Friday, January 20th, 2012
Former CNN Beijing Correspondent, Mike Chinoy, discussed his views on past and current China-US relations.
Chinoy began his career working for CBS News and NBC News in Hong Kong in the 1970s and spent 24 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, including stints as a roving reporter based in London, eight years as the network’s first Bureau Chief in Beijing, Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, and, from 2001-2006, Senior Asia Correspondent, responsible for coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. He has reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power“ revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square crisis, the rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the fall of Indonesian President Suharto, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan, and developments in North Korea. His access to North Korea is unmatched among American journalists. He has visited the country 15 times since 1989. He was the only journalist to accompany former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in 1994, and has returned regularly since then, most recently in the summer of 2011.
Mike Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Previously, he spent three years as the Edgerton Senior Fellow on Asian Security at the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy, focusing on security issues in North Korea, China, and Northeast Asia. He was at the same time a Visiting Professor of Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Chinoy is the author of the acclaimed books entitled Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis and China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution. He has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont awards. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University. He lives in Arcadia, California.
In this video, Mr. Chinoy talks to students and guests at Denver University about his extensive experience in China as well as taking questions.
Below is an installment of Mike Chinoy's series "Assignment: China" entitled "Opening Up." Enjoy!