Ian Johnson was invited on Tom Ashbrook’s “On Point,” which is one of the most respected and popular call-in radio shows in the United States. They discussed why Xi endorsed the nationalist blogger Zhou XIaoping. Listen to the Show here:
China Takes U.S. Aim In A War Of Words
A Chinese blogger whose harsh anti-American essays have a huge following in China just got a big embrace from China’s top leadership.
China’s General Secretary Xi Jinping praised a blogger at a forum celebrating China’s art and literature for spreading “positive energy” online. The blogger’s strong nationalist tone is paired with a deep disdain for the West. Smack talk from a rising power. New media skewering a traditional global power. Crafting a new political dialogue with a big shout -out to a younger generation. Big time politics for a usually distracted social media generation. This hour, On Point: China’s new blogger and a message for the West.
– Jane Clayson
Ian Johnson has been coming to China since 1984 and has spent most of the past 20 years as a Beijing-based correspondent for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for his China coverage. The author of a book on civil society in China (Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China, Vintage, 2005), he is working on another book about the country’s search for values and ethical standards to replace communism.
Ian was bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. He has also won two Overseas Press Club awards for his work on China and Asian economics.