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Bob Davis examines U.S.-China relationship

Watch the video: U.S.-China Relations: Damaged beyond repair?

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 PM

Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall

Danforth Campus | Washington University in St. Louis
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Bob Davis has covered U.S.-China relations since the 1990s when the two nations were working hard to strengthen their ties.

In 2022, Davis retired from the Wall Street Journal as a senior editor in Washington DC after 39 years at the newspaper. He continues to write about China policy for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, The Wire China and other publications.

His 2020 book, “Superpower Showdown,” with Lingling Wei traces the history of the U.S.-China trade and economic battle from both capitals. He has won a number of awards and was part of a team awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Asia and Russia financial crisis. But he is proudest of his China reporting with Wei, who he met during his 2011-2014 stint in Beijing covering the Chinese economy.

Earlier in his career, Davis covered President’s Clinton’s negotiations with China to join the WTO. Davis and his wife wrote an e-book in 2014 for the Wall Street Journal based on their China experiences, called “Beijing from A-to-Z.”

Until Oct. 2011, Davis was international economics correspondent in Washington DC. and for a time headed the global economy bureau during the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Journal’s Latin America bureau chief and won an Overseas Press Club award. In 2001, he headed the Wall Street Journal’s Brussels bureau. In 1998, he co-authored “Prosperity,” which was selected by Business Week as one of the year’s 10 best business books.


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