined the topics they anticipate will dominate news on China for 2015.

The three savvy journalists said that the event was “off the record,” but it can be stated that they all put the economy at the top of issues currently commanding the attention of journalists from international news bureaus. Specific issues raised include China’s ongoing attempt to rebalance its economy, new urbanization efforts as a way to increase consumer spending, reforms of legacy policies in areas such as household registration and land tenure, the launch of the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank and the state of local government finances as they deal with large levels of debt. But don't quote them on that!

Jared Mazzanti is a Communications Intern at AmCham China.